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The Dirtbag on 07/13/11

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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Glen and Jim talk berries and watering techniques.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk berries! How do you know they're ripe, because they don't ripen once they've been picked? Jim knows...and he also knows--and will talk--about some unusual berries that grow and thrive here, including honeyberries, gooseberries, and goumi. And right in line with that is our plant of the month, currants.

And what's going on in the veggies garden? It's been rather dry so Glen leads a discussion of watering types, methods, and techniques. Plus a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 06/08/11

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Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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June gardening tasks; bagging apples; plant of the month: strawberries

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert discuss tasks in the June vegetable and fruit garden. Believe it or not, it's time to be planning and planting for the fall and winter garden. It's also time to be getting bags on your apples before the codling moth mating season begins. Plant of the month: strawberries. Plus, as usual, a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 05/11/11

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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Glen and Jim talk veggies and fruits. Plus Taggart Siegel.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk veggies and fruit. This month's plant of the month is tomatoes: varieties, types and planting tips. Plus, director Taggart Siegel returns to The Dirtbag for a short interview to talk about the national release of his film Queen of the Sun.

And, as usual, a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to listeners' gardening questions.

Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 04/13/11

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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Matthew Shepherd talks pollinators. Plant of the month: figs.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome Matthew Shepherd, Senior Conservation Associate with The Xerces Society (a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertabrates and their  habitat) to talk about their brand new book Attracting Native Pollinators. Plus the Plant-of-the-month: figs! And as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz, and answers to your questions.

Listen. Laugh. Learn

The Dirtbag on 03/09/11

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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A new segment: plant of the month. This time, kiwis. Plus time to start some veggies.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert begin a new segment--a plant of the month. This month it's kiwis--siting, trellising, varieties, pollination requirements, pruning...and probably a lot more. Plus, it's time to start some veggies, both inside and out. And as usual, a new Garden Stumper quiz and your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 02/09/11

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Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Will Newman gives us the dirt on soil. Plus planting fruit trees and shrubs.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome soil expert Will Newman to get the dirt on soil, as well as what you can do now to help get your vegetable beds ready for planting. Then Jim talks about planting fruit trees and shrubs this time of year. And if there's time, a crash course on pruning grapes and blueberries.

And as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to your gardening questions.

Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The Dirtbag on 01/12/11

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Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Fruit from Russia, garden catalogs, plus 2011 Urban Growth Bounty classes.

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk about Jim's recent fruit exploring trip to Russia and Ukraine. Then a discussion of favorite garden catalogs and new and exciting varieties of fruits and vegetables. Plus, the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability have just released their list of spring and summer gardening and animal husbandry classes. We'll give you a full listing and information on how to sign up.

And as always, a new Garden Stumper question, the answer to last month's Garden Stumper, and your gardening question calls.

Listen, laugh, learn.

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.

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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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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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