<![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 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
Wet spring can lead to soil problems in the Kansas City area http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22430466.html#storylink=rss Extended wet periods can cause problems with our area soils. Soils in this part of the country, for the most part, tend to have high clay content. Clay is poorly drained and aerated, and holds high levels of water, which can be detrimental to many plants.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 11:39:28 CDT By Dennis Patton

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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
So … do you think it will rain? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article23578252.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Do you think it will rain? Wow! Can you ever remember a May that had so many cloudy, rainy days? Someone the other day said, “Is this Seattle?” Well, we all know that this is Kansas City. And we’ll probably very soon be reminded that we live in the Midwest, and summer can be hot and dry.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:23:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article23578252.html
Guided tours offer look at wide range of Kansas City garden styles http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article23534482.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden and the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center native gardens sit next to each other, but their structure and approach are far apart. The professional staff of the Kauffman garden will serve as guides to the European-style garden with its 7,000 plants, conservatory, pools and fountains. At the discovery center, master naturalist volunteers will give tours of native plant gardens, including upland and lowland forests, prairies, ponds and wetlands. The free tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kauffman parking lot, 4801 Rockhill Road. For more info, call 816-665-4456 or visit mggkc.org.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article23534482.html
Is it too late to fertilize my lawn? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article23038464.html#storylink=rss Most cool-season grass lawns are lush right now given all the rain and cool temperatures we have had. This late in the spring, waiting until September to fertilize your cool-season grass would be the best option.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:10:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article23038464.html
Can I move irises now? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22860924.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I need the space to plant day lilies that is currently occupied by iris. While I know the fall is the recommended time to move iris, what would the consequences be if I moved them now? Much thanks! - Foy........ANSWER: Should you transplant Iris now? No. Can you try? Yes. But there are some concerns. For more, read on...

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:11:18 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22860924.html
Don’t forget to fertilize warm season grasses http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22928058.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Warm season grasses like zoysia and buffalo tend to get overlooked. It’s all about the dark green, lush bluegrass and fescue lawns that grow in so many metro yards. I must admit I rarely talk about warm season turf. I am a fan of cool season grasses. But I do realize many people have lawns other than bluegrass and tall fescue. Just like their cool season-loving cousins, warm season grasses also need to be fed. This time of year is ideal as they will be at their peak! They love the hot weather. To continue, read on...

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:06:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22928058.html
Anybody know much about orioles? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22813254.html#storylink=rss QUESTION (one that’s a little out of the ordinary for this blog): Over the past 5-6 weeks we have had a constant stream of orioles at our feeder. They appear to nest in a tree line just east of our property. However, over the last 10 days, the numbers have diminished a LOT! Any idea of why? Thanks very much. - Foy

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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:50:53 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22813254.html
How hard can I trim back this huge barberry bush? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22790799.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: As you can see in this picture, I have one barberry that has thrived much better than the other two. Is it possible to cut back hard the large barberry bush to make it more the size of the smaller bushes? - Marilyn.........ANSWER: It would appear that you have two different species or varieties of barberry. The two smaller ones appear to be the old Crimson Pygmy variety and the larger one looks like just the plain old “red.” For more, read on ...

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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:31:27 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22790799.html
Emerald ash borer — is this the year to take steps? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22332843.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I’ve got a huge ash tree in Shawnee. Is this the year when I need to begin innoculating it against the emerald ash borer? Is it expensive? ... ANSWER: EAB is continuing its spread throughout the KC metro area. It has been found in multiple locations in the Shawnee area. The decision to treat or not is a personal choice based on the tree’s health and many other factors. FOR MORE, READ ON.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 09:30:42 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article22332843.html
How and when to fertilize vegetables this rainy year http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article21429699.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: How are your vegetables growing? The rains have been plentiful which has made vegetable gardening pretty simple. But ample rainfall helps to leach nutrients from the soil which may leave our crop a little on the hungry side. Timely applications of fertilizers, especially nitrogen, are needed so the rapidly growing plants are not slowed down. For more, read on...

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Tue, 19 May 2015 19:29:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article21429699.html
Is this a plant or weed? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article21290082.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I scattered two different seed packets in this flower bed. Not sure if this is something I want or not! There are four or five if these plants and they are nearly four feet tall already. - Lori (Click on the photo to see it all) ..... ANSWER: You have us stumped from the photograph. I just cannot get a read on it from the green leaves. It appears to be ready to send up a flower stock. It might be best to post another picture when in flower. Flowers always make it easier to identify. Sorry - Dennis

