Over 1.4 million Houstonians garden for a hobby or pastime, and GardenLine is where they listen for advice and information on gardening and landscaping.
Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 6 to 10, GardenLine's Randy Lemmon answers listeners' questions on everything from aphids to zoysias. He's Houston's absolute expert on lawns and gardens, offering help to listeners both with and without "green thumbs."
Randy's a Texas Aggie who truly KNOWS plants and flowers. He explains them with ease and candor, and is as competent a "plant person" as there is. He studies, and he practices. He embraces "new methods" as well as the "old" ways of dealing with problems. Call for Randy's solution for your question ... 713-212-KTRH (5874).
It always seems that right after a major fertilization is called for in my schedules, a big rain hits the area. That ultimately prompts listeners to ask if they need to re-do it or add to what they've just applied. So, I'm going to give you a repeat of my most recent writing on that topic, plus I'll cover a few other items related to relentless rain.
First, you can re-read my July 2012 edition of "What Now After All The Rain?" for notes related to downpours and my fertilization schedule.
Next, you can check out a topic I've covered a couple of times after major rains — giving trees deep-root feedings. If you listen to GardenLine regularly, you know how important it is to deep-root feed and water trees to keep them healthy in our clay soils. The idea behind this article was to encourage do-it-yourself work, because it may be easier for you to auger holes right now in the moist soil. That advice was doled out less than five months ago, when we were deluged in January.
Finally, I stumbled across this piece from some years ago addressing gutters. As I recall, one of the main reasons I wrote it was because it pained me to hear so many national gutter-installation and gutter-protection companies flood the market with advertising following serious rains. I sort of equate them to "storm chasers" in the roofing industry. The bottom line of the article was to urge hiring local companies that use their own local crews. I have Rain Tube of Houston coming out to my house in the coming week to solve a major gutter-protection need, and I know they'll use only their own local workers. No out-of-state sub-contractors.
It's not too often we have a double-appearance weekend, but this week is an exception.
First, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, I'll be hanging out at Buchanan's Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St. in the Heights. If you've been wanting one of our new Lemmonhead shirts, be sure to come by before noon ... our supply is usually gobbled up in about 60 minutes. And for the first time since we started talking about them, The Ground Up is supplying some fun stuff for giveaways. We'll have some of their now-famous Four-Quart Minis, perfect for the urban gardener who doesn't quite need 40-pound bags of potting soil, compost or organic fertilizer. You can also bring your questions and plant samples so I, the Buchanan's staff, and reps from The Ground Up can "get a pair of eyes on" them. Among us, I'm sure we will be able to identify your problem, your weed or your plant.
Then, on Sunday, I will be broadcasting GardenLine live from the annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Clear Lake. It's a nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that attracts more than 15,000 attendees.
Now, this is not the place for bikini-clad car models. This genteel annual showcase features some 200 classic and exotic cars plus over 50 vintage wooden boats from every part of the United States. The gem to see this year is a 1920s Pierce Arrow used in the movie "Smokey and the Bandit" and owned by the star, Burt Reynolds.
A gathering of Stutz automobiles is also planned, showcasing motor vehicles like the one above manufactured from 1911 through 1936 by companies founded by Harry Clayton Stutz.
Keels & Wheels has raised more than $1 million for local charities, and this year's show will benefit the Boys & Girls Harbor. You can get tickets at www.keels-wheels.com