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The Family Plot – July 2, 2016


– Hi, thanks for joining
us for the Family Plot, Gardening in the Mid-South,
I’m Chris Cooper. Summer celebration is
just around the corner, and the kitchen divas
are at it again. Today we’re getting a sneak
peek at one of their recipes. Also, corn is a garden staple. Today, we’re going to
learn all about it. That’s just ahead
on the Family Plot, Gardening in the Mid-South. – [Voiceover] Production
funding for the Family Plot, Gardening in the Mid-South, is provided by Good Winds
Landscape and Garden Center in Germantown since 1943
and continuing to offer its plants for
successful gardening with seven greenhouses
and three acres of plants plus comprehensive
landscape services, International Paper Foundation, the WKNO Production Fund,
the WKNO Endowment Fund, and by viewers like
you, thank you. (upbeat banjo music) – Welcome to the Family Plot. I’m Chris Cooper. Joining me today is Sarah Pool. Sarah is an UT Extension
agent, Crockett County, and Mr. D is with us today. – Hello. – Thanks for joining us. – Thanks for having us. – So Summer Celebration is
right around the corner, Sarah. So you want to tell the
folks a little bit about it? – Sure, Summer Celebration
is an annual event we have at the West Tennessee
Research and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee, the
second Thursday of July every year, rain or shine. – Rain or shine, and
it’s usually shine, and it’s usually hot. – Yes, so come
prepared to be warm. – Yes, and it starts nine to
five, nine o’clock of course. The master gardeners
there are Madison Country, doing a good job with
their plant sale, so that starts at nine o’clock
will go to five o’clock, and then all of the speakers
will start at 10 o’clock and that goes
until five o’clock, so it’s going to be a good day. – [Sarah] Yes, a lot to learn. – And then, guess what? The Kitchen Divas are
going to be there, and they’re going
to be cooking so. – We’ll be there. – What are you going
to cook for us today? – Well today, this
year’s theme is herbs, Herbalicious is what we
have named our segment. – [Chris] Herbalicious. – So everything that
you eat when you come to a Kitchen Divas session is
gonna have a fresh herb in it. We’ve even got a beverage
that’s gonna have an herb in it. – Would that be a mint julep? (laughter) – We might have a lot more
people come through here over that. That’s a good idea. I’ll bring that up. We’re going to offer eight to
10 items for people to sample. Like I said, they’ll
all have an herb in it. Today, we are going to
get to try two things. One I’ve already prepared. It’s a fresh dill dip, and
dill is such a fun thing to work with. This is super easy too. The other three divas
kind of laugh of me when I bring my
recipes, but you know, I tell them, I’m a working mom, I’ve got two small
kids, my husband works, I don’t have time to just stand
in the kitchen all the time, so I try to get stuff that is
not huge length of ingredients that people might have on hand that you can kind of
whip up and have ready, so I’m going to go over two
of those with y’all today. The one already prepared
here is the dill dip, and basically, you just
have to open up some cans and mix it together. It’s a cup of sour cream,
a cup of mayonnaise, some fresh dill, some
ground garlic powder, and some onion powder. And you just mix all that
together with your dill and add in some fresh
parsley and let it sit. I let it sit overnight,
just ’cause I love those fresh flavors get
to mill together. It’s really easy. You can serve it with
crackers or even some of a vegetable tray. It’s versatile, and it’s
real easy, it’s not heavy. You know in the summer time
we want light, cold stuff to eat, so that’s an easy
one that you can make ahead of time. So I’m gonna actually make
one here with y’all today called the marinated
garbanzo bean salad, and if you’re not familiar
with garbanzo beans, they also are referred
to as chickpeas. They’re used to make hummus
and things like that. They are packed with protein, so this is a meatless meal. – Alright Mr. D, meatless. – This is a meatless meal, but we are packing
it with some protein. These have a lot
of protein in them, and really, there’s not any
fat, hardly any calories in this as well
too, so you know, it’s all fresh ingredients,
things that you might have on hand, hopefully, but
basically what I’ve done here, I’ve taken, it’s just a
can of garbanzo beans, they’re very easy to
find at your store, I drained and rinsed them
to get any of the salt and things that may
be on there added, and I let them sit in a
colander for a little while to get all the
liquid out of them ’cause you don’t
want a runny salad. So I’ve done that, and then