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Mon, 18 May 2015 11:51:01 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article21290082.html
What can we do about poison ivy in a Euonymus bed? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article21281790.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: In our front yard landscaping, we have a large bed of Euonymus with 3 redbud trees. We treat the Euonymus yearly for scale in a small area, which keeps the whole bed healthy. I noticed the other day that we have a number of baby vines of poison Ivy growing within this bed. We have used Round up in the past to kill Poison Ivy that was growing by itself. What can we do? We don't want to kill the Euonymus. - Michele......ANSWER: You can still us regular Roundup (Glyphosate), but, as you already know, you need to keep it off the Euonymous leaves. In this case, it is best to paint the glyphosate onto each individual poison ivy plant by hand. You can use a small paint brush or a foam applicator. Tedious, yes, but this is probably easier than digging out each plant by hand. Good luck. Carole-Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:56:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article21281790.html
On insects, galls and sawflies http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20840541.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Insects—do we have insects. The cooler, wet spring has brought with it many insects. The good news for the most part is these pests do not need control as they are only cosmetic, nescience feeders. Read on to learn about these insects.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 13:29:33 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20840541.html
We want to plant apple trees in PV -- are we crazy? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20742051.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: My wife has decided it would be great to have apple trees in our backyard. First question: are we crazy? Second: She has selected Honeycrisp, Goldrush and Pinklady but we seem to get conflicting information on whether these will cross pollinate. Any other considerations we should pay attention to? Thank you, Andy in Prairie Village.............TO SEE THE ANSWER, READ ON...

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Tue, 12 May 2015 10:06:57 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20742051.html
What should I do about holes in my box-shaped shrubs? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20743272.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I know you’re not supposed to trim your shrubs into shapes but my box-shaped shrubs came with the house a number of years ago. Now one of them has a spot that died off so there’s a big hole. What should I do? And what should I do with the rest of the boxes? Thanks - Jordy.........................ANSWER: Dead spots in evergreens are troublesome and difficult to deal with as they do not easily renew from older growth. This can be compounded when the plants are sheared tightly. If you are able to stop shearing the plants and allow them to grow more naturally given a year or so the plant will cover the hole with new growth. Shearing the hole may close a little but it will take time. Another thought is maybe this dead spot is your signal that it is time to renew the landscape. That is remove the old and tired looking plant for a young, fresh and vigorous plant. Plants don’t have to be perfect for ever. Hope that helps – Dennis

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Tue, 12 May 2015 10:33:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20743272.html
Now is a good time to prune evergreen shrubs http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20661564.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Late spring is an excellent time to prune evergreen shrubs in the landscape. Pruning just after the emergence of the spring growth will provide a basis for helping to shape the plant while retaining the natural look. For more, read on...

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Mon, 11 May 2015 09:34:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20661564.html
Help: What’s this weed? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20278098.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: Does anyone know what this is? It's in neighbors yard and spreads like crazy. Is there some way to control it? - Wayne...........ANSWER: The plant is a wild violet, and is a host plant for Fritillary butterflies. Where violets are considered a weed, they are hard to control, as when they bloom in the spring, the plant ejects the seed so that it is widely dispersed. As with all unwanted plants in grass, a thick turf will impede the presence of weeds. -- Carole, Johnson County Extension Master Gardener.....To learn how to control wild violets, read on.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 14:20:16 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20278098.html
Tulips embracing the wind http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20199033.html#storylink=rss This photo was submitted by Sandra Jones. For more spring photos, go to mingle.kansascity.com.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 14:31:17 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article20199033.html
It’s just about tomato planting time! http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19753584.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Gardeners often try to get a jump on the season by planting tomatoes as early as possible. There just seems to be something about being the first in the neighborhood to pick a red ripe tomato. Caution should be taken if you are one of those season jumpers. Early planting can be successful if there are certain precautions that are followed, especially this year with the cool spring conditions we have been experiencing.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:52:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19753584.html
Tours of Kauffman and Discovery Center gardens http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19378404.html#storylink=rss The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will offer tours of the Kaufman Garden & Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center Gardens on Thursday, June 18. For details, read on.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:15:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19378404.html
Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when thinking about dividing perennials http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19229376.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: From time to time our garden perennials need to be divided. There is no set rule of thumb about how often this chore needs to be completed, but here are some guidelines to help determine if your clumps need to be tackled.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:44:29 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19229376.html
Why aren’t my weigela shrubs leafing out? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19180050.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: My Wine & Roses Weigela shrubs are leafing out only about 5 % throughout the shrubs. They have been established for about 9 years on the south side of the house. A friend in my community is also having the same problem. I’m enclosing a photo. As you can see they are not leafing out just at the bottom, but there’s a few leaves throughout the shrub. Should we wait awhile to see if more leaf out or should we trim them back to about 1 foot from the ground? Sure would hate to lose them! Barb ........................... ANSWER: There are a few things to consider with Weigelas. It is not uncommon for them to show dieback. Last year we had a sudden hard freeze, which could have injured some wood, so for now, just wait. It is really still early for some plants. FOR MORE, READ ON...

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:09:47 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19180050.html
Lush wisteria this spring in KC http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19145775.html#storylink=rss I thought you might enjoy a view of the lush wisteria blooms outside Lidia’s in the Freight House district. They make such a beautiful canopy for the entrance. Any notions I had about planting them in my urban courtyard were dispelled after research revealed how much space is needed to accommodate the vine’s roots. I opted for grapes and clematis instead! - Dale Elizabth Walker

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:53:31 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19145775.html
Can I cutback mums? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19043769.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: Is it okay to cut the dead stuff off mums? - Ken .. ANSWER: Yes, it is okay to prune off the dead stems of the mums now. Happy gardening. Carole

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