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Soil pH                       Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 5, 2021

Fertilizing Houseplants         Article                    Audio
Houseplants have had a positive psychological impact on people throughout cold, bleak winters. It’s important to remember these fertilization tips when caring for your houseplants to ensure that their lives are as long as possible.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 26, 2021

Site assessment for Plants           Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 19, 2021

Flower Bouquets            Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 12, 2021

Tomatoes              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 5, 2021

Keeping Grass Away From Tree Bases Gives Them a Competitive Edge                 Article
When planting new trees, some people choose to allow grass to grow right up to the trunk, while others mulch around the base. Which gives the new tree a better chance of surviving?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 29, 2021

Basic Plant Breeding               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 29, 2021

Grass vs Mulch for New Trees           Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 22, 2021

Windbreaks                Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 15,2021

Seed Starting                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 8,2021

After-Christmas Tree          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 25, 2020

Protective Covers              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 18, 2020

Microclimates                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 11, 2020

Treat Houseplants like Outdoor Plants for Winter Horticulture          Article                Audio

With winter rapidly approaching and temperatures dropping, many people get their horticulture fix with indoor plants. Many rules of thumb for outdoor plants also apply to indoor plants. Watering is the most common cause of ill-looking plants, often from overwatering.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 4, 2020

Thanksgiving Horticulture                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 25, 2020

Holiday Horticulture   

Pines                          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 20, 2020

Holiday Horticulture             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 13, 2020

Pecans                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 6, 2020

Oaks                               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 30, 2020

Maples                                        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 23, 2020

American Persimmons                              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 15, 2020


If Planting Trees, Now is the Time                Article
If you want to plant trees, fall is the time to do it, for several reasons. Trees respond to the warm soil temperatures from the summer by growing their root systems deeper, which leads to better long-term health and a faster growth rate.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 9, 2020


Black Walnuts                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 9, 2020


Identifying a Plant                Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 3, 2020



Fall Tree Planting         Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 25, 2020


Champion Trees               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 18, 2020


Garden Plant Preparation for Winter Dormancy Begins Now                     Article
The beginning of fall signals transitions in the garden, and while plants are going dormant, there are still tasks to complete before the garden shuts down completely for the winter.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 11, 2020


Fall Miscellany             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 11, 2020


Grass Seed Quality        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 4, 2020


Seeding Lawns                 Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 28,2020


Master Gardener Training Goes Virtual For 2020           Article

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 13,2020


Cool Season Grasses          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 14,2020


 Fall Gardening                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 8,2020

Understand and Avoid Potentially Invasive Plants              Article

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 3,2020


Master Gardeners, Oaks, Tomatoes              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 24,2020


Hazard Trees          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 17,2020

 Bagworms               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 10,2020

 Trees Sweat Too: Keeping an eye out for tree dehydration symptoms              Article

Until the rain last week, our area had an extended period of hot, windy weather, which leads to a condition called marginal leaf scorch. This disorder presents as dry and crispy leaves throughout the canopy of certain shade trees. On some trees, the edges of the leaves will be affected, and on others, the tips of the leaves will be affected. 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 6,2020

 Marginal Leaf Scorch          Audio 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 2,2020

Dutch Elm Disease          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 26,2020

 Irrigation        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 11,2020


Dandelions             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 11,2020


Garden Bullies         Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 5,2020

 Anthracnose           Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

May 28,2020


Turf Miscellany          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

May 22,2020


Tree Decay        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

May 15,2020


Weather and Garden          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- May 9,2020

Water Testing Important to Protect the Fruit & Vegetable Consumers       Article

With 12 percent more rain than average over the last year, ponds and wells are full to overflowing with water to use as irrigation for fruit and vegetable gardens. However, it’s important to ensure that the water you draw from your well or pond is not contaminated with bacteria before irrigating your crops. Irrigating with contaminated water has the potential to spread foodborne illness, particularly if selling produce to others.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- May 8, 2020

 Weather and Gardening       Audio

 Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- May 8, 2020

 Farmers Markets         Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- May 8, 2020

Foraging               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 30,2020


Freeze Damage            Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- April 23,2020


Starting A New Garden          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent 

- April 16,2020


In This Time of Self-Isolation, Start a Garden!                     Article                     Radio

With the coronavirus pandemic putting pressure on local food systems, interest is resurfacing in homeowners starting Victory Gardens in their yards. Victory Gardens, originally called War Gardens, began in the late 1910s as the U.S. entered World War I. Renamed to Victory Gardens in World War II, it was the public’s way of easing pressure on food supplies by having American citizens produce most of their own food.

