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Orchids, Leeks & Healing Gardens at Dell Children’s

Much-needed rain prompted disgusted plants to pop flowers for swarms of really hungry butterflies. A Monarch stopped by to sup on Duranta erecta ‘Sapphire Showers.’ Birds snag just-ripe native Barbados cherry fruits. Since we can’t grow the real thing, we can get our cherry fix (and blossoms) as long as you’re not in deer country. | read more →

Keep critters outdoors & politics of sunlight

On our recent hops around Central Texas to tell our neighbors’ stories, we’ve run into lots of wildlife. We even met a couple of sweet bamboo-eating goats (and the family chickens) for next spring’s segment highlighting the Funky Chicken Coop tour. By the way, the neighbors borrow the goats to keep their bamboo in check. | read more →

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Key Tips for Picking & Planting Trees

online premiere: December 10, 2016

original air date: October 29, 2016

Fall is the best time to plant trees, but common mistakes can end their lives too early. Paul Johnson from the Texas A&M Forest Service explains how to avoid common pitfalls, why trees dropped leaves early this year, and the latest insect to keep on our radar. And check out his weekly podcast, Trees Are Key.  Daphne explains why healthy trees suddenly fall over at the roots and what to do about it. Her Plant of the Week is native possumhaw holly, beloved for its structure and winter berries for birds.  On tour, a San Antonio couple designed a drought-tough contemporary courtyard around heritage oaks. Trisha shows what she puts in the compost pile and what to avoid.

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December To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.

Plant of the Week

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Possumhaw Holly

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