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You Bet Your Garden

Saturday 5:00 - 6:00am


You Bet Your Garden offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide: Tips on caring for plants, fending off pests, wrestling with weeds, dealing with disease, and all the other fun things we outdoor enthusiasts enjoy sooooo much.

Do plants need to be buried alive this winter?

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Do grape vines and roses need to be completely covered in soil to survive the winter? Why some people’s plants really DO need to be buried alive to thrive. Plus, host Mike McGrath speaks with Abby Eisenhart from the Arbor Day Foundation about their efforts to shore up New Jersey with tons of trees.

Bring the outdoors in no matter where you live

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Do you live in an apartment and long to bring the outdoors in? Mike McGrath helps a young couple give their children something green to look at besides boiled broccoli. Plus Mike speaks with Pat Stone, editor of GreenPrints magazine celebrating 25 years of garden culture.

Harvest holiday greens from your landscape

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Looking to your landscape as a source of free holiday greens? Mike McGrath reveals how to healthily harvest holly. Plus: Mike speaks with author Marta McDowell about the gardening lives of Emily Dickinson and Beatrix Potter; and answers to all your growing questions.

Protect your landscape from unwanted critters this winter

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Winter’s upcoming arrival means lots of hungry herbivores laying waste to your landscape. Mike McGrath discusses how to best protect your plants from deer, rabbits, voles and other vandals.

What to do when houseplants outgrow your house!

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Can a massive philodendron possibly survive winter outdoors? Mike McGrath discusses what to do when houseplants get bigger than your house. Plus: Answers to all your growing questions.

Chickweed: Wicked or wonderful?

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Is it a wicked weed? Or a delicious, nutritious and attractive ground cover? Mike McGrath reveals what you can do when chickweed comes to play. Plus answers to all your growing questions.

Turn your fall leaves into black gold!

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What’s the best way to turn your fall leaves into commendable compost? Mike McGrath answers four questions that will help you procure the best black gold. Plus: Mike speaks with researcher and arborist, RJ Laverne.

Mound No More

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It’s stupid, senseless, and as ugly as the dogs’ breakfast. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will try to turn the tide against the deadly practice of mounding mulch up onto innocent trees. Plus your fabulous phone calls.

Pruning big trees down to size

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Is it ALWAYS wrong to cut the tops off of trees? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal the correct way to keep big trees somewhat short without destroying their form. Plus: answers to all your growing questions.

Top ten tips for autumn

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That chill in the air means its prime time for chores! Mike McGrath reveals Ten Tips that’ll help you have an awesomely agricultural Autumn--indoors and out. Plus answers to all your growing questions.

Have you ever wondered if you could grow a giant tree in your yard?

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What’s the difference between a giant Sequoia and a regular old Sequoia? And can YOU grow either one? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will take a close look at the world’s two tallest trees. Plus: answers to all your growing questions.

The mysterious wild American strawberry

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Mike McGrath explains why fall is the best time to plant a tree, how to get your fig tree to produce more fruit, how to rid your garden of Mexican bean beetles, why ivy needs to be cleared from your tree trunks, the best way to cure a gourd, and the mysteries of the wild American strawberry.

Don’t underestimate the weed known as “Jack in the Pulpit”

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Mike McGrath explains how to get rid of yellow jackets and borers safely, what benefits thousand-leggers offer, the best way to grow a palm tree indoors, how to prune vines from a lilac bush, and why the weed “Jack in the Pulpit” should not be underestimated.

Let dragonflies eat your mosquitoes

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Dragonflies are voracious predators of mosquitoes and other airborne annoyances. Mike McGrath reveals an easy way to coax these beauties into eating your pestiferous problems! Plus: Mike speaks with the co-founder of Mole Zap/Ant Zap about a new cure for moles.

Save your annuals!

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Winter’s icy grip will soon put an end to our annual plants. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal how you can bring the brightest member of your shade garden inside for free indoor color all winter long! Plus Answers to all your growing questions.

The menacing horsefly

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Viscous, biting and really big, the horsefly is one of the nastiest pests of summer. Mike McGrath will try and help a homeowner cope with an invasion of these bird-sized biters. Plus: we'll delve into the wild, dangerous and often mysterious world of plants with author, Michael Largo.

Best practices to keep your water sources clean

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Runoff from fertilizer recently made Toledo’s water undrinkable. Mike McGrath explains how you can help be part of the solution instead of the problem when you feed your cool-season lawn for the fall. Plus: Answers to all your growing questions.

Where oh where did the hydrangeas go?

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In regions where winter was harsh there is a stunning lack of hydrangeas in bloom. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal why this happened and how to get your shrubs back in gear next season! Plus your fabulous phone calls.

Learn how to reign in your evergreens!

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Mike McGrath explains what to do when your yard suddenly has sun, how to rid your summer squash of stinkbugs, the best way to kill weeds growing in your walkway, why you need to watch out for Neonicatoid, how to transplant flower bulbs and how to reign in your evergreens.

Turns out a dead Japanese beetle IS a good Japanese beetle!

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Mike McGrath explains when to plant a new lawn, why you need to keep your greenhouse cool, the best way to eradicate Fusarium wilt, how to feed your garden, tricks to protect your roses from viruses, and what to do with dead Japanese beetles.