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Bud grafting fruit trees; tips for harvesting fruits and veggies at their peak; cherries

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert discuss the bud graft method for building fruit trees.

July and August are the ideal months to build fruit trees using the bud grafting method; tune in to hear host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert discuss this method. Plus, a discussion about when and how to pick fruits and veggies at their peak.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (cherries), a new Garden Stumper (with the winners getting tickets to the July film at the Portland EcoFilm Festival at the Hollywood Theater!), and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The fall and winter veggie garden

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Now's the time for starting veggies for fall and winter harvest. What plants, when and how.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk about which veggies to start now for fall and winter harvest. And those veggies are this month's Plant of the month.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions; a new Garden Stumper (with the winners getting tickets to the June film at the Portland EcoFilm Festival at the Hollywood Theater!); and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Thinning fruits and veggies

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Glen & Jim take on the hard-to-do task of thinning both fruits and veggies. Plus easier pest control

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert take on the hard-to-muster-the-will task of thinning both fruits and veggies. But thin you must. Plus easier methods of garden pest control.

As always, we'll have a new Plant of the Month (sea berry); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Easy to more complex methods of composting

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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It's always a good time to compost--and it doesn't have to be hard or time-consuming.

It's always a good time to compost, and this month host Glen Andresen discusses easy and more complex methods of composting.

As always, we'll have a new Plant of the Month (chard); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Growing veggies in containers

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Growing veggies in containers with author Maggie Stuckey

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome gardening book author Maggie Stuckey to talk about growing vegetables in containers.

As always, we'll have a new Plant of the Month (Maggies favorite plants to grow in containers); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey be hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Pruning grapes,kiwis, and blueberries; growing citrus in Portland

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Pruning grapes and kiwis; planting and caring for blueberries; growing citrus in Portland
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk February gardening tasks, including a discussion on pruning grapes and kiwis. Plus, ever thought of growing citrus in Portland? You can, and Jim will tell you how.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (blueberries); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey be hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Chip Bubl: Veggies and Nitrogen

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Chip Bubl to discuss cold-damaged plants and soil nitrogen.
Host Glen Andresen welcomes back Columbia County OSU Extension Service Agricultural Agent Chip Bubl to talk veggies: what's hot, and what's not--that is, what to do about cold-damaged plants. Also, Chip will talk about the importance of having the right amount of nitrogen in the soil--and when.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (Chip's favorite veggie varieties); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

2nd annual beekeeping edition; and evaluating plant health after the arctic blast

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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2nd annual beekeeping edition--keeping honey bees in the city; and caring for plants after the cold
It's the 2nd annual beekeeping edition! Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome Portland Urban Beekeepers (PUB) president Tim Wessels to talk about beekeeping in the city--it's advantages, it's pitfalls, it's rewards. And we'll talk about Tim and Glen's queen honey bee rearing project in the heart of Northeast Portland. In the second half of the show, Jim and Glen will discuss the aftermath of the arctic cold blast and how to evaluate your plants' health.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (good nectar and pollen plants for honey bees); a new bee-related Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey be hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Persimmons, parsnips, and leaves

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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When and how to harvest persimmon and parsnips; what to do with all those leaves
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk persimmons and parsnips, and when and how to harvest them. Plus a discussion of what to do with all those leaves!

As always, a new Plant of the Month (rootstock for grafting fruit trees, part 2); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Converting lawn to garden beds; planting garlic and cover crops

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Steps on how to convert your lawn to garden beds; planting garlic and cover crops.
Converting lawn to garden beds
Host Glen Andresen discusses how to convert lawn (or a weed patch) to garden beds in about two easy steps. Now is the time to plant garlic and cover crops--listen in to get tips on how to do both. As always, a new Plant of the Month (rootstock for grafting fruit trees, part I); a new Garden Stumper; and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month. The Dirtbag. Listen, laugh, learn.

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Not much gardening this month, so this month's Dirtbag is the first annual beekeeping edition.

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Wed, 12/12/2012

You've got to admit that there is not much going on in the garden this month -- which makes it a perfect time to make December's Dirtbag a beekeeping edition! Host Glen Andresen welcomes four guests (Jim is off this month so he can meet with the governor) for the full hour to talk bees: Carolyn Breece, research assistant at the OSU Bee Lab, will outline the Oregon Master Beekeeper program; Tim Wessels, president of Portland Urban Beekeepers, will talk about starting out and keeping bees in the city; author Rosanna Mattingly will discuss her new book Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does...and answer ANY of your bee questions; and Nick Erickson, owner of Creative Landscapes, will handle this month's Plant of the Month with suggestions of excellent bee plants for your front, side and back yards.

And, as usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz and, this month, answers to your beekeeping questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 53:04 minutes (48.58 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

A primer on summer pruning of fruit trees. Plus summer gardening basics.

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 07/11/2012

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert devote the next two month's shows to some summer gardening basics: composting, watering, weeding, care during hot weather, potted plants...and your questions.

Also, a primer on the when, where and why of summer pruning of fruit trees. And the Plant of the Month for July is green beans.

