Ever wonder if you have those insanely expensive truffles growing under your soil? This week on You Bet Your Garden with host Mike McGrath, mushroom expert Paul Stamets will reveal the delicious answer!
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 tenacious weeds like Creeping Charlie creeping you out? On this week's You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath discuses the potential medical benefits of aggressively invasive weeds.
Is it possible to get truly chemical-free organic lawn care from a commercial provider? This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal the questions that you need to ask- and the answers you should receive - to be sure that your lawn care is organic. And, of course, we'll have more chemical-free answers to all your gardening questions.
Do you want to save yourself a lot of frustration in the garden? In this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal the ten biggest mistakes that gardeners make!
Think tomatoes are the most different tasting things you can grow as opposed to buy? This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal why the real answer is potatoes! Plus: chemical-free answers to all your garden questions.
Do you dutifully water your plants every day, keep their soil covered with wood chips, feed them frequently, spray every insect, and still aren't having much luck? That's because you're already committing four of the most common mistakes gardeners make! Mike McGrath will reveal the other six in the Question of the Week.
Tired of planting your garden of good eating year after year? This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath, will discuss the perennial vegetables you plant once and enjoy for decades!
This is the time of year when many people hear the tap-tap-tapping of woodpeckers on their chamber wall. What are they doing there? "Probably not eating bugs" says woodpecker expert Dr. Jerry Jackson, biology professor at the Florida Gulf University in Fort Myers, Florida. He explains that the birds are tearing up your siding to build a nest. He'll discuss how you can protect your home and create other habitats for these beautiful and beneficial birds.
We usually think of orchids as gorgeous and fickle indoor plants. But there's a whole world of hardy, perennial outdoor orchids! They grow anywhere from Alabama to Alaska.
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.
Are mushrooms popping up in your lawn? Mike McGrath will reveal the single biggest cause of fungal growth and explain the surprisingly easy cures. He will also discuss the fascinating history of fabled fairy rings - and he suggests that you just might want to welcome these merry mycelia into your life!
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!
Do you want to replace your dying summer container plants with something beautiful that will survive the winter? Jeff Jabco, director of grounds and coordinator of horticulture for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, has been teaching workshops on winter container gardening. He will suggest plants that can survive the winter from the frozen North to the milder South and give advice on what kind of soil mixture and containers to use.
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.
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.
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?
This is the time of year when many people hear the tap-tap-tapping of woodpeckers on their chamber wall. What are they doing there? "Probably not eating bugs" says woodpecker expert Dr. Jerry Jackson, biology professor at the Florida Gulf University in Fort Myers, Florida.
What's more annoying than a big, fat fly buzzing around your house, looking for nice clean things to land on? Flies in your garden! Mike McGrath will discuss indoor and outdoor fly control. He'll explain how to easily dispatch a roomful of the pests overnight with an organic remedy that's over a century old. And he'll discuss your outdoor fly control options, including the famous "shoo fly plant" that sterilizes house and white flies.