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Central Kansas District

Lawn & Garden

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Creative Vegetable Gardening Workshop March 19th in Minneapolis:  This expanded vegetable gardening workshop will cover all the basics for growing great vegetables and will also include alternative gardening methods such as straw bale gardening and gardening in containers and raised beds.  What’s new and unique in the world of vegetables will also be covered.  Call the Minneapolis Extension office at 785-392-2147 to reserve a chair.

2019 Master Gardener Garden Fair:  Saturday, April 27th from 9am to 3pm in the 4-H Building in Salina.  This year's theme is Butterflies, Birds, Bees, and Blooms.  We will have vendors, exhibitors, speakers, a garden garage sale, a kids garden activity and more!

K-State Research and Extension has the resources to help you grow your plants in the diverse and challenging Kansas climate


Do you have a specific problem?

Our office is ready to help. You may bring in soil (for soil testing), turf, tree, weed, and insect samples to our offices for evaluation. Suggested treatments or solutions will be provided by Central Kansas District horticulture agent Jason Graves.

If you bring a plant sample, please bring a representative sample of the plant, preferably with several leaves on a branch or stem, including flowers, fruit, or other distinguishing characteristics. For lawn samples, bring in a 3" diameter core, including roots.

Pictures are very helpful in diagnosing plant problems.  Bring pictures in with the sample or email pictures to jlgraves@ksu.edu.  Multiple pictures are needed:  close ups of the specific problem, a picture of the entire plant and if possible a picture of the environment around the plant itself.

Commonly asked for resources:

Vegetables Publications

Tree Publications

Lawn Publications

Fruit Publications

Learn More

You may have heard of our Master Gardeners program or horticultural research and extension centers in Olathe, and  Haysville,

Find out what else you can learn from us by checking out our vast publications library.

Visit the KSU Horticulture Information Center for access to all resources!


Jason Graves
Horticulture Agent
Phone: 785-309-5850


Creative Vegetable Gardening workshop, March 19th at 6:30 pm in Minneapolis at the Ottawa County Courthouse meeting room.  Reserve a chair by calling the Minneapolis office at 785-392-2147

Master Gardener Garden Fair, coming Saturday, April 27th 9am-3pm in Salina.  Butterflies, birds, bees, and blooms.  We will have speakers, vendors, exhibitors, a garden garage sale, and much more!


Pruning Fruit Trees

Seed Starting Charts

Landscape Evergreens for Kansas (updated)

Spray schedule for apple trees (updated)

Spray schedule for peach trees (updated)

Fruit spray products and info (updated)

How to plant a tree

Top 10 Tree Planting Mistakes

Vegetable Garden Planting Guide

Recommended Vegetable Varieties

Composting Made Easy

Waterwise plant list (trees and more) for Central Kansas

How to take a soil sample

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden