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August

August 4, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Composting: Making Black Gold
  • Still Time for a Salad Garden
  • Plants for Late Season Bloom
  • Composting: The Science
  • Tubakia Leaf Spot of Oaks
  • Peonies with the "Measles" and Powdery Mildew 

July

July 28, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Spider Mites on Tomatoes
  • Watering Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
  • Watering Fruit Plants During the Summer 
  • Inexpensive Method of Watering Trees 
  • Crabgrass Control 
  • Wood Chips As Mulch 
  • Cicada Killer Wasps 

July 21, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Dividing Iris
  • What is Wrong with My Trees
  • Tomatoes Slow to Ripen?
  • Heat Stops Tomatoes from Setting Fruit 
  • When to Harvest Grapes
  • Pine Needle Scale Control Window Approaching
  • Euonymus Scale  
  • Dividing Iris 

July 14, 2020

  • Video of the Week: When to Pick Tomatoes
  • Tomato Cracking
  • When to Pick a Ripe Melon
  • Green June Beetle
  • Netting Grapes
  • Raspberries and Blackberries After Harvest
  • Tan or White Drupelets on Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit
  • Spider Mites

 

July 7, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Efficient Water Use in the Garden
  • Fall Gardening
  • Weird Squash, Cucumbers or Melons
  • Blister Beetles
  • Remove Suckers and Watersprouts on Fruit Trees
  • Budworms on Garden Plants

June

June 30, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Common Tomato Problems, Part II
  • Tomato Leaf-Spot Diseases
  • Harvesting Garlic
  • Vegetables Produce Flowers But No Fruit
  • Bermudagrass Control
  • Brown Patch on Tall Fescue
  • Ash Flower Gall
  • Japanese Beetles
  • Walnut Caterpillars

June 23, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Harvesting and Storing Onions
  • Pulling Onions
  • Squash Vine Borer
  • Raccoons and Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Corn Earworm
  • When to Pick Blackberries
  • Dutch Elm Disease
  • Woolly Aphids on Maple

June 16, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Common Plant Problems; Part 1
  • Hornworms on Tomatoes
  • Squash Bugs
  • Physiological Leaf Curl in Tomatoes
  • Grub Control in Lawns 
  • Controlling Yellow Nutsedge in Lawns
  • Fundamentals of Using Soaps as Insecticides

June 9, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Buffalograss: Fertilizing and Mowing
  • Fruit Reminders
  • Do Not Over-Fertilize Tomatoes 
  • New Potatoes
  • How Healthy is My Tree? 
  • Aphids on Daylilies 
  • Slime Mold

June 2, 2020

  • Video of the Week: How to Grow Big Bushy Mums
  • K-State Garden Hour Webinar Series: Taking Care of Tomatoes
  • Brown Rot of Stone Fruits 
  • Deadheading Flowers 
  • Rust on Hollyhock
  • Pinching Mums
  • Sidedressing Annual Flowers 
  • Thatch Control in Warm-Season Lawns 
  • Get Ready…Get Set…Go…Get Those Bagworms!
  • Recent Rains Trigger Mushroom Development 
  • Three Steps to Choosing Potting Media for Outdoor Use: Part 3

 May

May 26, 2020

  • Video of the Week: When to Fertilize Your Lawn
  • K-State Garden Hour Webinar Series: Taking Care of Tomatoes
  • Onions Developing
  • Mulching tomatoes
  • ‘Tip' Blackberries, Black Raspberries and Purple Raspberries
  • Spring-Flowering Bulb Foliage can be Removed
  • Plants Slow to Leaf Out  
  • Anthracnose on Sycamore, Maple and other Shade Trees 
  • Sawfly Larvae on Ash 
  • Three Steps to Choosing Potting Media for Outdoor Use: Part 2
  • Sidedressing Chart Available 
  • Little Barley in Lawns

 May 19, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • New K-State Garden Hour Webinar Series
  • How to Make Tomato Cages
  • Walnut Wilt
  • Colorado Potato Beetle
  • Remove Blossoms from Newly Planted Strawberries
  • Thinning Excess Fruit
  • Too Wet to Mow the Lawn
  • Time to Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses
  • European Elm Flea Weevil 
  • Three Steps to Choosing Potting Media for Outdoor Use: Part 1
  • Helping Roundup (Glyphosate) Products Work Better

May 12, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Stake & Weave Tomatoes
  • Cabbage Worms
  • 'Staggering' Sweet Corn Planting
  • ‘Tip' Blackberries, Black Raspberries and Purple Raspberries
  • Be on the Lookout for Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pocket 
  • Rabbits in the Garden  
  • Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer 

