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February 14, 2020
On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath Mike discusses the basics of successful seed starting such as peppers and tomatoes. Additionally, Mike interviews the director of the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware on the topic of native plants.
February 7, 2020
On Today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath discusses the pros and cons of having a fox living in your yard. They do eat mice and voles, but they can also can be a nuisance. And of course, we take your fabulous phone calls.
January 31, 2020
On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath explains how to correctly use coffee grounds and ashes from a hardwood stove to help improve plants' health. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.
January 24, 2020
On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath speaks with a gentleman who's mission is to find, name, and preserve America's heritage apples. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.
January 17, 2020
Are you gardens overrun with weeds and disease? On today's YBYG, Mike McGrath reveals a way to cure your garden beds if you're willing to let the plot to take a summer off.
January 10, 2020
Is it acceptable to use fallen leaves for garden mulch and compost making or should we leave them alone? And of course, Mike Mcgrath takes your phone calls.
January 3, 2020
Fresh Look: On today's episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath tells us why that beautiful stand of running bamboo at your neighbor's home will soon be yours, too. Of course, Mike takes lots of your fabulous phone calls.
December 27, 2019
A Fresh Look: Mike McGrath marks the 20th year of continuous episodes of You Bet Your Garden on public broadcasting and the first show out of our headquarters at Lehigh Valley Public Media. Episode topics include poison ivy removal, why chemical fertilizers make flea beetles fat and happy, and of course, Mike takes your phone calls.
December 23, 2019
On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath answers your holiday related gardening questions as well as suggests a few more last-minute gift ideas.
December 12, 2019
On today's YBYG, Mike McGrath reveals ways to severely reduce the number of ticks in your yard as well as how to guarantee you won't get bitten. Plus, hear about a few more holiday gift ideas for gardeners.
December 6, 2019
On this week's YBYG, Mike McGrath interviews Sonja Michaluk, New Jersey high school science fair winner, who discusses her project on measuring the DNA of midges to determine the health of local waterways. Additionally, Mike suggests three more gardening books for holiday gift ideas in case you still need something for the gardener in your life.
November 30, 2019
Need gift ideas for the gardeners in your life? On today's YBYG, Mike McGrath shares three books on gardening that also make perfect holiday gifts. Plus, Sam Lemheney, designer of the famed Philadelphia Flower Show, reveals what they have in store for the show in March 2020.
November 22, 2019
The holidays are fast approaching! Are you ready? Today on YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals the safest ways to take cuttings from your evergreens and holly, revealing the timing for holiday greens success.
November 15, 2019
On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath tackles the dreaded Spotted Lanternfly, the pesky and invasive insects that seem to be taking over everything. We'll explain what they are and explore the best ways to get rid of them so that your garden stays healthy and happy.
November 8, 2019
Think again! On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath tells us how to make magnificent mulch and commendable compost with the help of electrically-powered blower-vacs! Plus, do you know what it takes for a plant to be awarded a gold medal?
November 1, 2019
On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath tells us why you should leave the straw for the scarecrows this season, instead of using it to reduce yields in your garden. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!
October 25, 2019
In this episode, we travel back in time with Mike McGrath to talk about what to do if the spirit of Martha Stewart is haunting you to pick up your pruners & why your fig tree is still not producing figs. Plus, we sit down to talk about the 21st year of the Empty Bowl Dinner.
October 18, 2019
We’re talking all things compost on this episode of You Bet Your Garden with Mike McGrath! He’ll walk us through compost conundrums and queries & as always, take your phone call questions!
October 11, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath explains why now is NOT the time to cut back overgrown plants, despite the fact that your climbing roses are climbing to the stars. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call questions show!
October 4, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us all about garlic: what to plant, how to plant it, how to harvest and what to do with your harvest! Plus we hear some folk songs about lantern flies and other pests.
September 27, 2019
On this 'fresh look' episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us why ivy growing up a tree may or may not be a reason insurance companies could cancel a policy. Plus, Adrian Higgins from the Washington Post talks with us about why Bradford Pear trees might be the worst tree of all time and, as always, an extra heaping helping of your phone calls.
September 20, 2019
On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath helps us name that pest and tell us what to do if Sawflies are wilting down your willow trees. Plus, we talk products that actually don’t protect you from mosquito bites. And, as always, we take your fabulous phone call questions!
September 13, 2019
Deer need to eat 6-10 pounds of greenery a day, but what plants can you grow in your garden that aren’t on their list of top options? On today’s episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath gives us some advice on what to do! Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call show!
September 6, 2019
On this episode of YBYG, our host Mike McGrath breaks down the difference between spring-time, non-stinging, native bees & late summer, aggressive yellow jackets. He also tells us how to deal with the potential danger living below the grass. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call show!
August 30, 2019
Many gardeners who live in cold climate dream about growing plants in greenhouses. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells is why the inside of your home might be the best place to grow out of season.
