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Dean of Green

On-air Time: Friday 8:49 AM, 4:49 PM, reprised Wednesdays during GLT's Sound Ideas.

Hosts:   Don Schmidt and Laura Kennedy

Whether you've got a green thumb or are hopeless with a hoe, you can find a kindred spirit in the Dean of Green! Don Schmidt takes the mystery out of gardening and puts in fun instead. Joined by patient co-host, Laura Kennedy, Dean-o troubleshoots YOUR problems as he tackles listener questions with an equal mix of science and silliness. Submit your gardening question to the Dean today.

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Plan For Planting: Bill Davison from the U of I Extension guests and describes the perfect plan for growing vegetables.

Hydrangea Problems (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/12/2014 11:04 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Josh from Georgia asks Deano's help with a problematic hydrangea.

Too Much Shade For Grass (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/04/2014 03:37 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Dean helps a listener from Bloomington, IL deal with having too much shade in his backyard to grow grass.

Talking Turf With Dave (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/31/2014 03:41 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Dave Kopsell from the Illinois State University Department of Agriculture stops by to talk turf and reveal a great honor for ISU's Weibring Golf Course.

Zombie Christmas Tree and Grafting Veggie Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/21/2014 04:13 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Kendra understand why her cut Christmas tree is still alive in march, plus helps Steve in Michigan learn about grated vegetable plants.

Leggy Prairie Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/14/2014 04:39 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Larissa in Bloomington, IL with her leggy prairie plants.

Soil in Planting Beds (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/07/2014 02:01 PM
Run Time: 9:00
This week, Deano helps two listeners who wonder how to make the soil in their planting beds really healthy.

Mahonia: Invasive Plant or Holly Lookalike (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/03/2014 09:02 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps a listener in Georgia figure out if he just transplanted an invasive woody plant into his yard.

Tree Grafting 101 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/21/2014 04:41 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Get the low-down on tree grafting with the Dean of Green.

How To Grow Asparagus (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/14/2014 04:15 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps a listener learn the basics of asparagus growing.

Lilies and Compost (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/07/2014 05:11 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano takes on two questions concerning canna lillies and composting wood ash.

Air Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/31/2014 02:11 PM
Run Time: 9:00
What is an air plant? And does it really survive on just air?

Cilantro Won't Grow (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/24/2014 04:10 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano gives Josh in Georgia tips on growing cilantro.

Persistent Herbicides (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/10/2014 04:44 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Roger from New York is concerned about persitent herbicides in manure.

Poinsettia Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/10/2014 04:43 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps David in Maryland with his poor poinsettia.

Making Plans for Spring (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/03/2014 05:01 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green is eager to start planning the best spring ever with some good advice for gardeners.

Reusing Soil (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/20/2013 09:53 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Matt in Champaign, IL figure out if he can move soil from the driveway to a veggie garden.

Ivy: Pretty or Dangerous? (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/20/2013 09:51 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Sara in Normal, IL asks Deano about the ivy growing up her maple tree -- can it hurt the tree?

Planting Winter Interest (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/13/2013 05:08 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green has advice for David from Maryland, who is looking to add some winter interest to his yard.

Picking a Christmas Tree (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/06/2013 03:41 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has Christmas tree recommendations -- plus a look at a root problem plaguing fir trees.

Cuttings and Tubers (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/02/2013 09:01 AM
Run Time: 9:00
David from Maryland asks Deano for help with taking cuttings. Plus, Cyndee from Illinois asks Deano to identify some tubers she uncovered.

Seeds Galore! (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/22/2013 05:47 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Joshua from Woodstock, Georgia and Kirby from Ashland, New Hampshire both have questions for the Dean of Green relating to seeds.

Root Ball Question (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/15/2013 04:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps John from Elkmont, Alabama know more about his Maple tree root ball and the best way to plant it.

Help with Transplanting Azaleas (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/08/2013 03:38 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Mark from Chesapeake, Virginia asks for Deano's advice on transplanting azaleas.

Treated Wood and Mint Gone Wild (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/05/2013 04:38 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Josh in Woodstock, Georgia who wonders about using treated wood in a raised garden bed, and Jennifer in Bloomington, Illinois asks about mint that's taking over her yard.

White Pine Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/25/2013 04:11 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps a listener who has a white pine that was struck by lightning.

Found: One Charming White Flower (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/18/2013 01:46 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps a listener identify a flower he found in Starved Rock State Park.

