You Bet Your Garden An hour of "chemical-free horticultural hijinks," You Bet Your Garden is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide.
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An hour of "chemical-free horticultural hijinks," You Bet Your Garden is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide.More from You Bet Your Garden »

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Tomato Sauce 101: From Vine to Jar

Got lots of ripe tomatoes coming in? More than you can eat? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath walks you through the cooking and processing of superior tomato sauce, with an emphasis on using the fewest garden fresh ingredients. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I'm in tomato heaven; and I just got a Vitamix high-powered blender. I am SO excited to be able to just toss whole tomatoes into that mixer! Now, when I make the sauce—adding spices, herbs, sweetener and a bit of balsamic vinegar—can I can them up without adding lemon juice? I worry that it would ruin the whole thang. (And yes, Stef did type 'thang'.) —Steffanie in Illinois How to make tasty tomato sauce »

September is THE Time for Lawn Care and Repair

In fall, a young man's fancy turns to...killing greasy grubs! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath lays out your organic grub control options and explains why this is the time of year to strike. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: When is the best time to apply milky spore to control Japanese beetle grubs in the lawn? And how often should it be applied? —Stephen in Ellicott City, Maryland How to get rid of grubs »

Hey Joe, What's in That Mosquito Spray in Your Hand?

If you've been to a home show, you've seen the rival franchises selling mosquito spray packages to homeowners. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath responds to a listener concerned about her neighbor's use of such a service, and does a bit of sleuthing to figure out exactly what's in those sprays. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

In the Garden and on the Lawn, Cheaters Always Win

Nobody wants to work hard outside. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals that cheaters always win—especially when they perfect the lawn care and pruning practices that minimize hard work in the summertime. Also, Jenny Rose Carey, senior director at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society's Meadowbrook Farm, joins the show to talk about the perfect plants for shady spots. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: You do a great job and I follow all your advice exactly (as long as it's convenient and cheap). For example, I always cut my lawn at the advised time...as long as that happens to fall on a weekend and the kids aren't keeping me too busy. For those not as committed as me, do you have any advice on how to...well...how to...cheat? Basically, the Cliff Notes version of garden care? For instance, how do I get rid of lawn weeds without harming the dog or the kids and do it quickly? And what if my wife tells me it's time to trim a plant when the calendar disagrees? Calendars can't make me sleep in the spare bedroom, my wife can. —Chad in Gaithersburg, Maryland How Chad can save time and energy while keeping his garden looking good »

Getting the Most Out of Your Garlic

Your garlic harvest is in...now what? Use it fresh before it sprouts? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will expose the secret to getting a season of good seasoning from your harvest—or from the great garlic you'll find at local farmer's markets. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

Got Skeeters Bad? Call in the Dragonflies!

Mosquito prevention time is over; now is the time to switch tactics to protection. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals how to attract dragonflies and explains why white is the color to wear this mosquito season. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I'm a 13-year-old boy and live with my grandparents on seven acres of land. We have a pond, but absolutely no dragonflies. We're way out in the country, and you'd think we'd have plenty, but we have not seen any. It's like they vanished. Is there any kind of smell or food we could use to attract them? We need them badly; I just counted thirty bites on my legs! Bug spray has been no help, so our only hope is dragonflies... —Ethan in Brokaw, WI How to attract dragonflies »

Beneficial Bugs? Or Filthy Flies?

A listener wants to attract beneficial insects, but instead is beset by flies! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath discusses how this might not be the worst thing to happen to an urban gardener. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

Using Grass Clippings for Mulch

Is it ever right to use your grass clippings as a garden mulch?? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, we'll bend–but not break–the rules as Mike McGrath looks at the pros and cons of collecting those clips. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: My son has been trying to make compost out of three large piles of grass contained by plastic fencing. With all the rain we've had, the piles have become wet, compacted, dense and very heavy. What can be done to make these piles more effective at breaking down? They have been turned, but we recently added a lot of grass—and that plus the rain has made things a compacted mess. I examined one pile today and it's actually like "green manure"; you know, all soft and squishy. That should be really great for the garden...no? —Elizabeth in North Plainfield, New Jersey How Elizabeth can fix her compost »

You Bet Your Garden Summer Special #2

Plants under glass, mushroom hunting, permaculture, and copper plugs. On this week's You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath talks terrariums, 'shrooming, piling stuff up on top of old wood and much more in a series of our favorite interviews. Question of the Week: I've been looking into the different design systems I could use in establishing a new organic garden and food forest fruit orchard. I've heard about permaculture, biodynamic, and biointensive, but I'm really confused: What's the difference between these three? And finally, which do you think would give me the best view on how to design my new garden in a functional way for the long-term? Thanks. Joe from Greenville, NC What do Permaculture, Biodynamic & Biointensive mean? »

Crossing The Pond with the Intent to Commit Horticulture

It's often a bad idea to take plants across state lines with the intent to commit horticulture. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath discusses what's at stake if you're thinking of crossing The Pond with your plants! Plus, gardening for the curious with Dr. Lee Reich. Question of the Week: I teach high school German & Spanish and run a reciprocal group exchange program with a teacher in Munich, Bavaria. (Bavaria is to Germany like Texas is to the US—very big, very conservative, very interesting & a lot of fun.) Because of my affinity for hydrangeas I came up with an idea I hope you will find interesting enough to help with. When I'm in Munich (the capital of Bavaria) later this July, I want to give my foreign exchange counterpart Veit (pronounced like "fight") and his new wife Effi a hydrangea (specifically hydrangea macrophylla bavaria), and take cuttings from it home with me, so that after the cuttings take root, we will effectively be sharing the same hydrangea plant across two continents. The root of the problem (pun intended � is that Google as I may, I can't seem to find out who to ask about bringing those cuttings home, as I believe it is highly frowned upon to bring plants into the US without going through proper channels. If you could help me, I would be ever grateful—and invite you to one of my wife's outstanding dinners during Veit's next visit this fall. "Danke schön". PS: If you think the cuttings might not be viable after transatlantic flights, I could probably just buy two identical plants, which might be clones anyway. —Chad in New Hanover Township, PA The legality of globetrotting hydrangeas »

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