You Bet Your Garden

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“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.

Episode Date
Of Mice, Of Mint...& Moth Balls
54:22

On this episode of YBYG Mike takes you through tips for mice problems as we head into the fall! Plus your fabulous phone calls!!

Oct 23, 2020
Leaf Shredding Season Begins!
52:33

On this episode of YBYG Mike goes over how to choose the BEST Leaf Shredder in the Question of the Week! Plus your fabulous phone calls!

Oct 16, 2020
The Most Fruitful Way to Tame Rampant Rousers
53:22

In this episode of YBYG Mike McGrath takes you into the fall with Tips for 'Taming' Rampant Rousers. Plus your fabulous phone calls!!

Oct 08, 2020
How to Perennialize your Peppers
54:51

On this episode of YBYG Mike McGrath teaches you how to keep your Pepper plants inside for the winter! Plus your fabulous phone calls!! 

Oct 02, 2020
Terrariums For Beginners & The Perils of Pruning
53:19

On this episode of YBYG, Mike talks Terrariums with special guest, Patricia Buzo- Author of the new book ‘A Family Guide To Terrariums For Kids’.   And goes over the Perils of Pruning in the Question of the week!!

 

Sep 25, 2020
How to have Spring Bulb success with Tulips
54:22

On this episode of YBYG Mike covers how to plant spring bulbs properly in the fall with special instructions for Tulips. Plus your fabulous phone calls!! 

Sep 18, 2020
It is time for the 3rd Season of Gardening
54:22

On this episode of YBYG Mike readies you for the 3rd season into the Fall with tips for autumn. Plus your fabulous phone calls!!

Sep 11, 2020
The Crash Course for saving some SEEDS for next Season
53:52

On this episode of YBYG, Mike gets you ready to save your seeds for next years garden. Plus your fabulous phone calls!!

Sep 04, 2020
The Most Popular Question of the Week
54:22

On this Centennial Episode of YBYG Mike takes a fresh look at the most sought after question of the week; Can Porch Painting to make Ghosts AND Wasps go away! Plus your centennial phone calls!! 

Aug 28, 2020
The Happiest Garlic Harvest, EVER!,
54:22

It is Garlic planting time and on this episode of YBYG, Mike takes you through the steps to get the Happiest Garlic Harvest, EVER!! And your fabulous phone calls!

Aug 21, 2020
When should you PICK your Produce?!
53:52

In this episode of You Bet Your Garden Mike teaches you "When to Pick your Produce.  Plus your fabulous phone calls!!

Aug 14, 2020
Tomato Rot, Compost, Woodchips & Cuke FREE Cucumbers!!
53:52

In this new episode of YBYG Mike covers 4 topics in the Question of the week; Tomato Rot, Compost, Woodchips & Cuke FREE Cucumbers!! Plus your fabulous phone calls!!!

Aug 07, 2020
A Fresh Look: Death by Lawn; The Sad Story of Contaminated Clippings
53:52

On this episode of YBYG Mike warns of lawn clippings that may contain remaining chemicals that can hurt your Compost piles and your Plants!! Plus your Fabulous phone calls!!!

Jul 31, 2020
A Fresh Look: Happy Tomato Planting Tips
54:22

On this fresh look at an episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath takes you through ALL the HAPPY TIPS to get your tomatoes in the ground! Plus your fabulous Phone calls!

Jul 24, 2020
A Fresher Look: Does rosemary have the power to deter insect pests?
54:24

On this "Fresher Look" at an 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. Otherwise, its a HYBRID show, cats and kittens! New Calls! Old Calls! And PLENTY of Mike McGrath to store up 'til next winter!

Jul 17, 2020
A Fresher Look: 50 Ways to Lose your Slugs
53:22

On this Encore Episode of YBYG Mike McGrath slides in GREAT advice on how to tame Snails and Slugs!! Plus your Fabulous Phone Calls!!

Jul 10, 2020
Do's and Don'ts for Using Grass Clippings in Gardens
54:22

On this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath shares do's and don't using grass clippings for mulch and compost making in your garden. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls. 

