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Patience, passalongs, succulent style

“Free Plants” guarantees a crowd every time. So, it’s a kick when we’re gifted at home, like my mystery peach tree, most likely planted by a raccoon. Even though the location’s not ideal under a tree canopy, it flaunted flowers a few days after the freeze, and with luck, some sweet fruit to come. We | read more →

After the Freeze

We sure can pack all four seasons into one week! In Burnet, native live oak trees are all aglow–their golden spring version of leaf-peeping–as they drop some of last year’s leaves for new growth. (So, if your live oaks are looking yellowed, but not “striped” orange in the middle, it’s okay.) From brisk to baking | read more →

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What’s Behind a “Green Thumb?”

encore date: March 23, 2019

original air date: January 26, 2019

What’s the secret behind the proverbial green thumb? Science. Ph.D biologist and science writer Joe Hanson of PBS Digital Studios’ innovative online-first programs It’s Okay to Be Smart and Hot Mess (climate changes) explores how curiosity opens new adventures of knowledge. Daphne explains the science behind new red leaves on roses (and other plants) and how to tell the difference between fatal rose rosette disease. Find out how to grow native drought-tough crossvine to screen a fence and attract hummingbirds. Herb n’ Cowgirl Ann McCormick analyzes why foliar feeding doesn’t help your plants as much as root applications. On tour at Zilker Botanical Garden, David Mahler of Environmental Survey Consulting and architect Evan Taniguchi created a new riparian garden that illustrates how to grow native plants in shade, along stream beds, and in ponds.
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March 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.

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