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Gardentalk – Harvest potential exploders before the big rain

7/16/2019
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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski recommends that you harvest as many ripe cherries and cabbage as you can before they split and become inedible.

Duration:00:05:54

Gardentalk – Ed answers your questions on gardening and yard care

6/27/2019
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Listeners send in questions about crabapple tree discoloration, horsetail proliferation, and hydrangea care.

Duration:00:06:46

Gardentalk – Preparing your picked peonies for a perfect, prolonged presentation

6/21/2019
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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski has tips for getting the most out of your peonies flowers. He also answers a question about mulch for rhododendrons.

Duration:00:06:47

Gardentalk – Why a mulch is useful for your yard and garden

6/14/2019
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Mulch or a non-living ground cover can inhibit weed growth, conserve moisture and provide a more aesthetically-pleasing surface than just bare soil between your trees and shrubs.

Duration:00:05:50

Gardentalk – Summer’s second planting season now underway

6/6/2019
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As soon as gardeners harvest their first spring crop, they can start planting a second crop of peas, carrots, beets, swiss chard, lettuce and kale.

Duration:00:04:11

Gardentalk – Preparing for early vegetable and garlic scape harvest

6/3/2019
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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski also recommends applying a liquid fertilizer to some vegetables if they turn a pale or yellowish-green.

Duration:00:06:21

Gardentalk – How do you get rid of cow parsnip?

5/26/2019
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Sometimes called wild celery, cow parsnip secretes a substance that's irritable to skin. Protect your face, hands and arms if you plan on cutting down or removing the perennial plant.

Duration:00:07:28

Gardentalk – Banish and bury those dandelions and buttercups

5/20/2019
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Remove their flowers, roots and runners to prevent their spread. A layer of cardboard also serves as a mulch that will kill the plants within a year or two.

Duration:00:07:06

Gardentalk – Last call for spring garden vegetable planting

5/9/2019
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This is the latest that gardeners can plant a radishes and spinach. Otherwise, they will quickly bolt in June and July. Peas, parsnips, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, mustard greens, swiss chard, and potatoes can also be planted now if the soil is warm.

Duration:00:06:05

Gardentalk – Use seed potatoes for your summer spud crop

4/25/2019
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Certified seed potatoes are usually disease-free and lack the chemical sprout inhibitor that is usually applied before eating potatoes are shipped to grocery stores.

Duration:00:05:22

Gardentalk – Feed me, Seymour!

4/22/2019
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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski answers a listener's question about fertilizing a tree and has a primer on fertilizer mixes for trees, shrubs, vegetables, and even grass lawns.

Duration:00:06:33

Gardentalk – Planting and seed starting

4/11/2019
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Shallot and onion bulbs can be planted into cool, moist soil now. But other vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli should be started indoors over the next few weeks before transplanting them outside.

Duration:00:09:00

Gardentalk – Here’s your early-season, pre-planting checklist

4/4/2019
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Gardening season is here! Master Gardener Ed Buyarski encourages us to finish with the clean-up of messy greenhouses and garden beds that we started last fall.

Duration:00:06:17

Gardentalk – Season finale on fall clean up of yard and garden, bringing in perennials

10/12/2018
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Remove all dead and dying vegetation so that it doesn't turn into prime slug habitat. And, don't forget to bring in your begonias, dahlias and fuschias for the winter.

Duration:00:05:57

Gardentalk – How to check for fruit ripeness

10/11/2018
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Softness, taste and sometimes color are the best ways to check the ripeness of kiwi, apples, pears and tomatoes.

Duration:00:06:34

Gardentalk – It’s sugar time for veggies

10/5/2018
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Cool, dry weather will actually boost the sugar content of plants, especially root vegetables.

Duration:00:06:03

Gardentalk – Gotta get that garlic growing in the ground

9/28/2018
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Plant the biggest cloves in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny location. They should be planted about 2 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart with each clove's pointy end up.

Duration:00:05:57

Gardentalk – How to treat your freshly harvested potatoes with TLC

9/26/2018
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Very carefully loosen the soil and pull out potatoes by hand. Place the potatoes in trays or crates in a cool place so the skins can toughen up. Then, cover with blankets, cardboard or newspapers.

Duration:00:06:28

Gardentalk – How to protect your veggies from the coming frost

9/14/2018
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One option is to bring potted plants into a garage or other protected space. Alternatives for garden plots include gently covering plants with old blankets or cardboard boxes. That will provide insulation for retaining heat close to the soil.

Duration:00:05:57

Gardentalk – How to collect your own flower and vegetable seeds

8/24/2018
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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski describes how to create your own seed bank or collecting seeds for your own use.

Duration:00:06:26