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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,…

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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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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….

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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….

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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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Invasive Plant Warrior - September 14th, 2013

High school student Benjamin Shrader, known as Commander Ben the Invasive Hunter, wields his mighty sword of knowledge against invasive plants. On tour, native plants frame The Benini Galleries & Sculpture Ranch in Johnson City. Daphne explains why a cedar elm tree is on its way out. Her pick of the week is native rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala). John Dromgoole shows how to fertilize house plants with compost tea and an easy way to babysit t…

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Backyard Butterflies - December 7th, 2013

Meet backyard butterflies and how to keep them around with tips from Geyata Ajilvsgi, author of Butterfly Gardening for Texas. On tour, see how Anne Bellomy swapped lawn for wildlife habitat in a small in-town yard. We’re losing trees by the thousands! John Dromgoole demonstrates watering tools to give your trees the deep drink they need….

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Indoor Plant Décor for Every Style and Budget - May 18th, 2013

Pep up your house and office with Indoor Plant Décor! Authors Jenny Peterson and Kylee Baumle take the humdrum out of houseplants with THE design stylebook that connects to your muse, budget and imagination. Daphne explains how the late frost burned new leaves on her Monterrey oak. John Dromgoole shows how beneficial nematodes control flies, fire ants, fleas, and other garden pests….

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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…

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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…