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August

August 21, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Tips on Harvesting Pears
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • Give Cool-Season Grasses a Boost
  • Dividing Daylilies
  • Are Crabapples Safe to Eat?
  • Correcting Iron Chlorosis in Trees
  • Iron Chlorosis and Calcareous Soils
  • New Fruit Pest Control Publications
  • What is Nutrient Cycling?

 

August 14, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  High Quality Grass Seed
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Variety Selection for Cool-Season Lawns
  • Recommended Tall Fescue Cultivars
  • Harvesting Winter Squash
  • When are Apples Ready to Pick?
  • Pear Harvest
  • Composting

 

August 7, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  When is Watermelon Ripe on the Vine?
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • Still Time for Salad Garden
  • Crabgrass Control
  • Plants for Late Season Bloom
  • Cicada Killer Wasps
  • Composting

 July

July 31, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Spider Mites on Tomatoes
  • Kansas Turf & Ornamentals Field Day - August 2
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • Crabgrass Control
  • Bitter Cucumbers
  • Spring-flowering Plants Blooming at the Wrong Time
  • Prop Up Fruit Tree Limbs if Needed
  • Wood Chips as Mulch
  • OMG!  Organic Matter is Great!

 

July 24, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Dividing Iris
  • Kansas Turf & Ornamentals Field Day - August 2
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • When to Pick Peaches
  • When to Harvest Grapes
  • Dividing Iris
  • Peonies with the "Measles" and Powdery Mildew
  • Trees Losing Leaves
  • Field Dodder

 

July 17, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  When to Pick Tomatoes
  • Kansas Turfgrass Field Day - August 2 (Manhattan)
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • Is My Lawn Still Alive?
  • How Much to Water a Lawn?
  • Tomatoes Cracking
  • Watering Fruit Plants during the Summer
  • Pear Rust
  • Netting Grapes
  • Elm Leaf Beetle
  • Elm Leaf Weevil

 

July 10, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Efficient Water Use in the Garden
  • Upcoming Events
  • How to Pick a Ripe Melon
  • Weird Squash, Cucumbers or Melons
  • Fall Gardening
  • Raccoons and Sweet Corn
  • Spider Mites
  • Blister Beetles
  • Green June Beetle
  • Budworms on Garden Plants
  • Plant Triage and Watering
  • Organic Matter

 July 3, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Common Tomato Problems - Part II
  • Kansas Turfgrass Field Day - August 2
  • Commercial Vegetable Research Field Day - August 27
  • Bermudagrass Control
  • Watering Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
  • Inexpensive Method of Watering Trees
  • Heat Stops Tomatoes from Setting Fruit
  • Sweet Corn Earworm
  • Tomatoes Slow to Ripen
  • Japanese Beetles
  • Roots Need to Breathe!

 June

June 26, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Common Tomato Problems - Part 1
  • Harvesting Potatoes
  • Blossom End Rot
  • Pulling Onions
  • Vegetables Produce Flowers But No Fruit
  • When to Pick Blackberries
  • Squash Vine Borer
  • What is Soil Texture?

June 19, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Harvesting and Storing Onions
  • Grub Control in Lawns
  • Little Barley in Lawns
  • Planting Winter Squash and Pumpkins
  • Physiological Leaf Curl in Tomatoes
  • Borer Control in Peaches
  • Hornworms on Tomatoes
  • Squash Bugs
  • Slime Molds
  • What Makes Soil?

 June 12, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Controlling Bagworms
  • Do Not Over-Fertilize Tomatoes
  • New Potatoes
  • Tomato Leaf Spot Diseases
  • Strawberry Bed Renewal
  • Fruit Reminders
  • Pinching Mums
  • Soil is Full of Microbial Lifeforms

 June 5, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Self-watering Planters Saves Time
  • Deadheading Flowers
  • Sidedressing Annual Flowers
  • How Healthy is My Tree?
  • Oak Galls
  • Thatch Control in Warm-Season Lawns
  • 'Tip' Blackberries, Black Raspberries and Purple Raspberries
  • Bristly Rose Slug
  • "Soil is Alive"

 

 

May

May 29, 2018

  • Video of the Week:   When to Fertilize Your Lawn
  • Mulching Tomatoes
  • Onions Developing
  • Spring-Flowering Bulb Foliage Can be Removed
  • Sidedressing Chart Available
  • Useful Resource:  K-State Extension Wildlife Management Web Site
  • Watering Houseplants While on Vacation

 

 

May 22, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Time to Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses
  • Remove Blossoms on Newly Planted Strawberries
  • Colorado Potato Beetle
  • Ladybird Beetles
  • Pine Tortoise Scale
  • Bagworms
  • How to Make Tomato Cages
  • Helping Roundup Products Work
  • Walnut Wilt
  • Why are Soils Important?

