417 Home: Watering plants can be tricky for people with less experience. What advice do you have for folks who are still learning their way around a garden?
B.S.: When you let a plant get so dry, and then you’re like, “I better water it; it’s been a long time,” and you do water it, and you realize that water went through so fast, and it’s sitting in the very bottom [of the saucer] within five seconds, that means that root ball is so dry it won’t even hold any water. So, the best thing to do is take it to your sink… and literally let that sink run on it for five minutes, and that will re-saturate that whole root ball.
417 Home: Are there any other resources you recommend our readers look into?
M.S.: Well, the University of Missouri Extension. We refer people to them all the time.
B.S.: I have a book on my nightstand right now—it’s called Best Plants for Missouri—and I’ve been flipping through it. One of the things that people do, and they get frustrated, is they’ll buy a tropical plant because they think this is so beautiful. Then it’s dead after the first frost, and they’re frustrated they spent all that money. So if you notice, most of the old-timers’ yards, we all have Persithius, they all have lilacs, they all have similar [varieties] of the same bushes because that’s what grows in Missouri.