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

Program: 
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

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
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.

Portland Ecofilm Festival, Pawpaws, composting, hardening off veggie starts

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Dawn Smallman, curator of the Portland Ecofilm Festival, talks about the gardening-related films
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome back Dawn Smallman, curator of the 2015 Portland Ecofilm Festival, to talk about the festival and specifically some of the more gardening-related films. And you know what that means? Yes, ticket giveaways! Listen for multiple Garden Stumper questions and call in with the correct answer to win tickets. We'll also be talking compost and composting and the importance of hardening off your veggie starts.

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Audio

The Urban Growth Bounty: Gardening in the City

program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

 Host Glen Andresen welcomes Steve Cohen from the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council, to talk about Urban Growth Bounty, a series of late winter and spring gardening classes presented by the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development.

 

Rain Gardens and Storm Water Management

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008

 Host Glen Andresen welcomes Candace Stoughton, East Multnomah Soil and Conservation District rain garden specialist,  to discuss the possibility of using edible plants in a rain garden. Candace works on urban conservation issues with a current focus on sustainable stormwater management. She has expertise in low impact development methods that protect streams and rivers from urban stormwater runoff.

 When a landscape is covered in natural vegetation, most rainfall soaks into the ground. As we start adding roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and streets to the landscape, much of the rainfall can’t soak into the ground anymore.  This can create a lot of problems for people and for our streams.

 

Rain gardens hold stormwater runoff and allow it to soak into the ground naturally.  This  helps reduce the amount of pollution that gets into our streams.  It also maintains the natural hydrology so streams don’t go dry during dry spells.

Rain gardens are becoming “all the rage” because:

  1. Are an easy way for all of us to do our part to protect our streams and rivers.
  2. Are planted with beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance perennial plants.
  3. Provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.

Yes, you CAN plant edibles in your Rain Garden!  Listen in and find out how...

 

 

The DirtBag's November Gardening Tips

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 11/09/2008

 Host Glen Andresen gives helpful gardening tips for fall and winter.

 

Tasting Unusual Fruits at the Harvest Festival

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 09/07/2008

Ted Swensen from the Home Orchard Society joins host Glen Andresen to talk about unusual and unique fruit that is available for tasting at the Harvest Festival.

 

The Dirtbag: Expert Harriet Fasenfest on preserving foods.

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 08/10/2008

Host Glen Andreson and guest Harriet Fasenfest, of Portland Preserve, discuss extending the growing season in the kitchen through preserving foods.

 

Training Cane Berries

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 07/13/2008

Host Glen Andresen discusses the various techniques used to corral, train, and trellis raspberries, blackberries and other cane berries. Plus listeners' gardening questions.

Fruit Trees and Espaliering

program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2008

Host Glen Andresen talks about the practice known as "espalier," the pruning and training of fruit trees along flat trellises or walls.

DirtBag with Chip Bubl on seeds

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 05/11/2008

Glen Andresen sorts out the pros and cons of heirloom, hybrid and genetically modified vegetable seeds with Columbia County OSU Extension Agriculture Faculty member Chip Bubl.

The DirtBag on Beneficial Insects

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 04/13/2008

Host Glen Andresen discusses food for beneficial insects including pollen, nectar...and aphids!

Using Wood Chips in the Garden

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program: 
The Dirtbag
program date: 
Sun, 03/09/2008

Host Glen Andresen busts myths about using wood chips in the garden.

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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