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Sharon Lovejoy Children Garden Adventures

encore date: December 24, 2011

original air date: November 19, 2011

Sharon Lovejoy, author of Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars, sparks childhood imagination and creativity with family fun outdoors. On tour, meet the next generation of gardeners at Casis Elementary. Daphne’s pick of the week is snapdragons, a favorite for kids and adult winter gardeners. She answers a viewer’s question, “When to move a stressed plant?” Trisha Shirey demonstrates how to preserve basil and dry herbs to pluck for recipes or use in pesto, oils, and vinegars.

Episode Segments

On Tour

Casis Elementary Vegetable Garden

Meet the next generation of gardeners at Casis Elementary. Teachers, parents, and students collaborate in an organic vegetable garden for hands-on lessons in sustainability, math, science, art, and plain good eating!

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Question of the Week

When is the best time to move a rose bush or other plants?

Thanks to Ramona Rogahn for this great question!

Late fall through early winter is best to move roses, along with other shrubs and trees, because they are dormant at this time. In times of drought, be sure to moisten their soil a few days in advance. You want them hydrated before you move them. Moisten the new planting area, too, so it’s receptive to water.

You can also root prune in advance, a great technique to get them ready to move. A month or two before you want to make the move, take your shovel and actually dig into the soil around your plant. Severing the roots pushes your plant to make new roots near the surface.

If you need to move it and don’t have time to do that, be sure to scrape the soil around it and dig all around it to get the root ball out intact. Again, it helps to moisten the soil a few days in advance. Have your new hole ready. You may have to make some adjustments to it on moving day, but you want to get your transplant back in the ground as soon as possible. With a larger plant, have a tarp or sheet ready to haul it safely.

Once the plant is moved, be sure to give it extra water, but don’t drown it. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Mulch to retain moisture, but do not mulch against the base of the plant.

Also, when you move a plant, be sure not to bury it too deep. With roses, keep its bud union (the knobby part at the base of the plant) above ground. With trees, make sure that the root flare (wide part at bottom) is above ground. With shrubs, do not bury them below where they were planted before.

When to move a stressed plant? We’re tempted to move plants in times of stress of summer heat and drought. This kindness is not a good move. Even if plants are suffering in heat and drought, we don’t want to move them until we have cool days and the plants are going dormant. They are not well hydrated, but you are also separating the plants from their roots, which is their only source of water. If you simply must move them, you will need to give them extra water and protection from the sun. If possible, pot them into containers, keep them in semi-shade, and re-plant when things are cooler.


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Plant of the Week



These cool weather annuals are favorites for kids and overwintering beneficial insects! You can select from just about any color scheme you want for vibrant color all winter. Wait to plant them until temperatures have cooled off in November. They do prefer cool, moist soil. They do want sun to part sun, and don't perform well in heavy shade. But you can plant them in November around deciduous trees that let in the light. Kids love to pinch off individual flowers and play with the dragon-mouths. Pinching off the flowers just encourages the plant to produce more. Snapdragons are annuals that usually die off with the first sincere heat. In some cases, they will hang around for another year, but consider them annuals in most gardens. They attract beneficial insects all winter, so are a wonderful addition to fill in dormant perennials, as container accents, and to replace your summer annuals for dynamic cool weather color. The seeds are very tiny, and can almost take a month to germinate, so it is probably best to start with transplants out in the garden. If you do plant indoors, they won't germinate well in cold soils, so you'll need to use a heat mat, and they also don't germinate in cold soil outdoors.