The D&B Garden Show

Today, Debbie is joined by Rich Guggenheim, the horticulture instructor at the College of Western Idaho. They'll discuss his career path and the CWI horticulture program, how mulch is important to the base of your tree, why you shouldn't plant underneath your tree, and how to fight sun scald. Learn about these things and much more on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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On today's episode of the D&B Garden Show, Debbie is joined by Mike Andrews, the assistant city forester for the city of Boise to talk about how to best care for your trees and what trees might be best for your property. They'll also discuss his job and how he ended up in Boise, what can cause an apple tree not to bloom and what type of tree is best to replace an ash tree that's been removed. All this and more on this week's D&B Garden Show!

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In this edition of the D&B Garden Show, Debbie will give us a quick warning about the upcoming hard freeze coming soon, why you should deep water your trees and what the best way to attract Hummingbirds is! All this and more on this week's D&B Garden Show!

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On this D&B Garden Show, Debbie will take listener calls to help them with their problems in the garden. She'll talk about what to do about Blossom End Rot, why rose beads are perfect for arts and crafts and when to prune fruit trees. All that and more on this episode of the D&B Garden Show!

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On this D&B Garden Show, Debbie will help to answer caller problems and offer her best advice on how to keep their gardens beautiful and healthy. Among the topics discussed today are treatment advice for the Lilac Ash Boar, how to deal with Tomato Horn Worms and what to do about corn cooking mushy. Catch all this and more on this episode of the D&B Garden Show.

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In this episode of the D&B Garden Show, Debbie will give another warning about the upcoming first frost of the fall, how to tell if your watermelons are ripe, what to do about raspberries growing out of control and more along with taking some listener calls. Check all of this out and more on this edition of the D&B Garden Show! 

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In this edition of the D&B Garden Show, Debbie will talk you through what you need to do to keep your garden healthy through the fall and she'll learn an easier way to peel pears from a caller. Tune in for this and so much more on this week's D&B Garden Show!

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On this edition of the D&B Garden Show, Debbie talks about spiders and everything you need to know about them including which ones are and aren't poisonous. She'll also talk about what to do with your slow ripening tomatoes as the cooler weather creeps in. She'll also give a suggestion on what to do with extra lawn clippings and more. All of this on another great episode of the D&B Garden Show!

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Debbie is joined by Gretchen Anderson and they'll talk about harvest season, food preservation and take some listener calls as well as talk about how to keep those pesky flies away. All that and more on this week's D&B Garden Show!

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In this edition of the D&B Garden Show, Debbie talks about the Parma Fruit Field Day, Hummingbirds and their upcoming migration, Balloons over Boise and she'll also take listener calls on many topics including tomatoes and why yours might not be ripening yet. All this and more on another episode of the D&B Garden Show.

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On this D&B Garden Show, Debbie reminds us to walk through our gardens during the cool mornings to check for any problems in your garden and also to admire your hard work. She'll also talk about trumpet vines, the Idaho Botanical Garden Great Garden Escape and why you should watch out for spider mites. All that and more on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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On this D&B Garden Show, Debbie calls up her friend Maria Held, who is a master gardener with the Canyon County Master Gardener Program to talk about the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network. Debbie will also remind us about the upcoming Canyon County Fair and urges listeners to enter plants/produce into fair. She'll also give another warning about peachtree boars and why over frequent watering can harm your plants? All that and more on this week's D&B Garden Show!

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On this episode, Debbie will walk you through entering your plants and produce at your local fair and why you should do it as well as mentioning a few upcoming fairs. She'll also help explain how early is too early for fall crops, pruning and what amount is appropriate for your garden and inform you about Blossom End Rot and earwigs and what you can do to combat them. All this and more on another great episode of the D&B Garden Show. 

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On this week's D&B Garden Show, Debbie takes listener calls and helps to guide them through their gardening troubles through the first week of July. She'll provide some tips on when, how and what to know as you harvest garlic. She'll also give a quick little update about squash bugs and what to do about them and take a few listener calls to try and help them solve the problems arising in their garden. All of this and more in this episode of the D&B Garden Show.

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Debbie is joined by Melinda Jean Stafford to talk about honeybees and to also answer listeners' questions as well. Learn why July is the "Christmas time for beekeepers", why July is prime honey harvesting time and so much more on this week's D&B Garden Show!

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Debbie sits down to talk about the June fruit drop and takes listener calls about why your cherry tree isn't producing cherries this year, pruning your spring shrubs, how early you can plant fall crops, why drainage is important for your plants, how to deal with ants attacking your garden, how to get your petunias to cascade and how to trap earwigs. All this and more on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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Debbie sits down and takes listener calls about how to make your strawberries larger, how much to leave when trimming, what trees to avoid planting that are allergy pollen producers and what to do about fireblight on your rose bushes. Debbie will also tell you about the North End Gardening Tour and why you should go. All this and more on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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May 25th, 2019 - On this D&B Garden Show, Debbie takes listener calls and talks with listeners about what to do about Aphids and signs of them infecting your plants, trees and your garden, what to do when your tree loses all of its leaves during spring, and why you should divide your Iris every 4 years. Also, Debbie will take a listener call about what chemical sprays can hurt your grass instead of helping it and about the Western Cherry Fruit Flies and how to keep them away from your garden. All of this and so much more are on this week’s D&B Garden Show.

