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Debbie Cook

Debbie Cook is a master gardener and certified arborist. She has significant experience in working with plants and trees in the Northwestern U.S. Cook also serves as an arborist for the city of Boise, Idaho.

Listen to Cook on the D&B Garden Show, a live call in show broadcast each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mountain Time on KIDO. The show is recorded and published as a podcast too.

The D&B Garden Show Podcast - Complete List

Plan Your Yard and Garden

Plan Your Yard and Garden | published Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:55:38 +0000

February 11, 2017 - Debbie Cook, a certified master gardener, and arborist, starts the show with Elizabeth Dickey, the Director of Education with the Idaho Botanical Gardens. On February 18, 2017, there is a 9:00 a.m. class at the BSU special events center titled "Rethinking Idaho Landscapes." Learn more about iron deficiency, how close we are to pruning trees, rotating crops, and what are easy maintenance trees to plant this spring.

Winter Beehive Care

Winter Beehive Care | published Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:23:15 +0000

February 4, 2017 - Debbie Cook welcomes Melinda Jean Stafford to discuss winter beehive care. There is a discussion about mites, how much food you left for your bees in the fall, what to expect after an unexpected winter, and how to get started this spring. Whether you are currently a beekeeper or just looking to get started, Melinda is a great resource to the D&B Garden Show and to the D&B blog. 

Time To Plant

Time To Plant | published Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:00:14 +0000

January 28, 2017 - Are you ready to talk about planting, gardening, seeding, and digging? This is the show to help get your garden ready to go for the upcoming spring, summer, and fall growing season. Debbie talks about what cole crops you can start now like Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli. Also, now is the time to find a garden designer or landscape architect to help you this summer with any major landscaping plans you might have.

Cold Winter Tips: Icemelt to Pineapple

Cold Winter Tips: Icemelt to Pineapple | published Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:12:50 +0000

January 14, 2017 - Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook talks winter snow removal ideas, ant abatement preparation and of all things, pineapple. Do you use salt, sand or non-clumping kitty litter to help with ice melt and/or traction? Debbie has some ideas on what to do and what to avoid. Now is the time to start thinking about how to control ants that might want to show up in a few months with a home-made recipe. Do you know if you have a Christmas Cactus or an Easter Cactus? There is a difference. Listen in and learn with Debbie Cook and the D&B Garden Show.

Fall Cleaning and Planting

Fall Cleaning and Planting | published Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:24:10 +0000

October 22, 2016 - Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Jim Duthie to help answer questions and to also talk about gardening myths. Now is the time to rake up your leaves, but don't throw them away. Mulching is your friend. Grind them up with your lawnmower and either put them in your composter or spread them over your cleaned up garden or landscape. Customers always want to know if it is still ok to plant bulbs and the answer is yes, but only if you do it right now. Despite the myth of having a woodpecker poke your eyes out, it is okay to transplant your peonies right now, but only two inches deep if you want them to bloom the next year. Listen in for more myths, tips, advice and a good chat with fellow gardener, Jim Duthie on this week's D&B Garden Show.

Winter Bee Prep

Winter Bee Prep | published Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:35:58 +0000

September 17, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University. Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping. With the cooler weather, bees begin going into ‘winter mode.’ Planning is key in keeping a successful hive. Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University. Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping. With the cooler weather, bees begin going into ‘winter mode.’ Planning is key in keeping a successful hive. Your hive population is generally becoming smaller as the queen is not laying as many eggs. This means your bees need less space through the winter months. Melinda explains this process along with how to feed your bees and keep them full through the winter. Mites can be deadly to a hive. There are ways to treat and pre-treat your hive for mites. How thorough should you be when inspecting your hive during the cooler weather? Melinda shares some information on what to do and how often to inspect your hive. Listen in to what resources to access should you find your hive unhealthy.    

How To Become A Master Gardener

How To Become A Master Gardener | published Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:50:21 +0000

August 27, 2016 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, shared some great information about the upcoming Master Gardener class in Canyon County. All the information can be viewed on the University of Idaho’s Extension site by clicking here. Download and submit the online application to be considered for the program. Have you signed up to receive pest alerts from the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network? This valuable service informs farmers about the status of pest outbreaks occurring in their area. To learn more or sign up for pest alerts, visit the site here. The Idaho Botanical Garden is offering Continuing Education Classes this fall. These classes regularly fill up quickly. If you would like to view the list of upcoming classes and sign up, please visit the IBG site here. Debbie answered some great listener calls today. Listen in to find out the answers to some of these questions: Can I grow mountain huckleberries in the valley from seed? Is it a good idea to invite squirrels into my yard? What is the best method for drying grapes?

Insect and Master Gardener Information

Insect and Master Gardener Information | published Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:22:13 +0000

August 20, 2016 - Master gardener, Debbie Cook, and guest, Rich Guggenheim, the Canyon County Extension Office Educator, talk about the Pest Alert Network and answer a variety of customer questions. The Pest Alert Network focuses on helping homeowners with current pest problems and solutions based on weather, research, and science. The Canyon County Extension Office will be holding two new classes if interested in the Master Gardener Program. Please contact their office for more information. The biggest issue Rich has come across this year? Curly Top Virus. And since we can't cure a virus yet, Rich has some solutions.

Garlic: Planting, Watering and Harvesting

Garlic: Planting, Watering and Harvesting | published Fri, 12 Aug 2016 23:49:25 +0000

July 30, 2016 -  Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, was joined by Gretchen Anderson on the show today. Gretchen is the author of The Backyard Chicken Fight and our resident “chicken expert.” This week, the ladies discussed gardening. Do you love garlic? Debbie and Gretchen talk about the different varieties of garlic in respects to planting, watering, and harvesting. When planting garlic, the only rule for planting in Idaho is that it has to be ‘certified’ garlic. Listen in to hear the damage ‘un-certified’ crops can cause. Garden show listeners call in with tips and tricks and great questions for Debbie and Gretchen. Have you wondered about overhead watering versus drip watering in your tomato garden? One method is much more beneficial than the other. Are you having difficulty growing certain vegetables in your soil? Are you using compost in your garden? Debbie and Gretchen share some great information with their listeners.

Trees, Bugs and Raspberries

Trees, Bugs and Raspberries | published Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:21:24 +0000

August 6, 2016 - The D&B Garden Show host, Debbie Cook, helps solve customer's lawn issues with potential X grass where the first step is to find out from the local Extension office if the grass is an annual or perennial. What do you do when your raspberries are 12 feet high? If they have finished fruiting, yes, you can prune. Debbie gives her listener some raspberry pruning tips for the active and lazy gardener.

How To Harvest Honey

How To Harvest Honey | published Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:00:59 +0000

June 11, 2016 - Beekeeper, Melinda Jean Stafford, joins Debbie Cook this week on the D&B Garden Show going through the entire process of how to extract honey from your bee hives in the spring. Melinda walks Debbie through the entire harvesting process starting with the timing of harvesting for the unique taste and color of honey. She covers why bees collect nectar and pollen and what the bee process is that creates honey. Melinda talks about what tools to use, buy, rent or borrow, the entire harvesting process and how involved you should be as a beekeeper.

SNOW Block Alley Discussion

SNOW Block Alley Discussion | published Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:57:48 +0000

June 4, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by Linda Whittig on last week’s garden show. Linda is a freelance writer, a graphic designer, and also a contributor to the D&B Blog. Linda spearheaded the SNOW Block Alley Project in her neighborhood. Linda’s love of gardening sent her in search of a sun-filled place to plant some blackberries. She discovered the sunniest place in her yard was on the side of her garage in the alley. The SNOW Block Alley Project soon began. Linda shares how her North end alley was soon transformed into a neighborhood garden and gathering place. The amount of resources Linda was able to tap and acquire is inspiring. Listen in to hear how this amazing journey began in a little Boise North end neighborhood and where it stands today.

Get those Gnats Out of Here

Get those Gnats Out of Here | published Mon, 06 Jun 2016 22:22:06 +0000

June 4, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by her good friend, Mary Ann Newcomber on last week’s garden show. Mary Ann is known as the “Dirt Diva” and has her own blog titled “Gardens of the Wild Wild West.” Are you being attacked by gnats in your very own yard? Debbie and Mary Ann talk to a gentleman in the Weiser area about addressing his gnat problem. Are you wondering how to get rid of squash bugs in your garden? Debbie and Mary Ann discuss watering schedules for blueberries and raspberries during this time of year. Along with the early heat comes a little more maintenance in your yard and garden. Make yourself a checklist and begin checking sprinkler heads, drip systems and soaker hoses to make sure your nature children are fully nourished.

Bee Swarming and Container Gardening

Bee Swarming and Container Gardening | published Wed, 11 May 2016 16:07:52 +0000

April 30, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, reminds listeners that this is the time of year that bees tend to swarm when their hives get too full. Please note that these bees are not harmful, they are just searching for a new home. Having a swarm relocated is easily done by contacting a professional. Go to idabees.org to find a professional in your area. Debbie was joined by Laura Blodgett on the phone today. Laura authors her own blog dailyimprovisations.com and also blogs for D&B Supply. Today they talked about container gardening. There are a few things to consider when choosing plants for your container. The first thing is choosing a pot or container that has plenty of drainage. Next you should look for plants that all have similar needs (as in the amount of light and water). Consider where your container or pot will live before you start planting so that you can place the plants accordingly.

Join A Garden Club

Join A Garden Club | published Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:16:59 +0000

April 2, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the phone today by Janet Peterson. Janet is the state president for the Idaho Garden Clubs. Have you ever thought about joining or starting a garden club? Garden Clubs of Idaho is a member of the National Garden Club and the Pacific Region. There are sixteen garden clubs in Idaho, with nine of them being right here in the Treasure Valley. Garden clubs are active in their communities, assist with youth organizations and provide horticulture education and seminars. Taken from the Garden Clubs of Idaho website: “A Garden Club will give you access to people who are experienced in gardening in your locality and you will find their assistance invaluable." Debbie also took some listener calls in the second half of her show. Listen in for questions and answers about planting bulbs, the importance of soil temperature when planting your garden, transplanting flowers, the truth about Bradford pear trees in our region, pros and cons about tree wrap and how to take care of your acid loving plants. April 2, 2016 -  Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the phone today by Janet Peterson. Janet is the state president for the Idaho Garden Clubs. Have you ever thought about joining or starting a garden club? Garden Clubs of Idaho is a member of the National Garden Club and the Pacific Region. There are sixteen garden clubs in Idaho, with nine of them being right here in the Treasure Valley. Garden clubs are active in their communities, assist with youth organizations and provide horticulture education and seminars. Taken from the Garden Clubs of Idaho website: “A Garden Club will give you access to people who are experienced in gardening in your locality and you will find their assistance invaluable." Debbie also took some listener calls in the second half of her show. Listen in for questions and answers about planting bulbs, the importance of soil temperature when planting your garden, transplanting flowers, the truth about Bradford pear trees in our region, pros and cons about tree wrap and how to take care of your acid loving plants.