Fall Fertilizing -- Yes or No? (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/11/2013 01:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano answers a question from Roger from Penn Yan, New York about fertilizing in the fall.

RX for a Great Lawn (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/04/2013 04:53 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Heather in Bloomington, IL asks Deano's advice on growing a great lawn.

Ranunculus and Rain (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/27/2013 02:21 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kate in Kansas asks Deano for advice on growing ranunculus. Plus, Andrew in Oregon wonders just how much rain is enough.

Rust on the Lawn (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/20/2013 02:53 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Tim in Idaho deal with the rust on his lawn.

Tomatoes as Houseplants? (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/13/2013 05:30 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Joe in San Jose, CA asks Deano's advice for overwintering tomato plants indoors.

River Birch Losing Leaves (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/06/2013 05:26 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Scott in Bloomington, IL fears for his river birch trees, which are losing their leaves.

Dean of Green Field Trip (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/02/2013 09:31 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano and his sidekick Laura head to the Home Depot in Normal to visit the amazing community garden.

Green Screen with Compact Roots (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/23/2013 05:05 PM
Run Time: 9:00
John from Burlington, Ontario in Canada asks Deano to recommend some plants with a compact root system for a privacy barrier.

Bargain Bulbs and Peat Moss (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/16/2013 02:00 PM
Run Time: 9:00
David from Timonium, Maryland asks Deano's advice about buying bargain bulbs, and Nickie from St. Paul, Indiana wonders if peat moss is good for grass.

Growing Good Stuff (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/09/2013 05:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Griffin from Bloomington, IL plan a winter veggie garden and advises Tom from Heyworth, IL on caring for garlic.

Diseased Oaks (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/02/2013 02:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Patricia in Bloomington. Her oaks seem to be in dire trouble.

Rain Barrels and Grass Clippings (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/26/2013 04:02 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Joyce in Omaha NE asks Deano for advice about keeping rain barrels from smelling bad, plus Donovan from Ramsey, MN wonders if using grass clippings as mulch is a good idea.

What Are Donuts Doing on a Boxwood? (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/17/2013 05:25 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Pat in Bloomington, IL has found weird white donut-like things on her boxwoods and wonders what they are and what she should do about it.

Hungry Rabbits and Deer (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/12/2013 03:59 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has advice on what to do if Bugs and Bambi start dining on your plants.

Dean of Green Field Trip: Illinois State University Campus (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/05/2013 03:32 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Join Deano and Laura as they explore the grounds of the ISU campus and learn about the wide variety of trees there.

Totally Tulips (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/28/2013 02:14 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps David from Elk Grove Village, IL understand more about tulips.

Looking For a Green Privacy Screen (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/21/2013 02:37 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jan from Bloomington, IL asks for suggestions for a living privacy screen in a soggy area.

Peonies That Won't Bloom (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/14/2013 03:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jeanne from Bloomington IL needs help with her non-blooming peony plants.

H2O2...Plus, Do Tomatoes and Strawberries Make Good Garden Neighbors? (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/07/2013 02:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Tim from Moscow, ID asks if H2O2 aids in seed germination. And Rick from Romeoville, IL wonders if his tomatoes are behind the drop in strawberry production in his garden.

Hosta Problems (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/31/2013 04:12 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano solves the mystery of what's killing off Pat from Bloomington's hostas.

Potting Soil? Potting Mix? Gardening Soil? What's the Difference? (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/24/2013 02:52 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Ashley from Huntsville, Alabama decipher the differences between the various commercially prepared potting mixes.

Trimming Tomato Suckers (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/17/2013 03:51 PM
Run Time: 9:00
David from Honolulu, Hawaii asks Deano about trimming tomato plant suckers to increase productivity.

Bulbs and Seeds (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/10/2013 02:14 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano answers questions from Nancy in Green River, Wyoming about tulip bulbs, and from Vinny in Cork, Ireland regarding drying seeds before planting them.

Hydrangea Secrets (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/03/2013 03:17 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Tim from Moscow, Idaho asks for Deano's help with his "Annabelle" hydrangeas, plus Deano reveals the secret behind that plants' name.

Starting a Community Garden (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/26/2013 03:20 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano advises David from Streamwood, IL in how to help the soil in his new community garden.

