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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 and produced in the Rodale Institute Radio Studio at PBS39 in Bethlehem, PA. This weekly call-in program offers ‘fiercely organic’ advice to gardeners far and wide.

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Episode 79 : Got Tomato Problems?

A Fresh Look: 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 and how to prevent the most common tomato problems when you install your plants this season. Otherwise, it's a phone call extravaganza!

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Episode 79 : Got Tomato Problems?

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Ep. 78 Enjoying Plants During Quarantine

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Enjoying the outdoors and plants is a great "cure" for quarantine blues.

Episode 78: Enjoying Plants during Quarantine & Interviewing a Wild Foodie

On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath explains how enjoying the outdoors and plants is a great "cure" for quarantine blues. Also, Mike interviews Lynn Landes, the founder of The Wild Foodies of Philly and talks about their community of people who love learning about edible food and plants in the wild.

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Episode 78: Enjoying Plants during Quarantine & Intervie

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Episode 77: Getting Rid of Spider Mites

On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals spider mites' weaknesses and how to protect your garden. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.


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Ep. 77 Spider Mites

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This week Mike talks about how spider mites aren't spiders.

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Episode 77: Getting Rid of Spider Mites

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Ep. 76 The Rule of Fallen Leaves

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Mike McGrath reviews the rules of fallen leaves.

Episode 76: The Rule of Fallen Leaves

On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath reviews the rules of fallen leaves and introduce a brand new version of the "spotted Lanternfly" song.

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Episode 76: Rules of Fallen Leaves

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Ep. 75 Taking Care of Roses

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Mike McGrath shares the proper and successful chemical-free ways to care for your roses.

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Episode 75: Taking Care of Roses

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Episode 75: Taking Care of Roses

On this week's episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath shares the proper and successful chemical-free ways to care for your roses. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.

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Ep. 74 Removing Mulch From Spring Bulbs

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Mike McGrath reveals exactly when to remove that mulch to help plants emerge safely.

Episode 74: Removing Mulch From Spring Bulbs

Did you mulch your spring bulbs and perennials over the winter? On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals exactly when to remove that mulch to help plants emerge safely in the spring. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.

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Episode 74: Removing Mulch From Spring Bulbs

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Ep. 73 Sand Into Soil

Episode 73: Turning Sand into Perfect Garden Soil

On this week's episode, host Mike McGrath reveals the best way to turn sand into garden soil as he answers a listener's question from Australia.

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Episode 73: Turning Sand into Perfect Garden Soil

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Ep. 72 Successful Seed Starting

Episode 72: Tackling Successful Seed Growing

On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath discusses the basics of successful seed starting for plants such as peppers and tomatoes. Additionally, Mike interviews the director of the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware on the topic of native plants.

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Episode 72: Tackling Successful Seed Growing

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Ep. 71 Are Foxes Good or Bad for your Backyard?

Episode 71: Are Foxes Good or Bad for your Backyard?


On Today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath discusses the pros and cons of having a fox living in your yard. They do eat mice and voles, but they can also can be a nuisance. And of course, we take your fabulous phone calls.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 70 Your Plant's Health

Episode 70: Coffee Grounds and Stove Ashes can Improve Your Plant's Health

On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath explains how to correctly use coffee grounds and ashes from a hardwood stove to help improve plants' health. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.

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Episode 69: Heirloom Apples

Episode 69: The Mission to Preserve America's Heritage Apples

On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath speaks with a gentleman whose mission is to find, name and preserve America's heritage apples. And of course, we take your fabulous phone calls.

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Episode 68: Curing Garden Beds of Weeds and Disease

Episode 68: Curing Garden Beds of Weeds and Disease

Are you gardens overrun with weeds and disease? On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath reveals a way to cure your garden beds, if you're willing to let your gardening plot take a summer off.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 67

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Episode 67: Ethics of fallen leaves

Is it acceptable to use fallen leaves for garden mulch and compost making or should we leave them alone? And of course, Mike McGrath takes your fabulous phone calls.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 66

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Episode 66: What are the legal and landscape dangers of planting bamboo?

Fresh Look: On today's episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath tells us why that beautiful stand of running bamboo at your neighbor's home will soon be yours, too. Of course, Mike takes lots of your fabulous phone calls.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 65

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Episode 65: What is the best way to remove poison Ivy? And why do flea beetles love chemical fertilizers?

A Fresh Look: Mike McGrath marks the 20th year of continuous episodes of You Bet Your Garden on public broadcasting and the first show out of our headquarters at Lehigh Valley Public Media. 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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Episode 64: Answering Your Holiday Gardening Questions

Organic Gardening Editor-in-Chief Mike McGrath tackles your toughest garden questions.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 63

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Episode 63: Ticks & Tricks- Reduce Tick Populations in Your Yard

On today's YBYG, Mike McGrath reveals ways to severely reduce the number of ticks in your yard as well as how to guarantee you won't get bitten. Plus, hear about a few more holiday gift ideas for gardeners.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep. 62

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Episode 62: Mike McGrath interviews Sonja Michaluk, New Jersey high school science fair winner.

