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The Garden Lady, February 27

Feb 28, 2016|

The Garden Lady airs every Saturday on WRKO from 1-3 p.m. Host C.L. Fornari covers a variety of gardening and landscaping topics, discusses her favorite plants and answers all of your gardening questions. Regular segments include "From Yard to Table," "Welcome to the Garden" and "Have I Got a Plant for You!"

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It. Welcome to. Guardedly on WRK oh joy this show like 6172666868. Welcome to the garden lately we are at. As the voice of plants are things. Here every Saturday on W I RKO. At least start the program off every week where welcome to the garden party when we. A little bit about what's happening with plants and gardening right now. And right now. It's time to start cleaning up in the yard for most of the people in our listening area. The snow is melted or mostly melted so that's a good thing. And we could start picking up all the sticks and you know the debris. That has calmed down in all of the windy weather that we have had a over the past couple of months. It's still too early to do some garden chores certainly. We don't want it jumped the gun too much. But we can get things that little picked up and those. Sticks and and pine cones that some believe sort of fallen. This is a good time to get out there aren't too little work to figure rating the birds are singing their springs songs. And the sun is warm even if the air is still chilly snow. That's what's going on in my yard right now and I think that's what might be calling him on in your yard and well. We have quote great program coming up to date we've got several emails to do later on in the program. I always love hearing from you folks and I heard from several people last. Weeks so we'll get to those. We have your calls of course out later on in the program to 6172666868. Stamped. It is my pleasure right now to go to line one and welcome my guest David. Or good afternoon. Good afternoon for I'm. David your door and watch where are the authors. Ops apple fantastic books about gardening. They are. You know cart writers speakers. Have. Many years. In the field a unique. As politics that they've written several books including what's wrong with vegetable cart. What fruit garden. What's wrong with my husband I don't know that's. Sorry it couldn't couldn't resist. What's wrong with my plants and satellite fix it so wonderful books and I asked the pressure today. And talk about their latest book what's wrong. House plants. And is that. Use say your indoor plants. With a 100%. For solutions. So much for us today. Oh. Well it was last week when I was on my listeners note last week Michael Talbot was here substitute for me because it was. And I was speaking at the art art show and why my pleasures at that meeting. Was actually. David dear Thor and captain what's written in person. To share deal with them so that was great fun and now it's perfect. I have showed talk about this book. What's wrong house plan so. Right to David. Listeners. First how the book is organized. Okay Schuker glad to. The they're so. Cute older or blow to our book there but I'm fifty. I am we or but according to. Into groups. To happen. The group global oil from the home what. And then each current legal commanders or general. Cactus so popular that's who we put them of these groups to easier to fine. In the book who. So for. Level organization. In the in the book we prepare for or we go out. Light. And it. Watering. Regimes that should do all. And then the last part in the search the organic. Loans to common problems we think. Your home. Your personal environment in the house. You really believe we are. Remedies she used to control. So we think organic solutions are very important. Yes I I agree I agree. Are you one place David get your phone is cutting in and out a little bit cell. We we might let's let's go on and talk a little more but I might ask you to. Called back when we kicked a commercial break so we get your sound a little better okay. Sure that yes I. Sitting at my desk and just what the phone in my smoke. How well will call back and hope it's a better connection and a minute but in the meantime. Do you fight that writing about houseplants. And am and sort of diagnosing problems that harassment is that different. From writing about diagnosing. You know plants. Out art earned the National Guard. Well it's it's it is a little bit from because there are so many different. He's come to us from so many different sample. You know it's in the garden. He for example dealing with rose amply blown up so most of our troopers and fruit trees. Our grows. Along all the rest periods of there is some stronger. So. Absolutely is here to organize your thinking if you think of plants in the families they come from that match all the tropical. That we grow split. They are. Unrelated to each other except. Except for something. The years have been strictly many of our very best. Are all in that to infect. So and does that mean there are treatments. Of problems or. The diagnosis. Of their problems that little easier if there on the same family. Yes it does because. Many plants that there are clubs there really isn't up to be in the same calmly. They all from social amnesty ask diseases and it and growing contention crop. Right right OK that's that's important for people to understand isn't it when there. You know sometimes people are afraid that if they have one problem with their plants. Is going to spread and everything in their landscape and yet. Often times problems can be pretty host specific right. It. So I'm pat let me ask you this do you and Katherine have a lot of house plants in your home. Oh we do it. Via. We have a lot we. I dare to be to a bit of two Sid history of Ireland. And it lime tree. Both of them are or should get so facing windows were they get. As much old BOO. Yeah end in sight from that of the bunch. And oh to two men need to list. Wonderful OK while I'm there lemon is sinful flour and passed through diner right now so that's one of the wonderful things about that plan. As you can have a fruit and flowers the same time. So. If somebody has a problem on an indoor plants. What if they don't note the name of the plan how can they figure it out I'm using your book. Probably the best way well. Let me start and under another problem drives that so many. Many years and worked well. Different common game. Yes who you know get my view and you learn and name forest. That let me you know. So many different culminating. Really. You really don't deal until you get too scientific name but problem that they did find. They used to look at pictures in our book he grew up in the Ike common name huh. But there are so big these common names. Just what the poll right now that those on to streets or spot