Spring Garden Tips
Successful Seed Starting

suc_seed_startScratch that gardening itch by starting your summer garden indoors now. Whether you're growing flowers or vegetables, starting from seed allows you to expand your garden pallet. Many more cool and unique varieties of plants are available to you in the form of seed. In this podcast I'll walk you through sowing to setting out in the garden. I'll offer tips on germination, thinning, lighting and hardening off. I'll explain how to avoid damping off of seedlings and strategies to keep your seedlings happy and healthy. I finish with a mention of a spring favorite of mine, the early blooming Hellebore, and more specifically a wonderful new introduction, 'Pink Frost' Hellebore. For photos and more information on this plant follow the link here to the National Garden Bureau website. Photo: National Garden Bureau

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Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins
pumpkins_oct_15_2010Fall is here and that means its time to harvest and select the perfect pumpkin for your garden or holiday display. In this podcast I offer tips on selecting the best possible pumpkin. I'll explain how to use the seeds for a healthy treat or a creative art project. Besides carving I'll detail other creative ways to work pumpkins and other garden plants into your Halloween or other holiday displays. My pest tip covers one of the good guys - the garden spider. I finish with a mention of a great book for your gardening library, "The Nonstop Garden" by Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner.
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Fall Harvest

september_1_2009Proper harvesting will help insure the best flavor, quality and maximum productivity.  I'll share tips on harvesting squash, peppers, and potatoes as well as many other popular crops.  Also, what to do with green tomatoes. I answer gardeners' questions on tomato troubles and clematis with yellow leaves.  I'll discuss how these pepper plants (pictured) received help from Purple Cow in the garden. I'll finish with a mention of a great harvesting tool, the garden hod.

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Maximizing the Harvest

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Let's continue our discussion on maximizing the harvest, ways to get more produce from small spaces. I'll answer gardeners' questions on soil testing and lawn fertilizers. I'll discuss rose slug in this week's pest tip. Then I'll talk about how to create your own Topsy Turvy tomato planter.

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Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable GardeningMany households are going to begin growing vegetables for the first time this year. I'll give you some basics to get started. Then I'll answer gardeners' questions on installing an arbor for trumpet vine and growing onions in the north. This week's pest tip will focus on clubroot of cabbage and other crucifiers. I'll finish with a recommendation of a great vegetable to grow, Eggplant F1 'Hansel' , an All-America Selections winner.

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Start Growing Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs Indoors

Feb_27_2009.jpgStart planting fruits, vegetables and herbs indoors! No matter where you live, you can get started now. I answer gardeners' questions on Illini Hardy blackberry, plants that attract finches and using baking soda for disease control. I'll talk about fungus gnats in this week's pest tip and using Gnatrol with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) for control.

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Raspberries Fresh from the Garden

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It's time to reap what you sow! I'll give you some tips on harvesting those delicious raspberries.  I'll discuss their pest problems and how to prune. Then I answer gardeners' questions on eliminating an invading shrub, removing overgrown yews and troubles with black-eyed Susan's. I'll end with ideas on creating a homemade harvest basket.

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The Tomato - Fruit or Vegetable?

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Listen closely and I'll share with you some interesting history on our most popular garden vegetable, the tomato. Justice Gray stated; "Botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruits of a vine". I answer gardeners' questions on creating a flower bed and wilted annuals and perennials. I finish with a mention of Seed Savers Exchange.

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Tomato Troubles

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This week’s discussion is on common tomato problems; black bottom, fruit isn’t forming, cracking from the rain, distorted fruit and other diseases and insects. I answer gardeners' questions on black walnut toxicity and pine with red spider mites. Then I'll discuss the Topsy Turvy planter that grows tomatoes upside down.

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Late Vegetable Planting

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In this week’s podcast you’ll find there’s still time to plant and enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden. I answer questions on yellow trumpet vines, yews with brown leaves, and Japanese beetles. I then discuss pear slugs that feed on cherries and pears in mid to late summer. Finally for garden enjoyment, plant Easter Egg radishes and Purple Haze carrots.

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