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What Do Insects See? - September 20th, 2014

What do bees and butterflies really see in our plants? Andrea DeLong-Amaya from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center explores the runway pollinator patterns and colors that are invisible to us. On tour in San Antonio, Heather and Brett Ginsburg dumped the lawn for wildlife wonder for their young family. Daphne answers: Why did native prairie verbena rot? Plant of the week is drought defiant perennial wildlife lover Mexican bush sage (Salvia l…

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Tree Problems - January 5th, 2013

Consulting arborist Don Gardner explains why trees suffer and die in drought and how to save them. On tour, Annie Gillespie salvages an uncomfortable slope for gardens and family. Get Daphne’s tips to care for wintering bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers. Her pick of week is winter edibles to tuck into perennial beds. John Dromgoole shows how to prevent insects and disease on fruit trees….

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Palate Pleasing Popsicles for Summer Fun

…reat way to use up that last bit of melon. Add a few sprigs of peppermint to really brighten the flavor or try a sprig of cinnamon basil in the mix. 2 cups seeded watermelon, cut into chunks ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh mint or basil (Key lime basil is a favorite for this.) 2 tablespoons organic sugar, honey or agave nectar (or to taste) Place all ingredients in the blender and blend u…

Seeds Versus Transplants

How do you decide when to plant seeds or transplants? Seeds are cheaper to buy and there is a wide selection of plant varieties to choose from especially when you order from catalogs and online. The seed packet will be the best source of information about how and when to plant the seeds. Beans and radishes germinate quickly and form roots quickly, so don’t require the extra work of starting them indoors. Some plants don’t really like…

Cover Crops for Winter Gardens

Trisha Shirey Why seed cover crops in winter? Nourish fallow gardens to improve soil for summer crops. Cover the ground to prevent weeds. Prevent erosion. Encourage earthworms and beneficial soil organisms. Control root knot nematodes. Plant several weeks before first frost to establish. No need to fertilize. Remove summer garden debris and loosen soil. To protect the seeds from birds, cover with row cover until seeds germinate. COVER CROP OPT…

How Not to Kill Your Trees Pt. 2

…with the mower or trimmer. This is especially important for fruit trees, young trees, and soft trunk trees like crepe myrtles. Don‘t install raised bed gardens around the trunks of the trees. Most of the roots are in the top 12 to 18 inches and the increased moisture, compaction and lack of air flow will decay the trunk and eventually kill the tree. It may take several years for the damage to appear, so no one ever thinks the raised bed actually…

Aguas Frescas

by Trisha Doesn’t seem to matter how carefully I plan the garden. Every year it seems like I have a surplus of some vegetable, and this year was the year of the cucumber. I only planted three varieties and two plants of each of those three varieties, but seems like I was picking buckets, and buckets of cucumbers every week. And I did cucumber soup, and salads, but there’s only so many cucumbers you can eat before you have just way too many, a…