Transcript: Gardening | Mar 08, 2001

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Then, Maureen Taylor appears in a studio with yellow walls.

Maureen is in her late thirties, with wavy auburn hair in a bob and bangs. She's wearing a blue buttoned blazer over a matching shirt.

She says Good afternoon and welcome to More to Life.
I’m Maureen Taylor.
Forget that much of Ontario is still covered in snow.
Spring is around the corner.
Frank Ferragine is the host of Grow TV.

Frank sits with Maureen. He’s in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short curly black hair. He’s wearing a green shirt over a white T-shirt.

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WELCOME, NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK.

Frank says NICE TO
BE BACK.

Maureen says HOW DIFFICULT IS IT
TO STARTS YOUR OWN SEEDSINDOORS?

The caption changes to "Frank Ferragine. Gardening Expert."

Frank says IT'S
QUITE SIMPLE AND THERE'S A
LOT OF ENJOYMENT WITH IT.
ALL YOU NEED IS AN AREA THAT
HAS SOME LIGHT AND THE OTHER
THING YOU NEED IS SEEDS AND
SOILOUS MIX.
IT'S VERY, VERY EASY BUT
BEFORE YOU THINK ABOUT
STARTING SEEDS WHAT YOU
REALLY HAVE TO DO IS THINK
ABOUT DO I NEED THAT MANY
SEEDS?

Maureen says OH RIGHT.

Frank says A LOT OF THE TIMES YOU'LL
BUY A PACK OF SEEDS AND
REALLY YOU ONLY NEED FOUR
PLANTS.
THE SEEDS ARE GOING TO COST
YOU 99 cents.
A FOUR PACK OF PANSIES ARE
ONLY GOING TO COST YOU 1 dollar 99.
YOU GOT THINK ABOUT THE
SPACE, LIGHT, I DO REALLY
NEED THAT MANY PLANTS AND IF
YOU DON'T, MAYBE YOU GROW
TOMATOES AND YOUR FRIENDS
GROW PEPPERS AND SPLIT THE
FLAT LATER ON.

Maureen says THE REAL
ADVANTAGE TO STARTING THEM
INDOORS IS WHAT?

Frank says WELL, YOU'RE GOING SAVE
MONEY SO IF YOU HAVE TO --
IF YOU HAVE A BIG AREA TO
PLANT, LET'S SAY THAT YOU
HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF
PANSIES THAT YOU NEED TO
PLANT.
YOU CAN BUY A PACK OF SEEDS
FOR AROUND 1.99 TO 2.99,
HAVE THE ENJOYMENT OF
GROWING THEM INDOORS AND
SAVE YOURSELF A WHOLE LOT OF
MONEY, AND REALLY THEN
YOU'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE
MORE OWNERSHIP TOWARDS THE
PLANTS THEMSELVES.
A LOT OF THE TIMES, TOO,
SOME VARIETIES YOU CAN FIND
IN SEEDS YOU CAN'T FIND
NECESSARILY IN PLANTS
AVAILABLE IN A GARDEN CENTRE
SO IT GIVES YOU THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GROW
DIFFERENT THINGS.
FOR INSTANCE, TOO, THIS YEAR
McKENZ DISPLEE HAS A NEW
LINE OF SEEDS OUT, THEY'RE
ORGANIC.

Maureen says WHAT DOES THAT
MEAN, EXACTLY?

Frank says THESE
ARE SEEDS THAT HAVE BEEN
PRODUCED WITH NO PESTICIDES,
HERBICIDE, ANYTHING
WHATSOEVER.
THEY'RE TOTALLY CERTIFIED
ORGANIC SEEDS.
SO IF YOU WANT TO TO MAKE
SURE YOU HAVE A CONTROLLED
FOOD SOURCE AND YOU WANT TO
MAKE SURE THEY'RE ORGANIC,
STARTING OFF WITH AN ORGANIC
SEED IS A GREAT WAY.
AND THIS IS REALLY -- THE
LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAG
BEEN THE YEARS THEY'VE COME
OUT WITH ORGANIC SEEDS
BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MORE
CONCERNED WITH WHAT THEY'RE
EATING AND GROWING.
WHEN YOU'RE A GARDENER, YOU
WANT TO GARDEN FOR THE GOOD
OF YOURSELF.
AND SO ORGANIC IS A GOOD IDEA.

Maureen says TAKE US THROUGH
THE PROCESS THEN.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET
STARTED?

Frank says WHAT
YOU'LL DO IS GO TO YOUR
LOCAL GARDEN CENTRE AND
YOU'RE GOING NEED BASICALLY
A FLAT OR A TRAY OF SOME
SORT TO PUT THE SEEDS
WITHIN.
YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A
SOILOUS MIX AND USUALLY IT'S
GOING TO BE A SEED STARTING
MIX, WHICH IS A MIXTURE OF
PEARLITE, VERM MICK LIGHT
AND PETE MOSS.
A LIGHT LIGHT MIX.

Maureen says IT DOESN'T LOOK
LIKE DIRT, DOES IT?

Frank says IT'S NOT DIMPLT THAT'S
WHY THEY CALL IT A SOILOUS MIX.

Maureen says WHY IS THAT
BITTER THAN DISMIRT.

Frank says BECAUSE
IT HAS AN ABILITY TO RETAIN
MOISTURE BUT ALSO AN ABILITY
TO DRY OUT.
SO THE LITTLE SEEDLINGS THAT
ARE THERE ARE GOING TO BE
MOIST AT FIRST BUT AFTER
WHEN THEY START GERMINATING,
THEN IT HAS THE ABILITY TO
DRY OUT, BECAUSE LIKE US, WE
DON'T WANT TO BE IN A TUB
FOR 24 HOURS.
A PLANT DOESN'T WANT TO BE
IN A CONTAINER THAT'S SOAK
WET FOR 24 HOURS.
AFTER YOU GET YOUR SOIL,
YOU'RE GOING TO GET YOUR
SEEDS.
A LOT OF THE SEEDS YOU HAVE,
YOU'RE GOING NOTICED THEY'RE
EITHER GOING TO NEED TO BE
SOAKED OR THEY'RE GOING TO
NEED TO BE SCARIFIED.
OR SCARRED.
AND THAT MEANS THAT SOME
SEEDS -- YOU NEED TO TAKE
SAND PAPER AND ACTUALLY
SCRAPE THEM.
STYLES A NAIL FILE, BECAUSE
THEY HAVE SUCH A HARD SHELL.
THE SOAK OF THEM WILL SHOW
YOU THEY'LL SOFTEN THE SHELL
AS WELL AND SOMETIMES THEY
NEED TO BE STRAT IDENTIFIED,
WHICH MEANS YOU INTO THE
THROUGH A PERIOD ARE THEY'RE
CHILLED BEFORE THEY'RE
ACTUALLY SEWN.

Maureen says HOW DO WE KNOW
IF IT NEEDS ALL THAT?

Frank says RIGHT ON
THE BACK OF THE SEEDS.
YOU CAN READ IT.
REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN THE
SEEDS, TOO, IS WHEN TO START
THEM IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT
TO START THEM AT THE
APPROPRIATE TIME.
ON THE BACK OF YOUR SEEDS
YOU GENERALLY SEE THEY SAY
START THREE TO SIX WEEKS
BEFORE LAST FROST DAY.
REALLY, REALLY EASY TO
FIGURE THIS OUT.
GENERALLY IN THE TORONTO
AREA, MOST OF SOUTHERN
ONTARIO, MAY 2-4 IS THE LAST
FROST DATE.
HOPEFULLY.
LET'S JUST HOPE ON THAT.
WHAT YOU'LL DO IS COUNT
THREE TO SIX WEEKS -- THREE
WEEKS BACK, AND THEN YOU
KNOW THREE WEEKS BACK,
THAT'S WHEN YOU START IT
INDOORS.

The caption changes to "Today’s topic: Gardening."

Maureen says SO IT'S TOO SOON
RIGHT NOW TO START MOST --
IF THE THREE TO SIX WEEKS.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN
START RIGHT NOW?

Frank says THERE'S
SEVERAL DIFFERENT ONCE YOU
CAN START RIGHT NOW.
PANSIES ARE ONES YOU CAN
START INDOORS NOW, A LOT OF
PERENNIAL PLANT, SOME OF THE
PLANTS YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET
A HEAD START ON, SAY
TOMATOES, YOU WANT TO GET A
HEAD START ON YOUR TOMATOES,
YOU CAN DO THEM RIGHT NOW.
BUT THE THING IS IF YOU
START THEM TOO EARLY, THEY
GET TOO, TOO TALL --

Maureen says LEGGY.

Frank says LEGGY,
THEY COULD GET DISEASED AND
ALL OF A SUDDEN -- THE WORST
THING IN GARDEN TO HAVE IS
TRUST STRAIT STATION BECAUSE
BELIEVE US, WE WANT YOU TO
HAVE A LOT OF SUCCESS AND
GREAT GARDENS AND DON'T WANT
YOU TO BE FRUSTRATED.
SEED STARTING'S REALLY NOT
THAT HARD.
IT'S REALLY SIMPLY LAID OUT.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD SOIL,
HAVE SOME LIGHT AND THAT YOU
HAVE SOME PATIENCE.

Maureen says AH, OKAY.
PATIENCE.
WELL YOU'LL HAVE TO HAVE
THAT THIS AFTERNOON.
I'M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO TRY TO PHONE IN TO
TALK TO FRANK.
REMEMBER WE DO HAVE FIVE
PAIRS OF TICKETS TO GIVE
AWAY TO CANADA BLOOMS WHICH
RUNS AT THE TORONTO
CONVENTION CENTRE MARCH 14th
THROUGH THE 18th.
GIVE US A CALL WITH YOUR
QUESTION FOR FRANK AND
YOU'LL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE
DRAW FOR THE TICKETS.

The phone numbers and email reappear briefly.

Maureen says AND KIM IS FIRST,
SHE'S IN AM ZAND DRAFT.
SHE HE, I'M NOT SURE.

The Caller says HI, YES, SHE.

Maureen says SHE GO.
AHEAD.

The Caller says YES, MY QUESTION
IS WE'LL BE REED SOING OUR
HOUSE THIS SPRING AND WE
HAVE A BUNCH OF SHRUBS
AROUND THE HOUSE, AND I WAS
WONDERING, COULD WE REMOVE
THOSE AND PUT THEM BACK?

Frank says THAT'S
PRETTY SIMPLE.
WHAT YOU'RE GOING DO IS
ACTUALLY BE TRANSPLANTING
THEM SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
IS TRY TO TAKE AS MUCH SOIL
AS POSSIBLE.
YOU NEED TO PULL THEM UP,
AND WHEN YOU'RE MOVING
THEM -- IF THEY'RE QUITE
LARGE, SOMETIMES THEY'RE
GOING TO BE PRETTY HEAVY
BECAUSE THE ROOT BALL'S
PRETTY LARGE.
YOU'RE GOING TO DIG AROUND
THE OUTER EDGE OF THEM, DIG
DOWN AND TAKE A TARP AND PUT
A TARP UNDERNEATH THEM AND
YOU AND A FRIEND COULD LIFT
IT UP AND MOVE IT TO A NEW
LOCATION.
THAT NEW LOCATION, BECAUSE
IT'S KIND OF A TEMPORARY
LOCATION FOR THEM, YOU WANT
TO HILL THEM IN PUT A LOT OF
SOIL AROUND THEM, KEEP THEM
VERY, VERY MOIST, AND THEN
YOU CAN MOVE THEM BACK TO
THE NEW AREA.
GENERALLY WHEN YOU MOVE THEM
BACK TO THE NEW AREA, YOU'LL
TO WANT PRUNE THEM BACK
ABOUT A THIRD.
USE THE TRANSPLANT
FERTILIZER, WHICH IS THE
FERTILIZER THAT MAKES A
PLANT CONCENTRATE ON ITS
ROOT SYSTEM, BUT VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT.
THE TIME THAT YOU SHOULD DO
THIS IS IN THE EARLY SPRING,
COOLER TEMPERATURE, GREATER
FREQUENT RECEIVE RAINS, WE
HAVE GREATER MOISTURE AROUND
AND THE PLANTS TYPICALLY DO
BETTER.
IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT
THAT YOU KEEP THEM MOIST THE
WHOLE TIME, AND THAT YOU
MOVE THEM WITHOUT TRYING TO
DISTURB THE ROOT SYSTEM.
THOSE ROOTS, THEY DON'T WANT
TO BE DISTURBED.
ONCE A PLANT GETS INTO AN
AREA IT GENERALLY DOESN'T
LIKE TO BE MOVED SO YOU
USUALLY HAVE ABOUT 60 TO 70 percent
SUCCESS RATE.
WHENEVER YOU'RE MOVING
SOMETHING, THERE IS --

Maureen says WHAT KIND OF
WINDOW DO YOU HAVE BEFORE --
FROM WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OUT
TO WHEN YOU PUT THEM BACK IN
SOME OTHER PLACE?