Spring Tree Talk

Spring Tree Talk | published Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:43:32 +0000

February 27, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by Matt Perkins to talk about fruit trees. Matt is a Certified Arborist, tree inspector and Certified Nursery Professional. Matt shares some of the things you may want to look for when buying a bare root fruit tree. Fruit trees should be thoroughly inspected and strategically planted. Have you thought about buying bare root fruit trees online? Are you wondering what variety you should purchase? Matt suggests visiting the University of Idaho, Parma Research and Extension Center - Pomology Program website here. This site will tell you what kind of fruit to grow in your area and how to do it best. Matt and Debbie discuss the particulars about planting a bare root tree. Listen in to hear the details. When buying a tree in a container make sure you pull the tree out of the pot so you can inspect the roots to make sure the tree is not pot-bound. Find out what you can do if you end up with a pot-bound tree. Are your cherry trees producing very little fruit? Do you know when the best time of year to prune them is? Are your Peony plants showing signs of powdery mold? Be sure to listen in for all the answers to these questions and all the valuable information on fruit trees.    

Chickens and Weeds

Chickens and Weeds | published Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:20:51 +0000

February 20, 2016 -  Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared some information on upcoming Chicken Classes given by Nutrena and taking place at your favorite D&B Supply location. Have you previous planted Pampa grass and are wanting to now get rid of it? Debbie talks to one caller about some steps needed to completely kill the root system. Right now is the perfect time to apply Dormant oil to your trees. Look for Dormant oil that also has fungicide to help tackle those sucking insects before they get out of control. Debbie receives some specific questions about treating fruit trees, be sure to listen in if you have apple or peach trees. Are you wondering if now is the right time to move your flowers and plants around your yard? When is the right time to apply pre-emergent? Listen in to the D&B Garden show - Debbie just may answer a question you have.

Beekeeping in the Winter. Ready For Spring?

Beekeeping in the Winter. Ready For Spring? | published Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:43:02 +0000

February 6, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined by Melinda Jean Stafford on this week’s D&B Garden Show. Melinda is the BSU Campus Programs Director and Advisor for the Boise State Bee Team. Melinda joined Debbie to talk about bees and what to start doing right now with your hives. If you are noticing dead bees outside of your hive, your hive could be infected with mites. Bees like to keep a very clean and healthy hive, therefore the healthy bees will kick out the unhealthy ones. Melinda shares how and when to treat your hives for mites. Warmer temperatures will begin to wake up your bees. You should see your bees flying around the hive during the warmer temperatures as this will also be an indication of a healthy hive. Melinda talks about feeding instructions through the winter and what you should do if you suspect your bees may be running out of food. Debbie and Melinda discuss why bees swarm and what you should do if this happens. Do you know what equipment you need to begin beekeeping? Are you curious about the healing benefits of natural honey? Learn about the different packages you will need to begin backyard beekeeping. Listen in to hear Debbie and Melinda discuss these topics and much more.

Seed Saving

Seed Saving | published Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:44:08 +0000

January 30, 2016 - Debbie Cook, a certified arborist, is joined by D&B blogger, Laura Blodgett, to talk about seed saving. Learn about why you should save your seeds, how you store seeds and when and why you can use hybrid seeds.

Grow Lights and Indoor Gardening

Grow Lights and Indoor Gardening | published Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:03:26 +0000

January 23, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared her experience attending the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Conference last week. Some of the classes offered for continuing education credits included: Foodscape, Tree Worker Safety, Outdoor Voles and Rodent Control, Turf Diseases, Water Features, Irrigation Systems, Bees Trees and Colony Collapse Disorder, etc. This is a short list of topics that Master Gardeners and hobby gardeners are seeking more knowledge on in our area. Debbie received some calls regarding grow lights and indoor gardening. It is important to know which of  your seeds need light and which ones need darkness. Are you wondering what should be done with your Amaryllis bulbs? Are you wondering when is the best time and what seeds to start this time of year? Are you interested in growing your own tea plants? Listen in to hear some tips and tricks from Debbie and her listeners.  

How To Keep Your Chickens Warm in the Winter

How To Keep Your Chickens Warm in the Winter | published Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:02:11 +0000

January 16, 2016 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the garden show this week by Gretchen Anderson. Gretchen is the author of The Backyard Chicken Fight and our resident “chicken expert”. Gretchen shared some tips for your chickens surviving winter. Chickens prefer the colder months over the summer months. She explains how they keep warm and what you can do to keep your chickens comfortable during frigid temperatures. Make sure your hens get plenty of protein as this helps keep their body temperature regulated. Your chickens need water - provide them with plenty of fresh water and invest in a heated bucket to prevent freezing. Are you thinking about keeping chickens? It’s always a great idea to check with your CCR’s if you live in a subdivision or check with you city code on keeping poultry. Listen in to hear Gretchen and Debbie talk chickens.  

Draught Tolerant Plants

Draught Tolerant Plants | published Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:17:33 +0000

Decembre 5, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, was joined on the show by Mary Ann Newcomer. Mary Ann is a published author, speaker, and more famously known as The Dirt Diva. Are you thinking about adding some drought tolerant plants to your landscape next year? Mary Ann shares some drought tolerant varieties and talks about the watering benefits. Debbie and Mary Ann talk specifics about planting bulbs, particularly Amaryllis. Listen in to hear planting and watering tips, as well as tips in choosing your bulb. Have you wondered if it was a good idea to re-use soil from this year’s tomato plants for next year’s garden? Are you looking for a hearty and meaty tomato variety to plant next year. Debbie and Mary Ann receive several suggestions from listeners on the best roma tomato to plant.    

Healthy Evergreen Trees and Christmas Blooms

Healthy Evergreen Trees and Christmas Blooms | published Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:50:13 +0000

November 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared some great information this week about healthy evergreen trees and Christmas blooms. Are you wondering if the appearance of your evergreen trees is healthy? Debbie explains what your evergreens should be looking like this time of year. Do you have moths in your pantry or cupboards? With a lot of diligence, you can get rid of them with pheromone traps and elbow grease rather than harmful chemicals. Debbie explains where you should be in the process for having your poinsettias and Christmas cacti ready for Christmas, and shares some tips for beautiful blooms. Are you growing paper whites? Debbie gives some tips to help your droopy blooms stay perky and how using alcohol can stunt stem growth. Amaryllis bulbs are a great gift to give this time of year and Debbie shares some easy planting tips for healthy buds.

Beekeeping with Melinda Jean Stafford

Beekeeping with Melinda Jean Stafford | published Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:03:40 +0000

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University. Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping in the Treasure Valley. Melinda shares how she first became involved in the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at BSU and how she now has her own hives. Listen in as Melinda gives some some general beekeeping information. Are you thinking about keeping your own bees? There are many different reasons people enjoy beekeeping, whether it is for pollination or honey and wax harvesting. Melinda shares some things to think about before getting started. Be sure to check county, city and neighborhood ordinances before setting up a hive on your property.  

Pruning and Wildlife

Pruning and Wildlife | published Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:04:00 +0000

Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off the show taking a great question about protecting your trees from deer and elk. Deer and elk can severely damage and/or kill your trees by rubbing on the trunks. Debbie gives some great tips on how to protect your trees without injuring wildlife. Are you still wondering when the best time of year is to trim and prune your trees and bushes? Doing this during the wrong time of year can be disastrous. Are your late blooming tomatoes covered with brown spots? Are you wondering how to get rid of those nasty weeds overrunning your yard? Debbie addresses all of these questions and more with informative tips and remedies. Gretchen Anderson, author of The Backyard Chicken Fight, called in to the Garden Show and talked to Debbie about her upcoming “How to Winter Your Chickens” classes being held at two D&B Supply stores. Prepare to be educated and entertained by Gretchen during these free classes.

Fall Planting, Spring Planning

Fall Planting, Spring Planning | published Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:19:45 +0000

November 17, 2015 -  Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, shared some great information on fall planting and what we should be doing now to be ready for next spring. If you have grown gourds or winter squash, Debbie has some tips on harvesting and saving them from the first frost. If you have grown smooth skinned gourds, rest assured these will not be harmed by frost. If you have not yet fertilized your lawn, right now is the time to get it done in order for thicker and healthier lawn next spring. If you are still mowing your lawn, remember to cut it a little shorter for the winter. It is also a good time to check your garden hoses as you are putting them up for the winter. Get rid of any hoses that are no good and start planning for next year. Debbie suggests taking pictures and making notes about what worked and what did not work this growing season. A garden journal is a great resource for you to use from year to year. Lawn mower servicing and blade sharpening can also be done now so you are ready for next year. There is still time to do some fall planting. Our ground is still warm enough to establish the roots of trees and shrubs while the plant doesn’t have to worry about keeping the leaves alive. Trees should be watered in well and given a little mulch for added protection during our winter months. Expect to have healthy trees and shrubs next spring.

Extend Your Garden Season

Extend Your Garden Season | published Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:26:01 +0000

October 10, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, talked to her listeners this week about the fall season. Did you plant a fall garden this year? Debbie talks about the current weather and extending your garden season. Have you ever wondered what makes the leaves change color and why they fall? Listen in to hear about the scientific process and how each color is formed. Are you seeing white flies and aphids around your garden and want to learn how to prevent them from coming back next year? Debbie describes what actions can be taken to help with future prevention. Do you have gophers tearing up your yard? One caller had some advice on getting rid of gophers using corn cobs and castor oil. In case you have voles, Debbie gives her recipe for vole control again this week for those who have missed it previously. If you have fungal diseases on any of your stone fruit trees, now is the time to treat them. Once the leaves are off the tree, you should spray with a copper-based spray. Pay close attention as Debbie explains the clean-up procedure.

