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Flower Power Garden Hour 95: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Flower Power Garden Hour

Release Date: 04/03/2021

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Flower Power Garden Hour

5 foot tall pepper plants? Yes, your peppers can get this large. Chad Iman, owner of Sky High Scoville Pepper Farm breaks down step by step how to grow the best most productive peppers possible. He shares his secret recipe for seed starting mix, transplant techniques and how to overwinter your plants. Plus we talk about the beautiful hot peppers he grows. Chad and Sky High Scoville Pepper Farm can be found at: Instagram: Facebook:   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Producing your own honey and having your own bees can be a fun and rewarding backyard hobby. But how do you go about starting -- do you need to buy bees or can you catch your own swarm?  I talk to professional beekeeper, Blake Dacy and backyard hobbyist/host of Good Day Sacramento Tina Macuha all about bees. We discuss how bees go about building a hive, what they require, how to treat for mites and everything in between. Plus -- Blake and Tina share their fun swarm collecting stories.   Blake can be found at: Instagram: Facebook: Website:   Tina can be found at: Instagram:...

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Lots of tasks during the hot summer season, including: Plant cabbage, carrots, beets, celery, kale, onion seeds, potatoes, mustards, chard, collards, leeks Deadhead flowers Hose off whiteflies, sticky traps Clean up old fruit on trees, ground Still time to summer prune fruit trees Order fall bulbs Support melons on the ground or on vines Continue to deep water young, newly planted trees Deadhead, cut back mophead hydrangeas   A wide variety of listener questions are addressed, including: How to control Leaf Miners on cucumber What type of milkweed for Monarch butterflies Lawn clippings...

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Who doesn’t love flowers, and they are even better when you can pick and make a bouquet out of them. I talk with the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden’s horticulturalist, Wyatt Emig, about his process of growing flowers. He shares his must have seed trays, soil conditioning tips and favorite flowers to grow. Wyatt can found at: Website:   Instagram:  Instagram: Facebook:    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Every great garden starts with healthy soil. But what exactly is “healthy” soil, how do you achieve this and what is soil really. Robert Pavlis, author of “Soil Science for Gardeners” and of “Garden Myths” fame joins me once again to talk everything soil. We discuss micronutrients versus macronutrients, can you add sand to clay soils, how to test your soil for texture and a lot more. Robert can found at: Websites:  Facebook: YouTube:  To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at   Find Marlene over on , and

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We all know the importance of trees… oxygen, shade, habitat, food, beauty and more. And we all know they can live centuries beyond us. But they can also have difficulties growing in urban settings. I talk to consulting arborist, John Lichter, on what you can do to ensure that your trees are healthy and vibrant in your lifetime as well as for future generations. We discuss how to properly water both young and established trees, what to look out for in diseased trees and where you can find the best tree selection for your yard.   John can be found at: Website:    To ask...

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July gardening is actually one of the less busy months in terms of number and volume of tasks.  There is a lot of maintenance, but no major, backbreaking work. We combine the July list on this episode with a deep dive into listener Q&A – with a focus on tomatoes.  If you have questions or need advice on tomato growing, this is a must listen.     To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at   Find Marlene over on , and

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Melinda Price waited years to fulfill her dream of being a farmer. And once she bought her historic farm in Northern California -- the work was only just beginning. Thinking outside the box, she and her partner Simon decided they would try their hand in saffron... the most expense herb on the market. Fast forward 5 years and Peace and Plenty Farm is a thriving organic oasis and so much more than just saffron.   Check out Peace and Plenty Farm at the sites below.  Also, the farm has a GoFundMe page to help with the goal of restoring a historic barn which lies on the site.  They...

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This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of June.  Summer suddenly feels like it is in full swing, with a rapid to transition to HOT weather.  Time to get your garden tasks done early in the morning.  Vegetables to plant: Tomatoes Eggplant Peppers Squash Watermelon Zucchini Corn Beans Cucumbers Melons Okra Pumpkins Watermelon Swiss Chard   Garden tasks: Shade peppers Pinch off basil flowers, dead head flowers Compost Mulch Deep water trees Remove stakes from trees and re-stake Paint fruit trees Thin fruit trees Monitor for pests, use kaolin clay diatomaceous...

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California is a big state with many different climates, so it can be a bit daunting when you hear “plant California natives”.  Yes, it’s a great idea to plant natives for native pollinators, birds, insects etc… but how do you know you are doing it correct?  Luckily, Patricia Carpenter and Pat Dressendorfer have all the answers. These two lifelong gardeners have just finished a 5 season--  yes, 5 season -- write up for Pacific Horticulture on all things California natives. They talk with me about which are their favorite sun and shade natives, how to water and other tips...

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Located along the bluffs of Mendocino is a botanical gem…the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. I speak to horticulturalists Jim and Jaime about a few of the stand-out plants the garden is known for -- Rhododendrons and Camellias. Jaime discusses the history of the gardens and the overall growing techniques of the plants. Former Rhododendron nursery owner Jim shares his years of growing expertise propagating and growing Rhododendrons.

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens can be found on social media at:

Instagram: @mendocinocoastbotanicalgardens

Facebook: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Website: gardenbythesea.org

 

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