the marinade is very simple. It’s just a Balsamic vinegar
and an extra virgin olive oil, and I added a little
garlic powder to that and whisked that together,
and then poured that over the beans, and they’ve
been marinating since yesterday afternoon,
so hopefully they’ll be good of flavor, yes. So all we’re going to do
now is simply open this and add it to our bowl. You can smell it right
away when I open it. Well y’all can. – Yeah, I see Mr. D’s
already eyeing that here. – I’ll tell you, when you
come see Kitchen Divas we’ll give you the
recipes, but then we’ll tell you how we did it. (laughter) I don’t want you to
see the recipe online, and think she didn’t
do it that way. So what I’ve done here, I’m
going to leave the dressing in here as y’all can see. The recipe tells you
to do some other steps, but this is easier,
and if you feel like when you’ve made your
whole salad that you need a little bit more
of that dressing, just add what you like to taste, so we encourage people
to play with their food. So then, I’ve added this,
I’ve cut up a tomato, which we’ll have, some
people already have now fresh out of your garden, we’re
going to put that in here. A cucumber, if you
don’t like cucumbers, I know some people have
trouble eating cucumbers, you could add celery, you
could add bell peppers, really anything. This is just to
give it a crunch, but I think even onion if
you wanted to add an onion, but this is easy to
substitute your favorite fresh vegetables into. – [Chris] Well we love
those veggies then. – Yes. Yeah, this is a really
healthy, healthy thing. So I’m just going to
give this a good stir. It’s colorful too. – [Chris] Mhm that’s good. And by the way,
Sarah, this recipe is actually gonna be online
at FamilyPlotGarden.com, so if folks want
to check it out, they can go to the
website and see it. – Well that’s easy enough, good. Yeah we’re just
going to mix that up and get those flavors going. This also is one that’s
good to make ahead of time and let it sit and
kinda flavor up. I do have fresh basil. The recipe calls for fresh
basil or fresh oregano, so whatever you have on hand. This smells great. – [Chris] It does smell good. – It’s going to taste
even better in here. Just about half a cup. I did wash this
already and everything, so I’m just gonna
chop this up a little. – [Chris] And you
did say that’s out of one of the Kitchen
Diva’s garden. – [Sarah] It is. Our Diva, Gwen Joiner, the
agent in Carol County grew this. Yes. – [Chris] Guess Gwen
might need to teach a little horticulture, huh? (Sarah laughs) – Oh and you can really
smell it as I cut it. These summer flavors
are just too good not to take advantage of, so we’re just going
to throw this in here. Give us a little bit more. – You can just scatter herbs
in flowerbeds pretty much. Pretty easy to grow. – So we’ve added that,
and again like I say, when you’re making this, put
what you want to in there. You know, I’m just doing
as it’s called for today. Then we’re just going
to put a little bit of salt and pepper to taste. This is one of those things
that people are going to love, and you’ve made it, but
you didn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen
doing anything. – It’d be good for a nice picnic
or something like that huh? – Perfect for a
picnic, you know. Family get togethers
this summer, or even you know throw the
beans in the marinade over night and come home from work and
just throw it all together. Feta cheese is what I’m
going to top it with. This is one of my
favorite things on salad. It’s a strong cheese,
but I really like it. It’s optional. If you don’t like
it, leave it out, or if you’re making
this for people that you’re not sure
if they like it or not, you can put it on the
side and people can add it their selves later, so I’m
just going to sprinkle some on the top here. It really makes it kind
of finishes it off here. Just kind of stir that
in, and like I say, if at this point you
feel like you need a little bit more
of the dressing, I think we’re good today,
this is where you could kind of taste it and see if
you need more salt and pepper, if you wanted to add more
of the balsamic vinegar, or more of the olive oil, this
would be the time to do that. – Alright, well let’s go
ahead and taste that then. – Yes, it’s ready! – I’m ready. – Here we go. – Let’s do that. – And then there’s
crackers for that one, if y’all want to try that. I’m going to spoon
you some on here. It is a really colorful dish. – [Mr. D] I’m ready. – And you could not use the
whole can of garbanzo beans if you feel like it’s too much. You know, this is a
recipe that’s very easy to manipulate and make your own. – Oh that’s good. – But I love the flavor
of the balsamic vinegar. – Okay, Sarah while
