The D&B Garden Show

The Garden Gal, December 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook shares the show with her friend, the Dirt Diva herself, Mary Ann Newcomer. They chat, and answer questions, about your winter garden which they both suggest to take pictures of throughout the year. Evergreens, ornimental grasses and Christmas Cactus plants are discussed on how to make your winter gardens beautiful both the inside and outside of your home.

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The Garden Gal. December 19, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that now is a good time to water our evergreens. The lack of water, combined with a bit of thawing that is scheduled to happen this week, means that they need a little help from us in order to be beautiful in the spring. Also, be sure to call your extension office first when considering getting your trees pruned.

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The Garden Gal, November 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks quite a bit about composting, mulching and why using raked up leaves are great for the soil. Walnut leaves have been thought to have been bad for mulching but Debbie researched and found that the toxin that is in walnut leaves just needs to be composted first. Many winter classes are happening this winter as well, so be sure to get signed up.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:17am MST

The Garden Gal. November 23, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us how to get rid of soft bodied insects in your houseplants with an insecticidal soap. Do you have a moisture meter for your houseplants? Debbie tells us why we need one. It's also not too late to take care of your fruit trees with a homemade vole repellent recipe to help your trees now and in the spring.

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The Garden Gal. November 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist educates us on which natural elements make trees change colors in the fall and why the darkness is so important during this transition. She also reminds us to get everything unhooked, blown out and dried up so we will not discover any mishaps in the spring.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:33am MST

The Garden Gal, October 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks to us about how to store your tomatoes that are not quite ripe but need to be picked due to the fall frost. Did you know that some garlic can not be grown in Idaho due to White Rot? When you plant your fall garlic, make sure it is certified.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 3:39pm MST

The Garden Gal. October 17, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that now is the time to plant paperwhites for the Holiday season. Get your pen, paper and a bottle of whisky (yes whisky) ready and she will give you detailed directions of what to do for beautiful holiday flowers. Which bulbs should you winter and when do you dig them up and bring them in? Debbie tells us which ones need to come in now and which ones to hold off on.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:36pm MST

The Garden Gal. September 26, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that October 10th is, historically, the first frost date in our area. Are you ready? Have a plan in place to cover your "ten thousand" green tomatoes and pay attention to the frost, then nice, then frost weather we have. Now is the time to fertilize and if you can, do it again between Halloween and Thanksgiving for a better, healthier lawn in 2012.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:14pm MST

The Garden Gal, September 19, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook is ready for the leaves to fall. The first day of Autumn is Friday, September 23rd and is a good date to remember to plant your garlic. When you plant in the Fall, the garlic bulbs will have time to establish their roots which will historically give you a larger bounty the next year. The average first frost date is October 10th, so now is the time to get your lawn and garden ready.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:30am MST

The Garden Gal, August 29, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist is ready for back to school and ready for you to start prepping your yard for the fall and winter. Perinnial weeds are setting their seeds and establishing a deep and hardy system to get them through the winter — don't let them! Debbie has tips to treat these weeds while they are flowering so next year will be weed free.  

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:42pm MST

The Garden Gal, August 23, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks to us about how to make rose cuttings to plant in the ground this year for a beautiful rose next year. Of course we are all dealing with little pesky critters in our gardens, trees and shrubs but Debbie reasures us there is a solution.  

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:38am MST

The Garden Gal, August 17, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that because our plants are thinking about the fall, it is time for us to do as well. There are certain products that are ready for their fall insecticide, but be sure to read all labels first. You'll never believe what a 50/50 milk and water mixture can do for your pumpkins and squash.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:26am MST

The Garden Gal, August 9, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook tells us that it is possible to overwater or underwater your vegetables or containers. Be careful if your tomatoes are a bit dry, you don't want to overwater them or else they will crack. Container plants are going to need more water throughout the day with the hot weather upon us, so be aware of them as well. Learn these tips and more on this weeks Garden Gal podcast.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:33pm MST

The Garden Gal, August 1, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that even in this heat which we are experiencing, it is still possible to overwater. So be careful and look for signs of overwatering. Debbie also educates us on how to do cuttings on roses, because now is the time for these type of soft wood cuttings.