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May 18, 2019 - Debbie takes listener calls and talks about the tips that new gardeners should follow, what the best way to water fruit trees is, the best way to control earwigs, another warning about aphids, plus some discussion about arborvitae and hummingbirds too. This and so much more is on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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D&B Garden Show 5/11/19: Debbie takes listener calls and talks about why digging a trench for your bare root plants and then adding soil as it grows is important, why flash tape will help to keep birds away from your windows, a few things to consider when putting together a plant container and why annual plants are better than perennials for containers. She'll also talk about how to keep aphids away. All that and more on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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The D&B Garden Show 5/4/19 - On this week’s D&B Garden Show, Debbie takes listener calls to discuss the boxelder bug and what you can do about them, fruit insects and why you should be proactive in making sure they don't get into your garden and also what to do about root flare. Debbie will also talk about local farmers market options and upcoming classes among many more things. You can hear all about this and much more on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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June 27, 2019 - On this week’s D&B Garden Show, Debbie offers a warning to early tomato growers or other frost sensitive plants about what to do about the upcoming frosty mornings. She'll also provide a recap of the Idaho Arbor Day Celebration and will take listener calls about alternatives to cherry trees, hardening off your plants, xeriscaping, what to do if your tree is affected by fireblight, what to do when you see fungus on leaves of your plants and trees, what do to when you see a swarm of bees and also give a quick reminder about hummingbird feeders.

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D&B Garden Show - April 20, 2019: 

On this week’s D&B Garden Show, Debbie sits down with Betty Munis, the Executive Director for the Idaho Forest Projects Commission to talk about all things trees, why the forestry industry is so important and also to talk about the upcoming Idaho Arbor Day Celebration.

Debbie will also share advice on what to consider when planting a tree as well as give another warning about the Lilac Ash Boar and take listener calls about seeds and when to plant onions.

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April 13, 2019: On this week's D&B Garden Show, Debbie will take listener calls and give her advice on how they should handle the situations their gardens are presenting.

Among today's topics will be Debbie discussing the Arbor Day Celebration being put on by the State of Idaho, where to find locally grown fruit trees and what to consider when buying one, a warning about Lilac Ash Boars and why insecticide won't kill them, what to do when your rhubarb starts to bulb and how you can control goatheads in your garden.

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March 4, 2013 - Certified arborist and host, Debbie Cook, has chicken expert, Gretchen Anderson, on the show to talk chickens. 

Whether you have chickens for eggs, insect control, or even pets, Gretchen can help explain what kind of chickens you need and how to take care of them. 

Our new favorite line: more ventilated than insulated. Listen in to learn more.

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February 11, 2017 - Debbie Cook, a certified master gardener, and arborist, starts the show with Elizabeth Dickey, the Director of Education with the Idaho Botanical Gardens. On February 18, 2017, there is a 9:00 a.m. class at the BSU special events center titled "Rethinking Idaho Landscapes."

Learn more about iron deficiency, how close we are to pruning trees, rotating crops, and what are easy maintenance trees to plant this spring.

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February 4, 2017 - Debbie Cook welcomes Melinda Jean Stafford to discuss winter beehive care. There is a discussion about mites, how much food you left for your bees in the fall, what to expect after an unexpected winter, and how to get started this spring.

Whether you are currently a beekeeper or just looking to get started, Melinda is a great resource to the D&B Garden Show and to the D&B blog. 

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January 28, 2017 - Are you ready to talk about planting, gardening, seeding, and digging? This is the show to help get your garden ready to go for the upcoming spring, summer, and fall growing season. Debbie talks about what cole crops you can start now like Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli. Also, now is the time to find a garden designer or landscape architect to help you this summer with any major landscaping plans you might have.

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January 14, 2017 - Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook talks winter snow removal ideas, ant abatement preparation and of all things, pineapple. Do you use salt, sand or non-clumping kitty litter to help with ice melt and/or traction? Debbie has some ideas on what to do and what to avoid. Now is the time to start thinking about how to control ants that might want to show up in a few months with a home-made recipe. Do you know if you have a Christmas Cactus or an Easter Cactus? There is a difference. Listen in and learn with Debbie Cook and the D&B Garden Show.

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October 22, 2016 - Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Jim Duthie to help answer questions and to also talk about gardening myths.

Now is the time to rake up your leaves, but don't throw them away. Mulching is your friend. Grind them up with your lawnmower and either put them in your composter or spread them over your cleaned up garden or landscape.

Customers always want to know if it is still ok to plant bulbs and the answer is yes, but only if you do it right now. Despite the myth of having a woodpecker poke your eyes out, it is okay to transplant your peonies right now, but only two inches deep if you want them to bloom the next year.

Listen in for more myths, tips, advice and a good chat with fellow gardener, Jim Duthie on this week's D&B Garden Show.

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September 17, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University.

Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping. With the cooler weather, bees begin going into ‘winter mode.’ Planning is key in keeping a successful hive.

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University.

Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping. With the cooler weather, bees begin going into ‘winter mode.’ Planning is key in keeping a successful hive.

Your hive population is generally becoming smaller as the queen is not laying as many eggs. This means your bees need less space through the winter months. Melinda explains this process along with how to feed your bees and keep them full through the winter.

Mites can be deadly to a hive. There are ways to treat and pre-treat your hive for mites. How thorough should you be when inspecting your hive during the cooler weather? Melinda shares some information on what to do and how often to inspect your hive. Listen in to what resources to access should you find your hive unhealthy.

 

 

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August 27, 2016 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, shared some great information about the upcoming Master Gardener class in Canyon County. All the information can be viewed on the University of Idaho’s Extension site by clicking here. Download and submit the online application to be considered for the program.

Have you signed up to receive pest alerts from the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network? This valuable service informs farmers about the status of pest outbreaks occurring in their area. To learn more or sign up for pest alerts, visit the site here.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is offering Continuing Education Classes this fall. These classes regularly fill up quickly. If you would like to view the list of upcoming classes and sign up, please visit the IBG site here.

Debbie answered some great listener calls today. Listen in to find out the answers to some of these questions: Can I grow mountain huckleberries in the valley from seed? Is it a good idea to invite squirrels into my yard? What is the best method for drying grapes?

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August 20, 2016 - Master gardener, Debbie Cook, and guest, Rich Guggenheim, the Canyon County Extension Office Educator, talk about the Pest Alert Network and answer a variety of customer questions.

The Pest Alert Network focuses on helping homeowners with current pest problems and solutions based on weather, research, and science.

