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. 

Contact Skip Mancini about the program. 

Solomon Seal

Jul 15, 2012

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.

Hollyhocks

Jul 8, 2012

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. 

Early Birds

Jul 1, 2012

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.

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jun 28, 2012

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

Artichokes

Jun 21, 2012

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

Larkspur

Jun 14, 2012

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

Spirea

Jun 7, 2012

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

Water Gardens Part III

May 31, 2012

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

Water Gardens Part II

May 24, 2012

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

Water Gardens Part I

May 17, 2012

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

Sun Dried Tomatoes

May 10, 2012

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.

School Days

May 3, 2012

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

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