Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

By Fred Hoffman

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Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Tuesday and Friday. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes a weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. A four-decade fixture in Sacramento radio, he hosted three radio shows for Northern California gardeners and farmers: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

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196 Indoor Composting Machines. Garlic Harvest Tips.
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You’ve heard of the benefits of adding compost to your garden soil. You may even have a backyard compost pile. Or a compost tumbler. Or, a bin full of worms who are making compost out of your garden scraps. But what about the new indoor composting machines that are on the market? Today, America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, and I answer one listener’s questions about these modern devices. Also, if you’re growing garlic, you may want information on the best time to harvest the garlic. When will that garlic be ready? We get the answer from Master Gardener and long time garlic aficionado, Dan Vierria.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout

Pictured:
California Early White Garlic

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/

Green Cone Composter
Beyond Basics Newsletter: Compost Tea
Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, Saturday Aug. 6
Book: Growing Great Garlic by Ron Engeland
Farmer Fred Rant Blog: The Heart Healthy Garden


Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
 http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.

And thank you for listening.

May 24, 2022
195 The Best Roses for Cut Flowers
2982

Roses are beginning to put on a show throughout most of rose-growing country, especially USDA Zones six through 10. What are the best roses to grow that not only look nice in the garden, but do especially well as cut flowers in the house? What are the roses that have outstanding shape and color, but also can last a long time in a vase, and aren’t a hassle when it comes to dealing with their prickles, in other words, ones that aren’t a thorny mess? We talk with Master Rosarian Debbie Arrington about 26 rose varieties that make great cut flowers, along with outstanding tips for making those cut roses last even longer indoors. It’s all about the best roses for cut flowers.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in well over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
“Joy” miniature rose in a vase

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter , “Beyond the Basics” https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
Sacramento Digs Gardening Blog


Master Rosarian Debbie Arrington's List of Best Roses for Cut Flowers:

Ring of Fire
Hot Princess
Julia Child
Betty Boop
Day Breaker
Olivia
Tamora
Mr. Lincoln
Olympiad
Veteran’s Honor
Pink Promise
Queen Elizabeth
Friendship
Gentle Giant
Double Delight
Silver Star
About Face
Strike it Rich
Gold Medal
Love & Peace
Perfect Moment
Sunset Celebration
Joy
Yes, It’s True
Rainbow Sunblaze
Sally Holmes (Fred's Choice)

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter: Beyond the Basics 
 https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
https://gardenbasics.net/videos

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here. And thank you for listening.

May 20, 2022
194 Tips for Reusing Old Potting Soil. Growing Pawpaws
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We’ve reached that point in the gardening year where people have more plants than space in the garden.  So, out come the pots that have been sitting behind the garage! Which brings up a perennially popular question: can you reuse old potting soil successfully? America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, says, yes, you can…if you take certain precautions. She has tips for reusing that old potting soil. Would you like to grow paw paws? It’s a southern U.S. favorite, but it is also known as the Michigan Banana. It’s worth a try everywhere. Master Gardener Quentin Young tells us how to grow this hardy tropical plant for outstanding results.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout

Pictured:
A (broken) Pot with Used Soil

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
Mosquito dunks
Bacillus Thurgiensis israeliensis (mosquito bits)
Pumice for potting soil
Growing Pawpaws (Cornell University)
Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, Saturday Aug. 6

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website
The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter: Beyond the Basics 
 https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
https://gardenbasics.net/videos

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here. And thank you for listening.

May 17, 2022
193 A Warning About Bagged Worm Castings. Growing Roses From Seed.
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If you’re in the habit of buying bags of worm castings for your garden, don’t delay putting them in your soil. They have a limited shelf life. And a lot can go wrong if you wait too long. America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, has tips for using bagged worm castings.

Did you know, you can grow roses from seed? A Master Rosarian tells us how to do it.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Composting Worms

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter , “Beyond the Basics” https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/

Journal of Applied Horticulture: “Effect of Storage on Some Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Vermicast”
To Find a worm farm near you: Type “Worm Farms Near Me” in your favorite Internet search engine.
San Joaquin County Master Gardeners: Vermicomposting - Composting with Worms.
Worm Bins 


Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website
The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter: Beyond the Basics 
 https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
https://gardenbasics.net/videos

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here. And thank you for listening.

May 13, 2022
192 The Easiest Tomatoes To Grow
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May is tomato planting month for most of the nation. Maybe you’ve had problems growing tomatoes in the past, or maybe you’re fairly new at planting, raising and harvesting America’s favorite backyard vegetable. Don Shor of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, California, a true tomato-head, has a list of the easiest tomatoes to grow, along with good advice to make sure that they prosper in your garden, even if you’re planning a long road trip or two this summer. Today, it the easiest tomatoes to grow, and how to make it easy on yourself, too.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Easy to Grow Tomatoes - Sungold, Sweet Million, Gardener's Delight

Links:
Free! Beyond the Basics - The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
Tomato Tips from UCANR
Farmer Fred Rant: Growing Winter tomatoes in the Greenhouse (includes a list of short season determinate (low growing) tomato varieties.)
Soil Moisture Meters
Bluetooth Moisture Meter with Indoor Monitor
Internet Water Timer/Moisture Meter Combination
Battery Operated Water Faucet Timer

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website

Beyond The  Basics - The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.

And thank you for listening.

May 10, 2022
191 Prune Tomato Flowers? Tips for a Sustainable Food Garden.
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Ahh, yes….Springtime….when the prevailing question among some backyard tomato growers is: should I prune off the first tomato flowers I see in order to get more tomatoes later on? The answer is either "no!",  "mmm...it depends", or, "perhaps". Master Gardener Gail Pothour will tell us why that answer is, "it depends". I still say no!

Also, we talk with garden book author Robert Kourik, his latest is Sustainable Food Gardens: Myths and Solutions.  He has a lot of great common sense advice for maximizing your backyard food production.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in just a bit over 30 minutes (but under 40 minutes). Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Tomato Flower: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter , “Beyond the Basics” https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
The Truth About Compost Tea from VA Cooperative Extension
Compost Tea Interview in the Garden Basics "Beyond the Basics" Newsletter
FF Rant: Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects
Chipper/Shredders

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter: Beyond the Basics 
 https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
https://gardenbasics.net/videos

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here. And thank you for listening.



May 06, 2022
190 Bamboo Privacy Screen. Battling Rose Aphids.
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Who in their right mind would plant bamboo, close to a house, as a privacy screen? Bamboo, which after a few years, could become an impenetrable jungle, spreading in every direction! Well, America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, planted bamboo as a privacy screen, six feet away from her house. How is she going to control this rambunctious runner of a plant? Ingeniously, of course. We pay a visit to Debbie’s garden to find out what to do, and what not to do when planting bamboo.

Next up on our garden road trip, we drop by Master Rosarian Baldo Villegas’ delightfully blooming rose garden, where he has close to 3,000 rose plants, near it peak of color. And usually at this time of year, most rose gardens are overrun with aphids. But not Baldo’s.  A retired state entomologist, Baldo shows us the good bugs that are keeping the aphids at bay. And you can do the same in your rose garden.

Plus, we get a Quick Tip from the Brown Thumb Mama, Pam Farley, about another use for toilet paper: planting teeny tiny carrot seeds.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout.

Pictured:
Bamboo Privacy Screen

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Basics: The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/

Planting/Watering Troughs
Tractor Paint for Galvanized Steel Planting Troughs
Farmer Fred Rant: Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
 https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website: 
 http://farmerfred.com
 
 Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
 https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
 http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
 https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
 As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.

And thank you for listening.

May 03, 2022
189 Stop Tomato Blossom End Rot Now. Grow Your Soil.
2110

I can tell what season it is by the tomato questions I get. In fall, it’s "Can I get these green tomatoes to ripen?" In Winter, the question is, “Is It Too Soon To Plant Tomatoes?” In Spring, it’s, "Should I prune those first tomato flowers off?" And in Summer, it’s the frantic tomato grower who asks, “What’s wrong with my tomatoes? They're turning brown and wrinkly on the bottom!" That, of course, is blossom end rot.

Let's tackle that summertime question now, in the spring. Because blossom end rot can be thwarted now if you take the right steps before that tomato plant sets fruit.  We chat about blossom end rot with Don Shor, of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, CA.

Also, we talk with "Grow Your Soil" author Diane Miessler, a long time gardener who champions the garden skills of "chop and drop" and the" snip and flip"…sometimes known as composting in place. Plus, she owns a vegetable tutu and plays the banjo.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in just a bit over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Blossom End Rot on a Roma Paste Tomato

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/

The Truth About Compost Tea from VA Cooperative Extension
FF Rant:  Blossom End Rot of Tomatoes
Rainpoint soil moisture monitor
Book: Grow Your Own Soil by Diane Miessler
Paudon's Crossing (the band)

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
https://gardenbasics.net/videos

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here. And thank you for listening.

Apr 29, 2022
GB 188 Bermudagrass Control Tips. How Plants Communicate. Thin Your Seedlings!
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Can bermudagrass be controlled, or is it forever? America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, has tips for converting a bermudagrass turf area into another lawn type or to control it to the point you can use that area to expand your garden. 

Organic advocate Steve Zien tells us how plants communicate to get the nutrients they need and to ward off invading pests. And, he talks about using compost tea for increasing the good guys in your soil biology. 

Also, we get a Quick Tip about a very necessary, but psychologically difficult garden task: removing excess fruit from your deciduous fruit trees in mid-Spring.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Bermudagrass Lawn Solarization

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
Farmer Fred Rant: Solarizing a Bermudagrass Lawn
Turflon Ester for Bermudagrass Control (Read the Label)
Nematode-trapping fungi video
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: Commercial compost aerator
Amazon: More compost aeration equipment
Growing Solutions: Compost Tea supplies
Truth about Compost Tea, from VA Cooperative Extension
Soil Food Web courses


Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
 The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: @FarmerFredHoffman

Apr 26, 2022
187 Bring the Outdoors, Indoors. Edible Roses. Therapy Gardens.
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We’ve often said here that when designing your garden plan, make sure the edible garden is visible from the kitchen window. Today, we expand on that: tips for planning a garden so that the most beautiful spots outside are visible from the room inside in which you spend the most time. Think of it as the "easy chair garden". Master Gardener Pam Bone has some ideas for you on that.

Speaking of edibles, we revisit a chat we had with Master Rosarian Debbie Arrington about the tastiest rose petals. We’ll find out what they taste like, too.

There’s no question that your garden is great therapy for your body, mind and soul. In fact, therapy gardens play a big part in our society in the rehabilitation, education and skill learning for those who need it the most. Diane Blazek of the National Garden Bureau talks about what some of those gardens are doing to make your country a better place to live.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in just a bit over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Breakfast Nook Window to the Garden

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder
Reviewed Landscape Apps
Fragrant  Roses List
National Garden Bureau Therapy Garden Grant Information
American Horticultural Therapy Association

Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
 The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
  http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

Instagram: @FarmerFredHoffman

Apr 22, 2022
186 Are Fertilizers Overused? The Best Plant Photo ID Apps. Repotting Houseplants
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Are fertilizers overused? That’s what America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, says. She also deciphers all that information on a fertilizer label so you know exactly what’s in it and what it will do, if anything, for your plants.

Meanwhile indoors, spring is the time for repotting houseplants. We chat with the author of “Houseplant Warrior”, Raffaele DiLallo about how to go about repotting houseplants for the best success. 

Also, we get a Quick Tip about answering that oh-so common question, what’s the name of that plant? We talk about the best Apps for identifying pictures of plants accurately (and that’s the key). And, how your local garden club can help you in your gardening journey to pinpoint those best local plants, as well.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts are available at the website for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net , as well as Buzzsprout.

Pictured:
Picture This - Top Rated Plant Identifier Photo App

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred "Beyond Basics" Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/University of Massachusetts/Amherst  Soil Test Information
Colorado State University Soil Test Information
MSU Study of Plant Photo ID Apps
Folsom Garden Club
California Garden Clubs local garden club finder
National Garden Clubs’ garden club finder in your area
OhioTropics.com
Book: "Houseplant Warrior" by Raffaele DiLallo
Plant Fertilizers
Houseplant Pots
Light Fixtures for Houseplants


Got a garden question? 

• Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics

• Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 

• Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net

• E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 

All About Farmer Fred:
 The GardenBasics.net website

The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

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Apr 19, 2022
185 What's Lasagna Gardening? Potato Planting. Fruit Trees vs Lawns
1681

You’ve heard of No-Till gardening. How about No-Dig gardening? Or creating a Lasagna garden? Emily Murphy, author of the book, Grow Now, explains.

In our Question and Answer segment, one listener wants to know if it is too late to plant potatoes, and how to prepare the soil for potatoes? As we like to say on this podcast, it depends. Master Garden Gail Pothour has the answer, with all the variables.

And in a quick tip, we find out why you don’t want to grow your fruit trees in the middle of your lawn.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or (for transcripts) Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Well-mulched plum tree in dormant pasture grass

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Book: Grow Now  by Emily Murphy

Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden

Texas A&M: Lawn Care Around Trees

UCANR: Sheet Mulching (Lasagna Gardening)

Hugelkultur (extreme lasagna gardening)


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Apr 15, 2022
184 Spring Houseplant Care
1655

Spring isn’t just for outdoor garden tasks. Your houseplants need some springtime love, as well. We chat with the author of “Houseplant Warrior”, Raffaele DiLallo about your houseplants’ needs for the right light, the right humidity, and he has a list of easy care houseplants for low light conditions. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Raffaele also has houseplant advice for those who must muddle through cold, dark winters, as well. And we talk about his business, OhioTropics dot com, and yes…he is growing outdoor tropical plants in Cleveland, even a banana plant!

Also, we get a Quick Tip from America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, who explains how careful pruning of outdoor plants can lessen the threat from pests and disease.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Houseplants

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OhioTropics.com
Book: "Houseplant Warrior" by Raffaele DiLallo
Beginner-Friendly Houseplants
Light Fixtures for Houseplants
Houseplant Pruning Shears

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Apr 12, 2022
183 First Garden? A Checklist
1691

We pay a visit in today’s episode to the lush yards of a couple of notable gardeners. We chat with America’s favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, in her garden, about what you should think about before you start your first garden: a checklist, if you will. It’s like learning from the mistakes of others. Or, to put it more politely, we're sharing garden wisdom.

And, Master Gardener Pam Bone talks about her favorite peach variety, as well as the benefits of getting out in the backyard orchard in early spring and thinning the fruit. Your peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines, apples and other deciduous fruit trees will thank you with big, beautiful tasty pieces of fruit this summer. Otherwise, you may come down with the warm season woes, gazing at undersized fruit as well as branches that are sagging - and breaking - under the weight of all that excess fruit.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links and product information available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or (for chapter selection and transcripts) Buzzsprout

Pictured:
A garden of edibles, as seen from a kitchen window

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Farmer Fred Rant: Tips for the First Garden
Landscape Design Tools and References
Suncrest Peach
Farmer Fred Rant: Benefits of Thinning Fruit

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Apr 08, 2022
182 Growing Raspberries, Boysenberries, Blackberries
2013

Get your day off to a healthy start by adding fresh-picked berries - blackberries, raspberries, blueberries - to your breakfast.  Here in California, harvest season for those are perhaps six weeks away.  And wherever you live, you can probably grow some kind of berries.
We covered growing blueberries back in Episode 67.
Today, in Episode 182, we talk with Master Gardener and accomplished home blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry grower, Pam Bone, who has lots of good tips for growing these tasty, healthy treats. It’s all about berries!
We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Master Gardener Pam Bone and her Raspberry Garden

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Berry Varieties to Consider
UCANR Growing Caneberries in the Sacramento Region
Raspberry, Blackberry Production Guide (Cornell U.)

University of Massachusetts/Amherst  Soil Test Information
Colorado State University Soil Test Information

Farmer Fred Vegetable Planting Calendar for Northern California (downloadable)

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Apr 05, 2022
181 Pesticide Safety Tips. Garden Time Savers.
1476

There are two very contemplative aisles that gardeners can encounter at big box stores or a well-stocked Garden Center…and that’s the drip irrigation parts aisle, and the garden pesticide aisle. Next time you go, check those aisles out. You’ll always find a gaggle of people, just staring at the products. Staring. Wondering. Considering. Contemplating. Today, Debbie Flower and I try to get you moving a little faster through the garden pesticide aisle. We have tips on what information to look for on the pesticide product labels, so that you make the right choice. Or, if you employ a pest control service, questions you should be asking them about the products that they are using.

Want to free up enough time in the garden so you can actually go visit someone or someplace this year? You remember, it’s called traveling. Then keep in mind these four words: Automate, Elevate, Eliminate, and Delegate. We’ll explain how to implement these very effective garden time savers.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or (for transcripts) Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Garden Center Pesticide and Fertilizer Aisle

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UCANR: Soil Solarization

Plastic Sheeting for Soil Solarization (choose 1-2 mil thickness for best results)
UCANR: Sheet Mulching 1
UCANR: Sheet Mulching 2
UCANR: Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides
Sample Label of a Pesticide Containing Imidacloprid

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The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
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Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube 

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Apr 01, 2022
180 Bats (They're Good). When to "Set Out" Plants?
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It’s "bat day" here on the Garden Basics podcast. By the way, we’re talking about the flying mammal, not the Louisville Slugger.  
Bats! They are a good friend of every gardener and farmer. Why? Because they’re eating a lot of the flying pests that otherwise would be chowing down on your crops and flowers… or you. We talk with noted bat expert, the University of California’s Rachael Long. 

Did you ever see that instruction on a seed packet or garden calendar that tells you when to set out plants? What, exactly, is setting out plants? America’s favorite retired college horticultural professor, Debbie Flower, walks us through the process of acclimating those tender young, greenhouse or indoor-raised seedlings to the harsh environment known as your garden.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net or Buzzsprout

Pictured:
Bat with a Grasshopper

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Bat Houses at Amazon

Farmer Fred Interactive Vegetable Planting Calendar for Northern California

Farmer Fred Vegetable Planting Calendar for Northern California (downloadable)

All About Bats (National Wildlife Federation)

From UCANR: Well-Placed Bat Houses

From UCANR: Songbird, Bat, and Owl Boxes

UC IPM: Bat Identification and Control

UCANR: Bats for Walnut Orchards

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Farmer Fred website: 
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 Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
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The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
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Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 

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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
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Mar 29, 2022
179 The Poop Loop: How Mother Nature Feeds Your Garden
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The Poop Loop. No, we’re not talking about the reference in SpongeBob Squarepants (but we will have a link to that in the show notes). We’re not referring to a leash accessory that holds your dog's poop bag so you can finally be hands free to chat on your phone during your daily walks! (you’ll have to look that one up yourself). Nor is this an explanation of composting toilets. You’re going to have to go deep into the Google search engine to find out what we are talking about on this episode. It’s how Mother Nature feeds your plants, and what you can do to aid that process. The result? A healthier, more productive garden. Organic advocate, soil pedologist and underground poop expert Steve Zien has the details.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links available at the new home site for the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast and FarmerFred.com, GardenBasics.net
Links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at Buzzsprout. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Raised beds, and mulch, mulch, mulch

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SpongeBob Squarepants and the Poop Loop
Book: Grow Your Soil!: Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever by Diane Miessler and Elaine R. Ingham
Worm Castings
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Mar 25, 2022
178 What's Your NQ*? (*Nature Quotient). Dealing with Leaf Spots.
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How in tune with nature are you? Probably more than you think, if you’re a gardener. We talk with Emily Murphy, author of the new garden book, Grow Now, about your NQ, your Nature Quotient. Plus, we talk with her about front yard gardening, the actual definition of full sun, and the special hands of a gardener. 

Got new, colorful spots on the leaves of your annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs? America’s favorite retired horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has reassuring answers for one worried gardener. Those spots you see just might be a natural development in early spring. Oh, by the way, welcome to Spring!

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory (we’ll hear more from the dogs later on). It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in just a bit over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Front Yard Garden containing edibles and ornamentals

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Dave Wilson Nursery

Book: “Grow Now”, by Emily Murphy
Book: Sunset National Garden Book
Book: Sunset Western Garden Book
Book: Sunset Northeastern Garden Book
Soil Thermometers
Hunter MP Rotator Sprinkler Heads

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Mar 22, 2022
177. Best Tomatoes for Containers. The Call Garden.
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If you have a small yard, or crummy soil or even just a sunny patio, you can grow tomatoes…in containers! If you have an area around the outside of your home that gets six hours or more of sun a day during spring and summer, you can be serving garden-fresh, container-grown tomatoes at meal time. However, there are some tomato varieties that are better suited for growing in large pots. Our favorite retired college horticultural professor, Debbie Flower, offers us tips on choosing the best tomatoes for containers.

