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  • Plain Gardening: Dragonflies

    Plain Gardening: Dragonflies

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:22:43 GMT
    This week’s episode of Plain Gardening concerns a pastime similar to bird watching: dragonfly watching!
    This week’s episode of Plain Gardening concerns a pastime similar to bird watching: dragonfly watching!
  • Plain Gardening: Dragonflies

    Plain Gardening: Dragonflies

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:18:46 GMT
    This week’s episode of Plain Gardening concerns a pastime similar to bird watching: dragonfly watching!
    This week’s episode of Plain Gardening concerns a pastime similar to bird watching: dragonfly watching!
  • Plain Gardening: Hibiscus

    Plain Gardening: Hibiscus

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:52:02 GMT
    Plain Gardening is back at Bellingrath Gardens this week to talk hibiscus with Bill Finch.
    Plain Gardening is back at Bellingrath Gardens this week to talk hibiscus with Bill Finch.
  • Bellingrath Gardens Color

    Bellingrath Gardens Color

    Friday, July 11 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-11 19:33:38 GMT

    Beautiful summer at Bellingrath Gardens.

    Beautiful summer at Bellingrath Gardens.

  • Lawn and Water

    Lawn and Water

    Monday, July 7 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-07-07 18:40:53 GMT
    Not so fast with that hose, buster!  We’re talking watering (or, more to the point, not watering) your yard in this week’s exciting episode of Plain Gardening.  Bonus: save even more time by not using weed-and-feed, too.
    Not so fast with that hose, buster!  We’re talking watering (or, more to the point, not watering) your yard in this week’s exciting episode of Plain Gardening.  Bonus: save even more time by not using weed-and-feed, too.

  • Lawns and Weeds

    Lawns and Weeds

    Friday, June 27 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-06-27 21:51:53 GMT
    We’re mowing the grass today with Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens…but we’re not mowing too low.
    We’re mowing the grass today with Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens…but we’re not mowing too low.
  • Plain Gardening: The Bounty of the Garden

    Plain Gardening: The Bounty of the Garden

    Friday, June 20 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-06-20 18:03:57 GMT
    Since we began Plain Gardening nearly two years ago, Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens has made me eat weeds, vines, grass, and flowers. Today, FINALLY, we're eating FOOD! It's summer vegetable season…and that's a great season for Gulf Coast gardeners. There are still some tomatoes left, and the great tropicals are just coming on. Basil, peppers, eggplant, and okra are ripe for the picking…and most are at the peak of their beauty and flavor. Many of these plants are delicious even when ...
    Since we began Plain Gardening nearly two years ago, Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens has made me eat weeds, vines, grass, and flowers. Today, FINALLY, we're eating FOOD! It's summer vegetable season…and that's a great season for Gulf Coast gardeners. There are still some tomatoes left, and the great tropicals are just coming on. Basil, peppers, eggplant, and okra are ripe for the picking…and most are at the peak of their beauty and flavor. Many of these plants are delicious even when ...
  • Put A Little Blue Into Your Garden

    Put A Little Blue Into Your Garden

    Friday, June 13 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-06-13 18:14:30 GMT
     The Gulf Coast is an especially good place for blue blooming plants because of our naturally acidic soils. 
     The Gulf Coast is an especially good place for blue blooming plants because of our naturally acidic soils. 
  • Plain Gardening: Yucca

    Plain Gardening: Yucca

    Friday, June 6 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-06-06 15:02:23 GMT
    It's spring and the yuccas are in bloom. Having come here from the desert southwest (long ago), I thought yuccas were desert plants…but Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says there are lots of Yuccas native to the Gulf Coast.
    It's spring and the yuccas are in bloom. Having come here from the desert southwest (long ago), I thought yuccas were desert plants…but Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says there are lots of Yuccas native to the Gulf Coast.
  • Plain Gardening: Anticipation

    Plain Gardening: Anticipation

    Friday, May 30 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-05-30 17:36:29 GMT
    Late May is a busy time for Gulf Coast gardens…you need to be picking, planting, and planning all at the same time! Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens says he can barely keep up with the bean harvest: European snap beans, Louisiana purples, golden wax bush beans, blue beans, and more are ripe and ready.
    Late May is a busy time for Gulf Coast gardens…you need to be picking, planting, and planning all at the same time! Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens says he can barely keep up with the bean harvest: European snap beans, Louisiana purples, golden wax bush beans, blue beans, and more are ripe and ready.
  • A Gallery of Gardens Awaits You

    A Gallery of Gardens Awaits You

    Friday, May 2 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-05-02 18:37:21 GMT
    This edition of Plain Gardening takes place in the beautiful yard and garden of John and Joan Dixon. Theirs is one of 8 homes on the Mobile Botanical Gardens Gallery of Gardens Tour taking place today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3). Garden Guru Bill Finch took us on a tour. The shade of a spectacular oak means trouble for a traditional grass yard, so the Dixon's filled the front with ferns and palme...
    This edition of Plain Gardening takes place in the beautiful yard and garden of John and Joan Dixon. Theirs is one of 8 homes on the Mobile Botanical Gardens Gallery of Gardens Tour taking place today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3). Garden Guru Bill Finch took us on a tour. The shade of a spectacular oak means trouble for a traditional grass yard, so the Dixon's filled the front with ferns and palme...
  • Bean Poles

