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November

November 21, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Choosing the Best Poinsettia
  • Upcoming Events
  • Winterizing Strawberry Plants
  • Are Poinsettias Poisonous?
  • Poinsettia Care
  • Storing Power Equipment for the Winter
  • Ashes in the Garden

 

November 14, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Transforming Leaves from Trash to Treasure
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with KNLA
  • Water Landscape Plants before Winter
  • Winterizing Roses
  • Garden Soil Preparation - It's Not too Late
  • High pH Soils and What to do with Them
  • Iron Chlorosis and Calcareous Soils
  • Why Do Houseplants Lose Leaves After Being Brought Inside?

 

November 7, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Which is Best?  Organic or Stone Mulch
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with KNLA
  • Knotweed Control
  • Soil Prep Now for Peas Next Spring
  • Begin Rabbit Protection Now
  • Horseradish
  • Keep Compost Pile Moist

 

October

October 31,2017

  • Video of the Week:  Protecting Roses for Winter
  • Upcoming Events
  • Apply Late-Season Nitrogen Application in November
  • Garden Mums
  • Spring-flowering Plants Blooming in the Fall
  • Sweet Potato Growth Cracks
  • Draining Hoses and Irrigation Lines
  • Roasting Pumpkins Seeds

 

October 24, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Storing Tender Bulbs for the Winter
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with KNLA
  • Fall Colors of Trees
  • There is Still Time to Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs
  • Perennial Garden Clean-up
  • Caring of Houseplants during the Winter Months
  • Preserving Garden Tools

 

 

October 17, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Overwinter Geraniums
  • Control Broadleaf Weeds in Lawns in Late October-Early November
  • Why Late Lawn Seedings Often Fail
  • Tucking your Lawnmower in for the Winter
  • White Grubs on Sidewalks and Driveways
  • Hardiness of Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Winter Storage of Summer Bulbs

 

 

October 10, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Planting Bulbs for Spring Color
  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs in the Fall
  • Clean Up Iris Beds this Fall
  • Fall is a Good Time for Soil Testing
  • Harvesting and Curing Black Walnut
  • Work Garden Soil in the Fall

October 3, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Storing and Preserving Peppers
  • Fall Planting of Asparagus and Rhubarb
  • Last Tomatoes of the Season
  • Peppers from the Garden
  • Should You Let Turf Grow Tall in the Fall?
  • Look at All the Painted Ladies
  • Corn Gluten Meal as a Herbicide

 

September

September 26, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Garlic - Easy to Grow and Store
  • Fruit Planting Preparation
  • Preventing Sunscald on Thin-Barked Trees
  • Questions on Ornamental Grasses
  • Amaryllis, Bringing it Back in
  • Garlic Planting Time

 September 19, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  How to Plant a Tree
  • Rotation of Vegetable Crops
  • Planting Trees in the Fall
  • Time to Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Adding Organic Materials Directly to the Garden
  • Moving Houseplants Inside for the Winter

 

September 12, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Cuttings to Grow Inside for the Winter
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with KNLA 
  • Lawn Seeding Deadline Nears
  • Tubakia Leaf Spot for Oak
  • Twig Dieback on Oak
  • Water Landscape Plants if Needed
  • Ornamental Sweet Potatoes
  • Harvesting Sweet Potatoes
  • Garden Spiders

 

September 5, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Fertilize for a Healthy Lawn
  • Asparagus and Rhubarb in the Autumn Season
  • Storing Apples
  • Little Barley in Lawns
  • Mycosphaerella Leaf Spot on Ash
  • Blister Beetles
  • Harvesting and Roasting Sunflower Seeds

August

August 29, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Overseeding a Lawn
  • Overseeding a Lawn
  • Fall Lawn Seeding Tips
  • Power Raking and Core-Aeration
  • Tomato:  How Long from Flower to Mature Fruit?
  • Dividing Peonies

 

August 22, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Ornamental Grasses have Interesting Seedheads
  • Give Cool-Season Grasses a Boost
  • Lilacs with Dead Canes
  • Dividing Daylilies
  • Are Crabapples Safe to Eat?
  • Wood Chips as Mulch

 

August 15, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  High Quality Grass Seed
  • Preparations for Fall Lawn Planting
  • Turf in Shade
  • Pear Harvest
  • Peonies May be Cut Back Now
  • Natural Needle Drop on Conifers
  • Pokeweed

 

August 8, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  When is Watermelon Ripe on the Vine
  • K-State Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 14
  • Recommended Tall Fescue Cultivars
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Variety Selection for Cool-Season Lawns
  • Fertilize Strawberries
  • When are Apples Ready to Pick?
  • Harvesting Winter Squash

 