The Canyon County Extension Office will be holding two new classes if interested in the Master Gardener Program. Please contact their office for more information.

The biggest issue Rich has come across this year? Curly Top Virus. And since we can't cure a virus yet, Rich has some solutions.

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July 30, 2016 - 

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, was joined by Gretchen Anderson on the show today. Gretchen is the author of The Backyard Chicken Fight and our resident “chicken expert.” This week, the ladies discussed gardening.

Do you love garlic? Debbie and Gretchen talk about the different varieties of garlic in respects to planting, watering, and harvesting. When planting garlic, the only rule for planting in Idaho is that it has to be ‘certified’ garlic. Listen in to hear the damage ‘un-certified’ crops can cause. Garden show listeners call in with tips and tricks and great questions for Debbie and Gretchen.

Have you wondered about overhead watering versus drip watering in your tomato garden? One method is much more beneficial than the other. Are you having difficulty growing certain vegetables in your soil? Are you using compost in your garden? Debbie and Gretchen share some great information with their listeners.

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August 6, 2016 - The D&B Garden Show host, Debbie Cook, helps solve customer's lawn issues with potential X grass where the first step is to find out from the local Extension office if the grass is an annual or perennial.

What do you do when your raspberries are 12 feet high? If they have finished fruiting, yes, you can prune. Debbie gives her listener some raspberry pruning tips for the active and lazy gardener.

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June 11, 2016 - Beekeeper, Melinda Jean Stafford, joins Debbie Cook this week on the D&B Garden Show going through the entire process of how to extract honey from your bee hives in the spring.

Melinda walks Debbie through the entire harvesting process starting with the timing of harvesting for the unique taste and color of honey. She covers why bees collect nectar and pollen and what the bee process is that creates honey. Melinda talks about what tools to use, buy, rent or borrow, the entire harvesting process and how involved you should be as a beekeeper.

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June 4, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by Linda Whittig on last week’s garden show. Linda is a freelance writer, a graphic designer, and also a contributor to the D&B Blog. Linda spearheaded the SNOW Block Alley Project in her neighborhood.

Linda’s love of gardening sent her in search of a sun-filled place to plant some blackberries. She discovered the sunniest place in her yard was on the side of her garage in the alley. The SNOW Block Alley Project soon began.

Linda shares how her North end alley was soon transformed into a neighborhood garden and gathering place. The amount of resources Linda was able to tap and acquire is inspiring. Listen in to hear how this amazing journey began in a little Boise North end neighborhood and where it stands today.

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June 4, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by her good friend, Mary Ann Newcomber on last week’s garden show. Mary Ann is known as the “Dirt Diva” and has her own blog titled “Gardens of the Wild Wild West.”

Are you being attacked by gnats in your very own yard? Debbie and Mary Ann talk to a gentleman in the Weiser area about addressing his gnat problem. Are you wondering how to get rid of squash bugs in your garden? Debbie and Mary Ann discuss watering schedules for blueberries and raspberries during this time of year. Along with the early heat comes a little more maintenance in your yard and garden. Make yourself a checklist and begin checking sprinkler heads, drip systems and soaker hoses to make sure your nature children are fully nourished.

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April 30, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, reminds listeners that this is the time of year that bees tend to swarm when their hives get too full. Please note that these bees are not harmful, they are just searching for a new home. Having a swarm relocated is easily done by contacting a professional. Go to idabees.org to find a professional in your area.

Debbie was joined by Laura Blodgett on the phone today. Laura authors her own blog dailyimprovisations.com and also blogs for D&B Supply. Today they talked about container gardening. There are a few things to consider when choosing plants for your container. The first thing is choosing a pot or container that has plenty of drainage. Next you should look for plants that all have similar needs (as in the amount of light and water). Consider where your container or pot will live before you start planting so that you can place the plants accordingly.

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April 2, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the phone today by Janet Peterson. Janet is the state president for the Idaho Garden Clubs. Have you ever thought about joining or starting a garden club?

Garden Clubs of Idaho is a member of the National Garden Club and the Pacific Region. There are sixteen garden clubs in Idaho, with nine of them being right here in the Treasure Valley. Garden clubs are active in their communities, assist with youth organizations and provide horticulture education and seminars. Taken from the Garden Clubs of Idaho website: “A Garden Club will give you access to people who are experienced in gardening in your locality and you will find their assistance invaluable."

Debbie also took some listener calls in the second half of her show. Listen in for questions and answers about planting bulbs, the importance of soil temperature when planting your garden, transplanting flowers, the truth about Bradford pear trees in our region, pros and cons about tree wrap and how to take care of your acid loving plants.

April 2, 2016 - 

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the phone today by Janet Peterson. Janet is the state president for the Idaho Garden Clubs. Have you ever thought about joining or starting a garden club?

Garden Clubs of Idaho is a member of the National Garden Club and the Pacific Region. There are sixteen garden clubs in Idaho, with nine of them being right here in the Treasure Valley. Garden clubs are active in their communities, assist with youth organizations and provide horticulture education and seminars. Taken from the Garden Clubs of Idaho website: “A Garden Club will give you access to people who are experienced in gardening in your locality and you will find their assistance invaluable."

Debbie also took some listener calls in the second half of her show. Listen in for questions and answers about planting bulbs, the importance of soil temperature when planting your garden, transplanting flowers, the truth about Bradford pear trees in our region, pros and cons about tree wrap and how to take care of your acid loving plants.

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February 27, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by Matt Perkins to talk about fruit trees. Matt is a Certified Arborist, tree inspector and Certified Nursery Professional.

Matt shares some of the things you may want to look for when buying a bare root fruit tree. Fruit trees should be thoroughly inspected and strategically planted. Have you thought about buying bare root fruit trees online? Are you wondering what variety you should purchase? Matt suggests visiting the University of Idaho, Parma Research and Extension Center - Pomology Program website here. This site will tell you what kind of fruit to grow in your area and how to do it best.