    Bean Poles

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:21:09 GMT
    Warm-season gardening in Mobile often means Big Gardening. Plants grow big here, and many need something to climb on.
    Warm-season gardening in Mobile often means Big Gardening. Plants grow big here, and many need something to climb on.
  • Mobile Has Many Types of Azaleas

    Mobile Has Many Types of Azaleas

    Friday, April 11 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-04-11 18:16:48 GMT
    Mobile is home to many different varieties of Azaleas. Meteorologist John Nodar and Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens take a look at a few of them in this edition of Plain Gardening.
    Mobile is home to many different varieties of Azaleas. Meteorologist John Nodar and Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens take a look at a few of them in this edition of Plain Gardening.
  • Plain Gardening: Plantasia Spring 2014

    Plain Gardening: Plantasia Spring 2014

    Friday, March 28 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-03-28 17:44:56 GMT
    It’s spring planting time! Some folks say that they don’t do well with plants, and I’m often one of them. But Bill Finch says that—in this part of the world—anyone can grow plants and do it well…in fact, the plants can usually fend for themselves if you follow three simple steps.
    It’s spring planting time! Some folks say that they don’t do well with plants, and I’m often one of them. But Bill Finch says that—in this part of the world—anyone can grow plants and do it well…in fact, the plants can usually fend for themselves if you follow three simple steps.
  • Mardi Gras Showers-Easter Flowers

    Mardi Gras Showers-Easter Flowers

    Friday, March 7 2014 2:14 PM EST2014-03-07 19:14:24 GMT
     This a great time for replanting and repotting.
     This a great time for replanting and repotting.
  • Plain Gardening: Sago Palms

    Plain Gardening: Sago Palms

    Friday, February 28 2014 1:48 PM EST2014-02-28 18:48:06 GMT
    With our unusually cold winter weather, we’re seeing a lot of brown sago palms around town. Are they dead? Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says no.
    With our unusually cold winter weather, we’re seeing a lot of brown sago palms around town. Are they dead? Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says no.
  • Mardi Gras Lillies

    Mardi Gras Lillies

    Friday, February 21 2014 2:27 PM EST2014-02-21 19:27:20 GMT
     Discover the Grand Primo, sometimes called Mardi Gras lilies.
     Discover the Grand Primo, sometimes called Mardi Gras lilies.
  • Plain Gardening: Taiwan Cherries

    Plain Gardening: Taiwan Cherries

    Friday, February 14 2014 1:41 PM EST2014-02-14 18:41:41 GMT
    This episode of Plain Gardening took place on a drizzly, cold, gray, windy, wintry day. So naturally, Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens wanted to talk about…SPRING.
    This episode of Plain Gardening took place on a drizzly, cold, gray, windy, wintry day. So naturally, Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens wanted to talk about…SPRING.
  • Be A Leaf Thief For A Better Garden

    Be A Leaf Thief For A Better Garden

    Friday, February 7 2014 2:07 PM EST2014-02-07 19:07:14 GMT
     Use leaves to promote better soil in your garden.
     Use leaves to promote better soil in your garden.
  • Ice Storm: Both Good and Bad For Plants

    Ice Storm: Both Good and Bad For Plants

    Friday, January 31 2014 2:03 PM EST2014-01-31 19:03:00 GMT
     Today’s Plain Gardening episode is as timely as today’s headlines:  Ice Plants! 
     Today’s Plain Gardening episode is as timely as today’s headlines:  Ice Plants! 
  • Cold Weather Potted Plants

    Cold Weather Potted Plants

    Friday, January 17 2014 2:48 PM EST2014-01-17 19:48:58 GMT
    This episode of Plain Gardening takes place on Bill Finch’s porch…or as he calls it, his “cold weather greenhouse”.
    This episode of Plain Gardening takes place on Bill Finch’s porch…or as he calls it, his “cold weather greenhouse”.
  • Plants and Cold Weather

    Plants and Cold Weather

    Friday, January 10 2014 1:55 PM EST2014-01-10 18:55:39 GMT
    The first very cold snap of the New Year is now behind us. Temps dipped into the teens! What's dead, what's not dead, and what should we be doing with our cold-damaged plants?
    The first very cold snap of the New Year is now behind us. Temps dipped into the teens! What's dead, what's not dead, and what should we be doing with our cold-damaged plants?
  • 12 Days of Christmas

    12 Days of Christmas

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:04 PM EST2014-01-03 22:04:03 GMT
    Gardeners tend to plan around holidays…it’s easy to remember and you often have a little time off as well.
    Gardeners tend to plan around holidays…it’s easy to remember and you often have a little time off as well.
  • Seed to Table Garden

