How does your garden grow? - Growing Mint

Mint is one of the easiet herbs to grow, but one of the most difficult to contain. How to grow it might be one question; how to stop it is another. Growing it in containers will keep it from spreading. If you would like to have it in the ground, plant it either where it can’t spread, or where it doesn’t matter if it does spread. If you plant it in a pot buried in the ground, leave the rim of the pot exposed two or three inches above the surface of the ground. It sends out runners along the top of the ground as well as underground.
One of the advantages to planting mint in containers is that you can move your mint to wherever you decide to plant its companions each season.
There are many varieties of mint. You can always tell a member of the mint family by its square stem. As well as kitchen companions, mints are used as garden accents, ground covers, air fresheners, and herbal medicine. 
Some people plant mint along a walkway so that feet will brush against it and release its fragrance. One lady plants it under her clothesline, and is confident that it freshens her laundry.
Mint is quite vigorous on its own, but with a bit of special care, will be even more productive. Mint’s native habitat is along stream banks. It prefers well-drained soil, and is partial to mostly sunny locations. 
You can plant mint from late May through mid July. You can buy mint plants, plant it from seed, or propagate it from cuttings. Seed should be started eight to ten weeks before the last frost. To propagate mint, take 6-inch cuttings of rooted stems and plant them horizontally in the soil. Stems will also root in a glass of water. Start with a small cutting from an established plant. Any gardening friend will give you a cutting of mint.
If you practice companion planting, plant mint alongside tomatoes, cabbages, kale, carrots, onions, and radishes to deter pests. 
A little fertilizer or compost every few months will enhance growth, especially if the mint is confined to a container. Adding a bit of sulfur to the soil will help the plants make the most of available nutrition. Keep plants moist. Mulch will help maintain moisture.
Mint also performs well grown indoors by a sunny window.
Harvest mint as you need it. Young leaves have more flavor than old ones, so frequent harvesting is ideal Flavor and aroma are at their peak just before the plant flowers. Pinch off buds before they open to keep the plant from getting leggy.
If you wish to get a large harvest all at once, cut the plant just above the first or second set of leaves. The plant will come back and you should be able to get two or three harvests through the season.
Above ground pots will need winter protection.
Dig up and replant or repot your mint every three or four years to keep its flavor and scent strong.



Saturday Market Day - Downtown Sharon Springs

A joint effort by Erin Wright and Katrina Miller, Saturdays in Sharon Spring will now be Market Day. Each week will be different.  Different vendors and different seasonal offerings. With Independence Day falling on Saturday, it was handy for family visiting from out of... [More]


Firework Photos from above

Independence Day Fireworks lit up the night sky over the Wallace County Fair Grounds.  The firework display was sponsored by Wallace County Chamber of Commerce.  photos by Corey David

Wallace County CARES

CDBG-CV (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act) CDBG #20-CV-064 Plan Wallace County has received a Community Development Block Grant to help local for-profit businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people.  CV funding can assist these businesses... [More]


WSU Announces Spring 2020 Graduates And Dean’s List

More than 2,000 students completed degrees at Wichita State University in spring 2020. Undergraduate students who have attained a grade point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0 received the summa cum laude award; those with an average of 3.55 received the magna cum laude award;... [More]


Census Reminder and Update

The census is still happening! With the many other issues in the news, don’t forget that Kansas needs to get a complete count for the 2020 census.  It is not too late to complete the information for your household. You can go online to to respond.  If... [More]

2020 Wallace County Fair update

With the Covid threat the Wallace County Fair will look a little different this year.  In order to protect the exhibitors as well as those wishing to view the exhibits, the fair board has announced the following information.  Fair Dates: Saturday, July 25th –... [More]


Hennick's Shopping Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to Charles Bliss and Cindy Harold, recent winners of Hennick’s $500 shopping giveaway. Charles is pictured with Mike Hennick, Cindy is pictured with Jason Hennick.


