It’s Pollinator Month and More

Originally posted 6-27-17

I just learned today that June is National Pollinator Month…better late than never! It  ends on the 30th, but keeps  on going year round just always has. Here’s what it’s about.

  • Every habitat garden is step toward replenishing resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors.
  • By adding pollinator and monarch friendly plants when you certify your wildlife garden with National Wildlife Federation, it also gets counted towards the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

To learn more, go to;

And as promised, MORE.

Transcript: Harvesting and Storing Onions

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If you look at these, you ‘ll see that over half of them have fallen over. That means that they are ready to harvest. All you have to do in order to harvest these is to grab one, pull it up, and clean it off a little bit. If you have one where you’ve lost the top and it’s completely gone, then you can use a hand trowel to dig it up.

Then, transport it to a place where they can dry out. You’ll want to make sure that those tops are completely dry before you put them into permanent storage. That will take a little while, so you’ll need a place that is shaded and a place that is relatively cool with good air movement. So, I’m going to put them on the side of a building. If it’s going to rain, I’ll move them inside. They’ll be fine outside as long as they are shaded well. And, as soon as the tops are dried, you can either put the tops together and tie them together to store them that way. Or, you can put them in a mesh bag. We don’t want to put them in a plastic bag without holes. The onions can’t breathe, and it will reduce the storage quality of those onions.

Once they’re in the mesh bag, they will store for quite a while. Just keep them in a cool, relatively moist place. If you have a root cellar, that’s perfect. If you don’t, you’ll need a place that stay’s relatively cool in the house. Then, they’ll last at least six months.

If you have an onion with a soft spot, you can one of two things. First, you can cut it away and use it immediately, or you can just toss it. This is not going to store well, but the part that isn’t rotted will be fine. You need to keep it away from the other onions, because the rot organism that caused this to start to break down will pass to them. So, if it’s in one, it’s going to pass to the rest of them unless you keep it isolated.

What about this one? This is one that has bolted, or gone to seed. The energy in that bulb is going to tend to go the stalk. So, we’ll harvest it just like we do a normal bulb. Let the top dry, and then it should be the first one to use, because it’s not going to store well.

This feature story prepared with Ward Upham, Kansas State University Research and Extension Research Assistant. For more information, visit your local county extension office or visit our website at



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Live With and Learn from Pollinators

Its time to  be the good  royal subject.and support your Monarchs.

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It’s Almost Tme

For the Garden Show! 



















Lots to see and do. Check the  info below plus links. Thanks to Pam Patrick for the other details.  Click the image below for more news.

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Tools for the Garden

Learn about basic gardening tool care.

Note from the editor;This was first posted in  2012..I will be running past items, while I deal with health issues. Thank for understanding. Paul

Tools for the Garden

Gardening is a good way to save money by growing your own vegetables, and you don’t have to have a huge financial investment to get started. With just a few basic tools, and some equipment, you can be growing your own vegetables in a short amount of time.

Watch this short video for a brief overview of a simple way to maintain home garden tools. Here’s the link;

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Please Join Us

“Growing Tomatoes with Flair and Flavor!”

Here is a workshop on the all time favorite vegetable that gardeners want to have success with, the tomato. There’s nothing to compare to the taste of homegrown tomatoes on your dinner menu.In this workshop we will explore some recent studies of tomato taste and flavor with this most staple vegetable.This can be a refresher course, or introduction to tomto growing. Tomatoes can be easy to ne-glect, but with these tips you can make a big difference in being successful at growing a great crop of tasty tomatoes.Our horticulture presenter, Jason Graves, comes to us from K-State as a Central Kansas ,

April 18, 2018 That 10:00 AM.Th is presentation is Free and Open to the Publich.  Held in the Dreher Bthuilding located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS



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Go to the Show

Garden Show Bird House Building Workshop  


When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM CDT

Where: Dreher Family 4-H Building – North Room

 2110 Harper Street
Lawrence, KS 66046

Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners will assist you with making an Oriole feeder or a Wren House. The Oriole feeders will be built at 9:30am and 11:00am. Wren houses will be built at 1:00pm and 2:30pm.

Clich here to register; LINK




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Save the Date

Be sure tg mark your calenddar…













Don’t miss the Garden Show broughi to you by the Douglas County Masteer Gardeners. Held every other yer, the name has been changed to more accuratley tell what it is.  In the past it was the Spring Fair.

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Please Join Us

Here’s your chance to learn about this process. Westar Constructed  “Wetland Treatment – Engineering with Nature” presented by Jared Morrison, Westar Energy February, 21 (Wed.) Education programs will be from 10:00-11:00am unless otherwise noted. All programs FREE and open to the public at  the Dreher Building located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS.  

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My Favorite Holiday!

What day is celebated annualy giving us hope for an early Spring? 








IT’S GROUNDHOG DAY ,you knuckleheads….learn the history of this fun day.

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.

According to an old English song

Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.


© 2018 The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

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Douglas County Extension Master Gardener 2018 Advanced Education Presentations

Here’s the list of the monthly programs. We hope to see you there!

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*Meetings are held in the Dreher Building located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence, KS. All General Business meetings will begin at 9am and Advanced Education programs will be from 10:00-11:00am unless otherwise noted. All programs are Free and Open to the Public

January 20 (Sat.) “Hostas: A Carefree Shade Perennial” presented by Jeanne Klein, Douglas Co. EMG. Meeting & Activity Fair at 9am. Presentation from 10:30-11:30am.Open to the Public

February, 21 (Wed.) “Westar Constructed Wetland Treatment – Engineering with Nature” presented by Jared Morrison, Westar Energy. Open to the Public

March 17 (Sat.) “It’s About Thyme, Herbs for the Home Garden” presented by Sandra Siebert, Douglas Co. EMG. 10:00-11:30am. Open to the Public

April 18 (Wed.) “Growing Tomatoes with Flair and Flavor” presented by Jason Graves, Saline Co. Horticulture Agent. Open to the Public

May 19 (Sat.) “Understanding How Pesticides Impact Pollinators” presented by Dr. Raymond Cloyd, of KSU. 10:00-11:30am. Open to the Public

June 20 (Wed.) “Creating and Maintaining a Naturalistic Garden” presented by Jill Kleinberg, Douglas Co. EMG. Presentation 10:00-11:00 am. Following the presentation there will be a garden tour of Jill’s home gardens, 1756 E. 960 Road, Lawrence, KS Open to the Public

July 21 (Sat.) “Edible Landscaping” presented by Sherri Thomas, Johnson Co. EMG. 10:00-11:30am. Open to the Public

August 15 (Wed.) “Noxious Weeds of Kansas” presented by Alan Hollinger, City of Lawrence. Open to the Public

September 15 (Sat.) “Cover Crops in the Garden” presented by Tom Buller, Douglas Co. Horticulture Agent. Open to the Public

October 17 (Wed.) “Creatures of the Night” presented by Lenora Larson, Marais des Cygnes EMG Open to the Public.  

November 10 (Sat.) “Asexual Propagation of Woody Ornamental Plants” presented by Dr. Jason Griffin, KS. Open to the Public

For informatipn call call: 785-843-7058 

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