I've. Different calm and so are so they're fine. Look at the picture. There you. You go off figure out what it is but look at the pictures optical. If you know it's like it's in the base is perennial not a tree house in two of the group of provisions for an amount to figure out what took this. Well a I must say the photographs in this book what's wrong with my house plant are fantastic and it. Will be a forum in aid to people who don't know work. Or maybe they're using a common name it you know there used for years in and it might not apply to anybody else. Well update but we're gonna take a break right now why don't you gives I Omar called packet will be back with you'd discuss more about what's wrong with my houseplants. Fantastic book about indoor house plant organic solutions for problems. Here on the Garden City on WRK. Well. Welcome back to the guard and lady on C alpha. Sorry we are here every Saturday from one to three talking about landscapes flawed houseplants flowers. Homegrown veggies shrubs and trees. Am right now we are talking with David jeered her. Who is the co author with Katherine Wadsworth. What's wrong with my house plant. Save your indoor plants with 100%. Organic solutions. And done I have commented David about what a beautiful book this is and it's got great full color photographs and all I'm. What you say that as let's say you discover that your plan isn't looking right you know maybe. The leaves are turning brown that's common thing. Kind of the process that somebody might go through to diagnose. Brownie leaks. Will. Browning releases is that it is very common problem. Cheeses obvious second most common problem with house plants. The first one being rock. But if the instantly answered turning brown. Think the first thing to think of is hoping that humidity if you can't figure out ways to. Raised humanity by. Grouping most plants together. So because. More plants there are an area of higher humidity will be. Also putting. Europe pebbles in this officer under the plan so you can people water in the saucer. That doesn't. You know keep them. Keep to slow in the pot soaking wet all the time. But. Putting water in the trade or in the torture shall who helped raise humidity. Any of those things will help. Probably the brown leaves and another thing used to. For people to be weird. Al. Peter confirmed their source space heater that's blowing hot air. And certainly don't want your plants in the past that ought the year goes. That'll suck the water right now I'm very quickly and cause the least number. Sure sure. You mentioned the first almost common problem has spent the root rot talk about that. Well yes they currently within the killer kindness by by over water. We just. People water too much. And of course you know all your your house plants most people keep their homes plants in the you know the pot is in place Ulster some sort to protect the floor or the table over the disks. Or the windowsill you know from damage from water leaking of the pop up upon ask them during the age of course. But he that you want reported some sort of saw or tray. The if you if you water your plants in the in the salon search tools Opel water and he leave here city in the and so Pete in the water for too long in the group can't get here and they basically. Us once they're dead. Of course there and then I NG could move in and just take over kill the entire system. So it's it's the most common number one killer of house plants is over water that leads to grew up. So simple solution is to you know put. Pebble in the flaws certainly the pot up all the blue water. War torture pop song little pot feet to lift them. And you could even make some little feet out of so. You know. Little blocks of order something you wouldn't have to to buy special ceramic pots feet like some people do outdoors. So people do do that and and there are attractive especially you know you have. A beautiful in patrol ceramic pot that. Special plan in you may want some decorative. I think they're pretty cheap for that pot but. We're sure you don't need it is good news marbles. You could use pebbles you can use little pieces just just just what they do the bottom of the pot up out of water. And. Insect problems what is there a sort of maybe. A series of products that you might recommend that people have on hand for insect problems or. Would you recommend some other response if they think they have an insect went let's talk a little bit about bugs on houseplants. It's surprising. People don't expect you know blogs inside their home. But they can chromium. You know especially if you can hear your house for the summer vacation goers. And you're there can be broke his hand or a do or are these on the plane that you can't even see. When you bring it back in my house for winter. You know under and then. In the war of your home the but population tends to expose. And so. A really good. Have on hand he has insecticide also. Because all almost every in the sense that that effects house plants. If you want she received a and these sprayed with the insects so people were killed. But you have to get the senate where with the so that's what kills or so so dry. It's not that have any effect whatsoever. On the on the books. So that tells me that repeating applications is important weren't if. Is definitely important because the you know once you got rid of all the adults there's stable a million eggs left behind there has Terrell. And network equipment to retreat week's problems that. So you do have to repeat spray. Things like soul or even. Wonder I used on my citrus trees both citrus trees get scale. Ordered common on certain plants like. Likes this and also some work. And they're very persistent. Very difficult to control. But one good way to do destruction with implants at Wrigley. Hard leaves what should prayers sort or does is display in the room with rubbing L cool. Just you know through your little spray bottle was rubbing Opel. Certainly it's 70% solution lies support local. And that kills the adults in the exit Butler. But then of course there's always a few eggs which is so you have to screen again. So we. And eventually you will control problem. Excellent. Well before we wanna run out of time David I want you to tell people where can they see this wonderful book what's wrong with my house plan. And where you know you have a website that people can check out your the books as well. Oh sure he has a web site is. Www. Katherine MD that dot com. In all over boxer we shall them on our web site but you combine. Horrible school all four of our current books. Or available on Amazon for one. But almost any bookstore nationwide will have them. Right now hows that book just came out it's only gets. Released or may be well. At Iowa and you know what we are we are out of time but I appreciate you being on with me today David and I'll repeat the name of the book and a little while. This is the garden lady. Welcome back to the garden lady patsy Alfred REM. Here every Saturday April 123. Talking about plants and gardening gives me a call 617. 