we’re tasting this, could you, one more time, tell
us about Summer Celebration. – Yeah, Summer Celebration,
Thursday July the 14th. It begins at nine, the last
sessions begin at five. To see the Kitchen Divas, there
is an additional $5 charge. Tickets are available
at nine o’clock for the 10, 11, and
12 o’clock shows, and then at 12:15,
they’ll go on sale for the one, two, three, and
four o’clock shows, and the Divas do end, our
last show starts at four. – So come on out,
Summer Celebration. I’ll be there at
the Diagnostic Tent. Come by and see Sarah
at the UT Kitchen Divas. – Thanks for being here. – Thank you. – This is good. – It’s really good, really good. – Great. – There are a number of
gardening events going on in the next couple of weeks. Here are just a few
that might interest you. Alright Mr. D, let’s talk
a little bit about corn. – And the corn is really
jumping out of the ground. It’s blowing and growing now. Kinda had a slow start
this year, was so cool and damp conditions early and
had a little bit of trouble early, but it’s
blowing and going now. – [Chris] It’s
going pretty good. – So really it’s too late to start talking
about planting corn. You plant corn now, and you
can probably harvest it. Sweet corn, but you’re
going to have a lot more insect problems, and
you’ll have to really fight the European corn
bore and earworms and things a lot more now if
you start with it this late, but you know growing
corn is pretty easy to do if you soil test,
check the soil level, make sure your pH is up
there where it ought to be, six and a half. With corn, it’s not a
legume, so it doesn’t put nitrogen in the soil,
so you’re going to need to side dress it, and you
know some of our plot corn is only about this tall,
and then within the next couple of weeks, we’ll
be going in there and hitting it with more
nitrogen, additional nitrogen. You fertilize according to
soil test before you plant, and then you side dress
with, you know a home garden it’s about, I think about
a pint of ammonium nitrate or 34 oh oh per 100 foot of
rows, something like that. Scout, keep an eye
out for insects. European corn bore
and the corn earworm are probably a couple
of the worst insects that can create problems. – What kind of
damage do they do? – The European corn bore’s
the first one that you’ll get, and they’ll get into the
plant when it’s small, and they’ll feed in
the whirl of the leaf, the whirl of the plant down in
the very center of the plant, and if you can imagine
that new leaf is developing and it’s a quarter
of an inch long, and you’ve got a
little caterpillar that’s probably about an
eighth of an inch long feeding through that
tiny little leaf, and then the corn plant
continues to grow, and when the leaf
becomes 36 inches long and four inches wide,
those itty bitty holes, they’re like you know a
quarter of an inch in diameter. Looks like you have
a real big critter feeding on your leaves,
but it’s old damage, and it really does
affect the plant. The corn earworm of
course, that’s later, that’s when you have
the ear being formed, and the corn earworm gets
in and feeds on the kernels, and so you really try
to protect that ear when it’s silking, and
from the time of silking until your harvest,
almost, you pretty much have to protect that
unless your variety happens to be BT corn, if it’s got the Bacillus
thuringiensis gene in it, then when that critter,
either of those critters, the European corn bore or
the earworm feeds on them, they’ll get a big
stomachache and die. (laughter) – That’s what you want. – And I know there are some
BT varieties are there. The most popular varieties,
silver queen is a white, sweet, really sweet sweet
corn, which is really good, and the peaches and cream
is one that’s kind of mixed between white and yellow,
and it’s really sweet also. It’s a good variety. Harvesting sweet
corn is important. It’s best to harvest it
early in the morning, and you realize that the
sugars in the sweet corn, as soon as you harvest it,
begins to turn to starch, so harvest it early
in the morning and try to get it in
a cooler or something to slow down that breakdown
of sugar to starch, and harvest only what you need, but harvest it right. If you wait too late, then
the kernel will get real hard. It’s best in a home
garden situation if you can kind of
stagger your plantings, you know plant a row or two, then wait a couple of weeks,
plant another row or two. That way, you spread out
your harvest a little bit. It’s a good idea. – What about hills
versus rows as far as planting your corn? Does it make a difference? – You know, I don’t
really think so. I know I’ve always
planted corn in rows, and you know you don’t
get corn too thick. It’s a big plant, takes an
immense amount of nutrients from the soil and takes a
