Pruning a beanstalk

The lawn and garden programs with the Master Gardeners have started at the library and our first one, Starting Seeds, was a great success. In February we will be having another one, Pruning on February 21, 7:00-8:00 pm in the Anton Room. I think this is a great program because, if you are like me, […]

Gardening and the month of December

I know it is December and not much outdoor gardening can be done but I always look for gardening books. I was also looking because I  had a question about pruning. For me and for maybe for you, pruning can be tricky. Do I prune a certain plant now or in the spring or maybe […]

The end or maybe just the beginning

As you know, fall is upon us and it won’t be long until winter is here. Outdoor gardening is done for me and it is probably a good thing. I was very frustrated this summer with trying to keep all my plants growing in the very hot summer. So now my attention is on my […]

The Last One for the Year

Well, we are coming to the end of the Lawn and Garden programs with the Master Gardeners. They have been here every month presenting at least once and sometimes twice on gardening and in particular gardening here in Kansas. I so appreciate the information they have given me especially with the hot summer that we […]

Ornamental Grasses

Just a few weeks ago, the Master Gardeners had a program here at the library about fall lawn care. Well, they are coming back for a program on ornamental grasses on Oct. 18th 2012 from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium. Ornamental grasses are grasses that are grown as ornamental plants. Some of the more […]

Midwest Moms-Linda Polly

We have an author coming to the library who has collected recipes and sage advice from some great women. The author is Linda Polly and she will be her on September 27, 2012 from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C. She will be talking about her book, Midwest Moms-Recipes and Advice from the Heartland. […]

Planting for fall

Yes, I know it is still summer and yes, I know it is very hot out there. But now is the time to be thinking about planting your fall bulbs for spring color. By fall bulbs, I mean tulips, daffodils, crocus, allium and muscari (grape hyacinths).  I have been looking through catalogs and I have […]

Let’s talk Gluten-Free

A few weeks ago, I had a request for some gluten-free recipes. For those of you that don’t know, a gluten-free diet is one which excludes gluten. So, what is gluten and where is this gluten found? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It can also be found in spelt and […]

Something pretty, something not pretty

So, let’s start with the pretty part of this blog post. On Thursday, August 2nd from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Anton Room, Jeff Hansen from the Kansas Native Plant Society will be here talking about native flowers here in Kansas. You will learn the fundamentals of wildflower identification and information on local wildflower walks will […]

Cooking in the Summertime

When it comes to cooking in the summertime, my mantra is the easier the better. I prefer to use my grill when it is so hot outside but sometimes a new cookbook makes me want to turn on my stove. And that is what happened this last weekend. I saw a recipe for a beef […]

A real garden experience

As many of you already know, the library has hosted many informative sessions with the Master Gardeners. They have presented on topics ranging from lawn care to rain barrels. But the best is yet to come. On Thursday, July 19 2012 from 7:00-8:00 pm, the Master Gardeners will be talking about and actually showing drought […]

And then there was blackberry cobbler

I have been on a blackberry cobbler kick lately. I have been constantly looking in all the new cookbooks that have come out for a blackberry cobbler recipe. What started all this? Well, I needed to make something for the Cooking by the Book cookbook club and the cookbook we were discussing that night was […]