John Fech explains the multitude of things he is thankful for, including Nebraska Extension, the Gro Big Red team and Master Gardeners.
Month: November 2017
Outdoor Christmas Containers—Scrounging at its Finest!
I love putting together outdoor holiday containers (except for the winter when we had so much snow that the container was soon buried and I didn’t see it again until the Spring thaw!) Collecting the materials is easy—I utilized my yard, roadside ditches and a windbreak to put together enough stems. Altogether I collected…
The First Thanksgiving: A feast of native and local foods
Turkey, dressing (or stuffing, depending on where you put it or what you call it), potatoes, fresh bread rolls and pumpkin pie are the traditional fare for the celebration these days, but they are a far cry from what the original feast shared by the pilgrims and American Indians would have featured.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like pumpkins, but have you ever grown pumpkins-on-a-stick? “Pumpkin” is a bit of misnomer because these are actually eggplant. The flavor of this eggplant is quite bitter and is used in Asian dishes, but this doesn’t preclude using it for arrangements. The color of pumpkins-on-a-stick is outstanding and they make a great…
False Christmas Cactus
Growing up my mom always called her Christmas cactus a Thanksgiving cactus because it would be in full flower by the end of November. Being the good son, I never questioned Mom or try to correct her. Twenty something years and a few advance degrees later, Mom was right. The popular plant that’s now arriving…
GRO Big Red Gardening Podcast EP 18: Prep your garden for winter
As winter approaches, how can you help your landscape prepare and survive?
Drying of Evergreen Trees and Shrubs
Evergreen trees and shrubs may need winter protection, how can you help?
Seedling Trees-An Economical Way to Purchase Trees
If you’re a fan of trees like I am, it can be frustrating to purchase the number and variety of trees you’re dreaming of without busting the budget. Look no further than many of the state tree seedling programs to fill the gap. Granted, you may have to buy bundles of 25 to 50 at…
Are your trees ready for winter? Last week I talked about the importance of winter watering but I want to touch on woody plant protection. Most of our herbaceous perennials die back to the ground and don’t need protection from small mammals. However, those plants that have a persistent above ground structure, tree and shrubs,…
Winter is Coming: Prepare your Fruit Trees and Shrubs
While the end of the garden season has basically flown past us with a flash of frost and freeze, there are still some things you need to do to prepare your garden for winter. Fruit trees and shrubs are no different, as there are some things you should do or prepare to do before the…