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Growing Olive Trees

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” for the bucks.

Originally aired October 31st, 2013 (Rebroadcast October 31st, 2013)

Plant of the Week: Dill


Tips of the Week

  • Plant spring wildflower seeds.
  • If you want to grow truly cold-requiring bulbs such as tulips or crocus, put those in your vegetable crisper now.  They’ll need at least 6 weeks of chilling before you’ll be sure that they’ll have the lovely spring blooms that you’re hoping for.
  • Plant hardy perennials, including ones that bloom in spring, like columbine.
  • Plant trees and shrubs.
  • Plant strawberries. This is the best time!
  • Plant cilantro, parsley, oregano and dill.
  • Plant lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, collards, radishes, carrots, arugula and other greens that you’ll find in your local nurseries.  
  • Plan how you’re going to cover vegetable crops this winter. Build hoops or other structures and get new rowcover or note its location in your shed!

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Question of the Week

Why are my xeric plants rotting after the rain?

Featured Garden

Oldenkamp Zen Hen House & Organic Garden

Related Gardeners

Carla Jean Oldenkamp
John Gambini
Daphne Richards
John Dromgoole