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
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!
50:13

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?
55:42

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.
51:28

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?
53:14

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