Jul 03, 2020
The Four Part Question of the Week; Deer & Evil Squirrels, Cartoon Dice, Killing a Lawn softly, and Explaining Endorphins
54:49

On this episode of YBYG Mike McGrath answers a 4 part Question of the Week; With Deer & Evil Squirrels, Cartoon Dice, Killing a Lawn softly, and Explaining Endorphins. Plus your Fabulous Phone Calls!

Jun 26, 2020
Fighting Bugs, Butterflies and Slugs-in Scotland!
54:45

On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath heads to the British Isles to solve International pest problems! And gives you great info on PHS and their Gardening Contest - PLUS your Fabulous Phone calls!! 

Jun 18, 2020
Attempting to Ensure Late Season Success
54:24

On this episode of YBYG, Mike McGrath goes the distance helping you make it to the end of the season -before you know it is here! And of course your Fabulous phone calls!!

Jun 12, 2020
A Fresh Look: Does rosemary have the power to deter insect pests?
53:55

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!

Jun 05, 2020
50 Ways to Protect Your Plants from Slugs and Snails
53:52

Are your plants being eaten overnight by slugs or snails? In this episode on YBYG, host Mike Mcgrath reveals 50 ways you can get rid of the creatures and protect your plants. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls. 

May 29, 2020
Tips on Installing New Trees and Shrubs
54:22

On this week's YBYG, host Mike Mcgrath goes over do's and don'ts for installing new trees and shrubs. For example, you should never try to "improve" the soil in the planting hole and we will go over why. And of course, we take your fabulous phone calls. 

May 22, 2020
More Tips for Beginner Gardeners
53:52

More and more people want to start or expand their own gardens. In this episode, host Mike McGrath will continue to share advice for beginner gardeners as well as go over warnings on tilling and the proper use of horse manure. 

May 15, 2020
Sharing 26 Tips for First-Time Gardeners
54:22

On this week's episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath shares 26 tips for success for first-time gardeners And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls. 

May 08, 2020
How to Plant Happy Tomatoes
53:52

On this week's on YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals dozens of ways to ensure a great tomato harvest. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls. 

May 01, 2020
What are "Direct Seeded" Crops?
53:52

Some crops such as peas, beans, sweet corns, and greens are supposed to be "direct-seeded. In this episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath explains what it means for these crops to be "direct-seeded." And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls as well.

Apr 24, 2020
How to Keep Springtime Flowers Blooming Every Year
54:22

On this week's on YBYG, host Mike McGrath discusses how to keep flowers such as forsythia and daffodils blooming year after year in the springtime. And of course, he takes you fabulous phone calls. 

Apr 17, 2020
Episode 80 : A Rose Disease is Making the Rounds!
54:22

A Fresh Look: Mike McGrath reveals how he accidentally conquered an allegedly-invincible rose virus. Plus, a United Nations Researcher comes to the Lehigh Valley to learn about how sustainable agriculture can help fight hunger.

Apr 10, 2020
Got Tomato Problems?
54:22

A Fresh Look: 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 and how to prevent the most common tomato problems when you install your plants this season. Otherwise, it's a phone call extravaganza!

Apr 03, 2020
Enjoying Plants During Quarantine & Interviewing a Wild Foodie
54:22
On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath explains how enjoying the outdoors and plants is a great "cure" for quarantine blues. Also, Mike interviews Lynn Landes, the founder of The Wild Foodies of Philly and talks about their community of people who love learning about edible food and plants in the wild.
Mar 27, 2020
Getting Rid of Spider Mites
54:21

On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals spider mites' weaknesses and how to protect your garden. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls. 

Mar 21, 2020
Episode 76: The Rule of Fallen Leaves
54:21

On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath reviews the rules of fallen leaves and introduce a brand new version of the "spotted Lanternfly" song. 

Mar 13, 2020
Taking Care of Roses
54:21

On this week's episode of YBYG, host Mike McGrath shares the proper and successful chemical-free ways to care for your roses. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls. 

