The D&B Garden Show

The Garden Gal, December 18, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist welcomes good friend and fellow master gardener, Mary Ann Newcomer, to the show to chat about gardening, Christmas gifts, crafting and her new book the Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook. Learn how to dilute your liquor to make your Christmas flowers from drooping this season.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:29pm MST

The Garden Gal, November 16, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, reminds us of all the things that need to be done this fine fall season. Planting bulbs (flower and garlic), now that the weather is averaging below 60 degrees, is a must along with bringing in and caring for you poinsettia's. Fertilizing is essential for your trees, since they are now dormant and are working on generating new roots to try to get established for a healthy and beautiful spring.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:07pm MST

The Garden Gal, October 7, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that your leaves, except for walnut tree leaves, are the best thing you can do for pure mulch. She also recomends that every three to five years, you have your garden soil tested before you start amending and planting in the spring. There are several labs that will give you a list of nutrients and elements that are needed or are too high for optimal growth. But give them a call first to find out where they want you take your soil sample from.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:43pm MST

The Garden Gal, October 4, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks with Jodie Ellis, from the Department of Agriculture, and educates us to be aware of the Japanese Beetle and the distruction they can do. Although there are plans in place to nip this bettle in the bud, they need your help in making sure this beetle does not spread any more than it already has in the Treasure Valley. Listen in to Debbie and Jodie on how to identify the Japanese Beetle and what you can do help out.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:10pm MST

The Garden Gal, September 10, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist warns us that the Japanese Beetle has been found in a number of areas in the Treasure Valley. The eggs are hatching now and are headed down deep into the earth to wait until the Spring to rear their ugly heads and do damage to over thirty different plants and trees. Listen to Debbie as she gives us advice on how to protect our plants and trees now along with other fall preparation tips.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:32pm MST

The Garden Gal, August 17, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks extensively about about the Walnut Husk Fly and that now is the time for the first treatment. With the Northwest first frost average about October 10th, we are getting mighty close to start planting perennials. So start planning!

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:04pm MST

The Garden Gal, August 10, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us and her listeners that now is the time to start prepping for fall prep. She gives great step by step instructions on how to root your roses so that they are ready for the ground next year. It is treatment time for the walnut husk fly, which causes a mess more than anything. Your stone fruits need their second treatment which is given at the base of the tree.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:54am MST

The Garden Gal, August 1, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that now is not the best time to prune. Wait until the hot weather has passed, like in the early fall, so your plants are not stressed out any more than they have to be. One listener learned the hard way that it is very important to protect young trees from cats.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:36am MST

The Garden Gal, July 30, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist, as always, gave us some great advice last week. Did you know that cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day? Did you know that instead of picking up that afternoon coffee can be replaced by a cucumber? Debbie has a huge list of cucumber tips to share with you this week. Now is the time to NOT fertilize on your woody shrubs and trees. Learn more on this weeks D&B Garden Gal podcast.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:18am MST

The Garden Gal, July 16, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, gives out a lot of advice on how to get rid of this bug and that bug, in both your garden and trees. Do you have a Silver Maple that thinks it is fall and is turning yellow already? If the vein is green and the leaf is yellow, your tree could have a Ph balance problem. Debbie tackles this and other summer issues on this weeks program.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:50pm MST

The Garden Gal, June 20, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us now is the time to plant, weed and carry on with your summer. Start harvesting your herbs and listen in as Debbie gives us a receipe for flavored vinegar to last all year long. She also tells us about a fun project that you can do with your little ones which will help diagnose what kind of soil you have. This knowledge will help you and your garden for years to come.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:24am MST

The Garden Gal, June 14, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook educates us on the Virginia Creeper and other perinnial weeds. A paint brush will be the best way to attack them now and again in the fall. Have you ever wondered how to make a rose petal bead? Debbie shares directions on how to create them, that are almost as good as her Grandmother's. Bugs. We have them. We don't like them and there is always a way to get rid of them.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:49pm MST

The Garden Gal, June 7, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist educates us on the Ash Bore, letting us know the time is now to spray your tree with a synthetic pyrethrin. Knowing what kind of bugs are eating your plants is sometimes a bit of a mystery. Turn yourself into Nancy Drew, grab a flashlight at night and sneak up on those bugs and treat accordingly. There is still time to plant, so get to it!

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:37am MST

The Garden Gal, April 29, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook tells us that now is the time to fertilize, overseed and trasplant. What is the perfect annual or perinial for a shaded area? Listen to a great conversation with a caller that will answer all kinds of questions for, give you some ideas and solve your tough shaded, garden areas.

