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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.

How to ward off pesky squirrels!

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When fruits get ripening, Evil Squirrels get going! Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss several ways to try and save your precious harvest from these long-tailed Servants of Satan! Plus answers to all your growing questions. Question of the Week: “I use four-foot high, 16-foot long cattle panels to create a […]

Mike’s most valuable tips and tricks

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Are you imperiled by poison ivy? Sucked dry by mosquitoes? Mike McGrath will help negate these nasty nuisances—and reveal the best small fruits to grow, build a rain garden and more!

Are you really a gardener at heart? Take Mike’s quiz!

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Have you ever had to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will ask 50 quick questions that will reveal if you really are a gardener! Plus your fabulous phone calls.

Beware of Old Landscape Timbers

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It’s a story as old as time, but definitely not from Disney. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss what to do when you discover that your ‘new’ house comes with old landscape timbers. Plus answers to all your growing questions. Question of the Week: “I recently bought a house just over […]

How to make compost WITHOUT fall leaves

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Mike McGrath shares tips for gardening in the Northwest, using sheep for weed control, how to care for a row of blue spruce, using banana peels in your compost pile, how to rotate tomatoes to keep them healthy, the best way to keep cats out of an urban garden, and how to make compost without fall leaves.

Some Tips and Tricks to Fight Miserable Mosquitoes

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Tired of giving blood to miserable mosquitoes? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath will reveal how you can fool the females into laying eggs that will never hatch into big bad biters! Plus: Mike speaks with Maya Moore, author of The Rose Garden of Fukushima, a sad, but beautiful tale of […]

Bring in the Birds and the Bees with these plants

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Mike McGrath will reveal ten native plants that the Audubon Society says are great at attracting awesome amounts of auspicious animated aviators.

Ways to Prevent Snow Mold on Your Lawn

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An early snow on vigorously growing grass can lead to a condition known as snow mold. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal how to prevent and/or treat it. Plus: Mike speaks with Dianne Lewis, M.D., author of The Healthy Yard Project, about the new findings from The World Health Organization that glyphosate, the chemical in leading herbicides, is linked to several types of Cancer; and answers to all your growing questions.

Some Tips and Tricks for the Sun Challenged

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What can you do when the only sun on your property falls directly on a driveway? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will suggest a few tricks that’ll allow you to park some plants there for the summer. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

Avoid the “Dirty Dozen” When Choosing Your Produce

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There’s a new list of the twelve fruits and veggies most heavily sprayed with pesticides. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal which members of the “Dirty Dozen” are easy to grow at home. Plus: Southern fried plant care with Steve Bender from Southern Living Magazine; and answers to all your growing questions.

Protect Precious Hummingbirds!

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What can you do when hummingbirds become prey for wasps and mantises? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden will try to help these beautiful little birds survive predation. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

Paint Your Porch “Haint Blue”!

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Does painting the porch a certain hue of blue keep out stinging insects—or restless spirits? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, discusses what the color ‘Haint Blue’ can do for you. Plus: Mike speaks with author Shawna Coronado about creating a living wall! And organic answers to all your growing questions.

Caring for African Violets

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What's the most likely cause when African violets go into decline? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss the special care these popular plants require. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

Decorate your deck with delectable fruit

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Will any fruits grow well on a deck or a balcony?! Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss the possible cultivation of sweet treats outside and off the ground; plus Mike speaks with Dr. Chris Williamson who has some exciting news about fighting grimy grubs; and your fabulous phone calls!

Grow your own sprouts!

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Cold weather can’t stop you from growing your own sprouts! Mike McGrath discusses the rules of safe sprouting and micro-green growing. Plus: Beloved children's show host, Gene London, brings historic Hollywood to the Flower Show.

To use ash or not to use ash, that is the question!

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This time of year many wood stove owners are looking to recycle their ashes. Mike McGrath answers a listener’s question about using ash to kill clover in groundcovers. Plus a bit about Bio Char; and your fabulous phone calls!

Mike’s top beginner gardening books

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What are the most essential gardening books for beginners? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will share his short list of treasured truck patch tomes. Plus; a new way to stop birds from crashing into your windows and your fabulous phone calls!

Are opossums dangerous or nature’s helpers?

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Is there anything weirder than America’s native marsupial? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will discuss whether danger or benefit lurks behind the beady eyes of opossums! Plus: Mike speaks with Howard Garrett, AKA The Dirt Doctor, about fighting fire ants with a plant you would never suspect.

Lets bust some myths about birds!

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Does peanut butter kill birds? And do they really explode if they eat rice thrown at a wedding? Mike McGrath looks into the best—and safest—ways to feed your feathered friends. Plus Mike speaks with St. Joseph's University Professor Karen Snetselaar about the Fungi in your landscape!

Are persimmons pleasing or puckering?

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Are they a delicious fruit? Or an astringent annoyance only to be eaten under puckering protest? Mike McGrath, reveals the surprising truth behind the much-maligned persimmon.