Bob’s Radio/TV/Web Presentations

Beekeeping and Insect Invaders–July 12, 2017. On this edition of Clemson Extension Live!, Bob Polomski is joined by Jennifer Tsuruda, Ph.D., Apiculture Specialist 🐝, and  Eric P. Benson, Ph.D., Professor & Extension Entomologist.

Plants & Pollinators–June 21, 2017. This week is National Pollinator Week and the theme for today’s Facebook show, Clemson Extension Live, will focus on pollinators and other beneficial insects. Please join us on Facebook at noon when award-winning horticulturist Bob Polomski and Bill Head owner of Head-Lee Nursery in Seneca will talk about plants that are pleasing to people and pollinators.

Also on the show will be Jennifer Tsuruda, Ph.D., a Clemson apiculture specialist, who will talk about pollinators including honey bees and other beneficial insects. June 19-25 is National Pollinator Week and Tsuruda will share her bee expertise.

Tomorrow’s show also includes Gretchen Pettis, Ph.D., an entomologist with Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, N.C., who will call in to the show to talk about protecting pollinators and other insects that may be bugging you in your gardens and landscapes.

Medicinal PlantsMay 31Clemson Extension Live! award-winning horticulturist Bob Polomski, was joined by Jeff Adelberg, horticulture professor, to talk about the upcoming 8th Annual Conference of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, June 20-23 at Clemson. The show also includes video from a visit Adelberg took to GAIA Herbs in Brevard, N.C., and a discussion on functional foods and the benefit eating functional foods has on the human body, as well as profiles of kale and lentils by Clemson associate professor Dil Thavarajah. Mark Hamann from the Medical University of South Carolina will call in to the show to talk about new chemistry in plants, evaluating plant-based compounds for efficacy, as well as clinical trials.

Information provided/discussed in this presentation is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your personal doctor or medical professional regarding any specific health concerns/questions you may have.

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Clemson Extension live. April 5 ·Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, Clemson Apiculturist, joined Dr. Bob Polomski, Clemson Extension Horticulture Specialist.

Carolina Grown–Garden articles for Carolina Living.

Just Ask Us. 12-14-2016. Hosted by Bob Polomski and his guest, Walker Miller, Ph.D., owner of the Happy Berry in Six Mile, SC.

Just Ask Us. 11-30-2016. Hosted by Bob Polomski and his guest, Ted Stephens, founder of Nurseries Caroliniana in North Augusta. His retail garden center focuses on rare and unusual plant material. Ted travels to Japan and other foreign countries on an annual basis to collect new plant selections for introduction to the American market. His latest travels took him to North Korea and China. He’ll share his discoveries and stories with us today.

Just Ask Us. 11-9-2016. Hosted by Bob Polomski and his guest, Jenks Farmer, a renaissance plantsman and garden designer.

Just Ask Us. 10-19-2016. Hosted by Kathy Bridges, Landscape Manager, SC Botanical Garden, and Bob Polomski.

Just Ask Us. 10-12-2016. Hosted by Bob Polomski with Bill Head, owner of Head-Lee Nursery in Seneca, SC.

Just Ask Us is a joint presentation of the Clemson Extension Service, Clemson Broadcast Productions, and Sunny 107.9. The show starts at 11:00 am every Wednesday. If you miss the show, it will be rebroadcast on Sundays at 10:00 am. Listen over the air at 107.9 or online at  www.wfbsfm.com.

eXtension: Trees for Energy ConservationTree Selection & Placement Video Series. July 8, 2016.

Selecting Diverse Trees for Sustainability of the Urban Environment. In this video, Robert Polomski, recommends that deciding what tree to plant is often the most important step in tree establishment. Trees should be well-suited to grow in the space they are planted. Inquire with your local Cooperative Extension office or Certified Arborist for suitable species to plant or visit local parks and arboretums to see what is growing well. Other considerations in tree selection are the mature size of the tree, type foliage and fruit, and fall color. Robert recommends planting a diversity of tree species so, in the event of disease or insect damage, all trees on the landscape will not be lost, stressing the importance of diversity to create strength in the landscape.

