10 Gifts for Gardeners

Christmas is just around the corner! If you are looking for a few ideas to bring a smile to the face of that gardener in the family this year, allow us to make some recommendations. The Family Garden Journal. Our garden journal is a great way for a gardener to celebrate a year of growing…… Continue reading 10 Gifts for Gardeners

Pros and Cons of Cold Composting

Now that you are familiar with the pros and cons of hot composting, are you eager to get started? Or do you feel overwhelmed just thinking about all that preparation and turning? If you fall into the latter category, don’t give up on composting altogether just yet. First consider cold composting. Introduction to Cold Composting…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Cold Composting

Pros and Cons of Hot Composting

Most gardening books focus primarily (sometimes exclusively) on hot composting methods. They describe elaborate procedures for turning out the perfect batch of compost, including balancing nitrogen content and monitoring temperatures. There is another way to compost—cold composting. The most obvious difference between the two methods is the temperature of the pile. Each method has its…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Hot Composting

Web Soil Survey

Knowing your soils is a good idea, no matter where you live or what type of country living activity you pursue. The USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service makes that job easy. The Web Soil Survey site takes a little bit of getting used to, but it provides a wealth of information. Once you have selected…… Continue reading Web Soil Survey

Get Ready for January 2017

January is a great time to plan for a new year! Take some time to shape your philosophy and develop a farming or gardening approach. Plan a garden.Discover community-supported agriculture.Learn the pros and cons of gardening in Kansas.Study the farming practices of the Plains Indians.Define sustainable agriculture.Preserve Kansas heritage.Evaluate the interstate highway system.Find out how…… Continue reading Get Ready for January 2017

Verticillium Wilt

Verticillium wilt is caused by six different species of fungus, all of the genus Verticillium.  These six fungi can attack most of the plants and trees that gardeners like to grow, including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. Verticillium fungi spend the winter in plant debris lying on the ground.  Cool, wet weather triggers it to…… Continue reading Verticillium Wilt

Brix: How Do We Use It?

Now that we know what brix is and how to measure it, we’re ready to find ways to apply this knowledge. So what is an ideal brix level? Most plants show markedly improved vitality and pest resistance when their brix levels hit 12 degrees on a refractometer, although with care many can go far higher…… Continue reading Brix: How Do We Use It?