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Flower Power Garden Hour 37: Lavender, with Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm

Flower Power Garden Hour

Release Date: 03/31/2019

Flower Power Garden Hour 86: January To Do List show art Flower Power Garden Hour 86: January To Do List

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This continues my series of what garden tasks should be on your to-do list for each month. Here I cover the chilly and (sometimes) wet month of January. Pruning – fruit trees (except citrus), ornamentals, roses Plant bareroot Spray liquid copper Vegetables – radishes, loose leaf lettuce, fava beans Weed control Buy seeds for spring To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at

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Flower Power Garden Hour 85: Listener Q&A show art Flower Power Garden Hour 85: Listener Q&A

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Listener Q&A episode -- Marlene answers listener submitted questions this week. Topics include: Roses: Propagate from cut flowers? Egg shells in soil? Christmas cactus: Care and transplanting Boston fern: How best to thin out foliage Crickets/Frogs: How to promote them staying in your garden Staghorn fern: Able to thrive in Northern California?   To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at

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Flower Power Garden Hour 84: Dahlias, with Kristine Albrecht show art Flower Power Garden Hour 84: Dahlias, with Kristine Albrecht

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Dahlias can be one of the most stunning and rewarding flowers to grow… AND they are not as mysterious and difficult as a lot of gardeners believe they are. I talk to author and expert Dahlia grower Kristine Albrecht of Santa Cruz Dahlias, and we dive into how to grow Dahlias successfully in your garden. We touch on propagation and her passion for breeding them, which she discusses in her new book ‘Dahlia Breeding’. Instagram: YouTube: Websites:   To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at

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Flower Power Garden Hour 83: December To Do List  show art Flower Power Garden Hour 83: December To Do List

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This continues my series of what garden tasks should be on your to-do list for each month. Here I cover the cold and blustery month of December. Spray peaches/nectarines with liquid copper Apply horticultural oil for overwintering pests Plant frost resistance perennials Chard. Kale, fava beans, radishes – all can still be planted Clean up plant debris, especially under diseased or pest infected plants Be prepared for frost with cotton sheets or frost blankets   To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at

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Flower Power Garden Hour 82: Garden Myths, with Robert Pavlis show art Flower Power Garden Hour 82: Garden Myths, with Robert Pavlis

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Epsom salts, hydrogen peroxide, calcium sprays… these are just some of the topics I cover with Robert Pavlis, author of the popular book series Garden Myths 1 and 2. Robert has made it his mission to bust these myths and help gardeners decipher the science behind each one. We talk about the most common myths and the ones that drive him the craziest. Listen in, and check out his amazing gardenmyths.com blog along with gardenfundamentals.com. All of his books (his newest being Soil Science for Gardeners: Working with Nature to Build Soil Health) can be found on Amazon (links below) or other...

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Flower Power Garden Hour 81: Listener Q&A...cold season prep show art Flower Power Garden Hour 81: Listener Q&A...cold season prep

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Listener Q&A episode -- Marlene answers listener submitted questions this week. Topics include: Holly bush: How can I propagate it? Succulents: Need to move indoors for the winter? Tuberose: When to stop watering and move inside? Nectarine: Liquid copper for peach leaf curl – what to ask for at the nursery? Rust: Has had rust problem for 5 years – annually attacks dahlias & peonies. How to combat? Papaya: Advice of how to take care of? Currently in a pot To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and  

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Flower Power Garden Hour 80:  Farouche Peppers show art Flower Power Garden Hour 80: Farouche Peppers

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Eight foot tall peppers? Yep -- this is how Jeremy from Farouche Peppers grows his amazingly beautiful peppers. Not only does he breed gorgeous, tasty peppers -- but he knows how to grow for production. Learn how his sustainable, organic approach arose from his need to feed the soil on a budget. I talk to Jeremy about what it takes to breed peppers, what his ultimate pepper goal is and what his tips are for growing for a large bounty. Definitely follow Jeremy’s Instagram for incredible peppers images – out of this world! And you can buy these unequaled, unique peppers on his Etsy page....

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Flower Power Garden Hour 79: November To-Do List show art Flower Power Garden Hour 79: November To-Do List

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Every month has certain things that need to be done to keep your garden vibrant and prepare it for future seasons. I love lists – on this episode I cover my list for what to do in November, including: Plant vegetables -- fava beans, bok choy, swiss chard, garlic, lettuce, onion sets, radish, spinach Cover crops -- fava beans, vetch, clover Clean up plant debris Mulch Spray Liquid Copper for Peach Leaf Curl Plant bulbs Prep bulbs for forcing paperwhites… dark cool room two weeks or until roots Overwintering peppers Sow wildflower seeds Divide plants such as Iris, grasses, daylilies  ...

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Flower Power Garden Hour 78: Soil Amendments – how to figure out what to buy show art Flower Power Garden Hour 78: Soil Amendments – how to figure out what to buy

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Something that is always confusing is the massive number of soil amendment options found at nurseries. They have a multitude of similar names, and it is very hard to know which is appropriate for what you are doing. This episode is a deep dive on how to take the confusion out of the marketing language behind these products, and guide you what to look for. I categorize the amendments in these buckets: Top Soil 50/50 Mix Compost and Humus Planting Mix, Soil Conditioner, Garden Soil, Garden Booster Chicken/Steer Manure   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene...

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Flower Power Garden Hour:  Giant Pumpkins, with Brian Myers show art Flower Power Garden Hour: Giant Pumpkins, with Brian Myers

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Ever wonder how the heck a 2,000 pound pumpkin is grown? Even if you don’t want to grow a 2,000 pounder -- but one slightly smaller -- Brian Myers from California Pumpkin Growers goes through the steps to get you the Jack O’ Lantern of your dreams. Our conversation starts with the history of pumpkin weigh offs and the heaviest pumpkin ever recorded. We then go into growing techniques focusing in first on choosing the correct seed and seed genetics followed by very important growing techniques. Listen in to be prepared for next year’s Halloween season.   To ask questions for future...

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Tina Reikes was not always a farmer. 9/11 caused Tina to reevaluate her life, leading her to deviate from her corporate real estate career to seek something more fulfilling. Never having farmed, but armed with a desire to find a rural based lifestyle, Tina searched for the perfect location. A few years later, Bear Flag Farm was born. 26 acres tucked amongst almond & walnut orchards in the ag town of Winters CA, Tina began her career as a boutique farmer of lavender, olive oil, wine – and to boot, being a world renown wedding venue. Here we discuss Tina’s trials & errors of lavender farming, including her favorite varieties, how/when to prune, & the other aspects of her life as a farmer.

To ask questions for future shows, submit them at Flower Power Garden Hour Facebook page, The Plant Lady Facebook page, or Instagram. You can also email Marlene questions, future show topic requests and feedback at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com