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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).
This week's article may seem a bit backwards, since I usually mention my appearances at the end of the message.
I'm reversing the order this time because our visit to the Kingwood Garden Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, lets me spotlight one of my favorite KGC features: the entire section of the store they've dedicated to soil amendments. They have the largest selection of bagged soil amendments I've ever seen outside of a feed store.
If it's compost, humus/humate, gypsum, enriched soil, or dried molasses by the bag, Kingwood Garden Center has it.
Several of my recent speaking engagements have focused on making soils more drought-tolerant. I've been hammering home the point that we need to get the soil in our lawns more "organically enriched" to help defend against future droughts. And I have been talking about the myriad of products out there that can help amend, amend, amend to get a richer, thicker organic profile for ultimate drought resistance. KGC has exactly what you need.
Joining me at the garden center on Saturday will be our friends from Lady Bug Natural, who will be handing out free goodies. (Keep reading to play our little game and get the freebies.) Lady Bug has two products in KGC's arsenal of amendments — Revitalizer Compost and Super Natural Expanded Shale. We'll also have bags of Vortex Potting Soil, Pacha Mama amendments and even small bags of Flower Power and all-purpose 8-2-4 fertilizer to give away.
So, how can you get your hands on the free goodies? Just bring a copy of this article — it's that simple! It's been a while since we've done a "print a tip" contest, so I think this Saturday is the perfect time to re-introduce it to all the Lemmonheads out there.
And speaking of Lemmonheads, we'll have a bunch of the new Lemmonhead T-shirts to give away on Saturday as well. If you have yet to get your hands on our latest edition, listen closely to the entire GardenLine Saturday show for the "Key Word Contest." Write down the key words we'll give at the bottom of each hour following the newsbreaks, and bring your list to KGC at 11 a.m. The first 30-plus listeners who list at least three of the four words will go home with a much-sought-after Lemmonhead shirt.
By the way, the new version of the shirt has been graciously sponsored by Soil Menders and their Yum Yum Plant Food Mix. Soil Menders also has one of the highly prized soil amendments you'll find at KGC ... humate and dried molasses blended together as Stimulate.
Kingwood Garden Center is on Stone Hallow at Chestnut Ridge in Kingwood. See you Saturday!