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  • Fruit: Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles

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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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  • Poinsettia Care

    Modern poinsettia varieties stay attractive for a long time if given proper care. Place your poinsettia in a sunny window or the brightest area of the room, but don't let it touch cold windowpanes. The day temperature should be 65 to 75 degrees F with...

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  • Garden Soil Preparation – It’s Not Too Late

    Autumn is an excellent time to add organic materials and till garden soils. Winter can still be a good time to take care of this chore as long as the soil isn’t frozen. It is far wiser to till now than to wait until spring when cold, wet conditions...

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  • Winterizing Roses

    Though most shrub roses are hardy in Kansas, other types of roses can be more tender. For example, the hybrid teas have certain species in their ancestry that originated in the warm climate of southern China. These roses need protection to reliably survive...

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