Davis Garden Show

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. To submit a question (or a brag!) send to gmail.com for DavisGardenShow.

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Davis Garden Show May 13 2021, Tips For Low Water Gardening

As always, Don Shor and Lois Richter start by answering current questions.  Then the main portion of this show is especially timely in May 2021 as we review "12 Tips For Low Water Gardening".   

What are those 12 tips?  1. Water right.  2. Zone your plants by water need.  3. Water thoroughly.  4. Mulch well, mulch wisely.  5. Water your fruit trees like an orchard!  6. Reduce your lawn area.  7. Maybe get a "Smart timer."  8. Change your type of grass.  9. Rethink your lawn: consider a meadow.  10. Choose plants that use less water.  11. Consider California and southwestern [and other "Mediterranian" climate] native plants.  12. Think local -- use UCD Arboretum resources!  Bonus 13th tip:  Don't forget succulents!

Davis Garden Show, May 6, 2021 -- opportunities in May

Don Shor and Lois Richter talk about May garden activities, some late-season disease issues, ten tips for easy gardening, and more.

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Davis Garden Show, April 29, 2021 -- TOMATOES! part 4

Today Don Shor and Lois Richter offer their final segment about "Tomatoes." Actually, no show about tomatoes is really final, as that is a popularly requested, frequent topic of discussion on the Davis Garden Show. But this is the 4th part of a 4-part series on tomatoes done in spring 2021.

Davis Garden Show, April 15, 2021 -- Tomatoes part 2

For another week, most of today's Davis Garden Show focuses on TOMATOES! This is the second of a four-part, in-depth discussion about tomatoes -- info applicable wherever you grow them. But we also answer some listener questions and talk about other things: "volunteer" melon-squash-cucumber seedlings (mostly inedible crosses), what ripens AFTER you pick it?, Gesnariads including African Violets (there's a related garden club in Sac), the foibles of podcasting the Davis Garden Show, and other tidbits. Join Don Shor and Lois Richter for another lively discussion.

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Davis Garden Show April 08 2021: Talking tomatoes, Part 1

Let's talk about tomatoes: Part 1. Plus landscape coefficients and watering: Part 2.  April is designated Tomato Month on the Davis Garden Show - this episode is one of four that will feature a wide variety and depth of information about one of the Central Valley's favorite crops. Is it a fruit or vegetable? Is it a native or import? A true vine? An annual or perennial and more will be discussed.  For the past 15 years, the Davis Garden Show airs Thursdays noon - 1 PM, and Saturday morning 9 - 10 AM.

Davis Garden Show April 01 2021 -- Landscape Coefficients and ET rates

For a scholarly approach to "Making Sense of ET Adjustment Factors for Budgeting and Managing Landscape Irrigation" , see  https://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanHort/files/217692.pdf   For a simpler, real-world explanation of all that, listen to this episode of Davis Garden Show. In addition to water use coefficients for landscape shrubs, Don Shor and Lois Richter talk about selecting vines and (as always!) when to plant tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables.

Davis Garden Show March 25 2021

Don and Lois talk about a wide variety of Spring gardening topics!  Starting off with a mention of the warm weekend temperatures forecast, and about the latest update regarding California's ongoing drought, two years running. Today, the statewide figures are updated showing our region in "extreme drought" due to the low rainfall during our "typical" rain season September - March. Don talks about how this can especially impact our trees and other plants, and gives some watering advice. And of course, a return to the frequently asked questions such as: When is it best plant tomatoes? Mid-April! The Davis Garden Show airs live on KDRT 95.7 FM each Thursday noon - 1 PM, and replays Saturday monings 9 - 10 AM.

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I just discovered you as a replacement for the now-defunct Farmer Fred radio show. I listen to the podcast. It's extremely useful to have timely and local garden coverage again. Thanks! John, Fair Oaks, March 2021

Don and Lois,

Hi! I am back! I was recently given a little beet seedling along with a strawberry plant that I had bought at a yard sale. Before I go on, I want to let you know that this woman did a great job taking care of her plants and the ones she was selling also looked great. However, I forgot to ask her how to take care of the beets. I have never grown them before. Anything you can tell me that I should know about beets? I also would like to know how long these plants can live. I want them to do well. I may not harvest them, but instead enjoy the pretty plants that they are. I am, however harvesting the strawberries.

