Garden for Life Jackson County Master Gardener Lynn Kunstman answers all your gardening questions, from cultivating native plants, to finding the tastiest tomato varieties, and organic pest control.
Garden for Life

Garden for Life

From Jefferson Public Radio

Jackson County Master Gardener Lynn Kunstman answers all your gardening questions, from cultivating native plants, to finding the tastiest tomato varieties, and organic pest control.

Most Recent Episodes

Slow soil, quickening insects: April gardening tips

We're right around the time of year when it's unlikely that a garden (at least in the Medford area) will be visited by frost overnight. Just the same, it may take a while for the soil to warm up. The insects require a bit less preheating, it turns out. These and other gardening issues are part of our resumption of the Garden for Life podcast. Sitting in for Lynn Kunstman this time is Grace Florjancic, who is the Master Gardener training coordinator at Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center near Medford. We talk about things gardeners should consider doing as things warm up, and what they might have been doing a few weeks back.

Forget the robins, Lynn Kunstman's return signals the approach of spring

Some of the flowers popped up during the warm spell in February, long before the official start of spring. With spring just days away (March 19th), it's time to kick into gardening gear for some of us, which means we can bring our resident master gardener, Lynn Kunstman, out of the winter deep-freeze. Lynn, the current Statewide Master Gardener of the Year, can answer many plant questions, or at least direct us to the people who can. This session of Garden for Life is recorded, but we can stockpile questions for future sessions; send them to JX@jeffnet.org

Forget the robins, Lynn Kunstman's return signals the approach of spring

Before winter really sets in, a chat with Lynn

If you live near a farm, you may notice green things still in the ground. There ARE vegetables--cabbages and carrots and more--that do just fine in the cold ground. But for most gardeners, this is the slow season. So we take it slow and easy in the return of our gardening podcast, Garden for Life. Lynn Kunstman from Jackson County Master Gardeners fields our questions about late fall/early winter gardening activities. We can take your questions for FUTURE segments at JX@jeffnet.org... or submit a question about specific plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic.

As the leaves fall: an October take on gardening, with Lynn Kunstman

At least west of the Cascades, winters can be fairly mild in these parts, so some items will still grow in gardens through the cold season. October seemed to sneak up on us, so it's time to talk about cleaning out the summer plants and prepping for the rest of Fall and the fast-approaching winter weather. Jackson County Master Gardener and Oregon State Master Gardener of the Year Lynn Kunstman returns for our monthly gardening Q&A. What's your gardening issue? If Lynn doesn't know the answer, she will know someone who does. Email for an answer on a future program: JX@jeffnet.org.

Heat and harvest and more August happenings, in a live Garden For Life

Just about the time the tomatoes and cucumbers (and the plums and cherries and pears) started ripening, the big heat wave arrived. If gardeners didn't much want to go out there, how were the plants coping? We put that question and more to Lynn Kunstman on her latest visit. Lynn is a Jackson County Master Gardener and our partner in a recurring segment we call Garden for Life. Lynn is happy to take up concerns from listeners, and she joins us live this time around; you can join in by emailing jx@jeffnet.org. You can also get help from the Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice, or just a listener, there's fun to be had in talking about gardening.

Watery tomatoes, and other harvest season happenings in Garden For Life

After a hot spell, summer settled down a bit, and local gardens appear to be responding, giving forth flowers and fruits and veggies. Some, anyway. We check results both positive and negative (like a complaint about watery tomatoes) with our regular guest Lynn Kunstman. Lynn is a Jackson County Master Gardener and our partner in a recurring segment we call Garden for Life. Lynn is happy to take up concerns from listeners, and she joins us live this time around; you can join in by emailing jx@jeffnet.org. You can also get help from the Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice, or just a listener, there's fun to be had in talking about gardening. LINK: Lynn mentioned a class she's giving on Thursday evening—with online access—about Attracting and Protecting Beneficial Insects. Register here: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/jackson/events/attracting-protecting-beneficial-insects

Harvest time approaches, as we Garden for Life

Fruit and vegetables are getting big, and flowers are in full bloom in many a garden. And if we're not careful, bugs are having some fun with the garden bounty. We talk bugs and planting for the cool season and more with Geoffrey Riley and Lynn Kunstman. Lynn is a Jackson County Master Gardener and our partner in a recurring segment we call Garden for Life. Lynn is happy to take up concerns from listeners, and you can get questions into the next session by emailing jx@jeffnet.org. You can also get help from the Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice, or just a listener, there's fun to be had in talking about gardening.

Garden for Life: The really hot days in the garden, with guidance from Lynn

There's no point looking for rain for most of us at this time of year. If we want plants to grow, we need to bring out the hose. And a little expertise can't hurt, so we reach out again to Lynn Kunstman. Lynn is a Jackson County Master Gardener and our partner in a recurring segment we call Garden for Life. She's live with us for this segment, and you can get questions into this or the next session by emailing jx@jeffnet.org. You can also get help from the Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice, or just a listener, there's fun to be had in talking about gardening. PS: It comes from a true expert: Lynn just got named Oregon Statewide Master Gardener of the Year

Garden for Life: The really hot days in the garden, with guidance from Lynn

Well, NOW it's hot: Garden for Life covers July gardening issues

We've learned from gardening experts how to "harden" plants grown from seeds indoors, before they are transplanted outdoors. Now, when the weather has turned hot and bright, is when that hardening pays off for the plants. We'll talk about this and other hot-season issues with our Lynn Kunstman. Lynn is a Jackson County Master Gardener and our partner in a recurring segment we call Garden for Life. She's live with us for this segment, and you can get questions into this or the next session by emailing jx@jeffnet.org. You can also get help from the Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice, or just a listener, there's fun to be had in talking about gardening.

June is busting out, in Garden for Life

Gardeners have to watch the calendar through spring, waiting for the last frost dates to clear before putting summer plants in the ground. They should be there by now, Lynn Kunstman tells us. Lynn is a Jackson County Master Gardener and our partner in a segment we call Garden for Life. Now that the growing season has arrived, we'll schedule more visits with Lynn, and you can get questions into the next session by emailing jx@jeffnet.org. You can also get help from the Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Whether you're an experienced gardener, a novice, or just a listener, there's fun to be had in talking about gardening.