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Give Knowledge: Cultivating for Caterpillars

Looking for the best gift to give a gardener? Oh, yes, that means you, too. What about a butterfly? You can’t wrap up a butterfly and stick a bow on it (unless it’s a yard art version). Instead, give the gift of knowledge with Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies, the latest Lynne and Jim | read more →

Leaf Love & Why Not to Prune Now

I take after my mom. I inherited her bad eyes and grin. And though she’s been gone a few years now, I still hear her say, “Fall’s my favorite season.” Mine, too. Along the BELO Center for New Media across from KLRU, bald cypresses, red oaks, possumhaw and yaupon hollies entice us all away from | read more →

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Top Tip to Attract Butterflies, Tree Questions, Calendula Salve

encore date: December 15, 2018

original air date: October 20, 2018

What’s the best way to attract butterflies? Nectar plants, for sure, but that’s not the whole equation. Host plants for caterpillars invite residents, not just passersby. Lynne and Jim Weber, Texas Master Naturalists, authors, and informative bloggers, put us in the know with insights from their book Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies. In Blanco, Sheryl and James Hearn pair structured gardens with native plants for wildlife. To answer your tree questions, certified arborist April Rose, City of Austin Urban Forest Health Coordinator, has your answers. Plus, find out why to plant spring-flowering mountain laurels. To attract bees and butterflies this winter, plant annual calendulas for cheery flowers that bloom until May. Their petals are edible, too. Carla Crownover, co-owner of Springdale Handmade, shows how she and Paula Foore make a healing salve with oil-infused petals.

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December 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

Mountain Laurel

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