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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

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A wide range of topics addressing questions submitted by listeners.  Including: Broccoli clusters – why are mine loose as opposed to tightly packed Citrus – can they be pruned in winter Asparagus – how to trim Succulents – should they be brought inside during winter Broken limb on a tree – can a damaged tree be pruned during the winter, or is it best to wait until spring Fireplace ash – is there a use for this in the garden   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Here in northern California, it has been a cold and thankfully wet winter.  As we are at the season midpoint, here is January’s to do list. Prune roses Spray fruit trees – liquid copper, dormant oil Clean up old fruit Plant bare-root fruit trees, grapes, blueberries, asparagus Hold off on pruning fruit trees Plant: Bok choy, broccoli rabe, loose leaf lettuce, radishes, mustards Order summer vegetable seeds Add beneficial nematodes Compost   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 129:  The history of holiday plants , with Matt Mattus show art Flower Power Garden Hour 129: The history of holiday plants , with Matt Mattus

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Have you ever wondered why during the holidays we bring mistletoe inside?  What were some of the plants brought inside during Victorian times?  In this episode, I talk to horticulturist Matt Mattus about the history of holiday plants and how to care for them.  Matt has been gardening since the age of 9 on his family’s historic 1910 Worchester, MA home.  An expert in most aspects of gardening, he specializes in South African bulbs and alpine plants.  Matt has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens, and is currently a contributor to Fine...

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This is a listener Q&A episode.  Questions cover topics including: Cactus – how to remove new growth Fuyu persimmons --  this year’s crop has seeds in the fruit, and in years past has not.  Ideas why? Plumeria – should it stay outside or bring inside during the cold weather Poinsettias – they are not turning red, even though they are being kept in relative dark.  Is there anything that can help them turn red? Bereavement – how do I keep healthy?  There are many different plants on this one   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: ...

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In this episode, I discuss December garden To-Do tasks.  Winter is in full swing, and lots to do. Pest mitigation – aphids, cabbage looper, nematodes Plant bulbs Plant vegetables -- asparagus, bok choy, kale, loose leaf lettuce, mustard, radishes Move succulents out of potential rain Smother weeds Plant bareroots   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at   Find Marlene over on , and

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Orchid grower Shawn Shumaker breaks down all the do’s and dont’s to successfully grow orchids inside your home… including the number one tip to get yours to rebloom. Plus -- is the ice cube watering method good or bad, what planting media should you use and what should be done to control pests. If you are looking to expand your collection, Shawn discusses other species that can be grown inside just as easily as Phalaenopsis. You can follow Shawn at: Instagram:   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Listener Q&A episode.  Topics include: New growth on cactus – should it be removed, and if so…how? Hydrangeas – when to cut and how Lemons – why are they cracking? Musa basjoo – recommendations for transitioning into fall/winter Maple tree – recommendations to improve growing conditions To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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In this episode, I discuss November garden To-Do tasks.  There is actually quite a lot as we transition fully into the colder and wetter months of the year. Continue clean up – pull out dead plants; remove lead, vegetable and fruit debris Plant bulbs – chill tulips or buy Darwin varieties Divide grasses, agapanthus, etc Plant vegetables:  Fava beans, bok choy, broccoli, celery, swiss chard, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, mustard, onions, radish, shallot, spinach Plant cover crops: Fava beans, red clover Move succulents out of potential rain Bring plumerias inside Plants...

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Want to grow your succulents to perfection? Want to venture into growing more difficult ones? Or how about just not wanting to kill them? Then this episode is for you. Gianluca Bacci -- expert succulent grower -- joins me to discuss soils, watering, Lithops, Welwitschia and more. Gianluca can be followed at: Instagram: To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Want to grow your succulents to perfection? Want to venture into growing more difficult ones? Or how about just not wanting to kill them? Then this episode is for you. Gianluca Bacci -- expert succulent grower -- joins me to discuss soils, watering, Lithops, Welwitschia and more. Gianluca can be followed at: Instagram: To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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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]