Matt and Debbie discuss the particulars about planting a bare root tree. Listen in to hear the details. When buying a tree in a container make sure you pull the tree out of the pot so you can inspect the roots to make sure the tree is not pot-bound. Find out what you can do if you end up with a pot-bound tree.

Are your cherry trees producing very little fruit? Do you know when the best time of year to prune them is? Are your Peony plants showing signs of powdery mold? Be sure to listen in for all the answers to these questions and all the valuable information on fruit trees.

 

 

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February 20, 2016 - 

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared some information on upcoming Chicken Classes given by Nutrena and taking place at your favorite D&B Supply location.

Have you previous planted Pampa grass and are wanting to now get rid of it? Debbie talks to one caller about some steps needed to completely kill the root system. Right now is the perfect time to apply Dormant oil to your trees. Look for Dormant oil that also has fungicide to help tackle those sucking insects before they get out of control. Debbie receives some specific questions about treating fruit trees, be sure to listen in if you have apple or peach trees.

Are you wondering if now is the right time to move your flowers and plants around your yard? When is the right time to apply pre-emergent? Listen in to the D&B Garden show - Debbie just may answer a question you have.

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February 6, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by Melinda Jean Stafford on this week’s D&B Garden Show. Melinda is the BSU Campus Programs Director and Advisor for the Boise State Bee Team. Melinda joined Debbie to talk about bees and what to start doing right now with your hives.

If you are noticing dead bees outside of your hive, your hive could be infected with mites. Bees like to keep a very clean and healthy hive, therefore the healthy bees will kick out the unhealthy ones. Melinda shares how and when to treat your hives for mites.

Warmer temperatures will begin to wake up your bees. You should see your bees flying around the hive during the warmer temperatures as this will also be an indication of a healthy hive. Melinda talks about feeding instructions through the winter and what you should do if you suspect your bees may be running out of food.

Debbie and Melinda discuss why bees swarm and what you should do if this happens. Do you know what equipment you need to begin beekeeping? Are you curious about the healing benefits of natural honey? Learn about the different packages you will need to begin backyard beekeeping.

Listen in to hear Debbie and Melinda discuss these topics and much more.

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January 30, 2016 - Debbie Cook, a certified arborist, is joined by D&B blogger, Laura Blodgett, to talk about seed saving. Learn about why you should save your seeds, how you store seeds and when and why you can use hybrid seeds.

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January 23, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared her experience attending the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Conference last week. Some of the classes offered for continuing education credits included: Foodscape, Tree Worker Safety, Outdoor Voles and Rodent Control, Turf Diseases, Water Features, Irrigation Systems, Bees Trees and Colony Collapse Disorder, etc. This is a short list of topics that Master Gardeners and hobby gardeners are seeking more knowledge on in our area.

Debbie received some calls regarding grow lights and indoor gardening. It is important to know which of  your seeds need light and which ones need darkness. Are you wondering what should be done with your Amaryllis bulbs? Are you wondering when is the best time and what seeds to start this time of year? Are you interested in growing your own tea plants? Listen in to hear some tips and tricks from Debbie and her listeners.

 

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January 16, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the garden show this week by Gretchen Anderson. Gretchen is the author of The Backyard Chicken Fight and our resident “chicken expert”.

Gretchen shared some tips for your chickens surviving winter. Chickens prefer the colder months over the summer months. She explains how they keep warm and what you can do to keep your chickens comfortable during frigid temperatures. Make sure your hens get plenty of protein as this helps keep their body temperature regulated. Your chickens need water - provide them with plenty of fresh water and invest in a heated bucket to prevent freezing.

Are you thinking about keeping chickens? It’s always a great idea to check with your CCR’s if you live in a subdivision or check with you city code on keeping poultry. Listen in to hear Gretchen and Debbie talk chickens.

 

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Decembre 5, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the show by Mary Ann Newcomer. Mary Ann is a published author, speaker, and more famously known as The Dirt Diva.

Are you thinking about adding some drought tolerant plants to your landscape next year? Mary Ann shares some drought tolerant varieties and talks about the watering benefits.

Debbie and Mary Ann talk specifics about planting bulbs, particularly Amaryllis. Listen in to hear planting and watering tips, as well as tips in choosing your bulb.

Have you wondered if it was a good idea to re-use soil from this year’s tomato plants for next year’s garden? Are you looking for a hearty and meaty tomato variety to plant next year. Debbie and Mary Ann receive several suggestions from listeners on the best roma tomato to plant.

 

 

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November 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared some great information this week about healthy evergreen trees and Christmas blooms.

Are you wondering if the appearance of your evergreen trees is healthy? Debbie explains what your evergreens should be looking like this time of year. Do you have moths in your pantry or cupboards? With a lot of diligence, you can get rid of them with pheromone traps and elbow grease rather than harmful chemicals.

Debbie explains where you should be in the process for having your poinsettias and Christmas cacti ready for Christmas, and shares some tips for beautiful blooms. Are you growing paper whites? Debbie gives some tips to help your droopy blooms stay perky and how using alcohol can stunt stem growth. Amaryllis bulbs are a great gift to give this time of year and Debbie shares some easy planting tips for healthy buds.

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Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University.

Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping in the Treasure Valley. Melinda shares how she first became involved in the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at BSU and how she now has her own hives. Listen in as Melinda gives some some general beekeeping information.

Are you thinking about keeping your own bees? There are many different reasons people enjoy beekeeping, whether it is for pollination or honey and wax harvesting. Melinda shares some things to think about before getting started. Be sure to check county, city and neighborhood ordinances before setting up a hive on your property.

 

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Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off the show taking a great question about protecting your trees from deer and elk. Deer and elk can severely damage and/or kill your trees by rubbing on the trunks. Debbie gives some great tips on how to protect your trees without injuring wildlife.

