GLT's Grow

From controlling critters to whacking weeds to finding just the right plant for your plot, GLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy and co-host Laura Kennedy are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today. Let GLT help your garden Grow!

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When a tree doesn't thrive in one spot, we can try transplanting it to another.  Sounds simple, right?  Well, it isn't, as host Patrick Murphy explains on this edition of GLT's Grow.

*Curtis from Missouri transplanted a small quaking aspen tree this past fall.  Now that it's spring, it doesn't appear to be leafing out.   Curtis is concerned the transplanting may have killed his tree.

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Tomato season is fast approaching!   Let's start thinking about starts and which ones you should put in your garden.  Lee  and Nick from Wendell Niepagen's Greenhouses and Garden Center stopped by the GLT studios to chat with Murph and Laura about some new tomatoes to try.  Plus, they share some care tips to ensure a great crop of 'maters.

*Lee says there's 80 varieties of tomatoes at Niepagen's.

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One of  the most important elements of a great yard and garden is healthy soil.  In this edition of GLT's Grow, host Patrick Murphy talks about the different types of soil and why you should get your soil tested to better understand how it can work best for you.

*Soil has orders, similar to the genus in species in all living creatures.

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an organization called The Natural Resource Soil Conservation Service, which surveys soil across America. 

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Whether you're short on yard space or just looking for a way to give back to your town, a community garden could be a great fit for you.

*Grow host Patrick Murphy said most community gardens are for growing all sorts of edibles.  Fruits and veggies are very popular.

*Community gardens can be private, some are public.  

*There's some simple etiquette to participating in a community garden:  you've got to work to reap the benefits of the garden's harvest.

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You can make the world a more beautiful place, honor a loved one or organization or help create a living laboratory by taking part in a donor tree program.  Patrick Murphy talks about the Illinois State University Donor Tree Program, and how you can find a donor tree program near you to put some roots in the ground and make the future a little greener.

*There are donor tree programs everywhere.  The National Arbor Day Foundation has suggestions.

*Universities and municipalities and churches have these programs.

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You can randomly stick some plants in the ground and call it a garden, but you can't call it a design.  Planning and designing a yard is not just for the pros. Grow host Patrick Murphy has seven steps to a well-designed garden that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

*Measure your yard and put that on paper or into a garden plan app.

*Designate public and private areas.

*Record traffic patterns around your yard.

*Keep in mind the various views.

*Organize areas within traffic patterns.

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You've grown vegetables, fruits, and flowers, so now how about a nice cup of tea?  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has advice for Kevin in Bloomington about the right plants for tea leaves.

*Murph has some good news and some bad news when it comes to growing tea:  It's tough to grow tea plants, especially in Zone 5, but if you succeed, you'll savor every cup.

*Tea plants love consistency, which you can't count on in Zone 5.

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There's no doubt that logs are utilitarian, but they can also add an artistic touch to your yard.  Patrick Murphy explores the artistic side of logs.

*Using logs as art is a great way to use the whole tree.  

*Some of the best trees to use for log art include oaks, sugar maple and other hard wood trees.  

*Another thing to look for are logs with interesting bark, like birch and pecan.  

*Let the log dry out first, then shellac to preserve it.

*Try making tomato racks out of bamboo canes.

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What important role did the Empress Josephine have in the history of rose culture?  Before you hand over a bouquet of roses to your loved one this Valentine's Day, let Murph fill you in on the fun details, plus the particular needs of this most popular of flowers.

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Larry in Shirley, IL needs advice on when he should trim his apple trees, and Murph is ready with a time table.

  

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You can be the ruler of your own little world by creating a terrarium.  And according to Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, it's easy to create.

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Ice -- great for cocktails, bad for plants.  When an ice storm hits, it can tear apart trees, especially when it teams up with wind.   Patrick Murphy talks damage control on this edition of GLT's Grow.

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Bigger is not necessarily better in the garden.  Shrinking your gardening ambitions down to size can be a charming alternative for those short on space or time.  Patrick Murphy and Laura Kennedy welcome a special guest to the studio to learn about miniature gardening.

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There's just so much binge watching you can do every winter.  So Grow host Patrick Murphy says get up off the sofa and venture out to see some amazing gardens near you.

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In the world of gardening, the sun gets all the credit. But while the moon can't help your plants grow, it can inspire you to plant a garden that takes advantage of its celestial beauty.  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some advice on getting started on moonlight gardening.

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If you're still searching for a lovely gift for the gardener in your life, Grow host Patrick Murphy has a list of suggestions you should check out.

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What's in a name?  Well, plenty, if it's a storm.  Grow host Patrick Murphy is naming names of weather systems and looks into why dubbing storms fascinates us.

Native Plants Key to Successful Garden

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Native plants are a great choice for any gardener, and while they can look great in the warmer months, can they bring winter interest to your yard? Grow host Patrick Murphy has the low down.

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So...what'll it be?  Maybe a Scotch pine or a blue spruce?   Patrick Murphy is happy to help you select just the right tree for Christmas.

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Warm weather  is gone and you're about to toss those potted ornamentals you've had on your patio all summer long.  Don't.  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has a better idea.

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Ornamental grasses lend a unique beauty to the landscape, plus they can give a hint of agricultural practices of years past.  Patrick Murphy has more on this edition of Grow.

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Wonderful spots full of amazing plants surround us -- we just have to slow down and notice them.  Murph has some advice on noteworthy places to find interesting plantings.

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When you go plant shopping, you've got to keep your eye out for a healthy plant.  But GLT's Grow host Patrick Murphy says you need to watch out for other things, too.

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  Neal in Kansas City, Kansas is searching for the perfect conifer for his yard.  The tricky thing is, the soil isn't great and the weather in Kansas City can be brutal.  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some suggestions for just the right tree.

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  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, deals with two questions this week concerning trees that are doing poorly.  First, Kevin in Normal is worried his neighbor's sick trees will infect his own, and Dave in Kansas needs advice about his sickly Ginkgo.

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  Brandy in Normal is distraught over her weeping cherry -- there's a strange sap seeping from the trunk!  Does that spell disaster?  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some advice for the gardener.

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  Bryan in La Grange, Illinois has a hibiscus plant that's not thriving and hopes host Patrick Murphy can solve the problem.

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There's danger afoot in the garden!  Host Patrick Murphy talks about some noxious plants to avoid.

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  When our plants experience too much rain in the spring, it can be bad news all summer long.  Host Patrick Murphy grosses out sidekick Laura Kennedy with an explanation of what he calls 'plant snot.'

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