Here's an overview of this week's four-hour homeowner radio broadcast
Weekend Wake-Up Hour
Start your mornings off learning about interesting people, places, and things around Arizona with Dr. Dean of Grand Canyon University as we discuss a brief History of Memorial Day, Memorial Day in Arizona and much more!
Outdoor Living Hour - Urban Farming with Greg Peterson
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines
The lines, email and text are open for your DIY questions!
Homeowner Topic: How You Can Fix That Messy, Cracked, Dirty Concrete Driveway
Does your driveway need an update? Perhaps you have cracks or discoloration across the concrete that you want repaired but don't want to replace the whole driveway. Rosie on the House will discuss how you can update your driveway without ripping the whole thing out! Learn how you can repair cracks, coat the concrete to even out discoloration, and other options that may suit your needs.
Grand Canyon University Historian Dr. David Dean talks about the history of Memorial Day.
Started as Decoration Day around 1868 to simply decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.
The US started the 3 day Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May in 1971.
Take the time to reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as well as the unofficial kickoff of summer to celebrate.
Explains the tradition of placing poppie flowers on graves.
There are many notible Arizona Veterans. Barry Goldwater, Earnest McFarlin (father of the GI Bill), Ira Hayes, Frank Luke who was called 'the balloon buster' and where Luke AFB got its name. Sen. John McCain, Rick Romley and many more who were innovators.
Ira Hayes, a Native American Marine, is one of the Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.
Burton Barr and his connection to the most decorated soldier in history Audie Murphy.
Dr. Dean lists off even more Arizona Veterans and their background.
Find more at the Arizona Veterans Hall Of Fame
Farmer Greg of The Urban Farm & Kari Spencer author of City Farming talking apple and peach harvest.
Two kinds of apples grow well here: The Anna and The Dorset Golden.
Apples, peaches, and stone fruits are perfect to perserve. Mulberries tree for fruit and shade.
Kari talks about preserving the fruit. Start with planning of what you want to plant and how you're gonna preserve all that fruit.
Two ways to canning: Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning. (Canning in Mason Jars)
Canning jars can be used over and over again. But the lids can only be used once.
Difference using wide mouth versus small mouth jars.
Kari discusses pickling. Including watermelon rine and various relishes.
Details on what to do with prickly pears off the cactus.
Discussion on dehydrating to preserve food.
You can dehydrate fruits like apple chips, vegetables and even trail mix.
Kari talks about home made 'Fruit Leather', or fruit roll ups.
You can dehydrate kale for chips or powder.
When planting a tree, usually takes about 3 years to produce fruit.
Rosie revists a couple of questions that stumped him from last week's show.
Rosie updates on those working on rebuilding in the Happy Jack/Tinder Fire area.
Rosie updates the story on the skilled labor shortage and the record increase of remodeling demand with a story on what the pay scale is for one project.
CALLER: Rebuilding a bathroom shower after a home fire. The contractor left after installing some materials and the new contractor wants to use different materials. Its a complicated question that Rosie clears up.
CALLER: Has a kitchen sink that is becoming detached from the granite counter tops.
David Byrnes from Green ID updates what they're seeing from the new APS rate plans and how a whole home energy audit can save you energy and money.
Your encyclopedia of home maintenance Rosie On The House.com
CALLER: A home owner is considering radiant barrier but called after Rosie was bashing it. Looking for other suggestions.
More discussion on bogus energy saving products and radiant barriers.
CALLER: Actually had good luck with radiant barriers and explains his situation and the cost of doing it himself. Also a question of going with a smaller A/C unit (seer) and using existing air duct.
Rosie Note: A/C units used 6 times the energy starting and stopping than running nonstop consistant.
CALLER: Got a tough shed he wants to turn into a small cabin and wants insulation suggestions for the walls and subfloor before putting in a cedar floor.
CALLER: When the irrigation system outside is turned on, the water in the house is all hot including the cold water.
Our topic is on our blog too Fixing That Messy, Dirty, Crracked Driveway
More info on fixing that messy, cracked, dirty driveway and garage floor.