The D&B Garden Show (Weekly Radio Show)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:47pm MST

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.

Direct download: 20111029.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20111022.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20111015.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110917.mp3
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.  

Direct download: 20110827.mp3
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.  

Direct download: 20110820.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110813.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110806.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110730.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 2:46pm MST

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. 

Direct download: 20110723.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:42am MST

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.

Direct download: 20110716.mp3
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.   

Direct download: 20110712.mp3
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.  

Direct download: 20110702.mp3
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. 

Direct download: 20110625.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110618.mp3
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.  

Direct download: 20110611.mp3
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. 

Direct download: 20110604.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110528.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110521.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110514.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110507.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110430.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:09pm MST

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.

Direct download: 20110423.mp3
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. 

Direct download: 20110416.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110402.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110326.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110319.mp3
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.”

Direct download: 20110219.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:05pm MST

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.”

Direct download: 20110212.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 1:49pm MST

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.

Direct download: 20110205.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110129.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110122.mp3
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. 

Direct download: 20110115.mp3
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.

Direct download: 20110108.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 11:19am MST

The Garden Gal Podcast December 18, 2010.  Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist takes calls about what you’re doing to get ready from the holiday. One topic of discussion was growing almonds in Idaho, including germinating almonds right in your kitchen.

Direct download: 20101218.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:54am MST

The Garden Gal: December 11, 2010

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, uses hindsight to point out some of the things we should have done to prepare our gardens or yards for the winder. Debbie also talks about Christmas crafts and gifts as well as other things that are going on in town.

Direct download: 20101211.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 10:44am MST

Debbie Cook takes calls about gardening even in the off season. Mary Ann Newcomer, author of “Gardens of the Wild Wild West,”  joins Debbie in studio on this snowy day.


Debbie and Mary Ann even talk about shoveling snow and how to toss the snow to help water your shrubs.

Direct download: 20101204.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:48am MST

Master Gardener and Certified Arborist Debbie Cook was talking gardening on a snowy, snowy day at the end of November 2010. Debbie describes several Christmas crafts including flavored vinegars.

Debbie also describes how Ice Melt effects growth next season.

Direct download: 20101127.mp3
Category:Weekly Radio Show -- posted at: 9:46am MST