K-State Announces Spring Honors

More than 4,800 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the spring 2020 semester. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 graded credit hours receive semester honors along... [More]

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Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

Traffic Court September-December

Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving.  Bench Trial – Not... [More]

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Jul 9, 2020

Visitorship remains steady at the Fort Wallace Museum, with a strong number of area people, as well as travelers along Hwy 40. Work continues on the Weskan Sod Schoolhouse display by Patty Lou Lock, Lynn and Rita Kirkham, which will showcase information about our County’s... [More]


Bugle Notes - Jun 25, 2020

It takes a team to bring together a great project at the Fort Wallace Museum and here’s another great example! Strategic Doing through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation brought about the desire for more children’s activities and programming, a “children’s... [More]


Bugle Notes - Jun 4, 2020

Our good news to share is that the Fort Wallace Museum has now re-opened to the public! Our main changes in operation will be more frequent wiping down of door handles and in sign-in procedures. Our staff will not be giving tours for the moment, as we try to minimize contact... [More]


Bugle Notes - May 28, 2020

Although it was a very different year, the Wallace Community still managed to honor the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place, a “Do-It-Yourself” observance was held in the morning at the cemetery,... [More]


Bugle Notes - May 7, 2020

The Museum has been missing its visitors, but things are still happening on the grounds! A long-time need has been addressed by some of our hard-working volunteers, combined with the generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation through the Wallace County Foundation. Over the past... [More]


Bugle Notes - Apr 2, 2020

The Fort Wallace Museum continues to be closed to visitors until April 6th, when the Board will re-evaluate opening hours once more. We do have staff putting in hours at the Museum on most days, so do feel free to give us a call at 785.891.3564 to ask a question or leave a message. ... [More]


Bugle Notes - Mar 19, 2020

This past weekend, the Guardians of Fort Wallace Museum’s Fundraiser Banquet was compelled to greatly scale back their planned events, due to weather. as well as health concerns. The “Harvesting the Plains” History Symposium went on with a very limited audience.... [More]


Bugle Notes - Mar 12, 2020

The Museum will host a Nex-Gen high school or college intern (age 16 and up) for the summer of 2020! The application process for this internship is open through March 15! We would love to have you on our team and help develop Museum interpretation, while making a good wage and... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jul 9, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) The Weskan Drama Club’s “Not Ready At All Players” were set to perform at a dinner theater in Cheyenne Wells. See the photo below for some of the cast members. Oran Packard at the Wallace County Service Center met with traveler having... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of July 2, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) The photographs of two new clergymen for local churches were published. Rev. Charles & Orpha Wretling moved from Atwood to serve the Sharon Springs and Weskan United Methodist Churches. Fr. Francis Stuart was appointed to the Catholic Churches in Sharon... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 25, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) Weskan Football Coach Marc Cowles and two players, Beau Cox and Sage Sexson were selected to play in the 20th Annual 8-Man All-Star football game in Beloit. Highlights included a 68-yard touchdown for Cox and an endzone fumble recovery for Sexson. A successful... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 18, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) On June 12, 2000, a wrecking crew demolished the Sharon Springs Grade School building that had been erected in 1916. It was an emotional day with many former students sharing their memories. Lloyd & Erma Williams were honored with a card shower for... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 11, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) The Wallace County Commissioners hired Denise Hearson to be the new Pool Director. Her husband, Tracy, was the County Home Economic Extension Agent. The pool would open on June 19. KLee Jones, son of Charles & Phyllis Bliss, took 1st place in the bull... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 4, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) The family of Fred & Ruth Foos were hosting a reception on June 10th in honor of the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Charity Whitney, daughter of Bill & Wilma Whitney, recently began work at the Syracuse Journal as managing editor. The... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of May 28, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) City of Sharon Springs workers had been working on installing the new tornado sirens. They were purchased from an airport in Kansas City. One of them was installed near the swimming pool and the other behind The Pit Stop on north Main Street. The Coyote... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of May 21, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) Harry “Swede” Lutz died at Larksfield Health Care Center in Wichita, at the age of 95. He was born on March 6, 1905, at Wallace, the son of Mary Louella (Buchanan) and Ward H. Lutz. Check out our Facebook page to read the full obituary. The... [More]

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