Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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Tom Kasper isn't a doctor, and he doesn't even play one on the radio.

But he is a master gardener.  And as we begin Mental Health Week on KUMD,  it turns out he knows a thing or two about how gardening can be good for what ails you.

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If you're already bored gently raking up the soggy leaves and snow mold from your yard, Tom Kasper says it's the perfect time to divide things like rhubarb or hostas - and you certainly don't need a delicate touch.

KUMD members love their KUMD tshirts and sweatshirts as thank-you gifts during membership drives, but as usual, we strike pay dirt when we give away Tom Kasper.

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The snow is on the crocuses and dandelions.

The single-digit overnight lows tonight could crisp some early leaves.

But leave it to 20-year KUMD veteran host Tom Kasper to find some things for gardeners to look forward to.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper celebrates the first day of spring with some pruning tasks for outdoors, some seed-starting tasks for indoors, and social media's fascination with World Naked Gardening Day.

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Having Olympians in the studio this morning got us thinking: what's the deal with competitive gardening?

Master Gardener Tom Kasper explains.

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While your garden is slumbering (yet surviving) under the cold snow and ice, now is the time to contemplate the coming season.  Tom Kasper reminds us that while gardening activities are dormant out-of-doors, there are still preparations to be made indoors and in our imaginations.  Seed catalogs are beginning to circulate, providing many options to consider.

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With temperatures in the 40s forecast for Friday, this might be the perfect time to wrap the trees, bushes and other plantings you want to protect from woodland marauders.

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Seed catalogs as wish books - and then mulch, flamethrowers as weed control and the many varieties of kohlrabi as we celebrate the Vegetable of the Year and 2018 itself.

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Every year, Tom Kasper runs down his list of good gifts for gardeners.

And every year, the most popular is still the gift of your time.

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With the past flurries and more to come in the future, Master Gardener Tom Kasper gives tips on how to protect your trees and shrubs this winter season. Sneak peek, Kasper suggests staying by the fire after you're done in the garden. 

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Only Tom Kasper can make a story about daffodils and tulips sound like a Wes Craven movie.

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Back in the day, you had to work in the garden if you wanted to eat.

Then many folks (perhaps justifiably) began enjoying the convenience of fruits and veggies (canned, frozen or fresh) from the grocery store.

Master gardener Tom Kasper says the pendulum is swinging back again toward folks growing their own food, but he says the attitude now is that people get to garden; they don't have to.

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