 

May 15, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Stake and Weave Tomatoes
  • Ash/Lilac Borer
  • Asparagus Beetle
  • Cucumber Beetle
  • Straw Bale Gardening
  • Protecting New Vegetable Transplants from the Wind
  • Trees Slow to Leaf Out
  • Ladybird Beetles

May 8, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Knock Out Roses
  • Be on the Lookout for Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pocket
  • Cabbage Worms
  • Rabbits in the Garden
  • 'Staggering' Sweet Corn Planting
  • Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer
  • Storm Damage in the Garden

 

May 1, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Fertilize Irrigated Cool-Season Lawns in May
  • Sweet Corn Primer
  • Red Plastic Mulch and Tomatoes
  • Blackspot of Rosees
  • Fruit Sprays and Spray Water pH
  • Organic Sources of Nitrogen Fertilizers
  • Poison Ivy Identification and Control

  April

April 24, 2018

  • Video of the Week: How to Sharpen a Mower Blade
  • Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles
  • Will I have Peaches This Year?
  • Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • Orchard Grass in Tall Fescue
  • Fertilizing Cole Crops
  • Red Plastic Mulch and Tomatoes
  • Rhubarb Harvest and Seedstalks
  • Termites or Ants
  • Pine Tip Moth Control

 

April 17, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Butterfly Gardens
  • Controlling Weeds in Strawberries
  • Fruit Tree Sprays and Rain
  • Pest Control on Fruit Trees
  • Controlling Wild Violets in Lawns
  • Mole Control
  • Butterfly Gardening

 

April 10, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Planting a Garden
  • Seeding Cool-Season Lawns in the Spring
  • Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns
  • Fertilizing Grapes
  • Fertilizing the Home Orchard
  • Blanching Cauliflower
  • Help for New Vegetable Gardeners
  • Controlling Grassy Weeds in Broadleaf Plants
  • Setting Up Water Teepees

 

April 3, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Lawnmower Maintenance
  • How Low Should You Go?
  • Controlling Grassy Sandbur
  • Starting Tomatoes Early
  • Brown Coloration of Junipers
  • There Never Used to be Fruit on Ornamental Pears
  • Transplant Solutions and Sidedressing
  • Laying Plastic Mulch

March

March 27, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Composting: Making Black Gold
  • Proper Timing for Crabgrass Preventers
  • Asparagus Time
  • Frost Proof Vegetable Plants
  • Growing Large Onions
  • Strawberry Planting
  • Apple Tree Sprays
  • Compost pH

 

March 20, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  How to Plant a Tree
  • Bolting and Buttoning in Cole Crop Plants
  • 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 in the Spring

March 13, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Fertilizing the Garden
  • Time to Plant Potatoes Approaching
  • Use Wide Rows for Certain Vegetables
  • Rhubarb
  • Why Seeding Cool-Season Grasses in the Spring is Difficult
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses 
  • Iris Leaf Spot Control Starts Now
  • Rose Rosette Disease

 

March 6, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Tips for Growing Blueberries in Kansas
  • Growing Blueberries
  • Blueberries in Containers
  • It's Not too Late for Dormant Overseeding of Turfgrass
  • Lawn Calendar for Warm-Season Grasses
  • Lawn Calendar for Buffalograss
  • Establishing a Wildflower Area

 

February

February 27, 2018

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

 

February 20, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Asparagus
  • Lawn Calendar for Cool-Season Grasses
  • Planting Asparagus
  • Gardening Calendar
  • Fertilizing Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Soil Testing
  • Soil Tests When Soils are Wet
  • What a Soil Test Does not Tell You

 

February 13, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Pruning Overgrown Apple Trees
  • Pruning Young Fruit Trees
  • Approaching Time for Peach Leaf Curl Control
  • Handling Tips for Valentine's Day Roses
  • Check Plants for Scale Insects

 February 6, 2018

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

 

 January

January 30, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Flower Bed Design
  • Cloning  Apple Trees
  • Multiple Grafts on Apple Trees
  • Preventing Potatoes from Sprouting in Storage
  • Tomato Trials
  • Use a Planting Calendar
  • Growing Your Own Firewood

 

January 23, 2018

  • Video of the Week:   Attracting Birds to your Backyard
  • Fruit Trees and Frost
  • Start Trees Off Right
  • Dutch Elm Disease Resistant American Elms
  • Pawpaw Trees:  A Native Fruit
  • Bird Feeding
  • Now is a Good Time to Design Your Landscape

 

January 16, 2018

  • Video of the Week: How to Make a Grow Light
  • All-America Selection Winners for 2018
  • Newer Light Available for Indoor Gardeners
  • Caddo Sugar Maples

 

January 9, 2018

  • Video of the Week:  Paperwhites for Winter Fragrance
  • Horticulture 2017 Indexed
  • Great Plains Growers Conference
  • Starting Onion Plants Indoors
  • Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs
  • Starting Garden Transplants from Seed
  • Using Old Garden Seed
  • Vegetables and Flowers Seeding Table