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Garden Calendar: Tropical plants brighten home in winter

Although there are plenty of different reasons to grow plants inside your home, I think Baldwin City resident Mica Willis expresses it the best. “I just have an awful time in winter not being able to get outside,” Willis says, “and this has been an awful winter for it. The plants help me, ...

Garden Calendar: Pride of Kansas program spotlights easy-to-grow plants

Several years ago I heard a horticulturist say that plants at the garden center are a lot like kittens and puppies. They are little, cute, you want to take them all home, and often you are unaware of what you are actually getting. Even avid gardeners may succumb to the new and exciting flower ...

Garden Calendar: No-till techniques

No-till vegetable gardening?No-till better for soil healthRototillers are a wondrous tool for soil improvement to many gardeners, but some people are leaving the tiller behind for old-fashioned no-till techniques.Yes, I said no-till. As in: No rototillers allowed. Soil structure is left intact. ...

Garden Calendar: Better know a woodpecker

Ever wonder why woodpeckers peck? Or if the holes the birds chisel cause any real harm? To be honest, I had never thought much about woodpeckers until asked these questions. Although the answers on the birds’ behavior are a little complicated, I am now fascinated with the 13 species of ...

Sidewalks in Lawrence must be cleared of snow by Thursday morning to avoid fines

Lawrence property owners have until 8 a.m. Thursday to clear public sidewalks of snow after it stopped snowing Monday night.Code enforcement manager Brian Jimenez said the city typically starts the clock the morning after snowfall stops. City code requires snow or ice to be removed within 48 ...