Feeding Your Lawn

Feeding Your Lawn | published Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:51:06 +0000

September 19, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed Ashton Ritchie from The Scott’s Company. Ashton called in to the show this week to talk turf and gardening and answer listener questions. With the cooler weather also comes feeding time for your grass. This is especially important for your turf’s root system. Ashton suggests feeding your lawn twice a year - both times being in the fall. Fall is also an excellent time to plant grass seed. Are you seeing any bare spots in your lawn? Ashton gives some great tips for filling in those spots and how you should care them. Are you finding fungus or rust in your lawn? Ashton has some low cost methods to get your lawn on the right track to being healthy. Ashton suggests using a weed and feed product for weed control in your lawn and flower beds during the cooler weather. It’s best to use a weed control for perennial weeds on a day when the temperature is between fifty and sixty degrees. Ashton has some great advice for when and how to do this without damaging your grass.

Time To Think About Christmas

Time To Think About Christmas | published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:35:44 +0000

September 5, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received listener questions on a variety of tops this week. She gives great storage tips for delicious tasting tomatoes along with the health benefits and tomato fun facts. Do you have a poinsettia you’re wanting to be red and beautiful by Christmas? Now is the time to start thinking about this. Start introducing your plant to darkness and get it ready to be a houseplant. For 10 weeks, your poinsettia will need 14 hours of darkness per day while you continue to water as normal. Debbie gives some great advice on how to care for your plant until Christmas. Curious about fall container planting? Try a flowering cabbage, flowering kale, spinach or some pansies. Are you seeing pesky critters flying around your walnut tree? Listen in to hear about the Walnut Husk fly and what you can do about them. Are you seeing white residue on your cucumber fruit? This could be powdery mildew. Just listen in to Debbie’s tips for getting rid of this.

Summer Time Clean-up

Summer Time Clean-up | published Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:54:41 +0000

August 29, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week with a delicious recipe for Countryside Canned Tomato Soup from listener, Margie. Listen in to get all the details. Now is the time to fertilize your lawn. Be aware it is not the time to fertilize woody plants such as trees, roses, etc. as fertilizing will only encourage new growth. Are you curious about spraying spiders and their webs? Remember to check the label on the insecticide you are using to make sure spiders are listed. Are you inundated with spider mites? Debbie explains symptoms and what to look for in your garden.

Late Summer Crafting and Gardening Tips

Late Summer Crafting and Gardening Tips | published Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:51:36 +0000

August 15, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week talking about rose petal beads. Listen in as she gives step by step instructions on how to make these fragrant beads out of rose petals and try it for yourself. Do you know when cantaloupes and watermelons are ready to pick? Did you know that apple trees can sometimes turn into biennial bearer? Are you still treating for the lilac ash borer? Are you a new gardener and unsure about basic watering needs? Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and much more information about pruning. This is the time of year where spider mites may be visiting some of your plants. Your plants may look a little dusty - this is because the spider mites are sucking the chlorophyll from the leaves. Before any treatment, check product labeling. Your insecticide will need to specifically state that it will kill spider mites, since they are technically an arachnid. Your herbs should be ready to harvest. Drying is the best way to preserve the oil. Debbie gives some great tips and tricks for harvesting

Time to Protect Your Trees

Time to Protect Your Trees | published Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:28:56 +0000

August 8, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received some great questions about bugs this week. Ash trees are being affected by lilac ash borers and aphids this time of year. Debbie explains what to look for and how and when they should be treated. Are you seeing signs of geranium budworms around your geraniums and petunias? Insecticides work well to get rid of these, however if you have hummingbirds and bees in your yard, Debbie has some safe alternatives to try.   Debbie reminds listeners about the importance of reading and following label instructions. Know the disease, know the life cycle of the insect and know the proper timing for effective use before you begin any treatment in your yard and garden.

Watering In Extreme Heat

Watering In Extreme Heat | published Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:11:54 +0000

August 1, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week sharing the best watering times for your lawn and garden during this extreme heat.  Debbie also shared the many benefits of using organic mulch around your plants. One listener calls in to explain all the benefits of planting Marigolds in your garden. When is the best time of year to trim arborvitae? What are some tips for trimming and maintaining arborvitae? Is there a way to keep cucumbers from getting bitter? When is the best time to separate peonies? Are you seeing powdery mildew on your peonies? Interested in planting fall crops? How do I stop the yellow jackets from eating my blackberries?

Mid-Summer Gardening Questions

Mid-Summer Gardening Questions | published Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:54:12 +0000

July 25, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received some great listener questions on a wide variety of topics this week. Do you see squash bug eggs on your squash plants? Have you seen cabbage moths in your garden? Are you wondering when to pull your onions up to let them dry out? When is the right time to move daffodils? When is the right time to harvest garlic? Are you looking for a hearty fertilizer for your roses? Are you losing all the fruit from your fruit trees? Have you seen codling moths on your apple trees? Debbie shares the step by step process on how to take a stem cutting from a rose. Listen in to find out how to do this like a pro.

Insects: Which Ones Are Good or Bad?

Insects: Which Ones Are Good or Bad? | published Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:37:49 +0000

July 18, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, gives a lot of great information about insects in your garden. Do you know which insects are beneficial or harmful for your garden? Are you curious about what should and should not be fertilized in your yard right now? Have you treated your stone fruit trees for peach tree borer? Are you seeing curly top in your tomato plants? Are you concerned about curled foliage in your garden? Are you planning on starting seeds for fall crops? Listen in to hear Debbie’s answers to all of these questions and more.

Peach Tree Borers Treatment Time

Peach Tree Borers Treatment Time | published Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:10:13 +0000

July 11, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, addressed a variety of gardening topics this week. Are you curious about the growing cycle of corn? Do you have tomato plants wilting and falling over right now? Are little white spiders invading your garden and bugging you? Listen in to hear what advice she shares. Also, now is the time we can be invaded by Peach Tree Borers. Treatment is crucial. Garden Tip: To keep cantaloupe off the ground and away from bugs, listen in to hear what one listener does. Are you planning on entering your vegetables at your local fair? The most important thing you will need to do is get your hands on the Exhibitor’s Guide. The Exhibitor’s Guide will have all of the requirements and instructions for entering. Not following the instructions will get you disqualified quickly.

Tips For Your Garden, The Heat and Squash Bugs

Tips For Your Garden, The Heat and Squash Bugs | published Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:36:21 +0000

July 4, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received some great questions and tips from her listeners this week. Are your tomato and cucumber plants growing out of control? Are you finding tiny holes in your squash leaves? Are earwigs and ants harmful to your vegetable plants? Are you wondering whether you are under-watering or over-watering your garden in this heat? Is it too late to plant raspberries? If you are wanting to know the answers to any of these questions, listen in. Find out what the listener question about a lilac tree keeps Debbie scratching her head. Margie, a listener of the D&B Garden Show, called in with a great tip for getting rid of squash bug eggs on the bottom of her squash leaves. Find out what Margie uses to get rid of the nuisance without damaging her plants or using harmful chemicals. Another listener called in to share her tip when planting squash that will keep away those awful squash bugs. A little container of water, maple syrup and oil placed in your garden will attract and kill those pesky earwigs.

Summer Fruit and Summer Bugs

Summer Fruit and Summer Bugs | published Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:45:51 +0000

June 27, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, had a great mix of information to share with listeners this week. s it harmful to cut the bottom branches from my large Blue Spruce tree? What can I do to prepare my 35 year old Summit Ash for the upcoming winter months in order to prevent damage? Do you have unwanted critters crawling around your rocks? Is there fruit dropping early from your fruit trees? Listen in as Debbie discusses the answers to these questions and gives some great advice to her listeners. Gretchen Anderson, author of The Backyard Chicken Fight, joined Debbie on the D&B Garden Show when she called in and shared great tips on keeping your chickens cool during this heat wave. 

Bugged by Bugs

Bugged by Bugs | published Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:50:18 +0000

June 6, 2015 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, kicked off the beginning of June with a few calls about insects on this week’s radio show. Are you being bugged by unwanted critters in your yard and garden? Have you found scale or sucking insects on your Maple or Honey Locust trees? Listen in as Debbie provides a lot of great and useful information along with answering questions on how to get rid of those tiny creatures. Is there an advantage to pruning your tomato plants? The leaves have two important jobs: to protect the fruit; and to produce the food for the root system. It’s better to leave your tomato plants untouched during the growing season.

Grass Clippings and Seedlings

Grass Clippings and Seedlings | published Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:59:08 +0000

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - What is the best thing to do with grass clippings? Should they be left on the lawn or bagged up? Debbie answers by addressing both options for a beautiful lawn. Are you curious about thatching? She also gives great information on when and why this needs to be done. Fruit tree do’s and don’ts: Do treat for insects. Don’t plant your tree too deep and allow grass to grow up around the trunk. How do I transition my indoor seedlings to the outdoors? Listen in as Debbie explains when and where your seedlings should be placed in the great outdoors along with watering and air exposure instructions. Debbie also provides a simple schedule to follow to ensure a smooth transition. What do the veins in maple leaves reveal about the overall health of the tree and it’s surrounding area? Debbie takes a question on why one Maple tree has a different shade of green leaves from the other ones. Listen in to what advice Debbie gives this caller. Thanks for another great show, Debbie.

Growing Tips For First Time Gardeners

Growing Tips For First Time Gardeners | published Wed, 20 May 2015 19:38:37 +0000

May 16, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, asked her listeners this week to call in and share some growing tips for new or first time gardeners. Here are a couple she received: Add a half of a handful of Quaker oats (not the instant kind) in the hole when planting your tomatoes - the oats are full of nutrients and the tomatoes thrive. Purchase old baby gates at thrift or second-hand stores and use them for your climbing plants. Debbie took a couple questions about fertilizing flowers. She suggests looking for a “bloom-booster” in your fertilizer. This is where your second number (phosphorus) is higher: such as 5-10-5. Have you had powdery mildew on your flowers? Do you know what causes this? Find out what you can do to get rid of that fungus for good.