Railroad Ties and Greenhouses (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/19/2013 03:42 PM
Run Time: 9:00
John From Elkmont, Alabama wonders if it's okay to use old railroad ties to build a raised planter. And Jonathan from Ogden, Utah asks Deano's advice about how to make his greenhouse a success.

Snails on Hostas (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/12/2013 02:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps J in Bloomington, IL, who has snails running amok in his hostas.

Signs of an Ancient Sea Shore (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/05/2013 02:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Matt in Belleville, Michigan wonders if the soil and fossil clues in his yard indicate that it was once the location of an ancient sea shore. Plus, Deano advises Matt on fast growing trees.

Orchids and Amaryllis (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/29/2013 03:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Whitni in Ecuador asks Deano's advice regarding growing orchids, and Dave in Heyworth, IL needs Deano's help with his Amaryllis -- the darn thing refuses to bloom!

Dealing with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/22/2013 03:48 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Gregg in Bloomington, IL wants to relocate the rabbits in his yard. Deano says,"Not so fast!", and offers some alternatives for dealing with bunnies.

Spring Has Spring...Time to Plant! (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/08/2013 03:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano can't wait to get into the garden, so he's making plans on what he wants to get into the ground first.

Tomato Fungus and Plants That Repel Bugs (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/08/2013 03:33 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Renae in Santa Monica, CA wonders if certain plants can repel nasty bugs, while Norma in Bloomington, IL needs help with her tomatoes.

Hydrangeas and pH (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/01/2013 11:18 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Mike in Normal Illinois asks Deano about pH and hydrangea bloom color.

Re-energizing Raspberry Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/22/2013 03:51 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Carole in Normal, Illinois asks Deano's advice regarding her under performing raspberry patch.

Great Flowering Plants to Consider (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/15/2013 12:50 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Dean has suggestions for new plants for your yard this spring.

Trees You Should Plant (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/08/2013 04:05 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Ever heard of the paperbark maple? Well, Deano says it's one tree you should know and consider planting this year.

Veggies You Should Be Planting (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/01/2013 02:15 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano had suggestions for the best stuff to grow this year, plus helps Andrew from Arlington Heights, IL, who is looking to get a second crop of snow peas in the autumn.

Vanquishing Voles (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/25/2013 03:09 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Scott from Traverse City, MI deal with a vole problem.

Planting Perfect Pears (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/18/2013 02:43 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Mark from Chesapeake, VA asks Deano's advice about what pear trees to plant in his yard.

Cloning 101 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/11/2013 12:30 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano answers a question from Roger in New York regarding cloning.

Squash Those Squash Bugs! (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/04/2013 03:58 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kate in Overland Park, Kansas needs Deano's help in controlling a squash bug infestation.

Speedy Creeping Vine (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/28/2012 11:13 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps David in Elk Grove Village, IL find a fast growing vine.

Water Absorbing Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/21/2012 02:27 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Clark in Normal, IL wonders in Deano knows any plants that can absorb lots of water.

Confused Shrubs (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/19/2012 09:37 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano takes a question from Nicole in Elk Grove Village regarding her Nanking Cherry bushes that are confused. They're sprouting leaves rather than shedding them.

Confused Shrubs (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/07/2012 03:14 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Nicole with her Nanking Cherry Bushes, which are leafing out too early.

Growing Walnut Trees for Fun and Profit...But Mostly for Fun (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/30/2012 03:00 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Matt from Hilliard, Ohio asks Deano's advice about growing walnut trees for their highly sought-after wood. And for fun, too.

Red Pine Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/23/2012 02:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Jerry in Danvers, IL with what appears to be a beetle problem with his pines.

Blue Spruce Mold (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/16/2012 03:06 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kay in Normal, IL thinks she has a mold problem with her Blue Spruce.

What's Chewing on Rich's Plants? (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/09/2012 03:10 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Rich in LeRoy, IL wants Deano's help in discovering what bug hitched a ride on the potted plants that he's just brought in for the winter.

Invasive Milkweed (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/02/2012 02:09 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Rick from Bloomington, IL asks for advice about the climbing milkweed, which is highly invasive.

Collecting Seeds (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/26/2012 02:25 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has advice for Kat in Philadelphia regarding collecting seeds from her plants.

Transplanting Advice (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/19/2012 04:05 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Teddy in Bloomington asks Deano what the best time of year is for transplanting.

Norfolk Island Pine Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/12/2012 04:09 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Louise in Normal, IL has a Norfolk Island Pine that has branches that are turning brown. What gives?

