<![CDATA[KC Gardens: Food & Restaurant Blog | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/ en-us Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:44:32 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:44:32 CDT KC Gardens 60 It’s time to fertilize the lawn again http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article33172302.html#storylink=rss It’s dinnertime for area bluegrass and tall fescue lawns — they have depleted their food reserves and need to be fed. Just as we need certain vitamins and minerals to be healthy, turfgrass needs nutrients for healthy growth and development. September is the best time to apply these needed nutrients.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:39:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article33172302.html
Is my flowering dogwood tree in trouble? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article32918781.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: My flowering dogwood seems to be withering at the top of the tree. Is this due to too much moisture or insect or some type of disease? It is a very mature tree and is fully grown. It has been showing these signs for several months. Your information will be appreciated. Thank you - Sharon..........ANSWER: A tree wilting at the top usually indicates a damaged vascular system. My best guess is that it has received too much water this year. Dogwoods like a well-drained organic soil. The copious rain we have had this year has damaged the root systems of many plants, especially in areas where drainage is poor. FOR COMPLETE ANSWER, READ ON....

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:48:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article32918781.html
Program on native medicinal plants to be offered http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article32886588.html#storylink=rss The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will present a program Oct. 22 on the history and use of native medicinal plants. For more information, read on...

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:17:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article32886588.html
Now’s a great time to seed your lawn http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article32569479.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Even with our nice weather this year, some of us may have a few bare areas that need a little additional seed. Early September is the ideal time to overseed and thicken up that thinning stand with almost guaranteed success.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:11:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article32569479.html
Why are squirrels chewing up my cedar tree? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article31379438.html#storylink=rss Good news. My guess is that they are eating the juniper berries. Squirrels are now busy feasting on all nature's bounty. The tree should survive.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:14:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article31379438.html
2015: The Year of Disease http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article31305371.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Up to this point no one is really complaining about the summer of 2015. Yes, it has rained more than usual but for the most part that is a good thing. Except that 2015 may be remembered as the summer of disease. I cannot remember a period where there have been so many pathogens affecting our vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers. For more, read on.........

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:55:18 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article31305371.html
What kind of tree is this? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article31295573.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: Can you tell me what kind of tree this is? Thanks - Pat..........ANSWER: This tree is called Golden Raintree. It is a nice medium-size tree for the Kansas City landscape. About a month ago the tree would have been covered with golden-yellow flowers. Now you are seeing the seed pods which are in the process of turning from green to brown. This is one of our recommended trees for the area. Please let me know if you have other questions about this tree. - Dennis

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:43:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article31295573.html
Controlling unwanted Bermuda and zoysia grasses http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30984585.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Say the words zoysia or Bermuda grass and you will get very strong reactions, ranging from “love it” to “invasive weed!” These warm season grasses are yard staples in the South. But for us Northerners, we tend to prefer the cool season grasses, such as bluegrass and tall fescue. For more, read on.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:09:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30984585.html
How can I control crabgrass at this time of year? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30702393.html#storylink=rss Crabgrass has enjoyed a banner year. There are post-emergent crabgrass killers available, but as crabgrass is now at the end of its growth cycle, it would be difficult to kill it off. The plants are huge and have flowered and set seed, so the uptake of the post-emergent chemical would be minimal.

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:08:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30702393.html
What about controlling crab grass at this time of year? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30643914.html#storylink=rss Question: Just read your Aug 9 article re nutsedge. A greater concern of mine is how to control post emergent crab grass without killing existing lawn grass. Can you help?

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30643914.html
Help! How can I keep zoysia out of my gardens? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30644493.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: Help! I have 40 4 x 8 raised vegetable garden beds. I have zoysia taking over in some of them. I have pulled and pulled but to no avail. Any suggestions on getting rid of it? Oh yeah, I am an organic urban farmer. Thanks. I really enjoy the blog. - Bill ..................ANSWER: Since you are farming organically, pulling the zoysia out of the gardens is probably your only option. To make the zoysia easier to control, maintaining a zoysia free band around the gardens may be your best bet. Another option is to use (yes, this is not organic) a band spray of glyphosate outside the garden area, to kill off the zoysia. For complete answer, read on....