Seed Packets and Tomatoes

Seed Packets and Tomatoes | published Thu, 14 May 2015 20:38:55 +0000

May 9, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, talked seed packets and tomatoes this week on the D&B Garden Show. If you still find yourself confused by all of the information on seed packets, Debbie gives great information about the number of days until harvesting, what diseases your plants are resistant to and the amount of light needed. Quick tip: If your package states your plants or veggies will need a lot of light, this typically means at least six hours of full sun every day.  

Early Spring Advice

Early Spring Advice | published Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:35:36 +0000

April 25, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, goes into a lot of detail on this show about what is happening with all of the trees in our area. Listen in to see what you should be doing right now.  Debbie particularly wants to remind us that bees are very busy right now. If you happen to see a swarm, please let it be. The bees are only looking for a new home. However, if you or someone around you has an allergy and you are nervous about the swarm, please contact an experienced beekeeper to have the bees relocated.  Listen in to find out how and when to fertilize your perennials while Debbie explains the three numbers on the packaging. Debbie talks about soil temperature for your tender plants and gives some great advice. Wondering what should be done to bulbs right now? Debbie has the answer.

Pruning Roses

Pruning Roses | published Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:44:09 +0000

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, discusses pruning roses on last week’s podcast. Are you seeing signs of sickly roses? Don’t start pulling those bushes out just yet. The tools you use for pruning are extremely important and Debbie details what you should be using and the proper techniques for the care of, and when to disinfect your tools. Listen in to learn about the types and directions of the cuts that should be made. Wonder why or how you would use Elmer’s Glue on your rose bush? Debbie shares the why and how. In addition, Debbie shares some information on taking care of your bulbs after blooming; warming up the ground in preparation for planting tender plants; things you find around your house to use as natural dye for Easter eggs; and labeling of GMO foods.

Suckers, Mulch and Onions, Oh My!

Suckers, Mulch and Onions, Oh My! | published Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:01:58 +0000

March 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed this beautiful weekend weather with a lot of listener questions this week. Listen in to Debbie’s advice and answers to these questions: How do I get rid of the suckers under my trees? Is it the right time to mulch my garden? What are some watering tips for planting onion sets in order for healthy onion bulbs? Does my pine tree have borers or a fungus? Is it too early to put out my hummingbird feeder? Can I cut down my ornamental grasses right now? Are you ready to plant a bare root tree? Debbie shares some planting and watering tips to ensure a healthy start. She also talks in-depth about mail-ordering plants and flowers. Debbie explains how to understand and decipher the descriptive wording and language in order to save you time and money.

Evergreens: What To Look For Before You Trim

Evergreens: What To Look For Before You Trim | published Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:54:16 +0000

March 21, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, answers some great listener questions on this week’s radio show. Are you wondering why the Pine, Cypress, and Evergreen trees are looking so unhealthy? Hear what Debbie has to say about their needles and how to look for new growth before you start cutting away. A lot of us have started mowing our lawns and caring for our landscapes during this beautiful weather. Debbie reminds us that the amount and frequency of watering also to be adjusted. Listen as she shares her suggestions on proper watering.

Debbie and Mary Ann Talk Raspberries

Debbie and Mary Ann Talk Raspberries | published Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:54:51 +0000

March 14, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Arborist, was joined by her friend, Mary Ann Newcomer, speaker, author and “Dirt Diva.” Debbie and Mary Ann answered a few questions pertaining to raspberries. Raspberries are certainly fun to grow and fun to eat. Raspberry cane borer (small beetle-like insect) is not particularly common in our area, but is easily treated by trimming and cutting. No chemical spraying is necessary. Are you concerned about when you can start trimming your raspberries? Now is the time. Look for the dried up berries and dead canes before you start snipping.

Prep for Spring

Prep for Spring | published Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:43:12 +0000

March 7, 2015 - Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, is joined by Margaret Lauterbach, Master Gardener and columnist for the Idaho Statesman. Debbie and Margaret talk about the early signs of spring and how it pertains to your flower and vegetable gardens. They also discuss fruit trees in depth, such as pruning, diseases, blooms, bugs, etc. Tune in to hear Debbie and Margaret’s great tips and advice for planting and enhancing your soil for growing healthy fruit trees.

Get Ready To Grow

Get Ready To Grow | published Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:16:02 +0000

February 28, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, answered some great listener questions this week. Growing great tasting green beans means harvesting often and before they get too old and swollen along with trying some different varieties. If you were not able to apply pre-emergent to your winter annual weeds last fall - look for the temperature requirements on the product label and apply it now. In addition, check the label on the fungicide you are planning to use to see if it has dormant oil in it or if you can mix the two together so you can apply at the same time. Debbie also provided some useful tips for listeners: If you’re having “growing” problems in your garden, a soil test can provide some helpful information. Pine trees and evergreen trees in our region are turning brown - this is most likely due to the extreme cold snap we had in November. Polish up those pretty leaves on your houseplants - this allows for more oxygen intake and makes them happy.

Be Kind To Your Trees

Be Kind To Your Trees | published Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:28:30 +0000

February 21, 2015 - Certified Arborist and Master Gardener, Debbie Cook, talks about tree trimming and applying Dormant Oil. With the sunny days and 50 degree weather, we are all anxious to get out and clean up our yards. While we may be tempted to start with tree pruning, Debbie reminds us of some dos and don'ts that will benefit the overall health and beauty of our trees. While pruning, we must refrain from "topping" or cutting off the tops and also refrain from cleaning out the middle or inside of the tree. Debbie tells us that it is time to apply Dormant Oil to suffocate insects that have been over-wintering on our trees. 

Spring Trimming Fever

Spring Trimming Fever | published Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:49:21 +0000

January 3, 2015 - Are you ready to prune your trees? Debbie Cook, the garden gal says, depnding on the size and type of tree, it is best to wait. If you are trimming deadwood or crossing branches, you should be fine unless it is a flowering tree. Then you need to wait until after it flowers. Learn more from the Garden Gal in this week's episode.

How To Make Crafty Fall Leaves and Ghords

How To Make Crafty Fall Leaves and Ghords | published Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:51:13 +0000

October 11, 2014 - The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, talks extensively about how to preserve all the bautiful fall leaves either into a press or the more difficult craft, into a wreath or arrnagement with-out having them mold. Also, did you know that now is the time to get last years poinsettia ready? We are very close to the holiday season, are you ready?

Plant Fall Bulbs Now

Plant Fall Bulbs Now | published Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:01:43 +0000

September 20, 2014 - Debbie Cook, the garden gal, is joined by her good friend and blogger, Mary Ann Newcomer to chat about dirt, flowers and getting ready for the fall. Mary Ann gives out great tulip, daffodil and garlic advice that is timely and useful.

Are You Ready For The Frost?

Are You Ready For The Frost? | published Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:13:19 +0000

September 6, 2014 - The garden gal, Debbie Cook, is joined by Ashton Ritchie, a lawn and horticulture expert from Atlanta, Georgia to talk about how to take care of your lawn as we wind down the summer months. With the average first frost date being the beginning of October, learn what you need to do now to prepare for spring 2015.

Harvest and Prepping for the Fall

Harvest and Prepping for the Fall | published Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:25:16 +0000

August 23, 2014 — The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, tells us that with Labor Day right around the corner it is time to fertilize your lawn, if you do so twice a year. If you only fertilize once a year, be sure to do so between Halloween and Thanksgiving. If your trees are not looking good this year, your first question should be "what is interrupting the flow of nutrients to my tree?" It might be roots, bugs or squirrels. 

Mid-Summer High Desert Issues

Mid-Summer High Desert Issues | published Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:18:08 +0000

July 26, 2014 — The D&B Garden Show, hosted by master gardener and arborist, Debbie Cook, takes care of listeners mid-summer, hot weather, high desert issues. Her first question is how much are you watering? Too much or too little water on your grass, your trees, your tomatoes or anywhere else is usually the answer. Listen in to see if your issue is covered in this weeks D&B Garden Show.

End of Spring Clean-Up Tips

End of Spring Clean-Up Tips | published Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:40:52 +0000

June 14, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, gives us some tips on what to and what not to dead head this late spring. She also helps a customer with "sad looking trees" where the first question always asked is "are you giving it too much or too little water?"

Plant, Fertilize and Thin

Plant, Fertilize and Thin | published Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:55:16 +0000

June 7, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is celebrating her ten year anniversary with the D&B Garden Show. Congratulations Debbie! This week you will learn that there is a National Pestiside Information Center hotline based out of Oregon. Now is the time that your garden should be planted, your lawn fertilized with a complete, even number fertilizer and thining fruit trees now is a good idea.

The Aphids Are Coming!

The Aphids Are Coming! | published Tue, 20 May 2014 17:54:00 +0000

May 17, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that now is the time for all the little bugs to start laying their eggs in the trees and on the leaves of our favorite plants. She gives us advice on how to recoginize what type of bug they are and what to do about it now so that we don't have to deal with the offspring all summer long. Preen weed killer is a good way to stop broadleaf plants from growing and to fertilize your plants as well, but she reminds us how important it is to read the label. There are different kids of Preen for different uses.

Petunia and Tulip Issues Need Help

Petunia and Tulip Issues Need Help | published Mon, 05 May 2014 20:19:04 +0000

April 26, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has been stumped by Chuck. Listen in and see if you know the answer to Chuck's Petunia and Tulip issues. Debbie also gives us lessons in Crabapple trees and how to read a seed packet.

Spring Tips and Tricks

Spring Tips and Tricks | published Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:18:33 +0000

March 29, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, pulls out all kinds of advice for Spring. If you have automatic sprinklers, make sure that you adjust for the season. Your lawn does not need as much water as it was getting last July and August. If you are pruning, and your walnut, birch or table grapes bleed, don't worry, they are fine. But next time wait until after they leaf out to prune. Get more tips about spring gardening on this last week's D&B Garden Show.

It's Almost Spring Time, Are You Ready?

It's Almost Spring Time, Are You Ready? | published Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:10:06 +0000

March 8, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has answers to a ton of questions that all wrap around the fact that spring is almost here. Epsom salts, pruning your fruit trees, grafting tomatoes and knowing which way you should face your green house. She also has a tip from a listener who knows how to make trimmed flowers last longer in your vase.

