Monthly Archives: January 2012

Master Gardeners Sponsor Community Garden Grant

For the second year, the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners are sponsoring a Community Garden Grant for gardens in Sedgwick County. The grant is available to new or established community gardens. It will provide tools, seeds, plants, irrigation equipment, raised beds, soil improvement materials, or other gardening supplies valued at $100-$250 per selected garden.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2012 by 5 p.m.

Send Applications to: Rebecca McMahon (rmcmahonATksuDOTedu) or 7001 W 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67205 or by fax to 316-722-1432.

Questions: Call Rebecca at 660-0142.

Awards will be announced by April 1, 2012.

Application Forms:

2012 SCEMG Community Garden Grant (PDF)

2012 SCEMG Community Garden Grant Fillable (PDF)

First Look at our Garden Plans for 2012

It’s a little bit funny that we’re talking about our planting plans when we aren’t remotely close to having beds to plant in. However, we’re eternal optimists and are forging ahead with our planting plans, regardless of whether or not we ever actually get to implement them! I think we’ll have some very exciting things in the garden this year, assuming the construction goes well this spring.

New Kansas Community Gardens Website

If you are a community gardener or someone interested in community garden, we have a new website with some resources available.

There are two main features of the website right now that may be of interest to you.

Second, there are 6 videos about community gardening that will be beneficial to folks that are trying to get a garden started. The topics are Why Start One?, Choosing a Site, Different Types, Common Features, Typical Costs, and Sources of Funding.

First, there is an application for a community garden grant. (Yes, I put it second because I wanted you to pay attention to what I said about the videos.) The grant is funded through the Kansas Health Foundation and is being administered through K-State Research & Extension. All the application materials and information is available on the website. Priority will be given to new community gardens, and awards can be up to $5,000 per garden. Up to 20 gardens will be funded each year for 3 years. Application deadline is March 1, 2012. Awards will by announced April 1.

Basic Vegetable Gardening Classes

Where: Sedgwick County Extension, Sunflower Room

When: January 31st and February 7th, 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5, whether you attend both classes or only one

To Register: or call 316-660-0100

Growing vegetables in Kansas can be a challenge, especially for a beginner. A series of two basic vegetable gardening classes will be held on Tuesday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center Sunflower Room at 21st and Ridge Rd. in Wichita. Both classes run from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Cost of the classes is $5, whether you attend both or only one. Register online at or call 316-660-0100.

The January 31st class will cover Intro to Vegetable Gardening.

The February 7th class will cover Raised Bed Gardening and Extending the Garden Season.


Spring Gardening Workshop

Where: Sedgwick County Extension Center 4-H Hall, 7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita

When: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8:30 am-3:00 pm

Cost: $10 per person, due in advance

To Register: or call Angie at 660-0100

The 9th annual Spring Gardening Workshop will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center 4-H Hall at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday, January 21st.   From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be three seminars each hour, running at the same time, for a total of 15 seminars to choose from.  The workshop includes educational topics for the home gardener, focused on landscape and ornamental plants. Look forward to a wealth of gardening information all packed into one day.  See schedule below for classes.

Class size is limited and open to all residents in south central Kansas.

In case of inclement weather, check KSN Channel 3, KAKE Channel 10 or KWCH Channel 12 for cancellation.

Workshop Classes Include:

8:30am-9:00am                       Registration/Sign-in

9:00am-9:50am                       Landscaping


Growing & Using Herbs


Gardening for Butterflies

10:00am-10:50am                   Landscaping cont.


Using Natives & Wildflowers in Your Landscape


First Time Gardening

11:00am-11:50am                   Growing Transplants from Seed


Easy Care Roses


Lawn Renovation/Spring Lawn Care

12:00pm-1:00pm                     Lunch on your own

1:00pm-1:50pm                       Container Plants


Shade Gardening


Water-wise Gardening (Xeriscaping)

2:00pm-2:50pm                       Growing Perennials


Selection & Care of Trees