<![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 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, 2015. 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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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:21:55 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19043769.html
Jonquils on Turkey Creek http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article18668868.html#storylink=rss Jonquils along Turkey Creek in Merriam. Photo by Jim Russell.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:38:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article18668868.html
Hold off on watering your garden as long as possible http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article18425783.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Think twice before turning on the sprinkler system or watering your flower garden. How you water now will help determine your plant’s needs later on this summer.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:45:24 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article18425783.html
Flowers on the Plaza http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article18294356.html#storylink=rss Nice spring shot of a Plaza combo of flowers. Photo by Patty Brasel.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:10:07 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article18294356.html
How and when to fertilize roses — and avoid mistakes http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article17858096.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says: Want more flowers on your roses? If so then you need to provide an extra boost through fertilization -- but there’s a right way and a wrong way.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:23:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article17858096.html
When will my hydrangeas bud? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article17114957.html#storylink=rss Question: Does it take longer for hydrangeas to bud in the spring? I hope so because I’ve got nine, and none has begun budding yet.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:43:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article17114957.html
It’s time to prune roses http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article17010479.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says: No matter what type of rose you have in the landscape, pruning will help improve their appearance and blooms. Now is the time to prune these landscape staples. For more, read on...

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:02:17 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article17010479.html
Why isn’t English ivy coming back? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article16315565.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I planted a number of English ivy’s in some shady parts of my gardens last year because some English ivy from the neighbor’s yard has invaded an empty corner and is doing very well. Mine grew last year but a lot of it looks like it’s not coming back. Is there a trick to it?

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:10:05 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article16315565.html
How much fertilizer on each plant? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article16314896.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I just purchased a 35 lb bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer to apply to individual plants, mostly mature hostas and daylilies. How much should I apply to each plant? Thank you. - Carolyn........................ANSWER: If you have not had your soil tested, generally you would apply 1 pound per 100 sq. feet as growth begins in the spring, and 2-4 inches from the crowns. For smaller areas you could scatter one cup over 25 square feet. If you only have a few individual plants, then you would be safe with 1 Tablespoon around the base of each plant. When fertilizing, less is more. I would encourage you to have a soil test done, as most perennials do not need heavy fertilization every year, and additionally you may only need to apply nitrogen. I hope this answers your question. Carole-Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:05:58 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article16314896.html
It’s already time for crabgrass control http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article16274405.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: We don’t know what conditions will arrive come summer. It is always a guessing game here in the Kansas City area. Will it be hot, mild, wet or dry? We just don’t know. But we do know that a well-timed application of a crabgrass control will be appreciated no matter what weather patterns set in for summer.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:31:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article16274405.html
It’s March, so it’s potato planting time http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article15234443.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:47:13 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article15234443.html How low should you mow? Ignore bad advice http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article13122587.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Over the weekend I saw a news segment that recommended mowing your lawn low to get it ready for the spring season. There is no way around it, that is just bad advice. Let me explain why.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:46:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article13122587.html
Ornamental pears: They’re invasive too http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article12472784.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Now we have pear seedlings popping up all over the metro and beyond — mainly around roadside fences, under power lines, and in grassy fields and native areas.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:10:03 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article12472784.html
Video: Spring crabgrass control http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article11216591.html#storylink=rss To watch a K-State video about spring crabgrass control, read on.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:44:04 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article11216591.html
Really? Seriously? Topping ornamental pear trees is a terrible idea http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article11077280.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

From Dennis Patton: And people actually call it pruning! It is statements like this that get me into trouble with tree services in the Kansas City area. But whoever dreamed up the worst pruning practice for any tree — topping ornamental pears to “save them” from their fate — is out of their mind.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:07:45 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article11077280.html
Don’t wait until spring to check for damage done by rabbits http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article10465580.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton says: The rabbits have found several roses in my garden, and also devoured all the foliage off a variegated euonymus. That means it is time to get busy with some rabbit proofing.

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:09:12 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article10465580.html
Video: How to prune fruit trees http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9792359.html#storylink=rss To watch a K-State video about pruning fruit trees, read on.

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:39:59 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9792359.html
Pruning tips for fruit plantings http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9683303.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Unfortunately growing fruit in the Kansas City area is not as simple as plant-it-and-forget-it. Fruit plantings require care throughout the season and for the plantings’ entire life. If proper care is not given the tree and berry plants become overgrown, disease and insect problems increase and, in general, they decline, leading to no fruit production or death of the plants. For helpful tips, read on.

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:00:16 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9683303.html
Video: How to grow asparagus http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9608153.html#storylink=rss To watch a K-State video about growing asparagus, read on...

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:45:24 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9608153.html
The tried and true and some things new http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9086402.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Gardening has always used teasing statements since the days of mail order catalogs. Each plant selection was described in glowing terms. Seriously, how many ways can you describe a beet or radish to make it sound better than the next? But now companies not only use fancy words but have glossy photos and seductive names to capture your purchasing dollars.

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 13:39:21 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article9086402.html
Video: Easy-to-make grow light http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8566970.html#storylink=rss To watch a K-State video on easy-to-make grow lights, read on...

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:06 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8566970.html
You can apply now to be a Kansas master naturalist http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8446944.html#storylink=rss From Johnson County K-State Research and Extension: If you have an interest in natural resources and enjoy working with others then the Kansas naturalist program may be just the opportunity for you. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Kansas master naturalist training program. For details, read on.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:43:23 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8446944.html
Video: Hotbeds and cold frames http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8264706.html#storylink=rss To watch a K-State video about hotbeds and cold frames, read on.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:05:28 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8264706.html
Dennis has some tips for keeping your backyard birds happy http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8161950.html#storylink=rss From Dennis: Like many of you, I enjoy feeding the birds. Now I will admit up front I am not a passionate, diehard bird enthusiast. But I do enjoy watching them feed and play in the yard. I don’t have to rush to the window to name every bird, or have the binoculars at hand. I just enjoy the very simple pleasure of providing their basic needs to help them find a home in this increasingly man-made jungle. For more, read on...

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:21:24 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article8161950.html
Video: Designing a flower bed with herbs http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article7214306.html#storylink=rss For a K-State video about designing a flower bed with herbs, read on.

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:26:44 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article7214306.html
What do you think of this column? Let us know! http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article6115074.html#storylink=rss From Dennis Patton: Winter’s almost over, so...do you read these weekly columns? Do you have a topic you’d like to see? Please read on and hit the comment button.

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:21:16 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article6115074.html