Identifying Strong, Structurally Sound Trees. A structurally sound and healthy tree has a greater chance of surviving to maturity and withstanding environmental stressors than a tree with poor structure or health. This is also a tree that will realize the greatest energy savings in an urban setting. In this video, Robert Polomski demonstrates several important elements of an architecturally-sound tree. A few of the elements he stresses are a single, central leader/main trunk, evenly-spaced branches along the trunk, and no side-branches taller or larger in diameter than the central leader. The trunk and canopy features he describes can be used as a guideline for purchasing new trees or training (pruning) trees already established, or planted, in the landscape.

Tree Placement and Spacing for Energy Savings. Robert Polomski discusses the importance of tree selection and placement in maximizing energy savings from trees. Planting a variety of tree species, such as evergreen and deciduous, allows for not only an aesthetically pleasing landscape but also a more resilient landscape. For example, if one type of tree species dies in a diverse landscape planting, the entire landscape will not be affected as much as a landscape with the same species. Additionally, diverse species can be located in the landscape to maximize heating and cooling effects on structures, as well as providing a windbreak. The video also discusses the importance of maintaining (watering, fertilizing, and pruning) recently planted urban trees through their establishment period (often for the first 10-20 years) to maintain a canopy with a strong branching network .

Journey of a Nursery Tree from the Field to Balled-and-burlapped

Robert Polomski discusses field-grown nursery tree production and methods nurseries use to grow structurally sound and healthy trees. Robert explains that, after harvest, most field-grown trees have their root balls wrapped in burlap and twine in preparation for transport and planting. Balled-and-burlapped trees are typically available from fall to spring.

Selecting a Balled and Burlapped Shade Tree at the Nursery

Selecting a healthy and structurally sound shade tree is an important step in establishing an urban tree that maximizes energy savings. Robert Polomski explains what to look for when selecting a field grown balled and burlapped landscape tree from a nursery, including trunk, canopy, and root indicators. A quality shade tree, for example, should contain: a single central leader/ trunk (tallest stem), evenly spaced side branches that make a uniformly shaped canopy, and a canopy that comprises approximately 60% of the total tree height (live crown ratio).  Robert also recommends examining the nursery tree underneath its trunk and root ball wrappings, for example checking the trunk for any damage and identifying the root flare.

Selecting a Balled and Burlapped Ornamental Tree at the Nursery

Selecting a healthy and structurally sound, ornamental tree is an important step in establishing an urban tree that maximizes energy savings. Robert Polomski explains what to look for when selecting a field grown balled-and-burlapped ornamental landscape tree from a nursery, including trunk and canopy indicators. A quality ornamental tree, for example, should contain: a single central leader/ trunk (tallest stem), evenly spaced side branches that make a pyramidal-shaped canopy, and no co-dominant branches.

Selecting a Container-Grown Shade Tree at the Nursery. Selecting a healthy and structurally sound tree is an important step in establishing an urban tree that maximizes energy savings. Robert Polomski explains what to look for when selecting a container-grown landscape tree from a nursery, including trunk, canopy, and root indicators. He demonstrates the importance of selecting trees with a single central leader/main trunk, evenly-spaced branches along the trunk, and no side-branches taller or larger in diameter than the central leader. Robert also recommends examining the roots of container grown trees. At the nursery, gently remove the container from the root ball to inspect both structural and fine roots of the young tree. Roots at the perimeter of the container should be alive and healthy and several structural roots (large roots growing out from the base of the trunk) should be visible just below the soil surface. Container trees with severely circling, kinked, or girdling roots indicate a tree that has been in the container too long and are best avoided–unless the homeowner ameliorates these root defects at planting.