-Robin in Southern California

Don and Lois,

Hi! This might be unusual to ask, but can you tell me how to take care of Hulda Klager Lilacs here in Southern California? I had requested some from the author of a book I read. This author wrote about Hulda Kalger and all she went through in her life and to hybridize plants, especially lilacs. I have two small ones that the author shipped me through the mail along with some seeds. The plants will be possibly the creamy white blooming ones and the seeds pink blooming ones. I have the plants in a nice plastic pot of miracle grow infused potting soil. They are located in part sun and part shade. Anything you can tell me would be so helpful because I want to keep these plants alive. They have great meaning to me.

Thank you so much and it is great to ask you another question.

-Robin in Southern California

just wanted to say that Don has been excellent fill-in host and guest for Farmer Fred lately. Esp good was when he and Debbie Flower hosted together but he needed to let Debbie talk a little more. Have not heard the 1 hour show yhet on this Davis station but will start listening now. Its difficult to remember about a Thursday show but i see there's a Saturday rebroadcast, which is great because there is now almost a solid block of gardening shows to listen to on Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Too bad this Davis radio station seems to be a little left of center and anti-business though from what i can see at first glance. Maybe Don can take over FF's show if/when he ever retires.

Don and Lois,

Hi! Miss me? I know I have not written in awhile, but I have been busy. But not too busy to really work on our new back yard garden. And not too busy to listen to the podcasts of your show. I know that tomatos are very popular lately, but do you have any advice on strawberries, such as how much water do strawberries need? Also, how do I keep my cat grass lasting a long time. The lady at the pet shop I bought the cat grass at said that it should last me a long time, but my last pot of cat grass died after about 2 months. It had been slightly chewed on by my neighbors' cat whom I bought it for in the first place. Would this shorten the grasses life expectancy? Your advice, as always, is welcome. Our back yard is turning out beautiful (with some help from Eric and my daughter.)

Looking forward to your next podcast and many more,
Robin in Southern California

What can you do about nutsedge?

HELP

Lois and Don are the BOMB! This is my favorite radio show!

I'm in Sacramento and found this show on Itunes podcasts. I started listening to the DGS podcasts and now I have to listen every week LIVE during lunch hour. It has helped me with my gardening. Because the Sacramento valley is so full of microclimates, there really no replacement for this show for us gardeners here. And the hosts are so delightful and interesting to listen to. I wish Don and Lois would write a book about gardening here! I would buy it! Keep up the good work KDRT!

YAY, Davis Garden Show!!!

What a nice note! Thanks so much for posting it, and thanks for listening!

Don and Lois,

Hi! Thank you so much for answering my African Violet pot question. Your answer was very helpful when I chose a special pot for the varigated African Violet leaf that I had rooted. It looks so cute in the pot with the resievor and wick.

As for my next question, Eric suggested that I ask you if it is ok to prune some plants and trees in wet weather. I do not mean a deluge, but either after a rain storm, between rainstorms, or during a light rain. I do some of my weeding during this weather because the weeds pull up easier, though they do stick to my hands which is not fun.

Thank you for answering my past questions. My ears always perk up when I hear mine and Eric's questions/comments on your show. Very exciting for us both. That is partly why I listen to your podcast first in my lineup of gardening podcasts to listen and watch. The other reason is that your show has the most useful gardening information.

Robin in Southern California

I think it depends upon the species. Some of our California native shrubs (like Ceanothus and Redbud) should NOT be pruned when the cut might get wet. (That's whether in the winter OR in the summer just before the sprinklers come on.) But lots of fruit trees are regularly pruned in winter and then get rained on. I'll ask Don to explain more on our show next week.  -- Lois

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