Listen and Learn with Sharon
Sharon’s passion for plants and the people that grow them is the reason why she loves and offers support to people in their gardening quests. Listen as she covers timely topics throughout the growing season and beyond. Join Sharon on CFCW to learn more!
Snow is a Northern Gardener’s Superpower!
January 12, 2022
Happy New Year! It’s good to be back! In today’s episode, Sharon talks about 4 basic reasons why perennials die over the winter and how to mitigate those losses through the power of snow cover.
A Quick Review of All Things Christmas – Celebrate Well!
December 22, 2021
For this last radio show in 2021, Sharon quickly reviews the care and feeding of real Christmas trees, Poinsettias, and Live Christmas greens. Have a lovely celebration this year!
5 Tips to Keep Fresh Cut Flower Arrangements Looking Great
December 15, 2021
In this conversation, Sharon gives 5 simple and practical tips to maintain fresh cut flowers longer.
Tips for Keeping Live Christmas Trees Happy
November 24, 2021
Listen in as Sharon discusses how to keep a real Christmas tree hydrated and looking good for the entire holiday season. In her blog, How to Choose and Care for a Real Christmas Tree’, Sharon dives deeper into the specifics about how to extend the life of a live tree
How to Choose & Care for a Real Christmas Tree
November 17, 2021
Ever wondered how to tell that the Christmas tree you’re choosing is healthy? It’s all here in this short conversation. Looking for even more details? They’re in Sharon’s blog called ‘How to Choose and Care for a Real Christmas Tree’.
Poppytalk: Common Threads that Oriental, Icelandic, and Blue Himalayan Poppies Have With One Another
November 10, 2021
Remembrance Day has been on the horizon, we have been looking at Oriental, Icelandic, and Himalayan Blue Poppies individually. This talk pulls them all together to talk about the commonalities they share. The individual posts are on FaceBook and Instagram under the Gardening with Sharon accounts. Be sure to check them out!
Poppytalk: How a Common Field Poppy Became the Symbol of Remembrance
November 3, 2021
This is a quick chat about how a lowly field poppy became the famous symbol of Remembrance Day. Listen in as Sharon talks about who this poppy is and if it can be grown here in Alberta.
The Importance of Journaling Your Garden
October 22, 2021
Want to what your most powerful tool is to influence your garden for the better? Sharon shares a story as she listened in on conversation her father, Charlie Wallish, had with a young man about this very thing. The answer surprised her. It wasn’t secrets about seeding or planting during a special phase of the moon, or mysteries of seed collecting, or special watering and fertilizing formulas. Lean in, the answer may surprise you, too. For even more, check out the Facebook or Instagram post.
Last Minute Fall Things to do in the Garden & Making Holidays Special in a Pandemic World
October 13, 2021
Just a few reminders for things to do in the garden in the fall and Sharon talks about small things we can do to try to return a little normal to special days of celebration. For even more on this topic, check out Sharon’s blog called Making Thanksgiving Special in a Pandemic World
How to Reduce Spring Delphinium Worm Population in the Fall
October 6, 2021
Delphinium (and Monkshood) worms can do a lot of damage in the garden. Here’s something you can do in the fall to diminish their impact in the spring. For more detailed information on how to get rid of Delphinium worms, check out Sharon’s blog here.
3 Fall Garden Cleanup Strategies
September 8, 2021
Frost signals a time to get our gardens ready for their winter nap. What we do in our gardens as an effect on perennial growth, soil health, bird and pollinator health, as well as our own health. Listen in to hear about the different approaches Elsa (Let it Go), Rambo (Scorched Earth), and Goldilocks (Middle of the Road) have for their gardens and yours. Sharon’s blog called ‘Three Versatile Fall Cleanup Strategies’ has all the details.
All About Growing Great Tulips
September 1, 2021
Fall is when Tulip bulbs need to be planted. With one quick tip about planting and water bulbs, this chat is a springboard into all the dirt on growing tulips as outlined in Sharon’s blog called Everything you Need to Grow Great Tulips.
Tips for Curing and Storing Onions
August 25, 2021
Summer 2021 has been an amazing summer for onions! Onions need to be cured properly so that they will store for an extended period of the winter – and that’s what this chat is all about!
5 Things to do for Perennials as Summer Comes to an End
August 18, 2021
As summer comes to a close and fall reaches our doorstep, getting perennials fortified for the winter is the goal. Listen in as Sharon outlines 5 quick things to do to make that happen.
Secrets to Making Cut Flowers Last
August 11, 2021
One of the joys of gardening is bringing fresh cut flowers into your living space to brighten things up. In this chat, Sharon talks about some secrets to making them last longer. For even more details, check out her blog called The Best Secrets to Making Cut Flowers Last.