August 23, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals several ways you can try and stop those “long-tailed servants of Satan” before they get to your plants. We also talk to a researcher from the Smithsonian who explains the connection between dangerously bitter squash and wooly mammoths! And, as always, we take your phone call questions!
August 16, 2019
On this episode of YBYG, our host Mike McGrath reveals why peppers are perhaps the only “plants of summer” that will accept such tender mercies this late in the season. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call question show!
August 9, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells us if service berry deserves tough love if its been growing in a nursery bed for a year, and why you should never “improve” the soil in the planting hole when installing new plants and shrubs in your garden. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call show!
August 2, 2019
On this episode of YBYG, our host, Mike McGrath, explains why grinding down above-ground tree stumps of healthy trees is one of the worst landscaping practices often seen at condo associations. Otherwise, it’s a fabulous phone call question show.
July 26, 2019
The shade loving Hosta plant was the hot topic in a recent show, but we’re changing our tune. Instead of learning how to eradicate the plant, host Mike McGrath tells us how to save a Hosta when the trees that throw shade are no more. Otherwise, it’s a phone call question show!
July 19, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us how useful that pond scum can actually be! Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!
July 12, 2019
Hostas thrive in the shade so well that some people consider them weeds. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath answers the ultimate question-- Hostas: threat or menace? Plus, we talk with a guest who teaches us how to turn houseplants into pets. And, as always, your fabulous phone call questions.
July 5, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath explains what you need to know for saving your tomato seeds and how to keep the Radiator Charlie tomato in your line up. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show!
June 28, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals what is in your package of Preen, why its banned for use in the European Union, and the devastating effects these herbicides can have on the natural order. Otherwise, it’s an extra heaping handful of your phone call questions!
June 21, 2019
Bulk compost is more available than ever, but there is an alarming new trend in how some of them are composed. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath gives us a heads up on what to look for when buying that black gold. Plus, Mike talks with master seed-supplier, Renee Shepherd, & discusses selecting seeds for flavor. As always, we take your fabulous phone call questions.
June 14, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath reveals how to defeat the weird little moth whose babies are paralyzing your pumpkins & zapping your zucchini! Plus, author Lorraine Ballato explains why you could be doing much better with your hydrangeas. Plus, we take your phone call questions!
June 7, 2019
How important is it to not play with your plants when they're wet? On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath explains why you should never handle them & name the real drama queens who are just waiting to make a wet touch turn fatal! Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show.
May 31, 2019
Greenhouses are great for starting plants & growing cold weather crops over the winter. But, what about in the summer? On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host, Mike McGrath, reveals how to keep it cool enough for plants to survive & more!
May 24, 2019
Our host, Mike McGrath, is on a break this week to finish building his new raised beds for his tomato plants. He wondered which recent show would most ring true for the season, so PBS39 brings you a very special episode from last month that highlights the wide range of materials & soils you can buy in bulk for your lawn and garden. Plus, we discuss what to do when soil tests give rogue results and take a couple of your fabulous phone call questions.
May 17, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals rosemary's true abilities of alertness and memory. Plus, he also reveals which plants can repel human pests like mosquitos -- just in time for planting. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show, cats and kittens!
May 10, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us why you should never improve the soil when installing new shrubs. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!
May 3, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath suggests three books you should read if you're looking to learn about the idea of the perfect lawn, the original forest canopy of America, and how pesticides became popular despite their lack of effect. Plus, information on another book giveaway!
April 26, 2019
Some crops like sweet corn, peas and greens are supposed to be 'direct-seeded'. On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host, Mike McGrath, discusses what 'direct-seeding' even is & answers your phone call questions.
April 19, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike gets us ready for International Compost Awareness Week & tells us what to do when soil test results go rogue. Plus, as always, Mike takes your phone call questions.
April 12, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals how he accidentally conquered an allegedly-invincible rose virus when it struck his garden. Plus, a United Nations Researcher comes to the Lehigh Valley to learn about what our methods of sustainable agriculture can do to help fight hunger. And, as always, Mike takes your phone call questions.
April 5, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells us why blight is the last thing you want your tomatoes to have & how to prevent the most common tomato problems when you install your plants this season. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call questions show!
March 29, 2019
On this week's episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host, Mike McGrath, reveals why oak leaves really aren't so bad and tells you how to use all kinds of leaves for your spring planting. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show!
March 22, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us about the three books about gardening that he recommends-- You'll never look at roses, figs or pawpaws the same way again! As always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions!
March 15, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath tells us why slugs or snails should be your first suspects when you find your plants have been eaten overnight. Plus, the many ways to rid the slimy creatures from your garden. Plus, a heaping handful of your phone call questions.
March 8, 2019
Looking to plant some seeds this season? On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, our host Mike McGrath explains how to produce starts that are better than what you'll find at home and garden centers! As always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions.
