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Master Gardener Tour 2014

air date: April 19, 2014

Preview the Travis County Master Gardener “Gardens on Tour 2014″ with Wendy Buck and Maggie Tate to style up your garden with hands-on tips, plant and art design. Get a closer look at Lori Daul’s garden where she ripped up the lawn for artistic play in sun and shade. Daphne answers: what is the difference in botany and horticulture? Her plant of the week Chile pequin and Chiltepin. William Glenn from Garden-Ville explores minerals that improve soil.

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On Tour

Lose Lawn in First Garden for Much More Fun | Lori Daul

When Lori Daul bought her first house as a new Texas gardener, she dumped the pristine lawn for an adventure with drought-tough plants, art, flood issues and hardscape she could fit into her small car. See how she painted an old fence to turn an eye-sore into backdrop magic and recycled materials for raised gardens that control flooding.

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Question of the Week

What is Botany?

How do botany and horticulture intersect?

Texas designated the chiltepin (chile tepin) as the official state native pepper in 1997. This native plant includes Chile pequin (and it’s confusing!) but the ones you’ll find in your nurseries will most likely be called Chile pequin.

Adaptable to sun, shade, or part shade, it can be a perennial in many gardens. In coldest winters, it may be an annual, but birds may seed its fruits that they love.  If it freezes back, its roots may still be alive, so cut back the brown top growth and it will sprout again.

The chile pequin in our demonstration garden at the Extension office is about four feet tall and two feet wide and is covered in tiny, flaming-hot peppers all summer long.  Ours is growing in full sun, where it produces lots of fruit. It also does well in part-shady situations.

It’s very drought tough, though in dry hot summers, it welcomes supplemental water. As with most fruiting plants, a little fertilizer will help with production, but this plant doesn’t need much to be prolific.

Whichever version you’re growing, here’s a delicious salsa recipe from JJ Weber, KLRU’s Broadcast Operations Manager, and supreme appetizer meister!

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Plant of the Week

Chile Pequin and Chiltepin

Chile Pequin and Chiltepin

Texas designated the chiltepin (chile tepin) as the official state native pepper in 1997. This native plant includes Chile pequin (and it's confusing!) but the ones you'll find in your nurseries will most likely be called Chile pequin. Adaptable to sun, shade, or part shade, it can be a perennial in many gardens. In coldest winters, it may be an annual, but birds may seed its fruits that they love. If it freezes back, its roots may still be alive, so cut back the brown top growth and it will sprout again. The chile pequin in our demonstration garden at the Extension office is about four feet tall and two feet wide and is covered in tiny, flaming-hot peppers all summer long. Ours is growing in full sun, where it produces lots of fruit. It also does well in part-shady situations. It's very drought tough, though in dry hot summers, it welcomes supplemental water. As with most fruiting plants, a little fertilizer will help with production, but this plant doesn't need much to be prolific. Whichever version you're growing, here's a delicious salsa recipe from JJ Weber, KLRU's Broadcast Operations Manager, and supreme appetizer meister!

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