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Pruning persimmon and kiwis, mulch materials, and chilling hours.

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 01/13/2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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It's time for dormant pruning, especially kiwis and persimmon. Plus ideas for mulch materials.
Host Glen Andresen is happy to have guest Jim Gilbert back, and it's a good thing as we have lots to talk about, including pruning kiwis and persimmons, suggestions about what you can use for mulch, and a topic to maybe to make you feel a bit better about cold weather--chilling hours and why many plants need them to thrive. And, do you know when to capitalize named varieties of fruits and vegetables? Let us know what you think!

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (Triple Crown blackberry), quiz you with a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

The fourth annual beekeeping edition

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The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen talks bees and beekeeping with Bill Catherall and Tim Wessels
It's the fourth annual beekeeping edition of The Dirtbag. Host Glen Andresen welcomes Bill Catherall, the president of Portland Urban Beekeepers, to talk about the organization and it's upcoming Bee School. Tim Wessels returns to the show to talk about the OSU Bee Lab and the Oregon Master Beekeeper program. He'll also have an update on the Bridgetown Bees local queen bee-breeding project.

Have a bee-related question? This is your month to call in and get it answered. As always, we'll a have a new Plant of the Month (winter-blooming bee plants), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Growing nuts in western Oregon; blooming plants in November

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Growing nuts in western Oregon, even almonds; plus blooming plants to brighten your November days
Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert talk about growing nuts in western Oregon (yes, insert your own joke here). And even though we are losing more than two minutes of daylight just about every day in November, there are blooming plants to brighten your way. We will let you know about some of our favorites.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (almonds in western Oregon), quiz you with a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Planting garlic and cover crops, favorite apples

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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It's October, time to plant garlic and cover crops, transplanting, and our favorite apples
Host Glen Andresen is pleased to have Jim Gilbert back in the co-pilot seat after his trip to Italy. October is the prime month to plant garlic and cover crops, and, after the rains come, transplanting just about anything!

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (ours--and yours--favorite apples), quiz you with a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Food forests, edible weeds, medicinal plants...and crazy grafts

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen welcomes back John Saltveit to discuss his productive gardening style.
Host Glen Andresen welcomes back John Saltveit to talk about edible weeds, food forests, and, as our Plant of the Month, medicinal plants. We'll also hear about his numerous--and sometimes crazy--fruit tree grafts.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Garden Stumper, and fill you in on what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Gardening experiments

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert want to hear about your gardening experiments
This month, host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert want to hear about your gardening experiments this year--and will share some of their own, including Jim's sea berry breeding program.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (pineapple guava), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Summer pruning, hot weather irrigation, apricots in western Oregon

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk summer pruning, watering in hot weather, and apricots.
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk summer pruning of fruit trees, watering in prolonged HOT weather, apricots, and Jim's Sea Berry breeding experiment in Goldendale, Washington.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (carrots), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Glacial rock dust, remineralization and fertilizer

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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What is glacial rock dust...and how is it different from fertilizer?
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert discuss glacial rock dust and how it pertains to remineralizing your garden soil. And while we're at it, what exactly is "fertilizer" anyway?

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (strawberries), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Battling slugs in the veggie garden

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Host Glen Andresen discusses a dozen methods (mimimum!) of slug control
Host Glen Andresen discusses that No. 1 pest in the vegetable garden, slugs, and ways to keep them in check.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (beets), a new Garden Stumper, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Portland Ecofilm Festival, Pawpaws, composting, hardening off veggie starts

Program: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Dawn Smallman, curator of the Portland Ecofilm Festival, talks about the gardening-related films
Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome back Dawn Smallman, curator of the 2015 Portland Ecofilm Festival, to talk about the festival and specifically some of the more gardening-related films. And you know what that means? Yes, ticket giveaways! Listen for multiple Garden Stumper questions and call in with the correct answer to win tickets. We'll also be talking compost and composting and the importance of hardening off your veggie starts.

As always, we'll answer your gardening questions, have a new Plant of the Month (Pawpaws), several new Garden Stumpers, and what's going on in the honey bee hive this month.

The Dirtbag... Listen. Laugh. Learn.

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Garlic, tomatoes, cover crops.

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 09/14/2011

Host Glen Andresen welcomes back Columbia County Agricultural OSU Extension Agent Chip Bubl to talk about what's going on in the edible garden. There aren't many folks around as knowledgeable as Chip so it's a treat to have him available to answer your gardening questions for the whole hour! Also on this show, the answer to last month's — and a new — Garden Stumper quiz. Regular guest Jim Gilbert is away at a paw-paw conference so listen in next month for his report — and taste tests.

  • Length: 50:13 minutes (45.98 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Tomato time, plus Jon Betz on "Queen of the Sun"

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Wed, 05/11/2011

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk veggies and fruit. This month's plant of the month is tomatoes: varieties, types and planting tips. Plus, producer Jon Betz is on The Dirtbag for a short interview to talk about the national release of his film Queen of the Sun.

And, as usual, a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to listeners' gardening questions.

Listen. Laugh. Learn.

