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Growing Seasons: Kansas State University Gardens

Seasonal tips, garden connections

Students in back row with Gardens director Scott McElwain: Caitlynn McVey, Connor Bolte, Lauren Walz, Mary Connor and Joe Pru d’homme.
Students in front row: Madi Culley, Josie Riggs, and Toni Hudspath

March in the Midwest:

(from K-State Research and Extension, Kansas Healthy Yards – Communities)

  • Prepare soil for spring planting
  • Plant pansies, snapdragons, calendulas, and other cool loving annuals
  • Clean up the perennial beds
  • Plant new roses and remove winter mulch from existing roses. Prune.
  • Spot spray your lawn for dandelions, henbit, and chickweed
  • Seed thin areas in bluegrass and tall fescue lawns
  • Mow grass 1/2 inch lower to remove winter debris—do not scalp
  • Plant potatoes, peas, onions, lettuce and other salad crops
  • Plant asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries
  • Start seeds inside for tomatoes, peppers and other warm season vegetables

For more tips visit Kansas Healthy Yards!

Upcoming events

  • All-University Open House
    • Saturday, April 1, 2017
    • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Iris Day at the Gardens
    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 1–4 p.m.
  • Can You Dig It? 13th annual K-State Garden Party
    • Friday, June 2, 2017
    • 6:30 p.m.
    • Music from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s
  • Riley County Master Gardener Tour
    • Sunday, June 11, 2017
    • 1–5 p.m.

Garden connections:

The Gardens are open:
Dawn to midnight, Sunday through Saturday, March through November.

The Quinlan Visitor Center is open:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Admission and parking is free.

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