Frank says WE
GENERALLY WANT TO DO IT
DURING THE SPRING OR FALL
MONTHS WHEN WE DO HAVE
COOLER TEMPERATURE GREATER
FREQUENCY OF RAIN.
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO JULY
AND AUGUST, YOU'RE USUALLY
AT THE COTTAGE, USUALLY NOT
THERE TO WATER, PLUS WE GO
THROUGH A PERIOD OF REALLY
DRY, DRY CONDITIONS WITH
REALLY, REALLY HOT
TEMPERATURES AND A LOT OF
THE TIMES WHAT CAUSES PLANT
MORTALITY IS SUMMERS.
NOT WINTERS.

Maureen says NOT WINTER,
SUMMER.
AND WHAT ABOUT -- I REMEMBER
SOME MEN WERE COMING TO WORK
ON MY FRONT GARDEN, SO THEY
SAID YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE
THESE SHRUBS UNLESS YOU PULL
THEM OUT SO I PULLED THEM
OUT AND THEY WERE OUT FOR I
THINK ABOUT 24 TO 48 HOURS
AND THEY WENT BACK IN FINE,
EVERYTHING GREW IN FINE.
YOU CAN LEAVE THEM OUT THAT
LONG?

Frank says YOU CAN LEAVE THEM OUT IS
WHAT YOU CAN DO AROUND THE
ROOT MASS, LET'S SAY IT
THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE
THERE FOR A WEEK OR TWO
WEEKS WHILE YOU'RE DOING THE
WORK, IT'S JUST A DAY THING,
YOU CAN ACTUALLY EITHER WRAP
A TO YOU WE WILL AROUND THE
BASE IF IT'S NOT THAT LARGE
AND SOAK THE TOWEL.
YOU WANT TO PUT THEM THIS A
SHADED SPOT WHERE THEY'RE
NOT GOING TO DRY OUT AND
THERE'S SOME MOISTURE AROUND
THEM AND THEN MOVE THEM IN
THEY'RE FAIRLY DURABLE.
YOU CAN BE PRETTY AGGRESSIVE
WITH PLANTS AND I'VE SEEN
SOME PEOPLE BE PRETTY
AGGRESSIVE.

Frank says OH, YEAH.

Maureen says GOOD LUCK, KIM.
THANKS FOR THE CALL.
SHANNON IS IN TORONTO.

The Caller says HELLO?

Maureen says HELLO.

The Caller says I MISSED YOUR DATE ON THE
LAST FROST DATE.

Frank says WHERE
ARE YOU FROM, SHANNON?

The Caller says TORONTO.

Frank says TYPICALLY AROUND MAY 24th
WEEK END.
THAT'S GENERALLY THE LAST
FROST DATE FOR THE AREA IT.
ALL DEPENDS ON THE SEASON.
YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO PAY
ATTENTION TO WHAT THE
WEATHER REPORTS ARE GOING TO BE.
LAST YEAR WAS MAY 15th,
SOMETIMES EVEN THE FIRST OF
MAY WAS OUR LAST FROST DATE
IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.
THIS YEAR, WHO KNOWS.
I'M REALLY THINKING WIARTON
WILLIE WAS WRONG HIS
PREDICTION.
LITTLE WEE WILLIE.

Maureen says BECAUSE WE'D
HAVE HAD SPRING BY NOW,
WOULDN'T WE?
GUESS WHAT?
DOES THAT HELP, SHANNON.

The Caller says I DID HAVE A
QUESTION FOLLOWING THAT.

Frank says OKAY.

Maureen says OKAY.

The Caller says I'D LIKE TO GROW
SWEET POTATOES THIS YEAR.
WHERE CAN I GET THE PLANTS
OR THE SEEDS?
AND MY POTATOES LAST YEAR
DID REALLY WELL, BUT I DON'T
KNOW IF I CAN DO THE SWEET
POTATOES HERE IN SOUTHERN
ONTARIO.

Frank says SWEET
POTATOES ARE NOT AS EASY BUT
YOU'RE GOING TO GET THE SAME
SEED POTATO AS A SWEET
POTATO OR YAM AND GENERALLY
GET THOSE AT YOUR GARDEN
CENTERS, SAME CONTINUES.

Maureen says REALLY?
I'M SURPRISED SHE EVEN HAD
LUCK WITH POTATOES.
ARE THEY FAIRLY EASY TO
GROW.

Frank says POTATOES ARE REALLY EASY
TO GROW.
HILL THEM UP HAVE A GOOD,
SANDY LOAM.
GENERALLY YOU HAVE YOUR
YUKON GOLDS, SEED POTATOES,
VERY EASY TO GROW.
YOU DO NEED SOME SPACE.
FOR A SMALL SPACE GARDENER
IT'S NOT SUCH A GREAT IDEA
BUT POTATOES, YOU CAN GET
YIELDS AND YIELDS OF.

Maureen says WHY ARE SWEET
POT TAIT AS A LITTLE MORE
DIFFICULTY?

Frank says THEIR MATURITY VAIT
LITTLE LONGER AND THEY'RE
JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER.

Maureen says OKAY.
WE DIDN'T HAVE A GREAT
SUMMER LAST YEAR FOR
VEGETABLES, AT LEAST MY
TOMATOES WERE ALWAYS KIND OF
SMALL AND HARD.
JUST DIDN'T GET A LOT OF SUN,
I GUESS.
WHAT COULD WE DO, I GUESS IS
THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO
AROUND THAT?

Frank says WELL, THERE'S NOTHING YOU
CAN DO ABOUT SUN AND THERE'S
NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT
MOISTURE, UNLESS SOMETIMES
IT'S JUST YOU HAD TOO WET OF
A SEASON AND THEY DROWNED
OUT SO A LOT OF THE TIMES
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO TO
REMEDY THAT, IF YOU HAD A
CLAY BASED SOIL ABOUT A
RAISED CON TERN.
TYPICALLY PLANTS DO BETTER
IN RAISED BETS.
DEPENDS ON THE PLANTS YOU'RE
TRYING TO GROI AS WELL.
A LOT OF THE TIMES IT'S JUST
GENERALLY VEGETABLES WILL
GROW FAIRLY WELL AND ENWHEN
THEY DON'T GROW WELL THERE'S
A FEW REASONS.
ONE IS NOT ENOUGH LIGHT,
WHICH YOU'VE ALREADY SAID,
THE SOIL IS NOT TYPE OF SOIL
THEY LIKE TO GROW IN AND A
LOT OF THE TIMES THE
WATERING WAS IN APPROPRIATE.
WHERE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO
WATER DEEPLY AND
INSTREAKLY --

Maureen says AND PEOPLE WATER
EVERYDAY OR NEVER.

Frank says NEVER.
SO THOSE ARE SOME REASONS
WHY THEY COULD, YOU KNOW,
THEY DON'T DO WELL.
EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW IF
YOU WANT TO JUST KIND OF
GROW SOME VEGETABLES, HAVE
SOME GOOD SUCCESS, TRY RAD
DISHES.
RADISHES ARE --

Maureen says THEY ARE EASY,
AREN'T THEY?

Frank says AND YOU GET EARLY HARVEST.
VEJ DISPABLS CHILDREN,
THEY'RE ONE IN THE SAME.
CHILDREN LOVE TO GROW
VEGETABLES AND THEY LOVE TO
HAVE THE WHOLE IDENTITY OF
GOING INTO THE GARDEN THERE
AND PULLING OUT A RADISH SO
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A LITTLE
GARDEN SPACE FOR A CHILD AND
GROW SOME VEGETABLES,
RADISHES ARE A GOOD IDEA.
THEY'RE REALLY EASY.
A LOT OF THE TIME PEAS ARE
FAIRLY EASY, TOO.
QUICK TO GERMINATE SO THOSE
ARE SOME EASY THINGS THAT
YOU CAN DO.

Maureen says OKAY.

She points at a garden tool and says
WHAT'S THAT THING -- NO, THE
OTHER ONE OVER THERE.

Frank picks up a tool resembling a large corkscrew and says OH, THIS.

Maureen says YEAH what IS THAT?

Frank says THIS IS
A TRADITIONAL GARDEN TOOL.
IT'S CALLED A DIBBLER AND
YOU CAN USE IT FOR SEEDS,
BULBS OR TO PLANT YOUR
ANNUALS.

Maureen says JUST CREATES A
LITTLE OIL OR SOMETHING?

Frank says AND IT'S
JUST A NEAT TOOL.
IT'S ONE THAT'S BEEN AROUND
FOR YEARS.
A LOT OF THE TRADITIONAL
GARDEN TOOLS ARE COMING
BACK.
ALSO THINGS LIKE THIS CAN BE
USED IN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
THIS TIME OF YEAR INSIDE THE
HOME.
WE DON'T HAVE SPRING
OUTDOORS SO IT'S A GOOD IDEA
TO TRY TO BRING IN SPRING
INDOORS.

Maureen says THAT'S WHAT
WE'VE GOT BACK HERE, BULBS
THAT ARE ALREADY OUT.

Frank says AND ALSO
GO BACK TO YOUR BACKYARD TO
YOUR FORSYTHIA BUSH AND CUT
STEM, PUSSYWILLOW, CRAB
APPLE, BRING THEM INDOORS
AND THEY'LL START TO THINK
IT'S SPRING INDOOR, THOSE
STEM ALSO PUT SOME BLOOMS
OUT --

Maureen says THAT'S CALLED
FORCING?

Frank says FORCING, YEAH.

Maureen says AND YOU JUST PUT
THEM IN WATER IT AND THAT'LL
HAPPEN?

Frank says AND THAT
WAY IT TRIGGERS THEM TO HAVE
SPRING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN
YOU HAVE COLOUR INDOORS.
WE REALLY NEED SOME
INSPIRATION RIGHT NOW.
I 'LIV IN BARRY AND I DON'T
KNOW -- I'M SICK OF
SHOVELLING SNOW AND BY DOING
THINGS LIKE THIS BRINGING
THEM INDOORS SHOULD IT'S
SUCH A GOOD IDEA.

Maureen says LET'S SAY WE HAD
THESE INDOOR, THEY'LL START
TO DIE EVENTUALLY, RIGHT?

Frank says THEY
WILL EVENTUALLY.
WHAT'LL HAPPEN, THIS LITTLE
DAFFODIL, IT'LL BLOOM
INDOORS.
LET'S SAY YOU BRING IT
INDISPOORS THAT WEEK --
NUMBER ONE, YOU DON'T WANT
IT TO BLOOM YET, OFF PARTY
THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND.
YOU CAN PUT IN A COOL, DARK
ROOM AND THAT'LL ACTUALLY
STOP IT FROM GROWING.
IT'LL ACTUALLY THINK THAT
IT'S NOT QUITE READY YET.
AS SOON AS YOU FOOT IN A
WARMER ROOM, THE QUICKER
IT'S GOING BOOM AND FORCE
OUT.
AFTER IT FINISHES ITS BLOOM,
IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU
TAKE THE BLOOMS OFF.
LEAVE THE FOLIAGE THERE
BECAUSE THE FOLIAGE ON A
BULB IS WHAT GIVES THE BULB
NUTRIENTS.
YOU WATER, FERTILIZE THAT'LL
GIVE THE BULB NUTRIENTS AND
THEN YOU CAN PLANT IT BACK
IN THE GARDEN SAY IN THE
FALL OR LET'S SAY YOU'RE ONE
OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT DON'T
WANT TO STORE THINGS BECAUSE
YOU'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE IT
ALL OVER THE PLACE, YOU
PRETTY MUCH PLANT THEM HEM
THEM IN THE SPRING ONCE THE
FROST HAS GONE OUT OF THE
GROUND.
AND THEN WHAT'LL HAPPEN IS
YOU CAN ENJOY THEM NEXT YEAR
IN YOUR GARDEN.

Maureen says OKAY.

