Water is a big issue for community gardens. They often don't have access to this valuable resource. Organic Gardening Editor Scott Meyer joins us to discuss the magazine's program that helps to keep community gardens well hydrated. And, do you struggle with sandy soil that just won't hold any water or nutrients? Or are you cursed with clay that holds water slightly better than a bathtub, and is drowning your poor plants?
Do you have hundreds of ladybugs sitting on the outside walls of your house? Are box elder bugs crawling on your couch, or stink bugs meeting in your living room? Many bugs and beetles are invading homes all across the nation, looking for a nice warm place to spend the winter. Mike McGrath will explain how you can prevent these bugs from congregating on your house and how you can stop them from coming inside. He will also discuss ways to get bugs out once they have gotten in.
Tired of seeing your prized plants perish when frost comes calling? Mike McGrath will reveal his favorite gardening trick; bringing peppers, begonias, and impatiens inside for the winter. You can enjoy good eating and beautiful color through the cold season, and start out with nice, big plants next Spring. He'll also explain which herbs can over-winter outside in which garden zones, and which ones have to come inside.
Many people turn to composting to recycle their kitchen waste - but that path is fraught with potentially putrid peril! This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath talks about the ins and outs of composting kitchen waste. And of course, we have chemical-free answers to all your gardening questions.
Does your compost just sit there instead of turning into rich "black gold"? Do you want to start making compost but don't know where to begin? Mike McGrath will explain the easy, no mess way to make the world's finest disease-fighting plant food. Mike will also reveal how to correctly incorporate kitchen scraps and other green waste into your pile.
Looking for a lush, fragrant, fast-growing screening plant that supplies a highly valued cash crop and grows virtually anywhere? This week on You Bet Your Garden, we'll hop onto the idea of growing your own hops!
Are you hoping to grow heirloom vegetables like Kentucky Wonder Beans, or Green Zebra Tomatoes and unusual varieties of flowers like beautiful sweet peas next season?
Everybody loves the taste of ice-cold watermelon in the summer, but growing them can be a challenge. Mike McGrath will help you spit some homegrown seeds this season when he discusses growing tips and the best varieties.
New federal laws may make it easier for homeowners to chase away those pestiferous Canada Geese. Ron Kokel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joins us to discuss these new regulations. Plus, on the Question of the Week: Do you turn your garden soil every spring and then fight weeds all summer long? Mike McGrath will explain how a "no-till" system can do away with all that work of weeding and soil turning, not only for your garden beds, but also your lawn.
Many people experienced summer time droughts this year. Can you use household waste water to keep outdoor plants alive? Mike McGrath will discuss the do's and don'ts of using "greywater" from your shower, washing machine and sink.
Would you like to pick your own fresh apples and peaches, but worry about what you'd have to do to keep all those pests and disease at bay? Don't worry: organic fruit-growing is possible! Mike McGrath will reveal how you can enjoy a bounty of nice clean fruits with the help of compost, clay, clippers, and cleanliness!
Noted Alaska gardener, garden writer, and radio host Jeff Lowenfels joins us to talk about how he created the "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program that allows gardeners to help feed people in need.
All the leaves necessary to make great compost come down just as temperatures begin to fall as well - which stops or slows the composting process. Is it possible to keep your compost cooking during the winter? Mike McGrath will discuss winter composting, and explain how to get through the cold season without losing any composting opportunities.
What can you do when you show up at your vacation beach retreat and the outside of the house is covered with mosquitoes instead of vinyl siding? Mike McGrath will reveal how he handled this very problem this summer, without any of the mosquito-fighting tools he has at home, and without turning to toxins! We'll also tell a year-long island resident how to keep the local insect life out of her house.
Thinking of starting a vegetable garden for the first time, but have no idea where to begin? In this week's You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will explain step by step how to plant your very own veggie garden for beginners!
It's time for Fall planting, and Mike McGrath will explain which plants do best in the cooler months. Plant garlic cloves now and harvest big fat bulbs next Spring; plant pansies now and get months of cool-season color, and edible flowers that fight varicose veins. It's also the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. You might find great deals at your local nursery!
Do your plants need a boyfriend or girlfriend nearby to produce fabulous flowers? This week, host Mike McGrath will delve into the wonderful world of plant pollination. Plus fabulous phone calls, tips and tricks - all chemical free, of course.
Are your edible gardening efforts hampered by a lack of sun? On this edition of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal the tasty treats that can survive - and maybe even thrive - with some shade!
How can you tell when your melons are ready to pick? Should ripe tomatoes sit out on the vine? Should you wait if plants are wet? Host Mike McGrath will reveal the secrets of harvesting like the pros.
We'll hear about a new product called "Messenger" that's designed to boost the productivity and immunity of your plants, and to protect them from pest and disease. Then, during the Question of the Week, Mike McGrath will discuss the conditions that cause clover to appear in your lawn, and explain both how to get rid of it and how to make use of its fertilizing and healthy eating attributes.