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3rd annual beekeeping edition on The Dirtbag

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Ever thought of keeping bees? Tune in to learn about first steps and other oppourtunies to keep bees
It's the 3rd annual beekeeping edition on The Dirtbag! And why not, as December is an excellent time for edible gardeners to think about, plan for, then order seeds or fruiting plants for the  garden…and this year, we urge you to consider the idea of planting a little something for the honey bees, too. Host--and beekeeper--Glen Andresen welcomes representatives of two area beekeeping associations, Tim Wessels from Portland Urban Beekeepers and Tom Chester from Portland Metro Beekeepers. Both will talk about getting started in beekeeping and events that each association is offering during the upcoming year. And even if you don't take up beekeeping, you can always help out by planting tasty pollen and nectar plants for honey bees.

Is your garden ready for cold weather?

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert offer tips on cold-proofing your tender fruits and veggies.
Is your garden ready for cold weather? Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert offer tips on cold-proofing your tender fruits and veggies. Also, suggestions on how to get your garden beds ready now for spring planting.

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

HOS All About Fruit Show; planting garlic; October in the honey bee hive

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Is the All About Fruit Show the largest fruit tasting event in North America? Plus planting garlic.
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert try to convice you that the upcoming Home Orchard Society All About Fruit Show is THEE fruit tasting event in the Pac NW, if not North America! Plus Jim  will bring us up to speed on his latest fruit-finding trip--this time to Korea for persimmons. And, since this is the month, tips on planting easy-to-grow garlic.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month--call us with your favorite variety of apple, have a new Garden Stumper (sorry, no tickets this month), and let you know what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Guest John Salveit (master grafter); fermentation; eating weeds

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen welcomes John Saltveit, master grafter, to discuss fermentation and eating weeds

Host Glen Andresen welcomes back John Saltveit, master grafter of fruit trees and major garden experimenter, as you will see! We'll also discuss food fermentation and eating weeds.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (edible weeds--we know, rather unusual...), a new Garden Stumper (with the winners getting tickets to the September 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.

Harvest pears

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert talk pears: types, varieties, harvesting, storage and ripening.
It's August, and that means some pears are ready to be picked. Do you know what type of pears you have? Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk pears: types, varieties, harvesting, storage and ripening.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (moss--we know, rather unusual...), a new Garden Stumper (with the winners getting tickets to the August 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.

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

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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.

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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