- April 10, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

Bulbs              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- April 9,2020


Tree Planting        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- April 2, 2020


Soil PH         Audio

- March 26, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

When Testing Soil Fertility, Don't Ignore pH                      Article

- March 24, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

Commercial Hemp             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- March 19,2020


Soil Texture and Drainage        Audio

- March 12,2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


Soil Temperature and Seed Dormancy          Audio

- March 5, 2020 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


Pruning Trees Both an Art and Science- Article         Radio

- February 26, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

Citizens Science Program     Audio

- February 21,2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

 New Horticulture Agent Introductions - Article

 - January 31, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

 Dividing Peonies - Article

 - November 14, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Making Compost - Article

- October 24, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Tree Shopping -  Article

- September 20,2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Ugly Web Nests! - Article

- July 23, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Protect Tomato Plants - Article

- June 20, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Beetle Invasion Soon to Begin -  Article

- June 13, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Controlling Squash Bugs - Article

- May 30, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Container Gardening- Article

- May 1, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Repotting Houseplants - Article

-April 4, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Using Leftover Vegetable Seeds - Article

- March 3, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

You've Got Moles- Audio

- Feb. 4, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Fruit Tree Pruning - Audio

- Jan. 7,2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent

 Christmas Tree Selection and Care - Article        Audio

- Dec. 4, 2018

Applying Lime - Audio

- March 31,2018

 Hobby Greenhouse Considerations- Audio

- March 17,2018

 When To Plant a Vegetable Garden- Audio

- March 10,2018

 Planting a Strawberry Bed - Audio

-March 3,2018

 Garden Soil PH Test- Audio

-February 24, 2018

 Planting a Fruit Garden - Audio


 Starting Transplants- Audio

-February 10,2018

 Trapping Moles - Audio

- January 27, 2018

 Indoor Lighting For Plants - Audio

- January 13,2018

 Indoor Plant Problem Diagnosis - Audio

- January 20,2018

 Ice Melters - Audio

- January 06,2018

Soil Organic Matter - Audio

 - August 24, 2017

Master Gardener Class Begins September - Article

- June 2, 2017

Sycamore Disease - Audio

 - May 19, 2017

Tomato Leaf Diseases - Audio

- May 12, 2017

Planting Sweet Corn - Audio

 - May 4, 2017

Managing Cedar-apple Rust -Audio

Applying Lime - Audio

Thinking about a Greenhouse- Audio

- April 4, 2017

Lawn Mowing Frequency - Audio

- March 31, 2017

Maximize Garden Productivity - Audio

- March 24, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Scheduled - Article 

An informational meeting concerning the Emerald Ash Borer, and exotic pest that is threating our communities, is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at the Southeast Kansas Area Research and Extension Center in Parsons, beginning at 1 p.m. The Southeast Kansas Research and Extension Center is located at 25092 Ness Road (immediately south of the Highway 400 and Ness Road intersection). 

 - March 8, 2017

Improving the Soil pH - Article 

- March 1, 2017

 Emerald Ash Borer - Article

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is likely to become a very serious pest locally within the next few years.

- February 19, 2017

Starting Transplants from seed - Audio

Starting transplants from seed successfully requires that you pay attention to the important details.

- February 12, 2017

 Bagworms - Audio

Bagworms attack and may severely damage several landscape plant. The can be managed with a timely and thorough, mid-June application of insecticide.

- June 17, 2016

Slime Molds - Audio

Scattered patches of tiny grey pustules coating the blades of grass plants may suddenly appear in home lawns. Not to worry, these pustules are the spore-producing structures of slime molds. Slime molds are harmless to the grass plants and can be easily washed or brushed off the grass.

- June 10, 2016

Reducing Pesticide Usage - Audio

Pesticides are often used to manage vegetable garden pests. However, pesticides usage can be reduce by following some time-proven practices that minimize pest problems.

- June 3, 2016

Sycamore Anthracnose - Audio

When sprintime weather is cool and wet, many sycamore trees may become infected with a disease called anthracnose. Fortunately, this is not a serious disease of the trees and fungicide sprays are not recommended.

- May 27, 2016

Senior Gardening - Audio

Senior citizens may abandon gardening activities as their physical abilities decline. However, some common sense ideas can help elderly gardeners enjoy this refreshing outdoor activity.

