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Petrified heart or leaf?

I live in Kansas and I found this rock in my backyard. It looks like a heart and the veins are on both sides.

Sedgwick County KS Posted 2 months ago

What is this?

Found this outside today...

Sherman County KS Posted 3 months ago

Inquiry as to plants for high elevation and cool temperatures

James Consolver

Dept of Geology
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS


My name is James Consolver I am adjunct faculty and a researcher at Wichita State University. I am also a Master Gardener with the Sedgwick County Extension service.

I need some information and knowing the Master Gardeners as I do, you are probably a good place to start.

I am working on a research study involving the development of edible foods at high elevations. This is a very early consideration of the possibility of growing plants in greenhouses in the Martian environment and is related to several projects that the US Space Agency (NASA) is working on currently.

I know that your gardeners and farmers are successful in very difficult (relative to Kansas) growing conditions and am hoping to learn from them.

I am especially interested in varieties of potatoes, peas, beans, and lettuce that have been shown to thrive at high elevations. Native varieties of plants from these elevations are also of interest. Part of my study is to show that naturally occurring edible plants can be by normal selective breeding be acclimatized to low pressures and low temperatures. This simple change would significantly reduce the cost and complexity of growing a reasonable addition to explorers diets.

Any advice, leaflets, phone numbers or other information that you can provide me would be much appreciated. I have included my mailing address in case you have flyers you might want to send.

Thank you

James Consolver

4004 Countryside

Wichita, KS 67218

Sedgwick County KS Posted 5 months ago

Heirloom Tomato plants, all fine except one, size small, 20 blooms on plant, just barely off ground

would transplanting the plant and using a plant mix like Miracle Grow help ,vice reqular soil? Been watering every day and using plant food once a week......suggestions?

Miami County KS Posted 6 months ago

White spots on tomato leaves

What are these white spots (also some brown ones on stem)? I removed all the bad leaves but should I spray with fungicide?

Sedgwick County KS vegetable gardening Posted 6 months ago

Preen toxicisty

Is it harmful to birds. I don’t want seeds germinating under my feeders

Sedgwick County Kansas Posted 7 months ago

Spraying Pecan trees

Tell David C. for home owners, if they have a power washer, they can spray the tops of large trees with treatments. Sort of surprised David C. didn't mention the use of Zinc. Is Zinc needed in just some parts of the country?

Leavenworth County Kansas Posted 9 months ago

When can the "soil be worked"?

I am in zone 5b. I am wondering what month people are able to work their soil in my area. Also what exactly does it mean, when the soil is able to be worked? Does this just mean you can dig your shovel down into the soil?

Brown County Kansas Posted 10 months ago

Information on how to take and use soil samples from your garden

How do I take soil samples and where do I have it checked?

Johnson County Kansas Posted 10 months ago


For the last several years we have had an influx of this time of bug on and around our sunburst locust. Do you know what bug this is and is it part of the reason our branches keep dying off and dropping from out locust?

Johnson County Kansas Posted 11 months ago