<![CDATA[KC Gardens: Food & Restaurant Blog | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:15:00 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:15:00 CST KC Gardens 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Dennis Patton: Pruning shrubs — It’s all in the timing http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article57906223.html#storylink=rss Pruning shrubs and trees is all about the timing, Dennis Patton writes. Fortunately, with a couple months left of winter, you have time to figure out your spring time chores. Read on for a link to a video.

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:20:36 CST By Dennis Patton

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It’s time to apply for the Kansas Master Naturalist Program http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article57118893.html#storylink=rss Applications are now being accepted for the program, which trains volunteers to spend their time removing invasive species from public properties, educate youths on Kansas geology, clear vegetation at local wetlands, maintain bluebird trails and conduct educational walks.

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:22:01 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article57118893.html
Dennis Patton: It’s time to start thinking transplants http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article56617328.html#storylink=rss Starting your own vegetable transplants can be fun and is a great way to scratch that gardening itch during the cloudy winter days. Now is the time to start planning.

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:26:44 CST By Dennis Patton

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Dennis Patton: Sure, it’s winter, but plan now for ways to simplify your mowing http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article55431005.html#storylink=rss Now is a great time to plan for spring and the list of tasks that come with it, Dennis Patton says. One of those recurring chores is mowing, and you may be making it harder than it needs to be.

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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:07:52 CST By Dennis Patton

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Master Gardeners of Greater KC announce conifer talk http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article54938805.html#storylink=rss The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present: “Gardening with Conifers in Greater Kansas City” on Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO. Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture with Powell Gardens will talk about the dwarf conifer collection. The event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Door prizes. For more, read on...

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:01:31 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article54938805.html
How to take care of that amaryllis left over from the holidays http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article54673010.html#storylink=rss Now that you have an amaryllis left over from the holidays, what do you do with it? A video from K-State tells you how to keep it flourishing for years.

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:23:27 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article54673010.html
Something new for us this year: Lots of winter moisture, which is mostly a good thing http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article54463740.html#storylink=rss After several dry winters and the dry soil conditions they brought, damaging some plants, in Kansas City we’re actually enjoying plenty of moisture this year. And that’s mainly, but not totally, a good thing, Dennis Patton says.

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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:12:29 CST By Dennis Patton

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For privacy and visual interest, look to trellises http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article54290440.html#storylink=rss They block undesirable views

They provide space in tiny yards for more plants

They can be built to mimic your home’s architecture

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New Year’s resolution: Start a vegetable garden (now!) http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article52949435.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says that a vegetable garden can save a lot of money on buying produce, but that may not be the most important reason to start one. And now is the time to be thinking about it.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:20:55 CST By Dennis Patton

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Dennis Patton: It’s easy to keep holiday cactus in bloom — here are some tips http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article51870015.html#storylink=rss There are still Christmas cactus looking for a home, and it’s easy to keep them in bloom for months.

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:51:58 CST By Dennis Patton

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Okay, you’ve got an amaryllis — now what? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article50905590.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says an amaryllis makes the perfect gift, either for a friend or yourself, and with proper care they will delight for many years to come. He has several pots of amaryllis that are third generation, handed down by his grandmother.

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:37:38 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article50905590.html
Dennis Patton: Holiday decorating tips from your own garden http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article50249540.html#storylink=rss Decorating for the holidays with fresh greenery is a favorite tradition. Fresh pre-made wreaths and garland can be purchased, but a fresh cut supply of holiday greenery may be as close as your backdoor. Many locally grown plants can be made and used in holiday decorating.

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:56:15 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article50249540.html
Dennis Patton: Take care of your garden tools and they’ll take care of you http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article48429960.html#storylink=rss Where would we be without our garden tools? Yet we tend to abandon them at the end of the year. Here are tips on ways to keep tools effective.

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:17:26 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article48429960.html
Rain barrels are great but make sure you don’t abandon them to the winter http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article47196360.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says rain barrels have become more popular, but if you have one, you need to think about taking care of it for the winter. Here are some useful tips.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:49:22 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article47196360.html
Dennis Patton: Give some care to your garden hose now and it will give back next spring http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article46214355.html#storylink=rss As this gardening season comes to a close let’s take a few minutes to show some respect to this tubular piece of plastic usually found meandering through our yard. Most people just leave their hoses out all winter in the elements, suffering the effects of freezing conditions, then thawing in warmer, more pleasant days. What we don’t often realize is that winter conditions are not only hard on us but our investment in the utilitarian hose.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:12:23 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article46214355.html
Dennis Patton: This week’s rain was just what the plant doctor would have ordered http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article45270315.html#storylink=rss The rain was slow and steady, lasting for hours, allowing the much-needed moisture to soak into the soil. According to reports the metro area received between 1 and 2 inches of rain. This combination of slow rain falling and the amount was just what our local soils and plants needed.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:37:30 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article45270315.html
Dennis Patton: It’s time to put the lawn to rest for the winter http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article44506164.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says now is the time to prepare the lawn for the long winter months. Important practices are fertilization, weed control, leaf removal and proper mowing.