Frank says SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU CAN
SHOW IN -- YOU CAN THROW IN
A BOOT, YOU CAN --

Maureen says GET CREATIVE.

Frank says HAVE FUN!
IT'S LIKE COOKING.
GARDEN'S ABOUT CREATIVITY.
WITH COOKING, YOU ALWAYS
START OFF WITH A SIMPLE MENU
AND THEN YOU EXPAND.
GARDENING, START OFF WITH A
SIMPLE MENU AND ADD YOUR OWN
CREATIVITY.
AND I'VE SCREWED UP A LOT.

Maureen says JANICE IS IN
BRANTFORD.
HI JANICE?
HI, ARE YOU THERE, JANICE?
OH, SORRY, I CAN'T READ MY
OWN WRITING.
JEANIE?
HI JEANIE?
SHE'S NOT THERE EITHER.
SO...
JANICE OR JEANIE.
ALL RIGHT, WE'LL GET ANOTHER
CALLER UP.
TUBEROUS BEGONIAS, THAT'S
NOT SOMETHING YOU DO FROM
SEED I ZES.

Frank says NO, IT'S A TUBER.
I DON'T HAVE A TUBEROUS
BEGONIA WITH ME BUT THIS IS
A DAYLILY, A ROOT YOU CAN
BUY NOW BUT IN GARDEN
CENTERS TOO RIGHT NOW YOU
CAN BUY TUBERS.
AND YOU WILL TAKE THOSE
TUBERS AND PLANT THEM IN A
SOILOUS MIX IN A CONTAINER
INDOORS.
YOU CAN START THEM NOW IN A
WEST OR SOUTH FACING WINDOW
IT.
A LOT OF THE -- YOU KNOW,
MOISTURE, PROVIDE MOISTURE
WITH IT AND THEN THAT
TUBEROUS BEGONIA IS WHAT
YOU'LL INTO THE YOUR GARDEN
OUTDOORS IN THE SPRING.
IT'S A VERY, VERY NICE LARGE
BLOOM, DOUBLE BLOOM,
BEAUTIFUL PLANT.
VERY, VERY NICE.

Maureen says AND YOU PUT THEM
OUT IN THE SPRING?

Frank says YEAH, AND WHAT'S
IMPORTANT, THEY DON'T
OVERWINTER SO IN THE FALL
YOU GOT TO BRING THAT TUBER
BACK IN AND YOU PUT IN A
COOL, DARK, DRY SPOT FOR THE
WINTER AND THEN YOU START
PLANTING THEM.
NOW FOR THE SPRING THAT'S
COMING UP.
AND I WAS GOING TO SAY FOR
NEXT SPRING.

Maureen says BUT IT'S WORTH
THE EFFORT, RIGHT?

Frank says ALL OF A
SUDDEN THESE LITTLE PLANTS
BECOME LIKE YOUR CHILDREN
AND YOU DON'T WANT YOUR
CHILDREN TO DIE AND THINGS
LIKE THAT.
SO --

Maureen says NO, YOU DON'T.

Frank says YOU
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM.

Maureen says THAT'S SWEET.
ALL RIGHT, I THINK JEANIE IS
THERE.
HI JEANIE?

The Caller says HI.

Maureen says YOU GO AHEAD.

The Caller says WE LIVE IN THE
COUNTRY AND HAVE VERY
LIMITED WATER SUPPLY.
ALL OF OUR GARDENS HAPPEN TO
BE RIGHT IN DIRECT SUN, AND
I'M WONDERING WHAT KIND OF
FLOWERS ARE GOD FOR THAT
KIND OF AN ENVIRONMENT.

Frank says WHAT YOU
DON'T WANT TO TO IS
SOMETHING CALLED ZERRA
SCAPING.
THERE'S SEVERAL DIFFERENT
TYPES OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS
THAT WILL DO WELL IN DRY
CONDITIONS.
FOR INSTANCE OFF THE TOP OF
MY MIND, AS SOON AS YOU SAY
THAT I THINKSE TUM.
THEY'RE A PERENNIAL PLANT
THAT COME BACK YEAR AFTER
YEAR AND PRETTY MUCH RELATED
TO A CACTUS.
BUT THERE'S SEVERAL
DIFFERENT ONES AND THERE'S
ALSO THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO
TO RETAIN MOISTURE.
MULCHING.
PUTTING A LAYER OF MULCH
DOWN.
MAKING SURE THE SOIL YOU
HAVE IS NOT SUCH A SANDY
BASED.
SO I BUT IF YOU GO TO THE
LIBRARY -- THAT'S WHAT'S
GOOD ABOUT THIS TIME YEAR,
IS YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO START DOING SOME
RESEARCH.
LOOK UP BOOKS UNDERNEATH
XERRA SCAPING.
THAT'S WITH AN “X” AND
THAT'S HOW TEAM IN ARIZONA
GARDEN.

Maureen says IT'S BIG OUT
WEST IN THE PRAIRIES AS WELL
WHERE THEY CAN'T REALLY GET
A WATER SUPPLY EASILY.
BUT IN A WAY I ENVY JEANIE,
BECAUSE I HAVE TO GARDEN IN
SUCH SHADY CONDITIONS AND
YOU DON'T GET QUITE THE
COLOUR IN THE SHADE THAT YOU
CAN GET IN THE FULL SUN,
RIGHT?

Frank says IT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF
MINDSET WHEN YOU'RE DOING
SHADE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE
AS MUCH OPPORTUNITY WITH SAY
ANNUALS.
A LOT OF THE TIMES, THESE
SORT OF BULBS DO WELL IN THE
SPRING BECAUSE TREES DON'T
HAVE LEAVES ON THEM YET.

Maureen says YEAH, YEAH.

Frank says AND THEN
ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU START
OFF IN SPRING FULL SUN AND
ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET THE
SHADE.
THEN YOU DEAL WITH TEXTURE
SO HOSTAS.
THEY COME IN SO MANY
MULTIPLE DIFFERENT COLOUR,
THEIR LEAF SO YOU START
MICKING COLOURS WITH LEAVES.
AND PUT A FEW POCKETS OF
IMPATIENTS IN WITH A
CONTAINER, TOO, SAY THE SOIL
IS HARD PACKED OR YOU'RE
FIGHTING WITH THAT BIG LARGE
MAPLE WHAT YOU CAN DO IS
JUST PUT A BIG CONTAINER
THERE AND THROW IMPATIENTS
IN IT FOR A LITTLE POK KEFT
COLOUR.
THROWING A CONTAINER A
GARDEN IS A GREAT IDEA.
IT GIVES IT HEIGHT.
THEN I ALWAYS TAKE A COUPLE
EXTRA CONTAINER, SO WHEN
SOMETHING DIES IN YOUR
GARDEN, TAKE THE CONTAINER,
PLOP IT IN.

Maureen says THAT'D WORK.
THIS GUY WOULD BE NICE IN
THE GUARD DEERNGS.

Frank says GARDEN ART.
HAVING FUN.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S
BEEN MADE.
A LITTLE FROG THAT MOVES SO
IT GIVES YOUR GARDEN SOME
MOVEMENT, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO
THAT JUNKYARD AND LOOK AT,
YOU KNOW, THAT CONTAINER
THAT MAYBE HAD CANDIES IN IT
50 YEARS AGO, IF YOU PLANT
SOME PANSIES WITHIN THAT,
ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S A KIND
OF FUNK LITTLE PLANTER.
YOU KNOW, YOU CAN GO AND
TAKE A SINK AND PLANT UP A
SINK.
ANYTHING CAN BE A CONTAINER
AND IT'S YOUR OWN
EXPRESSION.
YOU CAN HAVE FUN WITH IT.
JUST NOTHING'S WRONG AND
NOTHING'S RIGHT IN
GARDENING.

Maureen says YOU HAVE TO PUT
SOME KIND OF DRAINAGE AT THE
BOTTOM --

Frank says WITH CONTAINER GARDENING,
VERY IMPORTANT, DRAINAGE.
THE BEST THING IS HAVING A
HOLE IN THE BASE, BUT IF YOU
DON'T, YOU HAVE TO CREATE
DRAINAGE.
SO YOU PUT A BROKEN CLAY POT
IN THERE.
BUT IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT
THE WEIGHT, MAYBE YOU WANT
TO USE THE STYROFOAM THEY
USE FOR PACKAGING.
PUT STYROFOAM.
ON TOP OF THAT YOU SHOULD
PUT SOME LANDSCAPE FABRIC TO
ALLOW THE MOIGS STURE TO GO
THROUGH BUT WON'T MAKE THE
SOIL MIX IN.

Maureen says VERY GOOD.
OKAY, LET'S GO TO RON IN
BARRIE.
HI RON.

The Caller says HELLO?

Maureen says WHAT'S YOUR
QUESTION?

The Caller says LISTEN, FRANK,
THIS CRAB GRASS AROUND TOWN
IS REALLY --

Frank says CRABBY.

The Caller says CAN YOU TREAT
THIS CRAB GRASS JUST AS SOON
AS THE SNOW COMES OFF?

Frank says YES,
MOST DEAF NICHLT BEST TIME
TO TREAT IT IS WHEN IT'S PRE
MERGED BEFORE IT'S ACTIVELY
GROWING YOU WANT TO USE A
CRAB GRASS CONTROL.
MOST CRAB GRASS CONTROLS NOW
HAVE A PRODUCT IN IT CALLED
DIMENSION WHICH WILL
ACTUALLY KILL OFF SOME OF
SEEDLINGS AFTER IT'S DONE
ITS PRE MERGE, WHEN IT
STARTS TO ACTIVELY GROW SO
SNNT FORSYTHIA BLOOM THEY
SAY PUT CRAB GRASS CONTROL
DOWN BUT AS SOON AS THE
SNOW'S GONE, PUT A CRAB
GRASS CONTROL DOWN.
THE OTHER THING TO REMEMBER,
A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE TO
WANT HAND REMOVE IT.
AS SOON AS YOU PICK THAT
GRASS UP, IF YOU DON'T PUT
IT THROUGH THE BAG AND YOU
WALK THROUGH THE GARDEN,
YOU'RE SPREADING ALL THE
SEEDS AROUND.

Maureen says WHAT ABOUT THE
COMPOST.
CAN IT GO IN THE COMPOST?

Frank says NO, NO, NO.

Maureen says WHAT IF YOU LEAVE
IT IN A BAG TO DRY OUT --

Frank says PUT IT
RIGHT IN THE GARBAGE.
WHEN TALKING ABOUT
COMPOSTING, CRAB GRASS IS A WEED
THAT GENERALLY WON'T
DIE IN A COMPOST.
SOME, WILL IT'S A BETTER
IDEA THOUGHT TO PUT THEM IN
BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO
CREATE A PROBLEM.
IF YOU'RE PRUNING OFF
DISEASED BRANCHES AND THINGS
LIKE THAT DO NOT PUT THEM IN
THE COMPOST, BECAUSE THAT'S
JUST A WAY OF SPREADING
DISEASE.

Maureen says DISEASE
EVERYWHERE.
YEAH.
OKAY, I WANTED TO ASK YOU
ABOUT COMPOST.
HAS YOURS DONE ANYTHING OVER
THE WINTER?
USUALLY MINE GENERATES
ENOUGH HEAT THAT IT'S MOVING
DOWN A LITTLE, I CAN GO ADD
STUFF.
IT'S JUST BEEN SO COLD THAT
IT'S FILLED RIGHT TO THE
TOP.
HOW MANY COMPOSTERS DO YOU
HAVE GOING?

Frank says I --
HONESTLY?
I GOT TO ADMIT I DON'T HAVE
ONE GOING RIGHT NOW.

Maureen says YOU DON'T
COMPOST?

Frank says I DO
GENERALLY BUT I HAVE COMPOST
UP AT THE STATION.
I DON'T HAVE ONE AT HOME.
BUT THIS SEASON -- I CAN'T
LIE.
I'M NOT GOING SAY --

Maureen says NO, YOU'RE NOT
GOING TO LIE.
I KNOW, YOU'RE VERY HONEST.

Frank says THIS
SEASON BEING THAT HAS IT HAS
BEEN SO COLD THAT THE
COMPOSTERS HAVEN'T REALLY
GONE THROUGH THEIR STAGE.
THEY NEED A LOT OF SUNLIGHT
AND HEAT THAT'S WHY WITH A
COMPOSTER YOU SHOULD ALWAYS
PUT IT FACING SOUTH, USE
BLACK MATERIAL THAT WILL
DRAW HEAT WITHIN, AND WHAT
YOU CAN DO, THOUGH, IS WITH
YOUR COMPOSTER, IS GET A
VERMA COMPOSTER --

Maureen says THAT'S WORMS?

