A Time of Recognition

The Extension Master Gardeners  of Douglas County met reccently to recognise the winners of their annual awards. Thanks to Jim Blom for the excellent pictures.  Recipients were; Outstanding EMG volunteer: Lisa Larsen. Outstanding EMG Leader: Roxie McGee. Outstanding New EMG: Alison Dishinger. Friend of Master Gardeners (not pictured): Becky Kearns and Debbie Studder  from the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee Garden Center.

Outstanding EMG volunteer: Lisa Larsen with last year’s winneer, Thelma Simons

Outstanding EMG Leader: Roxie McGee with last year’s wiinner,Debbie Sutton.

 

Friend of Master Gardeners : Becky Kearns and Debbie Studder  from the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee Garden Center.

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First the Yard, Then the Kitchen

I’ve been slow with the posts lately…no excuse, but mea culpa...Today we do some important work, then we make yummy snacks! Let’s get started. (Thanks to Ward Upham at K-State for today’s content)

Draining Hoses and Irrigation Lines

Hoses and shallow irrigation lines may be damaged over the winter if water is not drained. If there is a main shut-off valve for the system, close it and then run through
the zones to make sure any pressure has a chance to bleed off. Lawn irrigation systems usually have shallow lines. Though some lines may be self-draining, check to be sure
there are no manual drains. If manual drains are present, they should be opened. Be sure to map them so they can be closed next spring before the system is pressurized. If
there are no manual drains the system should be blown out with an air compressor. Lawn
irrigation companies often offer this service.

Drain hoses by stretching them out and coiling themfor storage. Water will drain as you pull the hose toward you for coiling. Store in a protected place. UV light can make hoses brittle over time.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Now that Halloween is past, you may be wondering what to dowith the pumpkins that were used to decorate for the holiday. Consider roasting the seeds before freezing temperatures destroys the pumpkin fruit. Cut open the pumpkin and remove the seeds and stringy material. Seeds should be washed and dried and the “strings” discarded. Toss the seeds with a little oil before roasting.

Flavor can be enhanced by adding a sprinkling of salt to the oiled seeds. Seeds can then be spread on a cookie sheet and roasted for about 25 minutes at 325 degrees F. Times may vary depending on the size and moisture content of the seed. Seeds are done when they turn a golden brown. Ifseeds are not eaten immediately, store in a zip closure bag in the refrigerator.

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Save the Beauty

Storing Tender Bulbs for Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love spring flowers,especially bulbs. Watch or read this good lesson fro K-State.

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Storing Tender Bulbs for Winter

One of the great additions to a summer garden is what we call the tender bulbs. For instance dahlias, cannas, gladiolus, and tuber roses have tender bulbs. All of these bulbs are planted in the spring after the danger of frost. They come up, grow and provide us with a summer of color. But then in the fall, they need to be dug up because they won’t survive the winter. The best time to dig these tender bulbs is after the first frost, or when the foliage starts to yellow or die down naturally.
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t’s a relatively simple process to dig these tender bulbs. Get in there with a shovel and lift the bulb. Take your hands and remove as much of the soil as possible, or you can take a little stream of water and wash the soil off the bulbs. Then you’ll need to remove and cut the foliage back. The debris that you cut off your spring flowering bulbs can be put into the compost pile. There are usually relatively few insects and disease on the dahlias and cannas, and they’re a good, green moist source to help the compost pile work during the winter months.

Then, we’re going to leave the bulbs in a dry, warm area for a week or two, such as your garage. The purpose of leaving them in the warm area is to cure the bulbs. It brings the excess moisture out of the tuber or bulb, so that it will store during the winter.

The bulbs need to be stores where they won’t freeze. So, for most of, that’s going to be in a basement or garage. It’s best to have the temperature somewhere between fifty and sixty degrees. The bulbs can either be left shallow in a pan or tray, or they can be covered with vermiculite or peat moss to help hold a little bit of moisture.

Check the bulbs occasionally during the winter months. If you have any rot or decay, you’ll want to remove those. And then in the spring, you’re ready to bring your bulbs back out for another season of color. So, you can enjoy your glads, your cannas and dahlias for another great year in the garden.

