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What’s That Beetle Up To?

Meet the beetles with entomologist Mike Quinn who identifies the good guys in your garden. On tour at Natural Bridge Caverns, see what we put on top ends up in our aquifers. Daphne answers: how long can we store pecans and when to plant? Her pick of the week is Sparkler sedge to brighten up shady spots. John Dromgoole shows how to fend off pests, like squash vine borer, and how to keep the beneficial pests.

Originally aired May 24th, 2014 (Rebroadcast May 24th, 2014)

Plant of the Week: Sparkler sedge

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Tips of the Week

  • Plant heat-loving annuals like marigold, zinnia, cosmos, caladium, torenia, ‘Black Pearl’ pepper, angelonia and sunflowers.
  • Water new shrubs and trees deeply every week.
  • Move your lawn mower setting to high. Mow high and leave the clippings. That will keep your grass green in our weekly water schedule.
  • Watch for seeds on poppies, larkspurs, bluebonnets, Indian blanket and other native plants. When seed pods are really brown, collect them into a bucket. Clean them, let dry for a few days and store indoors or other cool spot until next fall.

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Question of the Week

How old can pecan seeds be to grow? And when do I plant?

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