Frank says THAT'S
WORMS AND YOU CAN HAVE THOSE
INSIDE.

Maureen says YEAH, OR NO
WORMS IN MY KITCHEN?
I DON'T KNOW.

Frank says WELL YOU
KNOW, YOU GOT TO ACCEPT
NATURE FOR WHAT IT IS.
I UNDERSTAND.

Maureen says THIS IS A WORM.
THIS IS THE ONLY WORM I'D
LET -- WHAT DOES THIS GUY
DO?

Frank says BASICALLY THAT'S JUST
WATER METRE SO WHEN YOUR
PLANTS ARE MOIST IT LOOKS A
REALLY DEEPISH RED TONE AND
WHEN IT GOES BACK TO THAT
TERRA COULD THETA TONE --
JUST A NOVELTY THING.
AT CANADA BLOOMS YOU'RE
GOING FIND A LOT OF
DIFFERENT NOVELTY THINGS
LIKE THIS FUN THINGS.
THIS YEAR WE HAVE AN
EXPANDED MARKETPLACE AT
CANADA BLOOMS, SIX ACRES OF
INTERIOR GARDENS.
IT'S A REAL WAY TO GET IDEAS
FOR SPRING NOW AND IT'S
IMPORTANT.
THIS IS THE TIME --

Maureen says TO DO THE
PLANNING.
LET'S GO TO HELLEN IN FRANK
FUMPLT HI HELLEN.

The Caller says HI.

Maureen says HI.

The Caller says I WAS WONDERING,
WHEN YOU START FLOWERS FROM
SEED, HOW COME THEY'RE
THINNER AND MORE FRJ JIL
THAN THE ONES YOU GET FROM
THE NURSERIES?

Frank says WELL A
LOT OF THE TIMES THAT'S JUST
DUE TO LACK OF LIGHT IN YOUR
HOME AND ALSO THAT YOU HAVE
THEM TOO WARM.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH
LIGHT THE SEEDLINGS STRETCH
TOWARD THE LIGHT SO THEY'RE
BASICALLY, THEY'RE THINNER,
BECAUSE THEY'VE STRETCHED.
AND THEY'RE TOO WARM.
THE SEEDLINGS IN A
GREENHOUSE A LOT OF THE
TIMES HAVE SUPPLEMENT TREE
LIGHTING AND SO THAT M KEEP
THEM SHORTER SO THEY WON'T
TEMP TO THE LIGHT.
THE OTHER THING THAT
TYPICALLY IS A PROBLEM WITH
INDOOR SEEDLINGS IS YOU GET
A THING, YOU GET SOMETHING
THAT'S CALLED DAMP --

Maureen says DAMPING OFF OR
DAMP OFF?

Frank says SO WHAT
YOU WANT TO DO IS USE A
PRODUCT CALLED NO DAMP THAT
YOU WATER WITH AND THAT WILL
PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING.

Maureen says WE SHOULD TALK
ABOUT THE LIGHT.
WHEN WE SAY THEY NEED LIGHT,
HOW MUCH LIGHT DO THEY NEED?

Frank says IT ALL
DEPENDS ON THE TYPE OF SEEDS
YOU'RE USE.
THEY TYPICALLY NEED ABOUT 12
HOURS OF DAYLIGHT.
AND LOT OF THE TIMES WE
CAN'T CREATE THAT IN OUR OWN
HOMES SO THAT'S WHEN YOU GET
A LIGHTING SYSTEM.
BUT THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT
NEEDS AND THAT ARE ON THE
SEEDS FOR THEMSELVES AND YOU
CAN GET LIGHTING KITS.
A LOT OF TIMES THEY HAVE TO
BE AT THE APPROPRIATE HEIGHT
BECAUSE IF THE KITS IS TOO
HIGH THE PLANTS STRETCH
TOWARDS THE LIGHT.

Maureen says THE BEST THING
I'VE HEARD THEY LIKE IS WARM
TOP COOL BOTTOM?
THAT WHAT THEY LIKE?

Frank says ACTUALLY
A NICE WARM BOTTOM COOL TOP.

Maureen says BUT THE LIGHTS
WILL BE ABOVE THEM.

Frank says BUT
GENERALLY YOU HAVE GOOD AIR
FLOW, CIRCULATION, ON A NICE
DAY ARE IT'S PLUS 1 degrees, PLUS
2 degrees, OPEN UP THE WINDOW.
A GOOD PLACE TO GERMINATE
SEEDS, GENERALLY SEEDS WANT
TO BE MOIST BUT THEY WANT TO
BE WARM.
ALMOST LIKE IN AN
INCUBATOR.
SO WHAT YOU DO IS PUT THEM
ON TOP OF THE FRIDGE.
BECAUSE ON TOP OF THE FRIDGE
IT'S VERY WARM AND GREAT
PLACE TO GET THEM TO
GERMINATE AND AS SOON AS THE
SEEDS CRACK YOU MOVE THEM TO
A NEW AREA AND THAT'S WHY
YOU PUT THE LIDS ON TOP OF
THE SEEDS WHEN YOU GET THEM
TO GERMINATE, BECAUSE THAT
CREATES A GREENHOUSE EFFECT
AND CREATES THE NICE
MOISTURE THERE FOR THEM.

Maureen says I'VE SEEN PEOPLE
USE PLASTIC POP BOTTLE
COVERS --

Frank says GARDENING FROM GARBAGE.

Maureen says YOU MAUREEN IN
PALACE BERG.
GOOD MORNING.

The Caller says GOOD MORNING,
Maureen, I LOVE THE SHOW.

Maureen says I LOVE
WALLACEBURG.
WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

The Caller says I'VE BEEN PLAGUED
THE LAST FOUR TO FIVE YEARS
WITH EARWIGS IN MY FLOWERS
AND THEY'VE MORE OR LESS
DESTROYED THE LEAVES AND
THEY GET INTO THE BUDS.
BUT I'M TOTALLY AGAINST
SPRAYING HARSH SPRAYS
BECAUSE I FIND YOU KILL ONE
NASTY BUG AND FIVE OR SIX
GOOD ONCE.

Frank says THAT'S
RIGHT.

The Caller says AND I'VE TRIED THE SOAP
METHOD BUT THEY SEEM TO JUST
TAKE A SHOWER IN THAT.
I WAS JUST WONDER PHYSICAL
YOU HAD A SUGGESTION FOR ME.

Frank says A LOT OF
TIMES WITH THE EAR WIGS THE
REASON THEY'RE IN THE AREA
IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A HOME.
BASICALLY THERE'S A WOODPILE
THAT'S THERE THEY CAN
ACTUALLY GO BED IN.
SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO THEY
USUALLY LIKE AREAS THAT ARE
COOL, DARK, AND AREAS THAT
THEY CAN HIDE.
SO AROUND YOUR PROPERTY
TOUGH ANY ROTTED WOOD OR
WOODPILES,, AREAS LIKE THAT
WHERE IT'S COOL, DARK MOIST,
WHERE THEY CAN HIDE, THAT'S
WHAT YOU SOMETIMES HAVE TO
DO.
GET RID OF THOSE HOMES.
AS SOON AS YOU GET RID OF
THOSE HOMES YOU JERN RALLY
DEBT RID OF THE INSECT
CAUSING SOME PROBLEMS OR USE
SOMETHING CALLED
DIATEMACEOUS EARTH.
ALL THAT IS CRUSHED
SEASHELLS AND BASICALLY THE
SHELLS ARE REALLY SHARP SO
THE LITTLE CRAWLING INSECT,
THE EAR WIG WALKS ACROSS IT
CUTS THEM AND THEY END UP
DYING.
IN THE BARRIE AREA THEY'VE
BEEN USING ZEBRA MUSCLES
LATELY AND USING THAT FOR
DIETEMACEOUS EARTH.
IT'S THE SAME THING.
THE OTHER THING YOU CAN DO,
TOO, IS YOU CAN PUT BARK IN
YOUR GARDEN.
YOU JUST SET IT IN AND IN
THE MORNING GO UP TO THOSE
AREAS WHERE THE BARK'S SET
IN AND YOU GO UNDERNEATH AND
HARVEST THEM.

Maureen says SO THEY'LL BE
MORE ATTRACTED TO BARK OR
WOOD THAN THEY WILL YOUR
FLOWERS?

Frank says WELL, NOT NECESSARILY.
THAT'S JUST A HOME WHERE YOU
KNOW THEY'LL GO AND HARVEST
THEM.
THEY'RE TYPICALLY AN INSECT
THAT COMES OUT DURING THE
NIGHT OR ALWAYS STAYING IN
AREAS THAT ARE COOL AND
DARK.
SOMETIMES THE BEST TIME TO
SEE YOUR GARDEN COME TO LIFE
IS AT NIGHT BECAUSE THERE'S
TONS OF LITTLE CREATURES.

Maureen says YOU'LL SEE ME
OUT AT TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT
WITH A SPLASHLIGHT AND A CAN
AND I'M PICKING SLUGS OFF
AND PUTTING THEM IN SALT
WATER AND WATCHING THEM DIE.
SOUNDS CRUEL BUT THEY WILL
DECIMATE A GARDEN IF WE GET
TOO MUCH MOISTURE --

Frank says BECAUSE
YOU HAVE SHADE.
AS SOON AS YOU HAVE SHADE,
YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SLUGS
AND YEAH, THEY DO COME OUT
AT NIGHT.
HAND REMOVAL, WHAT YOU'RE
DOING IS ONE OF THE MOST
CLASSIC WAYS OF ORGANICALLY
GARDENING IT.
THE OLD TRICK, TOOX OF THE
LITTLE MARGARINE
CONTAINER --

Maureen says WITH BEER IN IT.

Frank says DOES
WORK BUT SOMETIMES SLUGS ARE
SUCH A BIG PROBLEM THAT YOU
CAN'T DO THAT.
SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A LOTS OF HOSTA VARIETIES
ARE SLUG-RESISTANT NOW.

Maureen says REALLY?

Frank says MOST OF THE GREEN LEAF ONCE.

Maureen says LOOK FOR THAT ON
THE LABEL?

Frank says ON THE
LABELS, MOST WILL SAY
SLUG-RESISTANT.

Frank says WOLF IS IN SCARBOROUGH.
HELLO, WOLF.

The Caller says HI.
I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY
CHINESE WISTERIA.

Maureen says ALL RIGHT.

Frank says MM-HMM.

The Caller says LOOKS BEAUTIFUL
ALL SUMMER LONG AND LATE IN
SUMMER SHE CAME UP WITH
REALLY LONG, LONG VINES,
ABOUT FIVE, SIX FEET LONG.
SHOULD I CUT THEM BACK IN
THE SPRING AND TREAT IT LIKE
A BUTTERFLY BUSH OR LEAVE
THEM THE WAY THEY ARE?

Frank says YOU
SHOULD PRUNE SOME OF IT BACK
BECAUSE IF THEY'RE LONG LONG
STEMS, LET'S SAY WE HAVE A
PERIOD WHERE THERE'S
FREEZING RAIN, AND IT STAYS
ON THE STEMS AND THOSE STEMS
ACTUALLY RIP OFF, WHAT'LL
HAPPEN IS IT'LL CAUSE HARM
TO THE PLANT SO THEY SHOULD
BE PRUNED OFF, ESPECIALLY IF
THEY'RE UNRULY.
AND PRUNING IS A GOOD
TECHNIQUE THAT WILL KEEP A
PLANT IN CHECK AND WILL MAKE
IT MORE HEALTHY.

Maureen says AND HE SHOULD
PRUNE THEM WHEN?

Frank says IT DEPENDS ON WHAT IT IS,
FIRST OF ALL WITH WIST
STEERIA, TYPICALLY THEY CAN
BE PRUNED THIS TIME OF YEAR
WHEN THEY'RE IN A DORMANT
PHASE.
A LOT OF FRUIT TREES RIGHT
NOW SHOULD BE PRUNED, FOR
INSTANCE.

Maureen says YOU WANT TO DO
IT BEFORE THE SAP STARTS RUN
RUNNING?