2666868. Heads up here. I'm going to be broadcasting. Live from the Boston flower show. In March. And I look forward to seeing a lot of youth there it's going to be march 19 I'm going to be there we're going to do the whole program lives so. You have an opportunity to bring your questions. And I ask me on the air if you want or pass me a note if you don't want to be on there. And will be there for the whole show what you concede the flower show is well self. That's going to be a lot of fun and look forward to seeing so many of view at the our show. And of course during the week you could or would send email we've got a few emails to go over today as well as to take your phone calls. To 617. 2666868. And I appreciate we have to end with David geared towards too quickly. But I appreciate him being on the air with me today. This book is really a great book what's wrong with my houseplants. Savior indoor plants with a 100% organic solutions. A very good welcome those of you who have houseplants and you know might wanna be. Have this past as a reference book it's not only has great information. About how to diagnose problems and treat them. But it also has information on a variety of how splits and how to take care of and so you can find out the optimum situation for whatever house plan that you might have. That'll help you avoid problems so. Really nice book and when you look for got a purple cover with a picture of a very gated spider plant on it. And whenever I see if her gated spider plant. This is a plan that Erma Bombeck used to call it the plant that doesn't know the meaning of the words birth control. Because it has all those little plants that hang off all the time. Very nice book. Let's get to some emails here Judith sent me an email last week and she said. What you. Discuss pros and cons of some of your favorite trees for small properties. Absolutely this is a great topic Judith and I appreciate you asking. And I'll go over a few here so you might wanna get a chance to go and write some of these down because critic gave you some names. Of plants that some of them are not plan to that frequently. Now some plants you know what we talk about small properties sometimes people are thinking of a plant a tree. They might be picturing trees that only gets you know six to eight feet tall. And if that's what you're picturing your talking about trees for small properties. In many cases you're better off with a large drop. Because you know there are some trees stay in that sort of eight foot over ancient. And the when it comes to my mind immediately is the well moon maple full moon maple. Acer to conduct them act tonight a full volume. To tell you about all. But this Acer to kind of come full moon maple is a very nice. Short maple tree. What I love about it that leaves court just gorgeous in the spring. Blooms are gorgeous in the spring they have you know like maple trees do their their flowers are. They look more like kind of captains that hangs down. But it's beautiful in the spring and it's got gorgeous fall color and this is are quite small tree. Now another. Great small trees for small properties. Would be cornice mobs. COR. And you ask him any chance this is the core and aliens cherry. And current aliens sharing policy that gets about what fifteen to twenty feet wide and tall and up and about as wide. So this a plant the blooms in March and it has. Bright yellow. Flowers in March they're small. So what kind of looks. Like a witch hazel and flower a little like me. Force that the only the flowers or little smaller but. Nice because it looms before any other trees bloom pretty much. And it has fruit on it that the birds like so it's pretty easy plants to grow and doesn't get too. So that's another way. Now one of my favorites. Small trees it's native tree couple of trees that I like very much first of all. The sweet to me make no that's magnolia Erfurt Geneva. And sweep in magnolia. Grows between oh it's ten to 25. Feet all. Pretty leaves there almost semi ever greens in. In this area in the north east that you initially keep their leaves well. You know into the holidays in the winter and only when it gets really really cold to those leaves start falling off. And liens happen nice kind of grainy greens underside to. At I have my sweet magnolia. New year by a bird bath. And the cardinals go and sit in the tree and you have that right red cardinal. And that is that kind of grainy greens underside. Of leaves at this sweet magnolia. Boys steady and it's really nice plan. And sweeping mentally also has pretty kind of ivory colored flowers that are fragrant. In that early summertime so that's a very nice native and turn it of magnolia very small tree. Another natives Altria that I love. Is this power would sour wood on T. Genus name as oxy entrant OXYD. And DR. Bowl and so our work is known for a few things. First to follow it's fairly short can get up to twenty feet overtime seldom see them at that big. And they are not particularly fast growers that. It can't get up to about twenty feet tall and why it. Oxy downtrend is possibly because it has. We're taking full color. And flowers. Later in the summer and you know a lot of trees or spring blooming but this one's. Flowers later in the summer and you just flowers. The stems of the flowers. Persist on the plant even after. The flowers themselves are gone and those stamps are kind of an ivory color. And it looked liked castles they both the flowers stamps look like. Ivory colored capsules that are hanging down. And they are still there when the plant turns bright red so you have this kind of I've Fareed. Pale pale yellow. Tassel thing going on without right rent leaves. Am boys standing in the fall so that is really gorgeous place. Now we have to mention a more common tree are things for smaller properties. And that uses corn is cosa cosa. That's a very common play you can find them at any tertiary. And I'm very nice. Don't have the same problems with disease that. The court as Florida or spring flowering dog would stoop to. Court exclusive acoustic what blooms a little bit later. In the spring time sort of early summer late spring early summer. And it comes with flowers that are either ivory color or you can either I've or pink and the fruit as attractive as well. So our court is closer brings a lot of the party. And you might wanna check that out. And finally. Treat that I have to mention. And other and that's not planted as frequently as it should be. Is elect tree this is different from the lilac bush lilac tree is separate and go with two Q lot of and so bring a particular lot of and the most comments we've sold varieties called ivory silk. So if you just remember ivory silk. Lilac tree. And this is a lovely trees that has kind of heart shaped beliefs and it has white. Flowers that are a little bit fluffy looking. And they are up bright. Little bit more at least looking then it lightly bush it is. And this is certain guys pretty fast very easy tree gets about equity. 