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.
Avoid the “Dirty Dozen” When Choosing Your Produce
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!
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”!
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
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
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!
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!
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
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?
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!
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?
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.
How to have the first ripe red tomatoes on the block
Mike McGrath reveals the secrets behind super-early tomato success.
Be the first to show off your produce this year
When growing time arrives, which fruit will be the first to appear? Mike Mcgrath names three sweet treats that produce their produce in the merry month of... well, June.
It's time to say hoe-hoe-hoe — that’s H O E, of course. Mike McGrath hosts You Bet Your Garden's annual holiday special. Only Charlie’s Brown’s is better!
Big, Bold Amaryllis
Big bold Amaryllis are one of the most popular holiday plants. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, reveals the secret behind my sister-in-law's run of decade-long Amaryllis success! Plus, answers to all your growing questions.
Do plants need to be buried alive this winter?
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
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
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
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!
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.