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Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 GMTMany of the old timers in the gardening world swear that pole beans have a better taste than their bush grown cousins. This season I decided to test the claim by growing both kinds. The differences between the two bean types are many in terms of space requirements and visual elements. As far as the taste, the jury is still out because at my deadline
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 GMTOne of the hottest items in lots of gardening catalogues is the rain barrel, proving that 'everything old is new again'. Throughout history we have found ways to save up rainy day water and then used it during dry times. Today's offerings can make a fashion statement in your lawn or garden, but there are also some old-fashioned ways of conserving
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:00:00 GMTThough summer is the major growing season for most gardeners, it's also the major mowing season for many. Today we'll take a look at lawnmowers and the men who made them, beginning with four-legged 'natural clippers'. These were followed by horse-drawn reels and walk-behinds that were eventually developed into the gas guzzling producers of one of the
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:00:00 GMTThe more than 140 species of milkweed have a long and varied history. Named Asclepius for the Greek god of healing, its medicinal uses are many. However, several species are toxic, so if the plant is used as a health remedy, the user should be well-informed in advance. The physical properties of milkweed have resulted in various uses for the stems a
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMTThe more than 140 species of milkweed have a long and varied history. Named Asclepius for the Greek god of healing, its medicinal uses are many. However, several species are toxic, so if the plant is used as a health remedy, the user should be well-informed in advance. The physical properties of milkweed have resulted in various uses for the stems
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMTSome consider this wildflower a weed, but to Monarch butterflies and those who love them, this perennial is precious and should be a part of every garden.
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMTthis is the second part of the milk weed series, and we discover different uses for a plant many think of as a weed.
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTA shade loving perennial seems to give the 'seal' of approval to our high plains garden climate.
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTSkip discovers a surprise gift that has brightened her summer.
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTMost plants in Skip's garden got a jump on spring, producing foliage, buds, flowers, and fruits earlier than usual, and thus allowing an amazing harvest of ripe tomatoes in mid-June.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTImpulse buying results in a trip down memory lane and a new challenge for Skip's gardening skills.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTA look at a vegetable that is an artichoke in name only.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTA father's gift is regenerated each year, leaving a legacy of 'little blue flowers' to brighten the garden and the heart.
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTA look at a flowering shrub that has maintained its popularity on the high plains from early-day homesteads to modern-day domiciles.
Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTA look at some plants that thrive under, in, and around the water.
Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTStocking your garden pond with critters can be lots of fun, but watch out for the uninvited guests!
Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTSkip begins a 3 part series on ponds and pools in the yard and garden.
Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTIn honor of Mother's Day, we'll revisit a past GHP story that feature's a conversation between Skip and her gardening guru mom.
Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTToday the school bell rings as Skip recounts her recently gained education experiences through the Master Gardener Program.
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMTSome gardeners choose to expand their vegetable repertoire and go beyond potatoes, onions, carrots and beets. Today we'll look at some other edibles that lie beneath the soil line.
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMTA tree that has become a mainstay of shelterbelts and shade can sometimes present a 'sticky' situation and a crop of unwanted fruits.
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMTTips on the care and feeding of a plant that is an essential part of any kitchen garden.
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMTSkip finds that sometimes a search for the good stuff can be found right in her own backyard.
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTLearn about a favorite flowering shrub that American gardeners have taken to home and heart.
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTToday we'll turn our attention to the onion, a pungent plant that holds a rich culinary and cultural history.
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTAn early harbinger of spring can be the cat's meow in a high plains garden.
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTGrow your own namesake ingredient for a Hey-Bob-A-Rebob-Rhubarb Pie that would surely be Garrison Keillor's favorite!
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTWe close out our month of roses with a plant that offers a sticky situation, or should we say a thorny proposition?
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTWe'll start off a study of roses with a brief history of everybody's favorite Valentine Flower.
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTToday we'll look at the makeup and background of a rock formation that looks mighty like a rose.
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTRoses can bring good things to our lives, even after the bloom has faded.
Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTToday we'll review some new offerings from some old plants that will bring about some improvements that most gardeners should welcome.
Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTOne of the most popular houseplants does double duty as it asks you to take a good look at its beauty, and then take a deep breath of freshly scrubbed air.
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTA look at the past weather and future forecasts gives a warning that old gardening methods may need a bit of a change to succeed on the high plains.
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTSkip looks on the bright side of a recent snow storm and finds lots to be glad about.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTSkip discovers a rare and special holiday tree whose relatives are actually older than Methuselah.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTwhat better holiday tree than one made form rosemary, an herb just made for keeping memories.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTA look at the classic holiday tree that's hard to find on the High Plains.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTAn invasive weed has sometimes offered holiday cheer in past times.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTCare and feeding of a holiday tree that will be around long past the holidays.
Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTSkip Mancini's annual look at the gardening year is filled with drought and soaring temperatures, but there are some bright spots in the midst of the hard times.
Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTOriginating in an earlier day when gardening was often a social activity, and facing near extinction at one point, today's garden clubs are finding a resurgent popularity via the internet.
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMTcolorful fall folieage on the treeless high plains is a rare and welcome sight. today, we'll take a closer look at what causes leaves to turn and eventually fall.
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTSkip takes a look at gardener's favorite tools.
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTThese popular houseplants can pay you back with babies galore!
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTA flowering shrub that was most at home in a grandmother's prairie garden of yesteryear, this is a tough cookie that can take the heat and bring you blooms when many others have fallen by the wayside.
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTSkip looks at the rewards that can result from hard work and how to store them for the year ahead.
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTA look at a shrub that work well on many levels for High Plains gardeners providing mass, texture, colorful foliage, and wispy blooms (if you're willing to wait a few years.)
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTA look at perennial and annual weeds that fine, twin, and torment garderes through the HPPR region.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTWe'll finish out our special series on weeds with a look at plants that could sometimes be mistaken for regular residents of a flower bed or border.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTBroadleaf weeds are sometimes a walk in the part compared to controlling unwanted grasses.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTThough a far cry from cactus, today's weed entries definiely bring up some thorny issues.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTlet's set the table and see what's on the menu, weewise. Today, we'll discuss weeds that can function as spring toinics, greena dn leafy vitamin pills, or the makings of a soup or salad course.
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTWhen you're short on rainfall, these flowers, shrubs, and grasses will make your life easier and your water bills smaller- plus they all seem to succeed in our growing zones.
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTOur subject for today concerns a vegetable that seems to be either loved or hated....
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTIf a move were made about this insect, it would have to be called, "Beauty and the Beast," for it could easily play both the title roles. Today, let's stand up on our hind legs and observe the life cycle of the tomato hornworm.
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTHere's a look at a pear tree type that has been around a long time, but is still an 'oldie but a goodie' for growing pears on the High Plains.
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTToday, we'll embark on a series about weeds- those pesky, prankish guests who come to the garden party without an invitation and can wind up taking over the entire homestead.
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTTips for surviving a bone dry season in the garden.
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTToday, we'll take a look at a succulent perennial that stores water, blooms throughout hte summer, and is being recommended as a fire retardant ground cover in wildfire areas.
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTA record breaking drought....
Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTAn easy to grow vegtable that's related to the globe artichoke in name only, it looks like a sunflwoer in the garden, and cooks up like a potato in the kitchen.
Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTThis spiky plant works really well on the high plains, especially in a garden that's sporting a southwestern flair.
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTA look at how growin up with a garden can teach lessons in life planting.
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTTo commemorate Father's day, Skip looks back at some wit and wisdom handed down from some daddies she has known.
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTToday, skip sizes up an enemy that makes an annual invasion this time of year. In case youre wondering what time of year it is.. it's miller time!
Tue, 24 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTGrowing iris is fairly simple on the high plains. Today, we'll cover the basics of bringing this old fashioned favorite to your garden.
Tue, 24 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTFrom mythological beginnings in ancient Greece through the Dark Ages and into the Age of Enlightenment, a flower and its rhisome have deep roots in the history of mankind.
