Gardening

Environment
2:56 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Take a Stroll Through Murray State's Arboretum

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The Arboretum at Murray State University is a fully accessible horticultural display, public garden and educational laboratory located on Pullen Farm, with an entrance at the end of Hickory Drive, off Main Street. Friends of MSU Arboretum Board Chair Paula Edwards visits Sounds Good to talk about its Watermelon Bust coming up July 17th and the Hutson Harvest Gala on September 4 - as well as what's new at the Arboretum this summer. Hear the conversation:

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Environment
4:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Vegetable Garden Workshop and More at the Calloway County Library

As the much anticipated spring time makes its way across our region, thoughts may turn to bringing that garden back to life. Sandy Lynn of the Calloway County Public Library stops by to tell us about a program on how to build a raised garden bed, what plants to use, type of construction, and more. on March 20 at the library. She also tells us about the Dr. Seuss event and the Animal Tales Program going on at the library, on Sounds Good.

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4:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Winter Pruning Tips from MSU Horticulturalist

With high temperatures expected to reach the lower to mid 50s this weekend, it might just be warm enough to step outside and give that yard some much needed tender loving care. Pruning during the dormant months is the most common practice, allowing plants ample opportunity to grow in the spring. Murray State Horticulture faculty member Pat Williams addresses pruning in the winter and what to do about ice-damaged trees in a workshop from 1 to 3 Saturday (February 15) afternoon at the Pullen Farm greenhouse at the Murray State Arboretum, on Hickory Drive, off Main Street.

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Environment
3:33 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

From the Garden Gate: The Garden Museum in London

Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening. In this edition of "From the Garden Gate," Roy talks about his visit to The Garden Museum in London. 

The Garden Museum in London

Whenever I teach in England as I did for a month this summer, I always feel as if I’m in a kind of gardeners’ heaven.  This summer I got a chance to visit a museum devoted entirely to gardening.  Located across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament, the Garden History Museum is housed in the rescued and restored medieval church of St Mary-at-Lambeth.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

From the Garden Gate: September Gardening

Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening. In this edition of "From the Garden Gate," Roy talks about the 'vegetative doldrums' of September, and how to prepare for next season.

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Gardening
2:55 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

From the Garden Gate: More for the Border

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This week's From the Garden Gate topic revisits an earlier one, about recommendations for the border of your yard. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.

Well, here I am, still on the topic of tall plants. Over the years of arranging and rearranging plants and a whole lot of trial and error, I’ve grown fonder of lots of these large plants as the backbone, and even middle ground, of the border.  As my own garden matures, and the beds continue to fill in, these plants serve as a backdrop to set off the shorter flowers in the front.  

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

PAMGA Celebrates 15th Anniversary with "Twilight in the Garden"

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Purchase Area Master Gardener Carol Ullerich visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about PAMGA’s 15th Anniversary, being celebrated with Twilight in the Garden on July 25th. The event, from 5 - 7 pm, will be held at the University of Kentucky Demonstration and Trial Garden at 3600 Coleman Road in Paducah. The garden is typically used as an outdoor classroom, featuring a vegetable garden, small orchard, rain garden, and herb garden. The event will guide visitors through the garden and demonstrate activities such as vermicomposting, propagation, fall gardening, and gardening in small spaces. There will also be activities planned for children, including storytelling and a scavenger hunt. See more about Twilight in the Garden, here.

Gardening
2:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Companion Planting

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Here's this week's "From the Garden Gate" by English professor and gardening enthusiast Roy Helton. This week's topic is "companions," combining flowers and vegetables in your garden.

Companions in the Garden

Probably when most of us hear the expression “companion planting,” we think of vegetable gardens and the kinds of flowers that are said to provide benefits for the veggies. The old-fashioned method of including marigolds and nasturtiums in vegetable beds is even receiving increased attention as scientific research catches up with garden lore. One list of suggested flower-vegetable combinations is catnip with eggplant to deter flea beetles, borage with tomatoes to attract beneficial insects, nasturtiums near squash to deter squash beetles, and petunias to act as an alternative food source for the aphids and beetles that go after cucumbers and pumpkins. 

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Environment
12:39 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Back of the Border Plants

Tansy, aka Mugwort... a real "mug"
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This week's "From the Garden Gate" is all about back of the border plants. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.

Just as a stage play has a backdrop to frame and showcase what’s happening out front, a garden border needs a backdrop as well.  In some respects that shouldn’t be too hard a problem to solve.  I mean, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of tall plants out there in the world.  And since finding tall plants is not, as they say, exactly rocket science, I thought I would confine myself to mentioning a few of the plants that I have found useful and successful in my own garden borders.

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Environment
4:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

From the Garden Gate: The White Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent. One of the most famous "White Gardens" in the world.

Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.  In this week's "From the Garden Gate" commentary, the topic is white gardens. Similar in design to the English cottage garden, white gardens feature flowers that are white or silvery, with the intent to overwhelm the viewer with a single color. 

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