Frank says WELL,
JUST WHEN THEY'RE STILL IN
THEIR DORM MANSI PERIOD.
TYPICAL RULE OF THUMB FOR
PRUNING FOR MOST PLANTS?
ALWAYS PRUNE AFTER IT
BLOOMS.
IT'S A BLOOMING PLANT --
SOMETHING THAT'S SPRING
BLOOMING, FORSYTHIA, AS SOON
AS IT FINISHES BLOOMING, THE
YELLOW FLOWERING ONE, THE
FIRST ONE YOU SEE TO FLOWER,
YOU PRUNE IT RIGHT AFTER IT
BLOOMS.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, THEY
BASICALLY BLOOM ON NEW WOOD,
SO THEY BLOOM LATER IN THE
SEASON, SO AS SOON AS
THEY'RE FINISHED BLOOMING,
YOU CAN EITHER PRUNE THEM IN
LATE FALL OR EARLY SPRING
BECAUSE THEY BLOOM ON NEW
WOOD.

Maureen says MY HYDRANGEA I
LEFT THE FLOWERS ON SO I'D
HAVE A BIT OF INTEREST OVER
THE WIND DER --

Frank says AS SOON AS YOU CAN GET IN
YOUR GARDENS, GET THEM OFF.

Maureen says SPEAK OF
INTEREST IN THE WINTER IS
THIS A GOOD TIME FOR US TO
LOOK AROUND AT THE GARDEN
AND SAY “WHAT CAN I INTO THE
THERE FOR NEXT YEAR THAT
WILL MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE
COLOURFUL THROUGH THE
WINTER?

Frank says EXACTLY.
THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR
THAT YOU LOOK AT YOUR GARDEN
AND IT'S A BLANK PAL LEFT.
THERE'S NOTHING THERE.
AND IF THERE IS NOTHING
THERE, THAT'S A BIG THING TO
SAY WOW!
I'VE GOT TO CREATE SOME
INTEREST IN THERE.
MAYBE AN EVERGREEVELT MAYBE
AN ARBOUR.
YOU KNOW, THOSE TYPES OF
THINGS THAT GIVE YOU
STRUCTURE THAT THE SNOW CAN
SIT ON.
OR IF YOU PUT A WEEPING
BIRCH WITHIN THERE THAT
GIVES YOU SOME NICE FORM, SO
THAT DURING THE WINTER
MONTHS THERE'S STILL SOME
INTEREST OUT THERE.
OR IF THERE'S NOTHING OUT
THERE NOW AND YOU WANT TO
HAVE SOME MOVEMENT AND
COLOUR IN YOUR GARDEN,
THAT'S WHEN YOU PUT A
BIRDFEEDER IN.
ATTRACTING BIRDS IN THE
WINTERTIME, YOU SERVE A
COUPLE PURPOSES.
YOU HELP THE BIR OUT BY
FEEDING THEM.
THE OTHER THING THAT YOU DO,
ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE
MOVEMENT AND CULL FLOOR YOUR
GARDEN SPACE AND A
BIRDFEEDER SITTING IN YOUR
GARDEN HAS AN INTEREST
FACTOR TO IT.
A LOT OF TIMES, PEOPLE
PUT -- IF A BIRDFEEDER'S
THIS WAY THEY PUT IT FACING
THIS WAY SO IF A BIRD'S
EATING ON THIS SIDE YOU
CAN'T SEE IT.
ALWAYS FACE YOUR FEEDERS
THIS WAY SO WHEN YOU'RE IN
YOUR HOME IF THEY'RE EATING
ON EITHER SIDE OF THE FEEDER
YOU CAN SEE THE BIRDS.

Maureen says AND THE
SQUIRRELS TOO WILL BE THERE.

Frank says THEY WILL.

Maureen says THIS IS “MORE TO
LIFE” AND WE'RE TALKING WITH
FRANK FARGE JEANIE TODAY, HE
IS OF COURSE THE HOST OF
GROW TV AND DOES WEATHER ON
THE NEW VR ON WEAKEN.
SO IF YOU HAVE ANY WEATHER
COMPLAINTS MAKE THOSE OUT TO
FRANK.
WE HAVE FIVE PAIRS OF PASSES
TO GIVE AWAY TO CANADA
BLOOMS.
BUT YOU HAVE TO PHONE IN
WITH A QUESTION FOR FRANK.

Maureen says SORRY NO, E-MAIL
TODAY.
JENNIFER IS IN SHANNON
VILLE.
HI JENNIFER.

The Caller says HI, HOW ARE YOU?
I PLANTED SOME
VIOLAS AND JOLLY JUMPER
PANSIES, AND IN ORDER TO GET
THEM TO GERMINATE YOU'RE
SUPPOSED TO GET PUT THEM IN
THE DARK, COVER WITH A BLACK
PLASTIC BAG.
IT SEEMS AS SOON AS I TAKE
THE PLASTIC BAGS OFF, I'VE
GRADUALLY TAKEN THEM OFF AND
LIFTED THE LID GRADUALLY BUT
THEY JUST SEEM TO FALL RIGHT
AFTER I DO THAT AND DIE.

Frank says WHAT YOU
WANT TO DO WITH THEM, TOO,
THEY LIKE TO BE KEPT COOL,
FAIRLY COOL JUST ABOVE THE
FREEZING MARK.
SOMETIME WHAT'S YOU WANT TO
DO IS GRADUALLY INTRODUCE
THEM TO THE LIGHT SO YOU'RE
NOT JUST LIFTING THAT OFF
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY'RE
SEEING LIGHT BECAUSE THAT
WILL SHOCK THEM.
WHAT I TYPICALLY LIKE IT DO
IS INSTEAD OF THE BLACK
GARBAGE BAG, I USUALLY TAKE
NEWSPAPER AND PUT A
NEWSPAPER ACROSS THE TOP OF
THEM BECAUSE IT STILL
CREATES DARKNESS THERE AND
THEN I WATER THE NEWSPAPER
SO IT STILL ALLOWS HUMIDITY
AROUND THEM AND THEN YOU
WANT TO GRADUALLY INTRODUCE
THEM AND A LOT OF THE TIMES
THE REASON THEY'RE FALLING
OVER IS THAT AS SOON AS THE
SEEDS CRACK, SKWERM NATURE,
THAT'S WHEN IT SHOULD BE
TAKEN OFF.
IF THEY'VE GROWN UNDERNEATH
AND THEY'RE TAKEN OFF TOO
LATE, YEAH THAT'S SOMETIMES
THE TRIAL AND ERROR OF
TRYING YOUR OWN SEEDS IT.
REALLY HAPPENS WITH THE BLUE
POPPIES.
BLUE POPPIES, YOU STILL HAVE
TO DO THE SAME SORT OF
TREATMENT AND A LOT OF THE
TIMES WITH SOME OF THE SEEDS
THAT ARE OUT THERE, BLUE
POPPIES -- I'VE NEVER, EVER
SEEN A BLUE POPPY FLOWER.
IF ANYBODY OUT THERE'S SEEN
ONE HERE IN ONTARIO, GIVE ME
A CALL.
I WANT TO SEE IT.
THE OTHER THING, TOO IS
THEY'RE REALLY HARD TO
GERMINATE SO SOMETIMES IF
YOU GO THROUGH, YOU'VE TRIED
FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES AND IT
HASN'T WORKED FOR YOU OR
THREE THE, YOU'RE BETTER OFF
TO GO BUY THEM.

Maureen says THOSE BLUE
POPPIES ARE NICE.
WOULD THEY WORK IN A SHADY
GARDEN?

Frank says THEY WON'T.
No.

Maureen says BECAUSE I'M
TRYING TO GO WITH A BLUE AND
WHITE THEME IN MY GARDEN.
I'LL GIVE UP ON THAT.
I MEANT TO ASK YOU, THESE
WHITE TULIPS WHAT ARE THEY
CALLED?

Frank says I DON'T KNOW, THE VAR RIGHT.
IT'S RIGHT THERE, THE POTTED
VARIETY THERE.

She picks up a pot containing several white tulips and continues
THERE'S SEVERAL TYPES OF
TULIPS AVAILABLE.
TULIPS BACK IN THE 17th
CENTURY WERE TREATED AS
CURRENCY IN THE NETHERLANDS.
BUT WITH TULIPS, IF YOU BUY
THEM AS A CUT FLOWER, DO YOU
KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO
DO IN THE WATER?

Maureen says NO.

Frank says PENNY
FOR THE COPPER AND THAT'LL
PREVENT THEM FROM GROWING.
TULIPS WHEN YOU PUT THEM IN
WATER INSIDE YOUR HOME
YOU'LL SEE THEY GROCHLT IF
YOU PUT A COPPER IN THERE, A
PENNY THAT'LL HALT THEM FROM
GROWING SO THEY'LL LAST
LONGER FOR YOU.

Maureen says THIS IS THE BIG
PROBLEM, WHEN YOUR TUP
LITTLES DO START TO COME UP
DO YOU WANT TO CUT THEM AND
BRING THEM INSIDE WHERE
THEY'LL LOOK GORGEOUS OR
LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE WHERE
YOU'VE BEEN PINING AWAYTOR
COLOUR IN THE GARDEN?

Frank says YOU WANT TO BE SELECTIVE
IF YOU'RE KUGHT OUTSIDE SO
GO THROUGH AND CUT ONLY ONE
BLOOM FROM HERE, THERE AND
EVERYWHERE SO YOU'RE NOT
JUST CUTTING ONE PLANT
BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE A BALD
SPOT.
US MEN HATE BALD SPOTS.

Maureen says A REAL AVERSION
TO THAT EH?
OKAY, NEXT IS NANCY IN
MISSISSAUGA.

The Caller says HI, HOW ARE YOU?
I LOVE YOUR SHOW.

Maureen says THANKS.

The Caller says MY QUESTION FOR
YOUR GUEST IS MY SOIL IS --
WELL, IT'S NOT SOIL, IT'S
MOSTLY CLAY, AND I TRIED
PETE MOSS AND VERM MICK
LIGHT OR PEARLITE, BUT
DURING THE SUMMER IT'S SO
CRACKED, EVEN THOUGH I WATER
IT IT DEEPLY AND
INFREQUENTLY, LIKE YOU SAID
SO WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO THE
SOIL TO IMPROVE IT?

Frank says A LOT OF TIMES WHEN OFF
CLAY-BASED SOIL AND A LOT OF
PEOPLE SHARE YOUR SAME
PROBLEM THERE REALLY ISN'T
ANY REMEDY FOR THAT TYPE OF
SOIL.
THERE'S PRODUCTS OUT THERE
THAT ARE CALLED CLAY BREAK
AND THEY DO WORK, BUT THEY
DON'T WORK THAT WELL.
THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO
BUILD A RAISED BED OR REMOVE
THE CLAY THAT'S THERE.
REMOVING CLAY IS A LOT OF
WORK, SO ALL OF A SUDDEN, IF
YOU BUILD SOME PLANTERS OR
RAISE YOUR BEDDINGst UP BY
USING NATURAL STONE AROUND,
THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.
TO MEND THE SOIL, THE BEST
WAY, WHEN OFF REALLY
THICK -- AS SOON AS SHE SAYS
HER SOIL CRACKS IN THE
SUMMER TIME, THAT'S WHEN OFF
BIG CLAY PROBLEM.
AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
ACTUALLY IN THE SPRING, TOO,
IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO LET
PEOPLE OUT THERE KNOW THAT
IN THE SPRING DON'T WALK IN
YOUR GARDEN SPACES WHEN
THEY'RE REALLY WET AS SOON
AS THE SNOW GETS OFF BECAUSE
YOU'LL CREATE COMPACTION.
THAT'S WHAT CLAY IS YOU WANT
HOME RELATIVELY DRY.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW IF YOU
HAVE A LOT OF IT CLAY IN
YOUR SOIL, YOU TAKE SOIL AND
PUT IT IN A BALL AND WHEN GO
TO LET IT OUT IF IT BREAKS
AWAY RIGHT AWAY, THAT SHOWS
YOU HAVE A LOT OF SAND.
BUT IF YOU PUT IT IN A BALL
AND IT GENTLY BREAKS AWAY,
THAT'S A NICE SOIL MIX.
BUT IF YOU PUT IT IN A BALL
AND YOU CAN MAKE A CYLINDER
OUT OF IT, THAT TELLS YOU
YOU HAVE CLAY AND THAT'S
TOTAL COMPACTION.
ROOTS CAN'T GET THROUGH IT
THEY DROWN OUT AND YOU'RE
GOING ALWAYS FIGHT A LOSING
BATTLE.
THE BEST THING TO DO IS
BUILD A RAISED BED AND IF
OFF BACK PROBLEM RAISED BEDS
ARE PERFECT.

