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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 96:  April To Do List show art Flower Power Garden Hour 96: April To Do List

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Spring is in full swing and there is a lot to do in the garden. I’ll address which veggies you can plant now and which ones you should hold off on for a bit longer. I’ll also discuss peach leaf curl, weeds, perennial planting and discuss my annoyance with finding a perfect weed eater. 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 95:  Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens show art Flower Power Garden Hour 95: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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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: Facebook: Website:   To ask questions for future shows, submit them...

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Flower Power Garden Hour 94: Jan Johnsen – Landscape Designer & Author show art Flower Power Garden Hour 94: Jan Johnsen – Landscape Designer & Author

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Award winning landscape designer Jan Johnsen has been creating magical landscapes for years. She has taken her vast knowledge/eye for design and has written an educational book entitled ‘Floratopia’. I talk to Jan about which flowers are fail-proof in containers, how to use texture/color and her years of designing all around the world. Check out her new book as well as others she has written -- ‘Floratopia’, ‘Gardentopia’, ‘The Spirit of Stone’, and ‘Heaven is a Garden’. She can be found on social media at the following places:   Website: Instagram: Facebook:  ...

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Flower Power Garden Hour 93:  March To Do List show art Flower Power Garden Hour 93: March To Do List

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Spring has sprung…well at least in zone 9 of California. Here is my garden list of tasks to be done or continued in March -- including planting potatoes, summer blooming bulbs and sunflower seeds (along with other annuals). I discus which veggies can be planted and which ones to hold off for a bit. Additionally some pruning tips are provided…which plants must be pruned this time of year and a discussion if it’s ok to still prune your blooming stone fruits. 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 92:  Byron Martin of Logee’s  show art Flower Power Garden Hour 92: Byron Martin of Logee’s

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Houseplants are very “in” right now and Logee’s knows houseplants. They have been around since the first houseplant craze of the Victorian Era! But in addition to houseplants, they have a marvelous diverse selection of all sorts of plants…edibles, ornamentals and unique varieties of all kinds. I talk to third generation owner Byron Martin about the history of Logee’s and of course all the plants they propagate and sell. Byron and Logee’s can be found at: Instagram: Website: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube:   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene...

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Flower Power Garden Hour 91: Mandarins, with Kelly Krause show art Flower Power Garden Hour 91: Mandarins, with Kelly Krause

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For over 125 years, Placer County in California has been producing delicious mandarins that are shipped all over the country. Nine years ago, Kelly Krause got a crash course in growing these tasty fruits when her family bought an established orchard. I sit down and talk with Kelly all about growing Mandarins including when and how to prune, pests and diseases and how they have to harvest to prevent bruising.   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 90:  February To Do List show art Flower Power Garden Hour 90: February 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 wet February.  Tasks include: Pruning roses Pruning fruit trees Spraying fruit trees/roses Clean up Plant more winter veggies Start veggie seeds inside   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 89: Bare-root fruit trees, with Farmer Fred Hoffman show art Flower Power Garden Hour 89: Bare-root fruit trees, with Farmer Fred Hoffman

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There are numerous reasons to plant bare-root fruit trees… greater selection, price and ease of planting. I discuss with Fred Hoffman, host of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, on all you need to know about selecting, planting and steps to get your tree on its way to producing bumper crops. What are chill hours vs chill units? Why do you paint the tree trunks? How do you keep your fruit tree to a manageable size? And my favorite… the story on how fruit tree trunks began being painted.   To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene...

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Flower Power Garden Hour 88:  Listener Q&A show art Flower Power Garden Hour 88: Listener Q&A

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Grab bag listener Q&A episode – some very detailed questions this time, so take notes and put your thinking hat on.  Azaleas – not doing so well, how to make grow better? Blueberry bushes – having difficult time growing, need to move them, water issues Seeds – require air circulation for storage? Miracle berry – leaves turning brown Redwoods – foliage turning brown/orange   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 87: Building healthy soil, with Melinda Cordell show art Flower Power Garden Hour 87: Building healthy soil, with Melinda Cordell

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Focus on your soil and your garden will thank you. I talk to ‘Stay Grounded: Soil Building for Sustainable Gardens’ author Melinda Cordell about the steps to a healthy soil. How exactly do earthworms help your soil? Can you really compost drywall and levi jeans? These are just some of the topics we touch upon.   To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at

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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 [email protected]