Planning your first vacation in awhile for this year? If a car trip along the scenic Northern California  coast is in this plans, we have an amazing garden for you to visit. And it’s part of an old Russian fort. And it’s a state park. It’s the Call Garden at Fort Ross. And we’ll take you there on this edition.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory.  It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Gardener's Delight  Cherry Tomato Plant in a Smart Pot Fabric Container

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More tomato varieties for containers
Container Tomato Growing Tips
The Call Garden: Full of History and Beauty
Call House Video
Plants around the Call House

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Mar 18, 2022
176 Succulent Basics. Tomatillos Instead of Tomatoes? A Warning.
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Looking for easy to grow succulents for a wide variety of climates? We cover the basics for growing these unthirsty plants both outdoors and indoors.
Spice up your salsa garden this year with the tomato relative, tomatillos. We have tips, and a warning.
We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory.  It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots  and  Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Jade Plant, Crassula ovata

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Dave Wilson Nursery

Tomatillo Salsa Recipe from the CA Master Food Preservers
Tomatillo Seeds
Tomatillo Heirloom Varieties
Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale,  May 6-8
Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center,  Sat. Aug. 6, 2022 

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
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Mar 15, 2022
175. Fruit Tree Flowers vs Frost. Regenerative Gardening
1650

Welcome to the tug-of-a-war season. Is it late winter, or early spring? Will daytime highs be in the 60’s and 70’s? Or will the overnight lows dip below freezing? Or both? Deciduous fruit trees, such as peaches, apples, plums, apricots and more everywhere get confused when sunny, mild days are followed by a few freezing nights. And if those trees are blooming, and a frost or freeze is predicted, you just might have fewer fruit to harvest this summer. We have tips to help you stave off the loss of those fruit tree flowers when temperatures get temporarily chilly.
Also: do you know what regenerative gardening is? It’s a great way to get a more bountiful harvest of food and flowers, and it’s easy! You might already be a regenerative gardener. We talk with garden author Emily Murphy, who explores and explains that topic in her new book, “Grow Now”.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory.  It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Pluot fruit tree flower.

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Dave Wilson Nursery
Frost Cloths
passthepistil.com (Emily Murphy website)
Grow Now, by Emily Murphy 
Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, by Emily Murphy
The Secret Life of Trees, by Colin Tudge 
The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben
Finding the Mother Tree, by Suzanne Simard 

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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
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Mar 11, 2022
174. Spring Garden Tips, LIVE!
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In this episode, our favorite retired college horticultural professor, Debbie Flower, and myself, offer a wide variety of garden tips to get your yard ready for spring. And it’s kind of a special episode, too. It was recorded live, at the Folsom, California Garden Club, where nearly 100 gardeners gathered to also pepper us with questions. Many of these questions, as well as the topics we covered, just might pertain to you and your garden, wherever you may be.

So, for this special episode, we’re podcasting from the Rotary Clubhouse in Folsom California. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 55 minutes. (C’mon give us a break; it was a live recording with a live audience who had a lot of questions!). Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Debbie Flower at the Folsom Garden Club Meeting

Links:
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Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery
Green Cone Solar Waste Digester
Glyphosate Application Instruction Booklet

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 http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
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Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
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Mar 08, 2022
173. Staving Off Spring Frost Damage. Sweet Potatoes
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For many gardeners in USDA Zones 7. 8, 9 and 10, March is the month for new beginnings. The weather is warmer, trees and shrubs are blooming. But wait a minute… it’s still winter. Jack Frost can still be nipping at your plants, setting back the progress of new buds, flowers and leaves. On today’s Garden Basics, we have late winter and early spring frost protection tips for your new and established plants.

Thinking of growing sweet potatoes? Good idea! Sweet potatoes are drought- and heat-tolerant and have few pests or diseases. Sweet potatoes are low in calories and very nutritious, a good source of beta-carotene, protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and other minerals.  They can be stored longer than winter squash. More commonly grown in the South and west because they require warm weather, northern regions can have success with select varieties. But for a successful crop of this warm season favorite, you need to get started now, indoors. We revisit the info you need to grow sweet potatoes.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Spring Frost Damage on a Brugmansia

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletterhttps://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery
How to Grow Sweet Potatoes
Frost Cloths
Frost Protection for Tomato, Pepper plants

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All About Farmer Fred:
The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter 
https://gardenbasics.substack.com

Farmer Fred website:
 http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

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Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/

Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube

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Mar 04, 2022
172. Old Potting Soil Is Your Friend (But Your Friend Could Use a Little Help)
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It’s that time of year. You’re thinking about what to plant in your spring and summer garden. You’re looking at all those empty plant containers in your yard and asking yourself, what flowers or vegetables should I grow? But are those containers really empty? If you still have last year’s potting soil in those containers, you might be wondering, do I need to toss that expensive soil into the garden and buy brand new potting soil? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, answers with a firm, “Go ahead and use it again!” However, that old potting soil needs some rejuvenation first. We have tips for making that old potting  act like new again. Yes, old, used potting soil is your friend. But it needs some tender, loving, care to help you have a bountiful garden of food and flowers in 2022.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Potting soil

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery

Kellogg Garden Products (quality soils and fertilizers, for when you need it)

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 http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube

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Mar 01, 2022
171. Flowering Fruit Trees. Planting Fruit Trees in Pulp Pots.
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Deciduous fruit trees are starting to wake from their winter slumber in warmer areas of the United States, with the rest soon to follow. Why not bring some of that flower show indoors? Today, we get tips on how to get fruit tree branches and other spring flowering plants to bloom on your dining room table, as well as tips for spring flowering shrubs and trees that will look great in your landscape.  Also stirring to life with the change in the weather are gardeners heading to nurseries, shopping for deciduous fruit trees to plant. Many of those trees now come, not as bare root plants, but already planted in pulp pots. Can you just plunge that pulp pot, tree and all, into the ground? Or do you need to remove it from the pot first? We get tips to do it via either method, in this encore segment from December 2020.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Garden Gold Peach Tree in Bloom

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com

 Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery
Chilling Hours Explained
Chill Hour Accumulations Throughout California
Floral Preservatives

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Farmer Fred website:
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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
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The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
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Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
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Feb 25, 2022
170. Buying a Greenhouse? Ask Yourself These Questions First
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I’ve been spending a lot of time in the greenhouse lately, starting tomato, pepper and onion seeds. You don’t have to be a gardener for very long to realize the advantages of having a backyard hobby greenhouse. It's an ideal place to start seeds, get cuttings to root. A greenhouse is also great for overwintering tender plants.
 We talk with Mark Seibert of Sturdi-Built greenhouses in Oregon about the questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a greenhouse. Originally aired in June of 2020, this primer on greenhouses includes: tips for installing water and electricity ; tips on installing a foundation;  flooring ideas;  choosing the right door (if you're going to be hauling citrus trees inside for the winter, you'll want a double door);  ventilation tips;  and, things to consider if you're thinking of a lean-to greenhouse, one that attaches to the side of your house.
We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
Tudor Greenhouse from Sturdi-Built

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Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/

Sturdi-Built Greenhouses

Greenhouse accessories:
Fans
Heaters
Propagation Mats
Grow Lights
Greenhouse Benches

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Farmer Fred website:
http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com

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Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
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Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
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Feb 22, 2022
169. More Vegetable Winners for Your 2022 Garden
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Keep your seed catalogs open! Today, we pick up where we left off on the last episode of Garden Basics (168)  where we were talking with Master Gardener Gail Pothour at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center  about the All-America Selections vegetable varieties that did well over the years here in Northern California. Many of those varieties received national recognition, too.  
Today, we have more award-winning vegetables for you to try in your 2022 spring and summer vegetable garden. This time we are talking with the Executive Director of the All-America Selections organization, Diane Blazek. She has recommendations for more award-winning, All-America Selections,  including new, exciting peppers, tomatoes, zinnias, begonias, and a lot more, here in Episode 169.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
AAS Winner Roulette F1 Habanero Pepper (but not hot!)

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Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
All-America Selections Winners https://all-americaselections.org

Three Award-Winning Tomatoes for Beginners:
Juliet (small, snacking-size tomato)
Celebrity (dependable, main season tomato)
Big Beef (big, slicing tomatoes, perfect for sandwiches)

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Farmer Fred website:
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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHqicGDM4j35NyjUduOSN7LSgCocKx1kx

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Feb 18, 2022
168. Award Winning Vegetable Varieties to Try in 2022
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If this is the year that you start your vegetable garden from seeds, you have some choices to make before too long. Which tomato, pepper, squash, melon, eggplant and okra varieties should you plant?  We talk with vegetable expert and Master Gardener Gail Pothour about the All America Vegetable selections that have been the top performers for her and other Master Gardeners. And we will have a review of the cool season All America Selections vegetable varieties that did well. Plus a preview of the enticing 2022 vegetable seed varieties that will be newly available this year, as well. Okra, did I say okra? If for no other reason, you’ll want to grow it for its beautiful flowers! We’ll explain.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Pictured:
2022 All America Selections Sweet Pepper Winner - Dragonfly F1

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Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery   https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
All-America Selections Winners  https://all-americaselections.org
Harris Seeds    https://www.harrisseeds.com

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

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Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 

Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube 

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Feb 15, 2022
167. Is Gravel Gardening Right For You?
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We recently spoke with Andrew Bunting of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society about garden resolutions, and the Philadelphia Flower Show, which will be held this coming June. Go back to Episode 159 of the Garden Basics podcast to find out more about those topics. 
We also talked about the interest in gravel gardening back east and in the midwest. If you are a subscriber to the Garden Basics “Beyond Basics” newsletter, you heard about gravel gardening back in the Dec. 31st, 2021 online newsletter. 
But for the thousands of you who may not have listened to that discussion in the newsletter podcast, we have it for you here, on the Garden Basics podcast, today.
Along with that, Debbie Flower and I will discuss if gravel gardening is really a good idea for those of us in warmer to downright hot climates. 
Plus, does fertilizing cool season annuals - flowers and vegetables - in the winter, really work? As always, the answer is: "It depends."

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

Pictured:
The Gravel Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Wisconsin 

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Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/

Soil Test Kits  https://amzn.to/3oZntE3

Online Soil Testing Services:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
https://ag.umass.edu/services/soil-plant-nutrient-testing-laboratory

Colorado State University
https://agsci.colostate.edu/soiltestinglab/

A Primer on the Gravel Gardens at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Wisconsin
https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/flowers/lectures/meadows-and-gravel-gardens/

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter 
https://twitter.com/farmerfred

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
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Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube 

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Feb 11, 2022
166 Roses vs Weeds. Transplanting Tips.
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Winter rose care season is here for many of us. Besides pruning, weed killing may be on your list of things to do in the rose bed. But before you reach for that spray bottle of weed killer, listen to what Master Rosarian Charlotte Owendyk has to say. Plus, she has alternatives for thwarting weeds among your rose bushes. It’s also the time of year for transplanting many perennials and shrubs. Debbie Flower, our favorite retired college horticulture professor, goes through the how’s and the why’s to transplant successfully. And perhaps to your surprise, she is a fan of using strictly native soil when it comes to transplanting perennials and shrubs. And it has to do with watering. She explains.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Pictured:
Glyphosate Damage on Rose Bush (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)

Links:
Subscribe to the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter . It's free!
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Roses: Cultural Practices and Weed Control
Roses: Diseases and Disorders
Round Up Pro Label Instructions
Roundup Pro
How Water Flows (or Doesn't Flow) Through Soil

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Feb 08, 2022
165 Garden Tool Care & Selection
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Yes, it is a little late for a New Year’s Resolution, but here’s one that is better employed late than never: take better care of your garden tools. And, It’s not just keeping them clean. On today’s episode of Garden Basics, Debbie Flower gets into the how’s and why’s of properly maintaining your garden tools…including storage and sharpening advice…and yes, the proper cleaning of your tools. Plus, we have tips for choosing quality garden tools to begin with.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Pictured:
Bypass, Anvil Pruners

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
NC State U: Tips for Cleaning Garden Tools
Home Depot: Tips for Removing Rust From Garden Tools
Bypass vs Anvil pruners
Felco’s How To Clean and Sharpen Pruners Video
Felco Sharpening Tool
Hori-Hori Knife
Fiberglass Handled Shovels
3-in-1 Oil

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The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Feb 04, 2022
164 Citrus Fruit Picking Tips. Winter Garden Cleanup.
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For many backyard gardeners right now in USDA Zone 9, it’s citrus fruit harvest time. And before you know it, everybody will be in fruit picking mode come summer. Do you have the right equipment for harvesting fruit? Do you know the best ways to do it to help insure that the fruit will last longer in the kitchen? We talk with a fruit picking expert who has organized a tree fruit gleaning program that collects unwanted fresh fruit from backyard gardens and distributes it to the needy. Also, just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean all you get to do is sit indoors and sharpen your tools. Although that is a good idea, your yard could use a little winterizing cleanup to thwart this spring and summer’s pest problems. We have quick tips, on this, the first episode of Season 3, and we're back to twice a week podcasts, dropping on Tuesdays and Fridays!

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s get started!

Pictured:
Meyer Lemons (watch out for the thorns!)

Links:
 Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste (UC Davis Postharvest Technology)
Find Out Farms
Community Fruit

Backyard Orchard Culture video (home fruit tree care, from Dave Wilson Nursery)
Orchard fruit pruning shears/snips
Orchard Ladders
Harvest Bags

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All About Farmer Fred:
The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Feb 01, 2022
163 Speedy, Successful Seed Germinating Tips
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'Tis the season for expectant backyard gardeners. You’ve begun to sow seeds of warm season annuals and vegetables indoors, especially pepper and tomato seeds. But when will those little seeds begin to show their heads above the soil? As always, it depends. On today’s Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, our favorite retired college horticultural professor, Debbie Flower, has tips for speeding up seed germination rates, especially for those pokey pepper seeds, which normally could take up to three weeks to sprout! But, it takes a combination of tactics to be a successful speedy plant parent. It involves bleach, the right containers, heat, the correct application of water, the right soil mix, proper air movement and H2O2. Welcome back to high school chemistry class, kids. But, you can do it! Today, it’s speedy, successful seed germination tips, especially for the pokey peppers.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in a skosh over 30 minutes (more like 40 minutes). Let’s get started!

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Pepper Seed Packets

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Grow lights
Dramm Water Breaker nozzle
Pump Pressure Water Sprayer
Seed Starting trays, kits
Indoor Greenhouses
Outdoor Greenhouses
Seed Starting Mix
Baker Creek Seed Catalog

More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred
Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

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All About Farmer Fred:
The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Jan 28, 2022
162 'Prune'-ciples: Rose Pruning Tips for Maximum Roses!
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In USDA Zones 8, 9 and 10, it’s Rose Pruning Season! And soon enough after frost season passes, everyone else across the country will be faced with the challenge of tackling an overgrown, aging, rose bush. How best to prune that rose bush to regain maximum rose production? We talk with a Master Rosarian who knows. We’ve got rose pruning tips, as well as advice for the best pruning tools to use and clothes to wear while pruning those prickly roses.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in a bit over 30 minutes. Let’s get started!

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Distant Drums Rose, which can be grown in as cold a climate as USDA Zone 4

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
American Rose Society (includes local rose club information)
American Rose Society Handbook for Selecting Roses
Video: Pruning/Rejuvenating a Climbing Rose
Bypass-style Hand Pruners
Bypass-Style Loppers
Rechargeable Reciprocating Saw
Pruning gloves, arm protectors for roses

More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

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All About Farmer Fred:
The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman

Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.

And thank you for listening.

Jan 21, 2022
161 Succulent Tips. Starting a School Garden.
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You can grow them indoors and outdoors; they’re easy to care for; and, are very unique and colorful! But which ones are the easiest to care for? We’re talking about succulents today with renowned expert Robin Stockwell. Starting a school garden, or even a home school garden? Which plants and concepts should you consider before turning that first shovelful of soil? We’re going back to school, with Debbie Flower, who knows a thing or two about school gardens.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s get started!

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
The succulent, Adam’s Needle (Yucca filamentosa)

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots

Dave Wilson Nursery

The Book: Succulents, the ultimate guide to choosing designing and growing 200 easy care plants" by Robin Stockwell

Resources for Starting a School Garden

California Natives for a Hedgerow

Insectary Plants

Bring on the Bees! Year-Round Plants to Attract Pollinators

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog

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Jan 14, 2022
160 Garden Basics Greatest Hits, 2021 - All About Tomatoes!
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Welcome to the new year, and our latest Greatest Hits episode, featuring those segments that you spent the most time enjoying,  in record numbers in 2021. Among the top listened to segments last year included a lot about tomatoes. In fact, the top 5 listened-to segments on the garden basics podcast had to do with tomatoes. That makes this 2021 Greatest Hits episode of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast one that just might answer most of your tomato questions, from seed planting all the way to harvest. If you know anyone just starting out in gardening, who might be growing their very first tomato plant in 2022, have them listen to this, Episode 160 of Garden Basics: 2021’s Greatest Hits - All About Tomatoes. 

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.

Pictured:
Homegrown Orange Oxheart tomato (1.5 pounds)

Links:
Subscribe to the free Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Brad Gates' Wild Boar Farms
Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Tomato Troubleshooter
Crop Rotation
Row covers
Seed Starting Mix
Seed Starting Kits, Small Pots
Tomato Seeds
Bt for controlling tomato hornworms
Needle Nose Pruners
Soil Temperature/Soil Moisture Monitors
Soil Moisture Meters

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Jan 07, 2022
159 Garden Resolutions. Heavenly Bamboo.
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Eat less sugar. Eat more fiber. Eat out of the garden more! Have you set your New Year’s resolutions yet?  We’ll talk with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Andrew Bunting about some good gardening habits to start in 2022.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, ushers in the New Year with a plant that just might be putting on  a show right now with its colorful berries or reddish leaves. It’s the Heavenly Bamboo, also known as Nandina domestica, and it’s our Plant of the Week.

We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 159 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in way over 30 minutes, because there's a lot to talk about. Happy New Year! Let’s go! 

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Bee on Daisy

Links:
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Pennsylvania Horticutural Society Gold Medal Plant List (Outstanding plants, especially for the Mid-Atlantic region)
2022 Garden Trends from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Olbrich Gardens,  Madison Wisconsin (Gravel Gardens)
Dehydrators (you grew it. now eat it!)

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman

Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube


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Dec 31, 2021
158 Life is Too Short To Put Up with a Problem Plant. The Holly
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Life, as I am fond of saying, is too short to put up with a problem plant. Today, the very alive Debbie Flower, who is no problem at all, talks about when to pull the plug on the dying plants in your garden, including some organ harvesting tips when it comes to tomato plants who have overstayed their welcome at your garden party. Plus, we have tips for choosing and storing those cool season fruit favorites, persimmons, apples and citrus. Merry Christmas!

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, is in the holiday mood, with everything you want to know about the Plant of the Week, holly. Including information about a holly variety that will literally make you upchuck. Even its name implies as much.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s Episode 158 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in way over 30 minutes. Consider it your Christmas bonus. Let’s go! 

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Just because that broccoli plant has bolted, don't be too quick to compost it even though it might taste bitter. Those flowers attract pollinators, such as bees.

Links:
Subscribe to the free  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Preserving Apples (from UCANR)
Dehydrators

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Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
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Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Dec 24, 2021
157 Composting Tips. The Cyclamen
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A listener in St. Louis wrote in to ask, “Is it OK to put the stems and leaves of what’s left of the summer vegetable garden in a compost pile?” Retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower answers: it depends! We take a deep dive into composting basics today.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us about the Plant of the Week. For some, it’s an outdoor, winter blooming, bedding plant. For others, it’s a houseplant. For all, it puts a colorful show this time of year: the cyclamen, which just might be the best, last minute holiday garden gift to give or receive.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 157 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in just 30 minutes. Let’s go! 

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
The Three-Bin Composter

Links:
Subscribe to the free,  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
The Rapid Composting Method
Make Your Own 3-Bin Composter
Compost Thermometers
Composting Tumblers
Compost Bins Indoor and Outdoor
Cyclamen Plants and Seeds

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Dec 17, 2021
156 Heavy Rain vs. Garden Irrigation. Air Pruning. The Cotoneaster
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Did you ever pull a sick, root-bound plant out of a too-small plastic or ceramic container and look at the root ball? All those thick roots, going round and round, along the sides and throughout the bottom? All those thick roots are impeding the flow of water and fertilizer throughout the plant’s root zone, which may be why that plant was sick! We talk with Smart Pots  president Kurt Reiger about how their fabric plant containers don’t let that happen to your plants! It’s called air pruning. We’ll explain.

Retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower answers a listener’s question: how soon should you water your garden after a big rainstorm? It depends. She has tips for using Soil Moisture Meters , too.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us about the Plant of the Week, a shrub that puts on its show in the winter with colorful berries, the cotoneaster.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 156 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in just over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Soil Moisture Meters

Links:
Subscribe to the free, The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Invasive varieties of Cotoneaster
Soil Moisture Meters

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The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Dec 10, 2021
155 Battling Bermudagrass. The Persimmon Tree.
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Farmer Fred Garden Rule #1: Bermudagrass is forever. You think I’m kidding? Ask any gardener who is battling this triple threat weed, which can reproduce and spread via seed, stems and rootstocks.

Retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower gives us some ideas for control and suppression tactics when battling bermudagrass (please note, I did NOT say, eradicate). 

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us about a tree that has it all: great fall color, an interesting form, and tasty fruit this time of year. It’s our Plant of the Week, the Persimmon Tree.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 155 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
The Persimmon Tree (Diospyros kaki 'Yamon') in the Fall

Links:
Subscribe to the free, The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Bemudagrass Control Tactics from UCANR
Univ. of Maryland Bermudagrass Control
UCANR Soil Solarization Tips (for controlling bermudagrass)
Turflon Ester (Bermudagrass control)
Turflon Ester Product Label (for Bermudagrass control)
The Farmer Fred Rant: THE Edible Ornamental of the Fall, the Persimmon Tree

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Dec 03, 2021
154 Why Lawns? Puncturevine Control. Liquidambar Tree
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One gardening trend that is beginning to take hold throughout the country is reducing the size of your lawn. What is our attraction to lawns in the first place? We talk with author Thomas Mickey. He wrote the book,  "America’s Romance with the English Garden"

Retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower discusses a nasty weed, especially disliked by barefoot children and mountain bikers, puncture vine.

And, the UC Davis Arboretum  Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us about an outstanding, widely planted tree for fall color, the Sweet Gum, also known as the Liquidambar tree. But it certainly has its drawbacks. It’s our Plant of the Week!