Are you still wondering when the best time of year is to trim and prune your trees and bushes? Doing this during the wrong time of year can be disastrous. Are your late blooming tomatoes covered with brown spots? Are you wondering how to get rid of those nasty weeds overrunning your yard? Debbie addresses all of these questions and more with informative tips and remedies.

Gretchen Anderson, author of The Backyard Chicken Fight, called in to the Garden Show and talked to Debbie about her upcoming “How to Winter Your Chickens” classes being held at two D&B Supply stores. Prepare to be educated and entertained by Gretchen during these free classes.

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November 17, 2015 - 

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared some great information on fall planting and what we should be doing now to be ready for next spring.

If you have grown gourds or winter squash, Debbie has some tips on harvesting and saving them from the first frost. If you have grown smooth skinned gourds, rest assured these will not be harmed by frost.

If you have not yet fertilized your lawn, right now is the time to get it done in order for thicker and healthier lawn next spring. If you are still mowing your lawn, remember to cut it a little shorter for the winter. It is also a good time to check your garden hoses as you are putting them up for the winter. Get rid of any hoses that are no good and start planning for next year. Debbie suggests taking pictures and making notes about what worked and what did not work this growing season. A garden journal is a great resource for you to use from year to year. Lawn mower servicing and blade sharpening can also be done now so you are ready for next year.

There is still time to do some fall planting. Our ground is still warm enough to establish the roots of trees and shrubs while the plant doesn’t have to worry about keeping the leaves alive. Trees should be watered in well and given a little mulch for added protection during our winter months. Expect to have healthy trees and shrubs next spring.

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October 10, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, talked to her listeners this week about the fall season.

Did you plant a fall garden this year? Debbie talks about the current weather and extending your garden season. Have you ever wondered what makes the leaves change color and why they fall? Listen in to hear about the scientific process and how each color is formed.

Are you seeing white flies and aphids around your garden and want to learn how to prevent them from coming back next year? Debbie describes what actions can be taken to help with future prevention.

Do you have gophers tearing up your yard? One caller had some advice on getting rid of gophers using corn cobs and castor oil. In case you have voles, Debbie gives her recipe for vole control again this week for those who have missed it previously.

If you have fungal diseases on any of your stone fruit trees, now is the time to treat them. Once the leaves are off the tree, you should spray with a copper-based spray. Pay close attention as Debbie explains the clean-up procedure.

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September 19, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed Ashton Ritchie from The Scott’s Company. Ashton called in to the show this week to talk turf and gardening and answer listener questions.

With the cooler weather also comes feeding time for your grass. This is especially important for your turf’s root system. Ashton suggests feeding your lawn twice a year - both times being in the fall. Fall is also an excellent time to plant grass seed.

Are you seeing any bare spots in your lawn? Ashton gives some great tips for filling in those spots and how you should care them. Are you finding fungus or rust in your lawn? Ashton has some low cost methods to get your lawn on the right track to being healthy.

Ashton suggests using a weed and feed product for weed control in your lawn and flower beds during the cooler weather. It’s best to use a weed control for perennial weeds on a day when the temperature is between fifty and sixty degrees. Ashton has some great advice for when and how to do this without damaging your grass.

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September 5, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received listener questions on a variety of tops this week. She gives great storage tips for delicious tasting tomatoes along with the health benefits and tomato fun facts.

Do you have a poinsettia you’re wanting to be red and beautiful by Christmas? Now is the time to start thinking about this. Start introducing your plant to darkness and get it ready to be a houseplant. For 10 weeks, your poinsettia will need 14 hours of darkness per day while you continue to water as normal. Debbie gives some great advice on how to care for your plant until Christmas.

Curious about fall container planting? Try a flowering cabbage, flowering kale, spinach or some pansies. Are you seeing pesky critters flying around your walnut tree? Listen in to hear about the Walnut Husk fly and what you can do about them. Are you seeing white residue on your cucumber fruit? This could be powdery mildew. Just listen in to Debbie’s tips for getting rid of this.

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August 29, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week with a delicious recipe for Countryside Canned Tomato Soup from listener, Margie. Listen in to get all the details.

Now is the time to fertilize your lawn. Be aware it is not the time to fertilize woody plants such as trees, roses, etc. as fertilizing will only encourage new growth. Are you curious about spraying spiders and their webs? Remember to check the label on the insecticide you are using to make sure spiders are listed. Are you inundated with spider mites? Debbie explains symptoms and what to look for in your garden.

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August 15, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week talking about rose petal beads. Listen in as she gives step by step instructions on how to make these fragrant beads out of rose petals and try it for yourself.

Do you know when cantaloupes and watermelons are ready to pick? Did you know that apple trees can sometimes turn into biennial bearer? Are you still treating for the lilac ash borer? Are you a new gardener and unsure about basic watering needs? Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and much more information about pruning.

This is the time of year where spider mites may be visiting some of your plants. Your plants may look a little dusty - this is because the spider mites are sucking the chlorophyll from the leaves. Before any treatment, check product labeling. Your insecticide will need to specifically state that it will kill spider mites, since they are technically an arachnid.

Your herbs should be ready to harvest. Drying is the best way to preserve the oil. Debbie gives some great tips and tricks for harvesting

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August 8, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received some great questions about bugs this week.

Ash trees are being affected by lilac ash borers and aphids this time of year. Debbie explains what to look for and how and when they should be treated. Are you seeing signs of geranium budworms around your geraniums and petunias? Insecticides work well to get rid of these, however if you have hummingbirds and bees in your yard, Debbie has some safe alternatives to try.

 

Debbie reminds listeners about the importance of reading and following label instructions. Know the disease, know the life cycle of the insect and know the proper timing for effective use before you begin any treatment in your yard and garden.

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August 1, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week sharing the best watering times for your lawn and garden during this extreme heat.  Debbie also shared the many benefits of using organic mulch around your plants. One listener calls in to explain all the benefits of planting Marigolds in your garden.

