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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” your soil!

Mike McGrath tells us if serviceberry deserves tough love if it's 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. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call question show.

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Episode 43: Maybe we were wrong about hostas

The shade loving hosta plant was a 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, it's a fabulous phone call questions show!

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Episode 41 : Are hostas a threat or a menace?

Hostas thrive in the shade so well that some people consider them weeds. Host Mike McGrath answers the ultimate question: hostas, threat or menace?

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

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, it's a phone call extravaganza!

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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 it's 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. Mike McGrath gives us a heads up on what to look for when buying. Plus, Mike talks with master seed-supplier, Renee Shepherd, and discusses selecting seeds for flavor. As always, we take your fabulous phone calls.

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Episode 37 : Have your squash plants ever collapsed?

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 and 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? Mike McGrath explains why you should never handle them and name the real drama queens who require the most delicate care. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show.

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Episode 35 : Greenhouses - what are they good for?

Greenhouses are great for starting plants and 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. This special episode from last month highlights the wide range of materials and soils you can buy in bulk, plus what to do when soil tests give rogue results.

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Episode 33 : Can rosemary deter insects and 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 pests like mosquitos -- just in time for planting.

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Episode 32 : Does "improving the soil" help new 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?

Mike McGrath suggests three books you should read if you're looking to learn about the idea of the perfect lawn and how pesticides became popular despite their lack of efficacy. 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 and answers your phone call questions.

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Episode 29 : Can you have too much organic matter in soil?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike gets us ready for International Compost Awareness Week and 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!

Mike McGrath reveals how he accidentally conquered an allegedly-invincible rose virus. Plus, a United Nations Researcher comes to the Lehigh Valley to learn about how sustainable agriculture can help fight hunger.

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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 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 26 : Are oak leaves really that troublesome?

On this week's episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath reveals why oak leaves really aren't so bad and tells you how to use all kinds of leaves for your spring planting. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show!

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Episode 25 : What gardening book should you read next?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us about the three books about gardening that he recommends. You'll never look at roses, figs or pawpaws the same way again! As always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions!

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Episode 24 : Who is to blame for your plants being eaten?

Our host Mike McGrath tells us why slugs or snails should be your first suspects when you find your plants have been eaten overnight. Plus, the many ways to rid the slimy creatures from your garden and a heaping handful of your phone call questions.

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Episode 23 : How to start your own plants from seeds

Looking to plant some seeds this season? On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath explains how to produce starts that are better than what you'll find at home and garden centers! As always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions.

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Episode 22 : Rewind - tomato troubles & backyard chickens

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath gives us a fresh look at previous episodes while he's traveling across the country! Mike tells us how to avoid tomato troubles this summer and talks about how to make backyard chickens feel like part of the family.

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Episode 21 : What can you do to banish fruit flies?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us the best way to get rid of unwanted insects and to banish fruit flies. And as always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions!

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Episode 20 : All you need to know about growing tomatoes

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells you what you need to know about growing tomatoes from seeds, from planting to preserving.

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Episode 19 : What are the rules for growing sweet corn?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us the eight rules to follow if you want to get that delicious taste of summer in your sweet corn. Plus, Mike takes your phone call questions.

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Episode 18 : Suffering from blossom end rot?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells us why egg shells might be the answer to blossom end rot and the surprising number of plants that those egg shells can help out. Plus, we preview the Philadelphia Flower Show!

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Episode 17 : When should you prune winterberry?

On this week's episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us how and when you should prune your winterberry plants and why these plants are useful to birds (and holiday decor). Otherwise, it's a fabulous phone call question show!

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Episode 16 : How to grow your own multicolored lupines

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us how to grow some show-stopping multicolored lupines for your garden. We also take a look at Burnside Plantation's recreation of classic gardens. And, as always, Mike takes your phone call questions.

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Episode 15 : How can you perennial-ize your poinsettias?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us how to move on from your cut Christmas trees and how to perennial-ize your poinsettias. Plus, we talk about the Seed Farm -- a farm that grows farmers. Plus plenty of your fabulous phone calls.

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Episode 14 : What are the landscape dangers of bamboo?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, 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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Episode 13 : Celebrating the 20th continuous year of YBYG

In this week's episode, we travel back in time with Mike to revisit the first episode of horticultural hijinks at the PBS39 Studios in Bethlehem, PA. We also mark the 20th year of continuous episodes of You Bet Your Garden on public broadcasting.

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Episode 12 : Is the Bradford Pear tree really the worst?

On this 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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Episode 11 : What's to blame for tearing up your lawn?

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

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Episode 10 : Is it bad to cut a tree's branches to a stump?

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 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 : How do I fireproof my Christmas tree?

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.

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

Mike McGrath reveals what is really going on when carpenter ants are found in your tree or terrace and 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?

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 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 in spring?

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 : How can I help my tomatoes during the summer?

On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells you why your tomatoes didn't do 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 : Why is your fig tree still not producing figs?

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 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.

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Episode 3 : What type of scarab beetle devoured your roses?

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 devoured your roses this summer and takes your phone calls.

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Episode 2 : Why are so many flowers and plants blooming?

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?

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 happy, and of course, phone calls!

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