- May 20, 2016

Weed Control in the Vegetable Garden - Audio

Weeds are a certainty if you grow a garden. Controlling them effectively may include the use of herbicides and good, old-fashioned hand tools.

- May 13, 2016

Planting Sweet Corn - Audio

Sweet corn should be planted in blocks of two or more rows for better pollination. A longer harvest is insured by planting blocks of early and late maturing varieties, or by staggering the planting dates.

- May 6, 2016

Lawn Mower Safety - Audio

Preventing injury to yourself and others when means that all important safety rules must be followed. In addition, the mower must be properly maintaining and all of its safety shields are attached and working.

- April 29, 2016

Removing Ticks - Audio

Dr. Michael Dryden, Professor in the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine discusses methods to safely remove ticks.

- April 25, 2016

Cedar-Apple Rust - Audio

Cedar-apple rust is a fungal disease that adversely affects apple trees. Controlling this disease is better achieved by planting resistant varieties.

- April 22, 2016

Hobby Greenhouse - Audio

Several important points must be considered when deciding to build a hobby greenhouse; this can add up to a considerable investment when completed.

- April 18, 2016

Orchard Grass - Audio

Orchard grass seed can sometimes be introduced into fescue lawns with contaminated seed. This grass can give the lawn an undesirable appearance and is difficult to remove.

- April 8, 2016

Strawberry Bed Preparation - Audio

Choosing a good location and properly preparing the soil for planting significantly improves the potential productivity of a new strawberry bed.

- April 1, 2016

Container Gardening - Audio

Container gardening give the gardener the ability to grow plants when land space is limited. However, container gardening is not without problems.

- March 25, 2016

Lawn Mowing Tips - Audio

Keeping the mower blade sharp is one of the key components for maintaining the lawn. However, alternating the travel direction of the mower from one mowing to the next will help make it an even better looking lawn.

- March 18, 2016

Planting a vegetable garden - Audio

The basic requirements for planting a vegetable garden include the necessary tools, a small plot of land, and the knowledge and determination to properly nurture the plants throughout the growing season.

- March 11, 2016 

Planting Asparagus - Audio

Asparagus crowns are planted early in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. The most common method of planting is in a six-inch deep trench that has been prepared with organic amendments worked into the soil.

- March 4, 2016

Proper Soil Sample Collection - Article  Audio

Just like maintaining or servicing equipment, soil testing should become a routine examination of soil health. Correct soil sampling in the field is essential for an accurate and repeatable soil test, and consequently for an optimum nutrient management program. To obtain a proper collection, there are a few guidelines to follow.

- March 4, 2016

Starting Transplants - Audio

Starting your own vegetable transplants makes it possible to grow varieties that are not readily available at local nurseries and garden centers. Begin successful at this endeavor requires suitable growing conditions and sanitary equipment.

- February 26, 2016

Soil Testing for Gardening - Audio

The soil test provides valuable information about managing the garden soil's fertility. This test checks for levels of phosphorus and potash, and the soil's pH.

- February 19, 2016

Straw Bale Gardening - Audio

Straw bales can be used to grow vegetables.  The bales must be seasoned properly before plants are set into soil-filled, dish bowl-shaped holes fashioned in their top sides.

- February 12, 2016

Using Leftover Vegetable Seeds - Audio

Gardeners can save money by using leftover vegetable seeds. Last year's seeds may still be good enough to plant provided they have been properly stored.

- February 5, 2016

Starting Transplants - Audio

Gardeners can start their own vegetable and flower transplants from seed. Paying attention to the needs of the seedling plants ensures that healthy transplants are produced.

- January 28, 2016

Pruning Fruit Trees - Audio

Fruit trees is important for the production of high quality fruit. Pruning begins when the trees are planted and continues throughout the life of the tree.

- January 22, 2016

Watering Potted Plants - Audio

Watering potted houseplants correctly helps ensure that those plants will remain in a healthy condition, especially during the winter months.

- January 15, 2016

Planting a Tree - Audio

There are several important steps to follow when planting a tree. When done correctly it helps the tree get off to a rapid, healthy start.

- January 8, 2016

Plant Safety When Using Ice Melting Products - Audio

The active ingredients in ice melting products can harm plants.  Careful use of these products provide the safety needed by pedestrians and reduce the risk of injury to trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and lawns.

- January 4, 2016

Success with Christmas Cactus - Audio

The Christmas cactus blooms naturally at Christmas time.  Growing this plant successfully is achieved by providing it with environmental conditions similar to its natural habitat.

