Shirley Buller volunteers as a Kansas State University Master Gardener, and is a graduate of the Kansas School of Floral Design.

She owned a successful garden center and floral shop for 10 years and has 49 years experience growing flowers, veggies, berries and trees in western Kansas.

As she states, in those years, "I've probably killed more plants than the average gardener, but experience counts, so I want to share what I've learned."

Buller lives the advice she gives by growing along with those who are either starting to garden, who are trying something new or who have a long history of growing but have questions like everyone else.

* Finney County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Linda Beech draws upon her 30 years as an extension agent with K-State Research and Extension, her degree from K-State with a dual major in foods and nutrition and consumer economics and other experience to give you tips, advice and information you can use.

"To put it simply, this blog is about 'Living Well' connecting you with resources to help improve your home and family life."

There's a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be accessed by all of you reading this column. It's simple: if you want to learn about or share your thoughts on gardening, living well, etc., all it takes is a couple clicks of the mouse and a little typing to gain the knowledge.

Simply hop on the Internet the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., has computers open to the public and visit You'll find a list of forum topics near the top of the page, so you can chat in one of the forums. Scroll down a little and you'll see the staff blogs, which contain reporter Monica Springer's "Education Station," which is news and information about the local school systems.

Web Editor Emily Behlmann's "Eye Spy," which offers up southwest Kansas through the eyes of a local explorer who will venture into new places and rediscover old ones.

Get the latest updates on current immigration news on a local and national level by visiting reporter Shajia Ahmad's "Immigration Matters." As Ahmad states, "Whatever side of the border you're on, immigration matters."

And "The Press Box" gives you three Telegram sports writers at your fingertips, contributing sports stories and covering everything from high school to pro games.

Scroll down farther and the list of community blogs appears on the screen. Choose from "Shalee's Dream," "Paws A While," Beech's "Living Well" and Buller's "Hoe and Tell."

"Paws A While" offers information from the Humane Society on, among other things, how to help you choose and care for your new pet. And "Shalee's Dream," which is a blog offered by Shalee Lehning of the Women's National Basketball Association team the Atlanta Dream.

You can also find a link to Southwest Kansas Talk, which contains the staff and community blogs, by visiting, and clicking on the link, in the tan box, at the top right of the page.

Why read the blogs?

Collectively, Beech and Buller represent more than 70 years of knowledge. Ahmad provides a different look at immigration; Springer is around education; Behlmann takes the time to notice sites, buildings, events, etc. that others might not take the time to see but can read about through her eyes.

The information, advice and a person to talk to is only a click and read away.

So come on. I dare ya.

Just click and see what we're all about.


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