March 1, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath gives us a fresh look at previous episodes while he's traveling across the country! Mike tells us how to avoid tomato troubles this summer by discussing split skins and poor returns. Plus, we talk about how to make backyard chickens feel like part of the family. And, as always, we take your phone call questions!
February 22, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us the best way to get rid of unwanted insects come to party in your worm bin & how to banish fruit flies. And as always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions!
February 15, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells you what you need to know if you are planning on growing tomatoes from seeds that you saved from last summer & what to do if you plan to save some seeds this summer! Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show!
February 8, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us the 8 rules to follow if you want to get that extra delicious taste of summer in your sweet corn. Plus, Mike takes your phone call questions.
February 1, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells us why egg shells might be the answer to blossom end rot & the surprising number of plants that those shells can help out. Plus, we preview the Philadelphia Flower Show!
January 25, 2019
On this week's episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us how and when you should prune your winterberry plants & what these priceless plants need to be useful to birds and for your holiday decor. Otherwise, its a fabulous phone call question show!
January 18, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us how to grow some show stopping, four-foot-tall, multicolored lupines for your garden. We also take a look at Burnside Plantation's recreation of classic gardens. And, as always, Mike takes your phone calls.
January 12, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us how to move on from your cut Christmas trees & how to perennial-ize your poinsettias. Plus, we talk about the Seed Farm -- a farm that grows farmers. And, as always, Mike takes your fabulous phone call questions.
January 4, 2019
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us why that beautiful stand of running bamboo at your neighbor's home will soon be yours, too. Of course, Mike takes lots of your fabulous phone calls.
December 28, 2018
In this week's episode, we travel back in time with Mike to revisit the first episode of horticultural hijinks at the PBS39 Studios in Bethlehem, PA. We also mark the 20th year of continuous episodes of You Bet Your Garden on public broadcasting. Episode topics include poison ivy removal, why chemical fertilizers make flea beetles fat and happy, and of course, Mike takes your phone calls.
December 21, 2018
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath tells us why ivy growing up a tree may or may not be a reason insurance companies could cancel a policy. Plus, Adrian Higgins from the Washington Post talks with us about why Bradford Pear trees might be the worst tree of all time and, as always, an extra heaping helping of your phone calls.
December 14, 2018
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us a list of 5 suspects to blame when your turf is suddenly tattered. Plus, we get an extra heaping handful of your viewer questions, including one about an uncommon citrus tree.
December 7, 2018
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike tells us why a "technique" called pollarding was a great idea in 1 AD, but a terrible idea for the present. Plus, we learn how the fabulous 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is planning a tribute to Flower Power on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. As always, Mike takes your questions.
November 30, 2018
It's almost the holidays! On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath gives you some essential tips and tricks to cutting the perfect Christmas tree for a needle-free floor and making sure it's fireproof. We sit down with Director of Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden, Ethan Kaufman, who discusses how he helped to turn a private estate into a beautiful public garden. AS always we take your phone calls and answer your questions.
November 23, 2018
In this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals what is really going on when carpenter ants are found in your tree or terrace & why you should say 'thanks' for the heads up. Mike also takes an extra heaping helping of your phone call questions.
November 16, 2018
Mike McGrath hosts a tree filled episode this week! Mike outlines your options when it comes to taking down trees and how to make those stumps come in handy. Plus, we sit down with Joe Bayer from Bartlett Tree Experts to talk about the lost art of mulching & how volcano mulching could cost you. As always, we take your phone calls.
November 9, 2018
In this episode, Mike discusses whether you should use your compost piles now, or wait until the spring. We're joined by special guest Holly Shimizu, former Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, to talk about the relationship between people and plants. And, as always, Mike takes your phone calls.
November 2, 2018
On this episode of You Bet Your Garden, Mike answers why your tomato plants didn't do so well this summer. Plus, we chat with Lisa Steele, author of '101 Chicken Keeping Hacks,' to get some ideas on how to make the feathered friends feel more like family. As always, Mike takes your phone calls.
October 26, 2018
In this episode, Mike McGrath talks about what to do if the spirit of Martha Stewart is haunting you to pick up your pruners and landscape & why your fig tree is still not producing figs. Plus, we sit down with Rachel Falcove, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, to talk about the 20th year of the Empty Bowl Dinner. And, as always, Mike takes your phone calls.
October 19, 2018
In this episode, Mike McGrath sits down with Dan DeVault of Pheasant Hill Farm to talk about the organic ingredients that go into his kombucha. Mike tells us what type of scarab beetle (there are 30,000 different types!) devoured your roses this summer & takes your phone calls.
October 11, 2018
Mike McGrath explains why so many flowers and plants are acting like spring chickens despite being close to Halloween. Plus, Mike is taking an extra heaping helping of your phone call questions.
October 4, 2018
“You Bet Your Garden” touted as an hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks,” is a weekly, nationally syndicated broadcast hosted by Mike McGrath. It is produced in the studios of PBS39 in Bethlehem, PA. This weekly call-in program offers ‘fiercely organic’ advice to gardeners far and wide.
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