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

The Garden Gal, May 21, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that May 20th is the usual last day of frost, although there have been some cold June nights in years past. Debbie also tells us when all else fails, when trying to figure out what is eating this or that in your garden, she advises to go stealth at night with a flashlight. Then you will be able to figure out how to treat what is eating all your garden crops.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 3:32pm MST

The Garden Gal, May 14, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook on is out on vacation so Eric Hanson from Bailey Nursery fills in and tells us that the average frost date is past us so it is time to "plant like crazy!" Are you hoping to get in a full 90-120 days of gardening? Well, due to the mild winter, Eric warns and educates us that the aphids are out already so now is the time to protect your plants with the right kind of fertilizer. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:35pm MST

The Garden Gal, May 9, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with Eric Hanson with Bailey Nursery about the difference is between blue and pink hydrangeas and how to take care of them and the soil around them. There are quite a few tips and tricks to make hydrangeas beautiful and bloom-tastic! 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:02am MST

The Garden Gal, April 16, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook continues to educate us on how and what to prune this time of year and other spring garden todo's that must be done. The best advice comes from listeners this week who chime in on how to protect yourself when pruning thorny bushes and how to get rid of goat heads. Tip: Boots are better than soccer cleats.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:46pm MST

The Garden Gal, April 10, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats it up with listeners about worms, geraniums and a pesky woodpecker. Beware of the Black Vine Weavel this season, who will lay her eggs at the base of the plant. Debbie tells us what to use, and what you can't use, to kill the larvae and how to protect your plants this spring.

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

The Garden Gal, April 6, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook tells us that because forsythias are currently in bloom, now is time to prune your roses. Houseplants are waking up as well and need to be re-potted or new soil needs to be added to their existing pot. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:05am MST

The Garden Gal, March 28, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with Ashton Ritchie from Scott's. Learn the difference between crabgrass and quackgrass and what to do about it now and later on in the season. If you are itching to plant your vegetables, Ashton says go ahead, as long as they are cold weather veges like peas, spinach, lettuce and other cabbage family items.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:44pm MST

The Garden Gal, March 19, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook welcomes Eric Hansen from Bailey Nurseries to talk about the easiest and most successful type of planting you can have, bare root planting. He shares some tips and tricks that we can all use as we head into the spring planting season. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:52pm MST

The Garden Gal, March 15, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with chicken expert, Jo Ann Goodwin this week. She talks about what straight run chicks are, how to identify hens from roosters and how important it is to do your research when considering back yard chickens. The first week is very critical to the chicks so Jo Ann reminds us what is needed to take care of these chicks until they start growing feathers.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 12:13pm MST

The Garden Gal, March 7, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook shares some backyard chicken ideas in preparation for next week's guest, Jo Ann Goodwin. We also learn that now is the time to plant bare root raspberries (as well as other bare root plants) and if you need to prune, do so now with direction from your local extension office. Debbie also gives us a simple way to make worm composting in your garage and why using red wigglers is the key.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:42am MST

The Garden Gal. February 21, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist kicks her show off with a list of classes to get you ready for spring and summer planting. Rita Slack, with Sun Gro, joins Debbie this week to talk about tree pruning, seed starting and soil conditioning. If you have questions throughout the week, you can go to gardengal.mydbsupply.com and send Debbie a question to be answered in next weeks show.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:30am MST

The Garden Gal, February 13, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks with Tammy from Bonide about protecting your trees now to prevent those little sucking bugs from hatching when it gets warmer. Dormant Oil or an all season spray is best applied in the morning so the application can take advantage of the rising temperatures throughout the day. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 4:46pm MST

The Garden Gal. February 7, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that although you might be seeing your Perennials come up, it is not their time. Cover those plants back up with mulch and compost to protect them until the real spring weather arrives. Many people are eager to do some tree trimming as well, but be sure to take a class or ask questions as to when is the right time to trim your trees.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:23am MST

The Garden Gal, January 30, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks about the lovely, full bud Christmas Cactus plants, why this tropical cactus is so fickle and how to take care of it. Do you have your spring and summer plants picked out yet? If not, now is the time to figure out what you want to grow and where all those new plants and vegetables should go. 

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:23am MST

The Garden Gal. January 26, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist reminds us that although the ground is wet, cold and possibly covered in snow, it is never too early to start thinking about your garden. There are many classes coming up in the Treasure Valley to help you you inspired, learn something new or freshen up on your gardening skills. Listen in and get educated!

Direct download: 20120121.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:00am MST

The Garden Gal, January 19, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook answers questions from eager gardeners about how and when to trim roses along with how to prep and plant sweet potatoes. Are you itching to plant your cold crops, like broccoli, already? Debbie reminds us to rotate our winter crops and do some prep-work by cleaning out pots that they will grow in.

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

The Garden Gal. January 3, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with her callers about what was great and what wasn't in 2011. The question of when to trim your wisteria is answered and Debbie shares her very own recipe of Cranberry Salsa that can be made right now.

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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:43am MST

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