This feature story prepared with Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Research and Extension Horticulture Agent, Johnson County. For more information, visit your local county extension office or visit our website at KansasGreenYards.or

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Do you love wildlife? Do you want to conserve wild critters?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Forgotten Victims of Harvey” – the Pollinators

….Or not thought of…

 

 

 

 

 

“We recently received the following account of the hurricane and the alarmingly low number of pollinators post-Harvey”. ~Monarch Watch

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Transcript: Garlic – Easy to Grow and Store

Garlic – Easy to Grow and Store

A good lesson today on one of my favs…homegrown garlic…MMMM!

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Garlic is a member of the allium family. It has lots of relatives that we use in lots of different recipes. Some of these you may be familiar with, and some you may not know as well.

Of course, we have garlic and leeks, which have a milder flavor. We have chives. We often chop them up and put them in salads or use as toppings. We have different types of onions. They’re all different colors: red onions, yellow onions, and white onions. We also have green onions or shallots. You might see elephant garlic in the grocery store. It often may be in a net bag. It has a flavor similar to garlic, but has a nice, mild flavor.
Probably one of the really appealing things about garlic is that it’s so easy to store. Whereas onions may sprout under the sink, and some things you have to keep refrigerated, garlic is tough and holds up for a long time during storage.

When we think about planting spring flowering bulbs, like daffodils, tulips, and crocus, we plant those in the fall. We always plant them in the fall for bloom in the spring. Garlic isn’t any different. It’s hard to imagine that we’re going to plant. It’s hard to imagine that we’re going to plant some vegetables in the fall, but you can plant your garlic in the fall just as well.

So, where do you purchase garlic? You can go to your garden center, and buy garlic there. Or, you can just go to the grocery store, and buy some of the cloves there in the grocery bin, and use those to plant. It will work just fine.

Garlic likes a nice, loose soil. You might want to work some compost into the soil. Just get it loosened up well. I’m just going to use a small rake to turn the soil up. You can tell that’s nice and loose, because you want that bulb to expand and grow in the nice, loose soil.

We’re just going to pull the skin back, and pull the cloves apart just like you would if you were getting ready to do a recipe – such as when it calls for a clove of garlic. Pull those apart. And then, just dig about two inches deep, and always put the point up. Insert the bulb in the hole, cover it up, and tamp it down. Move over about six inches, put in another clove, and cover it.

We may not actually see any growth until next spring. It’s a lot like planting tulips or daffodils. You may not see anything come up until in the spring. But in the meantime, to can keep track of where you put them, you can put a small marker in the area where you planted your garlic, or where your row of garlic is, so that next spring, you don’t plant something else over the top of the same row. After we water it, it will come up and we’ll have our tops next spring. You’ll watch those, and in late spring or early summer when the tops start to fade and bend over – that’s when they’re ready to be pulled. Pull them and take them to an area that’s cool, dry, and shady to let them harden, and to let the skin cure. Then, you can take them inside. Always store garlic in a cool, dry area, so that it lasts, and doesn’t sprout too soon.
You can even save some of those same garlic bulbs for planting in your own garden next year. So, after you’ve made your initial purchase, and you’ve grown your own garlic, then you’ll have enough to keep going for many years to come.

This feature story prepared with Evelyn Neier, Kansas State University Research and Extension Youth Gardening Specialist, 4-H Youth Development. For more information, visit your local county extension office or visit our website at KansasGreenYards.org

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Guardian of the Garden

Garden Spiders

Photo by Beni Goebel

 

People may become concerned when they see a large, noticeable spider setting up shop in or near the garden. These garden spiders feed on insects and are considered beneficial.
There are actually two common species of garden spiders in Kansas that are active during the day. The yellow garden spider has a black abdomen with yellow to yellow-orange markings. The black legs have a yellow or reddish band.

The banded garden spider has numerous bands on both the abdomen and legs. Those on the abdomen are alternating white and dark bands. The legs have alternating black and orange bands. Both of these spiders are orb weavers that spin large webs with the typical spider web shape.

Though these garden spiders have poor eyesight, they are extremely sensitive to vibrations that pass through the web and use this sensitivity to capture their prey. Since these spiders are beneficial and harmless to humans, it is recommended that they be left alone.

Contributors: Ward Upham, Extension Associate

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