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 154 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Let’s go! 

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
A (Too) Big Lawn

Links:
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Book: America’s Romance with the English Garden, by Thomas Mickey
AmericanGardening.net (Thomas Mickey website)
UCANR Soil Solarization Tips (reducing a lawn, for example)
FF Rant: Lawn, Begone!
UCANR Puncturevine Control Information
Rincon-Vitova Insectaries (for weevils to control puncturevine)
Farmer Fred Rant: How to Stop Those Nasty Liquidambar Balls

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Nov 26, 2021
153 Controlling Oxalis Weeds. The Ginkgo Tree.
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Just as all gardening is local, all weeds are local, too. And we are hearing from many of you about your yard’s nightmare weeds, especially ones that can be mistaken for clover, and you let it go…until it starts taking over. It’s oxalis, and its close relatives, creeping wood sorrel, and bermuda buttercup, and another weed that crashes the oxalis family parties, bur clover. Debbie Flower and I feel your pain on this one.

And UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us about one of the best trees for its brilliant yellow leaves this time of year, the Ginkgo. It’s our Plant of the Week!

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 153 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Creeping Wood Sorrel, an oxalis weed

Links:
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery

UCANR Guide to Woodsorrel and Bermuda Buttercup Weed Control
Burclover Control Tips
Ginkgo leaf landscape art
Subscribe to the free, Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter

More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Garden Basics comes out every Tuesday and Friday. Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"

Instagram: farmerfredhoffman

Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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And thank you for listening.

Nov 19, 2021
152 Green Tomato Ripening Tips. Mulch vs Roots. Mums
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Some of you, especially in USDA Zone 9 where freezing temperatures haven’t occurred yet, you may still have green and partially red tomatoes, clinging to life, in your backyard garden. Will they ripen? And as always, the answer is: it depends.

One listener from Virginia wants to know if that pile of mulch near her maple tree can be moved. Her concern: the roots of the tree have invaded that mulch pile…and, there’s a bunch of suspicious stringy white stuff inside that mulch pile, as well. We start digging into the answer for that one with our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower.

And UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us all about a perennial that’s putting on quite the show right now for many of you: the chrysanthemum. And he explains why you do not want to present a bouquet of mums to your sweetheart. It’s our Plant of the Week!

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 152 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Don’t hate me for that.

November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday.  In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Unripe "Viva Italia" Roma Tomatoes

Links:
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Chrysanthemums Wikipedia page
Tomato Ripening Chart
BOOK - Tomato Recipes: Stewed, Fried, Green, Cherry, Baked and Lots of Great Recipes for Tomatoes

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
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Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
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Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube
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Nov 12, 2021
151 Harvesting Popcorn. All About Pumpkins.
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Today we feature two garden crops that may still be lingering at your place, outdoors or indoors. It’s popcorn and pumpkins.

The Plant of the Week is that Halloween decoration that’s collecting mold on your front porch: pumpkins. But it’s more than something to be used as an October 31st ornament. UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts discusses the history of the pumpkin and the vital uses it has served humans for more than a thousand years. 
We are still getting questions from gardeners about their outdoor popcorn crop here in USDA Zone 9. We have tips for harvesting and enjoying this versatile crop.

It’s episode 151 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

Don't forget: November through January, look for new Garden Basics episodes each Friday. In February, we're back to twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Mini Pumpkins : Wee-B-Little,  Spark,  Jill Be Little 

Links:
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
How to Grow Giant Pumpkins
Seed Catalogs with Fall Sales
The Little  Stripper Popcorn Sheller
More Popcorn Shellers
Presto Microwave popcorn Popper
Air Poppers
Moisture Meters/testers for popcorn
Heirloom Popcorn varieties
Unusual Pumpkin Varieties

More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred and The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter

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And thanks for listening!

Nov 05, 2021
150 Field Bindweed Control. Generator Safety Tips
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Gardeners everywhere have a certain weed that drives them up the wall. Today, we talk about one that can literally climb a wall: field bindweed.  Although it's in the morning glory family, don’t be fooled by its pretty, white flowers. Field bindweed needs to be controlled as soon as you see it. We have tips for tackling field bindweed.

Power outages hit both the west and east coasts recently, due to massive storms. Many of you may have invested in your first generator to help keep your harvested frozen food properly cold. Or you discovered a need to plug in your electric chainsaw to clean up a downed tree in your yard. We talk with a generator expert, he has advice for keeping that generator running when you need it.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 150 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Don't forget: November through January, the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast slows its production schedule. Look for new episodes each Friday. In February, we will return to twice a week podcasts, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pictured:
Field Bindweed

Links:
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Smart Pots
More Info About Field Bindweed
More Generator Safety Tips
Generators
Outdoor, Heavy Duty Extension Cords
Electric Chain Saws

More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

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Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com

Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter

The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog

Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"

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Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

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Oct 29, 2021
149 Tomato Seedling Tips. The Marigold.
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Today we tackle a question from a listener who asks, why were my tomato seedlings last spring so skinny? Debbie Flower and I run through all the possibilities, and it turned out to be a very good tomato seed planting primer, something to keep in mind when you’re starting tomato seeds indoors next January, February or March.
The Plant of the Week is a colorful, warm season annual that will be widely used in celebrations next week. No, it’s not the Halloween pumpkin. It’s a plant with even more cultural significance, a couple of days after Halloween. The marigold. You’ll have to listen to find out why.  It’s on episode 149 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by SmartPots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
And this programming note: During November through January, Garden Basics will become a once a week podcast, released on Fridays. We will return to two a week in February, 2022.

Pictured:
Giant Belgium tomato seedlings.

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Tomato and pepper seed starting tips
Seed starting mix
Indoor seed starting kit  with light stand fixtures
More indoor light fixtures for good seedling growth

More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Garden Basics comes out every Tuesday and Friday. Live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the Buzzsprout home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Got a garden question? 

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All About Farmer Fred:
The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.

And thank you for listening.



Oct 26, 2021
148 Lawn Reseeding Tips. Persimmons.
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Late October may be your last, best opportunity for overseeding a poorly performing lawn here in USDA Zone 9. Your next opportunity across the U.S. will be next spring. In either case, we tackle a listener’s questions about the best way to go about the process of rehabbing your lawn. College Horticulture Professor (retired) Debbie Flower has some great tips on that topic. Also, we discuss a great piece of fruit that is ripening right now: Japanese persimmons. Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery has advice for growing and choosing those varieties that won’t make your mouth pucker.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 148 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Fuyu persimmon harvest (from 1 tree)

Links:
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Japanese Persimmon Varieties

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Oct 22, 2021
147 Salt Heliotrope weed. "Autumn Joy" Sedum. Water Trough Gardening
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Today we tackle a widespread beautiful weed whose cousin is a rather desirable plant. The weed? Salt Heliotrope, a close relative of the widely cultivated common heliotrope. And you don’t want the salt heliotrope growing around your desirable plants.
One of the showiest plants right now is 'Autumn Joy' Sedum. We’ll tell you all about this, the Plant of the Week.
And a primer on using livestock watering troughs for permanent plants, as well as annuals.
It’s on episode 147 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
"Autumn Joy" sedum

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Oct 19, 2021
146 Houseplant Fertilizers. No Beans?!?
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Master Gardener and Professional Houseplant Expert Lori Ann Asmus of Emerald City Interior Landscape Services talks about the pros and cons of fertilizing your houseplants, as well as problems you might face using some tap waters on your houseplants. 

College Horticulture Professor (retired) Debbie Flower sheds light on one listener’s dilemma: great looking pole bean plants, but no beans this year! Debbie lists several possibilities that could be the culprit.

Podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory, it’s episode 146 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
A variety of pole and bush beans, including Bingo, Early Riser, California Buckeye 46, Black Coco, Tiger's Eye, and Cannellini Lingot

Links:
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House Plant Fertilizers and supplements mentioned on this episode:
Dynagro 7-9-5 plant food
Protekt 0-0-3 nutritional supplement for plants
pH Down nutritional supplement for plants

Cover Crop Solution Guide from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

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Oct 15, 2021
145 Harvesting Popcorn. Autumn Sage
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Major League Baseball playoffs have started, and you know what that means? It’s time to harvest your popcorn! However, it’s still not ready for eating. How do you know when it’s ready to be popped? We have the popcorn harvesting tips for you today. The Plant of the Week is widely adaptable throughout the West, the South, and up through the Carolinas and Virginia. Salvia, the sage plant. In particular, we are talking about the autumn sage, Salvia greggii,  a real hummingbird magnet.

Starting a new lawn in USDA Zone 9 now? Are watering restrictions thwarting your efforts? There’s a way around that.

 It’s on episode 145 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
 
Pictured:
Organic popcorn varieties, including Dakota  Black, Cherokee Long Ear, Pennsylvania Butter-Flavor popcorn

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UC Davis Arboretum
The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Popcorn seed
Lil Stripper popcorn sheller

My favorite popcorn popper!
Autumn Sage

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Oct 12, 2021
144 Using Wood Ash in Your Garden. Easy Healthy Soil Tips.
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Is wood ash good for the garden soil? Our favorite college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, answers decisively with, “it depends”. She has tips to help you decide if your soil will benefit from the addition of wood ash. She also tackles the topic of ash from nearby wildfires falling on your garden. Good or bad?

And we talk with Organic Gardening expert Steve Zien about how you can achieve better soil starting this time of year, with a lot less work. His tips might even allow you to skip the tedious chore of crop rotation each year!

It’s all on episode 144 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go! 

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Oct 08, 2021
143 Wind vs. Your Garden. The Goldenrod.
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If you have a lot of leaning trees and shrubs on your property, chances are there’s an ill wind blowing around your home. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has some ideas on helping your plants survive, even thrive, is areas with persistent winds.

 UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus, Warren Roberts, tells us about a popular, fall-blooming Plant of the Week, the Goldenrod, also known as Solidago. And as you will find out, it’s nothing to sneeze at. It’s on episode 143 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
(Pictured: the Plant of the Week, Goldenrod, aka Solidago californica)

Pictured:
Goldenrod, Solidago californica

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A wind break for small spaces
Goldenrod Seeds (Solidago)

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Oct 05, 2021
142 Cut Flower Display Tips. How to Water a Houseplant
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About a year ago, on Episode 52, retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower gave us a beginning class on having a cut flower garden. Today, we graduate to more tips on successful cut flower care, including how to cut an outdoor plant to bring indoors so that it will last a long time. Plus, Debbie has a homemade recipe for a floral preservative that will help that display last even longer.

And since we’re indoors, Master Gardener and professional houseplant expert Lori Ann Asmus tells us the best ways to make sure your houseplants are watered correctly.

It’s all on episode 142 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Macarena zinnias, Joy roses in vases.  See it in the latest edition of The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter

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Emerald City Interior Landscape Services
Flora Life cut flower preservative
Floral-type Sunflower seeds

Debbie Flower's Home Recipe for Floral Preservative. Mix together:
1 quart of water.
Two tablespoons of an acid-based product such as vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice.
Two tablespoons of sugar. 
Half a teaspoon of bleach.


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Oct 01, 2021
141 Controlling Nutgrass. The Michaelmas Daisy.
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Pull one nutsedge weed from your lawn or garden, and nine more will come to the funeral. Nutsedge, also called nutgrass, is tough to control. And one of the worse things you can do is to pull it out of the ground. Former college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has some better ideas on how to control this wide-spread weed.
UC Davis Arboretum superintendent emeritus Warren Roberts tells us about a popular, fall-blooming Plant of the Week, the Michaelmas daisy.
It’s on episode 141 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Yellow Nutsedge, aka, Nutgrass

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UC Davis Arboretum
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
Solarization Tips
Garden Basics Podcast Ep. 24 “Soil Solarization Kills Weeds, Pests”
Sedgehammer
Nutsedge Control Info from:
Kansas St University
University of California Ag and Natural Resources
North Carolina State University
Purdue University
Weed Science Society of America
Beautiful but Deadly: Pokeweed

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Sep 28, 2021
140 Avocados for Marginal Climates. How to Be a Better Observational Gardener.
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One Garden Basic we need to stress more on this podcast is this: to head off major plant problems, observe your garden, carefully. Retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower talks about some mental exercises she taught her students to become better observational gardeners.
Plus, we discuss growing avocado trees in marginal climates.
And, tips for moving giant pumpkins that might be taking over your backyard.
It’s all on episode 140 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Bacon avocado

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Sep 24, 2021
139 Fall Organic Lawn Care Tips. The Gaillardia
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If you live in a mild winter climate, mid-September through mid-October is the best time to care for or renovate your lawn. We get organic lawn care tips from organic landscaper, Steve Zien.
And, the Plant of the Week: it’s a dependable, blooming perennial from late spring through mid-fall in warm climates. Warren Roberts tells us about the Gaillardia. It’s Episode 139 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The "Arizona Apricot" gaillardia (photo by Don McCulley)

Links:
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Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Lawn care and mowing tips UCANR
Corn Gluten Meal for preemergent weed control
White Dutch Clover seed
Organic Lawn Fertilizers
Power Dethatching Equipment
Dethatching Rakes
Lawn Rollers
Compost Spreader Cages

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Sep 21, 2021
138 Worm Bin Basics. Grape Varieties Worth a Try.
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You’ve heard on this podcast many times the benefits of using worm castings, which some people consider the best soil amendment. Just listen to Episode 107 about that. But maybe you’ve seen the price of worm castings at the nursery, and your hesitant. How about growing your own worm castings? Today, we find out how to set up your own worm bin to harvest the freshest worm castings possible. Plus, we find out about five grape varieties, both table grapes and wine grapes, that you may want to grow yourself. It’s all on episode 138 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
“Can O’ Worms” Worm Bin

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Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Composting Information
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Vineyard Information
Grape Growing Information
University of Arkansas Viticulture
Grape varieties mentioned: Mars, Reliance, Hope, Mission, Crystal (Niagara)

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Sep 17, 2021
137 Aphid Control Tips. Cool Season Vegs. The Petunia.
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We have a listener named Cindy. Cindy doesn’t like aphids. Cindy HATES aphids. If you’re a gardener, too, you probably aren’t very fond of this plant sucking insect, either. We have aphid control tips today. Also, it’s cool season vegetable planting time, we have a list of coast to coast winners for your garden. And, the Plant of the Week. It’s everywhere this time of year, for a good reason: they seem to always be in bloom. The petunia. We will tell you all about it, on Episode 137 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Shock Wave Coral Crush Petunia

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Building the Good Bug Hotel: Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Ladybug Release Tips
All-American Plant Selection Vegetable Winners
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Sep 14, 2021
136 Battling Gophers. Cucumber Problems.
1714

There is one four-legged pest that ravages gardens and orchards throughout the West, the mid-West and the South: Pocket gophers. So named for the furry pouches outside its mouth that can store food, pocket gophers can destroy the bark and roots of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs from its underground tunnel systems. Today, we talk with a gopher control expert on which tactics work, and which don’t work, to control gophers.
Also, why would a cucumber plant just die? We tackle that question from a gardener in Virginia.
It’s all on episode 136 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Pocket Gopher

Links:
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Gopher Control Information from UCANR
Gophinator gopher traps
Macabee gopher traps
GopherHawk gopher traps
Gopher Cinch Traps
Bacterial Wilt of Cucumbers via Cucumber Beetles
Cucumber insects and disease UCANR
Wilt-resistant cucumber varieties
Row covers for vegetables
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Sep 10, 2021
135 Easy Houseplants. Mulch Worries. The Gardenia.
1704

We all know someone who complains that they have killed every houseplant they have ever owned. Today, we talk with a houseplant professional who has a list of five nearly impossible to kill houseplants! 

We’ve talked about the benefits of using chipped and shredded tree limbs as mulch. Are there any tree varieties that you should avoid? 

College horticulture professor Debbie Flower has the tips.

And, UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts has a sweet-smelling Plant of the Week - the gardenia.

It’s on episode 135 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Dracaena, “Janet Craig”

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Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
New! The  Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter
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Book: Ortho's Complete Guide to Successful Houseplants
Landscapers Guide to Mulch
Gardenia Care

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Sep 07, 2021
134 Smoke vs Your Garden. Know Your USDA Zones. Plant Protection Preparation.
1745

Many gardeners in the western United States are breathing in wildfire smoke. So are your plants. What does smoke and falling ash do to the health of a plant? And what can you do about it? And, oddly enough, there are some benefits to that pollution.
For Eastern and Midwestern gardeners, now’s the time to plan for protecting your young, fruit producing trees and shrubs this fall and winter. We'll tell you why.
Do you know your USDA Plant Hardiness zone? We talk about that, and a better resource for figuring out your plants’ needs based on where you live.
It’s on episode 134 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Links:
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Books by Lance Walheim on Roses, Citrus, Lawns, Landscaping
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps
Sunset Garden Climate  Zone Maps
Sunset National Garden Book
Southern Living Garden Book
Sunset Western Garden Book
Sunset Midwestern Landscaping Book
UC Botanical Garden - The Effect of Smoke, Ash on Plants
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences - Wildfire-Smoke Aerosols Lead to Increased Light Use Efficiency

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Sep 03, 2021
133 Japanese Beetle Control Tips. The Oxblood Lily.
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Rachel in Indiana contacted us via  Speakpipe with a question that many gardeners might have: How do you control Japanese beetles? This voracious pest feeds of hundreds of  plants, especially your roses. We talk with a Master Rosarian who has control tips.
The Plant of the Week has the rather gruesome name, the Oxblood Lily. Yet, it is a beautiful and widely adaptable bulb that’s starting to put on its annual show.
It’s on episode 133 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Pictured:
The Japanese Beetle

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum

Japanese Beetles Control Information (3):
Cornell University
USDA: The Japanese Beetle Control Handbook
Colorado State University
Grub Ex (Japanese Beetle Grub control for turf)
"Garden Bulbs for the South," by Scott Ogden
Nematodes for Japanese Beetles Control
Drift Roses
Knockout Roses
The New Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter

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Aug 31, 2021
132 Veggie Overload? Slow to Grow Plants?
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I love late August, because the backyard food garden is at its peak. Everywhere,  there’s tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, peaches, melons and so much more that fill the garden beds. Perhaps too much? We have a great idea on what to do with all that produce that you can’t keep up with.
Also, we hear from a gardener in Oregon who wants to know: "Why aren’t my vegetables growing? The plants look healthy, they’re just not growing." 
We have some ideas why, on episode 132 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Wagonful of tomatoes (95 pounds!)

Links:
Smart Pots
Ample Harvest
Rainpoint Soil Moisture Sensor

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Aug 27, 2021
131 Grape Growing Tips. Carrot Varieties. The Autumn Daffodil, Sternbergia
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It’s grape harvest season across the country. Disappointed with your results? This week, College Horticulture Professor (retired) Debbie Flower, who taught classes in growing grapes, has lots of good tips to increase your grape production. Carrots now come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. We talk with Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden seed company about growing backyard carrots. And Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum talks about an easy to grow bulb, the Sternbergia, also known as the Autumn Daffodil.

It’s all on episode 131 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Carrot Varieties

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Growing Grapes - UCANR
Renee’s Garden Carrots
Coming Soon! The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter

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Aug 24, 2021
130 Ease Fertilizing Chores with Fertigation
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How are you fertilizing your plants? Do you go out every month, or every week, with a watering can, fertilizer and a teaspoon? Or, are you tossing granules on the ground around your plants and then raking them gently into the soil, without harming your plants, of course, and then watering in those fertilizer granules? Time consuming! Want some time back to do something else? Then, today’s podcast is for you. It’s all about fertigation. We’ll explain, on episode 130 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.
(oh, and before you write in to tell me the name of the movie and the actress I couldn't remember, it occurred to me soon afterwards: "Avatar". Sigourney Weaver. Thanks for your concern.

Pictured:
DIG - Add It 1 Pint Proportional Fertilizer Injector w/ Backflow Device 

Links:
Smart Pots
Dripworks: Fertilizer Injectors
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: Fertigation Basics
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: Fertigation Video and Supplies
Y-Filters for Drip Irrigation Systems
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: Fertilizer Solutions Chart
Maxicrop
Therm X 70 Yucca Extract

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Aug 20, 2021
129 Cool Season Quick Maturing Vegetables. The Oleander. Pot Size Matters!
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There are a lot of great cool season vegetables that you can start right now. For those of you who worry about a mid-Fall frost or freeze grinding your garden to a halt, or for those of you who just want to grow vegetables in a hurry, today’s show features a selection of healthy edibles that will give you a harvestable crop in under 60 days.
Growing vegetables in containers? The size of that pot is of utmost importance. We have tips. Also, the plant of the week, the oleander shrub. Yes, it’s poisonous, but it is one of the best privacy screens you can plant.
It’s all on episode 129 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Chioggia beets mature in 54 days from transplant.

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Farmer Fred Rant: Now’s the Time to Start Cool Season Vegetables
Vegepod Raised Garden Bed
Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery

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Aug 17, 2021
128 Straw Bale Gardening Basics. The Yezberry plant.
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Thinking of gardening a bit differently, using bales of straw? Straw bales have several gardening advantages, including working in your garden while standing up. Straw bales can be located wherever you have a sunny spot for sun-loving vegetables, and they can last… if you follow a few important steps. 
Also: have you heard about the Yezberry? It looks like an elongated blueberry and combines the flavor of both blueberries and raspberries. Also known as the blue honeysuckle or Honeyberry, it can be productive, if you live in the right zones. And for a change, the right zones do not include most of the sunbelt! 
It’s all on episode 128 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go! 