Thaw, Frost, Thaw, Frost Time of Year

Thaw, Frost, Thaw, Frost Time of Year | published Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:19:58 +0000

February 1, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, is getting excited for spring, but she knows not to get too worked up because it could still snow. With spring flowers loving the sunshine and rain, they too can come up early and damage their delicate roots. The best solution is to push the crown back into the ground and don't pull the mulch back just yet. The key to early spring fever? Patience. Learn more from Debbie on this week's podcast of the D&B Garden Show.

Free Classes and What to Prune

Free Classes and What to Prune | published Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:55:43 +0000

February 15, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has plenty of events and classes to keep you busy during the last part of winter and get you ready for spring. Are you getting antsy and wanting to prune? Debbie will tell you what to prune now and what to wait on.

Take Care of the Sucking Insects Now

Take Care of the Sucking Insects Now | published Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:14:38 +0000

February 9, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, reminds us that March is the month to use dormant oil on all those nasty sucking insects that have nested over the winter. She also wants us to stay rooted in reality when it comes to hitting your favorite garden store. Your eyes might just be bigger than your garden bed. 

Classes, Tips and Garden Plans

Classes, Tips and Garden Plans | published Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:29:10 +0000

January 26, 2014 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has a huge list of classes that will help you prepare for the upcoming spring and summer growing season. She also advises us that if you want to plant tulips, now is an ideal time since they need at least six weeks of cold weather to bloom in the Spring. Do you have your gardening plan together yet? Now is the time!

What Is Ready? Bulbs, No. Seeds, Yes.

What Is Ready? Bulbs, No. Seeds, Yes. | published Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:18:08 +0000

January 14, 2014 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, is excited to see perennial flowers popping up but urges us to push them back down or cover them in mulch. Although many would love to have this as a sign that spring is right around the corner, it is actually just the result of the ground pushing the bulbs up due to it freezing and thawing multiple times. Learn about fungus gnats and how to make sure they don't lay their eggs in your houseplants this winter.

How Do You Know If There Too Much Water?

How Do You Know If There Too Much Water? | published Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:27:00 +0000

November 21, 2013 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist has at least one call per week where her answer is, "How much water is it getting?" No pun intented, but this seems to be the root cause of why most plants brown, turn a weird color or flat out die. Other questions she asks to help solve problems are "How old is it?" and "Which way are they facing?" Listen in while she tells us how to find out if there is too much water at the roots and what to do. 

Male Plants and Boise City Mulch

Male Plants and Boise City Mulch | published Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:40:00 +0000

August 27, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, welcomes her friend, and fellow gardener, Mary Ann Newcomer to the program to answer your end of summer gardening questions. Did you know that squash are either male or female and the males do not produce fruit? If you are in the Treasure Valley, did you know that for $15 a yard, you can purchase mulch created by the City of Boise? Listen in for more fantastic tips to this week's D&B Garden Show.

Primary, Secondary and Micro Nutrients

Primary, Secondary and Micro Nutrients | published Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:40:53 +0000

June 24, 2013 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist educates us today on the primary, secondary and micro nutrients that are in your fertilizer. She also explains what these are and why you need them or don't them in certain areas of your garden. Of course there is talk of mulch and grass but more importantly, she gives out a simple strawberry freezer jam recipe that sounds delicious. 

Summer Is So Close

Summer Is So Close | published Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:22:52 +0000

June 3, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, gives us some great pre-summer tips and tricks about your spring bulbs and how to move your iris plants in the fall. Debbie also advises that a deep and infrequent watering is a good rule of thumb to create a strong and healthy root system for all your plants. Humbing birds are in the air and do know that red food coloring is not necessary a good 4 to 1 ratio of sugar to water will work just fine. Listen in for more fantastic tips that will help your garden all summer long.

Average Frost Date May 10, 2013

Average Frost Date May 10, 2013 | published Tue, 07 May 2013 19:21:47 +0000

May 4, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, reminds us that the average frost date here in the Northwest is May 10, 2013. Your cabbage, peas and other cold crops should be fine, but Debbie really wants you to wait to mid to late May to plant your tender vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and squash. Label reading is very important this time of year. Even if you use the same fertilizers year after year, she highly encourages you to read, read and re-read before you apply. 

Save the Mother Plant

Save the Mother Plant | published Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:15:35 +0000

April 2, 2013 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, talks about strawberries and tells us that now is the time to prune the runners so that the mother plant can save her energy to produce beautiful fruit for us to enjoy. When it comes to fertilizing strawberries, remember to use one that is high in phosphorous, which is the second number listed on your fertilizer package. Learn more about your garden, your trees and what to do next on this weeks episode of the D&B Garden Show.

Time to Plant Roses

Time to Plant Roses | published Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:16:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 13, 2013 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist talks to us today about the ever present peach tree bore and what to do about it. They will start to emerge in June so July and August is when you need to plan to treat your trees so they don't become infected next year. We also learn that it is a good time to plant bare root roses but do remember that digging a hole wide enough is just as important as deep enough. Learn more with Debbie every week about these and many more gardening topics.

Time To Prune Those Trees

Time To Prune Those Trees | published Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:44:46 +0000

February 22, 2013 — Master gradener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, is the person you want answering the questions of which trees are ripe for pruning now, which ones are not and the most important question, how? Debbie walks a few callers through, step by step, on how to prune their trees, so now is the time to learn from the expert! With less than a month to go to spring, people are getting eager to prep, plant and trim. Are you?

Good Ideas with Good Friends

Good Ideas with Good Friends | published Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:29:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, December 18, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist welcomes good friend and fellow master gardener, Mary Ann Newcomer, to the show to chat about gardening, Christmas gifts, crafting and her new book the Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook. Learn how to dilute your liquor to make your Christmas flowers from drooping this season.

Fall Prep Is In The Air

Fall Prep Is In The Air | published Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:07:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, November 16, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, reminds us of all the things that need to be done this fine fall season. Planting bulbs (flower and garlic), now that the weather is averaging below 60 degrees, is a must along with bringing in and caring for you poinsettia's. Fertilizing is essential for your trees, since they are now dormant and are working on generating new roots to try to get established for a healthy and beautiful spring.

Fall Todo's: Mulch and Test Your Soil

Fall Todo's: Mulch and Test Your Soil | published Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:43:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, October 7, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that your leaves, except for walnut tree leaves, are the best thing you can do for pure mulch. She also recomends that every three to five years, you have your garden soil tested before you start amending and planting in the spring. There are several labs that will give you a list of nutrients and elements that are needed or are too high for optimal growth. But give them a call first to find out where they want you take your soil sample from.

Yes, Japanese Beetles are Here

Yes, Japanese Beetles are Here | published Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:10:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, October 4, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks with Jodie Ellis, from the Department of Agriculture, and educates us to be aware of the Japanese Beetle and the distruction they can do. Although there are plans in place to nip this bettle in the bud, they need your help in making sure this beetle does not spread any more than it already has in the Treasure Valley. Listen in to Debbie and Jodie on how to identify the Japanese Beetle and what you can do help out.

The Japanese Beetle is Here

The Japanese Beetle is Here | published Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:32:06 +0000

The Garden Gal, September 10, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist warns us that the Japanese Beetle has been found in a number of areas in the Treasure Valley. The eggs are hatching now and are headed down deep into the earth to wait until the Spring to rear their ugly heads and do damage to over thirty different plants and trees. Listen to Debbie as she gives us advice on how to protect our plants and trees now along with other fall preparation tips.

Walnut Husk Fly Prevention

Walnut Husk Fly Prevention | published Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:04:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 17, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks extensively about about the Walnut Husk Fly and that now is the time for the first treatment. With the Northwest first frost average about October 10th, we are getting mighty close to start planting perennials. So start planning!

It's Time to Prep for Fall Prep

It's Time to Prep for Fall Prep | published Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:54:05 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 10, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us and her listeners that now is the time to start prepping for fall prep. She gives great step by step instructions on how to root your roses so that they are ready for the ground next year. It is treatment time for the walnut husk fly, which causes a mess more than anything. Your stone fruits need their second treatment which is given at the base of the tree.

Hot Weather, Patience and Cats

Hot Weather, Patience and Cats | published Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:36:32 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 1, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that now is not the best time to prune. Wait until the hot weather has passed, like in the early fall, so your plants are not stressed out any more than they have to be. One listener learned the hard way that it is very important to protect young trees from cats.

Magical Cucumbers?

Magical Cucumbers? | published Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:18:24 +0000

The Garden Gal, July 30, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist, as always, gave us some great advice last week. Did you know that cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day? Did you know that instead of picking up that afternoon coffee can be replaced by a cucumber? Debbie has a huge list of cucumber tips to share with you this week. Now is the time to NOT fertilize on your woody shrubs and trees. Learn more on this weeks D&B Garden Gal podcast.

Summer Time Bugs Are Here

Summer Time Bugs Are Here | published Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:50:03 +0000

The Garden Gal, July 16, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, gives out a lot of advice on how to get rid of this bug and that bug, in both your garden and trees. Do you have a Silver Maple that thinks it is fall and is turning yellow already? If the vein is green and the leaf is yellow, your tree could have a Ph balance problem. Debbie tackles this and other summer issues on this weeks program.

Plant, Weed and Carry On

Plant, Weed and Carry On | published Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:24:56 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 20, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us now is the time to plant, weed and carry on with your summer. Start harvesting your herbs and listen in as Debbie gives us a receipe for flavored vinegar to last all year long. She also tells us about a fun project that you can do with your little ones which will help diagnose what kind of soil you have. This knowledge will help you and your garden for years to come.

Weeds, Beads and Bugs

Weeds, Beads and Bugs | published Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:49:42 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 14, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook educates us on the Virginia Creeper and other perinnial weeds. A paint brush will be the best way to attack them now and again in the fall. Have you ever wondered how to make a rose petal bead? Debbie shares directions on how to create them, that are almost as good as her Grandmother's. Bugs. We have them. We don't like them and there is always a way to get rid of them.

Spray, Sneak and Plant

Spray, Sneak and Plant | published Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:37:46 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 7, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist educates us on the Ash Bore, letting us know the time is now to spray your tree with a synthetic pyrethrin. Knowing what kind of bugs are eating your plants is sometimes a bit of a mystery. Turn yourself into Nancy Drew, grab a flashlight at night and sneak up on those bugs and treat accordingly. There is still time to plant, so get to it!

