In my career I've been fortunate to have done a lot of broadcast ‘firsts.' First and only gardening show to ever get a 9.5 rating in the Los Angeles market (most shows are lucky if they can get a 1.5 in this market). First and only 90-minute live TV show special in the country (that’s as long as a feature film!). First longest consecutive aired specialty gardening program to run in L.A. radio history (and still standing). And the list continues to this day (book forthcoming – be on the watch for it). First ever simulcast of an internet station with an over-the-air broadcast station in Johannesburg , South Africa.
I came across this picture with John Domenici from Southland Sod Farms getting interviewed and landscape contractor extraordinaire, Edward Wallace helping us out by communicating with our station. We started The Green Industry Talk Show, a weekly call-in/interview style talk program. This was the first ever online radio show for landscapers, irrigation specialists, gardeners, landscape architects, etc. This broadcast was done from the Southern California Turfgrass Council Trade Show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Unlike today where you can broadcast from any wireless device we had to order a special telephone line called an ISDN. We’d lug our equipment to the venue then send the broadcast over that special line to our state-of-the-art studio in Whittier. That’s where the engineer would get the show, mix in the music then broadcast it over the internet. We also had a call screener standing by so we can talk to the caller while out and about. It was quite a production. Back in those days computers didn’t have speakers built-in. They were an accessory. It took upwards of 30-minutes to explain to someone you could listen to radio shows through your computers. In fact, we were so trendy we started off with video, too. However, 14k modems were the norm and the video with audio never matched up so we abandoned the idea to focus on the quality of the audio.
I’m reminded of the time we secured a huge footprint at the Orange County Fair. We setup 30 computers to listen to our broadcast from the other side of the grounds which was held in another huge footprint (a whole building). We booked talk shows and bands during all show hours. To our surprise we won a Blue Ribbon for our efforts accounting for another first. We are the first ever legitimate Blue Ribbon Internet Station. You might be asking why the show doesn’t exist and that would be fair. My career in consumer garden communications blew up – in a good way. Our syndicated weekly long form radio show, Nick Federoff on Gardening, and our daily vignette, Things Green Garden Minute took off like wildfire. Keeping up with station relations, personal appearances, writing books and blogs, filming for news and specialty TV shows (like Donny & Marie and others) is time consuming. We blinked our eyes and were hosting 25 specialty shows from credit repair, wedding planning, outdoor adventures, travel and a whole lot more.
I have a Cracker Jack staff fostering and working all those other shows, which were hosted by experts in their fields, there’s only one of me so in order to keep my sanity we had to retire The Green Industry Talk Show. Since I’ve got my bragging hat on we are also the first to ever broadcast a live online programming from the Los Angeles Convention Center, Orange County Fairgrounds, McCormick Center Cow Palace (Bay Area), Pasadena Convention Center, Ontario Convention Center, Orange County Convention Center (Florida), French Riviera, Las Vegas Convention Center and many other public venues, plus the aforementioned Fairplex. The humble part of all of our first is we are in our 35th year in garden communications. Oh, it’s been a wild ride but we’re not done. Stand by for more firsts from Team Things Green!
You'd be surprised how much care is given to a plant before you bring it home from the market or nursery. It may seem like healthy, colorful plants sprout easily at your favorite garden center but in reality they've taken a curious route before they ever make it there.
Many plants go through a complex breeding program before a retail establishment gets them. For instance, a conifer or juniper will take three to four years from the time a cutting is made to the time it even makes it to a one gallon sized container.
Many houseplants like that Pothos hanging in your patio most likely went through a scientific cloning process started in a petri dish of producing individual plants from molecules with identical or virtually identical DNA, either naturally or artificially. This, in turn, makes them like super plants with little change of them getting insect and diseases (kind of scary, isn’t it?). Anyway, 3 years later you end up buying it.