When is the best time of year to trim arborvitae? What are some tips for trimming and maintaining arborvitae? Is there a way to keep cucumbers from getting bitter? When is the best time to separate peonies? Are you seeing powdery mildew on your peonies? Interested in planting fall crops? How do I stop the yellow jackets from eating my blackberries?

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July 25, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received some great listener questions on a wide variety of topics this week.

Do you see squash bug eggs on your squash plants? Have you seen cabbage moths in your garden? Are you wondering when to pull your onions up to let them dry out? When is the right time to move daffodils? When is the right time to harvest garlic? Are you looking for a hearty fertilizer for your roses? Are you losing all the fruit from your fruit trees? Have you seen codling moths on your apple trees?

Debbie shares the step by step process on how to take a stem cutting from a rose. Listen in to find out how to do this like a pro.

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July 18, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, gives a lot of great information about insects in your garden. Do you know which insects are beneficial or harmful for your garden?

Are you curious about what should and should not be fertilized in your yard right now? Have you treated your stone fruit trees for peach tree borer? Are you seeing curly top in your tomato plants? Are you concerned about curled foliage in your garden? Are you planning on starting seeds for fall crops? Listen in to hear Debbie’s answers to all of these questions and more.

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July 11, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, addressed a variety of gardening topics this week.

Are you curious about the growing cycle of corn? Do you have tomato plants wilting and falling over right now? Are little white spiders invading your garden and bugging you? Listen in to hear what advice she shares. Also, now is the time we can be invaded by Peach Tree Borers. Treatment is crucial.

Garden Tip: To keep cantaloupe off the ground and away from bugs, listen in to hear what one listener does.

Are you planning on entering your vegetables at your local fair? The most important thing you will need to do is get your hands on the Exhibitor’s Guide. The Exhibitor’s Guide will have all of the requirements and instructions for entering. Not following the instructions will get you disqualified quickly.

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July 4, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received some great questions and tips from her listeners this week.

Are your tomato and cucumber plants growing out of control? Are you finding tiny holes in your squash leaves? Are earwigs and ants harmful to your vegetable plants? Are you wondering whether you are under-watering or over-watering your garden in this heat? Is it too late to plant raspberries? If you are wanting to know the answers to any of these questions, listen in. Find out what the listener question about a lilac tree keeps Debbie scratching her head.

Margie, a listener of the D&B Garden Show, called in with a great tip for getting rid of squash bug eggs on the bottom of her squash leaves. Find out what Margie uses to get rid of the nuisance without damaging her plants or using harmful chemicals. Another listener called in to share her tip when planting squash that will keep away those awful squash bugs. A little container of water, maple syrup and oil placed in your garden will attract and kill those pesky earwigs.

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June 27, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, had a great mix of information to share with listeners this week.

s it harmful to cut the bottom branches from my large Blue Spruce tree? What can I do to prepare my 35 year old Summit Ash for the upcoming winter months in order to prevent damage? Do you have unwanted critters crawling around your rocks? Is there fruit dropping early from your fruit trees? Listen in as Debbie discusses the answers to these questions and gives some great advice to her listeners.

Gretchen Anderson, author of The Backyard Chicken Fight, joined Debbie on the D&B Garden Show when she called in and shared great tips on keeping your chickens cool during this heat wave. 

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June 6, 2015 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, kicked off the beginning of June with a few calls about insects on this week’s radio show.

Are you being bugged by unwanted critters in your yard and garden? Have you found scale or sucking insects on your Maple or Honey Locust trees? Listen in as Debbie provides a lot of great and useful information along with answering questions on how to get rid of those tiny creatures.

Is there an advantage to pruning your tomato plants? The leaves have two important jobs: to protect the fruit; and to produce the food for the root system. It’s better to leave your tomato plants untouched during the growing season.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - What is the best thing to do with grass clippings? Should they be left on the lawn or bagged up? Debbie answers by addressing both options for a beautiful lawn. Are you curious about thatching? She also gives great information on when and why this needs to be done.

Fruit tree do’s and don’ts: Do treat for insects. Don’t plant your tree too deep and allow grass to grow up around the trunk.

How do I transition my indoor seedlings to the outdoors? Listen in as Debbie explains when and where your seedlings should be placed in the great outdoors along with watering and air exposure instructions. Debbie also provides a simple schedule to follow to ensure a smooth transition.

What do the veins in maple leaves reveal about the overall health of the tree and it’s surrounding area? Debbie takes a question on why one Maple tree has a different shade of green leaves from the other ones. Listen in to what advice Debbie gives this caller.

Thanks for another great show, Debbie.

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May 16, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, asked her listeners this week to call in and share some growing tips for new or first time gardeners. Here are a couple she received:

  • Add a half of a handful of Quaker oats (not the instant kind) in the hole when planting your tomatoes - the oats are full of nutrients and the tomatoes thrive.
  • Purchase old baby gates at thrift or second-hand stores and use them for your climbing plants.

Debbie took a couple questions about fertilizing flowers. She suggests looking for a “bloom-booster” in your fertilizer. This is where your second number (phosphorus) is higher: such as 5-10-5.

Have you had powdery mildew on your flowers? Do you know what causes this? Find out what you can do to get rid of that fungus for good.

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May 9, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, talked seed packets and tomatoes this week on the D&B Garden Show.

If you still find yourself confused by all of the information on seed packets, Debbie gives great information about the number of days until harvesting, what diseases your plants are resistant to and the amount of light needed. Quick tip: If your package states your plants or veggies will need a lot of light, this typically means at least six hours of full sun every day.

 

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April 25, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, goes into a lot of detail on this show about what is happening with all of the trees in our area. Listen in to see what you should be doing right now. 

Debbie particularly wants to remind us that bees are very busy right now. If you happen to see a swarm, please let it be. The bees are only looking for a new home. However, if you or someone around you has an allergy and you are nervous about the swarm, please contact an experienced beekeeper to have the bees relocated. 

