Apical Dominance – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. When plants grow, apical dominance keeps all the branches from being the main trunk. Joellen Dimond, Director of Landscape at the University of Memphis, shows how a single pruning cut several years ago broke the apical dominance of a branch on a shrub allowing lateral growth from side shoots. Subscribe now to…

Dividing Daylilies – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Every 3-5 years daylilies need to be divided to keep them becoming overcrowded. Joellen Dimond, Director of Landscape at the University of Memphis, shows how to do it. After removing the plant from the ground, she shows how to cut through the root ball from the top with a digging fork or…

Weed Eater Safety – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. Weed Eaters can throw objects which can cause injury. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper shows a leaf of a canna lily that was impaled by a piece of mulch thrown up by a weed eater. Remember to wear eye protection when using a weed eater. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more…

Sedums – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Sedums, or stonecrop are succulents that naturally grow among rocks where drainage is very good. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Diamond says there are many kinds of sedums, but they are mainly divided into two categories based on their size. Sedums are succulent meaning they have thick leaves that store…

Freeze Damage on Marigolds – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. Check your plants in the nursery. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond shows some marigolds she purchased at the nursery. There was a late frost while they were there, and the nursery was not able to protect them. In this case the freeze damage is not bad, but check your…

Planting Salvia, Petunias and Marigolds – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Primary colors are always a good color selection for an annual flower bed. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond plants blue salvia, red petunias and yellow marigolds in the annual garden. She first has to get the bed ready by removing the winter annuals. She then shows how to fertilize…

Q&A – How do I control Squash Bugs?

From Family Plot. Squash bugs can be hard to control in the garden. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says she inspects her squash plants regularly and removes the eggs she finds. She also uses pyrethrin on any squash bugs that have hatched. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper recommends removing eggs with tape.…

Pinching Coleus –This Week in the Garden

From Family Plot. This week in the garden Jill Maybry from Memphis Botanic Garden shows how to pinch off a coleus plant. Pinching coleus will make it bush out and fill in. You can also take the part you have pinched off and root it for another plant. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more…

Moss in Shady Areas – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. Moss tends to grow in shady wet areas. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper says moss can make a good option instead of grass in these areas. The moss stays green if you keep it clear of leaves. And you don’t have to mow it. Click below for more videos on moss and…

Planting a Container Flower Garden — Family Plot

From Family Plot. Even if you don’t have any place to grow plants in the ground you can still have a beautiful container garden. Tonya Ashworth shows how to plant a container flower garden in a barrel. She shows how to arrange the plants for visual appeal using a tall central thriller plant, filler plants…

Perennials for Blooms all Summer – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Perennials typically bloom for a short time each year, but with the right selection, your garden can have blooming perennials all season. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond gives a list of perennials that together bloom from spring through fall. All the plants Joellen describes thrive in similar soil conditions…

Fertilizing Onions – This Week in the Garden

From Family Plot. This week in the garden Peter Richards shows how to fertilize onions. Regular nitrogen fertilizer application will give the plants the nutrients they need to grow large and healthy tops. When it is time to bulb, the plants will pull the nutrients and sugars from the tops down into the bulbs. Subscribe…

Tomato Cages – Garden Notes

From Family Plot. It is important to keep tomatoes off the ground. Alainia Hagerty, owner of Tomato Baby Company, talks about some options for keeping tomatoes off the ground including tomato cages. You can either buy them from the store or use concrete wire to build your own. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more…

Trench Method for Planting Tomatoes – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Tomatoes will root along their stem if it is under the ground. Alainia Hagerty, owner of Tomato Baby Company, shows how to plant tomatoes to take advantage of this and get more roots. Instead of planting with the plant standing upright, she shows how to plant with the plant laying down. After…

Q&A – What’s the difference between summer pruning and winter pruning in pears?

From Family Plot. Summer and winter pruning each have a different effects on the tree. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison says summer pruning is used to control growth. Winter pruning is used to encourage growth. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos like these! https://youtube.com/c/FamilyPlot For even more information, go to https://www.familyplotgarden.com

Q&A – When should I dig and divide daylilies?