25 feet tall and about fifteen when he won so simmering that particular this and other plant. Really should be planted more frequently. So Judith and I hope that helps helps you out. And that's only the tip of the iceberg of course we could talk great plants. For the rest of the day and in fact we will be talking great plants until 3 o'clock including of course all of your phone call 617. 2666868. We're taking a break when we come back. More calls here on the card lady on WRK. Welcome back to the garden lady I'm CL for Marion I am so we. Talk plants and garden. Every Saturday with you here on WRKO. 6172666868. And were talking with Jim Jim welcome to the garden variety. The question of blow. Out. Oh sure real sick lean laws and and don't worry. Guys older you know and all up all my law. I tried to. Are you what it means every year. Sorry I get it fixed at all. Just. And yet the crabgrass. In my partner. All along. I try to treat. It. It just spiritual. Way. Let me ask you this Jim have you tried a pre emergent to put down in the spring. Straw. Just like it doesn't do. As well years. Ago. Okay what I would do here's the I would I would go to your local garden center. And ask for a pre emergent. Product don't don't get the one that's combined with the fertilizer. Okay that's what the Scott's against. Get just the pre emergent product because you want to put that down. At the right time and time is when the force that the problems. Are those the big yellow recipients CI. That's what you put down on the pre emergent and the reason is that grass Germany's. When the soil is about fifty degrees and that happens to coincide. With the force of a flower. Okay. And an election that used that product can't use it according to directions so that. In outfits as the water in or whatever access to do is exactly according to directions okay. Oh then you don't want to fertilize. It that you could put down you know just plain. Lawn fertilizer. Later in the day which is actually a better time. For fertilize the lawn anyway because at that time the grass is actually but he used a fertilizer more efficiently. Whereas. You know with the Scotts product the problem is the timing they try to make it easy for ill. But the timing gets off because usually defers it he is living in April. That's the time for pre emergent product but any synthetic on food at that point is that. Really going in the lawn a lot of it just gets washed away. So so so golfer that pre emergent you know get that your card is better follow the instructions. But get it down when that for Cynthia starts to open up. And then let me know later in the summer what you think okay. Oh. OK good luck with that Jim. Yeah it's it's very important. In terms of thumb typing with pre emergent. Our products and because if you get a month to early. Sometimes they wash away before the crabgrass is germinating. If you get the mine too late. Then you know that crackers has already terminated. And a pre emergent is it doesn't kill crabgrass the campers sorry there. And the problem with. A product like the Scots stepped whatever it is one or whatever it is that has the pre emergent and fertilizer. In it. Is that if you'll please let me. Pretty much and it just killed terminated crabgrass and in fact the fertilizer for his system thicker grass. So I think if you've got crabgrass problem when I get a handle on it it's far better to separate out. Application of that pre emergent product and putting that down for it is flowering. And then later in the day you know and it made it's a good time at Maine it's perfect for fertilize a lot or even a little later it's time. Because here's one of the things people don't realize about Turks about their grass. Is that went in the springtime. When the grass is breaking dormant in green out. Most of that green up from that grass is not coming from nutrients in the soil. It's all running off with the carbohydrates. That the grass plants distort the previous fall. And that's why the false fertilization if you if you want it to go down a one application of fertilizer for your money here. Late August early September. Would need to fertilization to do. Because that's the time of year that those plants are carbo loading they are socket in the sugars. That they are going to store all winter long. And then in the springtime. When nature's adds to the plants OK time to grow. Those plants are tapping into those reserves of carbohydrates sugars right that they start of last fall in order to put on their spring growth. And that's the reason they're putting down a synthetic fertilizer. Early too early April. It's a waste your time and it's a waste of the product and a good portion of that nitrogen or just you know kind of run off. For the plants or are ready to use that night. So. Treat for the crap grass early in the season followed instructions about watering and all of that. You know shirt read the package. And follow those instructions and then fertilized later on demand I think you know you'll have that. Success. 6172666868. This weather has us thinking. About spring as it. I went out two days ago and it smelled like spring out the birds were singing there's pre. Mating songs. And the difference between. This season. At the end of February and early march last year at the same time. Is profound. I was looking at pictures in my photo library amp last year it took a picture of the front of my house on the fourth of march. Their worst five feet of snow couldn't get to my front door. UPS and couldn't reach the ports to leave packages. With the latter are frozen in place for my husband chapel roof right. This year a whole different cities and spring is feels like it's on the way and it feels like it really possible soon. Okay well we have reached the end of our first ourselves stick with me we have another hour coming up and I talked ill. 6172666868. I'm the Gartner lady this is WRKO. Okay. Welcome to. Are guardedly yeah. On WOR KL join the show like 6172666868. Welcome to the second hour of the cart lady. Yeltsin sorry it. Great pleasure to be here with you on Saturdays at one until three. We're alive and we're talking about landscapes lines houseplants flowers. Homegrown veggies trips and she reads here on the voice of Boston. Can't. We always start up the second hour with a question my question for you today is you want a house plant it's hard to kill. Well if you do you want Apocalypse Now. Pop post PO TH oh cats is sometimes called golden pot