BT, Woody, Jeff discussed on Gardening Naturally with John Dromgoole
So the Santa parade is coming up kids just running from the curb throwing toys and stuff out of China there. That's always a fun event. Wait, I thought it's the other way around the toys, the he goes down another block does that this combination works. Well, though, let's see here. This is Tom. Good morning. Tom. Welcome to kill BJ. Martin fowler's. Money's here question about a chilly Pacino love chiller kings. And I got one on one a transplant. This would this be good time transplant the evident a container. In a container. Do you have it in a container now? No, it's not in a container. It's in one location. It's not very good for it. And I got a better location. So Jeff you got to come up where they want pay. That's true. That's true. If you have several I would go ahead and do one and see how it works. This isn't the best time in case a hard freeze comes again. But otherwise, you could stays like this or even a little bit colder with more moisture. It may be successful. I bet it's a fifty fifty. Yeah. And do yourself a quick little favor here. Pick a few of the red berries off of it. And where are you go to transplant it deposit? Some of those red berries in that top quarter inch of soil where you're transplanting was if the plant doesn't make it it'll probably reseed itself there for you. And you may still get a chilly bikini in that location in the spring. That's good thinking what about putting it down to the ground before? I transplant. It would that be good idea. Printing, had all the way back might be too far. You know, I would leave a small. Maybe something like that. But not down to the ground. I believe that first part of the scaffold on there. So much more quickly instead of trying to grow from that single stem. Okay. So about leave about how much did you say six to eight inch tall inches? Okay. That's that's that's kind of what I had mine. And is it good to prone that established ones is it good to print them every year after the freeze and everything to prune them down to six ten inches or something are down to the hard. The harder more Woody part. No, I don't do that to one of my volunteer ones that I have. And it's been there for years and years and years, and what I wind up getting is a very nice plant non saying. I'm not terming it. I get a nice size plant, but have the plants dead. Wood, the other half's good and healthy. And it kind of makes a mess. So I'm wondering if that probably wouldn't be a bad idea to trim it back some as once we've had some good called weather to clean it up. So that you get a really good bushy plant with lots of berries denture. Last barry. Yeah. Then you would do that kind of work. Yeah. That's a good way to look at it situation. I'm getting I'm getting getting Woody ear and Woody already dead wood. And. Well, I I just pulled one out of the ground. It was in a location. I couldn't keep it. And when I finally got it dug up it had a trunk on it almost two inches in diameter. I couldn't believe it had been there that long. I it wasn't a chilly. Bikini was a chilly Peqiin tree by the time. I yanked it out of the ground. So yeah, they can get quite Woody. I think you probably have a good idea to trim it back after like Jon said after you get that last harvest trim it back some you'll have a healthier plant every year. Well, you are saying pitchy chances it would it be better wait to spray. I'm not in any hurry. Yeah. When you see a little bit of growth tonight with the best of them. Progressive nation is not a bad thing. It gives you time to think about what you were going to do. So at this point. Now you've made a good decision. But if you rush out there, and do it you might make a mistake. So I think procrastination has its benefits. They absolutely. I'll tell you what are addictive ally harvested yesterday much of the afternoon taking those little red ones and making putting some vinegar use the apple cider vinegar and put them in little jars, and I'm hoping that within six weeks or so I've got a nice little vinegar going there. Right. All right. I did that with green ones with the red ones. I've blended up and make a red sauce. Yeah. A good idea. Well Tabasco, but thanks a lot weekend. Thank you very much. That's a hot topic. Really? You know, it's well people need to understand chilly became the second hottest rapper in North America. Really? Yeah. So it it can second hottest is native pepper. Second hottest native North American pepper crack because we've bred new ones like scorpions and things like that. But that that's different little itty bitty package has a whole lot of punch to it. That's why it makes a nice vinegar. Yes. Well, let's see here. It is. Oh, it's