Impatients Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/05/2012 04:01 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Michael in Greensboro, North Carolina with his impatients problem.

Beating The Beetle -- And More! (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/28/2012 03:21 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Nicole in Chicago, IL wonders if the approach she took with Japanese Beetles on her Elm tree could work with the nasty bugs eating her Ash.

Fall Gardening To-Do List (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/21/2012 04:15 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Feed the grass, plant some veggies...oh, there's still stuff you can do in the garden before winter gets here.

Pick a Tree for Planting, Part Four (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/14/2012 04:15 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano looks at the ups and downs of fruit from trees.

Pick a Tree for Planting, Part Three (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/07/2012 03:19 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano loves the crabapple tree and has some recommendations for just the right one for your yard.

Pick a Tree for Planting, Part two (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/31/2012 03:36 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Looking for some great fall color in your yard? Deano has some suggestions.

Pick a Tree for Planting, Part One (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/24/2012 03:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano kicks off a four-part series on what trees are great for planting. This week, it's the elm.

Too Much or Too Little Water? (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/17/2012 04:04 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Geoff in Normal, IL has a pink dogwood with brown leaves. Is it too much or too little water?

Weird Growth on Coneflower (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/10/2012 02:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Travis in Bloomington figure out what's happening with his coneflowers.

Lawn Seeding Advice (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/03/2012 12:42 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Mary in Normal, IL seeks Deano's advice on the proper way to reseed her lawn this fall.

Missing Bark (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/27/2012 04:40 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps James from Bloomington, IL discover if bark missing from his tree will be a problem down the line.

Supermarket Botany (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/20/2012 01:59 PM
Run Time: 9:00
David in Elk Grove Village, Illinois grows plants from seeds he gets from fruits at his local supermarket. He's had some success, but just couldn't get the apricot to grown. Can Deano help him?

Name That Caterpillar! (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/13/2012 03:04 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Toni from Sunrise, Florida wonders if Deano can identify the caterpillar she's spotted in her garden. Plus, Deano addresses the local drought.

How To Use Nitrogen (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/06/2012 01:26 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Denao helps Pat in Normal figure out how to use nitrogen to help the plants in her yard.

Hungry, Hungry Vegan (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/29/2012 02:46 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Alex in Denver is a vegan who loves vegetables. Can the Dean of Green help him to get more out of his veggie garden.

Fears of Fire Blight (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/22/2012 11:57 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Julie in Bloomington, IL is afraid her pear tree has fire blight. The Dean of Green issues a prognosis -- and it's not all bad!

Shady Tomatoes and Stimulated Roots (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/15/2012 03:59 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Cynthia in Bloomington with her tomato plants and Mary, also from Bloomington, with the right way to use root stimulators.

Wood Chip Mulch -- Good Idea in the Veggie Garden? (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/08/2012 03:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kathy from Downs, IL wants Deano's advice about mulch for her veggies.

The Prickly Problem of Transplanting a Cactus (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/01/2012 03:33 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps out a listener who needs advice on transplanting a cactus.

Ginkgo Sex Ed (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/25/2012 01:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Mike in Mackinaw, IL needs Deano's help in identifying the sex of a Ginkgo sapling.

Spring Gardening To-Do List (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/17/2012 02:43 PM
Run Time: 9:00
There's plenty to be done in the garden in springtime, and Deano has a list of all the stuff you should be doing right now.

Who Likes Lichen? Not Greg! (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/11/2012 03:19 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Greg from Downs, IL deal with the lichen that's growing on his trees.

Roof Water Runoff (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/04/2012 01:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps George in Bartonville, IL figure out if the roof runoff in his rain barrel is okay for the veggie garden.

Transplanting a Wisteria (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/27/2012 02:01 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Learn the best way to transplant the lovely Wisteria plant.

Get These Bugs Outta Here! (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/20/2012 03:39 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Margaret in Chicago deal with a bug invasion.

Tortoise Bedding in Compost Bin - Yes or No? (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/13/2012 03:32 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Sonal in Bloomington, IL asks Deano if it's hygienic to put used tortoise bedding in her compost bin.

Spring Bulbs and Seeds (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/06/2012 02:46 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Michelle in Seattle, WA has a question for Deano about spring bulbs and how to store them. Plus, Kristin in Syracuse, NY asks Deano's advice on the best method for starting seeds.

