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Anthony Reardon

Host, Planting the Plains

Anthony Reardon is the Horticulture – Small Farms Extension Agent for Johnson County, Kansas.

Growing up in Dodge City, KS, he spent a good portion of his adolescence working in the golf course turf industry. There, his love of the verdant outdoors was solidified.

Attaining his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University, he ventured into the realms of ornamental horticulture, landscape maintenance, landscape design, estate garden management, greenhouse management, and fruit & vegetable production.

His previous work includes six years as the horticulturist for the City of Garden City, KS, where he was tasked with designing, implementing, and maintaining public landscapes, and two and a half years with K-State Research and Extension’s West Plains District as their horticulture agent.

There truly is “no place like home” for Anthony as he continues his work with High Plains Public Radio - from Kansas City.

To reach Anthony with questions or comments, please send him an email!

  • One thing most gardeners forget to consider from time to time when working on their garden...patience isn't just a virtue, it's what you'll need to more fully enjoy the growing process, and the time you wait before you can enjoy your harvest. This week, we'll talk about why it's important to be patient, and the value of being patient!
  • Container vegetable gardens can be a good way to grow, but it's important to consider the ways that growing this way can differ from in-ground gardening...some of the same pitfalls will still apply, but perhaps not always in the same way. This week, we'll talk about what to consider when planting in containers.
  • Obviously, you'll need to water your plants,but how much is too much? This week, we'll talk about how to recognize when your plants are struggling with more water than they can handle, and how to nurse them back to optimum health!
  • While it's easy to remember that a plant's roots help to anchor it into the ground, one of the best reasons to help ensure a properly healthy root system is to help your plants get access to the most and best nutrients available. This week, we'll talk about how location and soil choice can help you get better yields this year!
  • Sunlight is all around us, and yet we don't always take the time to consider what it gives us. This week, I'll share how my early childhood fascination with sunlight led me to focus on learning how much light was good for my plants, and which fruits and vegetables could use a bit less. We'll talk about the best ways to give your plants all the light they need, and no more!
  • No matter how long you've been gardening, there will always be something new to learn...maybe you learned from a parent or grandparent, or your neighbor may have a new technique, and of course, experience is also its own teacher. This week, we'll talk about a few things worth considering, and which may help prove beneficial in your garden this year!
  • Don't take it too personally when one or more of your plants just...doesn't make it. It happens. In fact, it doesn't make you the plant murderer you might fear you've become. And in a way, it's almost freeing, as it's part of the natural cycle, and keeping this in mind, along with how much new life you're also bringing into the world, can help to deepen your relationship with your garden, and nature in general.
  • Despite your best efforts, some of your gardening efforts can be partly or fully undone by pests or environmental issues in your neighbors'yards. But you can use their struggles to help prepare for, and prevent, such issues taking root in your gardens and yard, and we'll talk about how in this week's episode!
  • Lawn weeds are a nuisance for anyone with a lawn, but they don't have to be! This week, we'll talk about the best ways to mitigate your weeds for a perfect, green lawn in your yard.
  • April showers bring May flowers, as they say, but those April rains and other harsh weather can be a real challenge for the home gardener. This week, we'll talk about the best ways to ensure that your plants have solid roots to withstand saturation, and how to help your plants breathe as well, for their best health.