- December 28, 2015

Attracting Birds to Feeders - Audio

The type of birds attracted to feeders is influenced by the type of feeder (tray, hopper, nectar, etc.) and the kinds of food offered.

- December 18, 2015

Buying a Poinsettia - Audio

When buying a poinsettia for holiday decorating choose a plant with colorful bracts and bright, green foliage.  Be sure to protect the plants from cold temperature on the trip home and give them plenty of bright sunlight indoors.

- December 11, 2015

Amaryllis Gift Plant - Audio

The amaryllis plant is a popular gift item for the Christmas holiday season.  Ensuring that the plant receives the proper care maximizes the plant's display of colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers for holiday decorating.

- December 4, 2015

Preventing Sunscald Injury - Audio

Bright sunny winter days followed by cold snaps can injure young, tender-bark trees.  Shielding the trunks of these trees from sunlight exposure during the winter months helps prevent this injury.

- November 27, 2015

Preparing Mower for Storage - Audio

Preparing the lawn mower for winter storage not only extends the life expectancy of the mower, but also ensures that it will be ready to begin working right away next spring.

- November 20, 2015

Seasoning Firewood - Audio

For best results firewood for home heating should be properly seasoned before use.  Freshly cut logs should be split and loosely stacked to allow for proper drying. Depending upon the type of wood, seasoning may take from several months to year to complete.

- November 13, 2015

The House Mouse - Audio

With cooler temperatures outside, the house mouse may be moving into homes, garages, machine sheds and grain storage facilities. Effective control involves sanitation, mouse-proof construction and population reduction. At the very first sign of mouse activity, don’t hesitate to start a mouse reduction process.

- November 6, 2015

Making Compost - Audio

Composting is a means of reducing piles of fallen leaves into a useable, soil-building product.  Simply creating a suitable environment for decomposing microbes is all that is necessary to be successful.

- November 6, 2015

Foods for Bird Feeders - Audio

Feeding is a great way to observe these feathery creatures up close. The types of foods used helps attract different types of birds.

- October 30, 2015

Pine Needle Drop - Audio

Like deciduous trees, evergreen pine trees naturally shed their older needles, it's just not generally as noticeable.  However, in some years and especially for some pine species, the yellow shedding needles may become highly visible and mistaken for a serious problem.

- October 23, 2015

Planting Hardy Bulbs - Audio

Fall is the time to plant tulips and other hardy bulbs for spring blooms. Planting depth is determined by the size of the bulb and the soil type. It is better to plant bulb of the same type together rather than mixing colors and species.

- October 16, 2015

Harvesting Sweet Potatoes - Audio

Sweet potatoes are ready to harvest when they reach market size. After digging the sweet potato roots will need to be cured before placing them into storage.

- October 9, 2015

Harvesting Winter Squash - Audio

Winter squash is harvested when fully mature after the rind has hardened and developed its full color. Squash are then cured for several days after which they are stored under proper temperature and humidity conditions.

- October 2, 2015

Oak Leaf Itch Mites - Article   Audio

Oak leaf itch mites cause chigger-like bites on unsuspecting people. The mites reproduce by preying on midge larvae on the leaves of pin oak, red oak and black oak trees. Avoiding outdoor activities around infested oak tree is the best means of reducing the number of irritating bites.

- September 25, 2015

Seeding or Over Seeding Fescue Lawn - Audio

September through mid-October is an excellent time to seed or overseed the fescue lawn. Ensuring good seed-to-soil contact and maintaining adequate soil moisture is essential for germination and establishment of the grass plants.

- September 18, 2015

Plant Nutrient Needs for Turfgrass - Audio

Turfgrass needs nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from fertilizer in varying amounts. The application rate is based on the results of a soil test.

- September 11, 2015

September Fertilization of Fescue Lawns - Audio

- September 4, 2015

Powdery Mildew of Cucurbits - Audio

- August 28, 2015

Nuisance Moles - Article   Audio

Of the various methods of controlling nuisance moles trapping is the most effective. The harpoon-type mole is set above the mole run and captures the mole with sharp spines driven into the ground by powerful springs.

- August 21, 2015

Summer Fish Kill in Farm Ponds - Audio

- August 14, 2015

Slime Mold - Audio

- June 5, 2015

Sycamore Anthracnose - Audio

- May 29, 2015

Tomato Leaf Blight - Audio

- May 22, 2015

Squash Bugs - Audio

- May 15, 2015

Hobby Greenhouse - Audio

- May 8, 2015



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