<![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 Garden mums provide the colors of fall http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article102980157.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:00 CDT

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Fall is great for planting trees and shrubs http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article102561527.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:38:19 CDT

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Fall is the time to core aerate your lawn http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article100072227.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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September is the time to fertilize your lawn: Here’s a guide http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article98846242.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:00:00 CDT

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Fall is perfect time to thicken lawns; just follow these steps http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article97339777.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:00:00 CDT

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It’s almost fall, so start planning your late-harvest garden http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article95759582.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:25:58 CDT

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It’s time to control unwanted perennial grasses that crept into your yard http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article94642512.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:51:26 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Container gardens need a little summer lovin’ http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article93326977.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:45:55 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Nutsedge — a lawn weed that’s even harder than most to control http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article92202782.html#storylink=rss Weeds seem to be a part of everyday life with a lawn, Dennis Patton writes. And like all things in life, some are easier to control than others. One of the hardest weeds to eradicate goes by several names and fits into a classification all its own.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:52:52 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Growing hordes of Japanese beetles wreak havoc on foliage http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article91492827.html#storylink=rss Japanese beetles have been defoliating plants in the Eastern United States for years, slowly working their way west

The beetles, adults and their grubs, are troublesome on two fronts

Knock them off into a bucket of soapy water or alcohol to kill them

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Annual K-State Horticulture Center Field Day is July 30 http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article90485702.html#storylink=rss The K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center’s Field Day is Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s a chance to talk with the experts and learn about the latest varieties and methods

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:41:50 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Emerald Ash Borer Part 2: Feedback from readers http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article89382467.html#storylink=rss A lot of readers have responded to Dennis Patton’s recent emerald ash borer article

One main question: What about do-it-yourself treatments?

But here’s another question: Do you want to treat at all?

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:03:03 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Dead heading: Is it work or fun? Or can it be both? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article87955577.html#storylink=rss When it comes to just about anything that involves work usually the more you give the more you receive, Dennis Patton writes. That statement is very true about gardening. But there is a point where inputs and outputs meet our needs. It is the level of needs we desire that helps determine the amount of effort or work we put into the garden. One such effort where I vacillate is dead heading -- a term used to describe the process of removing spent flowers.

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:47:40 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Divide irises for more and better blooms http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article87715397.html#storylink=rss Bearded irises require attention every few years

The good news: This is not a difficult job

The bad news: It’s best done now, the hottest time of the year

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The Emerald Ash Borer: If you have an ash tree, think about it now http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article86661242.html#storylink=rss Emerald Ash Borer is here and there is no stopping its spread, Dennis Patton writes

And each year you don’t treat your ash tree leads to a smaller chance the treatment will be effective

But make your own choice because treatments must last for the life of the tree.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:54:24 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Kansas City clay — it shrinks, it swells, and right now it cracks http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article85295022.html#storylink=rss These hot, sunny days have left plants wilted because their root systems are shallow, Dennis Patton writes. Ample to excess moisture, like we had this spring, tends to encourage root development close to the soil surface. These shallow roots don’t really need to work for moisture. As a result, as soon as the upper couple of inches dry out the roots don’t have access to the moisture deeper down in the soil — six or more inches.

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Now that it’s dry and hot, don’t forget to water new or newer trees http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article83922222.html#storylink=rss With the dog days of summer still ahead of us in July and August and the recent patterns of warmer and dryer it is time to think about summer watering, Dennis Patton writes. Trees are an investment in the future and are sometimes the first to suffer under dry or drought conditions. Care must be taken to water properly for good growth.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:05:07 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Can this oak tree be saved? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article83465392.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: In 2014 I bought a red oak tree from a local nursery. I’m not trying to blame a nursery, I just am hoping maybe I can still save the tree. As you can see, it’s bent over at the top. (For more, read on.) - Cecilia ..... ANSWER: There’s hope, all depending. Read on...

