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Here’s Your Chance…to be a Master Gardener.

Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners

The Class of 2014 The Class of 2014


  • Have an interest in gardening?
  • Want to acquire new knowledge in Horticulture?
  • Have time and desire to donate volunteer hours to the community?

The Extension Master Gardener volunteer program is open to any Douglas County resident (or resident of a neighboring county willing to volunteer in Douglas County).

Training dates for Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for 2015:

Thursdays, September 10th – November 5th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2110 Harper Street, Lawrence
(Course fee is $125 – lunch included)

Applications are now being accepted and interviews start very soon.

Follow this link to download an application;


For more information;

Contact us at 785-843-7058

The Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program that provides training in all aspects of horticulture. Master Gardeners have met specific goals and are a vital part of K-State Research and Extension’s ability to provide accurate, up-to-date and…

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Researchers Hope Kansas Bee Hotel Will Educate, Start Conversation About Native Bees

The Farm is located on lands overseen by the Kansas Biological Survey. Our bee hotel should be up late summer to early fall and will be a fine complement to this existing hotel further north of us. Visitors to the survey should plan on viewing both whenever the visit survey sites.

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Researchers Hope Kansas Bee Hotel Will Educate, Start Conversation About Native Bees

As concerns about diminishing honeybee populations continue to grow, North America’s 4,000 other species of native bees are also declining. In response, “bee hotels” are springing up all over North America and Europe, including one installed last month north of Lawrence.

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Microgreens production at Farming Turtles

Microgreens are productive and tasty!

Sanne Kure-Jensen

Owner Lauri Roberts describes her microgreens and edible flowers at Farming Turtles in Exeter, RI. Lauri Roberts with microgreens and edible flowers at Farming Turtles

How many foods can be grown and sold in under a week? Microgreens are ready to sell 5 to 10 days after germination. Baby greens are harvested less than two weeks after germination. These greens are 1” to 3” long and come in a gorgeous array of colors.

Super Babies “are tiny living pieces of art!” says Farming Turtles CEO Lauri Roberts, and “their flavors are intense, yet delicate.” Chefs love using microgreens as tasty, colorful garnishes. They know that a just a few tiny greens sprinkled over an appetizer or dish will make a big visual impact. A little goes a long way, helping chefs justify the high cost of these greens.

“Myrtle the turtle” is the farm and family mascot. Roberts has cared for Myrtle and other turtles as long as she can remember. Roberts chose this farm…

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Newest pictures 8.6.14

KU Mobile Collaboratory (MoCOLAB)

A long overdue post showing some of the latest pics. We really are narrowing in on the finish. The biggest piece of work to be completed is the hatchback. The rest is bits and pieces. We installed all of the low-voltage lighting and the long counters on the side. You can’t see it in the pictures, but the recycled tire flooring is installed (the pink rosin paper is for protection.)

CS Humphrey helped us out by applying finish to the walnut benches up in the front. They look fantastic!

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How To Build The Ultimate Tomato Cage For Under $2….The Stake-A-Cage

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Our Roma tomatoes tied up neatly with the Stake A Cage Our Roma tomatoes tied up neatly with the Stake A Cage

You may chuckle at the name – but “Stake-A-Cage” really is the best way to describe the trellis system we came up with a few years ago to effectively and  inexpensively tie up our tomatoes and peppers.  We get a lot of questions about it on the blog – so we thought today we would explain it in detail, along with details at the end of the post on how to make your own.

A few years back, with the garden planted, and about 45 tomato plants growing quicker than we imagined – we knew we needed to give them support and fast! After suffering sticker shock at the prices of tomato cages and stakes in the store, we decided to see what we could come up with ourselves.

We had some left-over welded wire fencing from building…

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How To Make The Ultimate Tomato Support For Your Garden This Year – On The Cheap!

Old World Garden Farms

Anyone that has ever grown tomatoes or peppers knows the importance of providing plenty of support for your plants.

The Stake-A-Cage at work in our garden The Stake-A-Cage at work in our garden last season

There is nothing more devastating than growing a beautiful tomato plant loaded with ripening fruit – only to watch it collapse during a mid-summer thunderstorm. Even more disheartening – some healthy plants can just simply fall over and break without warning from their own weight as they grow. You can go from thoughts of pasta sauce and salsa dancing in your head to an empty plate in a single day!

Good support not only helps keep plants growing strong – but the added light and air flow prevents disease and pest problems, and allows them to ripen more evenly.

Our Stake-A-Cages stored during the winter in the barn.  Their design allows them to store easily Our Stake-A-Cages stored during the winter in the barn. Their design allows them to store easily

Although traditional tomato stakes and cages both work -they both have obvious disadvantages…

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