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To Till or Not To Till: Is that a Question?

No-till has been increasing in popularity. But is there anything that would soil this method? Listen to learn more!

Duration: 00:02:55

Advanced Soil Testing

You probably know how to test your soil by now. But are you aware of the "fancier" options so soil testing labs offer? Do you need them or not? Listen to learn more. Picture by "walkersalmanac". **This soil testing podcast is geared towards the TAMU form. So, your soil lab may not offer some of these soil tests. Your state may also require special soil testing for things other than gardening.

Duration: 00:03:17


When it's too cold outside, you don't need to let your inner plant desires be neglected. Grow houseplants instead! Picture by: Milada Vigerova

Duration: 00:03:00

Starting Transplants

Maybe you've always wanted to grow purple bell peppers Or grow heirlooms when your local nurseries don't sell them. But you don't know how to grow your own transplants. Listen then, to learn more! Then go out and grow some vegetables!

Duration: 00:02:56

Reducing Overwintering Pests

Bug and disease infestations are lame, but there are some easy things you can do to reduce their impact on your vegetable garden next year. Best of all, they are organic! Listen to learn more. Picture by "CrizzlDizzl".

Duration: 00:02:44

Possumhaw Holly

Look! What's that plant with all the red berries! It's possumhaw holly! Listen to learn more. Picture by Sally and Andy Wasowski

Duration: 00:02:54

Watering during the winter

Should you have to water in the winter? Maybe. Listen to learn more. Picture by Tom's Tree and Lawn Care.

Duration: 00:02:44


Does it matter where you get your firewood? Is it safe to use oak wilt firewood? How should you store your firewood? If you don't know the answer to these questions, listen to learn more! Picture by Jeon Sango

Duration: 00:03:06

Hey Hey What's Blooming: Evergreen Sumac

Want an evergreen shrub that will grow in caliche and attract pollinators? Evergreen Sumac is right here, waiting for you. Picture by Joseph Marcus.

Duration: 00:03:24


Here in the Texas Hill Country, mention something positive about a thistle, and people will give you a dirty look. Fortunately, mention an artichoke, and they will either be appreciative or confused. If you've ever wanted to grow your own artichokes, listen to learn more! Picture by John Collins.

Duration: 00:03:27

Twig Girdler

Twig girdler can cause your tree to lose many small branches. But is it something you really need to worry about? Spoiler alert-it's the least of your problems. Listen to learn more! Picture by University of Minnesota extension.

Duration: 00:01:55

Hey Hey What's Blooming: Snow on the Mountain

This month's Hey Hey What's Blooming featured flower is Snow on the Mountain. While Snow on the Mountain can be pretty, it can also be annoyingly profuse. Listen to learn more!

Duration: 00:03:14

Fall Vegetable Gardening 2017

Listen to learn more about fall gardening in the Texas Hill Country.

Duration: 00:03:18

Take All Root Rot

Grass dying? Something seeming to take it all from your yard? There is a disease that causes that. Bad news, you're going to have it forever. Good news-,there is an organic treatment for it that can help manage it and help the grass to grow for the rest of it's life. Listen to learn more about the scourge of lawns, Take All Root Rot.

Duration: 00:03:48

Hey Hey What's Blooming: Prairie Verbena

This month on Hey Hey What's Blooming Prairie Verbena, that drought hardy, deer resistant semi perennial plant is featured. Listen to learn more! Picture by Alan Cressler.

Duration: 00:02:33

Possibly Pecan Weevil, with special guest Bill Ree.

Nothing is more frustrating to lose half of your pecans. Pecan weevil infestations can be terrible enough to cause such losses. So if you've got a pecan tree, but you never get any pecans, this might be one of the reasons (and the squirrels are the other reason). Listen to learn more! Includes interview with special guest, Texas State Pecan Specialist Bill Ree. ** Recommendations and timing are geared towards Texas. If you live in a different state, these recommendations may not work for...

Duration: 00:03:11

Hey Hey Whats Blooming Texas Lantana

This month's bloomer is a plant that can take heat and drought, and still keep blooming. Listen to learn more about the Texas Lantana. Picture by Page Lee.

Duration: 00:03:04

Oak Wilt

If you've never been to the Texas Hill Country, there are vast clumps of dead trees that cause the locals to shake their heads sadly when you mention them. These trees died from oak wilt and Gillespie County could be considered the nation's hotspot. Listen to learn how to prevent it, as well as treatment options.

Duration: 00:02:53

Growing Pumpkins in the Texas Hill Country

You're thinking, pumpkins, seriously, in the summer? Pumpkins are a fall thing. Well, I'm afraid to say that you are sadly mistaken, if you live in the Texas Hill Country. If you want to grow your own, you got to plant them NOW (Early July). How to plant, what kind to plant, etc; listen to learn more. Picture by "Couleur".

Duration: 00:03:24

Hey Hey What's Blooming: Cowpen Daisy

Guess what's blooming, despite the heat and the rain. It's cowpen daisy (golden crownsbeard), which yes, is found near or in cow pens. Listen to learn more, including habitat and if it really is that poisonous.

Duration: 00:03:23

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