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Handouts from Grow Good Food Workshop

If you want a copy of the handouts from the Grow Good Food Workshop this morning, they are available here for downloading and printing.

Vegetable Gardening from the Ground Up (PDF)

Top 20 Tomato Problems (PDF)

Growing Berries (PDF)

Grow Good Food Workshop

Saturday, April 2nd

Come learn how to grow good food from seed to table! The morning classroom session is free and will include the basics of growing fruit and vegetables. There will be two possible afternoon sessions, one hands-on demonstration session in our Demonstration Garden and a session on using & preserving the harvest. Both afternoon sessions will have a small materials fee attached and the class size is limited to 25. To register, visit

Morning Session – Free  4-H Hall
8:30     Registration

9:00     Growing Vegetables

10:00     Tomato Troubles

10:30     Choosing What to Plant

11:00     Growing Berries


Afternoon Session 1   –   4-H Hall, 1-4 p.m.

Getting Dirty – $5
1:00     Starting Seeds Indoors

2:00     Soil Testing & Fertilizing the Garden

2:30     Planting & Pruning Berries

3:00     Planning the Garden & Using Vertical Space

3:30    Direct Seeding in the Garden


Afternoon Session 2    –    Sunflower Room, 1-3 p.m.

Using & Preserving the Harvest  $12

  • Salsa
  • Low Acid Foods
  • Pickles

Spring Gardening Workshop

In the past our Spring Gardening Series has been held on Tuesday evenings during January and February. Starting in January 2011 those classes will be combined into a one day workshop on January 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two seminars will be running at the same time, for a total of 10 seminars. Cost is $5 per person, call Angie at 660-0100 to register. Look forward to a wealth of Gardening information all packed into one day.

Spring Gardening Workshop Schedule
January 29, 2011

8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.               Registration
9:00 a.m.—9:50 a.m.               Seed Starting or Container Gardening

10:00 a.m.—10:50 a.m.          Composting or Waterwise Gardening (Xeriscape)

11:00 a.m.—11:50 a.m.           Growing Perennials or Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.             Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m.—1:50 p.m.                Shade Gardening or Gardening for Butterflies

2:00 p.m.—2:50 p.m.               Grow Your Own Salad or Herb Gardening


Tomato Day On Its Way

Tomato Day

Do you love everything tomato? Have you struggled to grow great tomatoes? The 21st 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 24th from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This event features information on selecting, planting, maintaining, cooking with tomatoes.  Admission is free.

Gardeners, bring your home grown tomatoes and enter them in a contest for Ugliest, Largest, Best Heirloom Specimen, Best Plate of 3 Standard tomatoes and more! The cooks in the family can enter Fresh or Preserved Salsa. Preserved salsa must meet USDA approved processing methods; this information is available at the Extension Office. The Tomato Photography contest returns with categories of Mr. Tomato Head, The Artistic Tomato and Best Unique Tomato Growing Method. Prizes will be given in all contests and categories. For more information on contests, please visit

In 4-H Hall:

  • Enter Tomato & Salsa Contests
  • Get Plant Problem Diagnosis
  • Taste Fried Green Tomatoes & Salsa
  • Make Tomato Critters with the Kids
  • Buy Garden Magazines
  • Buy Iris from the Wichita Iris Society
  • Eat a Tomato Brunch by La Familia Senior Community Center

Shop the Kansas Grown! Farmer’s Market in the parking lot for great local products. Donate your extra garden produce to Plant A Row for the Hungry for the Kansas Food Bank to help those in need.

Seminars in the Demonstration Garden and Sunflower Room include a wide variety of gardening and cooking subjects.

Seminars in Demonstration Garden:

8:00   Composting Demonstration

8:30   Growing Vegetables, Flowers & Herbs in the Demonstration Garden

9:15   Making the Most of Your Garden Space

9:15   Shade Tree Tour in the Arboretum

10:00   Gardening with Kids

10:30   Preparing for a Fall Vegetable Garden

11:00   Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

11:30   Growing Tomatoes in Containers – Marty Johnson, Johnson Garden Centers

Seminars in the Sunflower Room:

9:00   Making and Canning Salsa

10:30   Fresh, Tasty, Fast Tomato Appetizers – Damian Lehman, executive chef of Wichita Country Club

See Contest Details and Rules at

Herb Day on My Mind

It’s still a little over two weeks away, but Herb Day is coming!The Herb of the Year is DILL! (I’m not really sure why that’s so exciting, but apparently it is.)

The 15th Annual Herb Day will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday May 1st from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Admission is free.

A few of the events that day:

  • Plant vendors from around the region will have herbs and other plants for sale.
  • Seminars on growing and cooking with herbs
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • Herbal Brunch available in 4-H Hall by the Kitchen
  • Children’s Activity (plant a dill seedling)
  • Garden Magazine Sale

Of course, the Kansas Grown! Farmer’s Market will be in the parking lot. (But don’t wait until Herb Day to come for a visit!)


8:00  “Dillicious”

8:30  On the Herbal Hunt

9:00  Drying/Preserving Herbs and Canning Pickles

9:30  Herbs and More at Cowtown

10:00  Cooking and Baking with Dill – Master Chef Chris Miller and Registered Dietitian Paula Miller

10:30  Composting – The Black Gold of the Garden

10:30  Meet for the Arboretum Tour

11:00  Butterflies, Caterpillars and Host Plants

11:30  Seed Ball: Making and Planting

12:00  Confessions of a Crazy Bread Maker

12:30  Herbal Infusions and More