Early Spring Issues and Watering Advice (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/30/2012 12:39 PM
Run Time: 9:00
John in Oakville, Ontario needs Deano's help with the effects early spring is having on his plants. Plus, Robert in Lakeside, CA needs advice about installing a raised bed watering system.

How to Grown an Avocado (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/23/2012 03:17 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Zack in Normal, IL learn how to grown his own avocado from seed.

Growing Woody Herbs (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/16/2012 04:02 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Dave from Honolulu, HI asks for help from Deano regarding growing woody herbs.

Coaxing Along a Nasturtium (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/09/2012 02:38 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Becky in East Peoria, IL asks Deano to help her grow a particular type of nasturtium indoors.

Grow That Grass and Keep it Green (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/24/2012 02:04 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Cass in Mansfield, IL deal with too much acid hurting his grass, and Betsy in Normal, IL deal with too much doggie fun ruining her grass.

Deano's Dam Advice (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/24/2012 01:58 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Dawn in Purcellville, VA asks Deano's advice for a good groundcover to grow on a dam.

Trying to Find an Elusive Flower (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/17/2012 04:27 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Robert in Hanover park, IL locate a plant he saw at the Morton Arboretum.

This Spud's For You (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/10/2012 03:09 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano's sidekick, Laura, wants to know how to grow potatoes, and The Dean of Green is here with the details.

Dealing with Invasive Species (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/03/2012 03:32 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green takes a question from Linda in Rochester, PA about the invasive species she'd like to banish from her yard.

Which Grass is Best? (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/27/2012 02:58 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Lana in Fisher, IL wonders what type of grass she should put in to solve the problem of erosion on a slope.

Too Early for Daffodils (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/20/2012 02:31 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jane in Hudson, IL is worried about her daffodils, which appear to be emerging way too early. Deano has good advice to set her mind at ease.

Picking the Right Tree (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/13/2012 03:00 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Heather in Bloomington, IL pick just the right new tree for her yard.

Fruit-bearing Plants in the Front Yard (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/06/2012 04:28 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kate in Kansas City, MO wants fruit plants in her front yard. Kate's husband doesn't. Can the Dean of Green make both of them happy with good looking and low-maintenance suggestions?

Mysterious Black Spots on Tomatoes (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/29/2011 11:55 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Maureen from Littleton, CO says her tomatoes are developing black spots and asks Deano for help in diagnosing the problem.

Problems with Creek Banks (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/23/2011 11:44 AM
Run Time: 9:00
David from Elk Grove Village, IL needs Deano's help with what to plant along the banks of the creek in his yard.

Killing Invasive Species (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/16/2011 03:00 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Deborah from Pontiac, IL find the best way to kill invasive species without harming native plants.

Mystery Weed (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/08/2011 03:42 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kay in Normal has found a plant in her yard that she thinks might be in the Deadly Nightshade family, and wonders if Deano can help her identify the weed.

An Orchid to Dye For (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/02/2011 04:18 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jennifer in Bloomington wants the low down on dyed orchids. Plus, tired of the same old Christmas tree? Deano has some alternatives for you.

Trimming a Yucca Plant (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/25/2011 12:31 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Linda in Pontiac figure out the best way to trim her yucca plant.

Mysterious Muscarii (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/18/2011 03:14 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Catherine in Edmond, Oklahoma wonders what's up with her muscarii bulbs.

Unpredictable Roses (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/11/2011 02:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Chris in Normal, IL, who is puzzled by the behavior of his rose bush.

Killer Copper! (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/04/2011 02:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Larry in Towanda, IL wants to know if he can use copper to kill some invasive roots.

The Tree Eating Brain (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/28/2011 03:40 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Nancy in Chenoa, IL has something that looks like a brain growing out of her tree -- so it's Deano's brain to the rescue!

Gardening on a Budget (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/21/2011 03:51 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Learn how to save some green when gardening.

Shade Lovin' Prairie Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/14/2011 02:50 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Eve in Normal find some native plants that grow well in shade.

Cutting Back a Mandevilla (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/07/2011 01:02 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Clara in Quebec asks Deano if it's time to trim back her mandevilla.

Don't Plant These Plants! (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/28/2011 03:59 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has advice about just what NOT to plant in your garden.

Fungus Gnats (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/23/2011 04:29 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Joanne in Ontario, Canada needs to get rid of some fungus gnats, and Deano is just the man to do it.