Robert Polomski is a Horticulturist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Videographer and Editor: Priya Jaishanker, Virginia Tech

Technical Directors: Holly Campbell, Adam Downing, Bill Hubbard, John Munsell, and Eric Wiseman (Cooperative Extension Service-Southern Region)

This project was funded in part through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, awarded by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
 

Clemson TV. May 10, 2016. The Garden Gate:  The Perfect Plant For The Southern Garden

Clemson TV. May 10, 2016. The Garden Gate: Pruning Lady In Red Lacecap Hydrangea

Clemson TV. April 1, 2016. The Garden Gate:  Trimming and Maintaining Monkey Grass

Your Day! radio aired its final broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.  For 14 years from 12 – 1 PM Monday through Thursday, we educated/entertained listeners across the state of South Carolina and into parts of North Carolina and Georgia. The program evolved from a once a week discussion with me in my office at Clemson University and the SC ETV-Radio host in Columbia on a program titled Talk of Carolina.  After a few months we moved from my office with the squeaky chair and telephone that often rang during the live interview,  to a radio studio in the basement of the Poole Agricultural Center. Eventually we moved to The Madren Center where along with a larger studio (radio and video) we changed our name to Just Ask Us!, which eventually became Your Day!. Good times….

2014 Garden Writers Association Annual Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. Aug 11, 2014.  “Recognizing At-Risk Trees.”  Trees provide numerous benefits to our homes and communities, but they may become liabilities when they fall or break apart, causing property damage, personal injuries and power outages. Some tree failures are unpredictable and cannot be prevented, but others can be avoided with a simple tree inspection. Many potential failures can be corrected before they cause damage or injury. Bob Polomski will address seven common structural tree defects that often result in failures, such as uprooting and trunk and branch breaks.  PDF of session presentation (polomski_ppt); pdf of session handout (polomski).

Your Day! Radio.  Monday, Sept 22, 2014. An amazing arboretum (Listen to the segment) Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski visits with Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and hears about the unique collection of plants growing there.

Your Day! Radio.  Monday, Sept 15, 2014. Plant problems (Listen to the segment) Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski and Meg Williamson, a diagnostician with the Clemson University Plant Problem Clinic, explain how to prepare samples for submission to Clemson Extension’s Plant Problem Clinic.

Your Day! Radio.  Monday, Sept 8, 2014. Buyer beware: Garden products (Listen to the segment) Do the photographs advertising garden products make you want to rush out and purchase those plants for your yard or garden? Before you open your pocketbook, Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski and Plantsman Jenks Farmer have some advice that can save you money and frustration. Gateway to Gardening Symposium.

Your Day! Radio.  Thursday, Sept 4, 2014. Garden talk with Dr. Bob Polomski (Listen to the archived program) Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski and his guest, Amy DabbsClemson Extension Horticulture agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, help listeners solve lawn, garden and landscaping problems. Listeners may call in with questions on the toll free number 888-539-8859.

Your Day! Radio.  Monday, Aug 18, 2014.  Drink what you grow (Listen to the segment) Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski speaks with author and gardener Nan Chase about small plot gardening, edible landscaping and making drinks from what we grow. Nan’s books: Drink the Harvest. Eat Your Yard. Video: Urban Gardening with Nan Chase.

Your Day! Radio. THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 (Listen to the archived program) Garden talk     Bob Polomski, co-author of Carolina Gardener’s Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Carolina Garden, and Lisa Wagner, director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, answer a variety of listener calls from our archives. They will address growing potatoes in the south and vegetables in containers. They offer help for a successful pumpkin patch and using Japanese Quince as part of a hedge. They tackle the big question: how much and how often to we need to water? They also give advice on solarizing and what to do about groundhogs. Fact Sheet on controlling wildlife. Fact Sheet on Holes in the Lawn Caused by Groundhogs, Moles, Voles, and other wildlife.

Your Day! Radio.  MONDAY, July 21, 2014.  Helping in Haiti (Listen to the segment)  Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski learns about a Clemson connection helping people meet agricultural challenges in Haiti. Learn about Partners in Agriculture and CFFL, an Agricultural Sciences program at a vocational school in Corporant, Haiti.

Your Day! Radio.  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014 (Listen to the archived program)   Garden talk with Dr. Bob Polomski    Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomskithe co-author of Carolinas Gardener’s Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Carolina Gardenand his guest, Meg Williamson, a diagnostician with the Clemson University Plant Problem Clinic, help listeners solve lawn, garden and landscaping problems.

