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Workshop Handouts & a Giveaway!

Welcome to The Demo Garden Blog to all of you who attended the Get Growing Vegetables workshop this morning! I hope you learned a lot.

If you are looking for the handouts for the presentations this morning, here they are:

Basic Vegetable Gardening GGV (PDF)

Common Pest & Disease Problems (PDF)

Bibliographic Resources about Organics (PDF)

And now for the FUN part! I’m going to be giving away 2 Tomato Plants and 2 Pepper Plants that will be extras from the Demo Garden this year. The winners will get their choice of plants, depending on what is left after everything is planted. (So…you are relying on me to keep more than the bare minimum number of plants alive until May.)

There are 2 ways to enter, and you can enter a maximum of 2 times (one time each way)! You must use a real email address, otherwise I won’t be able to contact you.

1. Post a comment below, telling one thing you are planting in your garden this year.

2. Post a comment below, giving ideas for topics that you would like to see offered at future gardening workshops.

If you want to see what plants you might win, you can check out our seed starting list here.

Entry Deadline is Tuesday, March 30th at 5 pm. Winners will be announced Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mart and Audra, the winners of the pepper and tomato plants!

Don’t Forget!

I’m holding a vegetable gardening workshop tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Get the details here:

Tree Festival

The 9th Annual Tree Festival will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday March 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This informative event will provide information on selecting, planting and maintaining trees whether in the city or countryside.  Admission is free.

Seminars include appropriate topics for both the homeowner and commercial audience. Plant vendors from around the region will have unique trees and plants for sale.

Tours and Seminars include:

8:30 Right Tree, Right Place – seminar – Dr. Jason Griffin, Director – John Pair Horticulture Center

9:15 Tree Pioneer Dedication – Tim Martz

9:30 Trees for Tomorrow – seminar – Doug Grimm – Grimms’ Garden

9:30 Composting Demonstration – Demonstration in Garden – Extension Master Gardeners

10:00 Tree Planting Demonstration – Demonstration on Grounds – Extension Master Gardeners

10:30 Landscaping for Energy Conservation – seminar – Bob Neier – County Extension Agent, Horticulture

11:00 Tour of Riparian Woodland Nature Trail – walking tour – Extension Master Gardener

11:00 Pruning & Care seminar – Brian Hurd – Ryan Lawn & Tree

11:45 Plants that Survive in Shade – seminar – Extension Master Gardener

12:00 Tour of Extension Arboretum – Bob Neier – County Extension Agent, Horticulture

12:30 Rain Barrels, seminar – Peter Daniels

Participants can take time and walk through the Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum and learn about trees adapted to central Kansas.

Starting a 8:00 pancakes & sausage served by Extension Master Gardeners ($4)

At 9:15 a.m. is the presentation of the Tree Pioneer Award, which recognizes the contributions of an individual who helped introduce trees that will thrive in our prairie climate. Timothy R. Martz will be recognized as the 2010 Tree Pioneer. During Tim’s 33-year career with the City of Wichita, he has worked from Gardener I to Superintendent of Park and Recreation. His favorite tree is the Chinese Pistache whose glorious autumn colors may be seen throughout the Wichita Parks and streets each fall. Tim takes great pride in the passion and professionalism of his staff that spend their lives in making Wichita a more beautiful place.

For more information, call Bob Neier at 660-0100 ext 0140

Get Growing Vegetables Workshop

Get Growing Vegetables, a vegetable gardening workshop for beginning gardeners, will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center Sunflower Room at 21st and Ridge Rd. in Wichita. The workshop is free and is being held in conjunction with the Tree Festival sponsored by the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners.

The workshop is divided into three 1 hour segments, which can be attended separately. The sessions will help both new and experienced vegetable gardeners gain the most fruit from their labors during the spring, summer, and fall gardening seasons.

Workshop Topics include:

9 a.m. – Intro to Growing Vegetables

10:15 a.m. – Organic Vegetable Gardening

11:30 a.m. – Common Pest Problems in Vegetable Gardens

Seminars at the Wichita Garden Show

It’s that time of year again…the Wichita Garden Show is just around the corner. Therefore, regular posting about the Demo Garden is hereby suspended until after the garden show is over. Be sure to check back throughout next week to see some “behind the scenes” previews of the show, including all of us covered in mulch while building the garden. The theme of the show this year is “Gardens of the World.”

I’ll be doing my best, starting Sunday, to post some pictures of the building process, in case you’re interested in that. I’ll also post little “glimpses” of what you might be likely to see in the Great Gardens.

We also hold 30+ seminars throughout the garden show. They are held in Room 101 at Century II, which is off the hallway between Expo Hall and Convention Hall. If you can’t find it, just follow your nose to the stand that has the caramelized nuts…the door is usually right next to them. (It drives us all nuts! Hah!)

To see the complete listing of all the seminars throughout the whole show, you can download this file: Seminars (pdf)

A few seminars that may be of interest to those of you that grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs:

Wednesday, March 3

3 pm – Garden Kansas! with Kids

5 pm – Backyard Adventures for Your Family

Thursday, March 4

1 pm – Growing Small Fruits

3 pm – Rethinking Organic Gardening

Friday, March 5

12 pm – Using Dill from the Garden

4 pm – Soil Preparation & Composting

Saturday, March 6

9:30 am – Herbs from Around the World

10:30 am – Unusual Vegetables & Edibles (yeah, that’s one of mine!)

11:30 am – Building a Rain Barrel

Sunday, March 7

1 pm – Basic Vegetable Gardening