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Garden East Side Compost Pedellars

Will Pedal for Compost - July 12th, 2014

Meet food plants new on our horizon, like Yacón, Gynura and Oca with Jay Beard, organic grower at Lone Star Nursery. On tour, the East Side Compost Pedallers spare the landfill by cycling to pick up neighborhood compostables to nourish soil at local farms and community gardens. Daphne explains how to pep up your own compost pile. Her Plant of the Week is native perennial giant coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima, that attracts native bees to its flower…

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Cold-hardy Bromeliads - July 26th, 2014

Curvaceous cold-hardy bromeliads—can we grow them? Horticulturist Scott Ogden shares his plant driven bromeliad passion. Daphne explains why flowers turn to the sun. Her Plant of the Week is hummingbird magnet for sun and shade, Firecracker fern. Merrideth Jiles shows how to divide bromeliads. On tour, two neighbors united the neighborhood when they took out their lawns….

garden jenny and david stocker

England Goes to Texas - February 27th, 2014

Even if your garden isn’t Downton Abbey, most likely it has roots in English garden design. Find out why with insight from Texas A&M University’s Dr. William C. Welch. On tour, Jennifer and David Stocker built on childhood memories from across the pond when they designed their drought-tough garden on limestone. Daphne Richards explains why favorite northern plants, like peonies, can’t make the move to the Southwest. Her Plant of the Week is…

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Grow What You Eat - January 11th, 2014

Make this a fruitful New Year with Larry Womack’s tips for growing fruit from Womack Nursery. On tour, Paige Hill, founder of the Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms, brings neighbors together to grow food and friendships. Daphne answers: when we prune trees, do we need to paint the cuts?  Her plant of the week is winter-blooming edible calendula. Merrideth Jiles shows how to style up the house with tillandsias, the easiest indoor plant ever….

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Drought-Tough Lawn Substitutes - October 29th, 2011

Garden designer Patrick Kirwin creates a new look in lawns with drought-hardy diversity. On tour, visit East Side Patch, where discovery replaced lawn. Daphne explains why some plants struggle in one area, while others are fine. Her featured plant is fall aster. Merrideth Jiles from The Great Outdoors has tips for watering….


Merredith Jiles’ Watering Techniques

…to do, since you do need to go around each side of the plant. One product is the Yard Butler tree watering tool. How much to water? You want the soil moist to about 6″ deep with trees and large shrubs. This may be just 1″ of water, but it depends on your soil. Use a small can to measure when you water. When the can has 1″ in it, check to see how deep the soil is moist. Continue watering (and time it!) to see how long it takes have moist…

Drought and Freeze Plants

Huisache Olive tree Arizona Cypress Texas Smoke Tree Mexican Buckeye Texas Sage (Leucophylum frutescens) Compact Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo ‘Compacta’) Chaparral Sage (Salvia Clevelandii) Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis Fruticosa) Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium Leucanthum) Four-Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris Scaposa) Texas Sedge (Carex Texensis)…

Vine List

Annuals vines Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit): attracts hummingbirds Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus): attracts various pollinators Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea): attracts pollinators Perennial vines that freeze to the ground in winter These vines freeze to the ground in winter. Cut them back and they grow from the roots in spring) Giant Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia gigantea): larval food for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly Passion V…

Bamboo List

Alphonse Karr (Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’) Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) Giant timber bamboo (Bambusa oldhamii) Golden Goddess (Bambusa multiplex ‘Golden Goddess’) Silverstripe (Bambusa multiplex ‘Silverstripe’) Buddha’s belly (Bambusa tuldoides ‘Ventricosa’) Mexican weeping bamboo (Otatea acuminata subsp. aztecorum) Tiny fern (Bambusa multiplex Tiny Fern’)…