Mar 06, 2020
Removing Mulch From Spring Bulbs
54:21

Did you mulch your spring bulbs and perennials over the winter? On this week's YBYG, host Mike McGrath reveals exactly when to remove that mulch to help plants emerge safely in the spring. And of course, he takes your fabulous phone calls.

Feb 27, 2020
Turning Sand into Perfect Garden Soil
54:21

On this week's episode, host Mike McGrath reveals the best way to turn sand into garden soil as he answers a listener's question from Australia. 

Feb 21, 2020
Tackling Successful Seed Growing
54:21

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.

Feb 14, 2020
Are Foxes Good or Bad for your Backyard?
00:00

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. 

Feb 07, 2020
Coffee Grounds and Stove Ashes can Improve Your Plant's health
54:21

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. 

Jan 31, 2020
The Mission to Preserve America's Heritage Apples
54:22

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. 

Jan 24, 2020
Curing Garden Beds of Weeds and Disease
54:21

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. 

Jan 17, 2020
Ethics of Fallen Leaves
54:21

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. 

Jan 10, 2020
What are the legal and landscape dangers of planting bamboo?
54:21
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.
Jan 03, 2020
What is the best way to remove poison Ivy? And why do flea beetles love chemical fertilizers?
54:21

 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. 

Dec 27, 2019
Answering Your Holiday Gardening Questions
51:21

On today's YBYG, host Mike McGrath answers your holiday related gardening questions as well as suggests a few more last-minute gift ideas. 

Dec 23, 2019
Ticks & Tricks- Reduce Tick Populations in Your Yard While Also Guaranteeing They'll Leave You Alone
54:21

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. 

Dec 12, 2019
High School Science Fair Winner Shares Her Project on Measuring Midges DNA
54:21
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. 
Dec 06, 2019
Gardening Books as Holiday Gifts & Sneak Peek of the Philadelphia Flower Show
51:50

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. 

Nov 30, 2019
The Safest Ways to Prune Evergreens and Holly
54:21

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. 

Nov 22, 2019
Getting Rid of those Pesky Spotted Lanternflies
51:51

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.  

Nov 15, 2019
Are leaf blowers only good for making noise?
51:52

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?

Nov 08, 2019
What can you do with those leftover straw bales?
51:51

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!

Nov 01, 2019
A Fresh Look at Pruning Problems and Fig Trees
53:54

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.

Oct 25, 2019
Let’s Consolidate Your Compost Confidence!
54:23

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!

Oct 18, 2019
Stop! Don’t tame those rampant runners!
49:52

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!

Oct 11, 2019
Is Your Garlic in the Ground Yet?
54:15

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.

Oct 04, 2019
A Fresh Look At: Got ivy growing up your trees?
53:52

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.

Sep 27, 2019
Name That Pest! Sawfly Edition
54:21

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!

Sep 20, 2019
What’s NOT on the deer’s menu of choice?
51:22

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!

Sep 13, 2019
What kind of buzzing bee is living in your lawn?
54:21

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!

Sep 06, 2019
What is the best out-of-season greenhouse?
49:23

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.

Aug 30, 2019
Are evil squirrels eating your tomatoes & tree fruits?
54:21

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!

Aug 23, 2019
Is it too late for pepper plants?
54:21

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!

Aug 16, 2019
Think twice before “improving” the soil when planting plants and shrubs!
54:21

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!

Aug 09, 2019
What is one of the worst landscaping practices?
54:20

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.

Aug 02, 2019
Hostas: No longer a threat or menace!
53:51

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!

Jul 26, 2019
How can pond scum help your garden?
54:21

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!

Jul 19, 2019
Hostas: Threat or menace?
54:21

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. 

Jul 12, 2019
Planning on saving tomato seeds this season?
53:51

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!

Jul 05, 2019
What are the dangers of using Preen?
54:20

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!

Jun 28, 2019
Do You Know What’s In Your Compost?
54:08

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.

Jun 21, 2019
Have your squash plants ever collapsed mid-summer?
54:18

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!

Jun 14, 2019
Can handling wet plants be fatal?
53:40

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.

