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Persimmons, parsnips, and leaves

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The Dirtbag
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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

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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.

The Dirtbag on 09/11/13

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 09/11/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen welcomes John Salveit to talk about his food forest and growing unusual fruits
John Salveit talks about his food forest.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome John Salveit to talk about his food forest, growing unusual fruits, and his grafting experiments. And quince…he knows quince.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (spinach as a cover crop); a new Garden Stumper quiz (with actual prizes again this month--tickets to the September 12 showing of "Cafeteria Man" at the Hollywood Theatre's 1st Annual Portland EcoFilm Festival); what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 08/14/13

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 08/14/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The when and how of picking fruit and vegetables at just the right time in just the right manner
The when and how of picking fruit and vegetables at just the right time in just the right manner

Just in time for it's August peak, host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert tackle the topic of harvesting--the when and how of picking fruit and vegetables at just the right time in just the right manner.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (pears); a new Garden Stumper quiz (with actual prizes again this month--tickets to the September 12 showing of "Cafeteria Man" at the Hollywood Theatre's 1st Annual Portland EcoFilm Festival); what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 07/10/13

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Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Summer pruning of fruit trees; espalier primer; growing parsnips

It may be summertime, but you can't take it easy in the garden. July is the perfect time to prune fruit trees, and host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert will discuss what to do and how to prune your home orchard. Plus, a short primer on espaliering.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (parnsips); a new Garden Stumper quiz (with actual prizes this month--tickets to "More Than Honey" at the Hollywood Theatre's 1st Annual Portland EcoFilm Festival); what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 06/12/13

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Garden irrigation methods; tasks for the June garden; what's happening in the honey bee hive

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk garden irrigation: methods, types, water amounts, costs and more. Plus tasks at hand in the June garden.

As always, a new Plant of the Month (honeyberries); a new Garden Stumper quiz (with actual prizes this month--tickets to the Hollywood Theatre's 1st Annual Portland EcoFilm Festival!); what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 05/08/13

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Wed, 05/08/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Portland Fruit Tree Project director Katy Kolker; May veggie gardening; honey bee happenings

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome Portland Fruit Tree Project Executive Director Katy Kolker to talk about the project's harvest program, community orchards, and other community building opportunities.

May is the month the veggie gardening really ramps up, and with this weather we've had, it's time to get going!

As usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz; the Plant of the Month--zucchini; what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your garden questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 04/10/13

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Hollywood Theatre EcoFilm Festival; Asian pears; what's going on in the honey bee hive

Something a little different this month on The Dirtbag as Dawn Smallman and Doug Whyte from the Hollywood Theatre join host Glen Andresen to talk about the upcoming Portland EcoFilm Festival. Some of the subjects of the films include soil, fruit, and honey...subjects near and dear to Glen, guest Jim Gilbert, and Dirtbag listeners.

As usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz (and EcoFilm Festival tickets to the winner!); the Plant of the Month--Asian pears, now in full bloom; what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your garden questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

 

The Dirtbag on 03/13/13

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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Home Orchard Society Fruit Propagation Fair; beneficial insect-attracting plants for pest control

Host Glen Andresen welcomes back Home Orchard Society president Joanie Cooper to talk about the March 17 Fruit Propagation Fair at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby. Guest Jim Gilbert will tell us about his recent trip to the midwest to gather scion wood from American persimmon and paw paw.

As usual, there will be a new Garden Stumper quiz; the Plant of the Month--beneficial insect-attracting plants; what's going on in the honey bee hive this month; and answers to your garden questions.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 02/13/13

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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A discussion of weeds with specialist Mitch Bixby; plus worms, and citrus, our plant of the month

February is the month that weeds can really start to grow, not only in your garden beds, but also in your neighbors' yards and in wild areas. To help get a handle on all these weeds and strategies to combat them, host Glen Andresen welcomes Mitch Bixby, Botanic Specialist with the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, on behalf of the The Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington County Cooperative Weed Management Area (informally known as the 4-County CWMA). The partnership exists to create and support collaborative weed management among land managers and owners in and around the greater metropolitan area of Portland Oregon.

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The Urban Growth Bounty: Gardening in the City

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The Dirtbag
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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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The Dirtbag
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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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The Dirtbag
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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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The Dirtbag
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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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The Dirtbag
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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
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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

 

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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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