In the first year outdoor ornamental trees and
shrubs go through staking, weeding, irrigation, pest management, regular fertilizing, pruning and frequent inspections for disease and insect problems. Of course every effort to protect these plants from frost, heat exhaustion and all other environmental conditions are taken. So the next time you see a plant in a nursery, don't scoff at the price, it's been through a lot.
2020 Green Industry Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony to Broadcast on PBS Television 9AM Saturday November 7th
Corona del Mar, CA – The Green Industry Hall of Fame (GIHOF) is proud to announce their 2020 inductees to be honored at the first ever televised ceremony from the beautiful Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar. Since 2003 industry professionals have been honored for their lifetime commitment to the green industry. This year the following inductees are acknowledged:
Chris Davey, Toro
Walt Hagen, Hagen Ent.
John Hourian, Hourian Assoc.
John Greenlee, Greenlee & Assoc.
Lebo Newman, Signature Coast Holdings
Don and Dave Hendrickson, Hendrickson Bros.
Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Kellogg Garden Products
“There are so many people in the green industry that have contributed amazing things that get nominated it takes us a whole year to select the inductees” says GIHOF co-founder, Charles Nunley. “By far this was the toughest year selecting inductees and showcasing them. We look forward to seeing our inductees on this special television broadcast ” exclaims co-founder, Richard Daigle.
Traditionally the GIHOF Awards Ceremony traditionally has been a sit-down gala of family, friends and colleagues held at banquet facilities. Due to Covid-19 the pandemic has forced venues to close for an uncertain amount of time. However in the spirit of healthy living the Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar has been open for visitors and welcomes this event open arms which will debut on broadcast television at 9AM Saturday, November 7, 2020 on the award winning program Things Green via broadcast television on PBS|KLCS TV, southern California. In all other areas across the county watch the simulcast via any device on Facebook and YouTube LIVE.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of “firsts” in my thirty-four plus years as a radio and television host but this “first” is special to me because it’s the industry I know the best” says Things Green host, Nick Federoff. “As an inductee myself it’s a badge I proudly carry and am honored to be part of such an esteemed group being inducted this year in spite of the troubling times we have experienced this year – let’s celebrate!” He continues, “Plus cutting edge technology allows us to stream the show online through several platforms at the same time it airs on TV so everyone can watch. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
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About: The Green Industry Hall of Fame (GIHOF) is a non-profit organization with the “Not to be Forgotten” goal to develop an awards ceremony that honors and remembers those who had worked, invented and changed the Green Industry with their contributions. Since 2005 the GIHOF acknowledges those worthy people who have spent their lifetime in service and giving back. To see a list of past and present inductees or if you’d like to volunteer for the GIHOF committee or nominate someone to the GIHOF contact us through the website http://greenindustryhalloffame.org .
About: Things Green with Nick Federoff is a multiple award winning television show broadcasting on flagship station PBS|KLCS TV in all of southern California plus through multiple online platforms such as their Things Green Amazon Prime Channel, YouTube and Facebook. Federoff is a bestselling author, garden communicator and host of the longest running gardening radio show in Los Angeles radio history and is syndicated nationwide. For more information visit http://ThingsGreen.com .
If you're thinking of landscaping take a few precautions before choosing a landscape contractor.
Though I'm not in the business any longer I've had the opportunity to landscape the smallest of yards to more than 28 acre resorts. I asked a few of my past customers what they looked for in a landscape contractor. I think you should do the same - for your protection.
The second someone looses their job, all of a sudden they turn into landscapers. With a pick and shovel in hand they go at it. Some are good, most are bad. Look at a landscapers past work history. Ask for references, call those references up. Ask if they came to the job when they said they would. Did they leave the job every night a mess or was it left in a tidy fashion.
Interview your landscaper a few times before choosing. This way you can get a better feel whether or not the both of you are compatible. Your landscape, when properly done, can increase the value of your property 10-25% or more.
Most importantly you might live in a state where the landscaper needs to be licensed.
