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Herb Day!

I know I haven’t gotten back into a regular Friday PhotoEssay habit yet, and I think it is going to have to wait one more week. Besides, I’m tired of posting construction pictures!

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 5th) is our 17th annual Herb Day! We will be featuring the National Herb of the Year: Rose, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Center.

Guest Speaker, Jim Long, owner of Long Creek Herbs in Blue Eye, MO, will share with participants about “How to Eat a Rose” and “Growing & Using the 10 Most Popular Herbs.” He is a regular columnist for The Herb Companion magazine and his gardens have been featured in many publications and TV shows.

In addition, seminars by members of the Herb Society and Master Gardeners will cover topics relating to growing and cooking with herbs. Plant vendors from around the region will have herbs and other plants for sale. Of course, the Kansas Grown! Farmers Market will be going on in the parking lot.

Herb Day Events:

  • Seminars in the Sunflower Room, Meadowlark Room and the Demonstration Garden
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • Herb Society Box Lunch Sale
  • Children’s Activity
  • Garden Magazine Sale
  • Vendors selling herbs and other gardening items
  • Door Prizes

Seminars in the Sunflower Room:

8:00  History of Herbs (Old Time Herbs)

9:00  GUEST SPEAKER: Jim Long – Growing and Using the 10 Most Popular Herbs

10:00  Rugosa Roses (Roses that Grow Good Hips)

11:00  GUEST SPEAKER: Jim Long – How to Eat a Rose

12:00  Cooking with Herbs

Seminars in the Meadowlark Room:

8:30  Planting Herbs in Containers & Small Places

9:30  Composting

10:30  Spring Rose Care

11:30  Walking Tour of the Nature Trail

Grow Good Food Workshop Presentations & Handouts

For those of you that were not able to attend the Grow Good Food Workshop on Saturday, March 17th OR if you wanted to get another copy of the handouts, everything that I have currently is linked below. I will try to add the few that I am still missing.

9 a.m. – Planning Your Vegetable Garden: Planning Your Vegetable Garden (PDF), Planning Your Vegetable Garden, Planting Guide (PDF); Recommended Vegetable Varieties (PDF)

10 a.m. – Vertical Gardening: Vertical Gardening Presentation (PDF)

10:30 a.m. – Container Vegetable Gardening: Veggies in Containers (PDF);   Publication (PDF)

11 a.m. – Success with Tomatoes: SUCCESS WITH TOMATOES (PDF)

1 p.m. – Growing Strawberries: Growing Strawberries (PDF)

2 p.m. – Fall & Winter Gardening: Winter Gardening Handout (PDF), Mid-Tunnel Prep (PDF)

3 p.m. – Unusual Vegetables & Edibles: Unusual Vegetables & Edibles (PDF)

1 & 2 p.m. – Cooking with Vegetables & Cooking with Herbs: Recipes 2012 (PDF)

3 p.m. – Canning & Preserving the Harvest: Handout (PDF)

Outdoor Living & Landscape Show Setup

We are excited to have a booth (much smaller than last year) at the new Outdoor Living & Landscape Show that kicks off down at Century II on Friday! The theme of our booth this year is Evergreen Options for Kansas.

There are so many issues with pines in Kansas, from insects to diseases (especially Pine Wilt), that we need to be considering what are some other types of evergreens that we can plant in windbreaks and landscapes to provide some evergreen color and form.

To get started, we needed a place to put the trees. The raised beds this year are definitely more functional than decorative!

The trees are just hanging out, waiting to be placed.

We tried to place the trees so that each one would show off its unique characteristics.

Getting the trees and signposts in place and everything mulched goes much quicker when there isn’t a Hobbit House being built!

With the first part of the booth setup done, we could take a peek at what else was going in on the show floor. Most of the display gardens are in good shape, and we were impressed with what we saw. The stress level was so much lower than before and all the gardens look like something that someone could do in their own yard!

I’ll have more pictures either tomorrow or Monday of our finished booth and the rest of the show! If you are looking for more details about the show or want to see a list of our seminars, visit

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)

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.