Pictured:
Straw Bales with cool season vegetables (UCANR)

Links:
Smart Pots
Sacramento Master Gardener Straw Bale Gardening Info
Gardening with Straw Bales (UCANR)
Book - "Straw Bale Gardens" by Joel Karsten
The Yezberry plant

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Aug 13, 2021
127 Summer Tomato Troubleshooting. The Naked Lady.
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How’s your tomato garden doing? Now that it’s summer, most of the early season tomato issues are waning: fewer aphids and whiteflies (we hope) and less blossom end rot. In its place are a wide variety of other tomato troubles that eminate from our longer, hotter days. We do some summertime tomato troubleshooting today. Also, we answer a listener’s concern about crop rotation in a mixed planting of flowers and vegetables. Can the two peacefully coexist? Perhaps. And the Plant of the Week: naked ladies! That’s the unfortunate common name for the summer flowering bulb, the Amaryllis belladonna. But they are beautiful in their bare state.

It’s all on episode 127 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Amaryllis belladonna, the Naked Lady

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Farmer Fred Rant: It's Crop Rotation Time! Do You Have the Room?

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Aug 10, 2021
126 Jumping Worms! Human Food vs. Plants
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One day, you might be doing a little digging in your garden, and up comes a worm. But it’s not just any worm. This one is easily identified by its violent thrashing about, slithering, and actual jumping in the air. Say hello to the Jumping Worm, also known as the Crazy Worm. And it’s not a garden good guy. The jumping worm is a pest with a voracious appetite for all the things that helps your soil thrive.  And it is slithering it way across the country. We have tips for dealing with the jumping worm. Also: if you’re in the habit of pouring beer or coffee or milk on your plants, you’re probably not doing them much good, if any. Garden Myths expert Robert Pavlis runs down the kitchen staples that should probably be left in the kitchen. It’s all on episode 126 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Jumping Worm (picture from Wisconsin Natural Resources Dept.)

Links:
Smart Pots
Jumping Worms Information (Oregon State University)
Jumping Worms Leap into Oregon
Video of Jumping Worms
Map of Jumping Worms in the U.S.
Robert Pavlis' Garden Myths Blog
Video: Farmer Fred on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Sacramento Co Master Gardeners Harvest Day Aug. 7  Zoom link

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Aug 06, 2021
125 Lavender. Crape Myrtle Tree. Harvesting and Storing Fruits and Vegetables
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Growing lavender? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has tips on how to rejuvenate aging lavender plants. UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts tells us all about that prolific summer bloomer, the crape myrtle tree. How can you tell when is best for harvesting backyard fruits and vegetables? And, when you bring them inside, where’s the best place to store them to last the longest? On the counter, in the refrigerator, or some combination of both? We supply the answers to those questions for some of the most popular backyard crops.

It’s all on episode 125 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Crape Myrtle Tree

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
UC Davis Postharvest Care of Fruits and Vegetables
Book: Pruning and Training
Video: Farmer Fred on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Harvest Day Zoom link registration for Farmer Fred Q&A,  Sat. Aug. 7

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Aug 03, 2021
124 Mulching the Easy Way. Tomatillo pollination. Breaking Up Clay Soil and Hardpan.
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Mulching your garden beds provides many benefits: it moderates moisture loss and soil temperature fluctuations; it inhibits weed production; and fertilization chores are reduced because mulch feeds the soil as it breaks down. The hard part, of course, has been spreading that mulch throughout your garden on a regular basis. Today we talk with a noted international garden expert on easing your mulching chores greatly, using his cut and drop method. 

Today’s garden questions tackle tomatillo production issues, and how to improve clay soil while breaking up the hard pan layers below.

It’s all on episode 124 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
A Mulched Garden

Links:
Smart Pots
Garden Myths Blog / Robert  Pavlis
Cut and Drop Mulching Method by Robert Pavlis
Video: Farmer Fred on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Harvest Day Zoom link registration for Farmer Fred Q&A,  Sat. Aug. 7

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Jul 30, 2021
123 Droopy Cucumbers. Dahlias. Butterfly Bush.
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Summer heat can cause many plants’ leaves to droop on a hot afternoon. Does this pose a particular problem for cucumbers? Will that stress effect the cucumber flavor? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has the answers to your cucumber questions. 
UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts tells us all about how to grow dahlias. 
And if you want a great plant to attract pollinators and beneficial insects, it’s hard to beat the butterfly bush. And the newest varieties are much more well mannered and easier to care for. We will tell you about the "Pugster Blue" Butterfly Bush.

It’s all on episode 123 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush, the 2021 Flowering Shrub of the Year

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush/Proven Winners
Cucumber Care UC  Ag & Natural Resources
Video: Farmer Fred on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Harvest Day Zoom link registration for Farmer Fred Q&A,  Sat. Aug. 7

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Jul 27, 2021
122 Summer Veggie Redo. Watering tips. Cover Crop Prep.
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Maybe you’ve had some bad luck with your summer vegetable garden, and you want to start over. Is late July too late for warm season veggies? Yes, and no. We have tips for what to plant in the middle of the summer. One reason a garden might be failing now, and it’s the top reason: improper irrigation. We have advice for watering smartly to keep your garden thriving. Thinking ahead, what are you going to do with your vegetable and flower beds later this year? Now’s the time to start planning for cover crops.

It’s all on episode 122 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Growing a cover crop this fall? Consider using vetch.  Vetch is valued as a green manure, weed competitor, and forage when mixed with oats. Fixes nitrogen.

Links:
Smart Pots
Moisture Meters
Soil Sampler Probes for Determining Soil Moisture
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply  Cover Crops
Zone 8 Oregon Planting Calendar
Video: Farmer Fred on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Harvest Day Zoom link registration for Farmer Fred Q&A,  Aug. 7

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Jul 23, 2021
121 Mix Up Your Plants! Daylilies. Japanese Maples. Pine Needle Mulch.
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We’ve talked about the importance of rotating your food crops. The same is true for much of the rest of your landscape. How’s that? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, will explain.

During July, we are giving away Smart Pots when listeners submit audio questions. If we use it on the podcast, you will be getting a new, six foot long, Smart Pot raised bed fabric planter! Just like Amanda from the Sierra foothills, who is wondering how to use all those pine needles on her property. 

The Plant of the Week is a gorgeous flowering perennial that can be grown throughout most of the United States, and it’s edible, too. The daylily, also known as Hemerocallis.

Also, a primer on growing Japanese maple trees from an expert.

It’s all on episode 121 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Beni Maiko Japanese Maple

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects
Hedgerow Plants for California's Central Valley
Amador Flower Farm (Daylilies)

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Jul 20, 2021
120 How a Tree Works. Dahlia Rescue!
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Trees are subject to many problems, including insects, diseases, weather-related issues…but probably the biggest threat to the trees in your yard…is you. From the day you plant that tree until its demise, you may not be helping it live a healthy life in so many ways. Master Gardener and Urban Forester Pam Bone talks about how a tree works, and what we can do to keep it healthy by knowing how your trees actually function.

It’s on episode 120 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
A diagram of the parts of a tree (Courtesy US Forest Service)

Links:

Smart Pots
How to Stake a Tree
Book: Plant Propagation by Alan Toogood
Find a Consulting or Certified Arborist Near You: treesaregood.org

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Jul 16, 2021
119 How to Grow Passion Fruit. The Golden Raintree.
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During July, we are giving away Smart Pots when  listeners’ submit audio questions. If we use it on the podcast, you will be getting a new, six foot long Smart Pot raised bed fabric planter! Just like Eyal from the San Francisco Bay Area, who is wondering why his passion fruit flowers fell off. We’ll dive into the world of passion fruit today.
The Plant of the Week is a tree with outstanding summertime blooms that can be grown throughout most of the United States, the Goldenrain tree.
Have you ever wondered if that bare stem of a plant is alive or dead? Debbie Flower has tips to help you answer that question.It’s all on episode 119 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Passion Fruit

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Plants that Attract Pollinators
Alive or Dead? Understanding Epicormic Shoots

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Jul 13, 2021
118 Attracting Pollinators. Wasp: Friend or Foe? Mystery Fungus.
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We do a deep dive into your garden questions on this episode. We attempt to identify a giant wasp in a listener’s yard. 
A mysterious, underground white fungus has another listener perplexed. 
And we help out people who want to attract beneficial insects and pollinators to their garden.

It’s all on episode 118 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
A bee on an artichoke flower.

Links:

Smart Pots
The Pollinator Victory Garden by Kim Eierman
Kim Eierman's Ecobeneficial.com website
Pollinator-Friendly Regional Plant Lists from the Xeres Society
Calscape.org Pinpoints California native plants via your CA zip code
Cicada Killer Wasp info
Mushrooms and Other Nuisance Fungi in Yards

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Jul 09, 2021
117 All About Smart Pots. The Asian Lotus Flower.
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Today we find out more details about using a certain fabric plant container in your garden. Of course, it’s Smart Pots, which is no ordinary fabric container. Did you know they come in a wide variety of sizes and can stay much cooler in the summer heat versus other plant containers? And we will find out why Smart Pots are perfect for the organic gardener. 
The Plant of the Week is something a little different. It’s a water plant. The beautiful and fragrant Asian or Chinese Lotus.

It’s all on episode 117 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Smart Pots Big Bag Bed

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Nelumbo (Asian Lotus Flower) info
UC Davis Arboretum

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Jul 06, 2021
116 Less Water for Fruit Trees. Growing Citrus in Containers.
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Facing watering restrictions during this drought? We have great tips on how to be able to apply less water to your fruit trees and still have a bountiful harvest!
Yes, you can grow citrus trees in containers successfully, if you treat them right. That includes choosing the right container, the right soil and the right fertilizer. Plus, a few other nifty ideas for citrus success in containers.
We’re brought to you today by Smart Pots. Give a listen to find how you can win a free Smart Pot!
It’s on Episode 116 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, and we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
Pictured:
Citrus in Containers

Links:
Smart Pots
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Orchard

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Jul 02, 2021
115 Firescaping. Plant of the Week: Hydrangeas.
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Summertime, and the living is uneasy…if you live in an area prone to wildfires. And it’s not just California. People throughout the United States who are living in rural areas or where the suburbs meet the wildland face danger from rapidly moving wildfires. Today, we’re talking how to prepare your landscape for such an event. It’s called firescaping, and we will talk with one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on how to make your home and yard more resistant to flying, burning embers.

The Plant of the Week is a very popular summertime bloomer throughout the country, the hydrangea. We have tips for growing this colorful, commonly found shrub.

It’s all on episode 115 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
A fire-resistant landscape

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Book: "Firescaping: Protecting Your Home with a Fire-Resistant Landscape"
Video: Home Burning Demonstration
UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

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Jun 29, 2021
114 Benefits of Crop Rotation. Working with Clay Soil.
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Crop rotation isn’t just for farmers. Backyard gardeners can improve their food and flower production while improving their soil at the same time, simply by moving plant families from bed to bed each season. College horticulture professor Debbie Flower has the lowdown on the advantages of crop rotation. If your clay soil has you worried that it’s not very good for a garden, worry no more. Soils specialist Steve Zien says there are a lot of benefits to gardening with clay soil, and he has tips for improving it, as well.

It’s on episode 114 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Crop rotation, explained as a pizza.

Links:
Smart Pots
Farmer Fred Rant: Crop Rotation Plan for the Home Garden
Farmer Fred Rant: Crop Rotation and the Circular Garden
Working with Clay Soil (UCANR)
Spading Forks
This is what a broad fork looks like

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Jun 25, 2021
113 Avocado Growing Tips. The Coral Yucca.
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If you live in USDA Zone 9, chances are you have attempted to grow an avocado tree. Sure, it’s easy…if you live in Santa Barbara, Ventura or San Diego, where the temperature range is between 50 and 85 degrees, usually. But for the rest of us, growing avocados is a challenge. Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery says he can make it a heck of a lot easier for you to grow backyard avocados throughout USDA Zone 9. He has tips. And the Plant of the Week is a low water use succulent that attracts squadrons of hummingbirds: the coral yucca. Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum tells us all about it.

It’s all on episode 113 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Bacon Avocado

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery Fruit Tube Videos
Avocado Growing Advice (from UCANR)
UC Davis Arboretum
Fruit basket picker with pole

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Jun 22, 2021
112 Does Mulch Rob Soil Nitrogen?
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Making the rounds in gardening pages on social media: mulch will rob your soil of nitrogen. College horticulture professor Debbie Flower (retired) and I do a deep dive into the mulch pile to explore that rampant rumor.
Also, summertime is soil solarization time, to rid your garden soil of pests or a quick way to kill off a portion of your unused lawn area, in preparation for a new garden bed. We talk sheet mulching, as well. It’s all about the soil!
It’s on episode 112 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Mulch

Links:
Smart Pots
Farmer Fred Rant: Which Mulch is Best?
Farmer Fred Rant: How To Kill Your Lawn in Two Easy Steps
Sheet Mulching (University of California)
Soil Solarization (University of California)
Solarization improves soil nutrition

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Jun 18, 2021
111 Tips for Establishing Low Water-Use Plants. The Smoke Tree. Tart Cherries.
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Much of the Western United States, right now, is under extreme drought conditions. Watering restrictions are already being established in many places. If this is the new normal, and you want a landscape, low-water use plants, especially native plants, may be part of your future. But just because they will eventually become able to thrive with less water, they still will need regular watering after planting for a short time. Today, we talk about the watering precautions necessary when putting in low water use plants. And the Plant of the Week is a plant that does its best in poor soil, and puts on a show for an extended period throughout its wide growing region: the smoke tree. Plus we’re talking the best tart cherry varieties to plant,

It’s all on episode 111 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Smoke Tree (Continus coggygria 'atropurpurea')

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum

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Jun 15, 2021
110 Tomato Troubleshooter Part 2. Harvesting Garlic
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Last time, here on the Garden Basics podcast, we were talking about Tomato Troubleshooting with Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, California. We talked about dealing with blossom end rot, sunburn issues and problematic watering, which can cause your tomatoes to suffer. Today, it’s Tomato Troubleshooter 2021, Part 2, with Don. We’ll delve into the scary world of tomato hornworms and fruit worms, beautiful but deadly diseases such as late blight, wilts. And, more troublesome tomato critters, such as the leaf-footed stink bug.

On a happier note, it’s coming up to garlic harvest time! We have tips for getting the garlic out of the ground and into storage…and that takes awhile.

It’s all on episode 110 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Tomato Hornworm

Links:
Smart Pots
Farmer Fred Rant: Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Farmer Fred Rant: Tomato Troubleshooting
Nematode Control
Leaf Footed Bug pictures, description
Redwood Barn Nursery, Davis CA
Filaree Farm garlic catalog
Book: Growing Great Garlic
Book: The Complete Book of Garlic
University of Minnesota: Growing Garlic

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Jun 11, 2021
109 Tomato Troubleshooter, 2021 Pt1. Feather Grass.
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Gardeners around the northern hemisphere have their tomato plants in the ground. They’re growing, but some of them are developing problems, already! Why are there cracks appearing in the tomatoes? Why is the skin yellowing? And what is that big ugly brown spot on the bottom of the tomato? What’s a gardener to do? Today, it’s Tomato Troubleshooter 2021, Part 1.
It’s all on episode 109 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Blossom End Rot in a San Marzano paste tomato.

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Farmer Fred Rant: Tomato Troubleshooting
Farmer Fred Rant: Blossom End Rot
UC Davis Arboretum

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Jun 08, 2021
108 Water Trough Gardening
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Using livestock water troughs to grow plants is a great idea. You can grow just about anything from food crops to flowers, shrubs and even small trees or bamboo. Livestock water troughs, also called stock tanks, come in various sizes, and many have plugs along the side to allow for drainage. And you can always improve the drainage by drilling several one-inch diameter holes in the bottom. Painting the troughs can help reflect the heat and the color can blend in better with your outdoor decor. And, of course, you can custom mix the soil for a watering trough, to fit the exact needs of whatever you might be growing. An acidic soil for blueberries, for example. We’ll have a recipe for that today.
Retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower and I explore livestock water trough gardening today, on episode 108 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Water Trough with Blueberry Plants

Links:
Smart Pots
Water Troughs
Tractor Paint
Blueberry Soil Mix for Containers/ Dave Wilson Nursery

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Jun 04, 2021
107 Worm Castings. Poppies. Supermarket vs Homegrown Nutrition
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You’ve seen it with the bagged soils goods at the nursery: worm castings. What role should they play in your garden?
The Plant of the Week is a big family of different plants: the poppy. There’s probably one, or two, that are right for you.
Just because a homegrown fruit is smaller than what you might see at a grocery store doesn’t mean it’s inferior. On the contrary, that smaller, homegrown fruit may be healthier for you. We’ll explain.
It’s all on episode 107 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
California poppies

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery / Tom’s Picks
Farmer Fred Rant: Supermarket vs Homegrown Nutrition
Worm Castings
UC Davis Arboretum

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Jun 01, 2021
106 Should You Remove the First Tomato? White Knockout Apricot.
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Another dubious garden idea is making the rounds on social media: if you prune out the first tomato you see on your plant,  you’ll get more tomatoes as a result. Fact or Myth? We explore that with retired college horticuture professor Debbie Flower.

Ed Laivo from TomorrowsHarvest.com is back on Fabulous Fruit Friday, with a white apricot variety. A white apricot? Yes. And it’s delicious, too. Plus, Ed talks about where you can find more information, including videos, about the benefits of summer pruning of your peach, nectarine, plum, apricot, apple and other deciduous fruit trees.

It’s all on episode 106 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Tomorrow's Harvest.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The First Tomato on a Better Boy plant today (May 27)

Links:
Smart Pots
White Knockout Apricot Tomorrow’s Harvest
Summer Pruning Videos / Tomorrow’s Harvest Nursery/ You Tube
Pruning Tomato Flowers? No! The Farmer Fred Rant

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May 28, 2021
105 High Chill Apples for Low Chill Areas. Plant of the Week: Weigela
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High chill apples. Known for their great flavor, these apples that supposedly require a lot of cold winter temperatures to thrive, are finding a new home. Trials in southern California, in areas that seldom get below freezing, are proving to be a good place for several high chill apple varieties. Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery tells us about some great tasting apples that should now be grown more often in USDA Zones 9 and 10.

The Plant of the Week is a very popular, widely adaptable shrub with a lavish springtime display of funnel shaped, one inch long reddish-colored flowers, the weigela.

It’s all on episode 105 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Arkansas Black Apple

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery / Arkansas Black Apple
The Weigela
UC Davis Arboretum

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May 25, 2021
104 Fabulous Fruit Friday - The Shiranui Mandarin. Cicadas vs. Your Garden
1782

What’s all that buzzing going on in many parts of the country right now? It’s the emerging of what is being called Brood X, an unusually large occurrence of cicadas. Are they a threat to your garden? College horticulture teacher Debbie Flower has some thoughts on that.

Who doesn’t love a tasty mandarin? One of the most popular right now among grocery store mandarins is a large, lumpy, but incredibly sweet, seedless mandarin. A close relative of that one is the Sharanui mandarin, and many mandarin aficionados claim it’s the best tasting mandarin ever that you can grow at home. That’s according to fruit tree expert Ed Laivo, from Tomorrows harvest dot com. It’s Fabulous Fruit Friday, and Ed is here to talk about this taste treat from Japan. 

It’s all on Episode 104 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest dot com.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured: 
Periodical cicada (Magicicada sp.) Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry, bugwood.org

Links:
Smart Pots
Shiranui Mandarin Tomorrows Harvest

Cicada resources:
University of Maryland
Cornell University
University of California
Cicada netting (look for 1/4"-3/8" mesh)

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May 21, 2021
103 Is Fish Fertilizer Safe? The Buckeye Tree.
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Liquid fish fertilizer (fish emulsion), is a popular way to feed your plants. But is it safe to foliar feed your edible greens with it…and then eat those greens? Soil professional Steve Zien advocates for the fishy stuff, along with a dollop of sea weed. And, it's always a good idea to thoroughly rinse and wash all your garden produce before serving it. 
The Plant of the Week is the buckeye tree, one very eccentric plant.
It’s all on episode 103 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The California Buckeye tree

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Dave Wilson Fruit Tube Videos
Fish Fertilizers/Emulsion, Seaweed, Kelp Meal
Everything You Need to Know about the Seaweed, Ascophyllum nodusum

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May 18, 2021
102 Red Baron Peach. Tomatoes in the Shade?
1664

Looking for a fruit tree with outstanding flowers in the spring? Look no further than the Red Baron peach. It’s Fabulous Fruit Friday, and Ed Laivo is here from TomorrowsHarvest.com to talk about this tasty beauty, with double red flowers in the spring and juicy, juicy peaches in the summer.

Should your tomato plants really be in full sun? As we are fond of saying this show, it depends. More and more areas of the country are having unusually hot summers, which means more tomato troubles. Can a bit of shade solve those issues. College horticulture teacher Debbie Flower has some thoughts on that.

