Search Results for: Trisha Shirey


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America’s Test Kitchen - January 15th, 2015

Go behind the scenes with America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball to see what led him down the kitchen path and the science behind memorable meals.  And sharpen those knives for his tip on slicing onions for flavor and texture!  On tour near La Grange, meet the heart-warming Bernsen family who grows most of their own food, from pre-school to parents.  Since it’s not too late to plant trees, Daphne’s Plant of the Week is stately Mexican sycamo…

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Wrangling Water and Erosion - January 17th, 2015

We love the rain but not when it threatens our homes and erodes our gardens!  Land designer Elizabeth McGreevy illustrates a few simple ways to wrangle that water and keep it on our plants. On tour in Temple, Sarah Munro’s first job was to redirect water with artist Brooks Gist when she restored wildlife habitat in her new development.  Daphne answers: What’s the difference between a succulent and a cactus? Drought defiant sedge takes Plant of t…

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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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Spanish Melting Pot Garden Design - September 13th, 2014

How do Spanish and Mexican designs influence our garden melting pot?  Dr. William C. Welch from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension explores early concepts that are current backyard favorites.  On tour in San Antonio, Claire Golden restored her historic mission-styled courtyard that reminds her of beloved gardens in Mexico. Daphne explains why trees are dropping leaves in summer. Her plant of the week is cool-weather cilantro, a staple in Mexican r…

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Mix Edibles with Wildlife Food - October 18th, 2014

Pump up winter’s perennial beds and containers with cool-weather vegetables and edible annual flowers. Deena Spellman from Bastrop Gardens picks easy-care plants that feed us and overwintering pollinators. On tour, Austin Neal flavored his front yard renovation with food, wildlife perennials, art, and neighborly spots to hang out. Daphne answers: why did all my healthy herbs wither away? Plant of the Week is crossvine, a perennial vine that love…

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Herbs for What Ails You - November 1st, 2014

Meet perennial plants with benefits to fix what ails you with Gayle Engels from the American Botanical Council.  On tour, Vicki Blachman swept away lawn for fragrance, flowers, food and wildlife habitat, including a Monarch Waystation. Daphne’s Plant of the Week is garlic chives, an easy care perennial to flavor your recipes and entice bees to its fall flowers. Plus, she explains how to divide fall-blooming bulbs, like oxblood lilies. Trisha sho…

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Comfort Zone - June 21st, 2014

Pack some punch in those shade garden spots with Jon Hutson’s picks from Tillery Street Plant Company. On tour, Lynne Dobson transformed unwieldy blank slopes into shady garden retreats and artful surprises. Daphne Richards answers: can we use mulch that’s gotten moldy in the bag?  Plus, she’s got the tips for growing summertime okra. Trisha Shirey shows how to collect and dry your favorite flower seeds….

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Lawn Options for Drought - February 8th, 2014

Take a new look at lawns with native Habiturf, developed by Mark Simmons at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. On tour, see how the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization is bringing back the birds, bees, and butterflies to this popular park. Daphne attracts wildlife with hardy aloe and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the AgriLife Extension Service. Trisha Shirey fends off deer, mosquitoes and other garden chompers with a repell…


Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad with gluten free croutons and non-dairy dressing From Lake Austin Spa Resort’s chef Stephane Beaucamp (Serves 4) Salad ingredients 1 bunch of dinosaur kale, washed, stemmed and sliced 1 head of romaine lettuce, washed, stemmed and sliced ½ cup Caesar dressing (vegan) ¼ cup roasted chickpeas Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Caesar Dressing 3 lemons, juiced ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp purified water ¼ tsp sea salt 1 ½…

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…