When to Stop Fertilizing Flowers as Fall Approaches
August 4, 2021
As fall is steadily coming up to our doorstep, gardeners often wonder when is the best time to stop fertilizing. Listen in as we discuss a couple of different approaches to answer that question.
About Coleus and New Things Coming for Spring 2022
July 28, 2021
Spring is always around the corner! Coleus is no longer a shade plant but it’s fabulous foliage can grace full sun and part sun locations now too. Listen is as Sharon talks about Coleus and some new plant varieties coming down the pike for 2022.
How to Deal with Tomato Blossom End Rot and Tomato Suckers
July 21, 2021
There’s nothing like a fresh vine ripened tomato! In this discussion, we touch on the essence what causes Blossom End Rot in tomatoes and how to correct as well as give options on how to manage tomato suckers.
Let’s call it The Magic of Mulch
Mulch is a great way to protect both soil and plants. It’s a great way to conserve moisture and control weeds. Listen in as Sharon discusses how to get the magic in your own yard!
July 14, 2021
Caring for Plants After a Heat Wave & Who are the Tough Perennials for Hot, Dry Weather?
July 7, 2021
After Alberta and the Canadian Prairies experienced a historic heatwave in early summer of 2021, now what? Tune in as Sharon lists 4 things to do to care for plants after a heat wave and gives a quick rundown on some of the hardiest perennials for hot, dry weather.
Tips on Growing and Pruning Lilacs
June 30, 2021
Ever wondered when the best time is to trim back Lilac shrubs? Listen in as Sharon discusses that and more about growing Lilacs in Alberta and the Canadian Prairies.
6 Elements of a Thriving and Pollinator-Safe Garden
June 23, 2021
International Pollinator Week is the 3rd week of June each year. So focussing on that, learn 6 key elements of a garden that will attract pollinators and keep them safe and healthy all at the same time. For even more details, check out Sharon’s blog called 5+ Ways to Create a Thriving and Pollinator-Safe Garden.
Tips on TENDing Hanging Baskets and Flower Planters
June 16, 2021
Using the acronym TEND, Sharon shares tips on caring for hanging baskets and flower planters for lasting beauty all season.
When to Declare A Perennial Dead and How to Water When it’s Raining
June 9, 2021
As the days move forward into June, some perennials may seem sluggish – listen to why that may be happening and when you can call it over for a perennial that looks like it’s not coming back. Also, we talk about how to check plants when a series of rainy days hit. Enjoy!
How to Plan a Thriving & Safe Pollinator Garden & Planted Containers
May 26, 2021
Doing your part in your garden can go a long way to supply food for bees and this radio spot talks about that along with a few tips about flower container planting.
3 Things to do to Beat the Heat in the Garden
June 2, 2021
Go figure Alberta…2 weeks ago we talked about how to do damage control with a spring snowfall, and now we are figuring out how to navigate a heat warning. There are 3 things you can do to care for your baby plants and garden to help prevent & alleviate heat and water stress on plants, and it’s all in this session.
We’ve Just had a Spring Snow…Now What??
May 19, 2021
In Alberta and across the prairies of Canada, snow in spring is just a reality. Lean in as Sharon talks about the day after the snow the night before….
How to Choose the Right Hanging Baskets
May 12, 2021
Choosing the right hanging basket can be a confusing and daunting task. Listen in as Sharon talks about 3 things bits of knowledge to pack into your pocket so you get the correct hanging basket for your gardening space.
How to Care for Martha Washington Geraniums
May 5, 2021
Martha Washington Geraniums are a unique kind of geranium and requiring different care than other geraniums. Listen in as Sharon talks about them and there’s more information on the blog!
April 30, 2021
Soil temperature is an important piece of the whole gardening puzzle. Listen in as we talk about how to navigate soil temperature for optimal seed germination and plant growth.
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Cold Hardy Flowers for Early Spring Displays
April 21, 2021
Spring can take a while to settle in on the Canadian Prairies, and the drive to get some floral colour into our lives is strong! Listen in as Sharon shares some tough flowers that can take the cold and a little frost to help pretty up your space early in the season.
Spring Gardening Cleanup Tips!
April 14, 2021
Once we have days that are consistently over 10 °C and the pollinators have had a chance to emerge, we get the green light to get our gardens cleaned up. Sharon lists 3 simple things you can do to get your garden ready for spring.
3 Things to do in the Garden as the Snow Melts
April 7, 2021
We can be so eager to get in our gardens the minute the snow disappears, but it’s not the best thing for it. In this episode, Sharon talks about slowing down the clean up process for better results, and 3 things to remember in those first fresh days of spring.