Davis Garden Show

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Nursery pro Don Shor has been gardening and selling plants in Davis for more than three decades. Join Don and co-host Lois Richter as they discuss and answer your questions on all things for the garden. 

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Don and Lois,

Hi! First I would like to let you know that my donation for the bake sale at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Fall Plant Sale is a receipe that I remembered from when I was in fourth grade. I do not remember what it is called, so under Eric's advice, I call it a dessert. They are made with eggroll wrappers, so I renamed them Fried Chinese Butterfly Desserts. Eggroll wrappers are cut in half, each half is slit in the middle, then one part is folded through the slit to look sort of like a butterfly, they are fried, and then coated in sugar. They are very tasty. Your other listeners and yourselves are welcome to make these. My young daughter was helpful in the makeing of these desserts. We used an entire package of eggroll wrappers. As for my question, our ficus has several branches shriveling up. It is well watered (the soil rarely dries out), potted in a ceramic pot near two windows (one is next to it and is West faceing, while the other is near the other window and is North faceing with a few trees near it), and this ficus is very tall at about seven feet including the pot. The leaves on the shriveled branches are dry yet green and the bark is somewhat loose feeling. I tried checking for borers, but I can not see any suspious holes. What is happening to our ficus?

-Robin in Southern California

On the Oct. 20th Davis Garden Show, the live streaming wasnt working, now I have to click like three buttons to download the podcast archive. Geeeeeezzzz! That's ok, I didnt want to get up at noon to catch the live show anyways ;) hey, it's 1pm, that means its time for my first nap.

Don and Lois,

Hi! I am back! I have something to add to your notices at the begining of your show. I know that Southern California is kind of far for most of your listeners, but on the off chance some might be visiting down here or know people who live here, I thought I would mention the following. Rancho Santa Botanic Garden will be having their Annual Fall Plant Sale on November 5 and 6 of this year. Members are allowed in at 8am and until 11am on Saturday. After which the general public is welcome. Their will be a bake sale both days. I am contributing this year to it. Eric, myself, and my daughter will be attending. I am listening to your most recent podcast as I type this and I am enjoying it as always.

-Robin in Southern California

That's a great botanic garden! I'll be happy to mention it. Thanks, Robin.

Don and Lois,

Hi! I would like to recommend to your listeners the use of what I call fish water. This is better known as dirty aquarium water. I have three small tanks whose dirty water I give to Eric for use as plant food for several plants including orchids. I am thrilled to have this water be used instead of wasted by being poured down the drain. I would like to know if freshwater aquariums that have a little bit of salt put into them are also okay to use with plants. If so, would certain plants tolerate the salt better then others?

I am looking forward to listening to more of the podcasts of your wonderful gardening show.

-Robin in Southern California

Don and Lois,

Hi! I enjoy doing unusual experiments with gardening or growing unusual plants. I am in the process of growing a tiny indoor lawn of Marathon II Dwarf Brand grass. It is square shaped and about 6" by 6". What should I know about its watering requirements and do I need to fertilize this lawn? On a side note, the egret flowers are doing great and one even has a flower bud on it. What a surprise at how small the flower bud actually is. It is about a third of an inch. The actual flower looks so big in the pictures I have seen. I will try to send a picture to you of the flower when the flower bud opens. I am looking forward to that happening. On another side note, my now 3 year old daughter is so into cuttings and the planting of them, that this her favorite play activity when outdoors. You have such useful information on your radio show, that I am looking forward to listening to the latest podcast of it as I do every week.

-Robin in Southern California

Don and Lois,

Hi! Your mentioning the Topsy-Turvy tomato brought to mind my Down Under pot. It was designed in Australia and is an upside down terra cotta pot. I have tried to grow several types of plants in it with some living longer than others. My current plant is a Sweet Potato vine. It's beautiful in all of its purple and purpleish red foliage. I grew it from a cutting that Eric brought back one day. In fact, he brought back several branches for rooting and while most rooted, this upside down plant is the only one that survived. I had made a giant staple (as I call this wire structure and others that I previously made for previous upside down plants.) of silver wire to hold the young plant in the upside down plant. I did not want it falling out on to any of our heads. Now it is an older plant and growing happily. What I am interested in knowing is will it bloom upside down and if so how do I help it to bloom? I have seen pictures on the internet of Sweet Potato plants with beautiful red flowers and I look forward to mine doing the same. By the way, Down Under pots can be found by either googling them on the internet, or by buying them in the Garden Artisians catalog which can be found on the internet or by requesting their catalog in the mail. I hope my question along with my previous questions and comments can be useful to others too. Thank you again for answering them.

-Robin

Don and Lois,

Hi! Where can I buy a rose with varigated foliage? Hybridizers should try breeding varigated roses regularly. That would be a nice new trend in roses. After all there are so many other plants with varigated leaves. I now have irises and geraniums with white varigated foliage. They are a lot of fun and very pretty. I have viewed pictures on the internet of these roses, but can not seem to find somewhere that sells them. Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you for so many useful and fun broadcasts!

-Robin in Southern California

Don and Lois,

Hi! In between all that is happening in my life recently (if recent it can be considered after nearly two years of this horror that I live through. Some of the huge wonderful parts of my life being Eric and my daughter.), I decided I have another comment to write to you about. I am listening to your April 28th broadcast in podcast form as I type this comment. I have handled Flannel Bush when I volunteered directly at our local public garden Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG.) I have handled bare handed the healthy live parts of this plant and have had no reactions to it. However, when I have handled the dried flower heads, I have found it hurts my hands. It is like holding a bunch of little sharp needles and they break off into my skin. I have cautioned Eric to be careful with the dried flower heads of Flannel Bush if he should ever come into contact with it. In fact I would caution anybody to be careful with dried Flannel Bush flower heads. By the way, sometime I should call in again.

-Robin in Southern California

Don and Lois,

Hi! I have recently discovered a remedy for cracked finger tips. I do not know if it is sold in your area, but it is absolutely wonderful. It is called Mango Mend by California Mango. They have a whole line of products with mango in them as well as all of them are mango scented. The mango hand and body lotion also works well. I thought I would mention these products because a lot of people who work with their hands, such as gardeners, can develope cracked finger tips. Cracked finger tips are so painful, but these mango products not only heal them, but work as a great preventive. I apply them once in the morning and once at night. My young daughter enjoys using them too. They are eco-friendly as well as the company is California based in Huntington Beach. Thank you for all of your helpful advice. Your podcast is the first one I listen to after I download all of the podcasts I listen to.

-Robin in Southern California

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