August 1, 2017

  • Turf & Ornamental Field Day - August 3 
  • Crabgrass Control
  • Peonies with "Measles" and Powdery Mildew
  • Chiggers
  • Flatid Planthoppers
  • Wood Chips as Mulch
  • Pesticide Effectiveness

 

July

July 25, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  When to Harvest Eggplant
  • K-State Research & Extension Center (Olathe) Open House
  • Turf & Ornamentals Field Day - August 3
  • Is My Lawn Still Alive?
  • Leaf Scorch on Trees and Shrubs
  • Bitter Cucumbers
  • Bumps on Tomato Stems
  • Cicada Killer Wasps

 

July 18, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  When to Pick Tomatoes
  • K-State Bedding Plant Field Day - July 25
  • K-State Research & Extension Cntr. Open House - July 29
  • Turf & Ornamentals Field Day - August 3
  • Watering Fruit Plants During the Summer
  • Blossom Blast on Beans
  • Tomatoes Slow to Ripen
  • Tomato Cracking
  • Tomato Sunscald
  • Dividing Iris

 

July 11, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Dividing Iris
  • Heat Stops Tomatoes from Setting Fruit
  • How to Pick a Ripe Melon
  • Weird Squash, Cucumbers or Melons
  • Fall Gardening
  • Raccoons and Sweet Corn
  • Spider Mites
  • Blister Beetles

 

July 3, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Mulch:  Trees Need to Breathe
  • Upcoming Events
  • Bermudagrass Control
  • Watering Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
  • Inexpensive Method of Watering Trees
  • Sweet Corn Earworm
  • Walnut Caterpillars
  • Japanese Beetles

 

June

June 27, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Harvesting and Storing Onions
  • Upcoming Events
  • Blossom End Rot
  • Harvesting Potatoes
  • Pulling Onions
  • Vegetables Produce Flowers but no Fruit
  • When to Pick Blackberries
  • Squash Vine Borer
  • Harlequin Bug

 

June 20, 2017

  • Video of the Week: Water-Wise Ways to Irrigate Trees
  • Tomato Leaf-Spot Diseases
  • Trees Losing Leaves
  • Grub Control in Lawns
  • Little Barley in Lawns
  • Hornworms on Tomatoes
  • Squash Bugs

 

June 13, 2017

June 6, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Tomato Problems
  • 2017 Midwest Regional Hosta Society Convention
  • Onions Developing
  • How to Make Tomato Cages
  • Deadheading Flowers
  • Rose Rosette
  • Sidedressing Annual Flowers
  • Spring-Flowering Bulb Foliage Can Be Removed
  • Still Early to Treat Bagworms

May

May 30, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Controlling Clover in Your Lawn
  • Too Wet to Mow the Lawn
  • Colorado Potato Beetle
  • Oak Galls
  • After-Effects of Too Much Rain
  • Watering Houseplants While on Vacation
  • Sidedressing Chart Available
  • New Publication on Planting Trees

 

 

May 23, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Succession Planting of Vegetables
  • 2017 Midwest Regional Hosta Society Convention
  • Time to Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses
  • Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt
  • Sawfly Larvae on Ash
  • Bristly Rose Thug
  • Westar Energy and Shortstop
  • Storm Damage and the Garden

 

May 16, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Stake and Weave Tomatoes
  • Mulching Tomatoes
  • Controlling Yellow Nutsedge in Lawns
  • Rust on Hollyhock
  • Anthracnose on Sycamore and Other Shade Trees
  • Ants and Peonies
  • European Elm Flea Weevil
  • Euonymus Scale
  • Straw Bale Gardening

 

May 9, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Hydrangea:  Macrophylla
  • 'Staggering' Sweet Corn Planting
  • Rhubarb and Asparagus after a Frost
  • Thinning Excess Fruit
  • Cabbage Worms
  • Ladybird Beetles
  • Rabbits in the Garden
  • Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer

 

May 2, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Selecting the Best Transplant
  • Fertilize Irrigated Cool-Season Lawns in May
  • Be on the Lookou for Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pocket
  • Fruit Sprays and Spray Water pH
  • Blackspot of Roses
  • Flooding Damage
  • Poison Ivy Identification and Control
  • Recent Rains Trigger Mushroom Development

 


 

April

April 25, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Petunias:  Supertunias Grow Big
  • Red Plastic Mulch and Tomatoes
  • Rhubarb Harvest and Seedstalks
  • Sweet Corn Primer
  • European Pine Sawfly
  • Termites or Ants
  • Dothistroma Needle Blight on Pines
  • Field Bindweed Control
  • Useful Resource:  K-State Extension Wildlife Management Web Site

 

April 18, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Orchardgrass in Tall Fescue Lawns
  • Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • Fertilizing Cole Crops
  • Fertilizing Strawberries & Brambles
  • Fruit Tree Sprays and Rain
  • Pest Control on Fruit Trees

