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The Dirtbag on 12/08/10

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Wed, 12/08/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Master Gardener program w/ Weston Miller, and Harriet Fasenfest on cooking w/ winter produce

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome OSU Extension Horticulturist Weston Miller to talk about the OSU Master Gardener program (and the Organic Master Gardener program, too) and its emphasis on sustainable gardening. And for the second half, Harriet Fasenfest returns to talk about her new book, A Householder's Guide to the Universe: A Calendar of Basics for the Home and Beyond. She'll also talk about cooking (and storing) fall and winter produce, and whatever else tickles her fancy.

The Dirtbag on 11/10/10

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Wed, 11/10/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Fall and winter fruit tree care, plus 38 ways to love your leaves

Are your fruit trees ready for the spring? Now is the time to start preparing those trees for winter and spring. Jim Gilbert joins host Glen Andresen to offer sound fruit tree advice on what to do when and how to do it--and of course it's all organic. Plus an explanation of late blight that hit virtually all tomatoes in the Portland area this year.

Also on this show, Glen has a list of about 38 ways to love your leaves (perhaps you've noticed there are plenty this year...). And as always a new Garden Stumper quiz and listener questions.

Listen, laugh, learn.

The Dirtbag on 10/13/10

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Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Mystery host? Paw paws. And it's time to plant cover crops and garlic.

Will host Glen Andresen be through with his jury duty trial by The Dirtbag show time? Will deliberations mean that Andrew Geller will be sitting in for Glen? In either event, Jim Gilbert from One Green World will be on hand to talk about his recent travels to the midwest where he attended events concerning paw paws and American persimmons. And either Glen or Andrew and Jim will talk about planting common and uncommon cover crops. Plus it's time to plant garlic.

 

All this along with your chance to pick up some great plants from One Green World as thank you gifts when you renew or start your KBOO membership during the show.

The Dirtbag on 09/08/10

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Wed, 09/08/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Trapping the new fruit fly pest and What are the bees telling us?"

Host Glen Andresen and permanent guest Jim Gilbert are joined in the studio by Emmy Pagett and film director Taggart Siegel ("The Real Dirt on Farmer John"). In the first segment, Emmy will talk about her summer's work trapping the new fruit fly pest, the Spotted Wing Drosophila.

In the second segment, Taggart, along with producer Jon Betz and beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman (who is in the film) will talk about Taggart's new film on honey bees, "Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?" This new film will have it's national premiere on September 17th right here in Portland at the historic Hollywood Theatre. (www.queenofthesun.com)

Plus a dandy new Garden Stumper quiz!

The Dirtbag on 08/11/10

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Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Rose Marie Nichols joins The Dirtbag to talk about being in the seed business.

Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert of One Green World welcome Rose Marie Nichols from Nichols Garden Nursery to talk about being in the seed business. And since Rose Marie is the co-author of the book Bountiful Container, we'll followup on our June Dirtbag show on container gardening and ask for her expert advice! (No Garden Stumper or listener questions this month as the show was taped ahead of time.)

The Dirtbag on 07/14/10

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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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CCC horticulture instructor Bruce Nelson talks about rainwater collection systems.

Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert of One Green World welcome Clackamas Community College horticultual instructor Bruce Nelson to talk about rainwater harvesting and two upcoming rainwater collecting workshops at Clackamas Community College on August 30 and September 1. 

 

Garden Stumper Quiz answer: Portland averages less than 1 inch of rainfall for each July and August.

The Dirtbag on 06/09/10

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Wed, 06/09/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Garden writer Lisa Albert discusses growing edible plants in containers.

Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert of One Green World welcome garden writer Lisa Albert to talk about growing edible plants in containers. Plus, as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz and listeners' edible gardening questions!

 

Today's Garden Stumper: Should you add gravel to the bottom of containers for drainage?

Answer: The latest research shows you should NOT! Water does not readily pass through different layers of material.

 

Information on the "Seeding Our Future" garden tour Lisa talked about on today's show:

The Dirtbag on 05/12/10

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Wed, 05/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Gardening info on all things edible

It's almost prime time for planting veggies! Host Glen Andresen reveals tips and techniques for getting those veggies off to a great start. Guest Jim Gilbert of One Green World will lead a general discussion about fruit pollination, includiing self-fertility, parthenocarpy, male and female plants, and wind and insect pollination. Plus, as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz and listeners' edible gardening questions!

And what would a membership drive be without us ol' Dirtbaggers offering up some super thank you gifts! One Green World has generously donated some unique edible plants (and there may be more):

The Dirtbag on 04/14/10

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Wed, 04/14/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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This month a discussion of what to do with your cover crops. Plus favorite fruit varieities.

Your cover crop is growing, you're ready to plant some April veggies, but the cover crop is in the way? What's next? Join host Glen Andresen for a discussion of ways to proceed with your cover crop. Plus guest Jim Gilbert finally gets the chance to talk about his favorite fruit varities. And as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz plus your edible gardening questions!

The Dirtbag on 03/10/10

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Wed, 03/10/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Gardening info on all things edible

Join host Glen Andresen as he talks vegetables, including varieties, seeding, starting, and transplanting. And guest Jim Gilbert talks about his favorite fruit varietes. As always, listener questions welcomed. Plus a new Garden Stumper quiz!

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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

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10/17/2009
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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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