The Garden Conversation airs at 8:45am on Thursday mornings, during Soundwaves with Joanie. Be a part of the Garden Conversation! E-mail your gardening questions, comments, ideas, and feedback to email@example.com.
It’s a cozy day to sit indoors and talk about gardens. Jerry and Mardell discuss a listener question about potato scab. Is a potato with scab safe to eat? They discuss some ways to get rid of scab, and better yet: avoid getting it in your garden in the first place. They also talk about how to evaluate your soil, discussing pH tests, liming, and crop rotation.
Jerry and Jean talk with Joanie about porcupines, potatoes, kale, and strategies for improving soil.
Jerry and Melissa discuss slugs, garlic and flower bulbs, garden record keeping, and woolly bear caterpillars.
Does seaweed promote slugs? How do you deal with porcupines eating raspberry leaves, strawberry fruit, porch rails, etc? What’s happening to porcupines anyway — why are there fewer of them around lately? When do you hand pollinate a zucchini, if at all? Mardell and Liz bring up a listener response to the Garden Conversation’s portrayal of slugs as gross and slimy, and answer listener questions.
8-18-16: “Till or no till? And Jerry has one opinion, and I have one opinion […], and I would say: we have different experiences.” Mardell invites you to submit your experiences with tilling in Alaska. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jerry and Mardell cover a whole plethora of garden topics. They revisited the root maggot issue discussed a few weeks back… is tilling a good solution to that problem? (To till or not to till in Alaska?). They answered listener questions about overwintering kale (and while on the subject of kale, discussed blanching versus freezing kale), a stressed dill plant, what to do about a clover infestation in a strawberry bed, and ideas for a listener whose white dahlias are infested with fripps.
8-11-16: “It’s so important to get kids involved with these things and let them see what the process is: from the composting to the planting, to the harvesting, to the eating. That’s a great loop.”
Melissa and Meredith talk with Joanie about the Starvin’ Marvin garden programs, and discuss listener questions about slugs (including invasive black slugs new to the area), poisonous fruit on potato plants, and the beginning of Fall/Winter garden preparation, including what plants you can overwinter, and how.
8-4-16: “Larvae is a nice word for maggot.”
Mardell and Melissa answer listener questions about carrots not germinating, greenhouse veggies taking a long time to ripen, fungus gnats in houseplants, and rhubarb with spindly stalks.
7-28-16: “I say, drink the beer!”
Jerry and Mardell address listener questions about root maggots and brassicas, powdery mildew, and methods for ridding your garden of slugs.
7-21-16: “Gardening is different for everyone.”
Mardell and Melissa introduce the show and discuss a listener question about dryness and gardening in the Upper Lynn Canal this summer. Topics in this episode: different ways of gardening (for production versus for a summer garden, etc.), Experienced Learner gardeners instead of “master gardeners,” drip irrigation systems, upcoming Southeast Alaska State Fair garden tour and composting demonstration, and slugs.