And, as usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz, what's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and answers to your garden questions.

  • Length: 50:45 minutes (46.46 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Guest Steve Cohen talks about the updated Portland code dealing with farming and food distribution

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Wed, 06/13/2012

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome (back) Steven Cohen, who manages food policy and programs for the city of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He will talk about the recently updated city code that deals with farming and food distribution within Portland city limits. If you have questions about what and where you can grow things (like in the parking strip), and how many (like chickens), give a listen and then call in.

Our Plant (or plants, this time) of the Month are gooseberries and currants.

And, as usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz, what's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and answers to your garden questions.

  • Length: 53:20 minutes (48.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Vertical gardening. Plant of the Month: cucumbers. Honey bee topic this month: swarming.

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Wed, 05/09/2012

t's May, and that means it's prime planting time. Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert tackle the topic of planting and growing vegetables vertically. Plant of the Month is cucumbers. And in the What's Happening in the Honey Bee Hive this month, the topic is swarming!

As usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to your garden questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 38:08 minutes (34.91 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Guest Jerry Shroyer talks fruit tree grafting and host Glen Andresen talks composting.

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Wed, 03/14/2012

It's time for grafting fruit trees, and veteran fruit tree grafter Jerry Shroyer with the Home Orchard Society will join host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert to talk about the big Fruit Propagation Fair that is scheduled to take place this Saturday, March 17 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby.

Plus, a discussion of how easy it is to start composting your yard debris and kitchen veggie and fruit trimmings.

As always, there will be 1) a new Garden Stumper quiz; 2) a new Plant of the Month: PEAS; 3) What's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and 4) answers  to your gardening and composting questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 58:18 minutes (26.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

February Garden Tasks, Siting a New Vegetable Garden and More

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 02/08/2012

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert tackle timely February garden tasks, including siting a new vegetable garden or fruit orchard, soil preparation, timing and more.

Plus a new Garden Stumper quiz; a new Plant of the Month: Cornelian cherry; what's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and answers  to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 43:26 minutes (39.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Dirtbag on 01/11/12

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 01/11/2012

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert tackle another timely topic: dormant pruning. If your fruit trees are about the size you want them, now is NOT the time to prune--that would be mid-summer. But if your fruit trees are too big, need some shaping help, or tend to overbear one year and not the next, then tune in for some practical advice on pruning. Plus a discussion of new and exciting fruit and veggie varieties, garden catalogs, and upcoming gardening events and classes.

As always, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz; a new Plant of the Month: cabbage; What's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and answers  to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 51:45 minutes (47.37 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Dirtbag on 12-14-11

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The Dirtbag
program date: 
Fri, 12/23/2011
 
 

Baby, it's cold outside, and that's the perfect opportunity for host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert to talk about chill hour requirements for fruit trees. Also, what's being harvested from your garden in December? Plus some gardening gift ideas, including tools and books.

As always, there will be 1) a new Garden Stumper quiz, 2) a new Plant of the Month: medlar, 3) what's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and 4) answers  to your gardening questions (or at least an attempt).

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 55:53 minutes (51.16 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Fruit tree chill requirements; gardening gift ideas; winter harvesting

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The Dirtbag
program date: 
Wed, 12/14/2011
Baby, it's cold outside, and that's the perfect opportunity for host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert to talk about chill hour requirements for fruit trees. Also, what's being harvested from your garden in December? Plus some gardening gift ideas, including tools and books.

As always, there will be 1) a new Garden Stumper quiz, 2) a new Plant of the Month: medlar, 3) what's going on in the honey bee hive this month, and 4) answers  to your gardening questions (or at least an attempt).

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 55:54 minutes (51.18 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Dirtbag on 11/09/11

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The Dirtbag
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Sat, 11/12/2011

Host Glen Andresen is joined by Jim Gilbert to talk about fall-bearing fruits such as persimmons, jujubes, and pineapple guava. Also, a plea to not let those leaves go to waste--a discussion of ways gardeners can use those free leaves in the garden. Plus, a new segment: "What's happening in the hive this month?"--a look at the goings-on inside and out of a honey bee hive this time of year.

And, as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz, Plant of the Month (persimmons), and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 52:48 minutes (48.34 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Playlists

The Dirtbag playlist for 10/17/2009

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
10/17/2009
ArtistTitle
S Colemansign and seal
Denis Colinsomething trio
Jason Moransoundtrack to human motion
lionel LouekeKaribu
Arthur BlytheHipmotism
Ira Jane BloomSlalom
Wayne ShorterAll Seeing Eye
John ColtraneSheets of Sound
Etienne CharlesFolklore

 

Comments

March 10, 2010 Garden Stumper

March 10, 2010 Garden Stumper quiz

QUESTION: What apple varieties get pollinated by Gravenstein apple trees?

ANSWER: None! Gravenstein's are triploid, meaning they have three sets of chromosomes. If you want to get apples on your gravenstein tree, you will need to have another apple variety within bee range. And here's the tricky part, if you want to get apples on the second tree, your will need a THIRD apple variety within bee range to pollinate it!

 

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