On this week's YBYG, Mike McGrath interviews Sonja Michaluk, New Jersey high school science fair winner, who discusses her project on measuring the DNA of midges to determine the health of local waterways. Additionally, Mike suggests three more gardening books for holiday gift ideas in case you still need something for the gardener in your life.

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Episode 61: Gardening Books as Holiday Gifts & Sneak Peek of the Philadelphia Flower Show

Need gift ideas for the gardeners in your life? On today's YBYG, Mike McGrath shares three books on gardening that also make perfect holiday gifts. Plus, Sam Lemheney, designer of the famed Philadelphia Flower Show, reveals what they have in store for the show in March 2020.

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Episode 60: Mike McGrath Reveals the Safest Ways to Prune Evergreens and Holly

The holidays are fast approaching! Are you ready? Today on YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals the safest ways to take cuttings from your evergreens and holly, revealing the timing for holiday greens success.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 59

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Episode 59: Getting Rid of Those Pesky Laternflies

On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath tackles the dreaded Spotted Lanternfly, the pesky and invasive insects that seem to be taking over everything. We'll explain what they are and explore the best ways to get rid of them so that your garden stays healthy and happy.

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Episode 58: Are leaf blowers only good for making noise?

Think again! On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath tells us how to make magnificent mulch and commendable compost with the help of electrically-powered blower-vacs! Plus, do you know what it takes for a plant to be awarded a gold medal?

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 57

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Episode 57 : What can you do with leftover straw bales?

On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath tells us why you should leave the straw for the scarecrows this season, instead of using it to reduce yields in your garden. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 56

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Episode 56: A Fresh Look at Pruning Problems and Fig Trees

In this episode, we travel back in time with Mike McGrath to talk about what to do if the spirit of Martha Stewart is haunting you to pick up your pruners & why your fig tree is still not producing figs. Plus, we sit down to talk about the 21st year of the Empty Bowl Dinner.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep. 55

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Episode 55 : Let's Consolidate Your Compost Confidence!

We’re talking all things compost on this episode of You Bet Your Garden with Mike McGrath! He’ll walk us through compost conundrums and queries & as always, take your phone call questions!We’re talking all things compost on this episode of You Bet Your Garden with Mike McGrath! He’ll walk us through compost conundrums and queries & as always, take your phone call questions!

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You Bet Your Garden Ep. 54

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Episode 54 : Stop! Don't tame those rampant runners!

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath explains why now is NOT the time to cut back overgrown plants, despite the fact that your climbing roses are climbing to the stars. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call questions show!

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 53

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Episode 53 : Is your garlic in the ground yet?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us all about garlic: what to plant, how to plant it, how to harvest and what to do with your harvest! Plus we hear some folk songs about lantern flies and other pests.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep. 52

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Episode 52 : A Fresh Look At : Got Ivy Growing Up Your Trees?

On this 'fresh look' episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us why ivy growing up a tree may or may not be a reason insurance companies could cancel a policy. Plus, Adrian Higgins from the Washington Post talks with us about why Bradford Pear trees might be the worst tree of all time and, as always, an extra heaping helping of your phone calls.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 51

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Episode 51 : Name That Pest! Sawfly Edition

On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath helps us name that pest and tell us what to do if Sawflies are wilting down your willow trees. Plus, we talk products that actually don’t protect you from mosquito bites. And, as always, we take your fabulous phone call questions!

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Episode 50 : What's NOT on a deer's menu of choice?

Deer need to eat 6-10 pounds of greenery a day, but what plants can you grow in your garden that aren’t on their list of top options? On today’s episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath gives us some advice on what to do! Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call show!

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Episode 49 : What kind of buzzing bee is living in your lawn?

On this episode of YBYG, our host Mike McGrath breaks down the difference between spring-time, non-stinging, native bees & late summer, aggressive yellow jackets. He also tells us how to deal with the potential danger living below the grass. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call show!

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You Bet Your Garden Ep. 48

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Episode 48 : What is the best out-of-season greenhouse?

Many gardeners who live in cold climate dream about growing plants in greenhouses. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells is why the inside of your home might be the best place to grow out of season.

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You Bet Your Garden Ep: 47

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Episode 47 : Are evil squirrels eating your tomatoes & tree fruits?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals several ways you can try and stop those “long-tailed servants of Satan” before they get to your plants. We also talk to a researcher from the Smithsonian who explains the connection between dangerously bitter squash and wooly mammoths! And, as always, we take your phone call questions!

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