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Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

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Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Tuesday and Friday. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes a weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. A four-decade fixture in Sacramento radio, he hosted three radio shows for Northern California gardeners and farmers: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Tuesday and Friday. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes a weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. A four-decade fixture in Sacramento radio, he hosted three radio shows for Northern California gardeners and farmers: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

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United States

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Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Tuesday and Friday. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes a weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. A four-decade fixture in Sacramento radio, he hosted three radio shows for Northern California gardeners and farmers: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629

Twitter:

@farmerfred

Language:

English

Contact:

916-292-8964


Episodes

079 Seed Starting Tips. Can You Reuse Potting Soil? Winter Jasmine.

2/23/2021
Welcome to the Garden Basics Seed Starting episode. Growing your summer vegetables and flowers from seed is a fun experience. Plus, there are so many more varieties available as seed. If you have a sunny window or a seed starting kit with a heat pad and lighting system, your ready to plant. And, Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms tells us how he starts his tomato seeds. Also: can you reuse old soil that you might have in containers? As Debbie Flower tells us, it depends. But she has tips for...

Duration:00:29:42

078 Plant Partners Fight Pests. Fruit Tree Planting Depth.

2/19/2021
Want to help Mother Nature battle your garden pest problems? Give a listen and find out how. Jessica Walliser, author of Plant Partners, talks about scientific proven strategies for incorporating different plants into your vegetable garden to fend off the bad guys by attracting the garden good guys. Also, how deep should you plant that new fruit tree? It’s all on Episode 78 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go! Picture: Lady...

Duration:00:26:27

077 Tackling Tree Roots. Pruning Advice. Wintersweet. Garden Gratitude.

2/16/2021
Dealing with weeds in the garden is bad enough. How do you deal with tree roots in your flower and vegetable beds? We’ve got some tips. Questions about how and when to prune trees and shrubs? We give you a list of good resources. The Plant of the Week is putting on a show for the nose right now. It’s wintersweet. And, how keeping a garden diary and planting a "Gratitude Garden" is good for your mental health. It’s Episode 77 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it...

Duration:00:29:57

076 Avoiding Overhead Watering. Raspberry and Grape Varieties. Shovel, Pruner Choices.

2/12/2021
It may be February, but it’s not too late for a New Year’s Garden Resolution: Don’t let your overhead sprinklers hit your vegetable and flower gardens. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, tells us why. We have tips for planting and caring for raspberries and grapes. Confused about all the shovel and pruner choices that are out there? We’ll unearth the best shovel choices for your outdoor tasks and we’ll prune out those shears that you don’t want to use in...

Duration:00:29:55

075 Tomato Preview, Part 2. Wild Boar Farms. Plant of the Week-Cornelian Cherry.

2/9/2021
In USDA Zones 9 and 10, February is the month to be starting tomato seeds indoors. For colder climates, you may want to wait until March. We continue our evaluation of great tomato varieties worth trying with Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, California. We talk strategy as well as good tomato varieties worth trying in 2021. In the world of unique looking, tasty tomatoes, Wild Boar Farms has the market cornered. We pay a visit with owner Brad Gates, who offers up his tomato...

Duration:00:29:38

074 Tomato Variety Preview, Part 1. Tomato Terminology Explained. Trees vs. Storms.

2/5/2021
If you plant tomatoes in late April or early May, February is the month for you to be planning your tomato strategy and then start planting tomato seeds indoors. We talk strategy as well as good tomato varieties worth trying in 2021. Are you still attempting to decipher all that tomato terminology in the seed catalogs? We’ve got the help you need! Heavy winds and wild weather has buffeted most of the country the past few weeks. We talk with an arborist who has tips to help you to determine...

Duration:00:29:31

073 How to Plant a Rose Bush. Why Cut Back Bare Root Trees? Plant of the Week: Holly.

2/2/2021
Today, we have tips from a Master Rosarian on selecting and planting roses. Listen to this before you go out to buy your roses, because what you’ll hear just might change your mind about where to shop for rose plants now. Are you planting a single variety bare root fruit tree? Did you remember to cut it back by half after planting? We’ll tell you why that is necessary in a backyard garden (P.S. don't do this to multi-budded fruit trees!). And the Plant of the Week is one that’s popular...

Duration:00:29:43

072 Avoiding Gardeners' "Sophomore Slump"

1/29/2021
This time of year, hope springs eternal in the minds of gardeners with dreams of a bountiful spring, summer and fall garden, filled with beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and wonderful vegetables. But for many second year gardeners, as well as many more experienced gardeners, there could be a "sophomore slump". So why does a so-so garden year sometimes follow a wildly successful garden year? Debbie Flower, our favorite retired college horticulture Professor, holds our collective hands...

Duration:00:28:07

071 Germinate Pepper Seeds Faster! Blackberries.

1/21/2021
It can take quite awhile to grow a pepper plant from seed to outdoor transplanting stage. 12 to 16 weeks, which can include up to three weeks for the seeds to germinate. But we can help you speed up that process considerably with pepper seed germination tips from our favorite retired horticulture professor, Debbie Flower. We start a new segment on this show today: the Plant of the Week. And for that we will turn to one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists in the world, Warren Roberts...

Duration:00:29:40

070 Are Those Old Seeds Still Good? Here's How to Tell. Grow tasty Pluots.

1/15/2021
If you’re venturing into flower and vegetable seed starting in 2021, good for you! It’s fun, and with seeds, there are plenty more varieties to choose from. You may have some leftover seeds hanging around. But will those old seeds germinate? Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has a surefire way to tell. Are you familiar with the pluot? It’s a fruit, it’s a cross between a plum and an apricot. And it truly is one of the sweetest treats that you can grow in...

