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It has been a little over a year since we participated in any public event. The Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners wrapped up their participation in the Home Show last year as everything got closed down. Even with less participation, it is good to be in the public again.

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The aging process is coming along nicely. My aches and pains appear to be progressing each garden season. They don’t deter me from gardening. I recognize them as being part of the seasonal gardening effort.

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Even with a few vegetable crops already planted, it is good to remember to rotate where you do your planting. This is a longtime practice to reduce disease, fertility and insect issues. A three-year wait between planting the same crop in the same location is suggested. It is a challenge in a…

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This upcoming week, some of our fourth grade classrooms will be planting their salad gardens. Lettuce, spinach, radishes and onions are planted by each student. These vegetables are selected because they can be harvested in the 50-some days left of school prior to summer break.

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Since Manhattan was first announced as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, there have been questions from the community about potential risks to the surrounding area. NBAF’s entire mission is to protect the U.S. from specific foreign livestock animal diseases. A…

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St. Patrick’s Day is the unofficial start to vegetable gardening in our area. Typically, the soil temperature is ready to plant potatoes and other early spring crops like peas. Early planting results in higher yields than late planting.

Somewhere, down in my basement, in a storage bin under the stairs I think, I’m pretty sure I have a well-worn copy of “McElligot’s Pool.” Maybe “If I Ran The Zoo.” The going rate on Amazon is several hundred dollars, which might be enough to prompt me to go down there and start rummaging aro…

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Sooner or later, the grass will need to be cut. My first job in the horticulture field was mowing lawns. I enjoyed it enough to pursue an education in horticulture.

The activists on the K-State campus are well-intended. They want the best. They just happen to be doing almost exactly the wrong things, over and over again. The racists, on the other hand, are working the system like geniuses.

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On March 6, I will lead a fruit tree pruning demonstration. That program will begin at 1 p.m. at 13999 Tuttle Creek Blvd., which also is Kansas Highway 77 near Randolph.

The story of Riley, the wayward golden retriever, is an illustration of three principles. First, the key principle that facts really do matter. Second, the principle that people never help their case by hiding. And third, that there’s a difference between what’s legal and what’s right.

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The recent cold snap has me wondering if my plants survived. Many factors will determine the survival of plants. The cold is only one of them, but it is the main one on the mind at this time.

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I can’t recall a singular moment of when I was first introduced to makeup, but I do remember often watching my mother apply her signature brown- or berry-colored Clinique and Lancôme lipsticks that she no doubt picked up in bulk gift sets from Macy’s counters.