It’s all on episode 102 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest dot com. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Double -Red Flowers of the Red Baron Peach
(photo courtesy Don Shor, Redwood Barn Nursery, redwoodbarn.com)

Links:
Smart Pots   SmartPots.com/fred
Red Baron Peach  TomorrowsHarvest.com
Farmer Fred Rant: Tomato Troubleshooter  FarmerFred.com

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May 14, 2021
101 Growing Sweet Potatoes. The Peruvian Lily.
1704

It’s not a baking potato, it’s not a yam, it’s a sweet potato. And it isn’t just for Thanksgiving anymore. You can grow sweet potatoes in your garden for year round eating. Master Gardener Gail Pothour will tell you how. The Plant of the Week is putting on a show right now here in California, and soon across much of the rest of the country, and it’s an excellent cut flower, too: the Peruvian Lily, also known as alstroemeria. Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum waxes rhapsodic about this plant, although he says it should really be called the Chile Lily. He’ll explain.
It’s all on episode 101 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery.
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Alstroemeria

Links:
Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens
Alstroemeria/Peruvian Lily
Growing Sweet Potatoes
UC Davis Arboretum

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May 11, 2021
100 Garden Basics Greatest Hits (So Far)
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Growing a garden is very similar to doing a successful podcast. It takes patience, perseverance and a willingness to try something new. Welcome to Episode 100 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. I began this audio adventure just as sheltering in place was taking hold last spring. Many of you took that opportunity to play in the yard, so to speak, while learning something new, something that can be fun, and healthy, for the entire family. If that was your impetus to seek us out here, welcome to the world of gardening! I see your still at it. Kind of addicting, isn’t it? And for all you long time gardeners, thank you sticking around and helping place the Garden Basics podcast among the top 3% IN THE WORLD.

So, to celebrate 100 episodes, let's revisit the Top 3 interviews that we have aired here in just over a year. To no one’s surprise, two of them have to do with tomatoes, the most popular vegetable that’s grown in the United States, and in many other countries, as well. The third most listened-to episode featured a primer about feeding your soil, not your plants.

One more thing, this might run longer than the usual 30 minutes (not by much). I hope you understand.

Pictured:
Celebrity Tomato

Links:
Smart Pots
Tomorrow's Harvest
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum
Kellogg Garden Products
Episode 3: How To Plant Tomatoes and Peppers (You Might Be Surprised!)
Episode 21: Tomato Troubleshooter
Episode 7: Feed Your Soil, Not Your Plants

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May 07, 2021
099 Ants in Pots. Rose History. Vacation vs. Your Garden
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Ants love to inhabit the soil in your outdoor potted plants. Maybe your indoor plants, too.  And they aren’t doing your plants any good. College Horticulture Professor Debbie Flower has tips for getting the ants out of your potted plants.
We’re talking roses today, too, including the history of roses, which extends about 3000 years. Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum tells the tales.
 Are you fully vaccinated and itching to take a vacation, finally? Great! But don’t forget your garden. We have suggestions on how to keep your garden looking good while you are away.It’s all on episode 99 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Mr. Lincoln rose

Quote of the Day:
“As a little kid I loved rose flowers. I didn't like the bush, because embracing a rose bush is almost the definition of unrequited love.” -UC Davis Arboretum superintendent emeritus Warren Roberts, on the history of roses.

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
UC Davis Arboretum

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May 04, 2021
098 Scarlet Halo Peach. How Long to Water with Drip. Quick Salad Greens.
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Are you familiar with the donut peach? If not, we will tell you all about it, on today’s edition of Fabulous Fruit Fridays. And we will shine the spotlight on one particularly delectable variety, the Scarlet Halo donut peach. Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of tomorrowsharvest.com tells us all about it.
One of the more frequently asked questions we get here is, how long should I run a drip irrigation system. Our resident retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower answers that while contemplating the question of dying loropetalum shrubs.
You want to grow salad fixins in a hurry? We talk with Brad Gates from Wild Boar Farms, not about his tomatoes, but about a quick and easy way to grow greens, even in hot summer climates.
It’s all on episode 98 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and TomorrowsHarvest.com
And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured: 
‘Crimson Fire’ loropetalum

Links:
Smart Pots
Scarlet Halo Peach Tomorrows Harvest
How Long to Irrigate with a Drip Irrigation System (FF Rant)

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Apr 30, 2021
097 Grow Fig Trees from Cuttings. Protecting Plants From Heat. Zinnias. The Mock Orange shrub.
1622

One of the easiest fruit trees to grow are figs. And, for the adventurous gardener, you can start a fig tree from a cutting. We have the details.
Looking for a colorful summer annual flower sure to bring a smile to your face? Grow zinnias. And they’re easy to grow.
We get tips on how to protect new or young plants from the blazing heat of the summer sun.
One of the most widely adaptable shrubs to grow across the country is the Philadelphus, the mock orange. With its very fragrant flowers, it’s definitely a show for the nose. And it’s our Plant of the Week.
It’s all on Episode 97 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Red Zinnia varieties, including Oklahoma Scarlet, Park's Picks,  Zinderella Red,  Jim Baggett, Giant Dahlia Mix...and three garlic flower heads.

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery
Zinnia Seeds at Amazon
Renee's Garden Zinnias
Park Seeds Zinnias
Burpee Seeds Zinnias
Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'
Dallas Morning News editorial: "Coronavirus and Our Mental Health" (5/11/20)
UC Davis Arboretum

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Apr 27, 2021
096 O'Henry Peach. Downsizing Fruit Trees. Why Thin Fruit.
1751

The O’Henry Peach has been popular since its introduction in 1968. It’s a sweet, juicy, long lasting, easy peach tree to grow. A perfect candidate for today’s Fabulous Fruit Friday. Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of Tomorrow's Harvest tells us all about it. Plus, Ed has step by step instructions for reducing the height of an overgrown fruit tree, taking it down to a more manageable six or seven feet tall.

A frequent question new gardeners have: which way should I position my fruit trees or raised beds? North to South or East to West? Good question. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has some ideas on that.

Plus, this is the time to be thinning the fruit from your deciduous fruit trees, while the fruit is still small. The advantages of removing fruit so that there’s six inches of space between the remaining pieces of fruit? Bigger, healthier fruit. And fewer broken branches this summer.

It’s all on episode 96 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Tomorrow's Harvest. 

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
O’Henry Peach

Links:
O’Henry Peach at Tomorrows Harvest
Pruning Overgrown Deciduous Fruit Trees (pdf from UCANR)
Smart Pots

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Apr 23, 2021
095 Okra Growing Tips. Thwarting Rose Diseases. The Beauty Bush.
1756

For some gardeners, fresh okra from the summer garden is a taste treat. For other gardeners, who may not appreciate the texture and flavor of okra, it is still worth growing for the beautiful flowers it produces. We have tips for growing okra.

Roses are beginning to put their first show of 2021, but several rose diseases may be lurking on your favorite plants. We talk with a Master Rosarian on how to thwart rose diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew and downy mildew.

And, the plant of the week is the beauty bush, a widely adaptable 10-foot shrub that Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum describes as having four seasons of beauty, true to its name.

It’s all on episode 95 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The flower of the okra plant.

Links:

Smart Pots
How to Grow Okra, from the Sonoma County Master Gardeners
Rose Diseases UCANR
UC Davis Arboretum
The Beauty Bush

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Apr 20, 2021
094 Blushing Pearl Columnar Peach. Damping Off Disease. Lumpy Lawns?
1757

Do you want a peach tree that produces sweet juicy white peaches? And, as an added bonus, is narrow growing, only 8 feet wide, something that can be a real benefit for those with limited space to plant a peach tree? Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com has the answer to your wishes. He tells us about the Blushing Pearl Columnar peach. Plus, tips for planting several peach tree varieties that ripen at different times, giving you fresh, home grown peaches from June through October.

If you plant from seed, you may have had first hand experience with damping off disease. That’s where your seedlings look fine one day, but the next day, they’ve collapsed. What happened? College horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower tell us how to thwart damping off disease.

And, Soils expert Steve Zien has some advice for solving a lumpy lawn.

It’s all on Episode 94 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and TomorrowsHarvest.com

And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Blushing Pearl Columnar Peach

Links:
Blushing Pearl Columnar Peach Tomorrows Harvest

Tomorrow's Harvest Fruit Ripening Chart

Smart Pots

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Apr 16, 2021
093 Tomato Transplanting Tips. Compost vs Mulch.
1797

Are your tomatoes getting too big for their britches, but you want to wait to plant? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has some tips about transplanting overgrown tomatoes from small pots directly into the ground. Plus, she shares her tomato and pepper planting secret for turning those newly planted vegetables into even stronger plants. You may never plant your tomatoes the same way again!

Master Gardener Pam Bone tackles a vexing topic: what’s better to put on top of your garden soil: finely sifted compost; or, coarse mulch  such as tree trimmings?

And, the Plant of the Week is a small, flowering tree that has what Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum describes as the purest white flowers of any blooming plant: the Chionanthus, also known as the Fringe Tree, which is native to many areas of the United States.

It’s on episode 93 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Big Tomatoes in Small Pots

Links:
Smart Pots
UC Davis Arboretum

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Apr 13, 2021
092 Honey Halo Nectarine. Visit to a Palm Tree Nursery. The Most Important Garden Task.
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It’s a peach without the fuzz. It’s a nectarine, the Honey Halo Nectarine, a sweet piece of fruit with a long harvest season with fruit becoming ripe when the fruit is firm and crunchy, then remains on the tree until it is rich smooth and sweet with juice just running down your arm. Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com is back with all the juicy details.
 
Plus, we solve your garden question about figs that split while on the tree. 

We also talk about cold hardy palm trees with a palm tree expert. 

Plus, retired college horticulture professor Debbie Flower tells us the most important garden task that you need to do, no matter what you’re growing!

It’s all on episode 92 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Honey Halo Nectarine

Links:
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The Honey Halo Nectarine from Tomorrows Harvest
Palm Tree Care Tips

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Apr 09, 2021
091 Potato Planting Pointers. Daphne
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Planting potatoes? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has some tips about choosing which potatoes to plant and how to cut and prepare them for planting. Also, she offers a couple of good reasons for growing your potatoes in containers, including ease of harvest and to thwart any diseases that could spread to tomatoes or peppers that might be in the same garden bed.
And, the plant of the week is a shrub that is a real show for the nose, the daphne, a great choice for a dry, shady area. Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum tells us all about it.
It’s on episode 91 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
Pictured:
Winter Daphne, Daphne odora

Links:
Smart Pots!
UC Santa Clara Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: Growing Potatoes
UC Davis Arboretum

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Apr 06, 2021
090 The Sweetheart Cherry. Painting fruit trees. How to stop fruit tree suckers. It's Fabulous Fruit Friday!
1693

Looking for a later ripening cherry that tastes great and is hardy in some of our colder climates? Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com returns with one beautiful, deep red cherry variety for Fabulous Fruit Friday that can be grown throughout most of the United States… the Sweetheart Cherry. Plus, we answer your garden questions about painting fruit tree trunks to prevent sun scald, and how to keep tree suckers from popping up all over your yard.
It’s all on episode 90 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The  beautiful white flowers of the Sweetheart Cherry tree

Links:
Smart Pots
Sucker Stopper Label
Tomorrow's Harvest

Sunburn Protection Tips for Trees
Fruit Ripening Chart for a long harvest season from Tomorrow's Harvest

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Apr 02, 2021
089 Drip Emitters vs Micro Sprayers - Which is Better? Rototillers vs Chipper/Shredders. Plant of the Week: the Redbud Tree
1797

Thinking of adding a drip irrigation system to your garden? Good idea. Drip systems conserve water and more effectively irrigate the root systems of your plants. But, you have choices. Should the water be delivered via drippers…or microsprayers? Each has its advantages and drawbacks. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, weighs the pros and cons involved with a drip irrigation system. 

Thinking of buying a rototiller for your garden? Our resident soils expert, Steve Zien, has a better way to improve your soil with that thousand dollars you might spend. And yes, it, too, is a fun, loud, garden implement. 

And the plant of the week is a tree that is putting on a show throughout the United States in early spring - the redbud. Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum tells us all about it.

It’s all on episode 89 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
In-Line Emitter Drip Irrigation Tubing and a Micro Sprayer

Links:
Smart Pots!
Chipper/Shredders
Rototillers
Drip Irrigation Systems
Farmer Fred Rant: Drip Irrigation-How Long Do I Water?

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Mar 30, 2021
088 Empire Apple on Fabulous Fruit Friday! Pruning Tomatoes for Earlier Production. Gasoline Tips for Outdoor Power Equipment.
1726

Do you like apples? Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com returns with an apple variety that is not only delicious, but can be grown throughout most of the United States. Today on Fabulous Fruit Friday, it’s the Empire apple. 
If you’re having problems starting your outdoor garden power equipment, it might be your gas. We have tips to make sure your mower, weed trimmer, leaf blower and other gas powered equipment starts on the first pull of the rope or turn of the key. 
And, our favorite college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has tomato plant pruning tips that can hasten the arrival of those tasty red orbs in the coming months.

It’s all on episode 88 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Empire Apple

Links:
Smart Pots!
Tomorrow's Harvest
JB's Power Equipment,  Davis, CA
K-100 Gasoline Additive

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Mar 26, 2021
087 Hardy Palm Trees. Palm Transplanting Tips. Does Vitamin B-1 Help Your Plants?
1721

Did you know you could grow palm trees in Switzerland? That's great news for all of our eight listeners there.  For the 130,000+ listeners here in the U.S.,  there are hardy palm tree varieties that can survive where winter temperatures drop regularly to below freezing. What are those hardy varieties?  Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum has some suggestions.

Transplanting palm trees, whether in pots or in ground, can be a tricky proposition. Our favorite retired college horticulture teacher, Debbie Flower, has some palm transplanting advice, plus we take the usual scenic garden bypasses to talk about the difference between monocots and dicots. Palms, like grasses or corn, are monocots. Don’t worry we’ll explain. And if you’re doing any transplanting or propagation of plants, should you use a product containing Vitamin B-1? Here’s a hint: there’s something you already have that works just as well at aiding transplant shock.

It’s all on episode 87 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The lady palm, Rhapis humilis. This lower-growing variety is suitable for permanent planting outdoors where the overnight lows tend to stay above 22 degrees. For colder climates, have the local high school football team haul it indoors for you in Autumn near, bright indirect light. Photo courtesy Great Valley Palms.

Links:

Smart Pots
palm care
hardy palms
UC Davis Arboretum

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Mar 23, 2021
086 The Golden Sweet Apricot on Fabulous Fruit Friday!
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Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com returns with another sweet treat of a winner for Fabulous Fruit Fridays. It’s the Golden Sweet Apricot, a tasty fruit that can be grown throughout most of the country,  all the way down to USDA Zone 5. 

Plus, we have fruit tree planting tips for you, tips that will help insure the success of your new fruit tree or fruit bushes. 

There's another way being a gardener can make you healthier: whenever you give someone an extra plant or the harvest from your garden, you are demonstrating the art of kindness. That's an artwork that can make you feel better, too!

It’s all on episode 86 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured: The Golden Sweet Apricot

Links:
Smart Pots
Tomorrows Harvest
Frog Hollow fruits
Garden writer Robert Kourik's books on Drip Irrigation and Tree Roots
Planting a Fruit Tree

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Mar 19, 2021
085 Tips for the Overheated Garden. Figs and Pomegranates. Shamrocks.
1791

What if the only full sun garden space you have seems to be too hot to grow anything? Perhaps your only sunny spot is against a south-facing wall on top of a concrete patio? There are solutions! 
Lack of rainfall this year is a growing problem in many states in the west and southwest, as well as other parts of the country. Any portion of the nation is susceptible to an extended drought. Are there any fruit trees you can grow that are considered drought tolerant? We talk about two tasty fruit trees that don’t require much water once established: figs and pomegranates.

Also, Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum talks about a plant that will magically appear on many people’s clothing this week, shamrocks. They’re part of a family of plants that has some saints, and a few sinners, too.

It’s all on episode 85 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery Fig info
Dave Wilson Pomegranate info
Fig Cookie Recipe
Cooling off a Hot Garden
Shamrock bulbs, seed
UC Davis Arboretum

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Mar 16, 2021
084 The Snack Time Donut Nectarine on Fabulous Fruit Friday!
1767

Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com returns with another sweet treat of a winner for Fabulous Fruit Friday. It’s a donut-style nectarine, called Snack Time. What’s  "donut-style" mean? It’s refers to the flattened fruit, cultivars that were developed in Far East thousands of years ago. 

Debbie Flower, college horticulture professor (retired) and I stop and gawk at the seed racks at a local nursery. You’ll get a lot of great cucurbit (cucumber, squash, melons) planting tips when you eavesdrop on our conversation.

It’s all on episode 84 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured: The Snack Time Donut-Style Nectarine
Links:
Shop at Tomorrow's Harvest online store
Smart Pots!

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Mar 12, 2021
083 Feed the Soil, Not the Plants. Snail, Slug Control Products Explained. Daffodils
1745

We revisit one of the most popular segments ever aired on our program: why feeding your soil yields better results than feeding your plants. Sound confusing? It’s actually quite simple!
You can learn a lot when you hang out with retired college horticultural professor Debbie Flower at a nursery. We recently spent a morning looking at all the snail and slug control products that are available. Which are the most effective? Which ones are, shall we say, are dubious? We find out.
Also, Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum talks about one of the brightest lights in the late winter garden, the daffodil.
 It’s all on episode 83 of the Garden Basics podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
The Chard is cheery and the Parsley is perky when grown in a raised bed, topped with several inches of oak leaf mulch. The mulch inhibits weeds, moderates soil temperature, preserves soil moisture, and best of all: as it breaks down, it feeds the soil.

Links:
G&B Organic Fertilizers
Worm Castings
Worm Bins
Snail, Slug Control Products (look for the active ingredient, Iron Phosphate)
Daffodils
UC Davis Arboretum

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Mar 09, 2021
082 Fabulous Fruit Friday - The Black Republican Cherry. Stink Bug Control. Attracting Birds to control insect pests.
1452

Fabulous Fruit Friday is back on the Garden Basics podcast.  Fruit tree expert Ed Laivo will tell us about one of the tastiest cherries you’ve probably never had, but you need to try, and is now available. It’s an old heirloom variety, the Black Republican Cherry.  A sweet piece of fruit that has a good story behind its name, as well.
Stink bugs love your garden in spring and summer. We have tips for controlling this widespread pest of fruits and vegetables.
Also, how to attract birds to your garden to do battle against the bad bugs.
It’s all on episode 82 of the Garden Basics podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast is brought to you by Smart Pots and TomorrowsHarvest. com.

Pictured: The Black Republican Cherry, from TomorrowsHarvest.com

Links:
Stink Bug Control Tips
Bug vacuums!
Attracting Birds to Your Garden

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Mar 05, 2021
081 Unusual Tasty Vegetables. Insectary Plants. Forsythia
1695

If you want to expand your vegetable garden palate this year, this is the episode for you. We talk about vegetable varieties that are tasty, but unappreciated. Broccolini, radicchio, Malabar spinach, Joi Choi, moringa,  and much more. Do your garden plans include insectary plants? Those are annuals, perennials and shrubs that attract pollinators and beneficial insects that can battle the bad bugs in your garden, without any chemical help from you. And the Plant of the Week is that cascading fountain of  yellow color of late winter and early spring, the forsythia.

It’s Episode 81 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Pictured: Malabar spinach, unlike many greens, thrives in the heat. And, it will need a trellis.

Links:
Fair Oaks Blvd Nursery
Aspabroc Broccolini
Radicchio
Malabar Spinach
Joi Choi
Moringa
Pollinator-friendly plant lists state by state (Xerces Society)
Insectary Plants Information
Forsythia
UC Davis Arboretum
Smart Pots

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Mar 02, 2021
080 Wildflower Planting Tips. Cleaning a Birdbath. White House Gardens.
1613

At some point, you will get the urge to start a wildflower garden in a spot in your yard. Before you begin scattering seeds, take a listen. We have tips from a wildflower expert. 

What’s the easiest, safest way to clean a backyard fountain or birdbath? Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired), Debbie Flower, applies some elbow grease to that question. 

Wouldn’t it be nice, if you moved into a rental home, that other people would pay to have you redesign the garden? That’s one of the perks of getting a four-year lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. We talk with Marta McDowell, author of the book,  "All the Presidents’ Gardens” about many of the interesting horticultural changes the various residents brought to that famous yard. 

And, we help you unwind from working at home with a regular daily commute to your happy spot. And that just might be your garden. How a fake commute can boost your physical and mental health when your working from home.

It’s all on Episode 80 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Picture:

Links:
Wildflowers to Attract Beneficial Insects

Cleaning a Birdbath or Fountain

Book:  "All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses—How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America" by Marta McDowell

Washington Post: The Fake Commute For Better Mental Health

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Feb 26, 2021
079 Seed Starting Tips. Can You Reuse Potting Soil? Winter Jasmine.
1782

Welcome to the Garden Basics Seed Starting episode. Growing your summer vegetables and flowers from seed is a fun experience. Plus, there are so many more varieties available as seed. If you have a sunny window or a seed starting kit with a heat pad and lighting system, your ready to plant.  And, Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms tells us how he starts his tomato seeds. 

Also: can you reuse old soil that you might have in containers? As Debbie Flower tells us, it depends. But she has tips for getting that old soil back into top shape. Warren Roberts of the UC Davis arboretum tells us about the Plant of the Week, currently in bloom in many parts of the country: the Winter Jasmine.

It’s all on Episode 79 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured: Peppers take their sweet time to germinate. This picture was taken four weeks after planting the pepper seeds. It will take another 6-8 weeks for they are ready to be planted outside.

Farmer Fred Rant: Tomato Seed Starting Tips
Seed Starting Supplies
Seed Starting Soil
UC Davis Arboretum
Winter Jasmine

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Feb 23, 2021
078 Plant Partners Fight Pests. Fruit Tree Planting Depth.
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Want to help Mother Nature battle your garden pest problems? Give a listen and find out how. Jessica Walliser, author of Plant Partners, talks about scientific proven strategies for incorporating different plants into your vegetable garden to fend off the bad guys by attracting the garden good guys.
Also, how deep should you plant that new fruit tree?
It’s all on Episode 78 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Picture:
Lady Bugs congregating in their native habitat in the Central Sierra Nevada mountains.