Listen in to find out how and when to fertilize your perennials while Debbie explains the three numbers on the packaging. Debbie talks about soil temperature for your tender plants and gives some great advice. Wondering what should be done to bulbs right now? Debbie has the answer.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, discusses pruning roses on last week’s podcast. Are you seeing signs of sickly roses? Don’t start pulling those bushes out just yet. The tools you use for pruning are extremely important and Debbie details what you should be using and the proper techniques for the care of, and when to disinfect your tools. Listen in to learn about the types and directions of the cuts that should be made. Wonder why or how you would use Elmer’s Glue on your rose bush? Debbie shares the why and how.

In addition, Debbie shares some information on taking care of your bulbs after blooming; warming up the ground in preparation for planting tender plants; things you find around your house to use as natural dye for Easter eggs; and labeling of GMO foods.

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March 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed this beautiful weekend weather with a lot of listener questions this week.

Listen in to Debbie’s advice and answers to these questions: How do I get rid of the suckers under my trees? Is it the right time to mulch my garden? What are some watering tips for planting onion sets in order for healthy onion bulbs? Does my pine tree have borers or a fungus? Is it too early to put out my hummingbird feeder? Can I cut down my ornamental grasses right now?

Are you ready to plant a bare root tree? Debbie shares some planting and watering tips to ensure a healthy start. She also talks in-depth about mail-ordering plants and flowers. Debbie explains how to understand and decipher the descriptive wording and language in order to save you time and money.

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March 21, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, answers some great listener questions on this week’s radio show.

Are you wondering why the Pine, Cypress, and Evergreen trees are looking so unhealthy? Hear what Debbie has to say about their needles and how to look for new growth before you start cutting away.

A lot of us have started mowing our lawns and caring for our landscapes during this beautiful weather. Debbie reminds us that the amount and frequency of watering also to be adjusted. Listen as she shares her suggestions on proper watering.

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March 14, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Arborist, was joined by her friend, Mary Ann Newcomer, speaker, author and “Dirt Diva.”

Debbie and Mary Ann answered a few questions pertaining to raspberries. Raspberries are certainly fun to grow and fun to eat. Raspberry cane borer (small beetle-like insect) is not particularly common in our area, but is easily treated by trimming and cutting. No chemical spraying is necessary. Are you concerned about when you can start trimming your raspberries? Now is the time. Look for the dried up berries and dead canes before you start snipping.

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March 7, 2015 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, is joined by Margaret Lauterbach, Master Gardener and columnist for the Idaho Statesman. Debbie and Margaret talk about the early signs of spring and how it pertains to your flower and vegetable gardens. They also discuss fruit trees in depth, such as pruning, diseases, blooms, bugs, etc. Tune in to hear Debbie and Margaret’s great tips and advice for planting and enhancing your soil for growing healthy fruit trees.

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February 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, answered some great listener questions this week. Growing great tasting green beans means harvesting often and before they get too old and swollen along with trying some different varieties. If you were not able to apply pre-emergent to your winter annual weeds last fall - look for the temperature requirements on the product label and apply it now. In addition, check the label on the fungicide you are planning to use to see if it has dormant oil in it or if you can mix the two together so you can apply at the same time. Debbie also provided some useful tips for listeners: If you’re having “growing” problems in your garden, a soil test can provide some helpful information. Pine trees and evergreen trees in our region are turning brown - this is most likely due to the extreme cold snap we had in November. Polish up those pretty leaves on your houseplants - this allows for more oxygen intake and makes them happy.

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February 21, 2015 - Certified Arborist and Master Gardener, Debbie Cook, talks about tree trimming and applying Dormant Oil. With the sunny days and 50 degree weather, we are all anxious to get out and clean up our yards. While we may be tempted to start with tree pruning, Debbie reminds us of some dos and don'ts that will benefit the overall health and beauty of our trees. While pruning, we must refrain from "topping" or cutting off the tops and also refrain from cleaning out the middle or inside of the tree. Debbie tells us that it is time to apply Dormant Oil to suffocate insects that have been over-wintering on our trees. 

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January 3, 2015 - Are you ready to prune your trees? Debbie Cook, the garden gal says, depnding on the size and type of tree, it is best to wait. If you are trimming deadwood or crossing branches, you should be fine unless it is a flowering tree. Then you need to wait until after it flowers. Learn more from the Garden Gal in this week's episode.

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October 11, 2014 - The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, talks extensively about how to preserve all the bautiful fall leaves either into a press or the more difficult craft, into a wreath or arrnagement with-out having them mold. Also, did you know that now is the time to get last years poinsettia ready? We are very close to the holiday season, are you ready?

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September 20, 2014 - Debbie Cook, the garden gal, is joined by her good friend and blogger, Mary Ann Newcomer to chat about dirt, flowers and getting ready for the fall. Mary Ann gives out great tulip, daffodil and garlic advice that is timely and useful.

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September 6, 2014 - The garden gal, Debbie Cook, is joined by Ashton Ritchie, a lawn and horticulture expert from Atlanta, Georgia to talk about how to take care of your lawn as we wind down the summer months. With the average first frost date being the beginning of October, learn what you need to do now to prepare for spring 2015.

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August 23, 2014 — The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, tells us that with Labor Day right around the corner it is time to fertilize your lawn, if you do so twice a year. If you only fertilize once a year, be sure to do so between Halloween and Thanksgiving. If your trees are not looking good this year, your first question should be "what is interrupting the flow of nutrients to my tree?" It might be roots, bugs or squirrels. 

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July 26, 2014 — The D&B Garden Show, hosted by master gardener and arborist, Debbie Cook, takes care of listeners mid-summer, hot weather, high desert issues. Her first question is how much are you watering? Too much or too little water on your grass, your trees, your tomatoes or anywhere else is usually the answer. Listen in to see if your issue is covered in this weeks D&B Garden Show.