For instance in California a C-27 classification is needed for any job larger than $750, including materials. One of the oldest tricks in the book is having you buy the materials and they’ll provide the labor for $750. That’s not legal. If they are licensed they’ll also have liability insurance. Have them give you a copy putting you as an “additional insured.” This does not cost them anything to do. Their insurance company hands them out like candy when the contractor calls.
It’s bad enough you can get a lawsuit slapped on you for making a bad fashion statement, but what rights do you have in the yard and garden?
In some areas, it’s against the law to plant trees that have invasive root systems.
Many states have regulations from pruning native trees and shrubs. Tree limbs hanging on your side of the property are technically yours. Go ahead and prune it. However, if the tree dies you’re liable. Your prolific peach tree drops fruit on your neighbor’s yard – kiss it good bye – you no longer own it. If that peach drops on your neighbors head – your goose is cooked.
The big hoopla involves leaf blowers. Crank a gas powered leaf blower on too early or in the wrong city and you're getting cuffed.
Remember that old saying “leaves of three, let it be?”. Well…DO IT!
Hundreds of plants are poisonous to one degree or another. The most famous of them might be poison ivy, found east of the Rockies and poison oak found just about everywhere else.
Though there’s no cure once you’ve come in contact with these plants, other than smacking yourself in the head for coming in contact with them in the first place, ease the irritation by rinsing with water and seeing your doctor.
The next time around - protect yourself, especially when camping, hiking and gardening by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, cover those knobby knees with long pants, wear gloves, socks and high-top shoes. In fact, you may even want to go to the extreme and wear goggles. Goggles will keep you from touching your eyes. This may seem like dawning a space suit, however, if you’ve ever touched leaves of three, well, you know what I mean.
Vegetables need 6-8 hours of sunlight. But when the sun gets too intense you break out the Coppertone, right? Yeah, kind of.
Now don't get all worked up that you have to lather each vegetable up with SPF 50 (which you might enjoy doing too much). Instead find a bed sheet to throw over the plants during the hottest part of the day. Just make sure no one is in the bed when you nab it.
Keeping in true form of the old saying "it takes $80 to grow $10 worth of tomatoes" you might want to pony up to some shade cloth.
Shade cloth is a UV woven material that casts different amounts of shade from less than 50% to more than 75%. If you live in the Mojave the higher amount of shade might be needed. If you live by coast you're probably rich but your plants may only need 52% shade it a lower number. You have to play with it for a while until you get the right one.
Unlike the sheet that gets draped over your plants shade cloth is a little more uppity and is best supported with some uprights so it doesn't settle on the plants. Kind of like a small version of a patio or canopy.
The best part of using sun cloth is it's reusable each year. If you do a good job supporting it, like you do that deadbeat kid which still lives at home, you can leave it up for a long time and unlike that kid it'll be grateful.
Oh, and don't rule out using shade cloth for winter gardening. It's awesome for frost protection. And as we know protection is important ergo the reason that kid still lives at home.
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Whittier, CA – Nestled near the picturesque Whittier Hills at the edge of the Historic Uptown corridor is the home of the award winning television show, Things Green. Produced by Sustainable Environmental Education, a 501 ( c )3 organization, it was announced that the show adds two more Telly Awards to their collection under the category of General Television Education. One for a 30-minute program, The Science of Fertilizer and another for the short-form vignette, Greenhouse Gasses which aired on flagship television station PBS|KLCS TV, Los Angeles.
"When industry professionals critique your work it’s intimidating” says Things Green host, Nick Federoff. He continues, “when they recognize it amongst thousands of entries and award your efforts that’s a humbling honor.”
Greenhouse Gases is a 1-minute, 18-second look at how to reduce greenhouse gasses. There’s lots of information packed in a small amount of time on greenhouse gases that shares what every homeowner can do to help the environment. The program originally aired as a segment within the 30-minute television show, Things Green and can now be found online on the Southland Sod Farms' YouTube channel (direct link to show at https://youtu.be/ykpo8obswsM ).
