Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.

4.8K Ratings
Open In App
title

You Bet Your Garden

WHYY

17
Followers
23
Plays
You Bet Your Garden

You Bet Your Garden

WHYY

17
Followers
23
Plays
OVERVIEWEPISODESYOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Details

About Us

Mike McGrath hosts this call-in public radio program and offers light-hearted, organic gardening guidance.

Latest Episodes

Live at Meadowbrook Farm

Mike McGrath loves radio, but he’s always down to show off in front of a crowd. This week’s You Bet Your Garden is a very special treat: excerpts from Mike’s talk at Meadowbrook Farm in Abington, PA earlier this summer. Subjects include tomato pollination, diversity of native bees, rosemary vs St. John’s wart, and so much more!

48 min2018 SEP 29
Comments
Live at Meadowbrook Farm

What’s Eating my Garden? And are the ‘Leftovers’ Safe?

Your tomatoes and peppers are under attack; big chunks are missing! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath identifies the most likely suspects and reveals if the leftovers are safe to eat. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I believe that my garden has recently been visited by these pests. The question is: do I throw away all the veggies they have taken a chunk of? Or try to salvage the parts that may still be consumable? — Vicki in Madison, AL Can Mike identify the culprit?

47 min2018 SEP 22
Comments
What’s Eating my Garden? And are the ‘Leftovers’ Safe?

Tomato Sauce 101: From Vine to Jar

Got lots of ripe tomatoes coming in? More than you can eat? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath walks you through the cooking and processing of superior tomato sauce, with an emphasis on using the fewest garden fresh ingredients. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I’m in tomato heaven; and I just got a Vitamix high-powered blender. I am SO excited to be able to just toss whole tomatoes into that mixer! Now, when I make the sauce—adding spices, herbs, sweetener and a bit of balsamic vinegar—can I can them up without adding lemon juice? I worry that it would ruin the whole thang. (And yes, Stef did type ‘thang’.) —Steffanie in Illinois How to make tasty tomato sauce »

45 min2018 SEP 14
Comments
Tomato Sauce 101: From Vine to Jar

September is THE Time for Lawn Care and Repair

In fall, a young man’s fancy turns to…killing greasy grubs! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath lays out your organic grub control options and explains why this is the time of year to strike. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: When is the best time to apply milky spore to control Japanese beetle grubs in the lawn? And how often should it be applied? —Stephen in Ellicott City, Maryland How to get rid of grubs »

43 min2018 SEP 7
Comments
September is THE Time for Lawn Care and Repair

Hey Joe, What’s in That Mosquito Spray in Your Hand?

If you’ve been to a home show, you’ve seen the rival franchises selling mosquito spray packages to homeowners. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath responds to a listener concerned about her neighbor’s use of such a service, and does a bit of sleuthing to figure out exactly what’s in those sprays. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

48 min2018 AUG 31
Comments
Hey Joe, What’s in That Mosquito Spray in Your Hand?

In the Garden and on the Lawn, Cheaters Always Win

Nobody wants to work hard outside. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals that cheaters always win—especially when they perfect the lawn care and pruning practices that minimize hard work in the summertime. Also, Jenny Rose Carey, senior director at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, joins the show to talk about the perfect plants for shady spots. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: You do a great job and I follow all your advice exactly (as long as it’s convenient and cheap). For example, I always cut my lawn at the advised time…as long as that happens to fall on a weekend and the kids aren’t keeping me too busy. For those not as committed as me, do you have any advice on how to…well…how to…cheat? Basically, the Cliff Notes version of garden care? For instance, how do I get rid of lawn weeds without harming the dog or the kids and do it quickly? And what if my wife tells me it’s time to trim a plant when the ...

44 min2018 AUG 24
Comments
In the Garden and on the Lawn, Cheaters Always Win

Getting the Most Out of Your Garlic

Your garlic harvest is in…now what? Use it fresh before it sprouts? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will expose the secret to getting a season of good seasoning from your harvest—or from the great garlic you’ll find at local farmer’s markets. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

44 min2018 AUG 17
Comments
Getting the Most Out of Your Garlic

Got Skeeters Bad? Call in the Dragonflies!

Mosquito prevention time is over; now is the time to switch tactics to protection. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals how to attract dragonflies and explains why white is the color to wear this mosquito season. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I’m a 13-year-old boy and live with my grandparents on seven acres of land. We have a pond, but absolutely no dragonflies. We’re way out in the country, and you’d think we’d have plenty, but we have not seen any. It’s like they vanished. Is there any kind of smell or food we could use to attract them? We need them badly; I just counted thirty bites on my legs! Bug spray has been no help, so our only hope is dragonflies… —Ethan in Brokaw, WI How to attract dragonflies »

48 min2018 AUG 10
Comments
Got Skeeters Bad? Call in the Dragonflies!

Beneficial Bugs? Or Filthy Flies?

A listener wants to attract beneficial insects, but instead is beset by flies! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath discusses how this might not be the worst thing to happen to an urban gardener. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

48 min2018 AUG 3
Comments
Beneficial Bugs? Or Filthy Flies?

Using Grass Clippings for Mulch

Is it ever right to use your grass clippings as a garden mulch?? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, we’ll bend–but not break–the rules as Mike McGrath looks at the pros and cons of collecting those clips. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: My son has been trying to make compost out of three large piles of grass contained by plastic fencing. With all the rain we’ve had, the piles have become wet, compacted, dense and very heavy. What can be done to make these piles more effective at breaking down? They have been turned, but we recently added a lot of grass—and that plus the rain has made things a compacted mess. I examined one pile today and it’s actually like “green manure”; you know, all soft and squishy. That should be really great for the garden…no? —Elizabeth in North Plainfield, New Jersey How Elizabeth can fix her compost »

48 min2018 JUL 27
Comments
Using Grass Clippings for Mulch

Latest Episodes

Live at Meadowbrook Farm

Mike McGrath loves radio, but he’s always down to show off in front of a crowd. This week’s You Bet Your Garden is a very special treat: excerpts from Mike’s talk at Meadowbrook Farm in Abington, PA earlier this summer. Subjects include tomato pollination, diversity of native bees, rosemary vs St. John’s wart, and so much more!