Links:
Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden
Farmer Fred Rant: Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Fruit Tree Planting Dept
Tomorrow's Harvest

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Feb 19, 2021
077 Tackling Tree Roots. Pruning Advice. Wintersweet. Garden Gratitude.
1797

Dealing with weeds in the garden is bad enough. How do you deal with tree roots in your flower and vegetable beds? We’ve got some tips. Questions about how and when to prune trees and shrubs? We give you a list of good resources. The Plant of the Week is putting on a show for the nose right now. It’s wintersweet. And, how keeping a garden diary and planting a "Gratitude Garden" is good for your mental health.

It’s Episode 77 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'), a fragrant shrub that's truly a show for the nose in winter or  spring throughout most of the United States. Definitely a plant that inspires gratitude!

Links:
UC recommendations for soil solarization
Book: "Pruning and Training" by Christopher Brickell and David Joyce
Book: "Structural Pruning,  A Guide for the Green Industry"
"Training and Pruning Trees" - Urban Tree Foundation
Wintersweet
In Praise of Gratitude

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Feb 16, 2021
076 Avoiding Overhead Watering. Raspberry and Grape Varieties. Shovel, Pruner Choices.
1795

It may be February, but it’s not too late for a New Year’s Garden Resolution: Don’t let your overhead sprinklers hit your vegetable and flower gardens. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, tells us why.
We have tips for planting and caring for raspberries and grapes.
Confused about all the shovel and pruner choices that are out there? We’ll unearth the best shovel choices for your outdoor tasks and we’ll prune out those shears that you don’t want to use in your garden.
Finally, we narrow the gap about dealing with physical and social distancing with your loved ones who need a hug. Caress them with your garden. We’ll tell you how.
It’s Episode 76 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!
Links:
Farmer Fred Rant: How Long Should I Run a Drip Irrigation System?
Farmer Fred Rant: All About Shovels
Farmer Fred Rant: Bypass vs. Anvil Pruners
Dave Wilson Nursery Catalog: Raspberries
Dave Wilson Nursery Fruit Tube Video: Pruning Grapes
Green Acres Nursery and Supply

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Feb 12, 2021
075 Tomato Preview, Part 2. Wild Boar Farms. Plant of the Week-Cornelian Cherry.
1778

In USDA Zones 9 and 10, February is the month to be starting tomato seeds indoors. For colder climates, you may want to wait until March. We continue our evaluation of great tomato varieties worth trying with Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, California. We talk strategy as well as good tomato varieties worth trying in 2021. 

In the world of unique looking, tasty tomatoes, Wild Boar Farms has the market cornered. We pay a visit with owner Brad Gates, who offers up his tomato seed starting tips.

And, UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts tells us about the multi-faceted Cornelian Cherry, which is not a cherry, but a dogwood. The Cornelian Cherry  is a tree or shrub that can be grown just about anywhere in the U.S., but is especially successful in colder climates. It’s our plant of the week!

It’s Episode 75 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, our tomato variety preview edition, Part 2. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
A myriad of tomato varieties as seen at the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA.

Links:
All-American Tomato Selections Winners
Farmer Fred Rant: Short Season Tomato Varieties
Farmer Fred Rant: Tips for Starting Tomato, Pepper Seeds
What is a "Schmoo"?
Tomato varieties mentioned in the Tomato Preview (Part 2):
Costaluto Genovese, Principe Borghese, San Marzano, Sweet Million, Sungold, Sweet 100, Barry’s Crazy Cherry, Beauty King, Michael Pollin, Furry Boar, Pork Chop, Berkeley Tye-Dye, Sweet Carneros Pink, 4th of July, Bush Early Girl , Grushovka, Polar Baby, Oregon Spring V, Sub Arctic Maxi

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Feb 09, 2021
074 Tomato Variety Preview, Part 1. Tomato Terminology Explained. Trees vs. Storms.
1771

If you plant tomatoes in late April or early May, February is the month for you to be planning your tomato strategy and then start planting tomato seeds indoors. We talk strategy as well as good tomato varieties worth trying in 2021. 
Are you still attempting to decipher all that tomato terminology in the seed catalogs? We’ve got the help you need! 
Heavy winds and wild weather has buffeted most of the country the past few weeks. We talk with an arborist who has tips to help you to determine how well your trees will withstand the next windstorm.

It’s Episode 74 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, our tomato preview edition, Part 1.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Pictured:
Tomato plants. Too many!

Links:
All-American Tomato Selections Winners
Farmer Fred Rant: Trees vs. Storms
Farmer Fred Rant: Tips for Starting Tomato, Pepper Seeds
What is a "Schmoo"?
Tomato varieties mentioned in the Tomato Preview (Part 1):
Early Girl
Big Beef
Better Boy
Champion
the Chef’s Choice series
Gardener’s Delight
Orange Oxheart
Carmello

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Feb 05, 2021
073 How to Plant a Rose Bush. Why Cut Back Bare Root Trees? Plant of the Week: Holly.
1783

Today, we have tips from a Master Rosarian on selecting and planting roses. Listen to this before you go out to buy your roses, because what you’ll hear just might change your mind about where to shop for rose plants now. 
Are you planting a single variety bare root fruit tree? Did you remember to cut it back by half after planting? We’ll tell you why that is necessary in a backyard garden (P.S. don't do this to multi-budded fruit trees!). And the Plant of the Week is one that’s popular throughout the country: it’s holly. And it’s putting on a show right now.
It’s February and we are back to our twice a week schedule for our podcast. Episodes come out every Tuesday and Friday. 

It’s Episode 73 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes!
Pictured:
The "Double Knock-Out" shrub rose. Prolific bloomer, easy care, does well on a reduced watering regimen.

Links:
Farmer Fred Video: How to Plant a Rose
More about the Canadian Explorer series of Cold-Tolerant Roses
Dave Wilson Nursery Fruit Tube Video: How to Cut Back a Newly Planted Bare Root Fruit Tree
The Top Fruit Tree Taste-Test Winners
UC Davis Arboretum

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Feb 02, 2021
072 Avoiding Gardeners' "Sophomore Slump"
1687

This time of year, hope springs eternal in the minds of gardeners with dreams of a bountiful spring, summer and fall garden, filled with beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and wonderful vegetables. But for many second year gardeners, as well as many more experienced gardeners, there could be a "sophomore slump".
So why does a so-so garden year sometimes follow a wildly successful garden year? Debbie Flower, our favorite retired college horticulture Professor, holds our collective hands and offers tips for thwarting the gardeners' sophomore slump.
Also, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery has advice on how you can be harvesting fresh fruit from May or June all the way through November and for some, into December.
Plus, the University of California Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts, waxes rhapsodic about the plant of the week, the barberry.
And finally, Debbie Flower offers some words of reassuring hope about your 2021 Garden year.

 It's Episode 72 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we'll do it all in under 30 minutes. Let's go.
 
Pictured:  The Plant of the Week - Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

Links:
Farmer Fred Rant: Growing Your First Vegetable Garden? Some Tips.
Dave Wilson Nursery Catalog
Seed starting kits
Seed starting soil mixes
UC Davis Arboretum

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Jan 29, 2021
071 Germinate Pepper Seeds Faster! Blackberries.
1780

It can take quite awhile to grow a pepper plant from seed to outdoor transplanting stage. 12 to 16 weeks, which can include up to three weeks for the seeds to germinate. But we can help you speed up that process considerably with pepper seed germination tips from our favorite retired horticulture professor, Debbie Flower. 
We start a new segment on this show today: the Plant of the Week. And for that we will turn to one of the most knowledgeable  horticulturists in the world, Warren Roberts of the UC Davis Arboretum. 
And, we talk blackberries: how to grow them, how to trellis them (more info about trellising blackberries in the links below)

Find out about all this, on Episode 71 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Farmer Fred Rant: Tips for Speeding Up Pepper Seed Germination
Seed starting kits
Seed starting soil mixes
UC Davis Arboretum
UCANR: All About Blackberries
UCANR: What Kind of Trellis System Do Blackberries Require?
UCANR: Growing Berries and Grapes in the Home Garden (including lots of trellis pics)

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Jan 21, 2021
070 Are Those Old Seeds Still Good? Here's How to Tell. Grow tasty Pluots.
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If you’re venturing into flower and vegetable seed starting in 2021, good for you! It’s fun, and with seeds, there are plenty more varieties to choose from. You may have some leftover seeds hanging around. But will those old seeds germinate? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has a surefire way to tell.

Are you familiar with the pluot? It’s a fruit, it’s a cross between a plum and an apricot. And it truly is one of the sweetest treats that you can grow in your yard. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you will want to grow the pluot. We’ll tell you all about the pluot today. 

A lot of gardeners like to grow flowers among their vegetables. That’s a great idea! But if you grow tomatoes, there is one very alluring flower that you definitely do not want to grow anywhere near your tomatoes. What is it? Find out on this, Episode 70 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Seed starting kits
Seed starting soil mixes
Farmer Fred Rant: Tips for Speeding Up Pepper Seed Germination
Farmer Fred Rant: Make Your Own Planting Mix
Farmer Fred Rant: Grow a Pluot tree!
Farmer Fred Rant: The Life Cycle of a Tomato Worm
UC Davis Arboretum

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Jan 15, 2021
069 Protecting Succulents from the Cold (One Answer May Surprise You!)
1777

For those of us in USDA Zone 9, protecting citrus trees from a frost or freeze is a primary concern. But what about all the gardeners in USDA Zones 9, 8 and 7 that have a yard full of succulents? What is the best way to protect them from cold damage? We talk with the Plant Lady, Marlene Simon, from the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, who has tips for keeping your succulents alive through the winter. And one of her tips involving water might be the direct opposite of what you are doing!
It’s Episode 69 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Picture: a frozen succulent, the aeonium (Photo courtesy Debra Lee Baldwin)

Links:
Marlene Simon, The Plant Lady, Website
UC Botanical Conservatory
Book: "Succulents" by Robin Stockwell
More Succulent Cold Protection Tips from author Debra Lee Baldwin
The Miracle Berry that Marlene referred to
Growing the Miracle Berry from Seed
Farmer Fred Rant:  Preparing your Yard  for a Frost or Freeze
Farmer Fred Rant: Hard Freeze Coming? How to Prepare
Farmer Fred Rant: What To Do (And Not Do) After a Hard Freeze
Heavy Duty Frost Cloths by Agribon

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Jan 08, 2021
068 Rose Basics. The Future of Gardening
1794

Happy New Year, and welcome to the beginning of Season 2 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. For many gardeners, planning the 2021 garden is underway this month. Perusing seed catalogs, making choices for the warm season vegetable and flower garden, and perhaps checking out all the dormant plants that are arriving, or will be arriving soon, at area nurseries and garden centers this winter.
One of those popular bare root plants that brings out the customers are all the rose varieties that are available. Don’t know much about roses? Not a problem! We cover rose basics on today’s episode with Master Rosarian Debbie Arrington. Check out her "Sacramento Digs Gardening" blog page/newsletter, too.
And, we get a sneak peak at the future of gardening with Diane Blazek of the National Garden Bureau. Plus, she has results of a survey where gardeners like you told the National Garden Bureau what they want to ease their garden chores.
It’s all on Episode 68 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Best Roses for Northern California
American Rose Society's Best Roses for each USDA Zone
The Best Selling Book: "Pruning and Training"
Farmer Fred Rant: Rose Pruning Time is Here
Sacramento Digs Gardening Blogpage, by Debbie Arrington and Kathy Morrison
National Garden Bureau's Future of Gardening Survey

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Jan 01, 2021
067 How to Plant a Fruit Tree. Best Blueberry Varieties. Frost Protection Tips.
1740

If you live in the West or the South, Perhaps Santa left you some new bare root fruit trees. Back East or up North, maybe it will be the Easter Bunny making those deliveries.
Wherever you live, we have tips for planting bare root fruit trees, those six foot tall bare sticks with pretty pictures attached, arriving this winter at nurseries and garden centers (just in case Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t come through for you).
Also, which blueberry plants are right for you?
Phil Pursel of wholesale grower Dave Wilson Nursery has some ideas about that. 
And, for those of you nursing tender plants through frosty nights, what are the best ways to protect sensitive plants such as citrus trees and succulents? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, talks about the good ways, and the not-so-good ways of offering your plants a few degrees of protection on freezing nights.

It’s all on Episode 67 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Dave Wilson Nursery Fruit Tube Video: Good Soil Mix for Blueberries
Dave Wilson Nursery Fruit Harvest Chart
Frost Protection Tips at the Farmer Fred Rant Blog page
Frost Protection Tips for Citrus and Other Subtropicals (University of California)
Frost Cloths for cold weather plant protection
Warm Christmas-style lights for citrus tree frost protection

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Dec 25, 2020
066 Tasty Peaches, New Plants for 2021, Tree Sunburn
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 If you’re thinking of adding a fruit tree to your garden in 2021, here’s one criteria to think about: of all the fruit trees available, which are the tastiest?  Dave Wilson Nursery's Phil Pursel  talks about the tastiest peach tree varieties. Plus, he has advice for pruning and training those new backyard fruit trees so you can have multiple varieties of trees, even in a small garden. It’s all about size control. Or, choose a tasty miniature peach tree variety, such as the Garden Gold peach tree (pictured).

What’s new in the way of annuals, perennials and vegetables for 2021? Diane Blazek of All America Selections tells us about the highest rated new plants,  tested across the United States.

Plus, tree sunburn protection tips.

It’s Episode 66 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Smart Pots
Dave Wilson Nursery Taste Test Winners
All-America Selections Winners for 2021
American Society of Consulting Arborists
UC information on tree sunburn
my favorite bypass loppers
my favorite hand pruners

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Dec 18, 2020
065 Tree Issues? Consulting Arborists Can Help
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A fully grown, properly placed, healthy tree can add thousands of dollars of extra value to your property.  Yes, your trees can put extra money in your pocket when it comes time to move! In the meantime, how do you know your trees are really healthy? And, how do you know if your neighbor’s trees are healthy? After all, those trees on the other side of the fence might be causing you a lot of extra work, expense, or danger. The only way to find out is to hire a consulting arborist. What does a consulting arborist do? We’ll find out, with Consulting Arborist Michael Santos. And, we have tips for you to determine whether your trees need help, especially during storm season.
It’s Episode 65 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes!

Links: 

American Society of Consulting Arborists: Find A Consulting Arborist
International Society of Arborists: Find an Arborist Near You
Inspect Your Landscape Trees for Hazards

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Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Please subscribe, and, if you are listening on Apple, please leave a comment or rating. That helps us decide which garden topics you would like to see addressed.

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Text us the question: 916-292-8964. E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. Be sure to tell us where you are when you leave a question, because all gardening is local. And thank you for listening.

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Dec 11, 2020
064 Oh, Deer! How To Protect Your Plants. Christmas tree care. Poinsettia tips.
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It’s a good thing that Santa parks his sleigh on your rooftop, otherwise, Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and the rest of his deer crew might help themselves to your garden goodies. Deer love your garden! Are there such things as deer resistant plants? How do you keep deer from ravaging your radishes and rose bushes? We have tips. Plus advice for caring for that new, cut Christmas tree that you’re about to haul home.  And, poinsettia  pointers from a commercial grower, to keep that holiday houseplant looking good.

It’s Episode 64 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Links
Smartpots!
"Deer in My Garden" Vols. 1 &2,  by Carolyn Singer (plants that may be unpalatable to deer)
"Effective Deer Fences" University of Vermont
"Animal Fencing" University of Georgia
"Deer/Elk Fences" Oregon Fish & Wildlife
"How to Build a Plastic Mesh Deer Exclusion Fence" Purdue University
Options for Deer Fencing University of Kentucky
Deer Fencing Choices at Amazon
Deer Repllents at Amazon

Poinsettia Links
"How to Select and Care for a Healthy Poinsettia Plant" UC Cooperative Extension
Eisley's Nursery, Auburn CA

Christmas Tree Care Links
"Real Christmas Trees: Which One is Right For You?" Michigan State University
Extra Large Capacity (2.5 gallon) Christmas Tree Stand from Amazon

Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Dec 04, 2020
063 Growing Microgreens Indoors.
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Itching to get a bit more dirt under your fingernails during the cold, wet months ahead? Do it indoors, growing microgreens. Some call it vegetable confetti. Microgreens are a perfect topping for salads, soups, stews, tacos and a lot more. What’s in microgreens? They’re leaves…small, colorful vegetable, herb and flower leaves, that pack a wallop of good nutrition.  Plus, they grow quickly and easily!  Master Gardener and vegetable expert Gail Pothour has all the tips you need to get your microgreens garden off to a good start in a sunny window;  or, on an out-of-the-way desktop aided by some small grow lights.
Growing Microgreens. It’s Episode 63 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes!

Links
Smartpots!
Johnny's Seeds Microgreens
Johnny's Seeds Microgreens Comparison Chart
Kitazawa Seeds
Saisai hairless radish leaf seeds
Renee's Garden Mix of  beets, chard for microgreens
Seed Propagation Kits
University of Maryland - Microgreen Nutrition
"Microgreens are Houseplants You Can Eat" from University of California
"Growing Microgreens" from Penn State University
"Growing Microgreens Indoors" from the University of Minnesota
"What are Microgreens?" from North Carolina Cooperative Extension
"Growing Microgreens in the Winter" from North Carolina Cooperative Extension
"Microgreens" (includes list of fast growing and slower growing varieties, from the University of Florida)
The book, "Microgreens - How to Grow Nature's Own Superfood" by Fionna Hill

Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Nov 27, 2020
062 Will Green Tomatoes Ripen? Here's How to Help Them Along.
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Those of you in milder climates may still have a few tomatoes clinging to your shivering vines. More than likely, they are probably green tomatoes. You might be wondering, will they ripen? Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower says, “It depends how green they are.” She has tips for determining which ones are most likely to ripen, and how to ripen them indoors. Just in case they won’t, we have a recipe for healthy oven baked green fried tomatoes…without the frying.  Also, how to multiply your strawberry patch, for free! And we bring back succulent expert Debra Lee Baldwin to talk about one more edible succulent…dragon fruit.
It’s Episode 62 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes!

Links:
Smart Pots
Farmer Fred Rant: Will Those Green Tomatoes Turn Red?
Debra Lee Baldwin: 10 Edible Succulents and How to Prepare Them
Book: "Propagating Plants" by Alan Toogood and the American Horticulture Society
BrownThumbMama.com

Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Nov 20, 2020
061 Edible Succulents
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If you're staring at the picture accompanying this episode, you might be wondering: "Where is the edible succulent in this spinach-cherry tomato-feta cheese salad?" It's those little green nuggets on top, the leaves of Portulacaria afra, also known as Elephant's Food plant. It's a succulent that you can grow in the drier, milder areas of USDA Zone 9, or in a greenhouse anywhere. And, yes, elephants do eat it. Succulent expert and author of "Succulents Simplified", Debra Lee Baldwin, talks about edible succulents. And, of course, I bring up tequila. Also, college horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower has some important tips about where to position snail bait in a raised bed garden. It’s Episode 61 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast: Edible Succulents, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Links:
Smart Pots
Great succulent info at DebraLeeBaldwin.com
Ten Edible Succulents and How to Prepare Them
How to make an Elephant's Food Salad video
The books of Debra Lee Baldwin
Succulents: Care and Maintenance
Snail Control (Sluggo/Iron Phosphate) Product Label

Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Nov 13, 2020
060 Unusual Cool Season Vegetables. Snail Control Tips.
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If the idea of growing cool season vegetables makes you yawn, we’re going to wake you up today with interesting, unusual, colorful and tasty varieties of fall and winter vegetables that you may not know about, that are worth a try in your garden. Unusual radishes (such as the "White Icicle" radish, pictured) and beets, colorful lettuce and cabbage varieties, different, easy to grow broccoli-like plants, and tasty cool season flowers that should be part of your edible garden. We talk about those with local nursery manager Quentyn Young, who is famous for stocking his nursery shelves with unusual edibles. Plus, we will attempt to stave off a pest that may want to munch on those goodies, snails and slugs. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has some tips.

It’s Episode 60 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Links:
Smart Pots!
Fair Oaks Blvd Nursery
Broccolini
Chinese Broccoli
Sprouting Broccoli
Guylon Chinese Broccoli
Beets for Greens
Chioggia Beets
White Beets
Watermelon Radish
Icicle Radish
Black Spanish Radish
Salanova Lettuce
Dandelion Greens
Fava Beans
Bell Beans
Farmer Fred Rant: Controlling Snails and Slugs
Snail Control Tips from the University of California

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Nov 06, 2020
059 Avocado Basics on Fabulous Fruit Friday! Battling Spider Mites.
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So, you want to grow an avocado tree? Can’t say it’ll work where you live. But what the heck, you gotta try, right? We’ve got tips for you to give it a good start, no matter where you are. It’s Fabulous Fruit Friday, and today we tackle the persnickety but popular avocado, with fruit expert Ed Laivo from Tomorrow's Harvest. And horticulture professor Debbie Flower fights off the spider mites on your plants. Control strategies include a blast of water, insecticidal soap, or neem oil.

