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June 28, 2020 88 min
Soils expert Steve Zien talks about the benefits of topping you garden soil with organic mulch. And, he mentions the best mulches to use…as well as the ones to avoid. UC Davis Arboretum’s Warren Roberts on the showy plants of June. AmpleHarvest.org . Garden Grappler.
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Our favorite retired college horticulture professor. Debbie Flower, offers up tips for gardens to deal with the triple digit heat this coming week. Growing tomatoes in pots. Garden Grappler.
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Pam Bone, Sacramento County's Original Master Gardener, grows a lot of different cane berries: blackberries, raspberries, brambleberries, blackberries and more. She shares her tips for your berry garden. Japanese beetles in Sacramento. Dehydrating your harvest. Garden Grappler.
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The Plant Lady, Marlene Simon, talks about garden issues during our recurring roller coaster weather patterns this month, especially irrigation. Caring for succulents and lavender. Mulching. Garden Grappler
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Don Shor of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis drops by to talk about Blueberries and Tomatoes: the Harvest and the Hope. Critter-proofing blueberry plants. Garden Grappler
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We tackle two popular spring garden issues: the bugs of spring, and rose care. Retired state entomologist and current Master Rosarian Baldo Villegas has the answers. We take a radio tour of the UC Davis Arboretum with Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts. Garden Grappler.
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We tackle fruit trees on this episode, and there's a lot to contend with this time of year. fruit tree expert Ed Laivo talks about size control and pest issues. Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery gets into fruit thinning. Garden Grappler.
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Our favorite retired college horticulture teacher, Debbie Flower, returns with spring garden advice. Garden Grappler
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May 3, 2020 84 min
Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery has ideas on how to grow high chill deciduous fruit trees in low chill areas. Growing the Dutchman's Pipevine. Garden Grappler.
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Perhaps you're thinking of expanding your backyard food production with chicken or bees. Today's guest, Cherie Sintes-Glover is an Urban Chicken Consultant and a beekeeper. She has tips! Warren Roberts takes us on a spring tour of the UC Davis Arboretum. Garden Grappler.
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Sacramento County's Original Master Gardener, Pam Bone, tells us about unthirsty California native plants that do well in our area. Plus, details about a virtual tour of local landscapes featuring native plants. Hot plants at nurseries right now. Garden Grappler.
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Our favorite college horticulture instructor (retired), Debbie Flower, joins us with tips for beginning gardeners. And, ant control advice! Growing Garlic. Garden Grappler.
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The ladies from the 'Sacramento Digs Gardening" blog chat about roses and tomatoes; Cherie Sintes-Glover on choosing and caring for young chicks. Garden Grappler
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Greg Gayton and Julie Barbour of Green Acres Nursery and Supply have tips for getting your garden ready for planting in mid- April through early June. Diane Blazek of the National Garden Bureau discusses their "Victory Garden 2.0" campaign. Garden Grappler.
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Our favorite college horticulture teacher, Debbie Flower, has tips for stuck-at-home, would be gardeners. Garden Grappler. The "Brown Thumb Mama", Pam Farley, offers tips to keep the kids occupied while sheltered in place, with garden activities. Warren Roberts discusses the early spring blooms at the UC Davis Arboretum. Garden Grappler.
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Don’t let a little March rain deceive you: we may be at the start of another drought. Is your garden ready? Maureen Gilmer offers tips for a dry garden. Looking for an indoor garden project for the kids? Grow microgreens! Garden Grappler.
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Tomato plants are arriving this month at a nursery near you. However, how do you care for those plants until the weather is more amenable for outdoor planting? Don Shor of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis has some ideas. A preview of the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center's open garden next Saturday. Garden Grappler.
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Master Gardener Pam Bone points out: don’t let this nice weather fool you; there are several more weeks of cooler, unpredictable weather ahead. She offers tips for what to do, and not do, in the garden right now. Greenhouse basics with Mark Seibert of Sturdi-Built greenhouses. Garden Grappler.
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Hungry? Master Gardener Gail Pothour likes to munch on plants in her garden. Some of those munchies you might find a bit unusual. We talk about parts of plants that usually aren’t considered for the dinner table…but they are. Garden Grappler. And, a radio tour of the UC Davis Arboretum in February with Warren Roberts.
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What’s new in the world of unusual plants for 2020? Quentyn Young, Master Gardener and manager of Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery in Carmichael, talks about his favorites. Also, we talk about the successes and failures in the orchard at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. Garden Grappler. And, Fred demonstrates his total ignorance of pressure canning.
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