To The Shade We Go

To The Shade We Go | published Tue, 29 May 2012 19:40:12 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 29, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook tells us that now is the time to fertilize, overseed and trasplant. What is the perfect annual or perinial for a shaded area? Listen to a great conversation with a caller that will answer all kinds of questions for, give you some ideas and solve your tough shaded, garden areas.

May 10th Is In The Past

May 10th Is In The Past | published Mon, 21 May 2012 21:32:47 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 21, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that May 20th is the usual last day of frost, although there have been some cold June nights in years past. Debbie also tells us when all else fails, when trying to figure out what is eating this or that in your garden, she advises to go stealth at night with a flashlight. Then you will be able to figure out how to treat what is eating all your garden crops.

Plant Like Crazy

Plant Like Crazy | published Mon, 14 May 2012 22:35:19 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 14, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook on is out on vacation so Eric Hanson from Bailey Nursery fills in and tells us that the average frost date is past us so it is time to "plant like crazy!" Are you hoping to get in a full 90-120 days of gardening? Well, due to the mild winter, Eric warns and educates us that the aphids are out already so now is the time to protect your plants with the right kind of fertilizer. 

Hydrangea Time

Hydrangea Time | published Wed, 09 May 2012 17:02:24 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 9, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with Eric Hanson with Bailey Nursery about the difference is between blue and pink hydrangeas and how to take care of them and the soil around them. There are quite a few tips and tricks to make hydrangeas beautiful and bloom-tastic! 

With A Little Help From Your Friends

With A Little Help From Your Friends | published Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:46:17 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 16, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook continues to educate us on how and what to prune this time of year and other spring garden todo's that must be done. The best advice comes from listeners this week who chime in on how to protect yourself when pruning thorny bushes and how to get rid of goat heads. Tip: Boots are better than soccer cleats.

Spring Time in the West

Spring Time in the West | published Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:27:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 10, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats it up with listeners about worms, geraniums and a pesky woodpecker. Beware of the Black Vine Weavel this season, who will lay her eggs at the base of the plant. Debbie tells us what to use, and what you can't use, to kill the larvae and how to protect your plants this spring.

Pruning, Planting and Potting Season

Pruning, Planting and Potting Season | published Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:05:32 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 6, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook tells us that because forsythias are currently in bloom, now is time to prune your roses. Houseplants are waking up as well and need to be re-potted or new soil needs to be added to their existing pot. 

How To Defend Against Bad Grass

How To Defend Against Bad Grass | published Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:44:10 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 28, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with Ashton Ritchie from Scott's. Learn the difference between crabgrass and quackgrass and what to do about it now and later on in the season. If you are itching to plant your vegetables, Ashton says go ahead, as long as they are cold weather veges like peas, spinach, lettuce and other cabbage family items.

Be Successful with Bare Root Planting

Be Successful with Bare Root Planting | published Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:52:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 19, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook welcomes Eric Hansen from Bailey Nurseries to talk about the easiest and most successful type of planting you can have, bare root planting. He shares some tips and tricks that we can all use as we head into the spring planting season. 

It's Chick Days

It's Chick Days | published Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:13:31 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 15, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with chicken expert, Jo Ann Goodwin this week. She talks about what straight run chicks are, how to identify hens from roosters and how important it is to do your research when considering back yard chickens. The first week is very critical to the chicks so Jo Ann reminds us what is needed to take care of these chicks until they start growing feathers.

Now is the Time to Make Dirt

Now is the Time to Make Dirt | published Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:42:11 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 7, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook shares some backyard chicken ideas in preparation for next week's guest, Jo Ann Goodwin. We also learn that now is the time to plant bare root raspberries (as well as other bare root plants) and if you need to prune, do so now with direction from your local extension office. Debbie also gives us a simple way to make worm composting in your garage and why using red wigglers is the key.

Spring Education Continues

Spring Education Continues | published Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:30:10 +0000

The Garden Gal. February 21, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist kicks her show off with a list of classes to get you ready for spring and summer planting. Rita Slack, with Sun Gro, joins Debbie this week to talk about tree pruning, seed starting and soil conditioning. If you have questions throughout the week, you can go to gardengal.mydbsupply.com and send Debbie a question to be answered in next weeks show.

Now is the Time for Dormant Oil

Now is the Time for Dormant Oil | published Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:46:50 +0000

The Garden Gal, February 13, 2012 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks with Tammy from Bonide about protecting your trees now to prevent those little sucking bugs from hatching when it gets warmer. Dormant Oil or an all season spray is best applied in the morning so the application can take advantage of the rising temperatures throughout the day. 

Spring is So Close, But So Far Away

Spring is So Close, But So Far Away | published Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:23:56 +0000

The Garden Gal. February 7, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that although you might be seeing your Perennials come up, it is not their time. Cover those plants back up with mulch and compost to protect them until the real spring weather arrives. Many people are eager to do some tree trimming as well, but be sure to take a class or ask questions as to when is the right time to trim your trees.

Spring and Summer Planning Time is Here

Spring and Summer Planning Time is Here | published Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:23:44 +0000

The Garden Gal, January 30, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks about the lovely, full bud Christmas Cactus plants, why this tropical cactus is so fickle and how to take care of it. Do you have your spring and summer plants picked out yet? If not, now is the time to figure out what you want to grow and where all those new plants and vegetables should go. 

Getting Ready For Spring Through Education

Getting Ready For Spring Through Education | published Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:00:18 +0000

The Garden Gal. January 26, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist reminds us that although the ground is wet, cold and possibly covered in snow, it is never too early to start thinking about your garden. There are many classes coming up in the Treasure Valley to help you you inspired, learn something new or freshen up on your gardening skills. Listen in and get educated!

Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future | published Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:36:23 +0000

The Garden Gal, January 19, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook answers questions from eager gardeners about how and when to trim roses along with how to prep and plant sweet potatoes. Are you itching to plant your cold crops, like broccoli, already? Debbie reminds us to rotate our winter crops and do some prep-work by cleaning out pots that they will grow in.

The Year In Review

The Year In Review | published Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:43:28 +0000

The Garden Gal. January 3, 2012 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist chats with her callers about what was great and what wasn't in 2011. The question of when to trim your wisteria is answered and Debbie shares her very own recipe of Cranberry Salsa that can be made right now.

Beautiful Winter Gardens

Beautiful Winter Gardens | published Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:55:56 +0000

The Garden Gal, December 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook shares the show with her friend, the Dirt Diva herself, Mary Ann Newcomer. They chat, and answer questions, about your winter garden which they both suggest to take pictures of throughout the year. Evergreens, ornimental grasses and Christmas Cactus plants are discussed on how to make your winter gardens beautiful both the inside and outside of your home.

Dry Weather Means Dry Plants

Dry Weather Means Dry Plants | published Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:23:00 +0000

The Garden Gal. December 19, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that now is a good time to water our evergreens. The lack of water, combined with a bit of thawing that is scheduled to happen this week, means that they need a little help from us in order to be beautiful in the spring. Also, be sure to call your extension office first when considering getting your trees pruned.

Do You Use Leaves to Compost?

Do You Use Leaves to Compost? | published Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:17:32 +0000

The Garden Gal, November 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks quite a bit about composting, mulching and why using raked up leaves are great for the soil. Walnut leaves have been thought to have been bad for mulching but Debbie researched and found that the toxin that is in walnut leaves just needs to be composted first. Many winter classes are happening this winter as well, so be sure to get signed up.

Homemade Remedies for Inside and Out

Homemade Remedies for Inside and Out | published Wed, 23 Nov 2011 21:47:09 +0000

The Garden Gal. November 23, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us how to get rid of soft bodied insects in your houseplants with an insecticidal soap. Do you have a moisture meter for your houseplants? Debbie tells us why we need one. It's also not too late to take care of your fruit trees with a homemade vole repellent recipe to help your trees now and in the spring.

Why Is Fall So Beautiful?

Why Is Fall So Beautiful? | published Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:33:00 +0000

The Garden Gal. November 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist educates us on which natural elements make trees change colors in the fall and why the darkness is so important during this transition. She also reminds us to get everything unhooked, blown out and dried up so we will not discover any mishaps in the spring.

What To Do With All Those Green Tomatoes?

What To Do With All Those Green Tomatoes? | published Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:39:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, October 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks to us about how to store your tomatoes that are not quite ripe but need to be picked due to the fall frost. Did you know that some garlic can not be grown in Idaho due to White Rot? When you plant your fall garlic, make sure it is certified.

Now is the Time to Think About Paperwhites

Now is the Time to Think About Paperwhites | published Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:36:08 +0000

The Garden Gal. October 17, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that now is the time to plant paperwhites for the Holiday season. Get your pen, paper and a bottle of whisky (yes whisky) ready and she will give you detailed directions of what to do for beautiful holiday flowers. Which bulbs should you winter and when do you dig them up and bring them in? Debbie tells us which ones need to come in now and which ones to hold off on.

Preparing For the Frost

Preparing For the Frost | published Mon, 26 Sep 2011 20:14:00 +0000

The Garden Gal. September 26, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that October 10th is, historically, the first frost date in our area. Are you ready? Have a plan in place to cover your "ten thousand" green tomatoes and pay attention to the frost, then nice, then frost weather we have. Now is the time to fertilize and if you can, do it again between Halloween and Thanksgiving for a better, healthier lawn in 2012.

Autumn is Days Away

Autumn is Days Away | published Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:30:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, September 19, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook is ready for the leaves to fall. The first day of Autumn is Friday, September 23rd and is a good date to remember to plant your garlic. When you plant in the Fall, the garlic bulbs will have time to establish their roots which will historically give you a larger bounty the next year. The average first frost date is October 10th, so now is the time to get your lawn and garden ready.

Back to School and Back to Fall Preparation

Back to School and Back to Fall Preparation | published Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:42:13 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 29, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist is ready for back to school and ready for you to start prepping your yard for the fall and winter. Perinnial weeds are setting their seeds and establishing a deep and hardy system to get them through the winter — don't let them! Debbie has tips to treat these weeds while they are flowering so next year will be weed free.  

Beautiful Roses and Pesky Bugs

Beautiful Roses and Pesky Bugs | published Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:38:39 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 23, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook talks to us about how to make rose cuttings to plant in the ground this year for a beautiful rose next year. Of course we are all dealing with little pesky critters in our gardens, trees and shrubs but Debbie reasures us there is a solution.  

