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Someone once said to me “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your
life”. Well, I guess I have been on vacation for the past 35 years since I first started with The Great Big Greenhouse in 1977. My first task was taking forsythia plants out of plastic bags and potting them into plastic pots. I have been happy ever since. I feel blessed to have found a livelihood that I love. It is this passion that has inspired me to learn as much about plants and plant products as possible. 
 It’s this learned knowledge of horticulture that has inspired me to share with others. Our  
Weather in the Garden event is just one example of an opportunity to come together and learn. 
This year our Weather in the Garden event is scheduled for Saturday, March 23. This will 
be our ninth year working with the NBC 12 to host this incredible event that brings weather and  
gardening together in one setting. Weather and gardening is so interconnected that it makes having this event a natural marriage. A good example of this connection is the fact that it has rained five out of the eight past Weather in the Garden events. But rain has not dampened the enthusiasm for everyone in attendance. We hold this event inside our beautiful greenhouse. Last years’ attendance was estimated at over 300. Many of those attending have been to all eight events which is a testament as to how so many eager gardeners look forward to Weather in the Garden each spring. Free gift bags and a raffle game are just two examples of the many activities that everyone will enjoy.
Mark your calendar for the 23rd and come have fun.
I would love to see you this spring. Don’t be a stranger because I have a lot of enthusiasm
for gardening to share with all of you.
Posted: 3/12/2013 by Doug Hensel | with 5 comment(s)
Filed under: DougHensel, GardenTalkWithDoug
I'd left a message eairler this week about the bare-root perennials I bought at the plant sale. They had some clear crystals around them and I planted them around the plants in my garden upstate. Recently I noticed that the crystals had turned into kind of a gooey mass. Should I just leave them there and assume they'll eventually be absorbed into the soil?Many thanks!
5/22/2013 5:58:35 AM

Betty Ayers
Doug, we missed the Garden event (3/23) and had wanted to ask you about our Gardenia. It has some black mold on many leaves - how do we clean that? And since it is 8' tall, when should be cut it back and to what size, please? Many thanks!
4/14/2013 11:37:14 AM

Beth Hargett
I am looking forward to my first ever 'Weather in the Garden' event tomorrow! I always watch you and the NBC 12 weather team!
3/22/2013 10:35:40 PM

Doug Hensel
Thank you for reading my first blog andf sending in your question about Bermuda grass (aka wire grass). I feel your frustration. Pulling wire grass only leads to more frustrations because it is virtually impossible to remove the deeper root system of the wire grass. There are herbicide products available for controlling wire grass. You do not mention if your problem is in the lawn or in your shrub beds. Either case there are effective herbicides. However, we do need to wait for the wire grass to be actively growing before applying the herbicide. Bonide has a product called Grass Beater - Over-The-Top Grass Killer that is safe to use on and around desireable shrubs. And, Bayer has a product called Bermudagrass Control for Lawns. Come see us if you need more help or information. Happy Spring to you. Doug
3/22/2013 2:06:52 PM

Doug,I have brmuda grass.How do I get rid of it.? Any help would be appreciated. Roots go so deep nothing I use seems to work. Thanks,Betty
3/21/2013 10:03:33 AM

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