It’s Episode 59 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrow’s Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Links:
Tomorrow's Harvest Avocado Tree Special!
Smart Pots!
Farmer Fred Rant: Growing an Avocado Tree? Good Luck!
Spider Mite Control Tips

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Oct 30, 2020
058 Backyard Tractor Basics. Less Toxic Weed Killers. Control SAD with Gardening.
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Maybe you’ve got a large lot. Maybe you’ve got a few acres. Maybe you’ve been hankering to get yourself a tractor. Before you spend your children’s inheritance on a piece of machinery, you need to ask yourself some questions. We talk backyard tractor basics on today’s show. Also we discuss less toxic weed killers. And, how the change of seasons - and the change of the clock this weekend - may not be particularly healthy for you (Seasonal Affective Disorder)…unless you’re a gardener. And how your garden can brighten the gloomy days ahead for the people you care about, as well. It’s Episode 58 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Smart Pots
Kubota Tractor
Natria Herbicide
Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
How To Smile with a Mask On
Social Distancing vs Physical Distancing (last article)

More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
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Oct 27, 2020
057 Fabulous Fruit Friday - White Diamond Nectarine. Drainage. Fruit trees from seed?
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Fabulous Fruit Friday is back, and today, Ed Laivo of Tomorrow's Harvest tells us about an early bearing fruit with a long hang time on the tree, the White Diamond Nectarine. Plus, Ed has tips for improving the chances for your new fruit trees to succeed…by checking the soil drainage before you plant.
Can you grow a fruit tree from a seed? Professor Debbie Flower says…it depends.
It’s Episode 57 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Links:
Smart Pots
Tomorrow's Harvest White Diamond Nectarine
How Can I Improve My (Expletive deleted) Clay Soil?

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Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
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Oct 23, 2020
056 Cold Climate Greenhouse Basics. Growing Winter Tomatoes.
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If you’ve been bit by the gardening bug, it won’t be long before you’ll be craving a hobby greenhouse. With a greenhouse, you can get a jump on spring planting, keep tender plants from freezing in the winter, and, perhaps most fun of all, starting all sorts of delicious fruit and vegetable varieties from seed, varieties you possibly wouldn’t find at a nursery. And there’s no reason why you can’t be growing tomatoes, peppers, greens, strawberries and lots more anytime of the year…if you have a properly outfitted greenhouse, even if you live in snow country. Today on Garden Basics, we get tips for cold climate greenhouses, special considerations for those of you who want to be munching on fresh, homegrown cherry tomatoes while shoveling snow.

I’ve got a few tips for you, as well, about which tomato varieties do best in the winter greenhouse.

Also, Debbie Flower has a way to keep your homebound kids enthralled with a simple science experiment…growing radishes in CD cases.

It’s Episode 56 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Links:
Smart Pots
Sturdi-Built Greenhouses
ATC Hazards by Location for determining local snowloads  on rooftops.
Growing Winter Tomatoes in a Greenhouse: Tips

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Got a garden question? E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. 

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube
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Oct 20, 2020
055 Fabulous Fruit Friday! Chill Hours Explained. Apple Jelly
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It’s Fabulous Fruit Friday, and today we talk with Ed Laivo of Tomorrows Harvest about a delicious, sweet, crunchy white peach, the Ivory Angel. And, Ed explains why your fruit trees need cold winter weather.  Master Food Preserver Laura Doyle tells us what to do with all the apples you might be harvesting this month: make some apple jelly.  Plus, she goes over the basics of using a water bath canner.  And, Professor Debbie Flower explains USDA zone maps.
It’s Episode 55 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrow’s Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Smart Pots
Tomorrow's Harvest Ivory Angel white peach
Chill Hours Explained
UC Master Food Preserver Program
National Center for Home Food Preservation
Water Bath Canning Basics for Apples, More Apple Recipes
Canning Jars and supplies
Jelly Bag

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Oct 16, 2020
054 Indoor Citrus Basics. Leaf Mulching Made Easy.
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Why should we, here in the warm, sunny areas of the United States, have all the fun growing citrus? If you're in snow blower tune-up mode now, you could also be growing citrus trees such as lemons, limes and more…indoors! We talk with the man who literally wrote the book on citrus, Lance Walheim, about how to successfully grow citrus inside your house during the winter.
You’ve heard me yammer on about the benefits of using leaves as a mulch in your garden. But have you heard about garden tools that can pick up, mulch and bag all those leaves at one time? All you have to do is empty it on your garden bed. We’ll find out about how easy it is to use a combination leaf blower/vacuum, mulcher and bagger, freeing up a lot of your time. Brad Gay of JB's Power Equipment in Davis, CA explains how convenient they are to operate.

It’s Episode 54 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…

Links:
Four Winds Growers: advice for indoor growing of citrus
UC Mulch Materials Research Report
Meyer lemon picture courtesy Tomorrow’s Harvest

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The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
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Oct 13, 2020
053 Mulch Basics. Fabulous Fruit Friday!
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It’s Fabulous Fruit Friday! Ed Laivo of Tomorrows Harvest tells us about one of the most peach leaf curl resistant varieties of a peach or nectarine that you can grow at home: the Frost Peach. Plus, Ed and I do a deep dive into the mulch pile, singing the praises of topping your garden with wood chips, tree trimmings and more. Don’t worry, we won’t sing. But we do harmonize on how mulch can make your gardening chores a lot easier! Plus, our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, explains why feeding your plants too much fertilizer is not doing them any good at all. In fact, you may be shortening the life of the plant by overfertilizing. Read and follow all fertilizer label instructions. I recommend using a slow-release organic fertilizer.

It’s Episode 53 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrow's Harvest. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.…let’s go!

Links:
The Frost Peach at Tomorrow's Harvest
Smart Pots Fabric Plant Containers
Guide to Mulching
Landscape Plants: Fertilizing and Watering
The Home Orchard by Chuck Ingels (excellent fruit tree book)

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Got a garden question? E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. 

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Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube
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Oct 09, 2020
052 Cut Flower Basics. Winter Chicken Care.
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If you have a pollinator friendly garden, you have all sorts of beautiful flowering plants. Why not bring some of that outdoor splendor indoors? Today, on the Garden Basics podcast, the appropriately named horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, offers tips on how best to harvest and prepare cut flowers for an indoor display (that's a combination of zinnias with garlic & onion flowers in the picture).
Also, for those of you living in colder climates, you might have some backyard chickens. How are you gonna warm this winter? Chicken expert Nicole Gennetta of Heritage Acres Market in Colorado has tips. And, as a retired firefighter, she has some very important advice on keeping your chickens and your property from becoming, barbecued, shall we say, due to heat lamp issues. And, how to keep your chicken’s water from freezing in the cold months ahead.
It’s Episode 52 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. Brought to you by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.
Links:
Help Your Cut Flowers Live Longer
Heritage Acres Market
Side Mount Chicken Water Nipples
Submersible Heater for Chickens' Water Supply
Sweeter Heater (infrared overhead heater for chicks)
Essential Nutrients chicken seed blend
Backyard Poultry Health Guide

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Got a garden question? E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. 

All About Farmer Fred:
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

Oct 06, 2020
051 Chipper/Shredder Basics. Fabulous Fruit Friday!
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Thinking about buying a rototiller? How about purchasing a chipper/shredder instead? It’s a machine that will make easy work of chopping up your garden clippings, including tree limbs, into the greatest mulch you could possibly own. The latest research shows that rototilling your soil actually damages soil structure and the soil biology. On the other hand, the end result of using a chipper/shredder is going to provide you with a quality of mulch that we like to call, gardeners gold. We get buying tips on chipper/shredders from Brad Gay at JB's Power Equipment in Davis, CA.
Also, it’s Fabulous Fruit Friday. Ed Laivo of TomorrowsHarvest.com tells us about one of the sweetest pieces of fruit you can grow at home: the Candy Sprinkles Nectarine (that's what you see in today's picture).

It’s all on Episode 51 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Brought to you by Smart Pots and Tomorrows Harvest. Visit smartpots.com/fred for more information and a discount on the original, lightweight, long-lasting fabric plant container, made in the USA. Interested in the Candy Sprinkles Nectarine, as featured on Fabulous Fruit Friday? Visit TomorrowsHarvest.com for more information. Who knows? There might even be a discount coupon waiting for you there! (Spoiler alert: It's GBSPRINKLE)

Links:
BCS chipper/shredder video
Rototilling can damage soil
Reasonably Priced Soil Testing:
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Colorado State University
Candy Sprinkles Nectarine from Tomorrow's Harvest

More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

Got a garden question? E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. 

All About Farmer Fred:
Farmer Fred website: http://farmerfred.com
Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred"
Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube




Oct 02, 2020
050 Fall Planting Carrots, Peas, Broccoli and More
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We continue our discussion of easy to grow cool season vegetables with Master Gardener and vegetable expert Gail Pothour. Last episode, we discussed the easy greens to start in your garden now in USDA Zones 7, 8 and 9. This time, we talk about easy root crops to grow, like carrots, turnips, beets and radishes. Plus tasty fall and winter above ground vegetables like sugar snap peas, snow peas and broccoli. Gail has a list of her favorite varieties to grow for gardeners just starting out. Also, we bounce around the topic of using rubber mulch in the yard, with our favorite retired horticulture professor, Debbie Flower.

It’s Episode 50 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smart Pots,  and we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

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Sep 29, 2020
049 Growing Cool Season Greens. Fabulous Fruit Friday!
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Looking for easy care, tasty, cool season vegetables to plant now? Look no further than all the nutritious, green leafy crops that love the fall weather. Today, we’re talking the basics for growing lettuce, spinach, chard, cabbage, Chinese greens, and kale, with great growing advice from Master Gardener Gail Pothour, who's also a vegetable expert. And we are introducing a new segment to the show: Fabulous Fruit Friday, presented by Tomorrow's Harvest! We’ll be showcasing each Friday a tasty variety of fruit that you can grow in your own yard, with a taste that beats anything found in a grocery store. Today: the Scarlet Halo Peach. Plus, tips for growing your backyard orchard. We’ll be talking with fruit tree expert, Ed Laivo of Tomorrow's Harvest.  Welcome to Fall, Welcome to Garden Basics with Farmer Fred…and we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s get started!

Links:
Jericho Lettuce (pictured)
Row Covers and Frost Cloth
Cold Frames
All America Selections Winners

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Sep 25, 2020
048 No Bare Soil! Blueberry Basics. Black Widow Spiders and Your Garden.
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The hot trend of spring is back, this time for fall. The trend? The home-based, back-to-the- land movement, where more and more people are starting a garden. Just as what happened in the spring, nurseries right now are seeing cool season vegetables and flowers flying off the shelves, especially for USDA Zones 7, 8 and 9. For those of you in colder climates, it might mean putting the backyard garden to bed and maybe doing some indoor gardening. 

But before you put that garden to bed, or if you are not planning on growing any cool season vegetables or flowers, give your garden soil a great big goodnight kiss, by growing a cover crop (such as the one pictured, raised beds that contain cover crops of fava beans, clover and oats) or covering your garden bed in fallen leaves, improving it for next spring. Soils expert Steve Zien tells you how.

Blueberry plants will soon start appearing in USDA Zone 9 nurseries, with more to follow as spring approaches next year. We’ve got tips on choosing, planting and pruning blueberries from one of the nation’s foremost blueberry plant growers, Dave Wilson Nursery and their blueberry experts, Tom Spellman and Phil Pursel.

Black widow spiders…what are they good for? Plenty, if you have a garden. Debbie Flower explains.

It’s Episode 48 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you by Smartpots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

Links:
Steve Zien's webinar, "Healthy Soil, Happy Landscape"
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply Cover Crop Seed Selections
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply Cover Crop Solutions Chart
Dave Wilson Nursery's How to Grow Blueberries in Containers
Dave Wilson Nursery's Blueberry Varieties
Farmer Fred Rant: Blueberries Are Part of a Heart-Healthy Garden
UC IPM information on Black Widow Spiders

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Sep 22, 2020
047 Part 2 Understanding Seed Packets
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Horticulture expert Debbie Flower rejoins us for Part 2 of Understanding the Language of Seed Packets. This time around, she has good planting instructions for what to do if that seed packet says things like, "darkness aids germination" or "requires light for germination". And, when it says "keep seedbed evenly moist, but how much water do you apply? And, just about every seed packet has instructions on thinning the seedlings, but don't tell you how to thin. Debbie Flower just might change the way you've been doing that. And we talk about something seed packets seldom tell you: how to save leftover seeds for best germination in the years ahead. And, how to test them to see if they are still viable.

And there's more on this edition of Garden Basics:

Across the country, many states are entering drought status. Watering restrictions might happen, again. If they do, there are a lot of suspicious characters who want to sell you drought cures for your plants. Do any of them work? Washington State Horticulture Professor Linda Chalker-Scott talks about what works, and doesn't work, to help get your garden through a drought.

And, nursery owner Julia Oldfield tells us how to combine plants to create a beautiful cool season flower garden, either in the ground, or in containers to keep the beneficial insects and pollinators happy. And to get smiles from anyone who passes by. It's the thrill, chill, spill garden.

It's all on Episode 47 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred: Part 2 of Understanding Seed Packets.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Links:
 More garden seed packet terminology here.
Great books on saving your own seeds, including Suzanne Ashworth's best selling, "Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition".

Linda Chalker-Scott is the author of award-winning garden books, including "The Informed Gardener," "The Informed Gardener Blooms Again,"How Plants Work," and much more.
 
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Sep 18, 2020
046 Understanding Seed Packets Pt. 1
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A seed packet might say, “Plant in spring, but if you live in a mild climate, sow in fall.” What is a mild climate? Do you live in a mild climate? You might think so, but the folks at that seed company might disagree. On this episode of Garden Basics, our favorite retired College horticulture professor Debbie Flower tackles that as well as what can be other very confusing terms on a seed packet. Things like, “days to harvest”, bolting, scarify, stratify, and more. Plus, tips on how to store seeds so they'll last for years.
It’s all on Episode 46 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred: Understanding Seed Packets, Part 1

Links:
Great books on saving your own seeds, including Suzanne Ashworth's best selling, "Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition".

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Sep 15, 2020
045 Feed Your Soil - The Cool Season Garden Edition
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Ripping out your summer garden to make room for the fall vegetable and flower garden? Before you stick one broccoli plant or calendula flower in that space, you need to improve your soil. It’s tired! How do you perk it up? One way: let a portion of your garden lay fallow for the summer, as is that bottom raised bed in the picture. But the soil is being replenished, courtesy of all the mulch on top of the bed.
Soils expert Steve Zien has faster acting tips for increasing the amount of microbial activity that’s taking place in your soil. And that’s one of the secrets to a bountiful harvest of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

We discuss the importance of testing your soil with a pH test kit and an N-P-K test kit, before making any amendments. To lower the pH, Zien suggests soybean meal, hydrolyzed fish fertilizer or earthworm castings. I like soil sulfur to lower the pH. To raise the pH, Zien suggests oyster shell lime or ground limestone.

Reasonably Priced Soil Testing:
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Colorado State University

Use a soil probe or the Soil Sleuth to determine soil moisture before adding plants. Or, use my favorite moisture meter.

Zien says the best soil amendments include earthworm castings or good quality compost, which can be placed on top of the garden bed.

More information about Steve Zien's web presentation about soil health can be found here.

Don Shor of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, CA has a quick tip: don’t leave those plants you just purchased in 6-packs stay in that container for more than a day or two. Move them up to 4” pots and a good quality potting soil if you can’t get them in the ground right away.

It’s all on Episode 45 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred: Feed Your Soil: the cool season garden edition, brought to you by Smart Pots. Visit smartpots.com/fred for more information and a discount on the original, lightweight, long-lasting fabric plant container, made in the USA.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

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The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
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Sep 11, 2020
044 Don't Overdose Your Plants with Fertilizer. Making raisins. Plants that smell great!
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Can there be too much of a good thing? Yes, indeed, if we are talking about fertilizer for your outdoor fruit and vegetable plants. In fact, too much fertilizer can actually reduce the production of fruits and vegetables. Professor Debbie Flower tells us why. Every state in the union can grow table grapes. And this month, you just might have too many grapes, waiting to be picked. Unless you are a professional bird feeder, save those grapes for yourself by making raisins. One method involves using a dehydrator. We get tips on how to do that from a Master Gardener. With all the stuff that’s happening around us these days. We need to be transported more often to our happy place. Not only is a garden the happiest place on earth (sorry Disneyland) but if you have plants that produce enticing aromas, those delightful smells can calm you and send you to a peaceful place. We help make your garden a more relaxing place with plants that are a show for the nose, fragrant plants, like that winter daphne in the picture; and plants that are a show for the ears, after all, who doesn't enjoy the sound of hummingbirds whizzing by; or bees, landing on flowers? It’s all on Episode 44 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, and we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

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Sep 08, 2020
043 Veggies for Fall
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For those of you who live in the West, the South, parts of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic states, (USDA Zones 7, 8, and 9) we get down to specifics in this episode on the best varieties of vegetables to grow during the cooler months of fall and winter:  lettuce, spinach, Swiss Chard, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, broccoli (pictured), cauliflower, beets, snow peas, fava beans, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, parsnips, shallots and turnips.

We’ll tell you about some tasty, easy to grow varieties that maybe you’ve never eaten, such as pak choi, black seeded simpson lettuce, Danvers half long carrots, and Romanesco broccoli. What’s that? Give a listen. 

It’s Episode 43 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, “Veggies for Fall”. Plus, we’ll tell you why now is a good time to give a final 2020 feeding to your fruit trees.

We learn something new, every time, on Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.  And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Tips for the Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden
Podcast Episode 18: "Greenhouse Basics"

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Sep 04, 2020
042 Cool Season Garden Basics
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Many gardeners are still enjoying the summer vegetable garden. But get ready…the days will be getting shorter and cooler this month and those vegetables may start to go into decline. Now is time to be planning and planting your second garden of 2020, the fall and winter vegetable garden. Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired), Debbie Flower, has tips for getting your lettuce, spinach, Swiss Chard (pictured), cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, snow peas, fava beans, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, parsnips, shallots and turnips started….if you live in the right zone. We explain the USDA plant hardiness zone maps as well as cold frame basics (for those of you who own snow shovels). Today's episode is presented by Smart Pots, the original, lightweight, long-lasting fabric plant container, made in the USA. Visit SmartPots.com/fred for more information and a special discount.
We learn something new, every time, on Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it again today in Episode 42, "Cool Season Garden Basics". And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Fall/Winter Vegetable Garden Varieties for USDA Zone 9
Charley's Greenhouse and Garden
Vent Openers (wax hinges)
Frost Cloth
Row Covers

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Sep 01, 2020
041 Who's Eating My Tomatoes, Part 3. Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects.
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Welcome back to our little insecticidal soap opera, "Who’s Eating My Tomatoes?" College horticulture professor Debbie Flower joins us for our big finale of this three part series, which looks at the insect critters that don’t necessarily chew the tomatoes, but they sure make them look ugly and unappetizing. It's the sucking, piercing, rasping insects of tomatoes that get our attention today, along with a look at the beneficial insects, the garden good guys, that can do a better job than most chemicals at controlling your tomato pests. (Those are braconid wasp eggs on the back of that tomato worm in the picture. When they hatch, the larvae will burrow into the worm and eat the worm from the inside out. Look carefully, you might even see the braconid wasp!)
But those good guys need a home in your yard, so we talk about their housing requirements: the flowering plants that should be in everyone’s yard to provide natural control over tomato pests. Think of yourself as building the "Good Bug Hotel."
And to wrap up all this tomato talk, we answer the question: The Tomato: Is It a Fruit or a Vegetable? Turns out, both are correct. We’ll tell you why.

Links
An interactive master list of all tomato pests
A chart of beneficial insects for the garden
Building the Good Bug Hotel: beneficials and the plants they love
Natural Enemies Handbook
"Pests of the Garden and Small Farm" 3rd edition

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Aug 29, 2020
040 Who's Eating My Tomatoes? Part 2. Barn Owl Basics.
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We continue our conversation with retired horticulture professor Debbie Flower about the critters that are munching on your backyard tomatoes. Last time, we discussed the smaller pests: hornworms, fruit worms, fruit beetles, snails, slugs, earwigs. This time we tackle the larger interlopers who are getting into your tomatoes: rats, squirrels, birds, possum, raccoons, and, of course, deer.
Plus, we talk with farm advisor Rachael Long about inviting an eager rodent hunter onto your property…barn owls...if you’ve got the room.

Links:
"Deer in My Garden" (Controlling deer with unappetizing plants) by Carolyn Singer
"Managing Deer Damage" from the University of Maryland
"Low Cost Fence keeps Deer Out" From Good fruit Grower magazine.

Bird Netting for Garden Protection from Wilson Orchard & Vineyard Supply

Garden Animal Tracks Guide
Earwig Control Tips
Tree Squirrel Control Tips
Ground Squirrel Control Tips
Possum Control Tips
Gopher Control Tips
Rat Control Tips
Vole, Meadow Mice Control Tips

Snail, Slug Control Tips
Pet-safe Slug, Snail control products
Copper Barriers for snail, slug control

“Songbird, Bat and Owl Boxes” book info:
Barn owl nest box plans
Using barn owls for rodent control
More Info on songbirds, bats, and owls

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Aug 25, 2020
039 Who's Eating My Tomatoes? Pt. 1.
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How many times have you gone out to your backyard tomato patch, reached in to harvest what looks like a big, juicy, ripe, red tomato…only to have your fingertips realize…someone’s been eating my tomatoes. Who’s the culprit? Our favorite college horticulture teacher (retired), Debbie Flower, rounds up the suspects and interrogate them one by one. There’s so many possible offenders, it will take us two episodes to get through them all. Plus, we will offer tips on controlling those unwanted tomato chewers, and tell you about the garden good guys that are helping you out. And some of those good guys…you might not even think of them as being beneficials. But they are.

U.C. Farm Advisor Rachael Long tells us about the mud dauber wasp, which can be very effective at controlling another backyard nemesis: black widow spiders.

And, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery offers a quick tip: why organic fertilizers are so good for your plants.

