Purple martins and rainbow-colored iris form the garden palette on HomeGrown this week. Bob Gutowski discusses the more than 250 different irises he grows in his garden – and which of those will work here. Larry Melcher explains how to attract purple martins to your yard or field, where they are sure to delight with their aerial maneuvers and child-rearing instincts.
The next assault of the 17-year cicadas, and which alpine plants to grow in the Ohio River Valley – will be covered on HomeGrown this week. University of Kentucky Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend has the bad news about the late spring invasion of the cicadas, and some tips on protecting your trees and shrubs. Alpine plant expert Alan Grainger of Berea, Kentucky, has the good dirt on rock gardens.
HomeGrown takes a look at philanthropy from the garden, whether in the form of feeding our vegetable and fruit bounty to hunger relief efforts, or donating excess plant material to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Plus, Marion Jackson of IUS discusses the natural history and heritage of Indiana.
The lingering fragrance of lilacs — and the mouth-watering taste of onions — are the springtime highlights of HomeGrown this week. Page Dickey has the story on lilacs old and new, great new cultivars, and the best way to nurture and prune them. Bruce Frasier of Dixondale Farms in south Texas explains the best way to grow, harvest, and store onions, and how to pick the right varieties for you.
How often have you wondered about the truthfulness of organic gardening tips – or if the greening of America will actually take root in our corporate culture? Jeff Gillman explains what works and what doesn’t in organic gardening, and designer Wendy Fry talks about how she helped transform a 1,200-acre Ford Motor Company site into a green and sustainable landscape.
Winston Churchill’s beloved country garden Chartwell — and a Clemson University researcher with a promising way of removing toxic chemicals from runoff water — are featured on HomeGrown this week.
Bob and Jeneen give the lowdown on some “sucker plants” you don’t want to buy, garden guru Tony Avent explains revisions to the hardiness zone maps, and Philadelphia Flower Show designer Sam Lemheney talks about the 2008 show.
Nona Koivula-Wolfram discusses the 2008 All-America Selection award winners, as well as some classic choices to celebrate their 75th anniversary. Ohio State University extension specialist Pam Bennett discusses the many great annuals grown in her trial garden, and clever ways of using them to fill in the spaces in your garden.
HomeGrown heads for the high ground this week with a stop at Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight, Indiana. Ted Huber discusses the art of wine making, and rural artists David Lind and David Kocka talk about their art inspired by the “culture of the fields.”
Seattle author Bob Lilly spreads the word on great layered spring plantings, and John and Randy Seymour of Roundstone Native Seed in Upton, Kentucky, explain the incredible growth of native grasses.