Fri, 06 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTa visit to the big city brings about some surprises
Thu, 05 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTGrowing iris is fairly simple on the high plains. Today, we'll cover the basics of bringing this old fashioned favorite to your garden.
Thu, 05 May 2011 04:00:00 GMThow you gonna keep them on the farm after they've seen the high line?
Thu, 05 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTFrom mythological beginnings in ancient Greece through the Dark Ages and into the Age of Enlightenment, a flower and its rhisome have deep roots in the history of mankind.
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTThis national day of tree planting started with a great idea that was hatched on... where else? The treeless High Plains! Today, we'll trace the history of Arbor Day, and watch its development from a dream on the NEbraska prairie to a world wide annual event that makes trees available to anyone who wants to plant them.
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTA look at this colorful annual shows why it's no popular in private and public planting spaces....
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIf you find yourself wanting a vegtable garden, but with no place to put it, then consider taking on some extra baggage...
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTSome plants are made to bring green to the landscape....
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMTJoin us for a field trip to look for Pine Wilt, and to learn from an expert how to combat the disease.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTA deadly disease is sweeping across our land...
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTSkip investigates and highly praises a new fangled idea for producing and marketing lettuce.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTThe "eyes" have it this week as Skip discusses the history and planting of potatoes.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTA deadly disease is sweeping across our land...
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTSkip covers the regional springtime events.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTGet your pencil ready, because today we'll make a list of plants that will attract butterflies and their equally showy caterpillars to your gardens.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTToday we'll examine butterly behavior and elements needed for a successful haven for these "garden jewels."
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTA look at the many types of spring lettuce, plus some tips on growing this salad mainstay in your garden.
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTA search for a sugar substitute takes us to the garden and a look at the stevia plant. Used for centuries, its sweet tasting leaves are legal to grow ad consume in the U.S., but there are some strings attached.
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTOur high plains weather systems make outdoor survival a challenge, not only for garden plants, but also for garden "pretties." Finding a wind chime that withstands a 60 mile an hour breeze sometimes means you have to make your own.
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTA search for a sugar substitute takes us to the garden, and a look at the stevia plant. Used for centuries, its sweet tasting leaves are legal to grow and consume in the United States, but there are some strings attached.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTPatio fireplaces are especially nice for taking the chill off mild winter months and allowing housebound gardeners some time in the great outdoors.
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTThese early spring blooms are always a welcome sight in the flower bed, but while the snow flies, they can provide color and fragrance indoors. .. if you give them a sunny window and a watery home for putting down roots.
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTAs gardens get established, they sometimes become home to "remembrance plants" that offer a walk down memory lane. Today, Skip views her garden as a photo album of the past.
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTthese early spring blooms are always a welcome sight in the flower bed, but while the snow flies, they can provide color and fragrance indoors if you give them a sunny window and a watery home for putting down roots.
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTFireplaces are espeically nice for taking the chill off mild winter months, and allowing housebound gardeners some time in the great outdoors.
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTWhy not end the holiday season with the three"R's?" Today, we'll look at ways to renew, recycle, or reuse that Christmas tree you thought was trash, but just might turn out to be a treasure.
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTThis holiday favorite takes some special care to bloom one cue, but the rewards are worth the effort.
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTToday, we'll catch the scent and track two biblical spices that have been used for centuries in exalted temples, though they are best known for their appearance in a lowly stable in Bethlehem.
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTSkip looks at the history of this romantic plant and then revisits her own history for a childhood Christmas memory.
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTA look at the plant that says, "Christmas," no matter what time of the year.
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMTSkip Mancini takes her annual look at the past garden year. She find some glorious successes, a few failures, and as usual there's also much to be thankful for whie bridging the gap from one growing season to the next.
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMTSkip Mancini takes her annual look at the past gardening year. She finds some glorious successes and a few failures, and, as usual, there's also much to be thankful for, while bridging the gap from one growing season to the next.