<![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 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
What’s happening to my redbud tree? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19714719.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: For the second year our tree is full of brown seed pods. I have probably pulled up a million little redbud shoots. The tree is ugly and the flowers were completely covered by the pods. Is the tree dying or should we cut it down? I have noticed that other trees in our area are not doing this. Thanks for your input. - Kathy..........ANSWER: Many, many Redbuds in the area are exhibiting exactly what you describe. That the seedpods are hanging on may be a result of the sudden very hard freeze we had last November, or just a characteristic of the tree in our climate. It is not a sign that the tree is dying. Eventually the pods will fall. FOR MORE, READ ON...

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:39:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article19714719.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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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