KC Gardens

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Why to blooms fall of my tomato and zucchini plants?

2 weeks, 2 days ago Q&A

Why do the first set of blooms fall off of my tomatoes & zucchini. PLEASE HELP. Thank you - Matt -

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What good trees work near power lines?

2 weeks, 2 days ago Q&A

I live in Brookside and have a very small lot.Our neighborhood electric lines run through the back of our home. I would like to know what trees might be appropriate to plant to screen our back door from our neighbors door that would not get too high and get tangled in the lines. Thanks, Sheila

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What to do about freezes yet to come

2 weeks, 2 days ago Q&A

Will I need to cover the portions of my garden where the seeds have not yet emerged from the ground when we have freezes or just those plants that are above ground? Thanks - Leslie

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When should I plant Nepeta?

2 weeks, 5 days ago Q&A

I saw Dennis’ article in The Star’s GROW about nepeta. Can I plant it now, even though it’s still chilly? Or should I wait? When is the best time to plant perennials? Thank you. - Wild Child -

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Roller coaster temperatures: Here we go again

3 weeks, 1 day ago Tip of the Week

Here we go again, riding the spring weather roller coaster. It seems that, for the last few years, our Kansas City late winter and early spring weather has gone from one extreme to the other. Hence it is important we remember the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather give it a day and it will change.” — To read more…

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Make plans to attend the Healthy Yards Expo

3 weeks, 1 day ago Tip of the Week

We have a great event coming up this weekend, the Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo at the Shawnee Civic Center. We will have gardening seminars, eco-friendly vendors and activities for the kids, including StoneLion Puppets. Visit johnson.ksu.edu for complete details. - Dennis Patton -

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Looking for crabgrass preventer without fertilizer

3 weeks, 2 days ago Q&A

Any idea where I can purchase crabgrass preventer without fertilizer? - Karen -

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How should I help this plant transition to spring?

3 weeks, 5 days ago Q&A

I have forgotten the name of this but I think it is a type of Dusty Miller. I know I have had it come back some years. I have 3 plants in the ground right now, and don’t know whether to cut them back, or just let them grow. - Debbie -

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How can tell if it’s invasive honeysuckle?

3 weeks, 5 days ago Q&A

How can I help a friend determine if honeysuckle that has come over her fence from a neighbor’s yard is a marketed type honeysuckle, or the invasive bush form. I myself have been flamboozled by the invasive form, much to my regret. Hers hasn’t leafed out yet. Any suggestions? - Debbie -

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What was that minature purple plant for full sun?

4 weeks ago Q&A

Dennis: A week ago in GROW, you recommended a purple plant (your favorite) for full sun gardens. We put in a new patio (south facing) and want to plant a border garden (working with Earl May) along the edge with shrubs and plants that will stay around 18-20 inches. But that GROW section got recycled, and I can’t remember the name of that plant. Would you please remind me? THANKS!! - Gene -

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What flowering shrubs would work in this raised bed?

4 weeks, 1 day ago Q&A

I have a raised flower bed in the front of house, would like some flowering shrubs that would flower all the time or at least quite a bit. The area faces the west so it gets filtered afternoon sun The bed is about 20 feet long and 2 1/2 foot wide. - Gerry -

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Where do I find Yukon Gold potato seeds?

4 weeks, 1 day ago Q&A

Where can I find yukon gold seed potatoes to plant in Johnson County area? Thank you. - Stephen -

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Dead is dead!

1 month ago Tip of the Week

Finally, some nicer days to get out in the garden! While crawling around on my hands and knees I stopped to ponder a question we get all the time at the office. The question people ask is, “I have this dead branch, limb, shoot, leaf. Should I cut it off?” Now, I realize there is no stupid question. But I often wonder if the questioner really thinks the plant part will come back to life. Will there be a second coming? Will water and fertilizer resurrect the plant? Unfortunately not, and I like to use the phrase “Dead is dead.” There is no real stage of dead. To read more …

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Where can I get help on raised beds?

1 month ago Q&A

Where can I get help/recommendations on planting raised beds? I am building 2 - 4x12 beds and need help planning the vegetables. I would like to plant basic plants, i.e. onions, peas, green beans, lettuce and some squash. I am uncertain how many plants I can plant. Appreciate your help. Thank you. - Marilyn -

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Too early to plant this week?

1 month ago Q&A

Hello, I am going to be a 1st time gardener and I was wondering if it was too early to plant my garden this week? I am using a Nourishmat :) but wasn’t sure if the near freezing lows at night this week would have a negative effect on my plants? Thanks!! - Kate -

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What groundcover for under a tree?

1 month ago Q&A

I have a slightly raised bed around a tree. I used to plant impatiens but not as successfully as I’d like. Is there a perennial groundcover you’d recommend for the shade area? Thanks - Cindy -

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Is it too early to clean out my garden?

1 month ago Q&A

Is it too early to clean out the garden? I know I don’t cut back spring flowering shrubs, and it’s too early for Knockout roses, but what about all of last year’s dead perennial plants. The weather’s so nice, and I’d like to get started. - Susan -

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Potato seeds — How deep do I plant them?

1 month ago Q&A

I want to plant potato seeds and can’t remember how deep or how to do it. Any help would be most appreciated. - Clarice -

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Bush green beans and peas?

1 month ago Q&A

Can you recommend a variety of bush green beans and peas to plant this year. It has been years since I have gardened but I m starting again this spring with raised beds. Appreciate your input. - Marilyn -

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Garden show gleanings: A dinosaur is hatched!

1 month, 1 week ago Tip of the Week

I have come to realize that I am a dinosaur, at least when it comes to the garden show circuit. Recently my office and the Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners had a booth at the Johnson County Home and Garden Show. As an avid gardener I go to the show to see plants, colorful landscapes and clever design ideas that I can incorporate in my home. For a gardener like me the word garden in the phrase, “home and garden show” is all about the plants in a garden. But I now realize the use of the term “garden” is outdated. To read more …

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