lot of water to produce corn, and so you know, I, eight
inches apart is close enough for sweet corn. You can even stretch it out
a little further than that, but about six to eight
inches apart is good if you don’t have a
lot of space, in rows, and you know there’s
no need to build it up, but they will work in beds or, it’s just not, you need
some room to grow corn. Realize you’re only getting
one an ear, maybe two ears off each plant so if you only
have four or five corn stalks in a raised bed, you’re
not going to feed a very large family, you know. You may have one meal. – Just the one meal. (laughter) – And also, it’s a good
idea to plant enough corn for you and the raccoon
because raccoons also like sweet corn, and if you only
have four or five plants, and they take
three of them down, they’re taking
most of your crop, and if you got a row
25 feet long, you know, they take 10 feet of it out,
you still have sweet corn. – So you gotta share,
how about that. – [Mr. D] Gotta
share with raccoons. – So what about watering? Because we know corn
needs a lot of water. – It needs a lot of water,
it needs a lot of water. I would just you know, any
week that you don’t get half inch of rain, I
guess kind of treat it like you do your yard. Any week that you don’t
get half an inch of rain, give it a half inch. And then as the
crop is maturing, and you know you’re going
to up that a little bit. Drip is a really good
way to water corn. Soaker hoses, if
you had it in rows, try to keep the
water off the foliage just as you would
with your ornamentals because there are diseases
that will attack corn, several diseases that
will attack them, and try to keep that
foliage as dry as you can. – How is corn pollinated? – How is corn pollinated? The tassel that comes
out the top of the plant releases pollen. Pollen will fall
down to the silks. Each silk that comes out of
the tip of an ear of corn, the pollen will go into that. The silk is a hollow tube,
and that pollen will go down that hollow tube and
each kernel of corn has its own silk, and so
if pollination occurs, you know that’s how it happens, and it doesn’t
happen really well when temperatures
are in the upper 90s and around 100 degrees,
and when it’s that hot, it just doesn’t occur. I don’t know whether the pollen
can’t get through the silk, the silk, you know, draws
up too small or what, but when temperatures
are really really hot, we have trouble
with pollination, so if you got your
corn in a bed, and it’s really hot, you
may want to put a fan on it. (laughter) Try to air condition it,
or get there and fan it. But in a field and during
real hot, dry conditions we had a few years ago,
it was not at all unusual to have a cob with
no kernels on it, and you don’t get much
money out of that. You know when you’re trying
to sell corn for farmers. The farmers really
really get concerned about high temperatures when
pollination is occurring. I haven’t seen much corn
silking and tasseling yet, but it won’t be long. They’ll start doing it. – Wow, so each individual silk. – And it can happen during the
hottest part of the year too. – Corn likes hot weather though. – It likes hot weather for
growing but not pollinating. Not really hot, but 85 degrees
is fine for pollination. Typical, average
summer temperatures is
okay for pollination but the really really hot
temperatures like we had you know a few weeks
ago, makes it tough. – Alright Mr. D,
we appreciate that and plant extra for the coons. – Plant extra for raccoons. – For the raccoons. Alright, thank you. (calm guitar music) So you want to kill grass, weeds around your desirable plants,
but instead of filling up a two gallon container
of said herbicide, how about just
grabbing the herbicide, have a piece of cloth,
and we’re going to do the wipe technique. So as you can see, we’re
going to wipe these Bermuda grasses
that’s right next to the blackberry shrub,
and as you can tell, we’re not getting anything
on the blackberry leaves, so you don’t have to worry about
drift or anything like that because you’re using
the right technique. And before you do any
of these techniques, make sure that you’re
wearing rubber gloves. Another technique is
using a paint brush. We’re going to dip this
in our solution here, and we’re going to wipe
this on this nut sedge. We’re going to make sure we
cover all parts of the nut sedge and again, we’re not
getting any of this on the grass, and using
the pure concentrate, it’s going to be really strong, and it’s going to get down
into this root system, and it’s going to knock
this nut sedge out. Alright, so two
techniques you can use the wipe technique
with the cloth, or you could use the
paintbrush technique. They both work, and they’re
