Home & Garden

Surprise lilies popping up as other flowers fade
August 8, 2013
Surprise lilies are popping up around town this week, holding true to their name by sending out their delicate, fragrant blossoms when gardeners have all but forgotten the flowers’ impending arrival.
Garden Calendar: A squash alternative without the bug problem
August 1, 2013
A zucchini by another name might be a little less sweet to squash bugs. At least that is what one Lawrence gardener is beginning to believe in his second season of growing Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino squash.
New York teacher preaches benefits of urban farming in Lawrence
July 25, 2013
On Thursday, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence invited Stephen Ritz, an urban-farming advocate who teaches at-risk kids in New York’s South Bronx, to Lawrence, where he toured several local sustainability projects before giving a speech at the Carnegie Building. Shortly after arriving, he got to judge a cooking competition, “Top Chef”-style, at the Boys & Girls Club’s East Heights campus. He wasn’t disappointed. By Giles Bruce
Garden Calendar: Identify which shiny green insects are friends, foes
July 25, 2013
This summer certainly is the year for green insects — with Japanese beetles making their presence known, emerald ash borers knocking on our door, and the usual suspects just seeming to be more visible than usual. Here are some tips for identifying which of the green insects you should worry about and what to do if control is warranted.
Innovative Bronx teacher to visit Lawrence on Thursday
July 24, 2013
Stephen Ritz has helped transform the South Bronx by inspiring his students to grow more than 30,000 pounds of fresh produce in the New York City borough. Now he’s bringing his message to Lawrence. He will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. The event, sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, is free and open to the public. By Giles Bruce
Food bank starts growing its own produce
July 23, 2013
Like many food pantries, Lawrence’s Just Food realizes just how hard it can be to obtain fresh produce at a low cost. So it started growing its own. By Giles Bruce
Garden Calendar: A ‘little slice of heaven’ in their backyard
July 18, 2013
Water gardens and water features add many dimensions to a landscape, but it is the sound that drew me in to Jay and Connie Robertson’s set of ponds and waterfalls in rural Lecompton.
Garden Calendar: Unusual vegetable offers unique aesthetics in garden
July 11, 2013
Want to try something different in your garden next year? Cardoon might be worth a venture, even though it does a better job of looking pretty than producing delicious cardoon hearts in Kansas.
Agritourism provides sales boost for small farmers, fresh air for city slickers
July 8, 2013
Kansas agritourism sites range from ranches where city slickers can help burn pastures to alpaca farms where visitors can feed the furry animals. On the more refined side, upscale dinners in orchards and cornfields attract people willing to pay $100 per ticket. Agritourism is one way small Kansas farms are increasing visibility of their products to boost their bottom lines. At the same time, farmers say, opening to the public is a chance to share their passion for what they do with people who may not otherwise experience it. By Sara Shepherd
Garden Calendar: Planting seeds for a better park
July 4, 2013
Tom Swan Park in Baldwin City is getting a new look and an educational angle with a little help from the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners.
Garden Calendar: A beautiful, edible garden
June 27, 2013
One Lawrence family is adding beauty and color to the neighborhood while adding homegrown fruits and vegetables to their table.
Residents find ‘common ground’ in city gardening program
June 24, 2013
The Lawrence Community Orchard is one of several community gardens that make up the city’s Common Ground program, which turns vacant city lots into community gardens. The undertaking has so far garnered quite a bit of interest (and creativity) from the community, expanding to seven sites in its second year. By Giles Bruce
Garden Calendar: Tree lilacs add color to summer landscape
June 20, 2013
Japanese tree lilacs, a small tree that produces large, creamy white panicles on the tips of its vase-shaped crown and bears little resemblance to its purple shrubby cousins, are blooming right now in downtown Lawrence.
Garden Calendar: Learn how to be a Master Gardener
June 13, 2013
K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County is accepting applications for this year’s Master Gardener training.
Garden Calendar: Leafy greens bolting early
June 6, 2013
When lettuce, spinach, and arugula start producing flowers, you can usually consider them done for the season. Why have gardeners and producers in the area have been reporting it so much this year?