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Q&A – Is it true that Japanese holly does not get boxwood blight?

“Is it true that Japanese holly does not get boxwood blight like traditional boxwoods?” And this is from Kirsten, via YouTube. So is that true? Japanese hollies don’t get boxwood? – That’s true. – That’s true. – Yes, and the reason why is because boxwood and hollies are two different species. And the boxwood blight […]

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Wildflowers – Family Plot

– Alright, Andy, let’s talk a little bit about wildflowers. – Great, it’s one of my favorite things. – I could tell. I see you’ve brought us some here to look at today. – I did, and also wanted to talk about it a bit. Lichterman Nature Center, our mission focuses in on interpretation of […]

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Problem Plants In the Landscape and Their Replacements – Family Plot

Hi, Miss Carol. Plants to Avoid and Their Replacements, where do you want to start with that? – Gosh, I want to say, “Where do you want to start?” Because as an agent, we get the calls over and over about the same plants, don’t we? – Well, let me toss this to you, you […]

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2017 Bee Report – Family Plot

– We love talking about bees, Mr. David. You know that. – You gotta have bees for your gardens. You gotta have bees for harvest time. No bees, no squash. No bees, no pumpkins. – There he goes. Bees are that important for sure. What do you have for us today on the table? – […]

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Q&A – My 8 foot dogwood trees don’t have a trunk. Why?

I planted some dogwood trees three or four years ago. My dogwoods are about eight feet tall now, but they don’t have a trunk or base, just long limbs. What’s wrong? And this is from Melvin in Senatobia, Mississippi, so we appreciate that, Mr. Melvin. So, Tonya, the dogwoods are eight feet tall now, but […]

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Growing Enough Food to Feed a Family – How Much Do You Need to Plant?

[Music] A common question that gardeners ask is “How much is the food we eat as a family can we grow ourselves?” This depends on a number of factors, so here are the key things you need to consider. The biggest factor which will determine how much you can grow is how much land you […]

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Fruit Tree Planting Tips – Family Plot

All right, Mr. D., let’s talk a little bit about planting fruit trees. What do we need to start with that? Is this the time of year to be doing that? – This is the time of year to be really getting involved in planting fruit trees. It’s not the time of year to stick […]

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Q&A – What is this weed in my lawn?

This plant is growing in my lawn. What is it and how do I kill it? Good picture there. Folks, that would be Virginia button weed. It is a difficult, difficult weed to control. As you can see, it grows pretty low. Prostrate to the ground. Produces by seed, root fragment, and it’s a perennial, […]

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Finding Good Online Gardening Advice – Family Plot

Alright, Miss Carol. Now we always tell folks that they can go to the internet, and find some of those answers to their gardening questions, but how do we know if those sites actually have good advice? -Well, and outside, even the majority of them don’t. So a lot of times you just go to […]

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Ornamentals and Trees in the Winter – Family Plot

Alright Joellen, what do we need to know about ornamentals and trees in the fall and the winter? – All sorts of things going on in the next few months. Number one thing of course is leaves, leaves are everywhere. And interestingly enough, the reason why we get nice fall color is because the leaves […]

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