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.

The Mystery of the Wild Violets

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Mike McGrath explains what to do with wild violet, offers help for a rose bush, and gives advice on dealing with an ant problem. Plus: Mike speaks with Kyla Kruse on proper tree planting.

Equal fertilizer numbers are not necessarily a good thing

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A lot of people rely on fertilizer with 10-10-10 on the label. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal why it's one of the worst things you can give to your plants and why equal numbers are actually unbalanced.

The good side of weeds like stinging nettles and thistle

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Could "weeds" like stinging nettles and thistle possibly be a good thing? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet your Garden, will reveal that the answer is yes! Plus: How almost anything can be modified to become a really cool place to plop our plants; and your fabulous phone calls!

How to Tell if your Compost is Lovely or Lethal

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Are you yearning to buy a load of bulk compost but suspicious of its contents? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal two easy tests that’ll tell you if that load is black gold—or the black plague! Plus answers to all your growing questions.

How to Rescue Trees with Wrapped Up Roots

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Is it possible to rescue a tree that was planted with its roots all wrapped up? Mike McGrath will bravely battle on behalf of the balled and burlaped. Plus: Mike examines a brand new variety of strawberry that has been developed at Rutgers University. And your fabulous phone calls! Questions of the Week: “Mike, the […]

When Tree Roots Are Up to No Good

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When tree roots grow into a sewer line it’s only a matter of time before your basement goes blahooey. On this week's You Bet Your Garden, we explain why it’s not the fault of the tree; and how to get that flow going again.

Can a Rose be Two-Faced?

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How can a rose suddenly change color? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will explain how a prized plant can present a very different face; and tell the battle-torn tale of the world’s most amazing rose. Plus answers to all your growing questions.

Proper pruning, plucking and picking produces the best grapes

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Do you have a grapevine that looks great in the Spring but awful by harvest time? Mike McGrath reveals how proper pruning, plucking and picking can produce grapes you’ll be proud of!

The Wonderful World of Melons

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Call it a cantaloupe, a muskmelon or a netted melon, it’s a delight to eat, but difficult to grow. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will delve into the wonderful world of mis-named melons! Plus your fabulous phone calls. Question of the Week: “I have a ‘flat earth’ plot in a community garden […]

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!