Tue, 31 March 2015
March 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed this beautiful weekend weather with a lot of listener questions this week.
Listen in to Debbie’s advice and answers to these questions: How do I get rid of the suckers under my trees? Is it the right time to mulch my garden? What are some watering tips for planting onion sets in order for healthy onion bulbs? Does my pine tree have borers or a fungus? Is it too early to put out my hummingbird feeder? Can I cut down my ornamental grasses right now?
Are you ready to plant a bare root tree? Debbie shares some planting and watering tips to ensure a healthy start. She also talks in-depth about mail-ordering plants and flowers. Debbie explains how to understand and decipher the descriptive wording and language in order to save you time and money.
Direct download: 20150328.mp3
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Fri, 27 March 2015
March 21, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, answers some great listener questions on this week’s radio show.
Are you wondering why the Pine, Cypress, and Evergreen trees are looking so unhealthy? Hear what Debbie has to say about their needles and how to look for new growth before you start cutting away.
A lot of us have started mowing our lawns and caring for our landscapes during this beautiful weather. Debbie reminds us that the amount and frequency of watering also to be adjusted. Listen as she shares her suggestions on proper watering.
Direct download: 20150321.mp3
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Thu, 19 March 2015
March 14, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Arborist, was joined by her friend, Mary Ann Newcomer, speaker, author and “Dirt Diva.”
Debbie and Mary Ann answered a few questions pertaining to raspberries. Raspberries are certainly fun to grow and fun to eat. Raspberry cane borer (small beetle-like insect) is not particularly common in our area, but is easily treated by trimming and cutting. No chemical spraying is necessary. Are you concerned about when you can start trimming your raspberries? Now is the time. Look for the dried up berries and dead canes before you start snipping.
Direct download: 20150314.mp3
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Tue, 10 March 2015
March 7, 2015 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, is joined by Margaret Lauterbach, Master Gardener and columnist for the Idaho Statesman. Debbie and Margaret talk about the early signs of spring and how it pertains to your flower and vegetable gardens. They also discuss fruit trees in depth, such as pruning, diseases, blooms, bugs, etc. Tune in to hear Debbie and Margaret’s great tips and advice for planting and enhancing your soil for growing healthy fruit trees.
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Wed, 4 March 2015
February 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, answered some great listener questions this week. Growing great tasting green beans means harvesting often and before they get too old and swollen along with trying some different varieties. If you were not able to apply pre-emergent to your winter annual weeds last fall - look for the temperature requirements on the product label and apply it now. In addition, check the label on the fungicide you are planning to use to see if it has dormant oil in it or if you can mix the two together so you can apply at the same time. Debbie also provided some useful tips for listeners: If you’re having “growing” problems in your garden, a soil test can provide some helpful information. Pine trees and evergreen trees in our region are turning brown - this is most likely due to the extreme cold snap we had in November. Polish up those pretty leaves on your houseplants - this allows for more oxygen intake and makes them happy.