Growing on the High Plains

Airs Thursdays at 10:30 am CT and Saturdays at 8:35 am CT

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit Skip planted a garden, and began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains. 

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Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Pole Beans

Many 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 for writing this piece the pole beans were still covered with blooms, but nary a bean had been produced.  I think the infernal inferno of hot dry days may have something to do with it.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Rain Barrels

One 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 moisture that can provide a drink for thirsty plants.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Mowing

Though 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 more controversial sounds of summer.

Growing on the High Plains episode
3:08 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Milkweed II

The 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 and fluff-filled seed pods, including a wartime effort by World War II's greatest generation.

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Milkweed

Some 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.   It is also perfectly suited to the high plains climate.

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:00 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Solomon Seal

Solomon Seal is not a native plant.  Named for a scarred rhizome that has the appearance of King Solomon's seal, which is known by many as the Star of David.   It is also know for its medicinal use, and is perfect for shaded flower beds on the High Plains.

Growing on the High Plains episode
8:02 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks thrive in this arid climate we call home.  It does not flower the
first year, but sends up a tall stalk the next that will bloom most of the
summer.  The best time to plant your seeds is late summer, giving it time to
sprout and get established before winter sets in.  The most common disease
is rust, which can be managed by actively removing affected areas or with
chemicals. 

HPPR
8:00 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Early Birds

Most 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.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Jerusalem Artichokes

 A look at a vegetable that is an artichoke in name only.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Artichokes

 Impulse buying results in a trip down memory lane and a new challenge for Skip's gardening skills.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Larkspur

A father's gift is regenerated each year, leaving a legacy of 'little blue flowers' to brighten the garden  and the heart.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Spirea

A look at a flowering shrub that has maintained its popularity on the high plains from early-day homesteads to modern-day domiciles.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Water Gardens Part III

Stocking your garden pond with critters can be lots of fun, but watch out for the uninvited guests!

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Water Gardens Part II

A look at some plants that thrive under, in, and around the water.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Water Gardens Part I

Skip begins a 3 part series on ponds and pools in the yard and garden.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Sun Dried Tomatoes

In honor of Mother's Day, Skip shares a conversation with her gardening guru mom (now deceased) from a past Growing on the High Plains episode.

Growing on the High Plains episode
6:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

School Days

The school bell rings as Skip recounts her recently gained education experiences through the Master Gardener Program.

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