From Family Plot. Daylilies are typically ready to divide every 3-5 years. Memphis Botanic Garden Horticulturist Jill Maybry says they are tough plants and can be divided any time but do best when they are divided right after they bloom or in early spring. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos like these!…

Q&A – Can I plant edible plants where castor beans grew?

From Family Plot. The beans produced by the castor bean plant are very toxic. Memphis Botanic Garden Horticulturist Jill Maybry says by the next growing season there should not be any lingering toxin in the soil. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper says the roots of the plant are not toxic. Subscribe now to Family Plot…

Blueberry pH Problems

From Family Plot. Our blueberry plants continue to have pH problems that are reducing their growth. Retired UT Extension Agent Mike Dennison talks about why the plants are not doing well and what he plans to do to fix the problem. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos like these! https://youtube.com/c/FamilyPlot For even…

Planting Strawberries – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Master Gardener Tom Mashour shows how to plant strawberries in the garden. Tom uses white plastic over the soil. This is to keep the strawberries off the ground, retain moisture, and reflect the heat from the hot summer sun. Tom uses a shower curtain liner from a dollar store. He plants two…

Landscape Flowers for the Heat – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Many annual flowers do well in the spring, but then when the summer heat arrives they slow down. Memphis Botanic Garden Horticulturist Jill Maybry talks about some plants and flowers that will continue blooming like crazy even in the summer heat. Jill likes flowers that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. She shows…

Q&A – If you had to pick one garden fertilizer what would it be?

From Family Plot. Getting many formulations of fertilizer can be expensive. Memphis Botanic Garden Horticulturalist Jill Maybry says her general fertilizer is 10-10-10. UT Extension Agent Chris Cooper says he recommends getting your soil tested to see what it needs and then apply the appropriate fertilizer. Subscribe now to Family Plot for more gardening videos…

Sweet and Sour Soil – Garden Glossary

From Family Plot. Horticulture expert Dr. Lelia Kelly defines sweet and sour soils. These are terms used by some gardeners to describe the pH of the soil. Sweet soils are alkaline and sour soils are acidic. This term originates in the days of the westward expansion. The pioneers would taste the soil to find the…

Interesting Houseplant Options – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Houseplants are a great way to bring nature into the home. Jill Maybry, Horticulturist at Memphis Botanic Garden, talks about different houseplants and their care. One of the most popular and easy to care for houseplants is the sansevieria or snake plant. Jill shows several kinds including the whale fin sansevieria, which…

Thinning Radish in the Square Foot Garden

From Family Plot. Peter Richards shows how to radishes square foot garden. The plants were planted with 2 seeds in each space so they need to be thinned. peter used scissors so he does not disturb the plan that is being allowed to grow. Check out our square foot gardening blog to see what is…

Cold Frame – Garden Glossary

From Family Plot. Horticulture expert Dr. Lelia Kelly defines the gardening term cold frame. A cold frame is a season extender similar to a greenhouse. It is a small structure with a window over the top. Usually, it is built so the window is tilted with the low side to the south. People use cold…

Choosing the Right Plant for Your Flowerbed – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Choosing the right perennials and annuals for the flower garden can be a challenge. Rick Pudwell Director of Horticulture for Memphis Botanic Garden gives some tips on choosing and shows some examples of each. Annuals are plants – usually grown from seed that live one season, set seed, and then die. Because…

Planting Bare Root Roses – Family Plot

From Family Plot. Bare root roses can provide an economical rose option. Rose expert Bill Dickerson shows how to plant a bare root rose. He talks about how to prepare the plant for planting and then removes the packing to show the root of the rose. Ideally the roots will be about as large as…

Q&A – How do I get my dogwood tree to bloom?

From Family Plot. The trees are planted in a wooded area, but it may be too deep of shade. University of Memphis Director of Landscape Joellen Dimond says wild dogwoods grow at the edge of the forest, not in the middle. She also says dogwoods need good drainage to be happy. Subscribe now to Family…

Q&A – Should young bell peppers be pruned?

From Family Plot. Normally speaking no, however UT Assistant Professor of Residential and Consumer Horticulture Natalie Bumgarner talks about what benefits you might see from pruning. Pruning is used regularly in hydroponic pepper production to manage the plant shape. In the home garden pruning will help the plant bush out, however it will delay fruiting…