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, June 10, 2021 -- Herbaceous Fall Flowers

Cool week ahead!  But we still have watering challenges. A few questions (about new plantings and fungus gnats) lead to several important discussions about:

  • Proper planting techniques (why planting trees ONLY with native soil is so important);
  • How roots grow (and get damaged), and how that shows up in a full-grown tree;
  • Home remedies (which have no research done on them and are NOT labelled for pesticide or herbicide use).

A large portion of the show is a discussion of each of Don Shor's 20 Favorite Summer Herbaceous Perennials. An "herbaceous perennial" is a plant that blooms every year but dies down every winter (different from a shrub, bush, or tree). These twenty bloom from the late summer into the fall.  (We only got part way thru before running out of time, so listen to the 24 June show for the rest of the story.)

Davis Garden Show June 03 2021 -- Weather-related Troubles, Easy Vines, Raccoons

Weather-related troubles:  Can X veggie take full sun?  Should we "shade" our tomato plants?  Don says "no".  There's a difference between hot sun on the foliage and the sun-scald of ripening fruit.  Can we keep our trees alive in this year's bone-dry ground?  Signs of stress to look for, and what to do to help while watering most effectively.

Easy vines to cover a fence, wall, trellis  ... including "Cup and saucer vine" (Cobaea scandens) pictured here.

"What's digging up my plants at night?  Not eating them; just digging down underneath and pushing them out."  Raccoons might be digging up the blood meal fertilizer.  What?  They're smelling the blood meal that's UNDERGROUND!!?!  Yep.  On a brighter note, Don is growing tomatoes in a gopher-infested plot -- successfully!

Davis Garden Show, May 27, 2021 -- Questions Answered

Water, water, everywhere! "How much? How often? What happens if I get it wrong?" A large part of today's show is devoted to "basic watering knowledge" and also specific differences for watering in this drought year.

Plus we get LOTS of questions answered! Scorched leaves, geranium budworm, upright evergreen tree suggestions, and more. Lois wanted to know how to tell which plants will die if cut down and which will re-sprout. Don's answer is "It depends. ..." Well, he was a little more specific -- "It depends upon the general structure of that plant."

In all, another fact-filled Davis Garden Show with Don Shor and Lois Richter.

Davis Garden Show, May 20, 2021 -- Melons, et cetera

MELONS! Kids love to plant them; they take over large areas; they all do well in Davis; and it's not too late to transplant them. The same goes for other cucurbits -- zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins and other squash. Why do the recent cold nights cause problems for one species and not another? Is this spring's weather "typical"? IPM = IVM???  Hmmm... 

Don Shor and Lois Richter use this episode of Davis Garden Show to explore a wide range of topics: growing melons, moss, low care roses, weeds, and more!

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.

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Hi Robin,
We discussed your iris/gladiolus question on today's show (9/30). We always enjoy Eric's questions; he gives us lots of ideas for seasonal topics.
Thanks for the note,
Don

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