May 5, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Knock-Out Roses
  • Protecting New Vegetable Transplants from the Wind 
  • Straw Bale Gardening 
  • Storm Damage in Gardens
  • Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt 
  • Ants and Peonies 
  • Ladybird Beetles 
  • Useful Resource: K-State Extension Wildlife Management Web Site 

 April

April 28, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
  • Fertilize Irrigated Cool-Season Lawns in May
  • Sweet Corn Primer
  • Delay Planting Winter Squash and Pumpkins
  • Praying Mantid Egg Cases
  • Fruit Sprays and Spray Water pH 
  • Bagworms, It's Still Too Early to Spray
  • Poison Ivy Identification and Control 
  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar 
  • Blackspot of Roses

 April 21, 2020

  • Video of the Week: How to Sharpen a Mower Blade
  • Orchard Grass in Tall Fescue Lawns
  • Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles
  • Controlling Weeds in Strawberries
  • Asparagus Beetles
  • Rhubarb Harvest and Seedstalks
  • Fertilizing Cole Crops
  • Red Plastic Mulch and Tomatoes
  • Pine Tortoise Scale
  • Termites or Ants

April 14, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Butterfly Gardens
  • Controlling Wild Violets in Lawns
  • Pest Control on Fruit Trees
  • Fruit Tree Sprays and Rain 
  • Fruit Bud Damage from Cold Temperatures
  • Controlling Weeds in Strawberries
  • Ash/Lilac Borer
  • Nantucket Pine Tip Moth
  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Mole Control 

April 7, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Planting a Garden
  • Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns
  • Fertilizing Grapes
  • Fertilizing the Home Orchard
  • Blanching Cauliflower
  • There Never used to be Fruit on Ornamental Pears
  • Controlling Grassy Weeds in Broadleaf Plants
  • "Bugs" that Eat Toilet Paper

 March

 March 31, 2020

  • Video of the Week: Lawnmower Maintenance
  • Transplanting Tomatoes Early
  • How Low Should You Go
  • Controlling Grassy Sandbur
  • Laying Plastic Mulch
  • Organic Sources of Nitrogen Fertilizers
  • Transplant Solutions and Sidedressing
  • Wild Garlic, Wild Onion and Star-of-Bethlehem

 March 24, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  Crabgrass Prevention in Lawns
  • Proper Timing for Crabgrass Preventers
  • Apple Tree Sprays
  • Strawberry Planting
  • Asparagus Time
  • Frost Proof Vegetable Plants
  • Growing Large Onions
  • Breaking the Pine Wilt Cycle
  • Compost pH

  March 17, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  How to Plant a Tree
  • Controlling Weeds in Home Garden Asparagus Beds
  • Remove Fern on Asparagus
  • Help for Vegetable Gardeners
  • Brown Coloration on Junipers
  • Ten Rules for Planting Trees
  • Frost Tolerance of Apricots and Peaches
  • Managing Turf in Shade

 March 10, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  Fertilizing the Garden
  • Bolting and Buttoning in Cole Crop Plants
  • Rhubarb
  • Time to Plant Potatoes Approaching
  • Use Wide Rows for Certain Vegetables
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
  • Iris Leaf Spot Control Starts Now
  • Don't Work Wet Soil

March 3, 2020

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

 

 February

February 25, 2020

  • 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 18, 2020

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

 

February 11, 2020

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

 

February 4, 2020

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

 

 January

January 28, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  Flower Bed Design
  • K-State Industrial Hemp Conference
  • Preventing Potatoes from Sprouting in Storage
  • Cloning Apple Trees
  • Multiple Grafts on Apple Trees
  • Collect Scion Wood Now
  • Growing Your Own Firewood
  • Using a Planting Calendar

 

January 21, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
  • K-State Industrial Hemp Conference
  • Fruit Trees and Frost
  • Dutch Elm Disease Resistant American Elms
  • Start Trees Off Right
  • Pawpaw Trees
  • Bird Feeding
  • Now is a Good Time to Design Your Landscape

 

January 14, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  How to Make a Grow Light
  • Caddo Sugar Maple
  • How to Tell Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper Apart in the Winter
  • Conservation Trees from the Kansas Forest Service
  • Newer Lights Available for Indoor Gardeners
  • All-America Selection Winners for 2020

   January 7, 2020

  • Video of the Week:  Paperwhite Narcissus
  • Horticulture 2018 Indexed
  • Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs
  • Starting Onion Plants Indoors
  • Starting Garden Transplants from Seed
  • Using Old Garden Seed