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 46 : Is it too late for pepper plants?

On this episode of YBYG, our host Mike McGrath reveals why peppers are perhaps the only “plants of summer” that will accept such tender mercies this late in the season. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call question show!

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Episode 45 : Think twice before “improving” the soil when planting plants and shrubs!

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells us if service berry deserves tough love if its been growing in a nursery bed for a year, and why you should never “improve” the soil in the planting hole when installing new plants and shrubs in your garden. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call show!

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Episode 44: What is one of the worst landscaping practices?

On this episode of YBYG, our host, Mike McGrath, explains why grinding down above-ground tree stumps of healthy trees is one of the worst landscaping practices often seen at condo associations. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call question show.

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Episode 43: Hostas: No Longer a Threat or Menace!

The shade loving Hosta plant was the hot topic in a recent show, but we’re changing our tune. Instead of learning how to eradicate the plant, host Mike McGrath tells us how to save a Hosta when the trees that throw shade are no more. Otherwise, it’s a phone call question show!

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Episode 42: How can pond scum help your garden?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us how useful that pond scum can actually be! Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!

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Episode 41 : Hostas: Threat or Menace?

Hostas thrive in the shade so well that some people consider them weeds. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath answers the ultimate question-- Hostas: threat or menace? Plus, we talk with a guest who teaches us how to turn houseplants into pets. And, as always, your fabulous phone call questions.

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Episode 40 : Planning on saving your tomato seeds this season?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath explains what you need to know for saving your tomato seeds and how to keep the Radiator Charlie tomato in your line up. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show!

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Episode 39 : What are the dangers of using Preen?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals what is in your package of Preen, why its banned for use in the European Union, and the devastating effects these herbicides can have on the natural order. Otherwise, it’s an extra heaping handful of your phone call questions!

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Episode 38 : Do you know what's in your compost?

Bulk compost is more available than ever, but there is an alarming new trend in how some of them are composed. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath gives us a heads up on what to look for when buying that black gold. Plus, Mike talks with master seed-supplier, Renee Shepherd, & discusses selecting seeds for flavor. As always, we take your fabulous phone call questions.

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Episode 37 : Have your squash plants ever collapsed mid-summer?

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!

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Episode 36 : Can handling wet plants be fatal?

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.

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Episode 35 : Summer Greenhouses -- What are they good for?

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!

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Episode 34 : It's a You Bet Your Garden Rewind!

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

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Episode 33 : Does rosemary have the power to deter insect pests?

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!

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Episode 32 : Should you ever "improve the soil" when installing new trees or shrubs?

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!

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Episode 31 : Looking for a new book this season?

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!

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Episode 30 : What is 'direct-seeding'?

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.

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Episode 29 : Is it possible to have too much organic matter in your soil?

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.

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Episode 28 : A Rose Disease is Making the Rounds!

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.

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Episode 27 : Got Tomato Problems?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells us why blight is the last thing you want your tomatoes to have & how to prevent the most common tomato problems when you install your plants this season. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!

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