Tomato Blossoms (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/16/2011 02:21 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Pat from Bloomington, IL wonders why some blossoms bear tomatoes and others don't.

Dying Maples (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/09/2011 12:33 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano assists Joni from East Peoria, Illinois with her woeful maples.

Earthboxes and Rhubarb (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/09/2011 12:30 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Ralph from Illinois wants Deano's advice on Earthboxes, plus Marjoire from Kentucky needs help with her rhubarb.

Tomato Hornworms (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/26/2011 01:13 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green assists Debbie from Cincinnati with the creepy crawlers on her tomato plants.

Bagworms -- Blech! (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/19/2011 02:38 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Randall in Glasford, IL whose spruces are under attack by the dreaded bagworm.

Climb Every Trellis (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/12/2011 01:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has advice on great climbers to add to your yard.

It's Too Darn Hot! (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/05/2011 02:54 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green has advice on how to handle a heat wave.

The Sex Life of Raspberries (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/29/2011 03:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kay in Normal asks Deano for the scoop on raspberries and how they reproduce.

How Long Do Perennials Last? (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/22/2011 02:47 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Russ in Barrington Hills, IL wonders how long his perennials are supposed to live.

Dean of Green Field Trip (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/15/2011 02:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano and his intrepid sidekick, Laura, visit the campus of Illinois State University to learn about the trees.

July To-Do List (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/08/2011 03:16 PM
Run Time: 9:00
What to do in the garden during July.

Weeds, Weeds, Weeds (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/01/2011 04:33 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Everybody wants to know how to get rid of weeds. Deano knows how.

Rhubarb, Tomatoes & Peas -- Oh My! (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/24/2011 04:01 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Linda in Pennsylvania asks Deano's help with her errant rhubarb, volunteer tomatoes and tardy peas.

Gentle Pest Control (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/17/2011 12:36 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Ginny in Illinois asks Deano for advice on how to control pests more naturally.

Ornamental Grasses (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/10/2011 02:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Amelia in Indiana asks Deano's advice on planting ornamental grasses.

Maple Roots Growing Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/03/2011 03:27 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Matt in Bloomington with the problem he's having with the roots of his maple tree.

Austrian Pine Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/27/2011 03:51 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Rich in Bloomington has problems with his Austrian Pines and Deano has the reason why.

Moles: Annoying or Awesome? (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/20/2011 03:58 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green takes a question from Chari in Clinton, IL about the moles digging up her yard.

Narcissus, Phlox and Apricot Blooms (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/13/2011 12:40 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Three questions for Deano this week! Problems with creeping phlox for Rhonda, stubborn narcissus bulbs for Joan and non-blooming apricot branches for Amy.

Kitty Garden Potty and Acidic Soil (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/06/2011 02:19 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano takes a question from Suz in Virginia about her cats using the garden as a litter box. And Sandy in New Mexico needs advice on how to make her soil less akaline.

Hoop Houses and Invasive Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/29/2011 02:53 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green assists two listeners from central Illinois with questions regarding hoop houses and stubborn, invasive plants.

Going native and Digging Soil (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/22/2011 03:19 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Marcia in Normal convert her flower bed to an all-native garden, plus has advice about soil for Judy in Virginia.

The Black Walnut and the Clematis (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/21/2011 09:42 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Linda in Rochester, PA hopes Deano can explain why the clematis she planted near her old black walnut tree is doing so poorly.

Poinsettia Problem (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/21/2011 09:36 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Lucinda in Bloomington needs help with her poinsettia plant.

Olive Tree (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/01/2011 03:52 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Amy in Colorado Springs, Colorado wonders how big her wee olive tree will one day be.

The Sex Life of Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/25/2011 04:27 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Lori in Arroyo Grande, California asks Deano for the lowdown on plant reproduction. No blushing or giggling allowed!

Bad Basil (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/18/2011 11:16 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Jennifer in Bloomington has basil that's looking pretty bad. Can Deano help her? Also, Deano gives you a heads up on what cool season vegetables to get started now.

Drought Indicating Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/11/2011 03:50 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Ben in East Lansing, Michigan pick the right plants that indicate drought conditions in his garden. Also, Deano says it's time to start those 'maters!

Storing Soil and Grass Seed (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/04/2011 02:32 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Lisa from Manchester, New Hampshire hopes Deano can tell her if your bags of top soil and grass are still viable after the long winter.

