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Gardener’s almanac (March 8)

When buying cabbage plants, look for those that are small, stocky and dark green.
When buying cabbage plants, look for those that are small, stocky and dark green. File photo

Lawn weeds – Treatment of broadleaf weeds such as dandelions are most effective in late October to early November. But for those that escaped, you can spot treat in March if necessary, Ward Upham of K-State says. Make sure the temperature is at least 50 degrees; if it rains within 24 hours, the treatment will not be as effective, he says.

Stocky cole crops – If you’re growing broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, be sure to keep the plants actively growing at all times with fertilizer, or they will be apt to bolt (go to seed) or button (produce an extremely small head), Upham says. If you will be buying such plants, look for those that are small, stocky and dark green, he says.

They also need to be fertilized after planting outdoors. Fertilize with a starter solution and continue to fertilize every two to three weeks until harvest, Upham says. Both buttoning and bolting are irreversible, he says.

Garden events

Butterfly talk – Jim Mason will talk about butterflies at a meeting of the Suburban Garden Club on Monday at Botanica. The meeting will start at 9:45 a.m., the program at 10. There also will be a seed exchange; bring labeled seeds that you would like to share. The meeting is free and open to the public. For those who are interested, lunch will follow the meeting at Old Chicago.

Pest-control program – Joe Breauth of Bonide Chemicals will be at the meeting of the Wichita Daylily Club at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. He and his wife, Sherry, will present a program featuring questions and answers on insect problems and what chemicals to use to control them. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Year-round-color talk – Master gardener Dalene Stevens will give a talk about “Year ’Round Color in Your Garden With Perennials” at the meeting of the Derby Garden Club at 7 p.m. Monday at the Derby Public Library, 611 N. Mulberry. The program is open to the public. The club has adopted Triangle Park at the corner of Market and Derby streets, and it holds meetings the second Monday of the month from March through October. Skill levels of the members range from novice to master gardener.

Rose meeting for spring – The Wichita Rose Society will have a roundtable discussion about getting ready for spring during its meeting Tuesday at Botanica. A social half-hour starts at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, and the meeting starts at 7. The program will include what to be doing now for roses, when to start pruning, which roses will be available at local nurseries and where to order what can’t be found locally. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Gathering for Gardeners – Water conservation, attracting pollinators, organic gardening and a new look at shrubs will be among the talks Saturday at the Gathering for Gardeners in Hutchinson.

This will be the 25th year for the free day of gardening advice sponsored by the Hutchinson Horticulture Club. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 407 E. 12th, west of the Cosmosphere.

Here’s the schedule of talks:

“Water Conservation in the Home and Garden,” by Reno County extension agent Pam Paulsen, 9 a.m.

“Organic Vegetable Gardening,” by Melvin Epp of Whitewater, 10 a.m.

“New Prairie Star Annuals and the Truth About Echinacea,” by Alan Stevens of K-State, 11 a.m.

“Perennials With Pizzazz,” by Janet Gordon of Botanica, 1 p.m.

“Getting Excited About Shrubs Again,” by Jason Griffin of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Haysville, 2 p.m.

“Gardening With Purpose,” how plant selections can attract butterflies and other pollinators and why it’s important, by retired biology instructor James Taylor, 3 p.m.

Concert at arboretum – The Matt Flinner Trio will perform at 4 p.m. March 16 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and food will be for sale during intermission. Make reservations by calling 620-327-8127. Proceeds benefit the arboretum’s mission of promoting environmental landscaping with native plants.

Leprechaun Chase – Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will have its fourth annual two-mile Leprechaun Chase fun run/walk this year, adding a 10K race as well, on March 15. Festivities will include a costume contest. Proceeds will help to underwrite educational programming at the arboretum. For more information, go to dyckarboretum.org or call 620-327-8127.

Youth lawnmowing clinic – The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners will have their annual lawnmowing clinic for fifth- to ninth-graders during spring break. It will be offered at two times March 19 – from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. – at the Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge Road.

The clinic is for kids who want to earn a summer income mowing lawns. They’ll learn about mower and lawn care and how to present their business. The cost is $5 by Friday or $10 at the door or after Friday. Payment and an information sheet containing a parent’s consent (at sedgwick.ksu.edu) should be sent to MG Coordinator, 7001 W. 21st St. North, Wichita, KS 67205. Or call 316-660-0138.

Grow Good Food Workshop – K-State Research and Extension will offer a Grow Good Food Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22 at the Extension Center at 21st and Ridge Road. The morning sessions will be devoted to basic gardening topics and the afternoon will provide people an option of more advanced gardening sessions or classes in cooking and preserving.

Morning topics: getting started with a new garden (9 a.m.), choosing what to plant (10 a.m.) and common garden pests and problems (11 a.m.). In the afternoon: growing heirlooms and saving seed (1 p.m.), raised beds and containers (2 p.m.) and success with squash and vines (3 p.m.) or basic food preservation (1 p.m.), cooking veggies for picky eaters (2 p.m.) and equipment for food preservation (3 p.m.). The cost is $5; register by March 20 online at growgoodfood.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100.