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Heavy rains have stressed vegetables, lawns, flowers and trees http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article82735277.html#storylink=rss Waterlogged soils push out oxygen that roots need to survive. Every living cell in a plant must have oxygen or it dies. Some plants have mechanisms to provide oxygen to the roots even under saturated conditions, but most vegetables and flowers do not, Dennis Patton writes.

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:15:54 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Renters have fewer options than homeowners but can still have fun http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article80958687.html#storylink=rss A well-cared-for garden sets a good example for the neighborhood

Most landlords are happy tenants want to keep the place spruced up

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There’s an art to staking a tree: Here’s how http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article81332227.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton writes: If you follow my weekly blog columns you’ve probably figured out that I repeat myself from time to time. Some topics are just annual occurrences that need friendly reminders. Then there are the topics such as this one that makes me want to jump up on my soap box. Yes, I know I can get a little preachy but when healthy trees are being murdered by neglect it gets my blood boiling. So hang in there with me this week as I recycle an important topic that unfortunately almost always seems to be timely.

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Learn more about Wornall Herb Garden and its plants http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article80432217.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:43:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article80432217.html Missouri Master Gardener State Conference coming up in September http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article79768287.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Master Gardener State Conference is coming up Sept. 16-18. It will include three days of trips, tours, advanced and continuing education highlighting horticulture in the Kansas City metro. For more information, read on....

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In this strange dry/wet spring, it’s time to fertilize many vegetables again http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article79514777.html#storylink=rss How are your vegetables growing? It has been one strange year, but then again what’s new? The season started out warm and dry and has now swung to cooler and moist, Dennis Patton writes. The recent rains and lush growth probably mean that our early applications of fertilizers are just about used up. That means a little added fertilizer may be just what the plants need for a productive season.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 10:57:04 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Your garden hosts good bugs and bad bugs, including one that’s eating up rose leaves http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article78070447.html#storylink=rss When we hear the word insects our first thought is something bad. But there are a number of good guys active in the landscape.This week let’s take a look at an insect that is causing damage and one that comes to our rescue.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 11:14:48 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Could this be the clue to the maple tree problem? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article77853597.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: We did find a hole in the burgundy maple tree and wondered if this is the problem. Again, thank you for all your help. Pat........ANSWER: The small hole is probably a spot where a branch was removed a while back. The tree has healed the best it can as bark is surrounding the hole. This spot would interrupt a small amount of vascular tissue but not enough to cause some of the issues you are describing. I would say this is secondary. - Dennis

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What’s the problem with my maple tree? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article77400197.html#storylink=rss PHOTOS NOW POSTED WITH NEW ANSWER......QUESTION: I have a 6-8 year old Maple Burgundy Bell tree. I have limbs that came out normal and now appear to have curled up and died. It is not all on one side or the other and most of the tree looks fine except for that. I checked for bugs or and fungus and can find nothing. I know this is not a lot of info but anything you can tell me would be appreciated. - Pat......ANSWER: Interesting as the tree in the first photo looks pretty good. In the second photo there seems to be some random dieback of the small limbs. Many of the other branches look healthy with new growth. I don’t think this is an insect or disease. I am thinking some more along the lines of the environment. Prune out the dead wood and keep the tree healthy this summer. It does look like these branches will affect the shape of the tree. If something changes let us know - Dennis Patton

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It looks like oak gall on pin oak leaves is back this spring http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article76796112.html#storylink=rss Like last year, we are seeing a high number of vein pocket gall on pin oak leaves, which causes abnormal swelling of the leaf near the veins. And, unfortunately, there are no easy fixes.

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Tue, 10 May 2016 15:47:22 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Beautiful private gardens are lined up for Johnson County tour http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article75380677.html#storylink=rss Six private gardens will be opened to the public during the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Public Tour, May 20 and 21. It’s a biennial event, so if you miss it, you’ll have to wait another two years.

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Straw bale gardening: Cindy Hoedel’s tips for getting the most out of it http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article74493572.html#storylink=rss This is her fourth year of straw bale gardening

It’s not magic but is good for gardeners who have poor soil

Watch her video for tips on how to condition the bales

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