2021 Native Plant Sale

Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners' 2021 Native Plant Sale is live! In 2021 we have been working to refine our online sales and curbside pickup process for our specially-designed native bloom boxes, and we have NEW PLANTS to offer. We are very excited to share this year's plant choices with you. ONLINE ORDERS: Monday, May... Continue Reading →

Peas Please!

Spring planting is officially underway.  We can plant a number of cool-season vegetables right now – seeds of peas, radishes, kale, turnips, beets, lettuce, and potatoes. It’s also time to put transplants of cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, leeks and onions in the ground. In fact, the planting season for many of the seeds started in... Continue Reading →

Potatoes!

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. Are you ready to plant potatoes? I haven’t even gotten my seed potatoes yet. But never fear, March 17 is just a target date, not a brick wall. Some of my strongest childhood memories are of harvesting potatoes. After my dad took the disc through the potato patch my siblings... Continue Reading →

Test Your Seeds

Looking through seed catalogs can be exciting for the avid gardener… and dangerous. Too often I have bought flower or other seeds that I just don’t get around to planting. I also like to buy seeds that I always plant in larger than packet size quantities that can last for two, three and four years... Continue Reading →

The Power of an Hour

What can twenty people accomplish in one hour? Lots! On Saturday, July 25, Master Gardener volunteers arrived at the Medicinal Garden to lend a hand. So much was done in a short time! The garden looks much better with weeds pulled, paths cleared, plants thinned and wood chips spread. When the work was complete, friends... Continue Reading →

Squash Surgery: A Tutorial (with video!)

When Tom and Arlene Whitten (EMG 2017) noticed the telltale signs of squash vine borer on their squash, they decided to take the unusual route of performing surgery in order to salvage their plants.  "I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain," said Arlene.  Added Tom, "This is what happens when you're... Continue Reading →

For the Love of Iris

Carole Mitchell’s inspiring love of irises was sparked by her grandmother.  Mitchell, a Master Gardener since 2000, began growing them in Texas in 1962.  Her collection expanded when she moved to Illinois in 1968 because she had the space to devote to the plants and lived there long enough to establish a garden.  When Mitchell... Continue Reading →

Master Gardeners and Just Food

Master Gardener Cindy Haines began donating leftover produce to area food banks in 2003. “We lived on a farm,” said Haines. “My husband Jim had a very productive vegetable garden and we were trying to figure out what to do with it.” Rather than compost the extras, they gave it to local agencies who made... Continue Reading →

Monarch Watch Demonstration Garden

The Monarch Watch demonstration garden is maintained and developed by Douglas County Master Gardeners and is situated on the University of Kansas West Campus. Professor Chip Taylor and his staff play a teaching role and instruct Master Gardeners about when to be aware of butterflies and caterpillars. Master Gardeners work with the Monarch Watch organization... Continue Reading →

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