The D&B Garden Show

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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