not going to get anything or any chemicals on
your desirable plants. Alright, so this is
our Q and A session. Sarah, you jump in there with us if you have something
to say, okay? – Okay, I will. – So here’s our
first viewer email. When should I start
treating for bagworms? I am already seeing small
bags on my junipers, and this is Miss Juanita
there in Millington. – Yeah, that time is. Miss Juanita, about two weeks
ago, but it’s not too late. May and June is the ideal
time to treat for bagworms, and what I would do if you’re
already seeing the bags on there, I would
spray with Dipel or BT, Bacillus thuringiensis,
Dipel, Thuricide, one of those products
because they can be killed by eating that, Bacillister
gives it a stomachache. You can also use methione, and we’ve got a whole
list of products that happen to have over here, and I guess I’ll read’em,
just to give you an idea of how many we’ve got. This is out of the red
book, red book 2000, again follow the label, follow
the label of directions. But dimethoate, Talstar,
Tempo, Decathlon, Maverick, Aquiflow, Orthene
Tempo SC Ultra, Diathynon-7-Carboryl,
Dialox, melathione, Dursband, Conserve SC, BT, which is
Dipel, Javelin, and others, Entrust SC, Acelepryn,
and Provaunt. – [Chris] That’s a lot. – I would use the BT. – I would use the BT. – It works, and it’s
not going to injure any of your beneficial insects. But late May through
the month of June, so get on out there
and do it pretty quick. You don’t want to wait until
they pupate, go into that bag, ’cause you’re not going
to get anything in there. They won’t be eating. – And if you can reach’em,
I’ll pull them off. – Pull them off. – Alright, Miss Juanita,
hope this helps you out. So here’s our next viewer email. I’ve seen wasp on my corn
more than usual this year, are they harmful or beneficial? And does the dry spell this
year have anything to do with their presence? And this is from Mister
Mike in Ringgold, Georgia. So thanks for watching, Mister
Mike, Ringgold, Georgia, and obviously they
had a dry spell. We didn’t have too much
of a dry spell this May. – We’ve not had a dry spell, but wasps are beneficial. I would say they
would be a beneficial. They would attack a
lot of caterpillars and things like that. I don’t know whether the
dry spell has any effect on the number of
wasps that are there. It might just indicate
there’s something for them to predate upon. They’re predators and so
take care of those wasps. Don’t get up too close
and personal with them. They may take it wrong. – Yeah, that’s right. Don’t start swatting
or things like that. – Yeah, don’t start
swatting the wasp or anything like that, but
I certainly would be good to have, wasps are
beneficial about any crop. – I think they’re
only there to help. They’re beneficial, just
don’t aggravate them. – Right don’t aggravate them. – Alright, so here’s is
our next viewer email. I have mushrooms growing
in my mulched beds. Do I need to get
rid of the mulch? – I don’t think so. – No to me, mushrooms and
hardwood mulch go together for the most part. – Mushrooms are just staying
on the organic matter, and they’re not going
to injure your plants. – It’s a fungi with
a supply of food. – That’s right. Just go out there with a
broom if it bothers you. You sweep them up or
rake them out of the way if they bother you. If not, leave them there. – Just leave them there because
eventually they go away. – They’re just
going to sit there. – And they probably
see a lot of it now because of all the
rains that we’ve gotten, so again, it’s
not a big problem. If you’re using organic mulch,
you will have mushrooms. – Mushrooms. – So it’s not that
big of a deal. Alright, Mr. D,
Sarah you made it. – Yes it was fun. – Remember, we love
to hear from you. Send us an email or letter. The email address is
[email protected], and the mailing
address is Family Plot, 7151 Cherry Farms Road,
Cordova, Tennessee 38016. Or you can go online to
FamilyPlotGarden.com. That’s all we have
time for today. To get Sarah’s delicious recipe for marinated
garbanzo bean salad, go to FamilyPlotGarden.com. Also you can see the
full garden calendar. Thanks for watching. I’m Chris Cooper, be
sure to join us next week for the Family Plot,
Gardening in the Mid-South. Be safe. (calm guitar music) – [Voiceover]
Production funding for The Family Plot,
Gardening in the Mid-South is provided by Good Winds
Landscape and Garden Center, in Germantown since 1943
and continuing to offer its plants for
successful gardening with seven greenhouses
and three acres of plants plus comprehensive
landscape services, International Paper Foundation, the WKNO Production Fund,
the WKNO Endowment Fund, and by viewers like
you, thank you.

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