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Invasive Plant Warrior

High school student Benjamin Shrader, known as Commander Ben the Invasive Hunter, wields his mighty sword of knowledge against invasive plants. On tour, native plants frame The Benini Galleries & Sculpture Ranch in Johnson City. Daphne explains why a cedar elm tree is on its way out. Her pick of the week is native rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala). John Dromgoole shows how to fertilize house plants with compost tea and an easy way to babysit their watering when you’re away.

Originally aired September 14th, 2013

Plant of the Week: Rock rose


Tips of the Week

  • Lightly prune perennials and roses, unless they’re wilting from drought. Avoid pruning stressed plants or fall-blooming plants.
  • Prep fall vegetable beds with compost and fertilizer.
  • Divide iris.
  • Think about wildflower seeds you’d like to plant in late October.

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Question of the Week

My tree looks bad. What should I do?

Featured Garden

The Benini Galleries & Sculpture Ranch

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The Benini Galleries & Sculpture Ranch
Benjamin Shrader
Daphne Richards
John Dromgoole