Your Day! Radio.  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014.  Fire wise landscaping to protect your home (Listen to the segment)   When is the last time you cleaned dead leaves and debris from under your deck, porch or from your gutters? Horror stories abound in the national news about homes destroyed by wildfires. Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski talks with Bill Wiley, the Upstate Firewise Field Coordinator with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, about firewise landscaping to reduce the risk of fire around your home. They also discuss fireworks safety, a timely topic in advance of the Fourth of July holiday. Firewise.org website.  TreesSC website. Information and resources from Fire Adapted CommunitiesProper disposal of yard debris.

Your Day! Radio.   THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014 (Listen to the archived program). University of South Carolina First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides and her go-to horticulturist Charlie Ryan visit with our host, Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski, the co-author of Carolinas Gardener’s Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Carolina Garden. Moore-Pastides’ latest book, Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life (USC Press), offers a garden to the table approach to Mediterranean cooking.

Making It Grow!. May 13, 2014.54:40. On the side counter we will have Lavanya Sabin with Lavanya’s House to talk about her curry sauces with Jackie Moore from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The featured segment will be a trip with Dr. John Nelson and his botany class to the Broad River Canal in Columbia, S.C.

Your Day! Radio.    THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014.   Why won’t your plants bloom? Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomskiand his guest, Bill Head, plantsman and owner of Head-Lee Nursery in Seneca, have some answers to help your garden and flower beds thrive. Listeners may call in with questions on the toll free number888-539-8859

Your Day! Radio.   THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 (Listen to the archived program)         Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski is joined by Bill Head, plantsman and owner of Head-Lee Nursery in Seneca, in a listener-driven discussion about garden, lawn and landscape plants.

Your Day! Radio.  MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014.  Recycling Hazardous Waste (Listen to the segment)     Dr. Bob Polomski discusses the Sixth Annual Spartanburg County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on March 29 with Clemson Extension pesticide safety education coordinator Dr. Bob Bellinger, Master Gardener Joe Maple, who is a board member of the Spartanburg Mens Garden Club, and Dr. Jim Weeks, retired physician and president of the Spartanburg County Master Gardeners Association. Learn more about recycling in South Carolina. Link to Master Gardeners in Spartanburg County. Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen awards.

Your Day! Radio    March 6, 2014     (Listen to the archived program)    Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski, is joined by  Amy Dabbs, Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Your Day! Radio    Feb 6, 2014     (Listen to the archived program)    A live call-in hour on gardening topics. Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Dr. Bob Polomski, is joined by  Amy Dabbs, Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Your Day! Radio    Dec 19, 2013  (Listen to the archived program)     A live call-in show about gardening Clemson Extension horticulturist and garden writer Bob Polomski, PhD., talks with plant pathologist and retired Clemson Extension specialist Dr. Walker Miller, owner and operator of The Happy Berry, in Six Mile, South Carolina.

Your Day! Radio Nov 18, 2013. Traditional gardening skills.  Clemson University horticulturist and garden writer Bob Polomski, PhD., co-author of Carolinas Gardener’s Handbook: chats with Plantsman Jenks Farmer, who has complied a new book, Deep Rooted Wisdomgleaned from stories he’s heard and traditional skills and techniques he’s learned from generations of gardeners.  Pre-ordering Deep Rooted Wisdom.

Your Day! Radio  Nov 7, 2013    (Listen to the archived program)    Bob Polomski, PhD. is joined by two fellow horticulture agents, Master Gardener instructor Tony Melton and Amanda McNulty, host of the Emmy-winning ETV program, “Making it Grow!” Visit Amanda’s blog.

Your Day! Radio  Oct 3, 2013    (Listen to the archived program)  Bob Polomski, PhD. is joined by I.S.A. Certified Arborist Erik Healy, lead horticulturist at Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, S.C.