Transplanting Peonies (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/18/2011 04:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Carole in Hudson, Illinois wants to know the best time to transplant peonies.

Needles and Moss (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/18/2011 04:54 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green answers questions from two listeners this week: Scott in Michigan is curious about pine needles and acidity, and Patricia from Ohio asks for advice about moss.

Dumpster Plant (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/11/2011 03:55 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Bobby in Chicago found a cool plant in a dumpster and wants Deano to help him figure out just what it is.

Advice for Growing Veggies (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/04/2011 02:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kristy in Bloomington, IL is planning a vegetable garden and wants some advice from Deano about the best soil to use.

Elephant Ear Bulbs (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/28/2011 03:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Terry in Bloomington, Il wants to know how to care for his elephant ear bulbs.

Winter Things To Do (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/21/2011 03:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has a winter to-do list for you.

Snow Mold (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/14/2011 03:53 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Snow has many vexing talents...including causing mold. The Dean of Green reveals why this isn't as bad as it sounds.

The Sex Life of a Pine (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/07/2011 03:00 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano takes a question from Kay in Normal, Illinois about where pines come from. (Hint: It isn't the stork).

Disposing of a Christmas Tree (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/30/2010 01:11 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green has advice on the various ways you can dispose of a Christmas tree.

Lead in Soil (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/23/2010 02:56 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Russ in LaGrange, Ohio wants to know if lead from bullets can harm the soil.

Is This Myer Lemon Tree a Lemon? (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/17/2010 02:39 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kate in Kansas need Deano's help with a Myer Lemon tree that's losing its leaves.

Misbehaving Maple (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/10/2010 08:55 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Jason in Huntsville, Alabama has a problem with his maple tree, so he's chatting on the phone with Deano to find a solution.

Problems with Carpenter Ants (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/03/2010 03:58 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Kris in Syracuse, New York deal with carpenter ants in her trees.

Growing Persimmons (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/26/2010 12:33 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jed in Provo, Utah asks Deano's help in growing persimmons.

Spotty Toad Lilies (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/19/2010 03:13 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Peter in Silver Spring, Maryland needs Deano's help in figuring out the weird spots on his toad lilies.

Is It Maple Blight or Just Bad Weather? (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/12/2010 03:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Brad in Secor, Illinois hopes Deano can tell him what's wrong with his maples.

The Right Kind of Fertilizer (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/05/2010 12:28 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano dishes out advice about wet versus dry fertilizing.

Green Flowers and Non-Green Leaves (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/29/2010 02:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Stephen from London wants Deano to recommend some plants with green flowers and non-green leaves. But does such a plant even exist?

Growing from Seed (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/22/2010 03:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps a listener who is growing apple trees from seed.

Organic Weed Control (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/15/2010 04:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
How to deal with a weedy yard the organic way.

Companion Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/08/2010 03:52 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Deano of Green takes a phone call from Gina in Normal about companion plants.

Uptown Normal Field Trip (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/01/2010 02:10 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano and his faithful sidekick, Laura, head into Uptown Normal to learn about the new landscaping.

Autumn Garden Tasks (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/24/2010 03:51 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Just in time for fall, the Dean of Green has a list of things you can do in the garden.

Albino Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/17/2010 04:28 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green is joined by Poetry Radio co-host Bill Morgan, who has a question about albino plants.

Horse Chestnut Problems (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/10/2010 03:28 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Emily in LaGrange Park asks Deano's advice regarding her woeful horse chestnut tree.

Too Much Clay (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/03/2010 03:20 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps a listener in Normal who has too much clay and not enough nutrients in her soil.

Weird Gall on Goldenrod (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/27/2010 02:09 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Kay in Normal asks Deano what the strange bulge is she found on some plants in her garden.

Growing Grass in Clay (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/20/2010 01:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jerry in Danvers needs Deano's help in growing grass in unfriendly soil.

August To-Do List (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/13/2010 02:39 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has a list of things you should do in the garden this month.

Speedy Tomatoes (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/06/2010 02:40 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Figuring out just how fast a tomato grows is the Dean o' Green's task this week.

In the Market for a Good Root System (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/30/2010 03:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps a listener from Peoria pick the right trees for his property.

Winter Damaged Dwarf Spruce (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/23/2010 03:23 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Marcia in New Hampshire know how to protect her Alberta Spruce from winter damage.

Bonsai (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/16/2010 03:26 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green chats with a listener who is having trouble growing bonsai.

