Sometimes our gardens fail because of elements of chance. We can’t control the weather, and some pests are more shrewd than all our years of experience and clever strategies.
Sometimes, however, it’s our own well-meaning efforts which cause the downfall of our gardens. Here are a few sure-fire ways to jeopardize your garden’s success:
Don’t get your soil tested. A soil test reveals deficiencies and conditions which we cannot diagnose any other way. If you amend your soil without that information, you can cause your harvest to be way below par.
Don’t fertilize at all.
Overcrowd your plants. When your plants are too close to each other, they will compete for water, nutrients and sunlight. Plants will weaken, which in turn increases their needs for water, nutrients and sunlight. Don’t bother to read or follow the spacing directions on seed packets.
Plant in too much sun or too much shade. Again, don’t read the labels or seed packets.
Don’t mulch. Avoiding mulching will allow lots more weeds to grow, will allow the soil to dry out faster, and will prevent beneficial insects from having a place to live. It will also deprive your garden of helpful nutrients.
Water incorrectly. If you water only superficially, the water won’t get to the roots where the plants need it.
Overestimate your ability to care for a garden. Plant fifteen plants when you have time to care for five. Don’t take into account the time it takes to water, weed, prune, fertilize and harvest.
Don’t plant wild spreading herbs in pots. Let mint and horseradish take over your garden.
Prune in the fall. Pruning will stimulate new growth, and if that happens when the plant is getting ready to go dormant, you can zap its energy resources tremendously.
Give up after one or two failures. Don’t learn from your mistakes, and don’t realize that even the most seasoned gardeners have a bad year occasionally.
You may reverse these techniques to enhance your chances for success.
Snapshots from 2022 Weskan Days
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Hansen Museum is celebrating 50 years of bringing art and culture to the people of Northwest Kansas with an afternoon celebration. The party starts with a nostalgic presentation by Hansen Museum Board Member, Debra Berg at 2:00 p.m. in... [More]
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The True Crime Exhibit incorporates evidence, artifacts and information showing how local and area law enforcement officers solved the crime spree of the Fleagle Gang, bank robbers and murderers of the 1920s who were once as widely known as Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger, Bonnie... [More]
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Mrs. Hennick accepted the flag which was provided by Senator Jerry Moran’s office. This flag flew over the State Capitol in May. The students also received goody bags with a pencil, flag pin, and a booklet on how to properly care for the flag. Pictured... [More]
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Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33. Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017. Margheim... [More]
Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]
Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]
Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]
Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108. Shane... [More]
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]
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]
The Fort Wallace Museum has just completed a big weekend of activities, which in spite of small challenges, was a success. Our 2022 History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days had the theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail, “ and brought in local historians... [More]
Don’t miss this weekend’s History Exposition and Outdoor Education Day “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail!” On Friday and Saturday, the grounds will be filled with demonstrations of telegraphy, oxen, printing press, bugle calls, Cheyenne Ledger... [More]
Our big History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days are approaching on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! This year’s theme is “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” with exhibits on telegraph, telephone, military communication, bugle calls, Plains... [More]
We hope you have marked your calendars for the upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days at the Fort Wallace Museum, coming up Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! Our grounds will be filled with demonstrators exploring “Communication Along the Smoky Hill... [More]
We are excited about our upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days for 2022! With this year’s theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” we are offering a different twist to our demonstrations and guests. Our two-day event (Friday Sept... [More]
The Museum was filled with activity the week of July 5-8 as we hosted 15 local youth for our first History Day Camp! Six professional educators, led by FWMA Board Member Brenda Tropf, led exploration by 15 4th-8th Graders as we learned about the Robidoux and Madigan General Stores,... [More]
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Memorial Day Weekend 2022 approaches and that means that things are about to get busy in Wallace! The 68th Fort Wallace Rodeo will have its Saturday performance on May 28th at 7 pm MDT at the Rodeo Grounds just east of Wallace. The Sunday performance is at a special time - 5... [More]
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20 Years Ago (2002) The Strand Theater was showing “xXx” starring Vin Diesel, Marton Csokas and Samuel L. Jackson. The following movie was “Blue Crush” starring Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, and Michelle Rodriguez. The children of Roy & Dot Mangold... [More]
25 Years Ago (1997) The Strand Theater was showing “Cop Land” starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The following movie was “Picture Perfect” starring Jennifer Aniston, Olympia Dukakis and Kevin Bacon. Coyote... [More]
30 Years Ago (1992) The Strand Theater was showing “Batman Returns” starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken. The following movie was “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” starring Rick Moranis and Marcia Strassman. The... [More]
15 Years Ago (2007) The Fort Wallace Museum invited the public to come visit their new display on September 2. Floris & the late Viola Weiser donated an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. The Strand Theater was showing “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”... [More]
20 Years Ago (2002) The Strand Theater was showing “Stuart Little 2” featuring the voices of Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, and Hugh Laurie. The following movie was “Austin Powers in Goldmember” starring Mike Myers, Beyonce, and Vern Troyer. At the... [More]
25 Years Ago (1997) The Strand Theater was showing “Out to Sea” starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Dyan Cannon. The following movie was “Men in Black” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Dry Creek was running at almost full capacity after... [More]
30 Years Ago (1992) The Strand Theater was showing “Universal Soldier” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Ally Walker. The following movie was “Sister Act” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, and Kathy Najimy. ... [More]
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