Rosie & Jennifer's Impression of Portland Print

7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:52)

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We're live from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Ben Avery Shooting Facility!

  • We're here for the Outdoor Expo.
  • Recapping last week's discussion on multi-generational business owners.
  • Additional info on bees after our broadcast with Nisbet Family Farms.

Rosie & Jennifer's Impressions of Portland, OR after visitng the prior week.

  • Rosie's places to avoid.....New Orleans during Mardi Gras and Madison, WI on Halloween.
  • Portland is living up to it's motto..."Keep Portland Weird"
  • Carol, Rosie's daughter says it "looks like the hs hallways"
  • The Romero's arent' huge fans of "the scene" but think it's beautiful.
  • Great for those who like to fish.
  • Very accomodating to the homeless.

Segment 2 (running time 7:32)

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More on the Romero's Portland Impression:

  • "Portlandia" is a TV Show that makes fun of the silliness.


  • Julie - She's from Portland and called in to defend her hometown.
  • The "Nude Bicycle Ride" plus other interesting events held in Portland, OR.
  • How rain effects the daily life.
  • Geocaching is huge in the NW.

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  • Visit Cannon Beach in Oregon! 
  • Great food in Portland.
  • Recycling can be........confusing.
  • Food Trucks or 'Carts" are huge. Great food!

Segment 3 (running time 12:33)

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  • Romey talks through the weekend activites at the Ben Avery Shooting Facilty.

More impressions of Portland:

  • It's beautiful! It's weird.
  • You can't pump your own gas.
  • What do people in Portland think of Phoenix?
  • Facebook posts about Phoenix & living in the desert.
  • Unique to Phoenix......backyard fences!

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*Congrats to the Hernandez family & thanks to the Arizona Mountain Inn and Cabins for making our guest stay a success! 

Segment 4 (running time 8:16)

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8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper

Broadcasting on KTAR & KNST, KAFF & KGVY: Click the segment links below to listen to the archive or click the iTunes icon to the right to download this hour's Podcast.



Segment 1 (running time 12:08)

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  • More about the happenings at the AZ Game & Fish Outdoor Expo.

Jay from Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company joins the broadcast to take questions about anything in your landscape!

  • We talk about attracting wildlife into your yard versus getting rid of them.
  • Bougainvillea plants are exploding right now! Same with Palo Verde trees.
  • It's been an early and extended flowering season this year.
  • Adding bright colors to your yard.


  • Barbara - She planted hosta plants in a shady area and they came up but now they the leaves are curling and the edges of the leaves are turning brown?

Recommendation - Jay's never seen a hosta plant do well in the Southern Arizona or Phoenix area. It needs a higher elevation or cooler temps to be successful.

*We discuss alternatives for Barbara to try.

  • Lawns are transitioning this time of year. Jay & Romey talk about what you should be doing.

Segment 2 (running time 6:48)

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Romey talks to Mike at Briggs & Stratton about a new motor he loves.

  • History...starting in 1908.
  • Steven Briggs graduated from South Dakota State University.
  • Where their motors are used.....lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.
  • Romey's excited about their P2200 PowerSmart Series Invertor Generator.
  • It's quiet and makes tailgaiting or camping more enjoyable! It's even lighter than the standard generator.

Segment 3 (running time 11:59)

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  • Romey updates us from our on-site location, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility for the Outdoor Expo by the AZ Game & Fish Department.


  • Kathy - She has a 4 year old apricot tree and the fruit seems to be dropping early before they are ripe. What could cause that?

Recommendation - Sometimes people confuse the ovary of the flower with the fruit, but it sounds like that is not happening to her. It could be a variety that doesn't do well here and it gets too hot to produce fruit.

*Romey & Jay discuss what goes into having a succesful fruit tree.

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  • Will a hibiscus plant grow better in a pot or in the ground? Plus, how should she fertilize the soil?

Recommendatio - Hibiscus do great in pots, maybe even better than in the ground. They like drainage, but they are heavy feeders.  If it's in a pot, it needs more water, more food to be successful. Use a fertilome or Biofeed product  to supplement the soil.  Just be careful to not burn the plant.

*What you can learn at "Hot Dogs & Horticulture" this month.  (They're celebrating 71 years in business!)

*Vegetables garden tips.

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  • They want to cover a view fence with a vine. It'll take full sun and she doesn't want too much litter. Does Jay have any tips?

Recommendations - Try cat claw or a tangerine beauty crossvine.

Segment 4 (running time 7:17)

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  • Dave - He saw a plant called ceanothus wild lilac & wonders if Jay had ever tried growing them here?

Recommendation - Jay has tried them here and our soil here makes it very tough to grow here. He could try a container or pot to grow it in.

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  • Out of the last 5 years, he's only had one good season. Any suggestions?

Recommendation - Watermelon takes up a lot of room and you need to plant a lot of them. It's a numbers game and will struggle to flower and succeed.

*Jay's Spring Planting tips for this time of year.

Thanks to Jay and remember that you can always find him at Harper's Nurseries & Landscaping Company!