Published on 04/15/10

Money-saving garden tips on “Your Southern Garden” April 24

Gardening can be expensive. Learn the right tricks of the trade to get the best from your spring garden for the least money April 24 on “Your Southern Garden with Walter Reeves” at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

If you start plants from seed, you know how much it can cost to buy the small pots they grow in. Erin Eckhardt, a University of Florida horticulture Extension agent in Duvall County, shows how to make seedling pots from a cheap material – newspaper.

To get different color blooms on hydrangeas, show host Walter Reeves remembers this simple rule: “Acid makes them blue. Lime makes them pink. ... Or is the other way around?” Find out about the simple science behind how you can make your hydrangea flowers change color.

Learn about another simple garden solution from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Paul Thomas. He will show how a simple plastic shoebox makes a great greenhouse when propagating houseplants from cuttings.

“Your Southern Garden,” produced by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and University of Florida IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsorship from McCorkle Nurseries.

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