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Smart Talk: Baltimore update; Questions about gardening and planting?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 27, 2015 3:01 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

WBAL Radio anchor/reporter Robert Lang appears on the first segment of Tuesday's Smart Talk to provide on the civil unrest in Baltimore.

Flowers are blooming, leaves are starting to break out on trees, the grass is green and probably been cut already, and it's time to start thinking about your vegetable garden and spring planting.

Every year is different when it comes to the weather and what your plans are for gardening and planting.

This year, several Pennsylvania counties are reporting invasive species including Japanese stilt grass, kudzu, ragweed, watercress and garlic mustard plants.

If that sounds like what's in your front yard, join us on Tuesday's Smart Talk as we discuss tips to combat invasive species, what to plant when and how to care for your garden.

As planting season begins, Smart Talk tries to answer all of your gardening interests, questions and problems.

Erica Jo Shaffer, the nursery manager at Highland Gardens in Camp Hill, joins us to discuss plant maintenance and care, edible and decorative gardens, pets and pests and everything in between.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:09

    Manuel emails:

    My wife and I have fallen in love with the plant Callicarpa Americana, or American Beautyberry. This is not normally a plant for our zone, but we have seen at Winterthur, which is in our zone, that it can survive and thrive in our zone. What steps would we need to take in order to bring this plant to maturity and beauty in our zone?

    We also own a wooded lot with a small garden needing planting. We have two issues. We only have about 3 hours of direct sunlight on that area of our yard, and our soil ph is 5.7. What flowers, and edible plants would best work in our situation?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:13

    Manuel emails:

    My wife and I have fallen in love with the plant Callicarpa Americana, or American Beautyberry. This is not normally a plant for our zone, but we have seen at Winterthur, which is in our zone, that it can survive and thrive in our zone. What steps would we need to take in order to bring this plant to maturity and beauty in our zone?

    We also own a wooded lot with a small garden needing planting. We have two issues. We only have about 3 hours of direct sunlight on that area of our yard, and our soil ph is 5.7. What flowers, and edible plants would best work in our situation?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:18

    Matt emails:
    Could we please make mention of the fact that Baltimore City has paid out over 5 million dollars in damages in lawsuits for police violence since 2011? The violence isn't all on one side.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:22

    Manuel emails:
    I would like to create a section of my yard as a moss garden. What is the best way to “compel” moss to grow?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:36

    Diane emails:

    Many of the Master Gardeners are offering native plant sales. There is one in York at the Extension 9-2 May 16. Ernst Conservation seeds have great native meadow seed mixes. With native plants you need to water the first year and they still need weeding.

    Is there a way to keep squash vine borers at bay without resorting to pesticides?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:46

    Andrea emails:

    My new lilac bushes consistently don't bloom.

    Can you talk through
    -- what age they start blooming,
    --how much sun per day is required
    --what I should be doing for the soil
    --and when they're supposed to be trimmed

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:48

    Rich emails:

    Please tell me how to get rid of wild violets in the lawn?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-28 08:51

    Manuel emails:
    How do I spread moss and get it to grow for a moss garden?

  • Allison img 2015-04-28 09:09

    I'm renting a house and there is bamboo as a screen in between evergreens along the property line.
    Some of it is very dead looking with all tan leaves and very dry.
    Is this cold damage? What should be done, cut it to the ground or dig it up? Thank you.

  • Mylady img 2015-04-28 09:42

    My boyfriend and I have had a Northfolk island pine for about 6 months that we bought at a grocery store and that has been kept indoors-we hope to move it outside when it gets warmer. About two weeks ago we repotted the pine into bigger pot, it had become root bound and we wanted to put it in a bigger pot with adequate drainage. Unfortunately, out pine doesn't seem too happy-its branches have become droopy and tight and we're concerned that it won't recover from the shock (I killed our last Norfolk pine by repotting it). We also fertilized it, for the first time, a couple days ago. Do you have some advice as to the care we could give it to try and save it? Thank you!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-29 07:53

    Erin emails:

    I currently have two lemon trees in pots. I have one Meyer lemon and one regular (not exactly sure of species). One of the trees has been doing great even over the winter with a grow light. The other has not been doing so well. I'm not sure which one it is struggling as I lost the labels when I transplanted them to bigger pots about a year ago.

    Any suggestions for my struggling tree, it's much smaller and more yellowish green than vibrant green like the other tree.