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Drought Response: Gravel or Not?

Unlike me, ‘Ellen Bousanquet’ is at her best when the heat is on. With recent rain spurts, heritage crinum lilies are flaunting bodacious blooms, though 102° temps quickly wilted flirtations. My crinums are pass-alongs, including this sweet pink from Boggy Creek Farm years ago. Another pass-along from Boggy Creek is Larry Butler’s boundless joy that | read more →

Leslie Halleck Illuminates Growing Indoors

There’s one thing we can count on: nature throws us fun surprises, like these fasciated (crested) black-eyed susans in Brigitte and Steve Tannen’s garden. Fasciation is a rare abnormal plant growth, and although fascinating, isn’t harmful. Have you ever seen this on a mountain laurel? What’s not rare these days is how many CTG viewers | read more →

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Gravel in the Garden: Good, Bad & The Ugly

encore date: July 14, 2018

original air date: July 16, 2016

Ecological landscape designer Elizabeth McGreevy from Droplet Land Design examines why a total gravel landscape disrupts the water and nutrient cycle. Discover her best practices for gravel in the garden. On tour in Hudson Bend above Lake Travis, Bruce McDonald saw the lake vanish before his eyes.  To respond to drought, he ripped out his front lawn for waterwise plants.  In back, he cleared a wildfire jungle for serene outdoor living rooms around ponds fed with rainwater collection. Are critters chomping your peaches?  Daphne shows how gardener Christina Pasco protects her organic peaches with a simple trick. Pep up containers and shady beds with vivid coleus. Got chiggers? John Dromgoole’s got the easy remedy for them, plus tips for grub worm control.

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July To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.

Plant of the Week


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