Q&A – How do I get phlox seed to grow? 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Phlox seeds require darkness to germinate. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says phlox is picky with germinating conditions, but the main key is that it must be dark. She recommends planting the seeds according to the seed packet directions and covering them with a piece of black plastic. Every…

All About Lettuce – Family Plot 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Master Gardener Tom Mashour talks about lettuce. There are three main kinds of lettuce: head or iceberg, romaine, and leaf. Iceberg lettuce requires a long cool season to grow so it is hard to grow in the Mid-South. Romaine is much better in this climate and has very few bug problems. Leaf…

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats – Family Plot 0 (0)

From Family Plot. There are many plants that are dangerous or toxic to dogs and cats. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond goes over some of the more common plants you may have in your house or landscape. Joellen lists annuals, perennials, fruits and vegetables, trees, and vines that pets should not eat.…

How New Plant Cultivars are Tested – Family Plot 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Before a new kind of plant finds its way to the nursery or into a seed packet it is tested. UT Assistant Professor of Residential and Consumer Horticulture, Natalie Bumgarner talks about consumer cultivar trials. Many new cultivars of vegetables and ornamental plants are submitted for testing every year. Many testers around…

Buying Garden Seeds 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Growing garden plants from seed gives you a huge selection to choose from. Master Gardener Tom Mashour talks about how to choose the right seeds for your garden. He reviews the advantages of seed catalogs, retail stores, and feed stores. Seed catalogs allow you to get your seeds early and offer a…

Build a Holiday Evergreen Display – Family Plot 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Jason Reeves from the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, demonstrates how to make beautiful holiday greenery displays using large pots and cuttings from evergreen shrubs and trees. Large plastic pots work best because they will not crack in the winter like clay pots may do. The existing soil and…

Garden Clean-up 0 (0)

From Family Plot. This week in the garden UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper works on clearing the garden for the winter. He is careful not to compost any plants that have insect infestations or are diseased. He also suggests getting rid of all crop residue because insects overwinter there. Subscribe now to Family Plot for…

Virginia Creeper – Garden Notes 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Virginia creeper is a native perennial woody vine. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper says it is often confused with poison ivy. The way to tell the difference is that Virginia creeper has five leaflets, poison ivy has three. Virginia creeper has adhesive discs on its tendrils that allow it to climb almost…

Late Fall Flowers –Garden Notes 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Autumn joy sedum and asters are some of the last flowers to bloom in the fall. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says that not only are they beautiful, but they also provide food for pollinators right before winter. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos like these!…

Q&A – Is it true that peppers like dry soil? 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Peppers like hot weather, but they do not like dry soil. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says peppers like even moisture. Peppers do not like wet soil. On the other hand, if they don’t get enough water, they will not set fruit or immature fruits may drop off the…

Q&A – Is this a beneficial bug? 0 (0)

From Family Plot. This is not a beneficial bug. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper says this is the nymph of the leaf-footed bug. Leaf-footed bugs have piercing sucking mouth parts and feed on many different garden plants. They overwinter in crop debris, so clean up weeds and plants in your garden in the fall to…

Q&A – Will my apricot tree ever bear fruit? 0 (0)

From Family Plot. This is likely a pollination problem. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says apricots are self-pollinating, but they need bees to knock the pollen around in the flower. She says it could also be a problem with the weather. She recommends reading the Extension publication on New England tree fruit…

Spring Blooming Bulbs – Family Plot 0 (0)

From Family Plot. Spring bulbs, especially tulips are some of the first flowers of spring. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond talks about how to choose and care for bulbs. Bulbs need the cold of winter to trigger root growth and also plant and flower growth when it warms up in spring. Joellen…