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Native Plants for Wildlife - October 14th, 2014

Celebrate Texas Native Plant Week with Cathy Downs from the Native Plant Society of Texas.  Get her drought defiant picks to support wildlife all year long and why it matters. On tour, Jenny and David Stocker combine drought, pollinator plants, and beautiful outdoor living. Daphne illustrates how viewer Kim Bruch dries and preserves native plants for her elementary school students. Find out how to grow Plant of the Week native purple skullcap (S…

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What’s That Beetle Up To? - May 24th, 2014

Meet the beetles with entomologist Mike Quinn who identifies the good guys in your garden. On tour at Natural Bridge Caverns, see what we put on top ends up in our aquifers. Daphne answers: how long can we store pecans and when to plant? Her pick of the week is Sparkler sedge to brighten up shady spots. John Dromgoole shows how to fend off pests, like squash vine borer, and how to keep the beneficial pests….

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Express Yourself with Garden Art - May 3rd, 2014

Express yourself through garden art with Chris Smartt’s fun ideas from Sol’stice Garden Expressions. On tour, Irene Anderson turns a maintenance-hound swimming pool into a natural habitat pond. Daphne answers: Is it okay to pound a nail into a tree to hang a plant? Her pick of the week is fall-blooming, bee and butterfly-loving Queen’s wreath. John goes inside to propagate house plants….


Pond Tour 2014 - May 31st, 2014

Make a splash on a preview of the Austin Pond Society 2014 tour with Linda & Karl Tinsley. On our tour, Laura and Travis McGarraugh revamped their backyard into new family fun with ponds and wildlife when their kids outgrew the lawn’s playscape.  Daphne identifies the spider mites attacking a cedar (ashe juniper) tree. She picks dwarf pittosporum for an evergreen small shrub in shade. John Dromgoole shows how to keep ants out of containers,…


Growing Olive Trees - October 31st, 2013

What’s really in your olive oil? Meet John Gambini from Texas Hill Country Olive Company, who grows organic olive trees and presses pure oil. On tour in Dripping Springs, Carla Jean Oldenkamp grows organic good eats for all, including the chickens in her Zen Hen House. Daphne flavors things up with homegrown dill. Plus, find out why your xeric plants rotted in recent rains. John divides nursery chard transplants for more “yums”…

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Garden Maintenance 101 - January 18th, 2014

Designer Ginger Hudson spares us mistakes from tools to plants with interactive how-to for every season in her iBook, A Guide to Landscape Maintenance for Central Texas Gardens. On tour in Hutto, home of the hippos, Donna and Mike Fowler spark a family creative co-op of art, food, wildlife and fun. Daphne multi-tasks hair clips to control unruly vines. Her Plant of the Week, ornamental kale, chases off the winter blues. John Dromgoole shows how…

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Water Conservation Design - March 6th, 2014

How can we maximize rainwater in drought? Landscape architect Kenneth Francis illustrates water management designs from experience in New Mexico and Texas. On tour, Earth Camp fifth-graders at the Becker Elementary Green Classroom teach wise lessons on watershed protection. Pump up those iris blooms with Daphne’s tips on fertilizer. Daphne explains when to fertilize iris for fabulous flowers. Get growing asparagus with John Dromgoole’s tip…


Texas Getting Started Guide - November 7th, 2013

Are you new to gardening, just new to Texas, or looking for new drought-tough plants? Horticulturist Mary Irish puts us on the right path with her latest book, Texas Getting Started Guide. Daphne’s Plant of the Week is creeping germander, a silvery groundcover that stands up to water restrictions! Problems in your new raised vegetable bed? Get her easy fix. Wrap up you holiday gift list with John Dromgoole’s tips on forcing indoor bu…


Wildflower Center Garden Tour 2014 - April 26th, 2014

See how to design with native and adapted plants in drought on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s 2014 Gardens on Tour. Tour the new Luci & Ian Family Garden that extends Lady Bird’s mission to all generations. Daphne answers: What is a native plant? See why she makes native Texas betony her plant of the week. Multiply your native plants with John Dromgoole’s tips on how to propagate them….


John Dromgoole’s Potting Soil Mixes

by John Dromgoole Spring Fall Rose Tonic 8 parts alfalfa meal 2 parts cottonseed meal (arsenic-free) 2 parts rock phosphate (or colloidal phosphate but not super phosphate) 2 parts bone meal 1 part blood meal 1 part Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) Thoroughly combine ingredients and apply 1 cup of mixture for each foot (30 cm) of shrub height. Lightly scratch the…