Fall is Very Close, Are You Ready?

Fall is Very Close, Are You Ready? | published Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:26:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 17, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that because our plants are thinking about the fall, it is time for us to do as well. There are certain products that are ready for their fall insecticide, but be sure to read all labels first. You'll never believe what a 50/50 milk and water mixture can do for your pumpkins and squash.

Too Much or Too Little Water?

Too Much or Too Little Water? | published Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:33:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 9, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook tells us that it is possible to overwater or underwater your vegetables or containers. Be careful if your tomatoes are a bit dry, you don't want to overwater them or else they will crack. Container plants are going to need more water throughout the day with the hot weather upon us, so be aware of them as well. Learn these tips and more on this weeks Garden Gal podcast.

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer | published Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:46:48 +0000

The Garden Gal, August 1, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us that even in this heat which we are experiencing, it is still possible to overwater. So be careful and look for signs of overwatering. Debbie also educates us on how to do cuttings on roses, because now is the time for these type of soft wood cuttings.

Lessons in Tree Care

Lessons in Tree Care | published Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:42:25 +0000

The Garden Gal, July 28, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook educates us on how to stake a tree properly so that it will grow reaction wood and be nice and healthy for years to come. We also learn that when your trimmer gets too close to your tree and has noticible damage, it can still be saved. Simple tips to keep your trees healthy and looking good. 

Time to Deadhead Beautiful Flowers and Kill the Goatheads

Time to Deadhead Beautiful Flowers and Kill the Goatheads | published Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:20:43 +0000

The Garden Gal, July 20, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us now is the time to deadhead your flowers so that they don't go to seed which will also give your flowers more energy to produce more beautiful flowers for you to enjoy the rest of the season. On the ugly side, who has goatheads? Dig them up, spray them if you can and plan to get rid of them next year.

Hot Summer Days are For Maintenance

Hot Summer Days are For Maintenance | published Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:48:54 +0000

The Garden Gal, July 12, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook asks us if we are keeping up with the weeding, deadheading our flowers or keeping an eye out for leafy plant eaters and if so what are you doing about it? Lavender is in season, which festival are you going to? This is also the perfect time of year to transplant, divide, share and enjoy your irises.   

Start Prepping for Your Fall Crops. Yes, Your Fall Crops

Start Prepping for Your Fall Crops. Yes, Your Fall Crops | published Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:15:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, July 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist tells us there are only 90 days left in our summer growing season and it is time to start thinking about our fall crops. Where did June go? Also, Debbie asks, what do you do with a bee hive? Contact the Idaho Beekeepers Club to help protect our polinators.  

Fair Competition Growing Season Starts Now

Fair Competition Growing Season Starts Now | published Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:33:26 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 25, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook reminds us that if you want to enter in any of the end of summer fair's, be sure to enter now. If you are growing in the "largest division", be sure to pinch off any new flowers so all the energy can go to your large entry. Do you have trouble growing grass under your trees? Debbie tells us what to do and more importantly, what not to do. 

Your Early Summer Questions are Answered

Your Early Summer Questions are Answered | published Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:08:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 21, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist answers your questions ranging from bugs in your garden to voles in your dirt. Have you started to fertilize yet? How do you get rid of your neighbors bamboo trees that are now growing on your side? Listen in and learn more about the early days of summer and what you can do to make your garden beautiful even with the late, wet spring that we had.

Weeds, Aphids and Late Spring Wonders

Weeds, Aphids and Late Spring Wonders | published Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:24:26 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 11, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook reminds us about all the weeds that will be popping up with our late Spring and how to get rid of them. Aphids are emerging at the base of your shrubs, and trees which will drop some stickiness, but always know your insects before you use any kind of product on them, some insects are good.  

Springtime Gardening Questions

Springtime Gardening Questions | published Mon, 06 Jun 2011 17:27:04 +0000

The Garden Gal, June 4, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist answers many springtime questions about what is growing, what should be growing and what to do if your garden is not growing. Have you ever wondered about Poplar trees and how far apart you should plant them and why? Debbie gives us a good rule of thumb if you plant them too close together and how to prevent suckers when they pop up. 

Rain or Shine, You Still Need to Take Care of that Garden

Rain or Shine, You Still Need to Take Care of that Garden | published Tue, 31 May 2011 17:07:57 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 14, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist knows that the copious amounts of rain that we have been receiving is good, but she is ready to work in her yard and garden just as much as you are. With the average frost date behind us and if you planted leafy vegetables like lettuce already, you should be seeeing some results. Are you also seeing brown spots on those beautiful veges? Debbie will tell you what to do about the leaf minor and give you ideas on what to do this next weekend, rain or shine.

Spring Allergies and Composting — It's Spring Time!

Spring Allergies and Composting — It's Spring Time! | published Mon, 23 May 2011 21:52:12 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 21, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that all of our sneezing and sniffiling is quite common with the current extreme pollen count. Have you ever thought about planting female trees? Listen and Debbie will tell you why it could help your allergies. How is your composter doing this year? Debbie educates us on the brown to green ratios and how to make it more balanced.

A Late Spring is Not a Bad Thing

A Late Spring is Not a Bad Thing | published Tue, 17 May 2011 22:01:23 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 14, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, a master gardener and certified arborist discusses how late everything is this spring which might not necessarily be a bad thing. With the average frost date past us, it is a good time to get those plants in the ground on a nice, overcast day. Although you still need to cover your tender crops like mellons, peppers, tomatoes and squash just to be safe. Now is the time to start treating your fruit trees but read the label because every treatment is different. Debbie also tells us what else to treat and answers questions in this weeks pod cast of The Garden Gal.

Plant Now or Plant Later — When is the Last Frost?

Plant Now or Plant Later — When is the Last Frost? | published Mon, 09 May 2011 15:35:37 +0000

The Garden Gal, May 7, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, tells us that the average and typical last frost is coming up on May 10th. But she cautions to still be careful with tender vegetables like beans and tomatoes along with your squash. When the soil is cold, peppers can be stunted and might not produce, so pay attention to the weather. Debbie informs us it is also time to get your sprinklers ready to go and of course there are rhubarb questions answered.

What is Your Rhubarb Doing?

What is Your Rhubarb Doing? | published Mon, 02 May 2011 19:09:19 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 30, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist discussing the local events that happened on Arbor Day and those that are going to happen this summer. Learn where to enter into the Idaho Horticulture Sociey Community Landscape and Garden Contest to win up to $300. Then, what's up with your rhubarb? Of course Debbie knows this and many other spring gardening questions from her listening audience.

Are You Looking to The Forest?

Are You Looking to The Forest? | published Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:20:18 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, a master gardener and certified arborist, welcomes Betty Munis, the Executive Director of the Idaho Forest Products Commission. Arbor day is this Friday, April 29th where there is an official tree planing happening at the State House at 10am. They will reveal the winner of the Look to the Forest Photogrophy winner, plant a tree and talk about the importance of trees in our lives. Of course Debbie will talk about the late frost we recently received as well as your up and coming garden.

A Beautiful Time for Blooming Trees

A Beautiful Time for Blooming Trees | published Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:53:32 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 9, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist who talks about all the Farmers Markets going on in the Treasure Valley including Twin Falls and Mountain Home. Although she admits "it's a dangerous time for me" when walking through her local D&B Supply store, she still loves looking at all the blooming plants and trees. 

Rain, Compost and Pruning, Oh My

Rain, Compost and Pruning, Oh My | published Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:21:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, April 2, 2011 — Debbie Cook, a master gardener and certified arborist, gives us tips on what to do and not to do with all the rain we have been receiving this spring. Debbie also talks about compost and the correct way to prune your trees and bushes to yield the best results.

Spring Is In The Air

Spring Is In The Air | published Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:36:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 26, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, has officially kicked off spring with beautiful blooming spring flowers like Honeysuckle, Lenton Rose, Forsythia and Bleeding Hearts all taking shape. Do you know when to plant your peas or which way your garden should face? Of course you can learn this and how to prune your roses all from Debbie this week on the Garden Gal.

Of Botanical Gardens & Garden Shows

Of Botanical Gardens & Garden Shows | published Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:41:35 +0000

The Garden Gal, March 19, 2011 — Debbie Cook, a master gardener and certified arborist, meets with popular gardening blogger, Mary Ann Newcomer, who had just returned from Denver Botanical Garden, where she had been working at a flower and garden show. Debbie and Mary discuss the show and take calls from listeners.

When You Feel the Need to Cut Something

When You Feel the Need to Cut Something | published Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:05:46 +0000

The Garden Gal, February 19, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, speaks with Boise’s City Forester Brian Jorgenson, “because a couple times a year it seems like people really can’t help themselves. They have to go out and cut things or plant things, and that’s really wonderful, but we want to make sure that they do it right.”

Check Out Your Plants, Trees

Check Out Your Plants, Trees | published Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:49:52 +0000

The Garden Gal, February 12, 2011 — Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist. Each and every week, Debbie takes questions about gardening, plant and lawn care, and all things horticultural. This week, with some warmer weather, Debbie encouraged listeners to examine their perennials, other plants, and trees since this is a good time of year to do some basic yard or garden preparation. Also, if you still have leaves on the yard or, perhaps, even still on trees thanks to how the winter came last year, it is time to clean things up. Debbie also talks about spraying.  “Lots of think to think about this time of year.”

Clean up, Plan, and Prepare to Plant

Clean up, Plan, and Prepare to Plant | published Mon, 07 Feb 2011 20:16:25 +0000

The Garden Gal, February 5, 2011 — Debbie Cook takes calls about what went on in your garden last year and what you should be doing to prepare your garden for this season. Debbie, who is a master gardener and certified arborist, also describes what she has been doing to prepare her garden for the season, including raking up any leaves that may have been missed and cutting back perennials. Finally, Debbie describes some forthcoming classes about trees taking place in Boise in March.

Starting Thinking About Seeds

Starting Thinking About Seeds | published Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:49:57 +0000

The Garden Gal, January 29, 2011 — Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook, says that planting time is coming sooner than you realize and starts the show by discussing  when you should start planting seeds. Debbie also encourages patience lest your seedlings become root bound. Finally, Debbie even goes over the things you should look for when you order seeds from a catalog or read a seed packet. Other topics on this show, include juniper propagation.

