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Handouts from the 2013 Grow Good Food Workshop

If you missed out on the Grow Good Food Workshop this past Saturday (or if you had to leave early), here are the handouts for you to download. They are all PDFs, and some of the files are pretty larges, so be warned!

Vegetable Gardening from the Ground Up 2013 Revised

Growing a Garden in Heat and Drought

Organic Pest Control

Grow Your Own Salad

Starting Seeds Under Lights

Fruit Trees for Small Spaces

Cooking with Fresh Vegetables & Herbs

Food Preservation 2013

Tomato Day this Saturday, July 28th!

Tomato Day  – July 28th from 7 am—12 pm

Do you love everything tomato? Have you struggled to grow great tomatoes? The 23rd Annual Tomato Day is for you! The event will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday, July 28th from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This event features information on selecting, planting, maintaining, cooking with tomatoes.  Admission is free.

Enter a Tomato Day Contest!

Gardeners, bring your home grown tomatoes and enter them in a contest to win a gift certificate to the Kansas Grown! Farmers Market.

Contest Categories:

  • Largest (by weight, single tomato)
  • Ugliest (single tomato, please no rotten tomatoes)
  • Best Heirloom Specimen (single tomato)
  • Standard Tomatoes (Plate of 3)
  • Roma or Plum Tomatoes (Plate of 3)
  • Cherry or Pear Tomatoes (Plate of 6)
  • Cluster of Grape Tomatoes (Still on the cluster)
  • Fresh Salsa (please bring recipe)
  • Preserved Salsa (must meet USDA standards, please include recipe)

For more information on contests, please visit

Stuff the Truck for Plant a Row for the Hungry

Help us fill a truck with fresh produce for the Kansas Food Bank. Donate at least 1 lb. of fresh produce at the Plant a Row for the Hungry tent outside 4-H Hall during Tomato Day and you will be entered into a door prize drawing. You can donate produce from your garden or that you purchase, but we do ask that it be fresh produce.

Gardening and Cooking Seminars at Tomato Day

Seminars in Demonstration Garden:

8:00   Composting Demonstration

8:30   Demonstration Garden Tour

9:15   Shade Tree Tour in the Arboretum (meet in the Meadowlark Room)

9:15   Grilling Pizza: Beyond Cheese & Pepperoni

10:30   Raised Bed Gardening

11:00   Beyond Tomatoes – Gardening in the Fall

11:30   Savor the Season, Eating Seasonally in Kansas – Natalie Fullerton, Our Local Food Program

Seminars in the Sunflower Room:

8:30  Cooking with Tomatoes – Damian Lehman, executive chef of Wichita Country Club

10:30   Canning Q & A

11:00  Preserving Tomatoes Beyond Canning

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