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Permaculture educator Marisha Auerbach, plus general pruning

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Permaculture educator Marisha Auerbach talks small space permaculture design. Plus grape pruning.
Host Glen Andresen…and somewhat perennial guest Jim Gilbert...welcome permacutlure educator Marisha Auerbach to discuss how permaculture gardening can work in your city garden. Marisha specializes in food production, ecology, and useful plants, and will gladly offer her advice. Also, this is the month for grape pruning so some tips to take the mystery out of this task. We'll also have kind of a nuts and bolts session on pruning in general and how to plant a bare-root plant.

Pruning persimmon and kiwis, mulch materials, and chilling hours.

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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It's time for dormant pruning, especially kiwis and persimmon. Plus ideas for mulch materials.
Host Glen Andresen is happy to have guest Jim Gilbert back, and it's a good thing as we have lots to talk about, including pruning kiwis and persimmons, suggestions about what you can use for mulch, and a topic to maybe to make you feel a bit better about cold weather--chilling hours and why many plants need them to thrive. And, do you know when to capitalize named varieties of fruits and vegetables? Let us know what you think!

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (Triple Crown blackberry), quiz you with a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The fourth annual beekeeping edition

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen talks bees and beekeeping with Bill Catherall and Tim Wessels
It's the fourth annual beekeeping edition of The Dirtbag. Host Glen Andresen welcomes Bill Catherall, the president of Portland Urban Beekeepers, to talk about the organization and it's upcoming Bee School. Tim Wessels returns to the show to talk about the OSU Bee Lab and the Oregon Master Beekeeper program. He'll also have an update on the Bridgetown Bees local queen bee-breeding project.

Have a bee-related question? This is your month to call in and get it answered. As always, we'll a have a new Plant of the Month (winter-blooming bee plants), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Growing nuts in western Oregon; blooming plants in November

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Growing nuts in western Oregon, even almonds; plus blooming plants to brighten your November days
Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert talk about growing nuts in western Oregon (yes, insert your own joke here). And even though we are losing more than two minutes of daylight just about every day in November, there are blooming plants to brighten your way. We will let you know about some of our favorites.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (almonds in western Oregon), quiz you with a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Planting garlic and cover crops, favorite apples

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
It's October, time to plant garlic and cover crops, transplanting, and our favorite apples
Host Glen Andresen is pleased to have Jim Gilbert back in the co-pilot seat after his trip to Italy. October is the prime month to plant garlic and cover crops, and, after the rains come, transplanting just about anything!

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (ours--and yours--favorite apples), quiz you with a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Food forests, edible weeds, medicinal plants...and crazy grafts

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen welcomes back John Saltveit to discuss his productive gardening style.
Host Glen Andresen welcomes back John Saltveit to talk about edible weeds, food forests, and, as our Plant of the Month, medicinal plants. We'll also hear about his numerous--and sometimes crazy--fruit tree grafts.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Gardening experiments

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert want to hear about your gardening experiments
This month, host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert want to hear about your gardening experiments this year--and will share some of their own, including Jim's sea berry breeding program.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (pineapple guava), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Summer pruning, hot weather irrigation, apricots in western Oregon

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk summer pruning, watering in hot weather, and apricots.
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk summer pruning of fruit trees, watering in prolonged HOT weather, apricots, and Jim's Sea Berry breeding experiment in Goldendale, Washington.

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Glacial rock dust, remineralization and fertilizer

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
What is glacial rock dust...and how is it different from fertilizer?
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert discuss glacial rock dust and how it pertains to remineralizing your garden soil. And while we're at it, what exactly is "fertilizer" anyway?

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Battling slugs in the veggie garden

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen discusses a dozen methods (mimimum!) of slug control
Host Glen Andresen discusses that No. 1 pest in the vegetable garden, slugs, and ways to keep them in check.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (beets), 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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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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The Dirtbag
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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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The Dirtbag
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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

Program name: 
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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