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:23:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article30644493.html
Dennis Patton’s weed hit list http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article29939316.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Weeds are a fact of life in the gardener’s world. They pop up seemingly everywhere, no matter how hard we try to keep them at bay. We all have those weeds that just seem to return no matter what we do. I am sure you have your hit lists. After spending a few hours in my garden here are a few of the weeds that just seem to thrive despite my best efforts.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:48:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article29939316.html
Why isn’t my hydrangea blooming? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article29857483.html#storylink=rss Question: I have a 3-year-old Fireworks hydrangea that bloomed last year but this year I see no hint of it blooming. I didn’t trim it back at all over the winter, and I’ve used miracle-gro recently. It’s growing larger than last year, just no blooms. Shouldn’t it have bloomed by now? Thanks - Robert....Answer: Fireworks Hydrangea is a macrophylla type which means its flower buds are not always winter hardy in our climate. We experienced an early cold snap in November. As a result the flower buds for this plant were damaged. For complete answer, read on...

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:55:29 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article29857483.html
This is one tough weed that just loves all our rain http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article28892833.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: All our rain has been great for lawns, but it also has helped a pesky weed thrive. It goes by several common names including nutsedge, nutgrass and water grass. The technical name is yellow nutsedge, which happens to be one of the most difficult lawn weeds to control. For more, read on.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:43:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article28892833.html
How do I trim and propagate my dieffenbachia? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article28265509.html#storylink=rss Dieffenbachia is a great old-fashioned houseplant. Over time, it can get leggy as in lower light tends to drop the older leaves. This leaves a trunk and then leaves at the top. The quickest and simplest way to rejuvenate this plant is to simply cut it back about 6 inches to a foot from the base.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:05:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article28265509.html
Annual K-State Horticulture Center Field Day is Saturday http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article28225945.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Come see the hottest and newest plants while enjoying cool classes in air-conditioned comfort and ice cold water while wandering the field trials. Learn about the latest and greatest before it ever hits the garden centers. It's all at the K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center’s Field Day, Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. It's your chance to peek behind the scenes, talk with the experts and learn about the latest varieties and methods for achieving growing success.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:29:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article28225945.html
More on the dying lilac http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27942874.html#storylink=rss This is not a Japanese Tree Lilac. This is a standard lilac, probably dwarf Korean. This plant has issues with borers. I would check deep inside the “head” or growing point for signs of borers. This would include small holes. At this point you will need to prune out the dead wood. It is to late to treat for borers this year. Check it out and see if I am on the right track.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:36:55 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27942874.html
Is there any way to save this lilac tree? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27912838.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: We planted this tree 14 years ago when we built our house. It has done very well, even bloomed this year. Now all of sudden it has started to die. I have three other bushes in the area,and they are doing fine, so I know it's not too much water or not enough. Is there something I can do other than accept that “something” is happening and it's dying? - Linda.....ANSWER: ANSWER:

Sorry, but from the picture, it is very difficult to tell what is going on with the lilac. And we really need more information. Here are some questions to answer...FOR MORE, READ ON

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:13:31 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27912838.html
Now that my basil is growing, what should I do about yellow leaves? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27393520.html#storylink=rss I started my basil plants late this year, on May 10. They didn't grow much at all for the first four weeks, and then started to yellow and develop brown patches. But once the constant rain finally moved out, I'm starting to see what looks like healthy new growth on top. Where should I go from here? Should I remove the yellow leaves at the bottom, or leave them be?

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:25:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27393520.html
Blossom end rot of tomatoes can be a disappointing surprise http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27224659.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: The cool May and June has slowed the growth of tomatoes in local gardens. But a few lucky gardeners are starting to harvest tomatoes. Many times the picking of the first ripe tomato of the season turns into a disappointment as these early red fruits have been hit by a problem called blossom end rot. For more, read on...

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:17:09 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27224659.html
These mushrooms just popped up. Can I eat them? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27212848.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I'm wondering if you can tell me if the mushrooms in the pictures are edible. I just noticed them in my yard last night and then they bloomed this morning. Thank you! - Stephanie.........ANSWER: No, absolutely not.....For the complete answer, READ ON....