The Science of Fertilizer took Team Things Green on a road trip 300 miles north to the quaint farming hamlet of Gonzales, CA in beautiful Monterey County to the facilities of AgroThrive the makers of food safe organic liquid fertilizers. The Macura family simplifies the science of plant nutrition with a tour of their operation, laboratory, facilites and a visit to one of the world’s largest strawberry farms. Follow the links through https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHeVVKiSa4V8DqBnFsjXnpcY6SKG7iogK to watch the show on their YouTube channel.
Federoff says “I’m proud of Team Things Green and the hard work they put in to make these awards come to fruition. The reflection in each show they produce receives an award from me!” He continues, “I also thank Southland Sod Farms and AgroThrive for their assistance in gathering the data we needed to share with our audience. Plus, a big thank you to PBS|KLCS TV for their confidence in us to provide award winning content for viewers all across southern California.”
About: Nick Federoff has been an Emmy Award presenter that’s a media garden communicator since May 1988. He hosts a syndicated radio show, produced/wrote/co-hosted over 350 garden segments on CBS|KCAL 9 News and hosts the 30-minute weekly television show Things Green on PBS|KLCS TV, Los Angeles Saturdays at 9AM.
The 41st. Annual Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates.
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As long as you have 6-8 hours of direct sunlight (preferably 8 or more) tomatoes can be grown in the ground or in a container. The size of the container depends on the type of tomato you're going to grow. The larger the container the larger type plant you can grow. In this case I'm going to use a rectangular fiberglass container (used and cracked on one side) that can either be good for one plant that can grow up to 6' tall or two patio tomatoes that will get upwards of 3.5-4 feet tall. I'm opting for the latter which will give full size fruit (yes, technically it’s a fruit but don’t put it in a fruit salad).
The first thing I notice is that the container has two pre-drilled holes in the bottom which is good for drainage.
Oddly enough we want to cover them up with either a screening material or in this case we are using a rock. The idea is not to stop water flow but instead keep soil from leaving the container.
The next step is to have some soil nearby as we need to fill the container up, but, not so fast there cowboy we don't want those rocks to move so as a kind gesture take a handful of soil and plop it right on top of the rocks first.
That will hold them down whilst filling up the container.
Now get going and fill er' up! The soil I'm using is a Heinz 57 mix. In other words a little bit of everything: potting soil, compost, perlite, agricultural diatomaceous earth, sand and even some walk on bark I mixed up.
If it seemed like it was organic and in the way it became my special Things Green potting soil. I like to pat down the soil as I go along because there will be settling.
You want to stop around 1/2"-2" from the top so water has a basin to soak in. Tomatoes typically come in 6-packs or individual 4" containers. I have seen them in #1 gallon upwards to #5 gallon sized containers, too.
For our purposes we are using pot packs. Push the center of the bottom of the cell to move the plant upwards. Hopefully the root ball will be well established with those beautiful white roots. Tan roots means the plant is old. Tomatoes are one of a few plants that can be planted deeper than the top of the root ball. In this case we'll remove a few of the lower leaves then when it's time to plant we'll bury it a bit deeper. What will happen is that the buried stem will actually grow roots developing a stronger, sturdier plant. Most other plants will rot and die if you did this.
Place the plants where you want them to grow then get them in that soil.
If you notice one of these plants has two stems. This is what we call a two-fer (two for the price of one). Instead of separating the plants I decided to leave them to see if they get along, grow at the same pace or maybe one will choke the other one out like an overbearing relationship.
When all is said and done put the plant in a sunny location then water it because if you water it first you're going to get a hernia then those will become the most expensive tomatoes ever! Remember, keep the soil moist, not wet. Think of a sponge that’s been rung out. That’s what moist soil should be like.
This particular planting I'm donating to an elderly person with some food safe organic fertilizer fromAgroThrive.com.
In a short time this will be best tomato plantin town! Here is the planter, two weeks after.
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