house Carl fighter so Irvine. As said David dear to our school we were speaking with earlier who wrote the book what's wrong with my house plant as he mentioned. A lot of transplants have a zillion games this when not only has a zillion common names. It has a civilian botanical names to its own by three different botanical names. Here's the thing. This plant. Is a native of French Polynesia and it's escaped into the wild in many tropical areas and has become a past. It because it's impossible to kill. The problem. Plan in places like Hawaii is a problem solver. In places like New England where we many plants that do well no matter what and my particular favorite pop goes. Is one called marble queens. It has leaves that look they are like they're splashed with white paint so more white than green on this planet and it's perfect. To put in with other plants because it just kind of brightens up the whole display. Now the only way that you can go wrong with the populace is not to trim it because if you don't trip that grows so long. That it'll trailed down and you know trip people tied furniture. And I'll strangle the pets it's after an impact this is one of those house plants that's listed as being toxic to dogs cats so. If you have a pet is prone to eating your plants. Don't don't get Poppy Hills but if your pets will leave it alone this is a great plant and as always you can picture. What looks like and read about it on my block coffee for roses dot com. Quick heads up I'm going to be moving my blog in the next week to garden variety dot com. Everything is going to be at our lady dot com so stay tuned for that I've got out launch of website design come. Let's go to line one and talk with Walter Walter welcome to the garden variety. Doctor Hubert mr. McCoy appreciated. Well thank you for calling. Lots. Owned property arm beach area. Possible to ensure order. Where. The back of our house literacy saltwater marsh Austria's the speech. A question that I have an area is probably about. Oh this city. 15 feet by fifteen C. So it's very on the march. In close on the issues these kids to. March period because of the you know the environment yeah. Conservation consequence of the last six. Outrage and discipline being ridiculous if are any areas it's it's a wooded area but stint as the is growing. Between we've. We'll have the poppy seed using he has in years spoke to all of you and we is that one particular area for a variety terms. It's it's it what the area. Sure bush is what is user I've tried to console should you buy old people. It and they killed in preparing our. But Gretzky they keep coming back you know. Well. Walter I share your pain. You may notice that I call my property. On Cape Cod poison ninety acres. So because you know I I know exactly what you are talking about and flourishes in most of doing it actually. And here's the thing about poison ivy. Other than. That one quality. Of giving us the rash all. It's a fabulous because it grosses are chained via ground cover can be a fine it turns beautiful fall color the birds eat the berries right. But it does have that. Or college and he. That make it. And desirable for a and that's that's. Oils cause a rash and most people. There unfortunately. Is not aim at chick. Dropped potion solutions. Her best guy hey you know at that we can put on poison ivy and it's gone for good and there a couple of reasons for that not only does it. Often come back from fairly deep established roots. But the other problem is of course the birds continue to pull it varies you know. And that's why you'll see poison ivy very frequently growing up the base of trees. And then it gets established under the tree and it clings on to the tree and it goes up. And the reason it starts there is because of bird has landed in the trees and you know has eaten the buries them. Hopes that there is an it girl so. You're really you're gonna have to use sort of a multi pronged approach to this. Most of herbicides if you do use of herbicides that you're near the water. Do you as one of herbicides for poison ivy please make sure you get. The ones that are not toxic to a quieter life and Lance one of the varieties this cult sure clear SH ORC. She wrote the day are. So yeah the problem and something like roundup. Is. It has served factored. In it. It's not it's not the active ingredient that kills but it's this or fact that roundup puts their products. That actually toxic to a quieter life. So we don't when he used that close to the shore wanna lose something. That is exactly the same only with out that's effective and short clear. Is is one of them. And so that's number one number 20. You're going to have to sort of learn to just go on poison ivy patrol. And what I do know is once a week or walk around my property. And I have. Plastic garbage bags you know galore with me. And when I see one of those small place in Chinese at the base of the tree or whatever. I let you know my hand inside to plastic garbage bags and pull it out. With my hands covered by the plastic garbage bags and I can grow up you know three or for the plants. And then you just pulled the garbage bags inside out over. If that covers boards and I mean it's hard. So. And in you need to just keep up. And keep that up religiously because. It keeps popping out from the states that the birds play. And the second thing is of course picking up small plants you can do that. If we have wheat you know sometimes well noticed it a plant has gotten away from us and it's climbing a tree. And in that case we just cut it off the face of the time. Yeah and although the plant will then come back from the roots at that point you can either squirt that plan with herbicide. You could you know or dig it out. And if you keep on top of that on a regular basis any plan within established roots system and you end up. Starving the roots by denying it photosynthesis. You know. But it is a matter of going out kind of on a weekly poison ivy patrol. And you know reward yourself at the end of it with your favorite beverage. Is it is the possibility of getting somebody. Two narrow escape or are what you got some extra man and it just to apple thing up. Sure. Sure it now. You may have to do in terms of picking it up you know picking up all the poison ivy but not all the other plants correct. But it got the in the except that the that the since ago awarded. Fifteen back bikini area. It's wooded if it wouldn't then their treason there or shops. It's been a bit different it would if you go to war march so you'd see in the it's. It's it's it is it might clog rider went yeah stroke back in the rip up a lot of that is that is. Urgency. I it's just see your your Mac you know conservation commission will come down hard on you if you poll everything that's an area. So. In terms of you know shrubs and trees that are not poison ivy. Need your