Maureen says EVERYTHING WILL
BE HIGHER UP.
WHERE DO YOU COME DOWN ON
THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OR NOT
YOU NEED TO DIG IN YOUR
THINGS THAT YOU'RE TRYING --
TRYING TO AMEND THE SOIL
WITH?
A FEW YEARS BACK MARJORIE
HARRIS SAID TO ME “I NEVER
DIG IN THE MULCH, HONEY.”
OR THE COMPOST.
HE SAID “I LET THE WORM DOES
THAT.”
WILL THAT WORK AS WELL?

Frank says BEST THING TO DO IS AMEND
YOUR SOIL IN THE FALL.
YOU PUT A NICE LAYER OF SOIL
AROUND ALL YOUR GARDEN
SPACES IN THE FALL, THE
FROST AND THAT YOUS OF
WINTER HELP TO WORK IT IN
THE SOIL.
SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, THERE'S
KIND OF A ROMANCE WITH
GARDENERS DIGS IN -- DIGGING
IN THE SOIL AND IT REALLY
DOES BENEFIT BY TURNING THE
SOIL OVER.
NOT TOO EARLY IN THE SEASON
BECAUSE IF IT'S WET YOU
CREATE COMPACTION BUT WHEN
YOU DIG IT IN YOU'RE
CREATING AERATION AND
LOOSENING THE SOIL UP.

Maureen says THAT'D BE GREAT
IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN BUT
IF YOU'VE GOT A COMPOKT
PERENNIAL DARDEN --

Frank says YOU TOP
DRESS IN THE FALL.
THE OTHER THING YOU CAN DO,
TAKE YOUR LEAVES THAT YOU
HAVE, YOU MULCH THEM UP AND
PUT THAT NICE LEAF MULCH
AROUND THE PARENT NAL PLANT,
CREATES A BIT OF INSULATION
AND BREAKS DOWN THE WINTER
MONTHS AND EARLY SPRING
ADDING NUTRIENTS.

Maureen says I KEPT ALL MY
LEAVES I BAGGED FROM THE FALL.
THEY'RE ALL WAITING.
MICHAEL IS IN TROVELT HI MICHAEL.

The Caller says HELLO.
GOOD AFTERNOON.

Maureen says AFTERNOON.

The Caller says I HAVE BIG BANANA
PLANT I GREW FROM SEED,
ACTUALLY I ORDERED IT FROM
THE BACK OF THE TV GUIDE
FOUR YEARS AGO, EVER SINCE I
GOT IT GROWS TO TWO FEET,
AND TWO LITTLE TREES GROW UP
UNDERNEATH AT THE BASE OF
THE STEM AND AFTER A COUPLE
OF MONTHS THE TALL ONE SORT
OF DIES OFF AND THEN ONE OF
THE SMALLER ONES GROW UP
TALL.
I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF
THERE'S ANYWAY I CAN COAX IT
INTO PRODUCING BANANAS IS
THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?
I'M NOT SURE HOW THEY'RE
GROWN OR HOW IT WORKS DOWN
IN THE TROPICS, BUT IT WOULD
BE GOOD TO HAVE THEM.

Frank says GENERALLY IN THE TROPICS
THEY HAVE A LOT OF HUMIDITY,
WHICH IN OUR HUMANS DURING
THE WINTER WE DON'T HAVE.
YOU WANT TO ENSURE YOU HAVE
HUMIDTY, A GOOD IDEA IS PUT
THAT PLANT ON TOP OF A
PEBBLE TRAY AND FILL THE
TRAY UP WITH WATER SO EVERY
DAY WHEN THE WATER IS IT
EVAPORATING IT CREATES
HUMIDITY.
THE OTHER THING, WHY IT
MIGHT BE DYING OUT IT MAY
NEEDS TO BE RE-POTTED.
LET'S SAY IT'S BEEN IN THE
SAME POT FOUR YEARS, YOU
WANT TO REPOT IT INTO A
LARGER SIZE CONTAINER.
MAYBE IT JUST DOESN'T HAVE
ENOUGH ENERGY OR SPACE FOR
ITS ROOTS TO GO OUT AND WHEN
YOU TALK ABOUT BEING IN A
CONTAINER, IT MIGHT NOT JUST
HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY TO
PRODUCE THE BANANAS SO YOU
HAVE TO FERTILIZE.
BECAUSE WHEN A PLANT IS IN A
CONTAINER, IT'S GENERALLY IN
A SOILOUS MIX.
REMEMBER WE SAID EARLIER
THAT'S NOT SOIL.
THERE'S NO NUTRIENT THERE IS
SO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS
ADD NUTRIENTS IN.
SO YOU HAVE TO FERTILIZE.
AND IF YOU'RE PRODUCING
BANANAS, YOU'RE LOOKING AT
PRODUCING BANANAS, THEY NEED
A HIGHER MIDDLE NUMBER, A
HIGHER FOS FOROUS SO THAT'S
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
MAYBE GET A 15-30-15 OR GET
AN ORGANIC FERTILIZER THAT
HAS A HIGHER MIDDLE NUMBER.
YOU CAN USE FISH EMULSION.

Maureen says WITH YOU YOU
CAN'T REALLY GET BANANAS IN
CANADA IN THOSE CONDITIONS,
COULD YOU?

Frank says I'VE
SEEN BANANA PLANTS INDOORS.
TYPICALLY THEY'RE IN
GREENHOUSES.

Maureen says IN LEEMINGTON.

Frank says MAYBE OR
NIAGARA PARKS BUT TYPICALLY
THEY'RE IN GROWN HOUSES.
YOU'RE GOING TRY -- YOU
MIGHT GET ONE, TWO, THREE
BANANAS --

Maureen says IF YOU COULD GET
A LITTLE TINY BUNCH THEY'D
BE CUTE.

Frank says THEY'D
BE CUTE BUT A LOT OF THE
TIMES THE SEEDS THAT YOU'RE
GETTING, IF IT'S NOT FROM A
RELIABLE SOURCE, YOU DON'T
KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING.
IT COULD JUST BE AN
ORNAMENTAL BANANA THAT'S NOT
GOING TO PRODUCE A BANANA.

Maureen says ARE YOU SAYING
THE BACK OF THE TV GUIDE IS
NOT A RELIABLE SOURCE FOR SEEDS?

Frank says I'M
GOING TO HOLD MY COMMENT.

Maureen says ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE BANANAS.
LET'S GO TO BETTY IN ORILLIA.

The Caller says HELLO?

Maureen says GO AHEAD, BETTY.

The Caller says I WANT TO KNOW, I
THINK IT'S CALLED COMPANION
PLANTING?
I PUT MERYL GOLDS AROUND MY
ROSES TO SORT OF HELP GET
RID OF THE APIIDS BUT IS
THERE SOMETHING I CAN PUT
AROUND MY TOMATO PLANTS?
WOULD THE MARIGOLDS WORK
WITH THEM AS WELL?

Frank says WHAT ARE
YOU LOOKING TO GET RID OF?
ARE YOU HAVING A PROBLEM
WITH TOMORROW TESTIMONY MATE
TOW HORN WORM?

The Caller says I DON'T KNOW, I JUST
THOUGHT SOME THINGS WOULD
HELP THEM FRUIT UP A BIT
BETTER.
LAST YEAR WAS A TERRIBLE
YEAR FOR MY TOMATOES.
JUST TERRIBLE.

Maureen says I DON'T THINK IT
HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT
WAS PLANTED NEXT TO IT.
IT WAS THE SUN.

Frank says A LOT OF TIMES COMPANION
PLANTS, FOR YOUR ROSE BUSH,
INSTEAD OF MARIGOLDS ANOTHER
GOOD IDEA IS GARLIC WITHIN
YOUR ROSE BUSHES BECAUSE IT
WILL REPEL APHIDS AND HAS A
LOT OF ANTI-FUNGAL
PROPERTIES.
SOMETIMES WITH TOMATOES,
PUTTING MARIGOLDS AROUND A
TOMATO IS REALLY GOOD, TOO,
BECAUSE PREVENTS A LOT OF
RODENTS FROM COMING IN.
“CH MORNING LIVE”S,
SOMETIMES ANYTHING IN THE
ONION FAMILY WILL DO WELL.
A LOT OF THE TIMES THE
REASON TOMATOES ARE NOT
DOING AS WELL, WE'RE HAVING
A REALLY BIG PROBLEM WITH
BEES RIGHT NOW.
BEES A DYING AND OUR BEES
ARE OUR POLLINATORS AND
THEY'RE THE ONES THAT FLY
BLOOM TO BLOOM AND
POLLINATE.
AND WHAT HAPPENS, IF WE
DON'T HAVE BEES WE DON'T
HAVE APPROXIMATELY
NATURETORES SO SOMETIMES
IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A
Q-TIP AND GO FROM BLOOM TO
BLOOM AND CREATE
POLLINATION.

Maureen says SO EXPLAIN IT TO ME.
YOU BUY A TOMATO, AND YOU
TRANSPLANT IT YOU GET SOME
FLOWERS.

Frank says RIGHT
AND THEN YOU --

Maureen says SOMETIMES THEY
DON'T TURN INTO TOMATOES,
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T
GET POLLINATED BY BEES.

Frank says SOMETIMES, AND THEY'RE
SUCKERS AS WELL.
YOU HAVE TO PULL OFF YOUR
SUCKERS.
AND IT'S A GOOD IDEA TOUGH A
TOMATO PLANT WITH A TON OF
BLOOMS TO PINCH SOME BACK AS
WELL SO YOU CAN SIZE UP THE
FRUIT AND THEN APPROXIMATELY
NATURE.
A LOT OF GREENHOUSES WHERE
THEY GROW TOMATOES IN
GREENHOUSES, THE TOMATOES
ARE ALL ON STRONG WHERE THEY
GROW THEM UP THE STRING?
THEY'LL WALK THROUGH THE
GREENHOUSE AND SHAKE THE
STRINGS SO THE POLLEN'S IN
THE AIR AND THEY CAN
POLLINATE EACH OTHER BECAUSE
THEY NEED THAT.

Maureen says SO WE SHOULD BE
TRYING TO ATTRACT BEES TO
OUR GARDEN.

Frank says RIGHT, POLLINATOR,
BUTTERFLIES AS WELL BUT
BUTTERFLIES CAN CAUSE HARM,
TOO.
WE REALLY DO HAVE A REALLY
BIG BALANCE WITH NATURE AND
TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL GARDENS
WE NEED A THE OF BENEFICIAL
INSECTS.

Maureen says IS IT TRUE BEES
ARE ATTRACTED TO THE COLOUR
BLUE IN YOUR GARDEN?

Frank says TRUMPET SHAPE.
ANYTHING THAT HAS A LOT OF
POLLEN WITHIN IT.
YELLOW, TYPICALLY, TOO.
AND THEY'LL GO THROUGH --
YOU CAN SEE RIGHT ON THEIR
LITTLE -- I ALWAYS SAY
LITTLE BUMS, BUT IT'S REALLY
ON THEIR LEGS, YOU CAN SEAT
POLLEN THEY'VE COLLECTED.

Maureen says WATCH FOR THE BEES.

Frank says YEAH,
THEY'RE NOT BAD.

Maureen says AND BETTY, WE
JUST HAVE TO PRAY FOR A
BETTER GROING SEASON THIS
YEAR THAN WE HAD LAST YEAR.
ANDREA IS IN TORONTO.
HI ANDREA.

The Caller says HELLO, OH, GOOD
AFTERNOON.

Maureen says HI.

The Caller says I HAVE PEONY
PLANT -- THAT'S MY DAUGHTER
IN THE BACKGROUND.

Frank says HI DAUGHTER.

The Caller says I HAVE A PEONY
PLANT WHICH PRODUCES HEALTHY
FOLIAGE EACH YEAR, HOWEVER
IT HAS NEVER BLOOMED.
AND I WAS WONDERING IF AT
ALL I COULD STILL GET IT TO
BLOOM OR WHAT MUST I DO TO
HAVE THE PLANT FLOWER?

Frank says WHAT
LOCATION IS IT PLANTED?
SUN?

The Caller says UH, NO.
SOME SUN.
SOME MORNING SUN.