Your Day! Radio       Sept 30, 2013      Award winning trees (Listen to the segment)     Bob Polomski, PhD. chats with Plantsman Jenks Farmer about some special trees in Beech Island. More about Redcliffe Plantation. Link to TreesSC.org. Learn about the recent Association of Zoological Horticulure pre-conference tour at Lush Life Nursery and Redcliffe Plantation State Park. Read blog at jenksfarmer.com.

Your Day! Radio       Sept 9, 2013     Crinums and other plants(Listen to the segment)   Bob Polomski talks with Plantsman Jenks Farmer about crinums, other front yard plants.

Your Day! Radio        Sept 5, 2013       Bob Polomski is joined by Meg Williamson, plant disease diagnostician for the Clemson University Plant Problem Clinic, and Lisa Wagner, director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. They will take your questions about garden, lawn and landscape plants throughout the program.

Your Day! Radio        June 6, 2013      Bob Polomski is joined by Meg Williamson, plant disease diagnostician for the Clemson University Plant Problem Clinic, and Lisa Wagner, director of education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. They will take your questions about garden, lawn and landscape plants throughout the program.

Your Day! Radio        March 21, 2013      Bob Polomski is joined by Roger Swain, garden writer, former host of The Victory Garden on PBS, and former co-host of HGTV’s People, Places and Plants, and The Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves, garden expert, writer, radio and television host and retired Extension Agent for the University of Georgia.

Your Day! Radio        Feb 7, 2013      Bob Polomski is joined by two fellow horticulture agents, Master Gardener instructor Tony Melton and Amanda McNulty, host of the Emmy-winning ETV program, “Making it Grow!.”

Your Day! Radio        Jan 17, 2013      Bob Polomski is joined by Amy Dabbs, Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Your Day! Radio       Nov 15, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by The Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves, garden expert, writer, radio and television host and retired Extension Agent for the University of Georgia.
Your Day! Radio       Oct 4, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by Felder Rushing, host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “The Gestalt Gardener” and author or co-author of 17 gardening books.
Your Day! Radio        Aug 30, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by Felder Rushing, host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “The Gestalt Gardener” and author or co-author of seventeen gardening books.
Your Day! Radio        July 19, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by The Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves, garden expert, writer, radio and television host and retired Extension Agent for the University of Georgia.

Your Day! Radio        May 31, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by by Consumer Horticulturist Morgan Judy, Master Gardener coordinator for the Orangeburg County Extension Office.

Your Day! Radio        April 19, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by by Consumer Horticulturist Morgan Judy, Master Gardener coordinator for the Orangeburg County Extension Office.

Your Day! Radio        March 15, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by Lisa Wagner, Education Director at the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Your Day! Radio         Jan 5, 2012      Bob Polomski is joined by by Vicky Bertagnolli, home horticulture Extension agent for Aiken and Lexington Counties.

Your Day! Radio         Dec 1, 2011      Bob Polomski is joined by by Vicky Bertagnolli, home horticulture Extension agent for Aiken and Lexington Counties.

Your Day! Radio         Oct 6, 2011      Bob Polomski is joined by by Vicky Bertagnolli, home horticulture Extension agent for Aiken and Lexington Counties.

Your Day! Radio         Aug 22, 2011    Belser Arboretum.   Bob Polomski visits with Dr. Patricia DeCoursey, Arboretum Director and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, and learns about the physical features and plants collected at the Belser Arboretum. Enjoy a slideshow of photos taken in the Belser Arboretum.

Your Day! Radio    Aug 18, 2011   Edible landscaping      Bob Polomski considers the use of edible vegetables and herbs amongst ornamental plants for landscapes.

Your Day! Radio    Aug 8, 2011   City Roots         Bob Polomski returns to an urban garden located in Columbia, SC and talks with City Roots owner Robbie McClam and manager Eric McClam,  Listen to the July 11 and July 28 conversations recorded at City Roots.

Your Day! Radio    Aug 1, 2011    Outdoor education at the Belser Arboretum        Bob Polomski talks with Dr. Pat DeCoursey, USC professor emerita in Biological Sciences at the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum a 10-acre nature preserve located in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood in Columbia, SC. Hear a July 11, 2011 conversation recorded at the Belser Arboretum.

 

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