gonna you know if you. Get in trouble with conservation if you you know have a Bob cat while it all up. But there are. There are limbs keepers however that said there are landscaper. That specialize in the removal of up things like play tonight. So are absolutely getting somebody like that in. To make top. You know like that first pass that it so that then you have a fighting chance of maintaining it after that. Or even hiring somebody to come in you know 23 times a year and again. You know. I it dispose of it and the more frequently. Do that and get rid of a little ones at all. Then it will become easier year after year. I are you appreciate you know. I'm glad you called Walter good luck with that may the force be with you we're going to take a break we're right back with more of your calls here on WR KE. Welcome back to the garden variety. Yelled and Ari and I am here on W are you know every Saturday like history. Where we're talking about landscapes lines houseplants flowers. Homegrown. Edgy shrubs and trees 6172666868. We're going to the phones lines five and talk to Karl. Good afternoon Carl what's happening. You know. But it couch remote you know I think system on each animal that. Banning. What's happening out. My other weren't there last week and jalla tonight how I have my report he. Acts. Mama yeah the question I'm. I'm a morning glories that I raised last year there it was kind of a weird thing that gee this is the weirdest. Brokerage and it was about not growing a politically. The snapper goes to so in the week. An obvious out of nowhere they're like RJ at a at an incredible race and covered up my entire park my mental Kristi Sri abnormal rhythm. That is normal for them and and the reason it's normal Carl is that these are heat loving plants. Don't and it. And so early in the season and that's you know an early spring summer. They are you know there are just that kind of poke a long and they talk a little bit. And then there waiting for the soil part you know not just air temperature there reading the soil to get warm and then once the soil gets warm. They take off now did they flower for you early or did they wait and flower later in the summer fall. And where were. It was. Six project. When it first. And that revenge. I love your your comment that it was a six month project because. That's kind of what morning glories are here's the thing about morning glories they are one of the plants. That is just record in two blossoming. By increasing. Hours of darkness. Southern Iraq and Jews as the days are getting longer. And there back problem in July or early August because in the razor. And then when the days are finally turning short end of August and September. That's when they come into power. Well great. Colleges that's what you just described. Description of what I did not in the element find. Out and started a dark and it really when not to tax. Wendy that's right it's not late like that they suddenly get religion that you know this summer's almost better better start to flower. So I'm recede it's actually last year dropped the seeds are pretty much this week in an agent they'd just start. In. When I got a little eight he's supposed to put a mile in my fortunate planter to get them. Used to error in the sun. Stick it in the ground and then hit it in spite its. Shape the plant but. Now no not particularly not tomatoes tomatoes you're not safe and commitment. I don't put him in early and I. And that I needed to change of court stroke like ago. Well you know you've gotten away with it in the past Carl I say go for it. But here's the thing about. Tomatoes at the heat loving plants like tomatoes eggplant. If if if you put about early they might live but they don't really start to roll. Until then nights. Are reliably above fifty degrees that's that's kind of the threshold for all of those heat loving plants diesel tomatoes eggplant. They want those nights to be reliably about fifty degrees and they might survive if you put him out earlier than that. But they're they're just gonna Sokol a little bit they're not gonna thrive. I. Think. It was Cheung Christians are strictures are shredded. Wheat. We age in. Which they state. Well and and that's marching around tomatoes you're right it's the name of the game for tomatoes in terms of I'm helping to control blight and helping to keep the soil evenly moist in the Summers well. So. My last. Yeah motion and we shredded leaves are vegetable garden as well my husband and I volley you know ridiculously it's piled up. Near the vegetable garden. And then they get chopped up with a lot of our putter right around tomatoes as we plant tomatoes so. I'm with Eric but we usually don't put our tomatoes and until later in aid because. You know as I say when the night goes below fifty and and may be live where it's a little warmer here on the case. In we have January February march march march Jew so. Are so for us is just our third month of march 5 at. You know he just beat when I had the thick layer trap leads that also we had a heat wave and wasn't able to house west deal. I think you are. And my god you're right I mean that they where it was still mortgage underneath the other areas where there's no lipstick and it was out for a up. Now now now about just not just really the way to go. And in many many gardens you know not just vegetable garden so. Good for you well listen. I you know if you've had success before putting them out early go for a girl. Then I do it's like that which we put it out and then. First Greece which really cool excellent excellent three. It. Mystery but what struck wants Oreo and then warm. Spit stare. That's right that's right they want they want soil warmth as well as night time warp sometimes we. We humans we focus on what's happening in the days but the plants focus on what's happening. At night. And what's happening and they wrote so let. Right take care Kyle thanks for your call. 6172666868. When we come back after the break I'm the first thing were going to do is I go over how to save an Amarillo as well because Juliet sent me. Message right before the program started spinning she needed me to go over shaping that amber is possible that when we come back. But right performer got the break when I tell you that it is calm Ilya blooming season. After a lineman escaped greenhouses now you wanna get yourself on mini vacation. With out leaving the Boston area get to Waltham. And go to the linemen a state greenhouses they have a collection of hunkered your World Cup billion trees. And boy if you don't know communities adequacy of these cars they are incredible. They have plans for sale there to cut or kids all kinds of things. The greenhouse stare at the linemen the state greenhouses are open Tuesday Sunday. From 9:30 to 4 o'clock. And there are located on lineman street in Waltham and if you just