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The Garden Gal, July 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook educates us on how to stake a tree properly so that it will grow reaction wood and be nice and healthy for years to come. We also learn that when your trimmer gets too close to your tree and has noticible damage, it can still be saved. Simple tips to keep your trees healthy and looking good. 

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The Garden Gal, July 20, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us now is the time to deadhead your flowers so that they don't go to seed which will also give your flowers more energy to produce more beautiful flowers for you to enjoy the rest of the season. On the ugly side, who has goatheads? Dig them up, spray them if you can and plan to get rid of them next year.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:20am MST

The Garden Gal, July 12, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook asks us if we are keeping up with the weeding, deadheading our flowers or keeping an eye out for leafy plant eaters and if so what are you doing about it? Lavender is in season, which festival are you going to? This is also the perfect time of year to transplant, divide, share and enjoy your irises.   

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 3:48pm MST

Start Prepping for Your Fall Crops. Yes, Your Fall Crops

The Garden Gal, July 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us there are only 90 days left in our summer growing season and it is time to start thinking about our fall crops. Where did June go? Also, Debbie asks, what do you do with a bee hive? Contact the Idaho Beekeepers Club to help protect our polinators.  

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

The Garden Gal, June 25, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook reminds us that if you want to enter in any of the end of summer fair's, be sure to enter now. If you are growing in the "largest division", be sure to pinch off any new flowers so all the energy can go to your large entry. Do you have trouble growing grass under your trees? Debbie tells us what to do and more importantly, what not to do. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:33pm MST

The Garden Gal, June 21, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist answers your questions ranging from bugs in your garden to voles in your dirt. Have you started to fertilize yet? How do you get rid of your neighbors bamboo trees that are now growing on your side? Listen in and learn more about the early days of summer and what you can do to make your garden beautiful even with the late, wet spring that we had.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:08pm MST

The Garden Gal, June 11, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook reminds us about all the weeds that will be popping up with our late Spring and how to get rid of them. Aphids are emerging at the base of your shrubs, and trees which will drop some stickiness, but always know your insects before you use any kind of product on them, some insects are good.  

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:24am MST

The Garden Gal, June 4, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist answers many springtime questions about what is growing, what should be growing and what to do if your garden is not growing. Have you ever wondered about Poplar trees and how far apart you should plant them and why? Debbie gives us a good rule of thumb if you plant them too close together and how to prevent suckers when they pop up. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:27am MST

The Garden Gal, May 14, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist knows that the copious amounts of rain that we have been receiving is good, but she is ready to work in her yard and garden just as much as you are. With the average frost date behind us and if you planted leafy vegetables like lettuce already, you should be seeeing some results. Are you also seeing brown spots on those beautiful veges? Debbie will tell you what to do about the leaf minor and give you ideas on what to do this next weekend, rain or shine.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:07am MST

The Garden Gal, May 21, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that all of our sneezing and sniffiling is quite common with the current extreme pollen count. Have you ever thought about planting female trees? Listen and Debbie will tell you why it could help your allergies. How is your composter doing this year? Debbie educates us on the brown to green ratios and how to make it more balanced.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 3:52pm MST

The Garden Gal, May 14, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist discusses how late everything is this spring which might not necessarily be a bad thing. With the average frost date past us, it is a good time to get those plants in the ground on a nice, overcast day. Although you still need to cover your tender crops like mellons, peppers, tomatoes and squash just to be safe. Now is the time to start treating your fruit trees but read the label because every treatment is different. Debbie also tells us what else to treat and answers questions in this weeks pod cast of The Garden Gal.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:01pm MST

The Garden Gal, May 7, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that the average and typical last frost is coming up on May 10th. But she cautions to still be careful with tender vegetables like beans and tomatoes along with your squash. When the soil is cold, peppers can be stunted and might not produce, so pay attention to the weather. Debbie informs us it is also time to get your sprinklers ready to go and of course there are rhubarb questions answered.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:35am MST

The Garden Gal, April 30, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist discussing the local events that happened on Arbor Day and those that are going to happen this summer. Learn where to enter into the Idaho Horticulture Sociey Community Landscape and Garden Contest to win up to $300. Then, what's up with your rhubarb? Of course Debbie knows this and many other spring gardening questions from her listening audience.

