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Johnson's Soil Recipe

Get healthy soil today!

Johnson's Soil Recipe is great for incorporating into both existing and new planting areas. The recipe adds both valuable compost and beneficials to the soil, and contains both
fast and slow release fertilizers. Incorporate amendments into soil before planting. Recipe covers 100 sq. ft. area.

Gardening Tips

Get earth on your hands.

Vegetable Gardening

Plant seeds of beets, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips. It’s also time to put out cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower plants. Other vegetables to plant now include asparagus, garlic, rhubarb, potatoes and onion plants or sets. Asparagus and rhubarb are planted as perennial roots. Both garlic and onion sets are bulbs.

Lawn Care

Apply ferti•lome For All Seasons II Lawn Food Plus Crabgrass & Weed Preventer containing prodiamine now through mid April. This is the first step in Johnson’s ferti•lome Lawn Care Program for cool season grasses, like fescue.


Lawn Seeding

March is a good time to seed or overseed cool- season grasses. Expect the seed to germinate more slowly than in the fall because of cooler soil temperatures.

Tree Care

Tree & Shrub Food by ferti•lome is an easy, effective way to fertilize; just broadcast the granules around the entire area under the tree or shrub and water it in. For extra protection on stressed or insect susceptible trees use ferti•lome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Drench. This is a liquid application watered in at the tree base once a year.

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Marty's Weekly Enews

Local gardening advice & more!

Fresh air and sunshine are good for your soul.

Fresh air and sunshine are good for your soul.

I’m not sure where I came across the saying #outsideisfree, but I like it. On trips up the turnpike to Kansas City, I typically stop at the Bazaar Cattle Crossing to take a photo looking south. The higher elevation of the stop is a perfect place to view the Flint Hills. It’s amazing how every trip to the spot is different than the previous time through, even if it was just a few hours. On social media, I use the tags #mostscenicspotonearth #Kanzaprairie and #outsideisfree, which all pre

How cheap is it to feed the family from the garden?

How cheap is it to feed the family from the garden?

Who doesn’t remember Jack LaLane, commonly referred to as the Godfather of Fitness? I remember watching him on TV years ago, showing us how workout in our homes. It seems that Jack was a pioneer of incorporating nutrition into fitness and informing the general public of how eating a proper diet could change your life. Well, you should meet my friend Matt Smith. He’s what I’d call the Godfather of Fitness Today. An avid cyclist, Matt rides single speed bikes, or bikes with only 1 gear....

I'm with Phil. (He promised an early spring.)

I'm with Phil. (He promised an early spring.)

With the great temperatures we are experiencing this week, I’ll go out on a limb and say that spring has sprung. Something I learned last week while on the mid- day news at KAKE TV, is that March 1st is the “meteorological” first day of spring. In the back of my mind, I have always felt that the four seasons seem to start about a month or so earlier than the official changing of the seasons.  

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!