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Have your squash plants ever collapsed mid-summer?

Have your squash plants ever collapsed mid-summer?

June 14, 2019

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath reveals how to defeat the weird little moth whose babies are paralyzing your pumpkins & zapping your zucchini! Plus, author Lorraine Ballato explains why you could be doing much better with your hydrangeas. Plus, we take your phone call questions!

Can handling wet plants be fatal?

Can handling wet plants be fatal?

June 7, 2019

How important is it to not play with your plants when they're wet? On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath explains why you should never handle them & name the real drama queens who are just waiting to make a wet touch turn fatal! Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show.

Summer Greenhouses– What are they good for?

Summer Greenhouses– What are they good for?

May 31, 2019

Greenhouses are great for starting plants & growing cold weather crops over the winter. But, what about in the summer? On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host, Mike McGrath, reveals how to keep it cool enough for plants to survive & more!

It’s a You Bet Your Garden Rewind!

It’s a You Bet Your Garden Rewind!

May 24, 2019

Our host, Mike McGrath, is on a break this week to finish building his new raised beds for his tomato plants. He wondered which recent show would most ring true for the season, so PBS39 brings you a very special episode from last month that highlights the wide range of materials & soils you can buy in bulk for your lawn and garden. Plus, we discuss what to do when soil tests give rogue results and take a couple of your fabulous phone call questions. 

Does rosemary have the power to deter insect pests?

Does rosemary have the power to deter insect pests?

May 17, 2019

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals rosemary's true abilities of alertness and memory. Plus, he also reveals which plants can repel human pests like mosquitos -- just in time for planting. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show, cats and kittens!

Should you ever “improve the soil” when installing new trees or shrubs?

Should you ever “improve the soil” when installing new trees or shrubs?

May 10, 2019

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us why you should never improve the soil when installing new shrubs. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!

Looking for a new book this season?

Looking for a new book this season?

May 3, 2019

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath suggests three books you should read if you're looking to learn about the idea of the perfect lawn, the original forest canopy of America, and how pesticides became popular despite their lack of effect. Plus, information on another book giveaway!

What is ‘direct-seeding’?

What is ‘direct-seeding’?

April 26, 2019

Some crops like sweet corn, peas and greens are supposed to be 'direct-seeded'. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host, Mike McGrath, discusses what 'direct-seeding' even is & answers your phone call questions.

Is it possible to have to much organic matter in your soil?

Is it possible to have to much organic matter in your soil?

April 19, 2019

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike gets us ready for International Compost Awareness Week & tells us what to do when soil test results go rogue. Plus, as always, Mike takes your phone call questions. 

A rose disease is making the rounds! Here is what you can do.

A rose disease is making the rounds! Here is what you can do.

April 12, 2019

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals how he accidentally conquered an allegedly-invincible rose virus when it struck his garden. Plus, a United Nations Researcher comes to the Lehigh Valley to learn about what our methods of sustainable agriculture can do to help fight hunger. And, as always, Mike takes your phone call questions.