Google linemen state greenhouses. You'll find their website directions all so. Good for a Sunday drive. We're going to take a break when we come back your calls and talk about them or Ellis here on the current lady on WRK. Welcome back to the guard play you see out from our. Am I am here Saturday talking. Plants that card with you. You can stay in touch through the week by sending me messages through WRKO web site number one. Number two and you can't go to my FaceBook page which is that Gartner lady. And you can and keep in touch me on Twitter I am the curtains lady on Twitter as well. I got an email before the show started from Julia. Who said would you mind repeating the process for saving and am a realist ball. That has just bloomed and when it's likely to read below. I'd Juliet these are fun to save and pretty easy to say and here is the process. If your ball is in a plastic pot the first thing that I would. Recommend that you do. Is plans to replanted in a clay pot that's slightly larger. And the reason I suggest you read plant it right away into clay pot is. You're going to want to put these outside for summer camp. And because there are leaves tend to get so long and happy. They've blow over easily if there and a plastic pot so get into clay pot it's a little thicker than one at that plant came and and at the same time that you potted up into that clay pot. Don't cover a drainage holes don't put rocks in the bottom of the pot that's an auto. Just soil but mixed a small handful of an organic granular soils something like plants total. Or flower child. And maybe get tables below. IE. I'm release fertilizer like us. So tables so what's it tablespoon of plane tone. Tablespoon of us a coat mix that into the soil. Pot of Amarillo so that the top. Happens. To maybe even three quarters of the ball is out of the soil like we do that would Amarillo so that they don't rocked and so half of the ball to three quarters of the ball will be sticking up about the soil line. The fertilizer in this bio. And you can read potted anytime between now and the end of may when you put that plant outside. Let believes stay on. On water the plant well once a week so it it gets well watered once a week but don't keep. The plant and to whom much moisture or the roots in the mobile rocked OK then. In the end of name mid to end of may put it outside in a place that's partly sun. And water is all about once a week maybe every five days that's really hot weather. And water well what you water is watering wand to it was a good thing to do. And I just put them in I have my plants on kind of attractively displayed it several of them on a step. That gets eastern exposure so that get more things done back in my kitchen door. Lot of them maybe every four or five days. And you'll let them grow all summer. Then next fall sometime in early September before frosts. You want to take those pots of plants and put them in a place where it's cool. But not going to freeze I put mine in the garage some people put them. In a bulkhead or in a cold basement to cool part of it is important. And you don't water them. For about six to eight weeks you let them go dormant. The vines will shrivel Feliz was several. Once they're all brown in triple you can clip the off to clean it up. By just let them stay there in the cool and have arrest. And then starting sometime in early December roaring them and to the house and start to water. And put them in a warm place and sunny window and they spring back to life and flower. Basically these plants only flower once a year now occasionally. Some people will have the experience. Where when they put their planned out for summer camp particularly since it's got fertilizer and you've given it in a pot and it's got some room. To spread its roots some people find that they will flower outside once you know that put up one hour. It's not as large as the flower that it just but that doesn't happen. But most of the time these are a one time once year. But they are very easy to keep over Juliet and so I'd you know if you couldn't do it I'd recommend that you do it because here's. Here's the real great part. Every year. They get more blooms and they get bigger. And eventually. The bulbs will create side well blitz. That also grow thicker and have flower bulbs on them. And with what the site well with the period have to tournament whiter pot. But you can sometimes get a group of seven or eight Alps and a pot and each one of those bulbs will produce. At least one flour and often to flowers. So you could end up with a large pot that hats you know over at dozens of those huge. Art stocks. Bad. It can be really I'm not so definitely worked to our it would. Recommend that anybody. To what they need to do in order to keep those am a realist. From your year so. And what what I often do I have maybe. Trying to think I don't know maybe a dozen of them at this point. And what I do is bring them in a few times so. Right now I have. You know three plants that finished flowering. I've kind of put them in another area. In prime time in my kitchen windows. Them I've got. About three that are almost. In blooms that got bugs I've got one that's been problems stereo. And I've got three more are out in the cool Raj Reddy too boring and as soon as there's space in the kitchen and so I just. In our final moments the kitchen about three times that I've always got some in various stages. You know in the in. Just breaking Durham NC with the flour stock with the plant's full bloom. And then. Once they're out of flour I've put them in other spaces in the house where there in light and they will continue to grow their leaves in two well. Until like from the outside. 6172666868. As the number you can call we've got Cephalon to open. And it is a good time to get so give me a clone we know what is on your plan to or guard mine. I got an email last week from. Date and Dave's went fertile red can I fertilized my line. Dave you've got spring fever like I'd. Attitude. I note that you know on days days when it gets up in the mid fifties were taking. You know maybe I can knock off some of these spring chores. If you are fertilizing your lawn. With a synthetic fertilizers in your standard. 