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:23:07 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article27212848.html
What’s happening to my maple tree and can it be saved? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article26854441.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: This 9 year old Autumn Flame Maple looks good on one side but as you can see from the picture looks really bad on the other. This started a little a couple of years ago but really progressed this year. The foliage is healthy on the good side but not as full on the other side. It has not been damaged from trimming. It is out in the open and the peeling is on the southeast side. What is the cause of this and is it too late to save this tree? Sad Tree Owner......ANSWER: The Autumn Blaze maple is a cross between a Red Maple and a Silver Maple. Unfortunately, both parent trees have problems in our area. One characteristic is that the immature bark is very thin. FOR MORE, READ ON........

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:09:47 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article26854441.html
Bindweed: A noxious weed that’s difficult to kill http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article26743084.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Like most gardeners I have a strong dislike for weeds. They create more work and rob our plants of much-needed nutrients and water. But like many things in life not all weeds are created equally. By that I mean some weeds tend to be more of a pain in the backside than others. Some weeds are easy to eradicate while others are next to impossible. One of the worst to deal with is field bindweed. For more, read on...

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:55:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article26743084.html
How do I get rid of Bermuda grass? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article26730580.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: Bought a house in October and now find out that the yard this summer is growing large spots of Bermuda grass. Any ideas how to get rid of it before it takes over the whole yard? - Gail........ANSWER: Bermuda and zoysia grass, while desirable in some parts of the country, tend not to be popular in Kansas City. Control can be accomplished if a few simple procedures are followed. FOR MORE, READ ON...

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:40:27 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article26730580.html
When it comes to summer gardening, follow your dog’s lead http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article25751839.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: The dog days of summer are not only hard on us but our beloved pets. We can learn a thing or two from them when it comes to dealing with summer patterns. For more, read on...

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:22:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article25751839.html
Be on the lookout for bagworms http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article25180933.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: It is one of the most easily identified insects found in the area; the bagworm. Bagworms will be making their annual appearance and start munching their way through many landscape plants. For more, read on.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:27:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article25180933.html
What’s gone wrong with my hydrangea? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24855217.html#storylink=rss This is a picture of my Little Lime hydrangea, which is growing in a large washtub. It's been there four years, doing well. This spring I thought it was looking leggy so I pruned it and gave some miracle gro plant food. It started greening up nicely but now I see the upper leaves are looking shriveled. Any idea what's going on here? - Patricia

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:52:11 CDT By Dennis Patton

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It’s National Pollinators Week, which seems only right considering what they do for us http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24814894.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Get out the hats and let’s have a party as we celebrate another national day, or Week of Something. This week our attention turns to the unsung heroes, the pollinators. June 15–21 is National Pollinators Week. Who would have thought that growing up we would need to designate a special day, let alone a week, in order think about insects and other creatures? But you know what they say about how times have changed.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:51:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24814894.html
Is my Rose of Sharon dead or should I give it more time? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24476230.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I pruned my Freedom Rose of Sharon bush/tree in early spring this year as I do every year. However, I have no leaves or buds this time; just a few suckers growing up from the bottom. It usually grows to over 7 feet tall with masses of flowers. However, for the first time this year, nothing. It just looks like it's dead.

I did remove one large branch when (I was pruning) that was leaning off to the side and sprayed the open wound with pruning seal. I recently cut a piece off a limb and it still has green around the edges. Should I leave my bush/tree and wait and see what happens next spring or should I remove it now? Thanks - Rose.........ANSWER: A number of plants have had problems this spring with the effects on last November’s cold spell. We dropped from a fairly warm day down into the teens. As a result many plants had extreme dieback. We have not seen as much damage to Rose of Sharon but I think this might be the issue. FOR MORE, READ ON....

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:52:47 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24476230.html
How do I keep my Mother’s Day calla lily going? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24401773.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I received a calla lily for Mother's Day. It is still in the pot I received it in & is doing ok but not great. Can you tell me how to care for it? Thank you, Mary......ANSWER: I'm guessing you wish to keep the plant indoors. A Calla Lily likes 6 hrs of bright, indirect light, and should be kept away from drafts (heating or air conditioning vents). The soil should be well-draining and should be moist at all times, that's moist, not soggy. Fertilizing with a with a low nitrogen fertilizer monthly is a good idea, but stop fertilizing when the bloom begins to die back. Their ideal temperature range is 50-75 degrees. With that being said callas are very high light requiring plants. It is best that the plant be grown outdoors for the summer in a more sunny location. Indoors they will struggle with the lower light. FOR MORE, READ ON....

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:46:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article24401773.html