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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.

Did this miserable winter wipeout mildew and blight?

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Mike McGrath chats with listeners about tamarind trees, how to build and fill a raised bed garden, how to plant for privacy, the best way to get rid of ivy, maintaining a daffodil display, the importance of rotating or mixing crops, a rose care regime and whether this winter has wiped out mildew and blight.

Planting in memory of a loved one and caring for orchids

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Mike McGrath explains how to avoid verticillium wilt, the basics of starting a successful strawberry patch, ridding wood-chip mulch of fungus, how to create an outdoor ladybug trap, preparing your soil with vermiculite and compost and planting cypress trees in memory of lost loved ones.

Brighten your landscape with forsythia

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Mike McGrath explains how to divide hardy hostas, tips and tricks for planting garlic, how to avoid noxious lawn treatments, what to do about blueberry pests, how to protect your spring bulbs from evil squirrels, approaches to planning a rain garden and getting your forsythia to flourish.

Plants that ignite the senses

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Mike McGrath explains the benefits of ladybugs, how to turn a peach pit into a peach tree, why it's best to keep straw out of your garden, identifying and eliminating aphids, preparing your lawn for an outdoor wedding, how to get rid of moles, and what plants work best for the vision impaired.

The magnificent monarch may be fighting extinction

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Mike McGrath guides listeners in the patience required for growing asparagus, reviving a withering cherry laurel, starting a Seed Library program in your community, seed bombing vacant lots, turning a pasture into a small farm, the soil acidity required for blackberries, and how to help monarch populations.

Winter damage: Can this plant be saved?

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Has this miserable winter done damage to your poor plants? Mike McGrath discusses how to tell if those precious plants are really most sincerely dead—or just pining for the Fiords. Plus: Author Miriam Goldbrger on adding wildflowers to your landscape.

Have a beautiful lawn, naturally

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One of the biggest myths in America is that lawns need to be chemically drenched to look good. Mike McGrath reveals the timings that make two light feedings all that any turf requires. Plus answers to an especially large selection of your growing questions.

Let worms turn your garbage into black gold

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Mike McGrath explains how to transplant a potted hydrangea to your garden, what conditions raspberries require to thrive, how much coffee you should add to your compost, the dangers of planting near black walnut trees, and worm composting basics.

Ways to perk up your raised beds

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Does the soil in raised beds get old and tired over time? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will look at the potential causes and cures for a poorly performing potager. Plus: A sneak peak at this year’s Philly Flower Show; and answers to all your growing questions.

Valentine’s gifts for your special gardener

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Mike McGrath explains how to update the soil in your raised bed, the best way to save a river birch tree, tips for gardening in a California drought and Valentines gifts for the special gardener in your life. Plus: Amy Mawby from Tyler Arboretum takes us through turning sap into syrup.