twenty five after good. Let me see here. This is Kathy. Good morning, Kathy. Welcome to kill BJ. Thank you. Thanks for taking my call. I question is my Mexican feather grass is now looking very very Brown. And I'm wondering if I cut that back, according to this little brochure that city Boxton gives me they said, it's up. Optional. But I'm wondering will it come back as greenish? It was this spring. Yes. It will. If you don't cut it. Well, there's two reasons to thoughts on this. I thought on not cutting it. Terming it up like that. Of course, we'll make it look better. I have some I'm not broken hearted that it looks blonde right now. Green. I think that's attractive. Yes. Number two that grass is hosting a whole bunch of beneficial insects and next year's butterflies. So if I cut back I've removed that habitat for them, and they may help me out in the spring when they had child an attack bad bugs for me. So I don't cut mine back if you do it's okay. You can do that it won't hurt the grass it'll come back read next year. But I don't cut it back because I want the Beneficial's Ellen like to clean it up as spring comes around. Otherwise, you have this winter kill in there. And then the new green growth, and that's not the most attractive thing. So you're talking like once you see some of that new growth cut it. Yeah. Got it. But you can leave it though, I think it's attractive any of the grasses are very attractive out there. So the mistake of cutting my damn boom newly down to the ground, and it took it two years to come back to. Yeah. Is. They lend themselves defeating you know, if you wanna push him back out quickly, they are grasses. And so they will respond to a fertilizer has a little bit of nitrogen little more than average and you can do that right now. Oh, all right. Okay. I normally just feed them seaweed. But there's no nitrogen there. Right. That's a good complement to a fertilizer program. But it's not it's not a fertilizer program. Okay. And I ask one more question. Just Greg Smith. It's okay to cut that back now. Right. Yes, ma'am. If you want to trim that back, it's unlikely you pick out any of the freeze damage from the weather. It's unlikely it's going to bloom anymore. Go doorman looks pretty it hosted a million. Flies in its glory. But now it's about cotton. So I'm thinking better cut that wouldn't just make it look good again with. No, I wouldn't cut it all the way down at this point. I would just make it look good by trimming the top of it. And then you'll take it down a little bit later on as we get near spring again. Thank you get all that new growth off of it. All right. Thank you, gentlemen. Ma'am, ma'am. Thank you very much for your call. Jeff. We can get one more in here. Dr Robert good morning. Welcome to kill BJ. Yes. Good morning. Mount laurel that I've played it baby about five years ago is every time it would show new foliage. Once I looked at it. Again. It looked like something was eating new college. Yeah. Yeah. I'm not sure how to how do you how do you attack that? And what do you think it is? It's a Caterpillar. Jenista east, Caterpillar, okay. And the product that has the bacteria bacillus variety is bacillus thuringiensis or BT you ask for in the nursery will be the control for that. Okay. Now. One of the things to do is around that time. This is the reason to keep a notebook. So that you can document what time of the year you saw that. So that next season you'll be able to spray at the exact time or right before. But I think that it's easy enough to control with the BT. Yeah. And deal won't harm anything it only kill this. Caterpillar, the mountain laurel be fi. But it's the easiest way to stop the damage. Okay. How do you? How do you spell that? Don't mind BT. If you went into a few went into a local into independent, nursery and said, I need BT every single one of 'em. Sure. I know exactly what you need is in Brazil. I'll do BT. Is it something that I that I should continually treated with or is it, you know, there's a window that it happens in. And then after that, it is over you might spray three weeks three weekends in a row, and that may be enough to get you the control and get the small container. Yeah. Okay. Okay. Okay. Good enough. Okay. Yes. You know, one of the things to be careful with is. It also affects the butterflies in the garden. Yes. So I would focusing on that plant and not use it as a general spray. Yeah. Yeah. That's not too. Big of a province independently standing there by itself. There's not much around it other than other than defense and. And. It's it's kind of independent on June. Okay. Thank you very much for your call. We appreciate that. It is nine thirty. So let's take a break right here. Newsradio KLBJ. I'm Robert.