What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. ~ Charles Dudley Warner, author.
No matter your choice of favorite plant – vegetables… flowers… trees… shrubs – you’ll find some version of it that will fit in a container. Aging Baby Boomers are helping increase the popularity of container gardening. They are less physically demanding, have fewer insect and disease problems and take less time and space.
Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for creating a container garden that’s practical, convenient and beautiful.
Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ writer Lewis Grizzard (Photo by Harald Hoyer)
Missouri is a transition state as far as weather is concerned. Part of the state is northern, another part is southern and there’s a part that’s in between the two. That makes weather forecasting in the Show-Me State a real challenge.
Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension. Explains why you might have to toss a coin to determine what spring may bring.
Broccoli, a cole crop and cool season vegetable (Photo by Robert Wetzlmayr)
Cool season vegetables, as their name implies, really like cool temperatures and cool soil. If you don’t plant these crops early enough there will not be enough time before the summer heat arrives, especially in Missouri. If you’re waiting until may to plant crops like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, just to name a few cool season crops, warm temperatures will wipe them out long before there’s a crop to harvest.
Today’s guest is Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She talks about proper planting dates, how to transition from cool season vegetables to warm season ones and how to plant a second cool season crop.
Lilium ‘Cappuccino’ or Tango Lily – Asiatic hybrid (Photo by Bill Murray)
There was a time when lilies were rare and difficult to grow. Thanks to Jan de Graaff there are many dependable lily hybrids available today. The Holland native began his first lily experiments in 1938 and produced Enchantment in 1941. Horticulture magazine called it “the most famous hybrid lily of all time.
Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He discusses popular lily hybrids and gives tips on how to add them to your garden.
Winter is usually the time of year when it’s easiest to kill our houseplants with kindness. Over-watering, keeping our homes too dry and not providing enough light all make things tough for potted plants. Houseplants survive these winter conditions by doing what we wish we could do – they sleep throughout the winter.
Today’s guests are David Trinklein and Jennifer Schutter, both are horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. They have tips for keeping your houseplants is good shape until spring.
“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.