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  • Gardeners’ Gathering

    Thursday, June 15, 2017 “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm in Gladstone”

    The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will guide you through a “Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm” in Gladstone, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 pm. The farm is located at 6607 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, MO 64119. Once home to many people from 1824-2004, this small family farm stands as a wonderful reminder that farms of the past are still present and will always have stories to share. Discover a home that began as a single-room log cabin with a half-story sleeping loft. Enjoy the beautiful acres of preserved farmland, walk the trail to the historic Big Shoal Cemetery and look for wildlife along the way. Explore what’s growing as you visit the heirloom garden, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. Free and open to the public. Registration for this event is required and begins on May 15.  https://mggkc-atkins-farm-tour.eventbrite.com. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

  • Fruit: Thinning Excess Fruit

    Fruit: Thinning Excess Fruit   A few areas of Kansas have avoided late freezes resulting in a heavy fruit crop this year. At first glance, this might seem to be a good thing. But too many fruit can cause problems that should be alleviated by...

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  • Water Lilies: Easier than you Think

    Loved by most, but grown by few, water lilies suffer from the perception they are difficult to grow. Such is not the case. The special conditions needed to allow these aquatic beauties to grace one's garden are not all that complex to provide. Once...

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  • Fruit: Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles

    Most garden soils in Kansas have adequate levels of all nutrients other than nitrogen IF the area has been fertilized in the past. However, it is recommended that a soil test be done to be sure of the nutrient needs of your fruit planting....

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  • Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

    Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) Photo by dave Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) is a fast-growing summer annual. Common in gardens throughout North America, young lambsquarters leaves are edible. Older leaves have white undersides. Do not allow...

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  • Fruit: Fertilizing the Home Orchard

        ​Fruit trees benefit from fertilization around the bloom period, but the amount needed varies with the age of the tree. Normally, trees primarily need nitrogen, so the recommendations are for a high nitrogen fertilizer such as a 27-3-3, 29-5-4,...

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  • Gardeners’ Gathering

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 “Why Prairie Matters-New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape” The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Why Prairie Matters –New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape”, Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 pm at...

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  • Planting Asparagus

    Though it is too early to plant asparagus, it is not too early to make plans and prepare soil. This crop is a perennial and will survive for many years if given proper care. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil and is usually placed on the edge...

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  • Gardeners Gathering

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 “Best Garden Practices for Water Quality and Conservation”The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City present “Best Garden Practices for Water Quality and Conservation” Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:30 pm at Kauffman...

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  • February Gardening Calendar

    OrnamentalsWeeks 1-4: Winter aconite (Eranthis sp.) and snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) are hardy bulbs for shady gardens that frequently push up through snow to bloom now.Weeks 1-4: Water evergreens if the soil is dry and unfrozen.Weeks 1-4: Inspect summer...

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  • Care of Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti

    Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) and Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are epiphytes native to the jungles of South America. Epiphytic plants grow on other plants and use them for support but not for nutrients. Though these cacti...

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