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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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Grow Up! - June 28th, 2014

Pat McNeal from Vertical Growing Systems grows up with wall containers for food and ornamentals to save water, cool down buildings, and garden in narrow spaces or indoors.  On tour, visit Elayne Lansford’s healing garden where a Bottle World art project helped her during battles with cancer. Daphne Richards explains how to control June bugs and shows off wildlife plant Senna.  Trisha Shirey promotes lovely self-seeding annual gomphrena (gl…

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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…

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Deer-proof Succulents - August 16th, 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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Let’s Go Underground! - May 17th, 2014

What’s the secret to the best gardens? Get the answer as we go underground with George Altgelt from Geo Growers. On tour at the Texas Quilt Museum and Grandmother’s Flower Garden in La Grange, see how quilts and gardens unite. Daphne explains why wildflower Indian paintbrush switched colors. Trisha scents the garden with lavender and how to pick the best one….

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Dive into Summer Pond Care - July 19th, 2014

Dive in to pond and fountain summertime care with Steve Kainer from Hill Country Water Gardens and Nursery.  On tour, Claudia Hubenthal’s stream and pond started with a garage sale inspiration. Daphne explains why pest control—organic or otherwise—can harm beneficial insects. Her plant of the week is native perennial snake herb, which attracts butterflies, not snakes! Trisha pops in with yummy, healthy, homemade popsicles….

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Summertime Flower Power - May 10th, 2014

Let’s beat the heat with summertime flower power and Marcus Young’s picks from Bloomers in Elgin. On tour, visit Cuts of Color flower farm for the freshest bouquets in town. Daphne answers: why did roses turn a different color? Her pick of the week is drought tough crinum lily, a stand-out summer bloomer to attract wildlife. Trisha compares edible rosemary varieties, from super tall to groundcovers and container plants….


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…

Cover Crops for Winter Gardens

Trisha Shirey Why seed cover crops in winter? Nourish fallow gardens to improve soil for summer crops. Cover the ground to prevent weeds. Prevent erosion. Encourage earthworms and beneficial soil organisms. Control root knot nematodes. Plant several weeks before first frost to establish. No need to fertilize. Remove summer garden debris and loosen soil. To protect the seeds from birds, cover with row cover until seeds germinate. COVER CROP OPT…

Refrigerator Pickles

…spot on a hot day after a stint in the garden; salty, crunchy and oh so good! Refrigerator Pickles Prepare two quart jars with the following in each jar: 2 cloves garlic 3 to 4 whole peppercorns ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon sugar (or more to taste) 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh, fragrant dill seed Sliced onions Bring to a boil in a non-reactive pan: 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons Kosher or sea salt (sal…