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August

August 3, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Composting: Making Black Gold
  • Still Time for a Salad Garden
  • When Are Apples Ready to Pick?
  • Fertilize Strawberries
  • Mimosa Webworm on Honeylocust 
  • Plants for Late Season Bloom
  • Composting: The Science
  • Tubakia Leaf Spot of Oaks 

July

July 27, 2021

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

July 20, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Dividing Iris
  • Pine Needle Scale Control Window Approaching
  • When to Harvest Grapes 
  • Prop Up Fruit Tree Limbs if Needed 
  • Dividing Iris 
  • Peonies with the "Measles" and Powdery Mildew

July 13, 2021

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

July 6, 2021

  • 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 29, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Common Tomato Problems: Part 2
  • Harvesting Garlic
  • Tomato Leaf-Spot Diseases
  • Vegetables Produce Flowers But No Fruit 
  • Brown Patch on Tall Fescue
  • Bermudagrass Control 
  • Japanese Beetles
  • Walnut Caterpillars

June 22, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Harvesting and Storing Onions
  • Pulling Onions
  • Squash Vine Borer
  • Raccoons and Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Corn Earworm
  • Why Tomatoes Don’t Set Fruit During Hot Weather
  • When to Pick Blackberries 
  • Aphids on Daylilies
  • Dutch Elm Disease (DED) 

June 15, 2021

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

June 8, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Buffalograss: Fertilizing and Mowing
  • New Potatoes
  • Do Not Over-Fertilize Tomatoes
  • Fruit Reminders
  • Rust on Hollyhock
  • How Healthy is My Tree?
  • Slime Molds
  • After-Effects of Too Much Rain
  • Inexpensive Method of Watering Trees

June 1, 2021

  • Video of the Week: How to Grow Big, Bushy Mums
  • Bristly Rose Slug
  • Deadheading Flowers
  • Rust on Hollyhock
  • Pinching Mums
  • Sidedressing Annual Flowers
  • Thatch Control in Warm-Season Lawns
  • Recent Rains Trigger Mushroom Development 
  • Three Steps to Choosing Potting Media for Outdoor Use: Part 3

May

May 25, 2021

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

May 18, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Walnut Wilt
  • Colorado Potato Beetle
  • Remove Blossoms on Newly Planted Strawberries 
  • Thinning Excess Fruit 
  • Too Wet to Mow the Lawn
  • Three Steps to Choosing Potting Media for Outdoor Use: Part 1
  • Helping Roundup (Glyphosate) Products Work Better

May 11, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Stake and Weave Tomatoes
  • Cabbage Worms
  • 'Staggering' Sweet Corn Planting 
  • Making Tomato Cages
  • Be on the Lookout for Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pocket  
  • Rabbits in the Garden  
  • Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer 

May 4, 2021

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

April

April 27, 2021

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

April 20, 2021

  • Video of the Week: How to Sharpen a Mower Blade
  • Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • Orchardgrass in Tall Fescue Lawns
  • Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles 
  • Asparagus Beetles
  • Rhubarb Harvest and Seedstalks 
  • Fertilizing Cole Crops
  • Red Plastic Mulch and Tomatoes 
  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar

April 13, 2021

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

April 6, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Planting a Garden
  • Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns
  • Fertilizing Grapes
  • Fertilzing the Home Orchard
  • Blanching Cauliflower
  • There Never Used to be Fruit on Ornamental Pears
  • Planting Easter Lilies Outside   
  • Controlling Grassy Weeds in Broadleaf Plants

March

March 30, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Lawnmower Maintenance
  • Growing Vegetables Vertically
  • 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 23, 2021

  • 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 
  • Compost pH

March 16, 2021

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

March 9, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Fertilizing the Garden
  • Rhubarb
  • Time to Plant Potatoes Approaching 
  • Bolting and Buttoning in Cole Crop Plants
  • Use Wide Rows for Certain Vegetables
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses 
  • Pruning Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Don’t Work Wet Soil 

March 2, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Building a Raised Bed for Gardens
  • 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
  • Ash Flower Gall
  • Use a String Line and Planting Board
  • Establishing a Wildflower Area 

February

February 23, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Easy to Grow Peas
  • Cure the Itch by Planting Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Soil Temperature and Vegetables 
  • Leaching Houseplants
  • An Easy Way to Propagate House Plants
  • Iris Leaf Spot Control Starts Now
  • Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
  • Did the Extreme Cold Hurt Next Year’s Fruit Crop?

February 16, 2021

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

February 9, 2021

  • 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 2, 2021

  • 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 
  • Coldframes and Hotbeds

January

January 26, 2021

  • Video of the Week: Flower Bed Design
  • Preventing Potatoes from Sprouting in Storage
  • Saving Vegetable Seeds
  • Cloning Apple Trees
  • Multiple Grafts on Apple Trees
  • Collect Scion Wood Now
  • Growing Your Own Firewood 
  • Use a Planting Calendar 

January 19, 2021

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

January 12, 2021

  • Video of the Week:  How to Make a Grow Light
  • Caddo Sugar Maples
  • All-America Selection Winners for 2021
  • How to Tell Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper Apart in the Winter 
  • Pecan Blog 
  • Conservation Trees from the Kansas Forest Service

January 5, 2021

  • Video of the Week:  Paperwhite Narcissus
  • Horticulture 2020 Indexed
  • Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs
  • Using Old Garden Seed
  • Starting Garden Transplants from Seed
  • Starting Onion Plants Indoors