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Eggplant – The Power of Purple

2013-06-25 :: Debbie Johnson

Although the most common type of eggplant is large and dark purple, it comes in many sizes (2-12 inches), shapes (oblong to round), and colors (white to green to purple). If you frequently add eggplant to your menu, you might want to consider growing it in your garden. If you give it lots of sun, [...]…

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Gardening Basics for Beginners

2013-05-20 :: Debbie Johnson

Starting a garden for the first time can seem daunting. Truth is all it takes is a few simple tools, a little sweat and the desire to see things grow. Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.     Eight Tips for Healthy Gardening Vegetable Planting Calendar Growing Home Garden [...]…

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April and May Weather Sets Records

2013-05-20 :: Debbie Johnson

This has been a very unusual spring in Missouri. Very low temperatures in April and May, and several inches of snow in May set multiple weather records in 2013. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program.    …

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Spring comes late to the dance

2013-05-03 :: Debbie Johnson

Talk about being all dressed up with nowhere to go…too many Missouri gardeners are watching spring days slip away into too much rain and temperatures that are too cool. This year’s unusual weather has delayed the gardening season well past the “frost-free” date. Gardeners may be eager to put spade to soil, but it’s very [...]…

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Turning Clay Soil into Beautiful Garden Loam

2013-04-29 :: Debbie Johnson

Clay soil does have many benefits. Its ability to hold nutrients and water make it the most fertile soil type. Clay soil’s problem is structure. It compresses together very easily, making it difficult for water, air and fertilizer to reach plant roots. But, don’t despair if your soil is mostly clay. With just a little [...]…

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Start Your Engines – Mowing Season Begins

2013-04-03 :: Debbie Johnson

As temperatures warm, lawns will begin to green-up and grow. It will soon be time for regular lawn mowing. Before you start-up that mower you’ll need to get it in good working order. A tuned-up mower is only the start. Good mowing practices will help keep your lawn weed free and beautiful. Today’s guest is [...]…

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Getting ready to grow

2013-03-29 :: Debbie Johnson

Spring – named for the time when plants and animals spring to life after the long, cold winter. If you’re a gardener, warm temperatures and sunshine make you eager to get your hands dirty and to prepare your garden for the growing season. Today’s guest is Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. [...]…

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The Beginning of 2013 Brings Drought Relief to Missouri

2013-03-18 :: Debbie Johnson

Heading into the New Year …much of Missouri was still dry and facing critical soil moisture deficits. Then came late January…February…and early March and everything changed. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension. He takes a look at the last six weeks of weather…talks about an extremely rare weather event witnessed [...]…

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Mending Snow Damaged Trees

2013-03-14 :: Debbie Johnson

The heavy snow that fell in parts of Missouri this year left a lot of trees with broken and splinter branches. Now that the mountains of snow are melting away, homeowners will need to evaluate the damage and decide if pruning can fix the problems, or if the tree is lost cause. Today’s guest is [...]…

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Drought Damage to Trees – What Will Survive?

2013-03-14 :: Debbie Johnson

Last year’s severe drought and heat left the survival of many trees and shrubs in question. Just like you can’t unring a bell, you also can’t uncut a tree. When spring arrives you’ll be able to see whether your tree is a fatality from the drought of 2012. But, don’t despair. Trees have evolved many [...]…

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Helping Your Garden Soil Be All That It Can Be

2013-03-08 :: Debbie Johnson

All life depends upon the soil. Life cannot exist without soil and there can be no soil without life. They both have evolved together.  This thin layer of loose, soft material, held in place by gravity, is the only thing standing between life and lifelessness. Gardeners who work and amend the soil help maintain this [...]…

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Winter Weather and Plant Injury

2013-03-07 :: Debbie Johnson

When sidewalks, driveways and roads are slippery with ice and snow, snow melters and road salt are great for reducing accidents. These same chemicals can cause damage when they are splashed onto plants or absorbed into the soil. When you put down snow melters or salt on your driveway or sidewalks take a moment to [...]…

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Get a Jump on Spring

2013-02-19 :: Debbie Johnson

If you’re itching to get your green thumb busy, starting seeds indoors is great option. Gardeners who are willing to put in a bit of effort will be ready to transplant seedlings into their garden when warm weather finally gets here. Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has [...]…

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Variety is the Key to Fitness Success

2013-01-08 :: Debbie Johnson

Are you trying to move from couch potato to a mover and shaker? That’s great news! You’ll feel better and be healthier. There is no “magic bullet” for getting fit. The key is to start slow and gradually build up your strength, stamina and flexibility. Today’s guest is Stephen Ball. He’s an exercise physiologist with [...]…

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Bringing Home the Turkey

2012-11-15 :: Debbie Johnson

According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at their Thanksgiving meal. Since it’s likely that a turkey will be the centerpiece of your holiday meal, do you know how big a bird to buy? If the turkey is frozen, do you know how to thaw it safely? University of Missouri [...]…

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Help Children Enjoy Halloween without Candy Overload

2012-10-29 :: Debbie Johnson

Halloween is a popular holiday because kids get to bring home lots of treats, mostly candy. Too much of anything always has consequences. This creates a tough balancing act for parents who want their children to enjoy the holiday, but would rather avoid tummy aches, tooth decay and too many calories. Today’s guest is Tammy [...]…

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Pumpkin Pie or Jack-O-Lantern – Why Not Both?

2012-10-19 :: Debbie Johnson

Today we pay homage to the versatile pumpkin. It’s a mainstay for Halloween decorations, but shouldn’t be overlooked as a nutritious fruit that’s low in fat and calories. Our guest today is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She has tips for recycling your Jack-O-Lanterns into yummy pies, breads, soups and stews. [...]…

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Will Winter Weather Overcome the Effect of 2012 Drought?

2012-10-16 :: Debbie Johnson

Temperatures in the 70s make for lovely fall weather in the Midwest this year. Fall colors are a bit subdued, because there were so many trees damaged during the drought. Scorched trees and lawns aren’t the only remnants of weeks of triple-digit heat and no rain. Below the surface, in the soil’s root zone, there [...]…

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Leaving Your Child Home Alone

2012-10-09 :: Debbie Johnson

Deciding when a child is ready to stay home alone is a difficult decision for parents. There is no set age. Some 10-year-olds can be very mature while some 13-year-olds may still need to grow-up a bit. It really comes down to a parental judgment call. Today’s guest is Renette Wardlow, human development specialist for [...]…

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TLC Needed for Drought Ravaged Lawns

2012-09-24 :: Debbie Johnson

The summer of 2012 was a record breaker. The drought gripped the Midwest in June and didn’t let go until August. Lack of rain caused triple-digit heat day after day. Now that rain and cooler temperatures have arrived, it’s time for homeowners to assess the damage to their lawn and provide some tender loving care [...]…

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Convenience for a Price: Comparison Shopping Needed for Prepaid Debit Cards

2012-09-11 :: Debbie Johnson

If you’re thinking about finding a prepaid debit card as an alternative to a checking account, don’t grab the first card offer you find.  Many prepaid cards have no protection if the card is lost or stolen. Also, they are very lightly regulated and can carry a long list of fees. But, if you shop [...]…

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Emerald Ash Borer – There’s Time to Make Smart Decisions

2012-08-28 :: Debbie Johnson

It’s estimated that more than 50 million ash trees are dead or dying in the Midwest because of the emerald ash borer (EAB). The immature stage of EAB destroys the spongy tissue under the bark, causing the tree to starve to death. There is no need to panic and there’s time for homeowners to do [...]…

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