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:58:20 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article44506164.html
Why doesn’t my lemon grass have flowers this year? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article43732725.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: Last year I planted lemon grass for the first time. Then, in late fall, it suddenly produced bright red flowers. I have lemon grass again this year; it is very lush, taller and thicker grass, but no red flowers. What could be the likely reason? Thanks - Margaret.....ANSWER: Lemongrass does flower in the tropics, but rarely so in our climate, so you were lucky last year. The plant needs a long growing season to flower outside, and we just do not have that here in the KC area. Carole-Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:57:44 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article43732725.html
How can I get my amaryllis to bloom again? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article43424916.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I have 6 or 7 pots of amaryllis, some with more than one bulb in them. I have had them for years, and they used to bloom every spring. I have been putting the whole pot down in the ground, in a shady spot, for the summer; bring the pots into the garage over the winter, but do not let them freeze; and usually water them once about December; then bring them into the warmth, light, and water in March. However, for two years I have had no blooms at all. This year I fertilized them when I re-started them, but no results. This fall I have taken them out of the pots and put them in cardboard boxes with dry grasses. How can I get them to bloom again? Margaret...For the ANSWER, read on...

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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:20:35 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article43424916.html
It’s time in KC to clean up the fall vegetable garden http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article42941406.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says 2015 couldn’t have been better for Kansas City-area vegetable gardens, but all good things must come to an end. So now it’s time to clean up the garden and get it ready for another, hopefully good, season next year.

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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:52:31 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article42941406.html
Dennis Patton: Fall is a great time to control weeds http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article41653752.html#storylink=rss You might not see weeds until the spring, but they’re already in your lawn. Fall is an ideal time to treat them before they get a chance to grow and spread.

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:15:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article41653752.html
What should I do about tilling tomato soil? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article41547441.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I have a small area that I've used for the past 5 or so years as my tomato garden. I grow primarily heirlooms (Arkansas Traveler and anything grafted that I can find). But for the squirrels, it has been successful. My question: should I turn over the soil at the end of the growing season? I have been using a “no-till” method as I understand it encourages the growth of helpful bacterias, etc. I wonder because I only scratch in fertilizers and occasionally epsom salts. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. - Tom..........ANSWER: Whether you till or us no-till is up to you. Both systems have their advantages. Most gardeners till the soil in the fall and add organic matter, such as compost to help improve the soil. No-till gardens will maybe add a layer of compost over the top of the soil and let nature take it from there. I don’t think with growing only tomatoes you can go wrong with either system. I have done both till and no-till with my own tomatoes and have not really noticed much difference. The nutrients, mainly nitrogen will move into the soil with either rain or irrigation. If you need to add phosphorus or potassium then work it into the soil would be best. So I guess it really depends on your style. - Dennis

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:10:55 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article41547441.html
Dennis Patton: Water trees and shrubs now — just a trickle is needed http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article40464726.html#storylink=rss Our wet summer has been followed by a very dry fall, which means that trees and shrubs are dry headed into winter. Here are some tips on how to water them, and it’s not with a sprinkler.

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:36:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article40464726.html
The Ten Commandments of water quality, when it comes to lawns http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article38958273.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says the leaves have started to fall in his neighborhood. And this weekend he noticed some bad habits already starting to emerge early in this fall season. For more, read on...

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:55:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article38958273.html
What is this weed that overran my garden? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article38000949.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: My garden was overrun with this, I'm assuming a weed, this year. What the heck is it? - Lori ... ANSWER: The weed is Pokeweed. It is a perennial that has a very deep taproot, can grow very tall, and is poisonous. Birds eat the berries, and do a nice job of disseminating the seed. I have seen pokeweed everywhere this year, probably due to the amount of moisture and mild winter. For more, read on...

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:46:04 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article38000949.html
A little fall care can brighten up peonies, a staple of so many gardens http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article37821111.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says peonies may one of the most popular of our plants. They seem to thrive in our area, but a little fall care can keep them going ever stronger.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:56:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article37821111.html
Fall watering help plants survive the winter http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article36910581.html#storylink=rss Even the great rainfall we’ve had all year needs a little boost

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:35:05 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article36910581.html
How to control weeds in newly seeded grass http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article36095154.html#storylink=rss The garden centers have been abuzz this fall with the sale of grass seed. It is almost like the holiday shopping season, only so many days and so much to do. And homeowners that have overseeded this fall are often confronted with more challenges than just seeding and achieving a good stand of grass. Weeds like to invade these thin lawns with new seedlings attempting to establish.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:27:57 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article36095154.html
It’s fall and time to core aerate your lawn http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article35426973.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: A healthy root system is a must for an attractive lawn. Oxygen in the soil is vital for a strong root system. Our heavy clay and compacted soils commonly found in the Kansas City area often inhibits roots. Core aeration improves rooting and problem soils without destroying the turf. Now is the time to perform this important task. For more, read on...

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:49:38 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article35426973.html
What about grubs? And what’s killing my barberry bushes? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article35174118.html#storylink=rss QUESTIONS: Is it too late to put grub control down? Also my barberry bushes are losing all their leaves. I don't see any bugs or mildew, what could the problem be? - Pat......ANSWERS: Grubs, it is late in the season to control grubs. The best time is to prevent with an application in late June with an insecticide. -- For more, read on....

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