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Flower Power Garden Hour

Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Cassandra Quave is a botanist extraordinaire. I was fortunate to chat about her early life, career path, and her new book “The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines.”

Book Description:

In The Plant Hunter, Dr. Quave weaves together science, botany, and memoir to tell us the...

Oct 9, 2021

In this episode, I discuss October garden To-Do tasks.  There is a big variety with a lot on the list, including:

  • Continue clean up – pull out dead plants; remove lead, vegetable and fruit debris
  • Use soil sulfur to drop pH
  • Prune non-frost sensitive plants
  • Cover succulents if chance of rain
  • Add beneficial...

Sep 30, 2021

The backbone of any organic garden are hard working beneficial/parasitic insects. I talk with founder of ARBICO-Organics, Sheri Herrera de Frey, about which ones are a must for gardeners to incorporate. We discuss controls for whiteflies, Japanese and cucumber beetles, gnats, borers and so many more. Plus -- learn why...

Sep 27, 2021

Listener Q&A episode.  Topics include:

  • Propagating a String of Pearls
  • Basil infested with caterpillars
  • Mandarin bush – will it produce late in the season
  • Azalea – how to care for
  • Overwintering eggplants & peppers – when to prepare
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – best time of year & method to transplant


To ask...

Sep 15, 2021

Avocados, blueberries and Hydrangeas - 3 plants I get a lot of questions about. In some parts of the world they grow like weeds, but in many locations they can be tricky. I talk to Bruce Ritter -- co-founder of the Sacramento Botanical Garden -- about growing these, as well as how the plan to build a world class garden...