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June 14, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, gives us some tips on what to and what not to dead head this late spring. She also helps a customer with "sad looking trees" where the first question always asked is "are you giving it too much or too little water?"

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June 7, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is celebrating her ten year anniversary with the D&B Garden Show. Congratulations Debbie! This week you will learn that there is a National Pestiside Information Center hotline based out of Oregon. Now is the time that your garden should be planted, your lawn fertilized with a complete, even number fertilizer and thining fruit trees now is a good idea.

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May 17, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that now is the time for all the little bugs to start laying their eggs in the trees and on the leaves of our favorite plants. She gives us advice on how to recoginize what type of bug they are and what to do about it now so that we don't have to deal with the offspring all summer long. Preen weed killer is a good way to stop broadleaf plants from growing and to fertilize your plants as well, but she reminds us how important it is to read the label. There are different kids of Preen for different uses.

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Petunia and Tulip Issues Need Help

April 26, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has been stumped by Chuck. Listen in and see if you know the answer to Chuck's Petunia and Tulip issues. Debbie also gives us lessons in Crabapple trees and how to read a seed packet.

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March 29, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, pulls out all kinds of advice for Spring. If you have automatic sprinklers, make sure that you adjust for the season. Your lawn does not need as much water as it was getting last July and August. If you are pruning, and your walnut, birch or table grapes bleed, don't worry, they are fine. But next time wait until after they leaf out to prune. Get more tips about spring gardening on this last week's D&B Garden Show.

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March 8, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has answers to a ton of questions that all wrap around the fact that spring is almost here. Epsom salts, pruning your fruit trees, grafting tomatoes and knowing which way you should face your green house. She also has a tip from a listener who knows how to make trimmed flowers last longer in your vase.

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February 1, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, is getting excited for spring, but she knows not to get too worked up because it could still snow. With spring flowers loving the sunshine and rain, they too can come up early and damage their delicate roots. The best solution is to push the crown back into the ground and don't pull the mulch back just yet. The key to early spring fever? Patience. Learn more from Debbie on this week's podcast of the D&B Garden Show.

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February 15, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has plenty of events and classes to keep you busy during the last part of winter and get you ready for spring. Are you getting antsy and wanting to prune? Debbie will tell you what to prune now and what to wait on.

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February 9, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, reminds us that March is the month to use dormant oil on all those nasty sucking insects that have nested over the winter. She also wants us to stay rooted in reality when it comes to hitting your favorite garden store. Your eyes might just be bigger than your garden bed. 

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January 26, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has a huge list of classes that will help you prepare for the upcoming spring and summer growing season. She also advises us that if you want to plant tulips, now is an ideal time since they need at least six weeks of cold weather to bloom in the Spring. Do you have your gardening plan together yet? Now is the time!

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January 14, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, is excited to see perennial flowers popping up but urges us to push them back down or cover them in mulch. Although many would love to have this as a sign that spring is right around the corner, it is actually just the result of the ground pushing the bulbs up due to it freezing and thawing multiple times. Learn about fungus gnats and how to make sure they don't lay their eggs in your houseplants this winter.

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November 21, 2013 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has at least one call per week where her answer is, "How much water is it getting?" No pun intented, but this seems to be the root cause of why most plants brown, turn a weird color or flat out die. Other questions she asks to help solve problems are "How old is it?" and "Which way are they facing?" Listen in while she tells us how to find out if there is too much water at the roots and what to do. 

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August 27, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, welcomes her friend, and fellow gardener, Mary Ann Newcomer to the program to answer your end of summer gardening questions. Did you know that squash are either male or female and the males do not produce fruit? If you are in the Treasure Valley, did you know that for $15 a yard, you can purchase mulch created by the City of Boise? Listen in for more fantastic tips to this week's D&B Garden Show.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 3:40pm MST

June 24, 2013 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist educates us today on the primary, secondary and micro nutrients that are in your fertilizer. She also explains what these are and why you need them or don't them in certain areas of your garden. Of course there is talk of mulch and grass but more importantly, she gives out a simple strawberry freezer jam recipe that sounds delicious. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:40pm MST

June 3, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, gives us some great pre-summer tips and tricks about your spring bulbs and how to move your iris plants in the fall. Debbie also advises that a deep and infrequent watering is a good rule of thumb to create a strong and healthy root system for all your plants. Humbing birds are in the air and do know that red food coloring is not necessary a good 4 to 1 ratio of sugar to water will work just fine. Listen in for more fantastic tips that will help your garden all summer long.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:22pm MST

May 4, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, reminds us that the average frost date here in the Northwest is May 10, 2013. Your cabbage, peas and other cold crops should be fine, but Debbie really wants you to wait to mid to late May to plant your tender vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and squash. Label reading is very important this time of year. Even if you use the same fertilizers year after year, she highly encourages you to read, read and re-read before you apply. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:21pm MST

April 2, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, talks about strawberries and tells us that now is the time to prune the runners so that the mother plant can save her energy to produce beautiful fruit for us to enjoy. When it comes to fertilizing strawberries, remember to use one that is high in phosphorous, which is the second number listed on your fertilizer package. Learn more about your garden, your trees and what to do next on this weeks episode of the D&B Garden Show.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:15am MST

The Garden Gal, March 13, 2013 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist talks to us today about the ever present peach tree bore and what to do about it. They will start to emerge in June so July and August is when you need to plan to treat your trees so they don't become infected next year. We also learn that it is a good time to plant bare root roses but do remember that digging a hole wide enough is just as important as deep enough. Learn more with Debbie every week about these and many more gardening topics.

Direct download: 20130309.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:16pm MST

February 22, 2013 — Master gradener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, is the person you want answering the questions of which trees are ripe for pruning now, which ones are not and the most important question, how? Debbie walks a few callers through, step by step, on how to prune their trees, so now is the time to learn from the expert! With less than a month to go to spring, people are getting eager to prep, plant and trim. Are you?

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:44am MST