Gardening Shows Sponsorships By Black Kow
If you live in Florida you probably already know Tom MacCubbin. But if you live outside the state you're probably not familiar with Florida's foremost expert on lawn and garden issues.
Tom has hosted the "Better Lawns & Gardens" radio program for more than 18 years and is heard every Saturday morning on more than 20 radio stations throughout Florida.
Tom is the author of the articles on this web site plus a horticultural column and a weekly feature for the Orlando Sentinel. He's also written 6 books including "Florida Home Grown", the "Edible Landscape", "Month by Month Gardening in Florida", co-author of the "Florida Gardener's Guide", and was a contributor to the 1997 "Sunset National Garden Book".
Over the years, Tom has hosted "Florida Home Grown" and "Indoor Gardens" on public television stations in Florida and the southeast. He also makes appearances on Bright House Network's news channel in Central Florida.
Tom's "real" job has been the Orange County Urban Horticulturist until he retired in April, 2007. He was employed by the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences - a division of the University of Florida at Gainesville. He is now an Extension Agent Emeritus with a full professor equivalent at U of F. His primary assignment has been to assist Florida homeowners in the development and maintenance of home gardens, landscapes, turf and ornamentals which he continues through his many media programs.
Robert Vincent Sims
The Garden Rebel has been on radio in Orlando for more than 34 years. As a kid he sold plants on a street corner and people felt sorry for him thinking his parents made him do it. Little did they know that the kid out by the elementary school would turn out to be one of Florida's best landscape designers and radio / television gardening personalities.
As he grew older his nursery prospered and people came from all over the world to buy exotic plants that he had collected from Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. As a child Vince gave lectures to all the different plant societies in South Florida. He spoke at internationally famous Fairchild Tropical Gardens on a regular basis and hundreds came to hear "the kid" spout wisdom. He told them how he grew his plants with beer, soap, ammonia, and fish emulsion. He told his audiences, "All I know is that the worse my concoctions smell the better the plants grow!"
Robert Vincent Sims' mission is to help others and he does it with a sincerity that the audience instantly picks up on. His success is as rare as some of the exotic specimens in his private collection. He believes in solving problems with the safest, most efficient means possible.
Howard Garrett has extensive experience in landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance, and organic product development. Howard has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the natural organic marketplace. He provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living.ationally syndicated Organic Gardening & Living radio talk show host - Salem Radio Network.
The WPTF Weekend Gardener is an award-winning radio talk show that has been on the air for over 30 years. Mike Raley, who was a senior at N.C. State when he got his first gig at WPTF, celebrated his 40th anniversary with the station in April and is its longest-running announcer.
Gardening Tips from the WPTF Weekend Gardener
I am fortunate to be only the second host of a 75 year old legendary radio gardening show on WPTF Radio in Raleigh. I learned a lot working with John H. Harris who was the host of the Tar Heel Gardener for 40 years. We changed the name in 1985 to the Weekend Gardener when John retired. Today the Weekend Gardener is a 3 hour show heard every Saturday morning from 8:00-11:00. Questions from our callers range from bugs to begonias and lawns to lettuce. Many of the answers to their questions encourage gardening with Black Kow. Black Kow is one of our longtime sponsors and I would find it difficult to garden without this “perfect compost!”
Getting a soil test through your county cooperative extension service is a good idea in the fall or any time of year. Dig down several inches and mix the soil. Take it to the extension service. The results will tell you what kind of nutrients your landscape is missing. Using good quality compost material like Black Kow along with some lime may help solve your soil deficiencies.
As the weather cools, it is a great time to plant shrubs and trees, spring flowering bulbs, perennials, pansies and other fall annuals. The root systems will benefit from the cooler temperatures and having Black Kow incorporated into the soil to aid proper growth.
Shrubs don’t necessarily like to be pruned in the fall. Pruning promotes growth and may cut off next year's blooms in plants like azaleas and camellias. Wait until Spring-flowering shrubs bloom before you prune them. Tender new foliage can be susceptible to cold damage when temperatures drop. So wait till spring or summer to prune most shrubs. Your county extension service master gardeners can help you with pruning guidelines. Trees can be pruned when they are dormant in the winter.
If you want to try your hand at vegetable gardening, check with your county extension service information about the vegetables you love. Find out the best growing conditions for vegetables in your area. I've always found that the nutrients in Black Kow work well when growing your food supply too.
Finally for the fall, clean up your landscape and winterize your mower and other tools.
No matter what kind of gardening you're interested in, work the soil, get your hands dirty, enjoy your landscape and use Black Kow. Your plants will appreciate it!
STAN DEFREITAS, P.A.
A TV personality with a show on PBS for 12 years. and 2 seasons on CBS, with many appearances on Bay News 9 and daytime TV shows as a garden guru.
He was also on radio for many years sharing his horticultural knowledge. Should you need a private consultation on your landscape, or any real estate advice, Stan’s the man.
Stan, along with his son, James make up the dynamic duo for Berkshire Hathaway’s Florida Properties Group Auction division.
JAMES DEFREITAS, P.A.