2010 or whatever you know standards for lawn fertilizer you used. It's much too early and the reason is the grass is using at this point the majority of that fertilizer is likely to be washed away so. Don't do that now you can if you wanna get out there and get your line a head start. Break number one. Take a soil sample and send it in to. The university's soil testing lab at Amherst Massachusetts you can. Find their address richest Google links soil testing lab you mess. And it it doesn't cost I think it costs about fifteen dollars it's not expensive. And then you'll find out if you need to lie and and here's here's a big place where a lot of people go wrong with their turf with there. Grass they assume. That they need to line every year. And they don't really know what PH is that kind of a so. That everybody has acidic soil. But if you have been climbing on a regular basis you might. Well. Be able to Natalie taking your profit might actually be advantageous to do that because PH might be are getting too high. So. Breaking a lot at this time a year perfect. Post X we talked about that at the top of the show perfect. Taking the soil sample. And sending it to UMass and finding out if you need to climb. Perfect. And I think it's a perfect thing to do just about any time at at this time of year certainly. If you want a top dress with compost. Huge huge for your lot. And a lot of people don't do it because it's harder to doctors compost and it is the war we're kind of fertilizer spreader. But that can be huge. In beefing up lawn particularly. If you're church has gotten kind in aircraft Cisco Compaq. Maybe your Kaeding. Mosque growing your compact though so those things that are perfect get out into. The landscape and be doing this time of year. If you're using a synthetic fertilizer wait until made to put down. Really using and or gimmick fertilizer. Later in March or early April it's perfect as well. We're coming upon a break when we come back your column 6172666868. It's Alf and Ari and that's the garden variety. WRKO. Well back into the garden lady I'm CL from sorry and I am so pleased that night. Every Saturday from one to 36172666868. Spring is just around the corner and it is a very exciting time of year what a difference. Between this year and last year. Just quick reminder that I will be broadcasting live from the Boston flower show on March 19. So to come in to see the flower show on Saturday the nineteenth. Calm guy. And see us broadcasting live you can bring your garden questions. To me there right amount if you want to. Com or you can you know him them to me well I'm sure be taking some questions on the air as well and I look forward to see. Many of you and then after. We go off the year three at 3:30 I am going to be speaking at the Boston's our show. And my topic is going to be a cocktail hour Garten. This of course is the topic of my new book which is coming out in March. And I'm it's not quite available yet you can pre order it on Amazon but hasn't hit the stores yet so. Sometime in March right now it's. On the boat from China and hadn't should be arriving momentarily. But I'm very excited about it it has has gone out to various places for review already and have gotten some great reviews. So that's a very. Very wonderful and exciting for our writer let's go to line five and talked to Mac might welcome to the garden variety. I lost my I don't know what happened we had a may be medically twelve Mike. You can always. Call back. Yeah. I know how I can you know Mike what's happening. I don't know what I'd try it world. Sharon treat last year. And it blew pretty good well to do. When Thomas what thing. The best thing to do my kids to prune it a little whispering you could do it now a lot you can do it in a row or even early day. And you know how rose of Sharon has all these kind of up right stadiums. I. If you ask if you'd just cut between six inches and a four. Off of those stamps don't don't flat top it but you know individually cut the stems kind of music shotgun approach so that. Once on the outside your credit a little lower the ones on the inside the play your cutting a little higher. At what that's gonna do with that every stem that you cut your it will produced scams. So you'll get pushing your plan and twice as many hours. Okay. Well I'm. The best. Of two which states and around it's like it's. Any stake now it else you wanted to fertilizer you could give it a little plant owner Holley told me then that would be fine. But you don't date you don't have to otherwise you don't have to do too much these are really. Low maintenance plant's other than the recruiting effort to keep that bushy error. You don't try to too much to rose assurance. At what. They dropped all almost. But dropped all over the place. Does he get the seed part still and in fact some people. If you have a variety itself seats are right. You may want to instead of crude in the future instead of printing it in the spring. As soon as it's finished flowering. Crude in the fall. So that you can cut off those seats and then you get the pruning done and to get rid of the seats it does itself seed and you get rid of those seed pods that they don't solve the place. Actual. I'll your actual actual flower panel how well you know actual drop. And up. You know that is confetti and parties. Okay. Well. You're welcome out those flower petals on the ground as part of the celebration. Instructor Rick. Good afternoon back. What's happening aren't you I am way out thing Leo. If you ask about something else I don't know but you know that's. It's. It's an area that. All. Or the couple put the spotlight to spotlight. But the guys that gets into. I was thinking about what I'm on course albeit it. You think about. Two hours is enough light for on car. And other very nice plants I've got one you know here in my garden that I enjoy very much so shore I think that would do quite well there. You're welcome have a wonderful wonderful weekend encore azalea. That it that name encore comes from the fact that they've happily in the spring like others areas. But they will also produce some flowers later in the summer now. Do they loom heavily later in the summer I'll tell you know like many plants that repeat our. The repeat flowering is not as. Prolific as the initials are. Okay is nice plants in the areas that pretty hardy. I have got one it's. In a location that gets quite a bit of wind coldly. In the winter. And you know you know as Eliot sometimes COLT went to release. Burn the foliage and they can look like crispy critters in the spring. But this plant seems to tolerate that we and quite well and I've been impressed. With my on course I have a variety it's kind of medium pink collar. Beautiful. Nice growth happen. You know we need to do a little pressure and like it is yes so that it does get those. Wacky. So goals scams that shoot up with a left hook into that job but yet along their step but nothing on it. You know most areas will do that those but that on course denies plants. I encourage people to check them out you don't get you know some some repeat flowery later on in the season which is good. Well as all is in other two hours Cheryl has flown by. But I want to remind you about book that I featured what's wrong with my house plants Xavier indoor plants. With or gimmicks solutions by David to your doors and cast in Wadsworth. Great book and I look forward to being back with you again next week. Here on the voice of biased and WRK. Time. It's.