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Glacial rock dust, remineralization and fertilizer

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Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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

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Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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
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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.

Pollinizers and pollinators--there's a difference!

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Do your fruit trees have what it takes to get good fruit production--the right pollen?
Ah, the month of March, on nicer days, the fruit trees are filled with scented blossoms and…insects, doing what they do, collecting and distributing pollen. But is it the "right" pollen? Your fruit production depends on it being right. This month, host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert discuss pollinizers--the plants that supply the pollen to your fruit trees and bushes. Sometimes it is the same flower or tree, but more often it has to be another tree and variety. Do you have what it takes?

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Seeds: finding, ordering, starting, transplanting

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk seeds, seed starting, and planting bareroot trees.
It's February, the month a gardener's thoughts turn to…seeds and seed catalogs. Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk seeds, seed starting, and planting bareroot trees. It's too early to plant most seeds and transplant seedlings, but time to get started on planning.

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Pruning dormant fruits

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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It's cold and damp and January...and time to be pruning fruits, especially grapes and kiwis
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It's cold, damp, and January. Plants are dormant. That means it's pruning time for many fruits. Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert will discuss the whens and hows of dormant pruning of grapes, kiwis, cane berries, fruit trees, and whatever else. Plus, can we dig around in the soil now? We know.

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

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

3rd annual beekeeping edition on The Dirtbag

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The Dirtbag
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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
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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
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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

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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.

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The Urban Growth Bounty: Gardening in the City

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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