Links:
The life cycle of the tomato hornworm.
Video of a wasp eating a tomato hornworm.
Parasitic wasps lay their eggs on a hornworm.
Effective against tomato hornworms: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
How to tell the difference between a yellow jacket and a paper wasp.
Impress your friends! Yellow jacket fun facts.
Meet the beetles! (The Green Fruit Beetle, that is)
Where the blue mud dauber wasp lives in the U.S.
Organic fertilizers for fruit trees

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Aug 21, 2020
038 Where are the Tomatoes and Zucchini? Blueberry Basics.
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It’s a rather general garden question we received that has a lot of possible answers: "Why am I not getting any tomatoes or zucchini?" But that very general question, with no other details, gives us the opportunity to go through a checklist of all possible causes. One of those reasons just might hit home for you.

Blueberry harvest is ending here in California, but it’s still going on in many other states. We pay a visit to a demonstration garden where the Master Gardeners share their secrets for growing great blueberries. And, how to protect those berries from marauding birds. Even if you don’t have an interest in growing blueberries, you just might be interested in the details of their easy-to construct bird barrier to protect your other garden goodies.

We learn something new, every time, on Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it again today in Episode 38, If your tomatoes or squash not producing, We tell you why. And we will do it in under 30 minutes. Let’s go.

Helpful Links:
Squash Pollination Tips
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Berry Links
Bird Netting for Berry Protection from Wilson Orchard & Vineyard Supply
Blueberry Growing Advice from Dave Wilson Nursery
Nutri-Rich Fertilizer

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Aug 18, 2020
037 Drip Irrigation Basics
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Don’t let drip irrigation become drip irritation. Today’s entire show is on drip irrigation basics: how to install it, how to run it, how to maintain it. We talk with garden author Robert Kourik, he wrote the seminal book about the subject, it’s called “Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates.” He’ll tell us that not only will drip irrigation save you money by using less water, drip irrigation can also increase your yield. And drip irrigation isn’t just for states that have typically dry summers; it’s for any area of the country where you might get a 2-week, 3-week or month-long stretch of no rain. A drip irrigation system, ready to go, could save your garden in case that short drought pops up. And if you tried a drip irrigation system years ago and were unhappy with the results, we’ll tell you how the equipment has improved recently to be more dependable and trouble resistant.

We learn something new, every time, on Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it again today in Episode 37, Drip Irrigation Basics. But we won’t do it in under 30 minutes; it’ll probably be closer to 40 minutes…because water is hard. sorry.

Helpful Links:
Robert Kourik website
The book, "Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates" (Second Edition)
Dripworks Drip Irrigation website
Raindrip drip irrigation parts website
Evapotranspiration Rates for California
Evapotranspiration Rates for the World

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Aug 14, 2020
036 When To Fertilize. Growing Celtuce. Peak Harvest and Storage Tips.
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Welcome to another edition of the Garden Basics podcast, once again with the subtitle, "I didn’t know that!" College Horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower tackles the question, is it better to fertilize your plants in the morning or the evening? Or does it matter? Debbie points out…it depends on the temperature. 

It’s not celery, it’s not a lettuce you'd recognize, it’s Celtuce! Also called stem lettuce, asparagus lettuce or Chinese lettuce, Celtuce is popular in upscale restaurants for its crispy, flavorful stems and leaves. And now is the time to be growing it. We get all the basics about growing Celtuce on today’s show, from Matt Mattus, author of the book, "Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties, Unusual Options, Plant Lore and Guidance"

It’s harvest season for many popular backyard garden fruits and vegetables. But do you know the ideal time for harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, eggplants and more? And, once you take them in the house, do you know where to store them? It’s probably not the refrigerator. Also, here's a link on how to store your backyard fruits as well as more vegetables.

We learn something new, every time, on Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it again today in Episode 36, and we will do it in under 30 minutes! Let’s go.

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Aug 11, 2020
035 Flavorful Roses
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We pick up where we left off with the last episode, with a taste test of one more edible flower that you just might have growing in your yard: roses. Both the rose petals and the rose hips from the rose plant are edible. We talk with Master Rosarian Debbie Arrington who says, some rose petals and rose hips taste better than others. Which taste the best? Stick around.

When it comes to applying pesticides, read and follow all label directions. That’s the takeaway message from Gisele Schoniger, the organic educator for Kellogg Garden Products. But, she explains, maybe you don’t need to apply any pesticides to control those problematic insects and diseases in your garden. We will tell you about less toxic alternatives that work as well as what to look for in a safer pesticide product.

When you first handled your tomato plants at the beginning of the season, did you rub your finger along the stem and pick up the scent of those tiny hairs? Don’t deny it. You did. We all enjoy that first whiff of the scent of a tomato, a promise of things to come. You might recall back in Episode 3 we learned the benefits of planting tomatoes deeply. Many gardeners think those fine hairs become roots when you bury much of the stem of that young tomato plant in the ground. Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired), Debbie Flower, says no, they don’t become roots. Where do the new tomato roots come from? Then what’s the purpose of those tiny tomato hairs along the stem…other than to give you a show for your nose every spring? You might be surprised to learn of their true purpose. I was. 

We learn something new, every time, on Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it again today in Episode 35, and we will do it in under 30 minutes!

Links:
More about rose hips.
Sacramento Dig Gardening Blog by Debbie Arrington.
Growing Edible Flowers in Your Garden (GN 155) Sacramento Co. Coopertive Extension
Colorado State University Extension “Edible Flowers”
"The Edible Flower Garden", by Rosalind Creasy.
More about those tomato roots along the stem, tomato stem primordia
Organocide, Bee-Safe 3-in-1 Spray.
More on Kellogg Garden Products.

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Aug 07, 2020
034: Edible Flowers. Mulch vs Disease.
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Clipping off the flower heads on your basil plants to send the energy back to the plant to produce more green leaves? Good idea! Are you tossing out those cut flower heads of the basil? Bad idea. How about serving them as a garnish in a salad or soup? For that matter, why not start serving many of the flowers you might have in your garden on the dinner table? Today, vegetable expert and Master Gardener Gail Pothour talks about all the edible flowers that you may not have thought about munching on: borage, calendulas, citrus flowers, lavender, nasturtium, apple flowers, rose petals, and even using zucchini or daylily flowers for stuffing! And we tell you the flowers to avoid, as well.

College horticulture professor Debbie Flower explains how to thwart bringing home any soil diseases that you might have in that pile of mulch or compost. It’s Episode 34 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, and we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

Links:
Growing Edible Flowers in Your Garden (GN 155) Sacramento Co. Coopertive Extension
Colorado State University Extension “Edible Flowers”
"The Edible Flower Garden", by Rosalind Creasy.

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Aug 04, 2020
033 Mystery Seeds from China? Don't plant them!
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We do read the comments you post at the various podcast services. And we respond. Recently, at the Apple Podcast site, Sage posted: “Will you please address the mystery seeds being mailed to Americans? This is super scary and I believe you can help prevent something awful since you have the audience. Thanks in advance!”

You’re welcome, in advance, Sage.

Yes, here’s one mystery in which there are still a lot of question marks. What’s the deal with all the unsolicited seed packets being mailed not only to gardeners in the United States, but all over the world? The seed shipments have fooled inspectors, because the packages are labeled as containing something else, such as jewelry or toys. The packages originate usually from China, and Kyrgyzstan.

Is it just a marketing gimmick, known as "brushing", a way to increase the notoriety and page placement on online selling sites…or, is their something nefarious about those seeds? Are they seeds of invasive or poisonous plants? Do the seeds contain plant viruses or bacteria? College horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower explains how a seed can carry a virus or bacteria, including the biggest threat to the country's citrus industry, the bacteria, Citrus Greening Disease (HLB).

Whatever you do, don’t plant those seeds. And don’t throw them away, either. We’ll tell you how you can help solve this mystery.

We do have more calming things to talk about here today: information on where to get inexpensive soil tests, here and here; and, how to tame the heat in peppers that you’ve grown that are just too hot, including habanero and serrano chile peppers. Dave DeWitt, author of "The Complete Chile Pepper Book" has the solution.

Don’t plant those seeds. Spend less than a half hour with us here, on Episode 33 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. Let’s go.

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Jul 31, 2020
032 Too Many Tomatoes? Here's What to Do.
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We’re into that time of the summer when, with a very serious look in her eye, and wearing a tomato-stained apron, my wife sternly says: 
"Next year, don’t plant so many cherry tomato plants!" 
In my defense, there were only five cherry or grape-sized tomato plants in the ground this year: Sungold, Sweet Million, Gardeners Delight, Juliet and Valentine. Still, my wife is the one who has to do something with all those tomatoes. So, after spending the better part of a Sunday in a hot kitchen roasting tomatoes, I can understand her point of view.

Are you suffering from tomato burnout? Zucchini overload? A cornucopia of cucumbers? If so, you are not alone. If you’re a long time listener to the Garden Basics podcast, you might be asking yourself as your lugging in another bucket full of backyard produce…"didn’t I hear an episode about food banks and food pantries that gladly welcome excess garden produce?"
Here then, for you, and for many many others in the weeks to come, an expanded encore edition of our interview with Gary Oppenheimer, the founder of AmpleHarvest.org. For everyone else who will be consuming their own tomato harvests, here's a link to that nifty garden wagon pictured on today's podcast...perfect for hauling tomatoes to the kitchen.

Maybe afterwards I can get my wife to share her roasted tomato recipe on the air with us. And after listening to it, you just might be in the market for a convection oven. And a water bath canner.
More information about safe water bath canning.
In today's Q&A segment, a listener is wondering about the dimensions and materials of the raised beds pictured on the Garden Basics title page. Wonder no more...
Debbie Flower talks about what to do when your cool season vegetables begin to bolt when the weather gets too warm. You could enjoy the beneficial insects that visit those flowers of the bolted crops; or, serve up those flowers in meals! Here's a link to safe plants to munch on.

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Jul 28, 2020
031 Using Worm Castings in the Garden
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If you’ve ever talked with a gardener who uses the excrement of worms around their plants, you may be familiar with their wide eyed look of rapture talking about all the benefits of using, to put it more politely and accurately, worm castings. Today, we will dig deep into the Farmer Fred audio archives to hear gardeners sing the praises of raising worms, and using their output, if you will, in the garden, a practice known as vermicomposting.
Members of the worm castings choir chime in with their high praise for the lowly worm: from 2004, best selling author Amy Stewart, author of the book, "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms"; from 2017, Sacramento County Master Gardener and vermicomposting specialist Susan Muckey discusses the worm bins at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center; and in a recent conversation, organic educator Giselle Schoniger, who works for a company, Kellogg Garden Products, that sells worm castings. Shall we go play with the worms? Let’s fill your worm bin. And, we’ll do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go.

More info about vermicomposting.
The book, "Worms Eat My Garbage", by Mary Applehof.
Ants in Your Worm Bin? A Solution.

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Jul 24, 2020
030 Raising Honeybees. Growing Parsnips.
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Bees are one of the best pollinators to have flying around your food garden. It’s been said that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food you eat. Today, we take attracting bees to your garden one step further: how about raising your own hive of honeybees? We talk with one of the world’s foremost bee authorities, Dr. Norman Gary, on how you can become a successful backyard beekeeper. He is the author of the book, "The Honeybee Hobbyist."
Maybe you just want to attract bees to your yard to help pollinate your food garden. Here's a list of plants for California that attracts bees. And for the entire country, check out this very informative bee website for even more plants.

Are you familiar with parsnips? This tasty, nutritious root crop matures in cold weather but needs to get planted soon for harvest after the frost season begins. We talk parsnips with a big fan of this carrot relative, Matt Mattus, author of the book, “Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening”.
Matt mentions his favorite parsnip variety, Gladiator. Find it at Renee's Garden seed company.

Gardening takes patience. Lots of patience. Years of patience. That’s the crux of a popular saying among nursery employees about growing plants…sleep, creep, leap. College Horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower will explain.

We’re buzzing with great garden information on this, episode 30 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

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Jul 21, 2020
029 Know Your Soil Products. Fruit Tree questions. Roses Don't Have Thorns (really!)
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Confused about that tall wall of soil products you see in the nursery? Garden Soil, Planting Mix, Potting Mix, which do you choose for your plants? We talk with soil educator Gisele Schoniger about the right soil amendments for you. Fruit tree questions abound this time of year, we tackle your peach and apricot issues. And, college horticulture professor Debbie Flower insists, your roses do not have thorns. What?

We are sticklers for accuracy on this, episode 29 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go.

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Jul 17, 2020
028 Anyone can grow a peach or plum tree. The cure for bitter cucumbers.
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Looking for easy-to-grow fruit trees, loaded with tasty  fruit, every summer? It’s hard to beat peaches and plums. Today we talk with fruit tree expert Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery about the delicious choices available. For peaches, try the O'Henry, Harken, the Donut Peach, Red Baron, Contender, Elberta, Babcock, Garden Gold. For plums, it would be the Weeping Santa Rosa, Burgundy, Emerald Beaut. And we touch upon the plum crosses,  pluots and pluerries. For best results, especially to maintain tree vigor, use organic fruit tree fertilizers because of their lower dosages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Control peach leaf curl with dormant season sprays. For more fruit tree selections, how-to videos and where to find the nursery nearest to you that carries Dave Wilson Nursery fruit trees - visit DaveWilson.com.

Also: our favorite college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, takes the bitterness out of cucumbers. Grow them in full sun and choose hybrid cucumber varieties such as Diva, Sweet Success, Cool Breeze, Summer Dance, Improved Long Green, Eversweet, Ashley, Sunnybrook, Saticoy Hybrid, and Lemon.

We are burp-free on this, episode 28 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.
p.s. That's the Garden Gold peach in bloom in the picture.

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Jul 14, 2020
027 Root cutting. I did not know that!
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You think you’re learning something new every time YOU listen to the Garden Basics podcast? Heck, I learn something new in each episode, as well. So, this time around, it’s a compilation of garden knowledge that will definitely make you a better gardener, and a better food shopper. We will call this episode, I DID NOT KNOW THAT. College horticulture professor Debbie Flower talks about the benefits of cutting the roots of plants before you stick them in the ground, and most importantly, HOW you cut those roots.
A former guest on the show, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, recommends washing off all the soil from woody plants before sticking them in the ground.
Also, which soil and fertilizer amendments to add to a planting hole (How about liquid seaweed or kelp meal, says I. How about none, says Debbie. Compromise: add it to the top of the soil after planting).

Hot chile pepper expert Dave Dewitt talks about the myth of the Hatch Chile, and how those oversized jalapeño peppers that you might see at the market may not pack much heat…which for many of us, might be a good thing. Dave Dewitt is the author of many chile pepper books.

Planting tips, pepper advice, on this episode of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go.

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Garden columnist, Lodi News-Sentinel 



Jul 10, 2020
026 How To Plant a Fruit Tree
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It seemed like a simple enough garden question to answer: The writer of the email said: “I have never cared for a young peach tree or any other variety so I don't know what to do since I got it in the ground. Now what?” The writer included a picture of the tree, which you can see attached to this episode.

Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, and I ended up having more questions and comments after closely studying the picture. The end result? a show, mostly dedicated to how to plant a fruit tree to insure success. 

Also in this episode: a Quick Tip for keeping new soil in a pot from coming out the drain holes.

And, this week's Feel Good moment: the joy of eating a piece of homegrown fruit. Over the sink. A wonderful, juicy mess!

So, grab a piece of home grown fruit and Give us a listen! It’s all part of Episode 26 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes.

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Jul 07, 2020
025 Peppers, the Hot and the Sweet: How to Grow Them, How to Eat Them
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Today, we’re talking about two of the ten most popular backyard garden vegetables: sweet peppers and hot peppers. We talk with the man whom the New York Times dubbed the Pope of Peppers, Dave Dewitt. Besides offering up tips on how to grow hot peppers, but also how to overwinter them for a second year crop (some varieties are better than others for this). Plus, he has the remedy for what to swallow after you’ve bitten down on a pepper that is just too hot. And no…it’s not water or beer, and its not milk! Looking for different varieties to try? Check out some of these from a previous Pepper Tasting Party.

And we get questions about sweet pepper problems. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, tackles the case of the falling flowers from pepper plants. Sound familiar? Give us a listen! It’s all part of Episode 25 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred.

More info about why vegetables shed blossoms prematurely here.

An informative NuMex Joe E. Parker pepper seed packet from Renee's Garden.

The Scoville Scale, explained.

An easier way to germinate pepper seeds.

And kids...don't try this at home.

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Jul 03, 2020
024 Soil Solarization Kills Weeds, Pests.
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Maybe the only sunny area you have for a garden is currently a lawn. How about reducing the size of that lawn and converting it to a food and flower producing garden? Or, maybe you’re trying to get rid of persistent weeds in a current garden. Or maybe your soil has pests or diseases such as nematodes or verticillium wilt. This is the time of year to tackle all those tasks…with soil solarization. 

Were going to tell you how to heat up the soil to kill off an unwanted lawn, do away with bermudagrass, and thwart soil borne pests and diseases, resulting in some of the best soil you’ve ever had, using clear plastic. Soils expert Steve Zien has the tips. Here's what we did in our own yard.

This episode is brought to you by Smart Pots. Visit smartpots.com/fred for a money-saving offer on the original, award-winning fabric planter, USA-made. Listen to learn how to win a free, Smart Pots 6-foot long bed! (By the way, if the podcast service you listen to doesn't have a ratings/comment section, you can send your ratings/comment here to enter this contest.)

Don’t be in a hurry to pick apples from your backyard trees. In many cases, the longer you wait, the better they taste, and that is especially true for one particular very popular apple variety that is probably harvested two months too soon.

And as you stroll through the garden, maybe you’re noticing some wilting plants, browning leaves or lack of growth. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has a quick tip on solving a very common problem in yards and gardens: ignored irrigation systems. Make sure your drip irrigation on-off valves are open!

It’s all part of Episode 24 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Get comfortable on the clear plastic sheeting and give us a listen.

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Jun 30, 2020
023 Fertilizer Confusion. Battling Squash Bugs.
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It's every gardener's wall of confusion: the shelves and shelves of plant fertilizers, available at the local nursery. Which one should you use? The granular, the liquid, the box, the bottle or the bag? And do you really need separate fertilizers for each kind of fruit or vegetable you're growing? And what do all those numbers on the fertilizer label mean? Do you really need to use fertilizers, at all? Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower joins us in the studio to talk garden fertilizers.
She points out that two of the tell-tale signs that your plant needs nitrogen: the older leaves are turning yellow, and the newer leaves are smaller than normal.  Also, using more fertilizer - or fertilizers with high levels of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) - can poison plants. More is NOT better. Flower recommends using fertilizers with "single digit" levels of N, P, and K.

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Plus, we answer one listener's question that may also be vexing you and your garden right now: how do I get rid of all those gosh darn squash bugs that are sucking on the zucchini, melons, cucumbers and pumpkin leaves? One prong of Flower's three-pronged approach to controlling squash bugs: encourage populations of beneficial insects that prey on squash bugs, especially the mini-wasps and tachinid flies. Planting the right flowers nearby can encourage these garden good guys to take up permanent residence in your garden. More details about that here.

It’s all part of Episode 23 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Grab a magnifying glass (for the fertilizer labels) and a bucket of soapy water (for the squash bugs) and give us a listen. We will do it all in under 30 minutes.

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Jun 26, 2020
022 How Plants Work. So, You Want to Grow an Avocado Tree? (good luck)
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Today we find out how plants work. And how you can have a successful garden with even less work by helping those underground workers. Washington State University Horticulture Professor Linda Chalker Scott, author of the book, "How Plants Work", talks about the amazing intersection of plants, plant roots, your soil and your mulch … once again proving, your working too hard and spending too much money on something that nature perfected a long time ago. She tackles a few more garden myths, too, something she's famous for in her two earlier books, "The Informed Gardener" and "The Informed Gardener Blooms Again."

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Flowers contribute a lot to the fruit and vegetable garden. they can attract pollinators, hummingbirds, beneficial insects as well as adding beauty. One plant in particular is a pollinator magnet: the Peruvian lily, also know as alstroemeria. It’s also one of the longest lasting indoor cut flowers, too. As long as you don’t cut it. We will explain.

How’s that avocado tree doing in your yard? Unless you live in the milder parts of California and Florida, it’s probably not doing very well. We have tips for increasing your chances of actually getting an avocado tree to produce. Maybe. Well, probably not. But what the heck, you gotta try, right?

It’s all part of Episode 22 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Cozy up on the mulch and give us a listen. We will do it all in under 30 minutes.

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Jun 23, 2020
021 Tomato Troubleshooter
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Today, we are all about tomatoes! We do some tomato troubleshooting with Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, CA. We tackle typical tomato issues: the flowers fall off (it will solve itself, unless you are loving it to death with too much nitrogen fertilizer); blight diseases (avoid overhead watering, unless it's rain-caused. In which case, prune out and discard the damaged parts); whiteflies (a forceful spray of water or neem oil); blossom end rot (deep, infrequent watering, maintaining an even soil moisture level...not too soggy, not too dry); sun scald (shade cloth); wilt problems (good luck); and, of course, tomato hornworms (scissors or snippers, Bt, Spinosad).

Every tomato needs support. The best tomato supports, and the longest lasting, are tomato cages you make yourself out of either sheets or rolls of six inch mesh concrete reinforcement wire. Those little "tomato cages" that are widely sold? They're not big enough to support a vigorously growing tomato plant...but are great for pepper plants!

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It’s all part of Episode 21 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Gather a few cherry tomatoes to munch on, and give us a listen. We will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go.

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Got a garden question? There are several ways to get in touch: call and leave a question, or text us the question: 916-292-8964. E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. Be sure to tell us where you are when you leave a question, because all gardening is local.

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