    Seed to Table Garden

    Friday, December 20 2013 5:13 PM EST2013-12-20 22:13:43 GMT
    On today’s episode of Plain Gardening we revisit the Seed to Table Garden in the Renaissance Park—formerly Orange Grove--area of downtown Mobile.
    On today’s episode of Plain Gardening we revisit the Seed to Table Garden in the Renaissance Park—formerly Orange Grove--area of downtown Mobile.
  • Sasanqua Camellias

    Sasanqua Camellias

    Friday, December 13 2013 11:40 AM EST2013-12-13 16:40:57 GMT
    Sasanquas are our great camellias of fall.
    Sasanquas are our great camellias of fall.
  • Poinsettias

    Poinsettias

    Friday, December 6 2013 10:41 AM EST2013-12-06 15:41:59 GMT
    Plain Gardening Poinsettias 2013  
    Plain Gardening Poinsettias 2013  
  • Peppers and Bugs

    Peppers and Bugs

    Friday, October 25 2013 2:48 PM EDT2013-10-25 18:48:14 GMT
    Plain Gardening Peppers
    Plain Gardening Peppers
  • Fall Plant Sale 2013

    Fall Plant Sale 2013

    Friday, October 18 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-10-18 17:39:55 GMT
    It’s time for the Mobile Botanical Gardens Plantasia Plant Sale.
    It’s time for the Mobile Botanical Gardens Plantasia Plant Sale.
  • Plain Gardening: Banana Harvest

    Plain Gardening: Banana Harvest

    Friday, September 27 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-09-27 18:08:04 GMT
    Banana Harvest On this week’s Plain Gardening segment, we’re revisiting bananas.
    Banana Harvest On this week’s Plain Gardening segment, we’re revisiting bananas.
  • Plain Gardening: Okra

    Plain Gardening: Okra

    Friday, September 20 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-09-20 17:37:08 GMT
    Welcome to Plain Gardening with Bill Finch, in an episode we call “The Sad and Disappointing Garden”.
    Welcome to Plain Gardening with Bill Finch, in an episode we call “The Sad and Disappointing Garden”.
  • Plain Gardening: Washington Square Palms

    Plain Gardening: Washington Square Palms

    Friday, September 13 2013 2:11 PM EDT2013-09-13 18:11:51 GMT
    Plain Gardening Washington Square Palms Beautiful live oaks often steal the show in Washington Square Park and other green spaces along the Gulf Coast.
    Plain Gardening Washington Square Palms Beautiful live oaks often steal the show in Washington Square Park and other green spaces along the Gulf Coast.
  • Plain Gardening: Persimmons

    Plain Gardening: Persimmons

    Friday, September 6 2013 2:31 PM EDT2013-09-06 18:31:17 GMT
    Late summer is a great fruit time for the Gulf Coast, and persimmon is one of this area’s finest. I say “is” but should say “are”—there are lots of varieties. American persimmons, the small ones, usually don’t mature until November. But now is the time for larger Japanese persimmons like fuyu and giombo. Wait until they’re soft before picking. Ripe persimmons look and feel like a orange-red tomato. Bill Finch call...
    Late summer is a great fruit time for the Gulf Coast, and persimmon is one of this area’s finest. I say “is” but should say “are”—there are lots of varieties. American persimmons, the small ones, usually don’t mature until November. But now is the time for larger Japanese persimmons like fuyu and giombo. Wait until they’re soft before picking. Ripe persimmons look and feel like a orange-red tomato. Bill Finch call...
  • Plain Gardening: Jelly Palms

    Plain Gardening: Jelly Palms

    Friday, August 30 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-08-30 17:37:11 GMT
    So, why would Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens ask to shoot a gardening show at a body shop on the Beltway next to an interstate highway? Jelly palms. 
    So, why would Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens ask to shoot a gardening show at a body shop on the Beltway next to an interstate highway? Jelly palms. 
  • Plain Gardening: Seeds

    Plain Gardening: Seeds

    Friday, August 23 2013 2:13 PM EDT2013-08-23 18:13:28 GMT
    In this edition of Plain Gardening we go behind the scenes at Mobile Botanical Gardens with Bill Finch.
    In this edition of Plain Gardening we go behind the scenes at Mobile Botanical Gardens with Bill Finch.
  • Plain Gardening: Tropical Plants

    Plain Gardening: Tropical Plants

    Monday, August 19 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-08-19 13:20:17 GMT
    It's Gulf Coast summer…that means hot and humid; it's the kind of weather our tropical plants love!
    It's Gulf Coast summer…that means hot and humid; it's the kind of weather our tropical plants love!
  • Plain Gardening: Tea

    Plain Gardening: Tea

    Friday, August 9 2013 2:56 PM EDT2013-08-09 18:56:15 GMT
    The Mobile Botanical Gardens is growing a Tea Maze.
    The Mobile Botanical Gardens is growing a Tea Maze.
  • Plain Gardening: Bamboo

    Plain Gardening: Bamboo

    Friday, August 2 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-08-02 17:37:46 GMT
    Need a screen or background or separator? Think bamboo!
    Need a screen or background or separator? Think bamboo!
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