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Planting for Success

Blooming annual plants are heavy feeders. To keep the blooms coming, we use quality potting mix, add slow-release granular fertilizer, plant with root stimulator, and water weekly with balanced, water-soluble plant food.

Gardening Tips

Get earth on your hands.

Lawn Care

Warm-season lawns (bermuda, buffalo and zoysia) can be dethatched and/or mowed short now. This is also the start of seeding time for bermuda and buffalo. Newly seeded buffalo and bermuda will need to stay moist when starting out. Use ferti•lome New Lawn Starter Fertilizer when seeding.


We can now safely plant all those annuals (vinca, impatiens), shrubs (butterfly bush, crapemyrtle) and vegetables (cucumbers, eggplant, sweet potatoes) that like it hot. Always use ferti•lome Root Stimulator & Plant Starter Solution when planting or transplanting.



Start with a well draining mix, like ferti-lome Ultimate Potting Mix. In hanging baskets and smaller pots, mix in Soil Moist. It will absorb and store water, releasing it as the soil dries out. Mix ferti•lome Garden Cote 6 slow release fertilizer into the soil, then ferti•lome Blooming & Rooting Soluble Plant Food to maximize blooms.


The best tomatoes are grown in soil with organic amendments. Use Cotton Burr Compost to add organic matter. Use FoxFarm Happy Frog Tomato and Vegetable at planting time, and again when tomatoes are walnut size. It contains calcium to help prevent blossom end rot, or you can add Hi-Yield Calcium Nitrate to your soil when you plant and 2 weeks later. Water in with ferti•lome Blooming & Rooting Soluble Plant Food.

Marty's Weekly Enews

Local gardening advice & more!

Dad always said a weed is a plant out of place.

Dad always said a weed is a plant out of place.

There are a few things to consider when controlling weeds during the summer months.

A landscape certainly can have 12 months of color!

A landscape certainly can have 12 months of color!

Yellows, reds, pinks, purples, and all shades and mixes of colors are a big part of summer!...
I call it 'pepper roulette'.

I call it 'pepper roulette'.

You’re taking your chances when enjoying my favorite pepper, Shishito Japanese pepper.


What Time is it?

Johnson's Garden Time

Join Marty and Jeremy every Saturday & Sunday morning at 7:55 for Johnson's Garden Time. We'll also post episodes here and on our YouTube Channel.

A Green Thumb 90 years in the making...

It's still all good in the hood.

Wichita's 4th generation garden center started as a small fruit & vegetable stand in the 1920s on the outskirts of town at the corner of Douglas and West Street in Wichita, KS.  As the business grew, Harold Johnson, with his father Orie, bought 5 acres of land on West 13th Street, and opened Johnson's Garden Center. This location is still operating today!

Fast forward a half century. Wichita's "favorite hometown garden center" is still serving gardeners all over Kansas for over 90 years. We are a 4th generation family owned business, and are committed to providing quality products and excellent service to our customers.

We can't wait to see what the next 90 years have in store for us!

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