Garden Guru, public radio host and former Organic Gardening Editor-in-Chief Mike McGrath tackles your toughest garden, lawn, and pest problems every week.


The popular radio show, “You Bet Your Garden®” touted as an hour of "chemical-free horticultural hijinks," is a weekly, nationally syndicated broadcast hosted by Mike McGrath, that will now be produced in the studios of PBS39 in Bethlehem, PA. This weekly call-in program offers ‘fiercely organic’ advice to gardeners far and wide.

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Episode 11 : Whats to blame when you awaken to a ripped up lawn? And, a heaping helping of your phone questions!

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us a list of 5 suspects to blame when your turf is suddenly tattered. Plus, we get an extra heaping handful of your viewer questions, including one about an uncommon citrus tree.

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Episode 10 : Why are some trees' branches cut back to a stump? Plus, how the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is going back to the 1960s

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us why a "technique" called pollarding was a great idea in 1 AD, but a terrible idea for the present. Plus, we learn how the fabulous 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is planning a tribute to Flower Power on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. As always, Mike takes your questions.

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Episode 9 : What are the secrets to a fireproof Christmas tree & a needle free floor?

It's almost the holidays! On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath gives you some essential tips and tricks to cutting the perfect Christmas tree for a needle-free floor and making sure it's fireproof. We sit down with Director of Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden, Ethan Kaufman, who discusses how he helped to turn a private estate into a beautiful public garden. As always, we take your phone calls and answer your questions.

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Episode 8 : Can ants really kill a tree? Plus, a heaping helping of your phone calls!

In this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals what is really going on when carpenter ants are found in your tree or terrace & why you should say 'thanks' for the heads up. Mike also takes an extra heaping helping of your phone call questions.

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Episode 7 : What can you do with that tree stump? And, why volcano mulching will hurt you down the line.

Mike McGrath hosts a tree filled episode this week! Mike outlines your options when it comes to taking down trees and how to make those stumps come in handy. Plus, we sit down with Joe Bayer from Bartlett Tree Experts to talk about the lost art of mulching & how volcano mulching could cost you. As always, we take your phone calls.

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Episode 6 : Should I use my compost pile now or save it for Spring? And, what is the relationship between people and plants?

In this episode, Mike discusses whether you should use your compost piles now, or wait until the spring. We're joined by special guest Holly Shimizu, former Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, to talk about the relationship between people and plants. And, as always, Mike takes your phone calls.

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Episode 5 : Why were my tomato plants so sad this summer? Plus, tips and tricks on how to make chickens feel like part of the family.

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells you why you tomatoes didn't so so well this summer. Plus, we chat with Lisa Steele, author of '101 Chicken Keeping Hacks,' to get some ideas on how to make your feathered friends feel more like family. As always, Mike takes your phone calls.

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Episode 4 : Looking to pick up pruners? And, why is your fig tree still not producing figs after years of growing?

In this episode, Mike McGrath talks about what to do if the spirit of Martha Stewart is haunting you to pick up your pruners and landscape & why your fig tree is still not producing figs. Plus, we sit down with Rachel Falcove, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, to talk about the 20th year of the Empty Bowl Dinner. And, as always, Mike takes your phone calls.

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Episode 3 : What type of scarab beetle devoured your roses this summer? Plus, Dan DeVault teaches us about kombucha!

In this episode, Mike McGrath sits down with Dan DeVault of Pheasant Hill Farm to talk about the organic ingredients that go into his kombucha. Mike tells us what type of scarab beetle (there are 30,000 different types!) devoured your roses this summer & takes your phone calls.

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Episode 2 : Why are so many flowers and plants blooming again? And, an extra heaping helping of your questions!

Mike McGrath explains why so many flowers and plants are acting like spring chickens despite being close to Halloween. Plus, Mike is taking an extra heaping helping of your phone call questions.
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Episode 1: What is the best way to remove poison ivy? And why do flea beetles love chemical fertilizers?

Mike McGrath marks the 20th year of continuous episodes of You Bet Your Garden on public broadcasting and the first show out of the PBS39 Studios. Episode topics include poison ivy removal, why chemical fertilizers make flea beetles fat and happy, and of course, Mike takes your phone calls.
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