Jun 07, 2019
Summer Greenhouses-- What are they good for?
53:30

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 31, 2019
It's a You Bet Your Garden Rewind!
52:57

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 24, 2019
Does rosemary have the power to deter insect pests?
54:07

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 17, 2019
Should you ever "improve the soil" when installing new trees or shrubs?
53:59
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 10, 2019
Looking for a new book this season?
53:12

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!

May 03, 2019
What is 'direct-seeding'?
53:11

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.

Apr 26, 2019
Is it possible to have to much organic matter in your soil?
53:10

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. 

Apr 19, 2019
A rose disease is making the rounds! Here is what you can do.
51:27

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.

Apr 12, 2019
Got Tomato Problems?
53:02

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!

Apr 05, 2019
Are oak leaves really that troublesome?
52:33

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! 

Mar 29, 2019
What gardening book should you read next?
53:35

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!

Mar 22, 2019
Who is to blame for your plants being eaten up over night?
53:30

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.

Mar 15, 2019
What you need to know if you plan on starting your own plants from seeds this season!
52:45

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.

Mar 08, 2019
A Fresh Look at Tomato Troubles and Backyard Chickens
53:01

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!

Mar 01, 2019
What can you do if unwanted insects invade? And, how to banish fruit flies and drain flies.
53:17

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!

Feb 22, 2019
Planning on growing tomatoes? Here is what you need to know!
53:35

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!

Feb 15, 2019
What rules should you follow to grow your own sweet corn? And, an extra heaping helping of your phone call questions.
52:32

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.

Feb 08, 2019
Suffering from blossom end rot? And, a Philadelphia Flower Show preview!
53:49

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!

Feb 01, 2019
When should you prune winterberry? And lots of your fabulous phone calls!
53:50

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!

Jan 25, 2019
How can you add multicolored lupines to your garden? And, a peek at Burnside Plantation's gardens.
53:50

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.

Jan 18, 2019
How can you perrennial-ize your poinsettias? And all about the farm that grows farmers.
52:14

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. 

Jan 12, 2019
What are the legal & landscape dangers of planting bamboo?
51:23

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. 

Jan 04, 2019
A Fresh Look at our First Lehigh Valley Hour of Horticultural Hijinks
53:07

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.

Dec 28, 2018
Got ivy growing up your trees? And Adrian Higgins talks Bradford Pear trees.
48:35

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. 

Dec 21, 2018
Whats to blame when you awaken to a ripped up lawn? And a heaping helping of your phone calls!
48:41

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.

Dec 14, 2018
Why are some trees' branches cut back to a stump? Plus, how the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is going back to the 1960s.
51:52

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. 

Dec 07, 2018
What are the secrets to a fireproof Christmas tree & needle-free floor?
51:31

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.

Nov 30, 2018
Can ants really kill a tree? Plus, a heaping helping of your questions!
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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. 

Nov 23, 2018
What can you do with a tree stump? And, why 'volcano mulching' can hurt you in the long run.
56:22

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. 

Nov 16, 2018
Should I use my compost pile now? And, what is the relationship between people and plants?
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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.

Nov 09, 2018
Why were my tomato plant so bad this summer? Plus, tips and tricks on how to make chickens feel like part of the family.
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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. 

Nov 02, 2018
Looking to pick up your pruners for landscaping? And, why is your fig tree still not producing figs?
50:58

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. 

Oct 26, 2018
What type of scarab beetle devoured your roses this summer? Plus, Dan DeVault teaches us about kombucha.
51:24

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. 

Oct 19, 2018
Why are so many flowers and plants blooming again? And an extra heaping helping of your questions.
52:53

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.

Oct 11, 2018
What is the best way to remove poison ivy? And why do flea beetles love chemical fertilizers?
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Mike McGrath marks the 20th year of continuous episodes of You Bet Your Garden on public broadcasting and the first show out of the PBS39 Studios in Bethlehem.Episode topics include poision ivy removal, why chemical fertilizers make flea beetles fat and happy, and of course, Mike takes your phone calls.

Oct 04, 2018