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The Garden Gal, April 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, a master gardener and certified arborist, welcomes Betty Munis, the Executive Director of the Idaho Forest Products Commission. Arbor day is this Friday, April 29th where there is an official tree planing happening at the State House at 10am. They will reveal the winner of the Look to the Forest Photogrophy winner, plant a tree and talk about the importance of trees in our lives. Of course Debbie will talk about the late frost we recently received as well as your up and coming garden.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:20pm MST

The Garden Gal, April 9, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist who talks about all the Farmers Markets going on in the Treasure Valley including Twin Falls and Mountain Home. Although she admits "it's a dangerous time for me" when walking through her local D&B Supply store, she still loves looking at all the blooming plants and trees. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:53pm MST

Rain, Compost and Pruning, Oh My

The Garden Gal, April 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, a master gardener and certified arborist, gives us tips on what to do and not to do with all the rain we have been receiving this spring. Debbie also talks about compost and the correct way to prune your trees and bushes to yield the best results.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:21pm MST

The Garden Gal, March 26, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, has officially kicked off spring with beautiful blooming spring flowers like Honeysuckle, Lenton Rose, Forsythia and Bleeding Hearts all taking shape. Do you know when to plant your peas or which way your garden should face? Of course you can learn this and how to prune your roses all from Debbie this week on the Garden Gal.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:36pm MST

The Garden Gal, March 19, 2011 — Debbie Cook, a master gardener and certified arborist, meets with popular gardening blogger, Mary Ann Newcomer, who had just returned from Denver Botanical Garden, where she had been working at a flower and garden show. Debbie and Mary discuss the show and take calls from listeners.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:41am MST

The Garden Gal, February 19, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, speaks with Boise’s City Forester Brian Jorgenson, “because a couple times a year it seems like people really can’t help themselves. They have to go out and cut things or plant things, and that’s really wonderful, but we want to make sure that they do it right.”

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The Garden Gal, February 12, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist. Each and every week, Debbie takes questions about gardening, plant and lawn care, and all things horticultural. This week, with some warmer weather, Debbie encouraged listeners to examine their perennials, other plants, and trees since this is a good time of year to do some basic yard or garden preparation. Also, if you still have leaves on the yard or, perhaps, even still on trees thanks to how the winter came last year, it is time to clean things up. Debbie also talks about spraying.  “Lots of think to think about this time of year.”

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The Garden Gal, February 5, 2011 — Debbie Cook takes calls about what went on in your garden last year and what you should be doing to prepare your garden for this season. Debbie, who is a master gardener and certified arborist, also describes what she has been doing to prepare her garden for the season, including raking up any leaves that may have been missed and cutting back perennials. Finally, Debbie describes some forthcoming classes about trees taking place in Boise in March.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:16pm MST

The Garden Gal, January 29, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, says that planting time is coming sooner than you realize and starts the show by discussing  when you should start planting seeds. Debbie also encourages patience lest your seedlings become root bound. Finally, Debbie even goes over the things you should look for when you order seeds from a catalog or read a seed packet. Other topics on this show, include juniper propagation.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:49pm MST

Debbie Cook is a master gardener and certified arborist and she is the host of the D&B Garden Show. In this episode Mary Ann Newcomer, who is the author of the Gardens of the Wild Wild West Blog and an expert on plants of all kinds.


Debbie and Mary Ann discuss Spring gardening catalogs, expanding your gardens, and several garden and landscaping classes upcoming.  This show was recorded on January 22, 2011.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:32am MST

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist. In this, January 15 episode of the Garden Gal program, Debbie talks about her Hawthorn tree loaded with robins and about some of the things you can do to get your garden or yard ready for the Spring. Debbie also discussed a couple of available free gardening or tree care classes that are coming up. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:36am MST

Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook is the Garden Gal. This was the first broadcast of 2011. Debbie was looking forward to preparing for the gardening season and chats about things you can do now for your garden or evergreen trees. Debbie also takes a call about saving a lily, and separately how to make soap sprays.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:19am MST

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