48 min2018 SEP 29
Comments
Live at Meadowbrook Farm

What’s Eating my Garden? And are the ‘Leftovers’ Safe?

Your tomatoes and peppers are under attack; big chunks are missing! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath identifies the most likely suspects and reveals if the leftovers are safe to eat. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I believe that my garden has recently been visited by these pests. The question is: do I throw away all the veggies they have taken a chunk of? Or try to salvage the parts that may still be consumable? — Vicki in Madison, AL Can Mike identify the culprit?

47 min2018 SEP 22
Comments
What’s Eating my Garden? And are the ‘Leftovers’ Safe?

Tomato Sauce 101: From Vine to Jar

Got lots of ripe tomatoes coming in? More than you can eat? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath walks you through the cooking and processing of superior tomato sauce, with an emphasis on using the fewest garden fresh ingredients. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I’m in tomato heaven; and I just got a Vitamix high-powered blender. I am SO excited to be able to just toss whole tomatoes into that mixer! Now, when I make the sauce—adding spices, herbs, sweetener and a bit of balsamic vinegar—can I can them up without adding lemon juice? I worry that it would ruin the whole thang. (And yes, Stef did type ‘thang’.) —Steffanie in Illinois How to make tasty tomato sauce »

45 min2018 SEP 14
Comments
Tomato Sauce 101: From Vine to Jar

September is THE Time for Lawn Care and Repair

In fall, a young man’s fancy turns to…killing greasy grubs! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath lays out your organic grub control options and explains why this is the time of year to strike. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: When is the best time to apply milky spore to control Japanese beetle grubs in the lawn? And how often should it be applied? —Stephen in Ellicott City, Maryland How to get rid of grubs »

43 min2018 SEP 7
Comments
September is THE Time for Lawn Care and Repair

Hey Joe, What’s in That Mosquito Spray in Your Hand?

If you’ve been to a home show, you’ve seen the rival franchises selling mosquito spray packages to homeowners. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath responds to a listener concerned about her neighbor’s use of such a service, and does a bit of sleuthing to figure out exactly what’s in those sprays. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

48 min2018 AUG 31
Comments
Hey Joe, What’s in That Mosquito Spray in Your Hand?

In the Garden and on the Lawn, Cheaters Always Win

Nobody wants to work hard outside. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath reveals that cheaters always win—especially when they perfect the lawn care and pruning practices that minimize hard work in the summertime. Also, Jenny Rose Carey, senior director at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, joins the show to talk about the perfect plants for shady spots. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: You do a great job and I follow all your advice exactly (as long as it’s convenient and cheap). For example, I always cut my lawn at the advised time…as long as that happens to fall on a weekend and the kids aren’t keeping me too busy. For those not as committed as me, do you have any advice on how to…well…how to…cheat? Basically, the Cliff Notes version of garden care? For instance, how do I get rid of lawn weeds without harming the dog or the kids and do it quickly? And what if my wife tells me it’s time to trim a plant when the ...

44 min2018 AUG 24
Comments
In the Garden and on the Lawn, Cheaters Always Win

Getting the Most Out of Your Garlic

Your garlic harvest is in…now what? Use it fresh before it sprouts? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will expose the secret to getting a season of good seasoning from your harvest—or from the great garlic you’ll find at local farmer’s markets. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

44 min2018 AUG 17
Comments
Getting the Most Out of Your Garlic

Got Skeeters Bad? Call in the Dragonflies!

Mosquito prevention time is over; now is the time to switch tactics to protection. On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath reveals how to attract dragonflies and explains why white is the color to wear this mosquito season. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: I’m a 13-year-old boy and live with my grandparents on seven acres of land. We have a pond, but absolutely no dragonflies. We’re way out in the country, and you’d think we’d have plenty, but we have not seen any. It’s like they vanished. Is there any kind of smell or food we could use to attract them? We need them badly; I just counted thirty bites on my legs! Bug spray has been no help, so our only hope is dragonflies… —Ethan in Brokaw, WI How to attract dragonflies »

48 min2018 AUG 10
Comments
Got Skeeters Bad? Call in the Dragonflies!

Beneficial Bugs? Or Filthy Flies?

A listener wants to attract beneficial insects, but instead is beset by flies! On the latest You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath discusses how this might not be the worst thing to happen to an urban gardener. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

48 min2018 AUG 3
Comments
Beneficial Bugs? Or Filthy Flies?

Using Grass Clippings for Mulch

Is it ever right to use your grass clippings as a garden mulch?? On the latest You Bet Your Garden, we’ll bend–but not break–the rules as Mike McGrath looks at the pros and cons of collecting those clips. Plus, your fabulous phone calls! Question of the Week: My son has been trying to make compost out of three large piles of grass contained by plastic fencing. With all the rain we’ve had, the piles have become wet, compacted, dense and very heavy. What can be done to make these piles more effective at breaking down? They have been turned, but we recently added a lot of grass—and that plus the rain has made things a compacted mess. I examined one pile today and it’s actually like “green manure”; you know, all soft and squishy. That should be really great for the garden…no? —Elizabeth in North Plainfield, New Jersey How Elizabeth can fix her compost »

48 min2018 JUL 27
Comments
Using Grass Clippings for Mulch
success toast
Welcome to Himalaya LearningClick below to download our app for better listening experience.Download App