Spring garden cleanup is underway, and these tips will help save time and money. Start by cleaning up debris, deal with leaves in your beds and then spread mulch. Organic wood mulch is best; avoid dyed materials.
Plant potatoes in mid-March for the best yields. Buy new seed potatoes each year, plant 1-2 inches deep and mound soil as plants grow. Control weeds, water, fertilize lightly and harvest in early summer.
Kansas City can be a challenging area for gardeners and homeowners with lawns and landscaping. We're here to help with resources, advice and answers. Email us questions at email@example.com and you'll get answers from Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners and other experts.
Dennis Patton Patton is a Johnson County Extension horticulture agent and majored in horticulture at Kansas State University. He calls himself a plant geek and says his own garden is one of dreams and hope. Patton enjoys perennials and says if he had the time, he could envision a large vegetable garden.
Carole Brandt Brandt has been a Johnson County extension master gardener since 1990 and works on the Extension Master Gardener hotline, which gives her an opportunity to research a great variety of garden questions and learn from all the people who contact her.
Craig Nienaber Nienaber is a Star Metro editor and author of “Flower Gardening in Kansas City,” a book that profiles more than 20 of the area’s best gardeners. Each year, he tries to make his Shawnee yard a little bit better and keep it from backsliding.