I hope you all get basic cable because the Home and Garden Television Channel (HGTV) is not only where I get most of my gardening ideas but it's how I survive the loooong winter (even in relatively balmy Zone 7 it's too damn long for me). So let me introduce the folksiest, goofiest, most knowledgeable gardening guy you'll ever see on TV - the host of "Gardening by the Yard," Paul James. Ain't he cute? Plays the guitar, too. Probably had a ponytail and played in a rock band. Overall, my kind of guy, but I digress.
Now be forewarned that Paul may take some getting used to. He and his crew are pretty goofy - no, make that silly in the extreme - but that's just him not taking himself too seriously. What you get with the silliness is knowledge of gardening techniques that are almost always organic and that work with the land and elements, not against them. He encourages people to just accept a little insect damage, to not plant or transplant in the middle of the summer, and loads of other seriously practical lessons for gardening. He turned me on to conifers. He turned me on to one of my favorite gardening writers, Ann Lovejoy of Bainbridge Island, Washington. And he just keeps turning me on to gardening.
Where I live his show is on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as part of a line-up of solid gardening shows from 10 to 1. Of course I'm not going to spend my weekend mornings in front of the TV watching gardening, so I tape shows for my viewing enjoyment throughout the week, usually while I'm exercising. And because I don't like programming the timer any more than you do, I just pop in a tape sometime before 10 and press "record," which even my most electronically challenged friends (you know who you are) can do, I think.
ADDENDUM dated 7/8/08: Leave a comment if you like, but in the nearly 3 years since I wrote this, Paul's never responded. I'm not giving up hope entirely, but if you need answers, try Google or your nearest Cooperative Extension Service.