Jim McMillan is President of Rolling Ridge Nursery in Webster Groves and has been a Nurseryman for over 50 years. He has a Horticulture degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is past President of the Missouri Association of Nurseryman and co-founder of the United Garden Centers (a three-state co-op buying group).
John Shea, known as Mr. Fix-It, has been a regular on KTRS since its conception 13 years ago. He has been in the remodeling business for over 35 years, and in 2004 started Callier Thompson Shea Construction & Design, a design/build remodeling company here in St. Louis. In that short period of time, the company has received the 2007 Remodeler of the Year award. In 2008 they were chosen as the builder for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition here in St. Louis. And in 2009 they were named to the National Big 50 Hall of Fame by Remodeling Magazine. With John’s construction experience and odd sense of humor along with his Ol-l-l-ld friend, Jim McMillan’s knowledge of anything that grows (or how to kill it), they have fun with their callers answering questions regarding anything inside or outside of their homes.
As Groundhog Day arrives, many thoughts turn to the upcoming spring with longing and anticipation. Chores will call us outside not long after the thaw. As we step out, we prepare ourselves for the possibility of unnoticed, unanticipated, and undesired damage to lawns and gardens. Although they may go deep to avoid the cold, many of these critters responsible for damage to these areas do not hibernate like the groundhog. In honor of the burrowing beast, let’s look into controlling our furry foes.
Growing your own transplants from seeds indoors can give you a head start on the growing season. Seeds remain dormant or inactive until conditions are right for germination. All seeds need water, oxygen and proper temperature in order to germinate. Light can also be a factor, some seeds germinate better in full light while others require darkness.
As the colder weather sets in, we all start to think about the past winter that felt never-ending. In the early spring months, the snow and ice seemed to keep coming, yet ice melt resources were depleting. Even though winter is not officially here yet, talk of ice melt shortages is already a buzz.
For most gardeners, as the cold weather moves in, it means a long rest period before next spring arrives. However, some start scouting, planning and propagating deciduous plants and narrow-leaved evergreens. Hardwood cuttings from these plants are taken during the late fall or early winter after a hard frost when the plants have become dormant.