Frank says YEAH, IT
REALLY NEEDS AFTERNOON SUN.
IT DOES LIKE A LOT OF SUN.
THE OTHER THING, TOO, IS THE
REASON A PEONY DOESN'T BLOOM
SOMETIMES, TOO IS IT'S PLANT
TODAY DEEP.
THEY LIKE THEIR LITTLE EYES
ALMOST AT GROUND LEVEL.
YOU CAN SEE THEM COMING UP
IN THE SPRING.
SO A LOT OF THE TIMES WHAT
HAPPENS IS THAT YOU HAVE
THEM TOO DEEP SO THEY DON'T
BLOOM OR THERE'S NOT ENOUGH
LIGHT.
MORNING SUN JUST DOESN'T
GIVE THEM ENOUGH LIGHT SO
YOU SHOULD MOVE THEM TO A
LOCATION WHERE THERE'S
AFTERNOON SUN AND MAKE SURE
THAT THEY'RE NOT PLANTED TOO
DEEP.

Maureen says AND THAT WILL
PROBABLY DO IT.

Frank says YEAH.

Maureen says TELL ME
SOMETHING, I NOTICED AS THE
SNOW STARTED TO MELT JUST
BEFORE THE LAST DUMP THAT I
THINK THE SNOW WAS SO HEAVY
ON ONE OF MY EWE TREE THAT
BRANCHES HAVE BEEN EITHER
BROKEN OFF -- THERE'S GOING
TO BE A GAP THERE.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
TO --

Maureen says YOU CAN PRUNE IT
OFF AND THEN NEXT FALL WHAT
YOU CAN DO IS THEN TAKE --
YOU KNOW, THIS WINTER GAVE
US A NEW REALITY CHECK ON
WHAT CANADA IS ALL ABOUT.
AND A LOT OF THE TIME
NOTICED FALL WITH SOME OF
THOSE EVERGREENS, YOU NEED
TO TAKE TWINE AND BASICALLY
BIND THEM UP SO THEY CAN SIT
THERE AND TAKE SNOW LOADS.
THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
DAMAGE ON PLANTS THIS YEAR.

Maureen says THERE IS, EH?

Frank says AS SOON AS THE SNOW MELTS
YOU SHOULD WALK THROUGH YOUR
GARDENS, ASSESS IT AND PRUNE
OFF SOME OF THOSE BROKEN
STEMS AND LIMBS.
ANY OF THOSE POTS -- PLANTS
YOU'VE MAYBE PLANTED IN THE
FALL, PERENNIALS THAT IS
BEEN HEEVED, WHAT'S HATCHED
IS THE FROST AND THAWS HAVE
TAKEN AFFECT IN THE WINTER
AND KICKED IT OUT OF THE
SOIL SO IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO
HAVE A BAG OF SOIL IN YOUR
HOME NOT FROZEN SO WHEN YOU
SEE THE ROOT MASS IS EXPOSED
YOU GO UP AND PUT SOME SOIL
AROUND IT AND WHEN THE FROST
GETS OUT OF GROUND YOU HAVE
THE ABILITY TO REPLANT IT.

Maureen says YOU SEE SOME
PEOPLE PUT THE TWO BOARDS
OVER THEIR SHRUBS TO KEEP
THE SNOW --

Frank says AND
THAT'S A GOOD IDEA,
ESPECIALLY IF THAT PLANT'S
PLANTED RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE
EVES TROUGH SO THE SNOW
COMES OFF THE EVES -- TOUCHT
REALLY PREVENT THAT IN THE
FALL YOU LOOK AT PLANTS THAT
HAVE GROWN TOO TALL WHERE
THEY HAVE THESE STEMS
STICKING OUT, YOU LOOK AT
THEM AND THINK TO YOURSELF
IF I GET A LOT OF SNOW IS
THAT GOING TO BREAK, IF YOU
SAY YEAH, THERE IS A CHANCE,
PRUNE IT OFF.

Maureen says JOLENE NE IS IN
TILLSONBURG.
HELLO, JOLENE.

The Caller says HELLO.
YEAH, I HAVE A COUPLE
QUESTIONS FOR YOU.
I HAVE ONE CONCERNING JUNE
PERS THAT I PLANTED IN THE
SUMMER TIME.
IN THE WINTERTIME THE WEIGHT
OF THE SNOW SPLIT THE
BRANCH.
I WAS JUST WONDERING WILL
THAT KILL OFF THE PLANT OR
WILL IT SURVIVE?
HOW I DO TAKE CARE OF IT?

Frank says PRUNE
THAT BRANCH OFF AND IT
SHOULD SURVIVE IT.
MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE
UNSIGHTLY AT FIRST, BEING
THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU HAD THIS
JUNE PER THAT WAS A VERY
NICE SHAPE AND ALL OF A
SUDDEN A BRANCH HAS BEEN
BROKEN.
AND YOU KNOW, AT THE FRONT
OF HOUSE A LOT OF TIMES
PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THAT SO
WHAT YOU MIGHT TO WANT DO IS
MOVE IT TO A NEW LOCATION
AND PLANT IT IN THE AREA
WHERE IT CAN DO WELL.
PRUNE IT BACK.
JOHN ALLEY IT SHOULDN'T
CAUSE IT ANY HARM.
A LOT OF PLANTS CAN TAKE A
LOT -- PEOPLE WERE JUST LIKE
PLANTS, YOU COULD CUT YOUR
ARM OFF.
GENERALLY WITH A PLANT, IF
YOU WERE TO CUT YOUR ARM OFF,
WHERE YOU DO THE PRUNING,
YOU GET TWO BRANCHES OUT OF
IT.
IT'S A VERY GOOD IDEA RIGHT
NOW, GO, PRUNE IT OFF, AND
THEN WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS
MAKE SURE IT STILL HAS A LOT
OF MOISTURE IN THE SPRING.
THIS YEAR, WHAT THANKFULLY
IS REALLY NICE ABOUT ALL THE
SNOW THAT WE'VE HAD IS WE DO
HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE AND
WE'VE ACTUALLY LACKED A LOT
OF MOISTURE.
SO THERE'S GOOD AND BAD TO
ANY SITUATION.

Maureen says WHICH GIVES US
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO TELL
THOSE PEOPLE ON MY STREET
WHO SHOVEL THE SNOW ONTO THE
STREET IT THAT THEY SHOULD
BE SHOVELLING THE SNOW BACK
ONTO THEIR GARDEN.

Frank says SHOULDN'T.

Maureen says EXCEPT IF
THERE'S SALT.

Frank says AND ALSO SOMETIMES WHAT
HAPPENS IF YOU SHOVEL ONTO
SOME PLANTS IT COMPACTS AND
ACTUALLY CREATES TOO MUCH
WEIGHT.
SO YOUR PARENT PERENNIALS NO
PROBLEM.
BUT IF SOME OF YOUR
EVERGREENS OR THINGS LIKE
THAT, YOU'RE GOING TO CAUSE
A BIT OF HARM.

Maureen says OKAY, GOT TO BE
CAREFUL.
JOLENE, YOU SAID YOU HAD A
COUPLE OF QUESTIONS?

The Caller says YEAH, I HAVE
ANOTHER QUESTION.
I HAVE SOME ROFS SHARON THAT
I TOOK SOME SEEDS OFF IN THE
FALL TIME AND I WANTED TO
TRY AND PLANT THEM AND I
DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO START
THEM INDOORS OR START THEM
OUTDOORS OR WHAT.

Frank says YOU'RE
BEST OFF TO START EM
INDOORS.
THEY'RE GENERALLY A HARD,
HARD SHELL SO WHAT YOU WANT
TO DO IS SOAK THEM FOR AT
LEAST 24 HOURS.
ANOTHER THING WITH SOAKING
SEEDS, TOO, IF YOU PUT SEEDS
IN WATT TERX THE SEEDS THAT
SINK TO THE BOTTOM, OF LIKE
THAT MASON JAR, THE ONES
THAT SINK TO THE BOTTOM ARE
THE ONES THAT ARE VIABLE.
THE ONES THAT ARE FLOAT
TOGETHER TOP ARE THE DUDS.
SO YOU JUST THROW THOSE AWAY.
YOU WANT TO SOAK THEM, TRY
TO GET THEM FOR 24 HOURS
THAT'LL SOFTEN THE SHELL UP
AND YOU WANT TO TRY TO SEW
THEM INSIDE AND THEN YOU
WANT TO MOVE THEM OUTSIDE
AFTER FROST WARNINGS, YOU
WANT TO GRADUALLY INTRODUCE
THEM TO OUTSIDE.
PUT THEM OUT FOR THE DAY,
BRING THEM BACK IN AT NIGHT
SO THEY CAN GET USED TO THE
AMOUNT OF LIGHT OUT THERE.
YOU DON'T WANT THEM IN FULL
SIN SUN, EITHER.
A SHADED SPOT.

Maureen says THAT'S HARDENING
THEM OFF, RIGHT?

Frank says RIGHT.
A LOT OF THE TIMES WITH ROSE
OF SHARON, TOO, A LOT OF
THOSE WOODY STEMMED PLANTS
YOU'RE BEST OFF JUST TO TRY
TO USE A CUTTING.
WHAT YOU DO IS YOU JUST CUT
A STEM OFF, FOOT IN WATER
AND ONCE IT GETS A ROOT OR
INTO THE MOIST COMPOST AND
IT GETS ITS ROOT, USE A
ROOTING HORMONE, CALLED STEM
ROOT.
FOR THAT ONE YOU'LL USE STEM
ROOT NUMBER THREE FOR
HARDWOOD AND YOU CAN GET
THEM TO GO THAT WAY.
THE PUSSY WILLOWS THAT
YOU'RE BRINGING INDOORS
RIGHT NOW, THE FORSYTHIA,
CRABAPPLE, IF THEY START
SHOOTING ROOTS YOU CAN PLANT
THEM.
PUSSY WILLOW, SO EASY.
WILLOW, TAKE A FEW STEMS OF
ANY WILLOW AND STICK IT IN
SOIL, NINE TIMES OUT OF
TENURE GOING TO GET A PLANT.

Maureen says A WOMAN AT WORK
HERE WOULD LIKE ME TO BRING
IN A COUPLE OF BRANCHES OF
MY HOLLY SO THAT SHE CAN TRY
TO FORCE IT AND GROW.
WILL THAT WORK FOR HER?

Frank says YOU KNOW,
SHE CAN TRY IT OUT.
HOLLY'S NOT THE EASIEST ONE
TO TRY THROUGH CUTTINGS.
CUTTINGS, SAME THING.
YOU WANT TO KEEP A LOT OF
MOISTURE AROUND THE PLANT
BUT CUTTINGS ARE A WAY THAT
PLANTS ARE BEING CREATED ALL
THE TIME NOW.
IT'S REALLY INTERESTING WITH
CUTTINGS IN THE UNITED
STATES, HOW THEY'RE CREATING
NEW PLANT VARIETIES IS THEY
GROW A WHACK OF DIFFERENT --
LET'S SAY DOUBLE IMPATIENS.
THEY LOOK FOR THAT ONE THAT
HAS A MUTATION, A WEIRD LEAF
OR A DIFFERENT COLOURED
BLOOM AND START TAKING
CUTTINGS OFF IT BECAUSE IT
BECOMES THE MOTHER PLANT.
AND THEY START TAKE CUTTING
AND TRY TO CREATE NEW
VARIETIES THAT WAY AND THE
OTHER WAY THEY CREATE NEW
VARIETIES IS THEY TAKE THE
POLLEN FROM A WHITE PETUNIA
AND THE POLLEN FROM A RED
PETUNIA AND MIX IT TOGETHER
AND SEE IF THEY CAN
CREATE --

Maureen says A SALMON
COLOURED PETUNIA.

Frank says IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE LABS.
IF YOU HAVE A BLACK LAB, YOU
GET CHOCOLATES AND
EVERYTHING.

Maureen says NANCY?
IN MISSISSAUGA.
HI NANCY?

The Caller says HI, MY SKWE ABOUT ROSES.
IS IT NECESSARY TO DEAD-HEAD
THE FLOWERS TO GET THEM TO
REBLOOM?

Frank says IT DOES HELP.
BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE DEAD
HEADING THE PLANT IS NO
LONGER FOCUSING ITS ENERGY
TO THAT BLOOM.
BY DEAD HEADING IT ALL OF A
SUDDEN HAS THE ABILITY TO
PUT ENERGY INTO OTHER AREAS
SO IT PRODUCES MORE BLOOMS.
DEAD HEADING'S VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT WITH ANY FLOWERING
PLANT OUTSIDE OF ROSES AS
WELL.

