Spring Garden Tips
Fun Facts and Tips for Selecting the Perfect Christmas Tree

xmas_trees_nov_22In this podcast I'll cover some fun holiday facts. And whether it's a pine, spruce or fir, I have a few tips on caring for your Christmas tree.

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Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family

Holiday Plants and Christmas Tree careOver the past year I have tried to incorporate ideas for family fun.  In this podcast I'll remind you of a few of these and other ideas for homemade holiday gifts.  Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on moving Black Hills spruce and rust on Pricilla hollyhocks.  I then offer tips on Christmas tree care.  I'll finish by discussing self watering systems for you Christmas tree.

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Nutritious Indoor Garden
vegetable gardens indoorsI'll talk homegrown nutritious additions to the holiday menu.  Sprouts, greens and root crops can still be a part of your kitchen garden during the winter months.  Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on spiderwort and black-eyed Susans taking over coneflowers.  I'll finish with a mention of a fun addition to the indoor garden, a two tiered sprouter.
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Starting New Houseplants

indoor plantsHouseplants are easy to propagate, I'll tell you how to get started. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on hibiscus, cassia, mimosa and legumes. Scale on weeping fig is the subject of my pest tip. I'll finish with how to make a mini propagator.

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House Plant Care

Caring for House plantsI'll cover the basics on house plant care. Treat your indoor garden like your outdoor landscape. Then I'll answer a gardener's question on watering calla lily. The subject of my pest tip is mealybugs. I'll finish with a handy garden tool -  self-watering pots.

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Activities for the Family

indoor gardening projectsThe holidays are here, your garden may be buried in snow and the family is restless.  Everyone could benefit from a little horticulture relief.  Get easy and affordable ideas for indoor gardening projects for the whole family.  Build a terrarium, start seeds, or create colorful plant markers and more.  And I will give you a recipe for peanut butter suet, talk about the benefits and concerns of using coffee grounds in your garden, and uncover the mysteries of the 3-month-old flocked and the sprouting cut Christmas tree.  Visit www.bottlebiology.org for more fun affordable hands-on and educational projects for the kids.

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Festive Holiday Decorations

holiday indoor plantsTips on creating festive holiday decorations from your own backyard. With time and budget restraints we are all looking for ways to enjoy the holidays and stay within our budget. The answer is in your own backyard. Tips on creating wreaths, arrangements and luminaries from landscape prunings. Plus, recommendations on caring for a ficus tree and a gift good for gardeners and the environment. For more information on this holiday gift, visit the American Forests website.

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The Indoor Garden

house plants

Growing and tending indoor plants is good for the spirit but also good for your health. I'll answer gardeners' questions on Japanese silver grass, overwintering hibiscus, repotting cactus and growing lilies. I'll discuss what we can do for our tomato plants that have spots on them? I'll finish by talking about a recent visit to Garvan Woodland Gardens at the University of Arkansas Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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The Poinsettia Plant

Poinsettia Holiday Plant

I thought I'd talk about the number most popular potted plant for the holidays, the poinsettia. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on moss under an oak tree and worm composting. I'll talk cold damage to your plants and finish by recommending a great holiday plant, Holly Point poinsettia.

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House Plants Move in for the Winter

October10-2008.jpgI'm going to give you detailed steps on how to move your house plants back indoors for the winter. I'll answer gardeners' questions on hostas and sedum. I'll discuss watering trees & shrubs with softened water. I'll talk about a favorite tool, Ups-A-Daisy.

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