Hungry Critters (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/09/2010 12:34 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has advice for two listeners who are dealing with rabbits and deer munching through their gardens.

Grass in Flower Beds (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/01/2010 04:22 PM
Run Time: 9:00
What to do if grasses invade your flower beds.

Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/25/2010 03:10 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Mallory in Bloomington needs Deano's advice about attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to her yard.

Invasion of the Asian Beetles (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/18/2010 02:19 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jennifer's Bloomington home is hosting far too many Asian Beetles. Deano explains why and how to deal with it.

Mystery Plant in Funks Grove (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/11/2010 04:03 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps identify a mysterious tree growing in Funks Grove.

Gooey Corn Plant (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/04/2010 12:09 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Aleda in Normal understand why her plant keeps seeping goo.

Feeding Flower Bulbs (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/28/2010 03:27 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Don Schmidt, the Dean of Green, helps Charles in Bloomington know the right way to feed flower bulbs.

Dean of Green Field Trip (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/21/2010 12:12 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano and his sidekick Laura visit the Illinois State University Horticulture Center.

Emerald Ash Tree Borer (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/14/2010 02:37 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Jack in Bloomington understand the threat of the Emerald Ash Tree Borer.

Avacado Grafting (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/07/2010 02:57 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green takes a question from Kerri in Bremerton, Washington about grafting root stock.

Heirloom Tomatoes (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/30/2010 04:19 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano takes a question from Michele in Bloomington about heirloom tomatoes.

Winter Damaged Arborvitae (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/23/2010 02:53 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Billy from Brooklyn needs Deano's help with a tree suffering from winter damage.

Don't Be Stumped By Stumps (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/16/2010 03:10 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green has advice on stump removal.

How to Plant a Pizza (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/09/2010 04:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano recommends the best pizza ingredients to plant in your garden. Did mushrooms make the list?

Deano and the Reluctant Poinsettia (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/02/2010 02:49 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Dan in Bloomington coax some flowers from his poinsettia.

Send in the Clones (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/26/2010 03:21 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano answers a question from Bear in North Carolina about cloning orchids.

Banana Plant Offspring (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/19/2010 02:35 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Judy in Virginia who has a question about her banana plants.

Outdoor Potted Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/12/2010 02:13 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green helps Mark from Perth Amboy, NJ understand how much water his outdoor potted plants need.

Protection From Winter Sun and Wind (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/05/2010 03:40 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Mike in Normal wonders if he's done the right thing to protect his holly bushes from winter weather.

Spanish Moss (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/26/2010 12:15 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Cheryl in Peoria Heights wants to learn more about Spanish Moss. The Dean of Green has the lowdown.

Lemon Tree Not So Very Pretty (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/19/2010 11:31 AM
Run Time: 9:00
What to do if the leaves are falling off your Myer Lemon tree -- yes, Deano has the answer.

Hardy, Sun Lovin' Plants (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/12/2010 03:06 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has some suggestions for a listener who is looking for sun loving plants that don't require much maintenance.

Killer Black Walnut Tree (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/05/2010 03:27 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green Helps a listener who has a black walnut tree that seems to be killing her hostas.

Tree Seedlings (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/29/2010 11:22 AM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano helps Marci grow trees from seeds.

Weird Black Spot Threat (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/15/2010 02:59 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Jaylynn in New Jersey is worried about some weird black spots on the maple leaves on her street.

Pruning Advice (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/15/2010 02:58 PM
Run Time: 9:00
The Dean of Green takes questions about the best pruning time and technique.

Architecture in the Garden (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/08/2010 03:38 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano has advice on how to achieve walls, floors and even ceilings with plants.

New Year Resolutions (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/31/2009 11:31 AM
Run Time: 9:00
This week, Deano helps his sidekick, Laura, get a list of gardening resolutions.

Dean of Green Field Trip (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/24/2009 11:45 AM
Run Time: 9:00
It's a trip to the Ewing Cultural Center for Deano and his sidekick, Laura.

Holiday Greenery (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/18/2009 02:08 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Deano highlights some of the popular green stuff for the season.

Gigantic Mushrooms (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/11/2009 03:13 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Bill from Bloomington asks Deano about a 15 pound mushroom called Hen of the Woods.

Too Big Pine (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/04/2009 03:56 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Lana from Iowa needs help from Deano to tame a huge pine tree that's about to grow into her house.

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