Search Results for: Trisha Shirey


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Deer-proof Succulents - March 27th, 2014

Beat the deer, drought, and cold with succulents on Eric Pedley’s list from East Austin Succulents. On tour, Ally and Richard Stresing tackled flooding to grow organic food, native plants, and raise chickens in a raccoon-proof henhouse.  Daphne explains when to plant tomatoes to avoid freeze damage. There’s no worry about freeze damage on her pick of the week, cold-hardy Satsuma orange ‘Orange Frost.’ Trisha flavors things up with tips on growin…

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Drought Busters - April 5th, 2014

Drought buster perennials are a natural for Janet Rademacher from Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in Arizona. Find out why to pick some of the latest selections at your local nursery. On tour in San Antonio, Heather and Brett Ginsburg’s young family loves the wildlife since they dumped the lawn for a xeric-style party. Daphne shows how to propagate rosemary and grow wildlife favorite bottlebrush. Trisha puckers up with homegrown calamondin and…


Fairy Gardens and Terrariums - November 21st, 2013

Enter a miniature world of fairy gardens and terrariums to intrigue children and adults with Sandra Killough from Bonnie’s Greenhouse. On tour, Lana and Bob Beyer turned their drought-fried grass into perennial wildlife fun. Daphne answers: are garden mushrooms toxic to dogs?  Her Plant of the Week is nasturtium, a beautiful (and edible) trailing plant to enjoy all winter. Trisha Shirey shows how to force dramatic amaryllis bulbs for holiday won…

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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…


Time to Plant Trees - October 26th, 2013

Tree loss is at record numbers. April Rose from TreeFolks explains how drought impacts our trees over the long term, how we can help, and good choices for replacements. On tour in San Antonio’s historic King William district, visit a drought-tough makeover that started with tree renovation. Daphne explains how to properly mulch trees to avoid causing problems. Her pick of the week is Chinkapin oak, a trustworthy oak for smaller gardens.  Trisha


Bee Happy - March 20th, 2014

What’s the buzz all about? Bees, of course. Chris and Bill Reid from Reid’s Nursery pick pollinator favorites to get the garden humming. On tour, Dani & Gary Moss rescued ravaged ground for wildlife, styled it up with art, and added a few chicks. Need to move a rose and add another? Daphne’s got some rosy tips. Trisha’s got the answer for twigs and trees that got chomped: twig girdlers or squirrels? Find out which….


Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods - November 30th, 2013

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, examines nature-deficit disorder and how it impacts our children.  On tour, their daughter’s birth sent Deborah Paredez and Frank Guridy to Randy Jewart from Resolution Gardens to turn their lawn into organic food. Daphne recalls family garden traditions and recommends native Monterrey oak to start a tree-planting tradition. Trisha shows how to grow, propagate and dry mint…


Cucumber recipes

…umbers, any type, chopped into one to two inch pieces (peel them if they are waxed) Water Sweetener, if desired Fresh mint, if desired Lime juice to taste Put the cucumber chunks in a blender and cover with water. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar or a teaspoon of agave nectar if you wish. I don’t add sweeteners to cucumber blends. Add the mint to the blender if desired. Chop or grate with the blender, then blend at a higher speed until lique…

Drying Herbs

by Trisha Shirey Bundles of dried herbs can be a beautiful and fragrant home accent and are always a welcome gift to creative chefs without an herb garden of their own. I like to tie a small bundle of herbs on a package or a gift bag or even around the neck of a bottle of wine. Gifting a cookbook? Tie a bundle of the herbs needed for one of your favorite recipes onto the gift. I like to hose down the herbs in the garden and let them dry bef…

Freezing Herbs for Year Round Use

…s as needed. They may also be minced finely after they thaw a bit. Herbs may also be preserved in oil or butter. This method requires a bit more work to prepare but the color and flavor are much superior. To prepare: Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of clean, dry herb leaves to a food processor. Pulse to chop coarsely and drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil (or oil of choice) or one stick of butter, cut into chunks. Process, scraping bowl frequently. Add gar…