Attracting native pollinators. Plus, plant of the month: Figs

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Wed, 04/13/2011

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome Matthew Shepherd, Senior Conservation Associate with The Xerces Society (a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertabrates and their  habitat) to talk about their brand new book Attracting Native Pollinators. Plus the Plant-of-the-month: figs! And as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz, and answers to your questions.

Listen. Laugh. Learn 

 

Kiwi: plant of the month

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Wed, 03/09/2011

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert begin a new segment--a plant of the month. This month it's kiwis--siting, trellising, varieties, pollination requirements, pruning...and probably a lot more. Plus, it's time to start some veggies, both inside and out. And as usual, a new Garden Stumper quiz and your gardening questions.

The Dirtbag. Listen. Laugh. Learn. 

 

Soil expert, prunning fruit trees, crash course on pruning grapes and blueberries

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 02/09/2011

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome soil expert Will Newman to get the dirt on soil, as well as what you can do now to help get your vegetable beds ready for planting. Then Jim talks about planting fruit trees and shrubs this time of year. And if there's time, a crash course on pruning grapes and blueberries.

And as always, a new Garden Stumper quiz and answers to your gardening questions.

Listen. Laugh. Learn.

  • Length: 52:31 minutes (36.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Catalogs; Russian fruit; Plus new gardening, animal husbandry classes with PDX's "Urban Growth Bounty"

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Wed, 01/12/2011

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert talk about Jim's recent fruit exploring trip to Russia and Ukraine. Then a discussion of favorite garden catalogs and new and exciting varieties of fruits and vegetables. Plus, the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability have just released their list of spring and summer gardening and animal husbandry classes. We'll give you a full listing and information on how to sign up.

And as always, a new Garden Stumper question, the answer to last month's Garden Stumper, and your gardening question calls.

Listen, laugh, learn. 

 

The Dirtbag on 12/08/10

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The Dirtbag
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Wed, 12/08/2010

Host Glen Andresen and guest Jim Gilbert welcome OSU Extension Horticulturist Weston Miller to talk about the OSU Master Gardener program (and the Organic Master Gardener program, too) and its emphasis on sustainable gardening. And for the second half, Harriet Fasenfest returns to talk about her new book, A Householder's Guide to the Universe: A Calendar of Basics for the Home and Beyond. She'll also talk about cooking (and storing) fall and winter produce, and whatever else tickles her fancy. What an excellent time for you to get those burning gardening questions anaswered--between the four of us, it hardly seems possible we won't know something that will help you!

Of course they'll be a new Garden Stumper quiz, and the answer to last month's question: "What apple is pictured on the Beatles Apple Records label?"

  • Length: 50:09 minutes (34.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

The Dirtbag on 11/10/10

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Wed, 11/10/2010

Are your fruit trees ready for the spring? Now is the time to start preparing those trees for winter and spring. Jim Gilbert joins host Glen Andresen to offer sound fruit tree advice on what to do when and how to do it--and of course it's all organic. Plus an explanation of late blight that hit virtually all tomatoes in the Portland area this year.

Also on this show, Glen has a list of about 38 ways to love your leaves (perhaps you've noticed there are plenty this year...). And as always a new Garden Stumper quiz and listener questions.

Listen, laugh, learn.

  • Length: 50:29 minutes (34.66 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Rose Marie Nichols on her seed business and August gardening

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Wed, 08/11/2010

 Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert of One Green World welcome Rose Marie Nichols from Nichols Garden Nursery to talk about being in the seed business. And since Rose Marie is the co-author of the book Bountiful Container, we'll followup on our June Dirtbag show on container gardening and ask for her expert advice! (No Garden Stumper or listener questions this month as the show was taped ahead of time.)

Rain Water Collection Systems

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Sat, 07/17/2010
Host Glen Andresen and Jim Gilbert of One Green World welcome Clackamas Community College horticultual instructor Bruce Nelson to talk about rainwater harvesting and two upcoming rainwater collecting workshops at Clackamas Community College on August 30 and September 1. 
 
Garden Stumper Quiz answer: Portland averages less than 1 inch of rainfall for each July and August.
 
 
 

Playlists

The Dirtbag playlist for 10/17/2009

Program name: 
The Dirtbag
Air date: 
10/17/2009
ArtistTitle
S Colemansign and seal
Denis Colinsomething trio
Jason Moransoundtrack to human motion
lionel LouekeKaribu
Arthur BlytheHipmotism
Ira Jane BloomSlalom
Wayne ShorterAll Seeing Eye
John ColtraneSheets of Sound
Etienne CharlesFolklore

 

Comments

March 10, 2010 Garden Stumper

March 10, 2010 Garden Stumper quiz

QUESTION: What apple varieties get pollinated by Gravenstein apple trees?

ANSWER: None! Gravenstein's are triploid, meaning they have three sets of chromosomes. If you want to get apples on your gravenstein tree, you will need to have another apple variety within bee range. And here's the tricky part, if you want to get apples on the second tree, your will need a THIRD apple variety within bee range to pollinate it!

 

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