Duration:00:29:08

069 Protecting Succulents from the Cold (One Answer May Surprise You!)

1/8/2021
For those of us in USDA Zone 9, protecting citrus trees from a frost or freeze is a primary concern. But what about all the gardeners in USDA Zones 9, 8 and 7 that have a yard full of succulents? What is the best way to protect them from cold damage? We talk with the Plant Lady, Marlene Simon, from the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, who has tips for keeping your succulents alive through the winter. And one of her tips involving water might be the direct opposite of what you are...

Duration:00:29:37

068 Rose Basics. The Future of Gardening

1/1/2021
Happy New Year, and welcome to the beginning of Season 2 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. For many gardeners, planning the 2021 garden is underway this month. Perusing seed catalogs, making choices for the warm season vegetable and flower garden, and perhaps checking out all the dormant plants that are arriving, or will be arriving soon, at area nurseries and garden centers this winter. One of those popular bare root plants that brings out the customers are all the rose...

Duration:00:29:54

067 How to Plant a Fruit Tree. Best Blueberry Varieties. Frost Protection Tips.

12/25/2020
If you live in the West or the South, Perhaps Santa left you some new bare root fruit trees. Back East or up North, maybe it will be the Easter Bunny making those deliveries. Wherever you live, we have tips for planting bare root fruit trees, those six foot tall bare sticks with pretty pictures attached, arriving this winter at nurseries and garden centers (just in case Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t come through for you). Also, which blueberry plants are right for you? Phil Pursel of...

Duration:00:29:00

066 Tasty Peaches, New Plants for 2021, Tree Sunburn

12/18/2020
If you’re thinking of adding a fruit tree to your garden in 2021, here’s one criteria to think about: of all the fruit trees available, which are the tastiest? Dave Wilson Nursery's Phil Pursel talks about the tastiest peach tree varieties. Plus, he has advice for pruning and training those new backyard fruit trees so you can have multiple varieties of trees, even in a small garden. It’s all about size control. Or, choose a tasty miniature peach tree variety, such as the Garden Gold peach...

Duration:00:29:51

065 Tree Issues? Consulting Arborists Can Help

12/11/2020
A fully grown, properly placed, healthy tree can add thousands of dollars of extra value to your property. Yes, your trees can put extra money in your pocket when it comes time to move! In the meantime, how do you know your trees are really healthy? And, how do you know if your neighbor’s trees are healthy? After all, those trees on the other side of the fence might be causing you a lot of extra work, expense, or danger. The only way to find out is to hire a consulting arborist. What does a...

Duration:00:29:02

064 Oh, Deer! How To Protect Your Plants. Christmas tree care. Poinsettia tips.

12/4/2020
It’s a good thing that Santa parks his sleigh on your rooftop, otherwise, Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and the rest of his deer crew might help themselves to your garden goodies. Deer love your garden! Are there such things as deer resistant plants? How do you keep deer from ravaging your radishes and rose bushes? We have tips. Plus advice for caring for that new, cut Christmas tree that you’re about to haul home. And, poinsettia pointers from a commercial grower, to keep that holiday houseplant...

Duration:00:29:57

063 Growing Microgreens Indoors.

11/27/2020
Itching to get a bit more dirt under your fingernails during the cold, wet months ahead? Do it indoors, growing microgreens. Some call it vegetable confetti. Microgreens are a perfect topping for salads, soups, stews, tacos and a lot more. What’s in microgreens? They’re leaves…small, colorful vegetable, herb and flower leaves, that pack a wallop of good nutrition. Plus, they grow quickly and easily! Master Gardener and vegetable expert Gail Pothour has all the tips you need to get your...

Duration:00:26:39

062 Will Green Tomatoes Ripen? Here's How to Help Them Along.

11/20/2020
Those of you in milder climates may still have a few tomatoes clinging to your shivering vines. More than likely, they are probably green tomatoes. You might be wondering, will they ripen? Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired) Debbie Flower says, “It depends how green they are.” She has tips for determining which ones are most likely to ripen, and how to ripen them indoors. Just in case they won’t, we have a recipe for healthy oven baked green fried tomatoes…without the...

Duration:00:26:53

061 Edible Succulents

11/13/2020
If you're staring at the picture accompanying this episode, you might be wondering: "Where is the edible succulent in this spinach-cherry tomato-feta cheese salad?" It's those little green nuggets on top, the leaves of Portulacaria afra, also known as Elephant's Food plant. It's a succulent that you can grow in the drier, milder areas of USDA Zone 9, or in a greenhouse anywhere. And, yes, elephants do eat it. Succulent expert and author of "Succulents Simplified", Debra Lee Baldwin, talks...

Duration:00:25:48

060 Unusual Cool Season Vegetables. Snail Control Tips.

11/6/2020
If the idea of growing cool season vegetables makes you yawn, we’re going to wake you up today with interesting, unusual, colorful and tasty varieties of fall and winter vegetables that you may not know about, that are worth a try in your garden. Unusual radishes (such as the "White Icicle" radish, pictured) and beets, colorful lettuce and cabbage varieties, different, easy to grow broccoli-like plants, and tasty cool season flowers that should be part of your edible garden. We talk about...

Duration:00:26:05