Landscape Planning – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Before you pick up the shovel to change your landscape you should have a plan. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond talks about what you need to consider in your plans. First you need to know what you want to accomplish with the change of landscape. Then you need to…

Q&A – What is this plant growing in my flower bed? – Okra

From Family Plot. This is okra! It can be identified by the purple circles where the stem meets the leaves and the purple veins. Let it grow and enjoy eating the fruit. Watch these videos for more ideas on maintaining your garden! Planting Vegetable Seeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtsWfBQBd-0&t=20s Companion Planting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXuaq5TdLsQ Subscribe now to Family Plot for…

Soilless Mix – Garden Glossary

From Family Plot. Retired MSU Extension Agent Dr. Lelia Kelly defines the gardening term soilless mix. Most potting soil is actually a soilless mix. Soilless mixes do not contain soil from the ground but are manufactured from different materials to achieve the desired qualities. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos like these!…

Q&A – When should I cut back my pampas grass?

From Family Plot. Pampas grass should be cut back before new growth begins to emerge in the spring. Retired MSU Horticulture Specialist Dr. Lelia Kelly says she usually cuts back her ornamental grasses in February. This allows them to beautify the garden in the winter. She gives some advice on how to cut them back.…

The Five Kinds of Hydrangea

From Family Plot. Master Gardener and hydrangea expert Linda Lanier shows the five kinds of hydrangeas and gives some basic growing and pruning information on each. Oakleaf hydrangea is recognizable because the leaf is shaped like an oak leaf. Oak leaf hydrangeas are pruned in late summer but don’t need pruned every year. They grow…

Ornamental – Garden Glossary

From Family Plot. Retired MSU Extension Agent Dr. Lelia Kelly defines the gardening term ornamental. Ornamental has many meanings, but usually it is used to describe plants that are used for decorative purposes. In the nursery and greenhouse industry the term usually refers to woody plants and shrubs. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more…

Q&A – What is this weed in my yard?

From Family Plot. This is a fleabane. Retired MSU Horticulture Specialist Dr. Lelia Kelly says it comes up in the fall with a base of leaves and will eventually have small daisy-like flowers. She says they are easy to pull or hoe. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison lists chemicals that will control fleabane. Subscribe…

Grapes and Muscadines – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison gives the basics of growing grapes. There are two main types of grapes: bunch grapes and muscadines. The best time to plant or prune grapes is in the early spring, not the fall. Mike talks about muscadines. Muscadines are native to the south-eastern United States and…

Reading Seed Catalogs – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Seed Catalogs provide a dizzying array of options of seeds and plants. Retired MSU Horticulture Specialist Dr. Lelia Kelly talks about how to read the wealth of information provided in seed catalogs. Catalogs provide information about each variety including optimal growing conditions, disease resistance, days to harvest and what the plant looks…

Hardiness – Garden Glossary

From Family Plot. Horticulture expert Dr. Lelia Kelly defines the gardening term hardiness. Usually this refers to cold hardiness or the ability for a plant to withstand cold temperatures. USDA plant zones are based on how cold it gets in the winter which then determines how hardy plants need to be if planted in that…

Garden Crafts For Kids – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Mississippi State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Dr. Lelia Kelly talks about fun gardening activities and crafts to do with kids. First up is pressing and drying flowers or other plant parts. With some newspaper and a heavy book kids can press flowers to use in everything from wall hangings to bookmarks. With…

Q&A – How do I overwinter my mandevillas?

From Family Plot. Mandevillas are tropical plants that can’t stand temperatures below about 45 degrees. Retired MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Lelia Kelly recommends moving them into the house and putting them in a sunny window. If they are in the ground, you can dig them up and put them in a pot. Mandevillas like sun…

Differences in Growth in Annuals – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. Annual flowers from the same nursery tray may grow very differently. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond explains that nursery grown annuals are treated with a growth retardant to keep them compact. Also, environmental conditions in the landscape bed can affect how large the plants grow. She shows begonias that…

Effects of Sunscald – This Week in the Garden

From Family Plot. This week in the garden University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond shows some cherry trees that have been affected by sunscald. One tree has been able to heal from the damage while another has a large cavity in the side. Sunscald happens in the winter on thin-barked trees when part…

Protecting Landscape Plants in Winter – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Winter can be hard on plants. Retired MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Lelia Kelly talks about things you can to do protect your plants. She encourages people to pay attention to the weather forecast to see when they need to take action. Lelia talks about various coverings you can put on plants to…

Lawn Chemical Spreading Options and Sprayer Calibration

From Family Plot. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison reviews some options for applying weed killer on lawns. Weed killer must be applied evenly based on the label directions. Mike reviews several spreading options including hose-end sprayers, rotary spreaders for granular herbicides, and sprayers. His favorite method is to use a sprayer. He shows how…

Q&A – Why does one of my maple trees not have top leaves and turns fall colors early?

From Family Plot. There are several reasons this could happen. Certified Arborist Wes Hopper lists the likely causes of the problem including girdling roots, squirrel damage, or verticillium wilt. He says more investigation may be necessary to determine the actual cause. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos like these! https://youtube.com/c/FamilyPlot For even…

Q&A – How do I control chamber bitter?

From Family Plot. Chamber bitter is an aggressive weed. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says she pulls it as soon as she sees it in her beds. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper says mulching is important. Chamber bitter requires sunlight to germinate, and mulch will block that. Chris also lists some pre-emergent…