Catalogs, Garden Expansion, and More

Catalogs, Garden Expansion, and More | published Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:32:35 +0000

Debbie Cook is a master gardener and certified arborist and she is the host of the D&B Garden Show. In this episode Mary Ann Newcomer, who is the author of the Gardens of the Wild Wild West Blog and an expert on plants of all kinds. Debbie and Mary Ann discuss Spring gardening catalogs, expanding your gardens, and several garden and landscaping classes upcoming.  This show was recorded on January 22, 2011.

Spring is Coming, Trees Need Pruning, Classes Abound

Spring is Coming, Trees Need Pruning, Classes Abound | published Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:36:46 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist. In this, January 15 episode of the Garden Gal program, Debbie talks about her Hawthorn tree loaded with robins and about some of the things you can do to get your garden or yard ready for the Spring. Debbie also discussed a couple of available free gardening or tree care classes that are coming up. 

Looking Forward to the Garden, Soap Spray Recipe, & Saving a Lily

Looking Forward to the Garden, Soap Spray Recipe, & Saving a Lily | published Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:19:59 +0000

Master gardener and certified arborist, Debbie Cook is the Garden Gal. This was the first broadcast of 2011. Debbie was looking forward to preparing for the gardening season and chats about things you can do now for your garden or evergreen trees. Debbie also takes a call about saving a lily, and separately how to make soap sprays.

Trees, Nuts, and the Holiday Season

Trees, Nuts, and the Holiday Season | published Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:54:06 +0000

The Garden Gal Podcast December 18, 2010.  Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is a master gardener and certified arborist takes calls about what you’re doing to get ready from the holiday. One topic of discussion was growing almonds in Idaho, including germinating almonds right in your kitchen.

The Garden Gal: December 11, 2010

The Garden Gal: December 11, 2010 | published Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:44:50 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, uses hindsight to point out some of the things we should have done to prepare our gardens or yards for the winder. Debbie also talks about Christmas crafts and gifts as well as other things that are going on in town.

The Garden Gal: December 4, 2010

The Garden Gal: December 4, 2010 | published Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:48:00 +0000

Debbie Cook takes calls about gardening even in the off season. Mary Ann Newcomer, author of “Gardens of the Wild Wild West,”  joins Debbie in studio on this snowy day. Debbie and Mary Ann even talk about shoveling snow and how to toss the snow to help water your shrubs.

The Garden Gal: November 27, 2010

The Garden Gal: November 27, 2010 | published Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:46:47 +0000

Master Gardener and Certified Arborist Debbie Cook was talking gardening on a snowy, snowy day at the end of November 2010. Debbie describes several Christmas crafts including flavored vinegars. Debbie also describes how Ice Melt effects growth next season.

The Garden Gal: November 20, 2010

The Garden Gal: November 20, 2010 | published Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:55:06 +0000

Debbie Cook talks gardening on a snowy Saturday morning. Even if the weather is not perfect for getting out to the garden, it is a good time to look back on this year’s garden, think about your favorite recipes and garden related crafts, and plan for changes to next year’s planting.

The Garden Gal: November 13, 2010

The Garden Gal: November 13, 2010 | published Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:34:00 +0000

The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, takes calls about what's going on in your garden or yard. Debbie also talks about her Hawthorne tree and its recent sheer-plane fracture.

The Garden Gal: November 6, 2010

The Garden Gal: November 6, 2010 | published Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:51:14 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, takes questions about the end of season garden.

The Garden Gal: October 30, 2010

The Garden Gal: October 30, 2010 | published Tue, 02 Nov 2010 20:51:43 +0000

Master gardener Debbie Cook takes calls about putting your garden to bed for the fall and winter season. Frost is a major topic.

The Garden Gal: October 23, 2010

The Garden Gal: October 23, 2010 | published Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:46:01 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, takes calls from fall gardeners on her weekly radio show. Debbie describes the beautiful fall colors that she has been seeing in the area.

The Garden Gal: October 16, 2010

The Garden Gal: October 16, 2010 | published Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:05:36 +0000

From frost to the beautiful fall leaves, Debbie Cook discusses what to do to protest your lawn and garden. Each week Debbie takes calls about all things gardening and landscaping.   Debbie also mentions that Chelsi Horton, the Bronco Girl, and her horse Willy were at the Garden City D&B Supply.

The Garden Gal: September 4, 2010

The Garden Gal: September 4, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:33:16 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: August 28, 2010

The Garden Gal: August 28, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:31:25 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: August 21, 2010

The Garden Gal: August 21, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:29:42 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: August 14, 2010

The Garden Gal: August 14, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:26:27 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: August 7, 2010

The Garden Gal: August 7, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:21:47 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: July 31 , 2010

The Garden Gal: July 31 , 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:18:23 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: July 24, 2010

The Garden Gal: July 24, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:04:07 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: July 17, 2010

The Garden Gal: July 17, 2010 | published Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:01:05 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls from listeners answering questions and providing great gardening insight.

The Garden Gal: July Gardening Activities  —July 3, 2010

The Garden Gal: July Gardening Activities —July 3, 2010 | published Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:45:54 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes phone in questions about anything gardening, including lawn care. Debbie also discusses July gardening activities.

The Garden Gal: Rose Garden Fundraiser for Julia Davis Park —June 5, 2010

The Garden Gal: Rose Garden Fundraiser for Julia Davis Park —June 5, 2010 | published Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:40:36 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes phone in questions about anything gardening, including lawn care. Debbie also discusses an opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for the Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park in Boise, Idaho.

The Garden Gal: Prepare Your Humming Bird Feeders —May 15, 2010

The Garden Gal: Prepare Your Humming Bird Feeders —May 15, 2010 | published Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:32:50 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes phone in questions about anything gardening, including lawn care. Debbie also discusses humming bird feeders.

The Garden Gal: Ordering Fruit Trees —May 8, 2010

The Garden Gal: Ordering Fruit Trees —May 8, 2010 | published Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:28:59 +0000

Debbie Cook, The Garden Gal, takes calls about anything gardening. Including an interesting conversation with Connie  from Nampa.

The Garden Gal: Gardening Tips and Questions Answered —May 1, 2010

The Garden Gal: Gardening Tips and Questions Answered —May 1, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:34:49 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, encourages tips, describes garden clean up, and talks about the time to get started.

The Garden Gal: Arbor Day —April 17, 2010

The Garden Gal: Arbor Day —April 17, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:30:58 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, checks in with the Idaho Forest Products Commission about Arbor Day.

The Garden Gal: Meet Boise’s City Forester—April 10, 2010

The Garden Gal: Meet Boise’s City Forester—April 10, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:25:34 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is joined by Brian Jorgenson the Boise City Forester.

The Garden Gal: Box Elder Bugs and More—April 3, 2010

The Garden Gal: Box Elder Bugs and More—April 3, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:22:19 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, takes questions about all things gardening, including getting rid of Box Elder Bugs.

The Garden Gal: Easter, Natural Easter Egg Dyes, and Spring Gardening—March 27, 2010

The Garden Gal: Easter, Natural Easter Egg Dyes, and Spring Gardening—March 27, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:18:44 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, talks about natural Easter Egg Dyes and takes questions about Spring Gardening.

The Garden Gal: The Dirt Diva Joins the Garden Gal—March 20, 2010

The Garden Gal: The Dirt Diva Joins the Garden Gal—March 20, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:15:09 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, is joined by the Dirt Diva, a professional western gardener, to talk about Spring gardening activities.

The Garden Gal: Idaho Spring Weather—March 13, 2010

The Garden Gal: Idaho Spring Weather—March 13, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:13:10 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, talks about what to do when it snows on your Spring.

The Garden Gal: Pruning, Mail Order Plants, and Spring Planting —March 6, 2010

The Garden Gal: Pruning, Mail Order Plants, and Spring Planting —March 6, 2010 | published Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:09:55 +0000

Debbie Cook, the Garden Gal, takes calls about pruning, mail order plants, and Spring  planting.

The Garden Gal: Bare Root Trees in Julia Davis Park — February 20, 2010

The Garden Gal: Bare Root Trees in Julia Davis Park — February 20, 2010 | published Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:14:44 +0000

The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, takes questions from callers and discusses bare root tree planting in Julia Davis Park.

The Garden Gal: Planting Spinach in Raised Beds — February 13, 2010

The Garden Gal: Planting Spinach in Raised Beds — February 13, 2010 | published Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:10:30 +0000

The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, takes questions from callers and talks about planting spinach in raise flower beds.

The Garden Gal: Gnats, Spurge, and Questions Galore — January 30, 2010

The Garden Gal: Gnats, Spurge, and Questions Galore — January 30, 2010 | published Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:05:47 +0000

The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, takes questions from callers planning their gardens and saving their house plants. One particular call, deals with transplanting berries while they are still dormant.

The Garden Gal: Problems in Raised Beds and Other Problems — January 23, 2010

The Garden Gal: Problems in Raised Beds and Other Problems — January 23, 2010 | published Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:57:49 +0000

The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook takes calls about problems in raised beds…could it be fungus? Debbie also answers other questions.

The Garden Gal: Looking at Catalog, Garden Planning — January 9, 2010

The Garden Gal: Looking at Catalog, Garden Planning — January 9, 2010 | published Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:52:30 +0000

Callers visit with The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, as she shares about gardening, answers questions about gardening, and offers information about local events.

The Garden Gal: New Year 2010 — January 2, 2010

The Garden Gal: New Year 2010 — January 2, 2010 | published Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:48:38 +0000

Debbie Cook takes audience questions and chats about planning for your annual garden.

The Garden Gal: War on Morning Glories and More — September 11, 2010

The Garden Gal: War on Morning Glories and More — September 11, 2010 | published Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:57:00 +0000

In this September 11, 2010 episode of The Garden Gal Debbie Cook talks with Alan from Boise about dealing with the insidious morning glory, which can over take your garden or lawn.

The Garden Gal: Garlic, Frost, and More — September 18, 2010

The Garden Gal: Garlic, Frost, and More — September 18, 2010 | published Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:57:00 +0000

In this episode from September 18, 2010, Debbie Cook takes calls from listeners, talks about planting garlic in the fall for a great spring harvest, and tells listeners what to watch for with the first frost coming soon.