April 11, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Butterfly Gardening
  • Controlling Weeds in Strawberries
  • Fruit Bud Damage from Cold Temperatures
  • Controlling Wild Violets in Lawns
  • Winter Damage to Broadleaved Evergreens
  • Ash/Lilac Borer
  • Mole Control
  • Butterfly Gardening

 

April 4, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Planting a Garden
  • Blanching Cauliflower
  • Help for New Vegetable Growers
  • Fertilizing Grapes
  • Fertilizing the Home Orchard
  • Cedar Apple Rust
  • Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns
  • Seeding Cool-Season Lawns in the Spring

March

March 28, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Self Watering Planters Save Time
  • Controlling Grassy Sandbur
  • How Low Should You Go?
  • Proper Timing for Crabgrass Preventers
  • Starting Tomatoes Early
  • There Never Used to be Fruit on Ornamental Pears
  • Laying Plastic Mulch
  • Organic Sources of Nitrogen Fertilizers
  • Transplant Solutions and Sidedressing

 

March 21, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Caring for Knockout Roses
  • Asparagus Time
  • Frost Proof Vegetable Plants
  • Growing Large Onions
  • Strawberry Planting
  • Apple Tree Sprays
  • Compost pH

 

March 14, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Maximizing Your Garden Space
  • 2017 Midwest Regional Hosta Society Convention
  • Controlling Weeds in Home Garden Asparagus Beds
  • Remove Fern and Fertilize Asparagus
  • Frost Tolerance of Apricots and Peaches
  • Managing Turf in Shade
  • Ten Rules for Planting Trees
  • Adding Organic Matter to the Soil

 

March 7, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Pruning Grape Vines
  • Time to Plant Potatoes Approaching
  • Rhubarb
  • Bolting and Buttoning in Cole Crop Plants
  • Plants Breaking Dormancy Early
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
  • Establishing a Wildflower Area
  • Nationally Known Orchid Specialist to Speak

February

February 28, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Asparagus
  • It's Not too Late for Dormant Overseeding of Turfgrass
  • Lawn Calendar for Buffalograss
  • Lawn Calendar for Warm-Season Grasses
  • Why Seeding Cool-Season Grasses in the Spring is Difficult
  • Blueberries in Containers
  • Growing Blueberries
  • Iris Leaf Spot Control Starts Now

 

February 21, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Making Your Own Seed Tape
  • Cure the Itch by Planting Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Soil Temperature and Vegetables
  • Forcing Stems of Woody Plants for Indoor Blooms
  • Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
  • An Easy Way to Propagate Houseplants
  • Leaching Houseplants

 

February 14, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  How to Make a Grow Light
  • Lawn Calendar for Cool-Season Grasses
  • Planting Asparagus
  • Gardening Calendar
  • Fertilizing Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Soil Testing
  • Soil Tests When Soil are Wet

 

February 7, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Prairie Flower:  Hardy for Kansas
  • Approaching Time for Peach Leaf Curl
  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Pruning Young Fruit Trees
  • Handling Tips for Valentine's Day Roses
  • Check Plants for Scale Insects

  January

January 31, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Tips for Growing Blueberries
  • The Difference Among Determinate, Semi-Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes
  • More Tomato Trial Information
  • Fungus Gnats
  • Bringing Houseplants Down to Size
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Plants Recommended for Kansas

 

January 24, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Pothos and Philodendron:  Easy Care Plants
  • New-Media Marketing Bootcamp - February 8-9
  • Preventing Potatoes from Sprouting in Storage
  • Use a Planting Calendar
  • Tomato Trials
  • Cloning Apple  Trees
  • Multiple Grafts on Apple Trees
  • Growing Your Own Firewood

 

January 17, 2017

  • Video of the Week: Flower Bed Design
  • Pruning Storm Damaged Trees
  • Dutch Elm Disease Resistant American Elms
  • Start Trees Off Right
  • Now is a Good Time to Design Your Landscape
  • Fruit Trees and Frost
  • Pawpaw Trees: A Native Fruit
  • Bird Feeding

 

January 10, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Low Light Indoors?  No Problem!
  • Great Plains Growers Conference - January 12-14
  • Caddo Sugar Maples
  • Newer Lights Available for Indoor Gardeners
  • All-America Selection Winners for 2017

 

January 3, 2017

  • Video of the Week:  Rain Barrels - A Great Way to Conserve Water
  • Great Plains Growers Conference 
  • Horticulture 2016 Indexed
  • Starting Onion Plants Indoors
  • Extreme Cold and Tree Damage
  • Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs
  • Starting Garden Transplants from Seed
  • Vegetable and Flower Seeding Table