Maureen says HMM!
OKAY.
WE SHOULD TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER
VEGETABLES THAT YOU'VE
BROUGHT IN.

Frank says THERE'S TONS OF DIFFERENT
SEEDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

He picks up a pack of seeds with a picture of a reddish leaf vegetable on it and says
LIKE THIS ONE HERE IS
ACTUALLY CHICKORY.

He picks up another pack and says
THIS IS A NEW LINE CALLED
GUSTO ITALIANO.
THERE'S A LOT OF
DIFFERENT -- YOU CAN GET
SOME ORIENTAL SEEDS NOW, SO
MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF
VEGETABLES YOU CAN GROW NOW,
AND THERE'S SO MUCH FUN YOU
CAN HAVE WITH THEM FOR
COOKING PURPOSES.
SO THERE'S A LOT OF
DIFFERENT ONES AVAILABLE AND
THAT'S THE ADVANTAGE TO
SEEDS.
A LOFTS THE TIMES YOU CAN'T
FIND THEM THIS PLANTS SO YOU
BUY THEM IN SEEDS.
THERE'S A NEW VARIETY OF
ASTOR AS WELL, WHICH IS THIS
ONE RIGHT HERE.
IT'S CALLED BLOO MOON.
THAT'S KIND OF A PRETTY
FLOWER THAT'S THERE.

Maureen says THAT IS PRETTY, YEAH.

Frank says SO RIGHT
NOW YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO INTO
THE GARDEN CENTRE AND LOOK
THROUGH THESE DIFFERENT
SEEDS AND CONSIDER STARTING
SEEDS.
YOU DO NEED SPACE FOR
STARTING SEEDS, SO DON'T
GO -- YOU KNOW, START SMALL
AND THEN EXPAND.
DON'T -- ALL OF A SUDDEN
YOU'LL HAVE TRAYS EVERYWHERE
AND YOUR SPOUSE WILL SAY TO
YOU “I THINK YOU'VE GONE A
LITTLE BIT CRAZY.

Maureen says NOW IF YOU DO
WANT TO WAIT AS I HAVE TO AT
MY COTTAGE AND PUT THEM IN
ON THE MAY 24th WEEKEND, I
HAVE LITTLE TRICK.

Frank says OKAY.

Maureen says WHAT DO YOU
THINK OF THIS?
I READ IT IN A MAGAZINE.
THE SEEDS ARE SO SMALL YOU
PUT THEM IN AND YOU'RE GOING
TO GET ALL THESE SEEDS
GROWING TOGETHER AND I'M NOT
GOING TO BE THERE TO WEED
THEM OUT.
SO I LAY OUT TOILET PAPER
AND I PLACE THEM ON THAT,
ANOTHER ROW ON TOP AND I LAY
THAT DOWN IN THE GARDEN AND
COVER IT WITH SOIL AND THEN
THEY GROW SPACED OUT
PROPERLY.

Frank says WHICH IS PERFECT.

Maureen says AND THE TOILET
PAPER DISINTEGRATES.

Frank says AND A LOT OF THE SEEDS
YOU CAN BUY NOW COME IN SEED
STRIPS WHICH IS THE SAME
THING.

Maureen says OH, IS THAT
RIGHT?
I'VE INVENTED A TOILET PAPER
SEED STRIP THERE.
YOU GO.

Frank says SO LIKE WITH CARROTS THEY
COME IN SEED STRIPS.
SO YOU JUST LAY DOWN THE
SEED STRIP AND IT'S EASY.
REALLY EASY.

Maureen says ALL RIGHT,
CHARLIE IS IN LONDON.
HI CHARLIE?
CHARLIE?

Frank says OH, CHARLIE.

Maureen says COULDN'T WAIT I
GUESS I YAKED TOO MUCH.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO AT
CANADA BLOOMS?

Frank says I'M
INVOLVED WITH THE BOARD OF
DIRECT ORX I'VE BEEN
INVOLVED A LITTLE BIT BEHIND
IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE
SHOW.
ON THE SATURDAY OF THE SHOW
AS WELL I'M DOING A SEEM
CALLED GARDENING FROM
GARBAGE, SHOWING PEOPLE
THINGS YOU TYPICALLY WOULD
THROW OUT HOW YOU CAN USE
THEM IN YOUR GARDEN.
THE EDUCATIONAL SERIES AT
CANADA BLOOMS IS FANTASTIC.
WE HAVE EVERY MAJOR GARDENER
FROM ALMOST ALL THROUGHOUT
CANADA AND SOME
INTERNATIONALLY THAT ARE
COMES TO SPEAK -- COMING TO
SPEAK THERE.
EVERY DAY YOU CAN LEARN
ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU
NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
GARDENING.
IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO
CANADA BLOOMS GO TO THE
EDUCATIONAL SERIES.
THAT'S SOMETHING WE PUT A
LOT OF ENERGY WITHIN.
THE OTHER THING YOU'LL SEE
IS OVER 30,000 DIFFERENT
FLOWERS FORCED AND BLOOM,
SIX ACHE KERD OF GARDENS
THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT, 1200
VOLUNTEERS TRY TO MAKE THIS
HAPPEN.
PROCEEDS GO TOWARD
HORTICULTURAL PROJECTS
THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF
TORONTO AND ONTARIO.
IT'S A MARRIAGE BETWEEN
LANDSCAPE ONTARIO AND THE
GARDEN CLUB OF TORONTO ASK.
WHAT THEY'VE DONE IS AS
VOLUNTEERS TRIED TO CREATE A
GREAT SHOW TO INSPIRE PEOPLE
TO GARDEN AND TO ALSO GIVE
US A LITTLE BIT OF SPRING IN
WINTER.
AND I JUST WISH THAT THE
I.O.C. MEMBERS WERE ACTUALLY
HERE NEXT WEEK.

Maureen says WERE GOING TO BE
HERE NEXT WEEK TO SEE THAT.

Frank says BECAUSE
WE COULD SHOW THEM WHAT
WE'RE CAPABLE OF CREATING.

Maureen says IT'S TOO BAD
THEY'RE HERE WHEN THERE'S
ALL THIS SNOW AND SLUSH ON
THE GROUND.
WHAT IS WITH DRAGONFLIES IN
THE GARDEN?
THEY'RE REAL POPULAR ALL OF
A SUDDEN.

Frank says YEAH, YEAH.

Maureen says SHOW PEOPLE THIS
IT'S GORGEOUS.
IT'S A WIND chime HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH
GARDENING.

Frank picks up the wind chime and says
DRAGONFLIES ARE ONE OF THOSE
BUGS THAT ARE NOT A HARMFUL
BUG WHATSOEVER.
THEY COME INTO YOUR GARDEN
AREA -- A LOT OF TIMES YOU
SEE THEM IN AREAS WHICH ARE
BOG AREAS, WHERE THERE'S
WATER.
AND A LOT OF -- WHAT'S
BECOMING VERY, VERY POPULAR
RIGHT NOW IS HAVING A WATER
FEATURE IN YOUR GARDEN.
AND HAVING THAT SOUND OF
WATER FLOWING THROUGH.
CREATES TRANQUILITY AND
PEACE BECAUSE WE'RE ALL
STRESSED OUT HALF THE TIME,
AND DRAGON THREE FLIES ARE
ASSOCIATED WITH THAT WHEN
YOU'RE SITTING AROUND THE
NICE LITTLE POND IN THE
COUNTRY AND THAT DRUG GONE
FLY, HAVING FUN WITH
DIFFERENT THING, INVITING
NATURE IN AND TRYING TO
RECREATE NATURE --

Maureen says IT'S FUN.
JUST ENOUGH TIME TO GET TONY
IN IN MISSISSAUGA.

The Caller says I'D LIKE TO ASK,
WE HAVE A PURPLE LILAC, AND
WE'VE BEEN IN THE HOUSE
ABOUT THREE YEARS AND IT'S
JUST GROWING AND IT'S ABOUT
SEVEN FOOT NOW AND I DON'T
KNOW HOW TO CUT IT BACK OR
WHEN TO CUT IT BACK.

Frank says AS SOON
AS IT FINISHES ITS BLOOMS.
VERY IMPORTANT WITH LILACS,
PRUNE THEM AFTER THEY BLOOM.
IF YOU WERE TO PRUNE A LILAC
IN THE FALL YOU WOULDN'T GET
A BLOOM IN THE SPRING.
AS SOON AS YOU SEE THE BLOOM
HAS FINISHED YOU CAN GO
THERE AND BE FAIRLY AGUESS
SIRVE WITH LILACS.
GENERALLY AS A RULE OF THUMB
YOU DON'T WANT TO PRUNE MORE
THAN A THIRD BUT LYLE
LANGUAGES ARE THIS DURABLE
PLANT THAT WILL GO AND GO
AND GO.
YOU CAN BE FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE
AND PRUNE IT BACK ALMOST
HALF ITS SIZE, IF YOU WISH.
IT LOOKS LIKE SHE WANTS TO
GET IT BACK TO A RUHLY
STATE.
BETTER THAN TRYING TO BE SO
AGGRESSIVE IS IF YOU PRUNED
A THIRD THIS YEAR AND NEXT
YEAR ANOTHER THIRD AND NEXT
YEAR ANOTHER THIRD.
AND BY PRUNING YOU'RE GOING
TO MAKE THE PLANT BUSH OUT.
AND THE OTHER THING THAT
YOU.
TO DO WHEN YOU ARE PRUNING
IS YOU WANT TO PRUNE IN A
MANNER THAT YOU'RE CREATING
SOME AIR FLOW IN THE PLANT,
SO NOT JUST PRUNING THE TOP
OFF, PRUNING SOME OF THE
INTERIOR STEPS AND YOU WANT
TO PRUNE THE STEMS THAT THE
BRANCHES ARE FACING OUTWARD,
NOT INWARD SO THEN YOU STILL
HAVE AIR FLOW.
BECAUSE WITH AIR FLOW YOU'RE
GOING TO PREVENT DISEASE.

Maureen says ABSOLUTELY.
HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE A
LILAC TO GROW THAT LARGE?

Frank says WELL, SOMETIMES IT
DEPENDS ON THE VARIETY OF
LILAC ITSELF, BUT SOMETIMES
WITHIN FIVE TO SIX YEARS
YOU'LL BE VERY AMAZED.
LILACS, A LOT OF THE TIMES
WHAT YOU CAN DO IS IN THE
SPRING, TYPICALLY THE PEOPLE
WHO DRIVEN AROUND THE
COUNTRYSIDE, PICK THE BLOOMS
OFF, PUT THEM IN THEY'LL
GROW.
TAKE THOSE STEMS, STICK THEM
IN THE SOIL AND BOOM.

Maureen says PEOPLE ON OUR
STREET, THEY'RE AT THE GREAT
STAGE WHERE OUR GREAT MAPLES
ARE STARTING TO DIE IN THE
LAST HUNDRED YEARS OR SO
JUST IN THE LAST MINUTE,
WHAT IF YOU THINK -- CAN YOU
START ANOTHER ONE IN THE
SAME AREA OR IS IT GOING TO
COMPETE?

Frank says THE BEST THING TO DO IS
GET A CERTIFIED ARBORIST IN.
HE'LL LOOK AT THE TREE AND
IT SEE IF HE CAN PRUNE TO
ALLOW SOME LIGHT POCKETS.
YOU CAN PRUNE OFF THE DEAD
WOOD.
A LOT OF THE TIMES THEY CAN
ASSESS THE TREE.
A HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAPLE HAS
TAKEN A HUNDRED YEARS.
IT'S WORTH THE INVESTMENT TO
GET ANN ARBORIST IN.
WITH PRUNING THOSE, IT'S A
TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED, AND
YOU NEED TO BE INSURED.

Maureen says GET A PROFESSIONAL.
THIS WAS GREAT.
HAVE GREAT TIME AT CANADA BLOOMS.

Frank says I WILL,
HOPEFULLY I'LL SEE YOU THERE.

Maureen says I'D LIKE TO COME.
FRANK FERRAGINE IS AN EXPERT
GROWING AND HOST OF GROW TV
ON THE NEW VR.
YOU CAN GET LOTS OF gardening info on his website,
www.theinteractivegardener.com
And that’s all the time we have for this edition of More to Life. Thanks for joining us, and I hope you’ll tune in Monday through Friday at 1 o’clock.

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