Month: January 2016

Flowering Annuals: Year of the Begonia
"Flowers are the music of the ground From earth's lips spoken without sound." ~ Edwin Curran, Poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

“Flowers are the music of the ground
From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” ~ Edwin Curran, Poet (Photo from the National Garden Bureau)

Some begonias are grown for their uniquely shape leaves; others for flowers. Many work well as container plants and if you’re looking for pretty border plants, for a formal flowerbed, begonia is a great choice. So, with all this versatility it’s easy to understand why the National Garden Bureau named the Begonia the Flowering Annual for 2016.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

 

Flowering Annuals: Characteristics and Culture

The Year of the Carrot
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero (Photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau)

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~
Cicero (Photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau)

The modern day carrot has been bred to be sweet, crunchy and aromatic. This popular root vegetable is a member of the parsley family and so is related to dill,  cilantro,  cumin and even poisonous hemlock.

Carrots are easy to grow and can give the home gardener a lot of nutrition in a small space. They’re rich in beta carotene, an important antioxidant and vitamin-A from a carrot is off the charts. But that’s not all, you’ll get vitamins C and K, potassium,  fiber, and much, much more.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for adding the nutritional powerhouse to your garden.