<![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 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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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
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
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
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
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 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