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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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Listener Q&A episode.  Topics include: Propagating a String of Pearls Basil infested with caterpillars Mandarin bush – will it produce late in the season Azalea – how to care for Overwintering eggplants & peppers – when to prepare Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – best time of year & method to transplant   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Avocados, blueberries and Hydrangeas - 3 plants I get a lot of questions about. In some parts of the world they grow like weeds, but in many locations they can be tricky. I talk to Bruce Ritter -- co-founder of the Sacramento Botanical Garden -- about growing these, as well as how the plan to build a world class garden in Sacramento is going.   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 September garden To-Do tasks.  There is a big variety with a lot on the list, including: Clean up – remove certain vegetables. There are certain ones to leave (peppers, eggplants, etc) as cool temperatures can help them.  Plant Fall/Winter vegetables, including brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, cabbage, kales, swiss chard Harvest gourds such as pumpkins and squash Plan and purchase bulbs that will be planted in Fall, bloom in Spring Add beneficial nematodes Cut back certain plants, such as pruning hydrangeas Near the end of September --...

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What does it take to grow healthy CBD with organic regenerative practices? I talk to founder of Sunset Lake CBD, Sam Bellavance and farmer/grower Caitlin Silber to hear about how they produce the most beautiful plants in Vermont. We discuss how they feed the soil, prevent most pest and disease problems and what they use to treat powdery mildew. Plus -- we talk about all their wonderful products and uses.   Sunset Lake CBD can be found at: Website: Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn:   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at   Find Marlene over...

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A plant out of place… this is a universal definition  of a weed. Weeds are many gardeners' biggest nemesis.  If left unchecked they can cause numerous issues in a garden. I breakdown how weeds get to your garden, how to control them and the single most important task to prevent an inundation. 

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Grab bag listener Q&A episode – fruit tree pruning, orchids, hibiscus…..topics include:  Old wood chippings – what can I use for? Orchids – how to treat ant infestation Hibiscus – part is green, part is brown….diagnosis? Spotted spurge – how to mitigate this weed Peach tree – how to prune to prevent branch breakage To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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The dog days of summer are upon us, and heat and smoke from wildfires is everyday life.  In this episode, I discuss this as well as all August to-do tasks, which compared to other months are not as daunting.  These include your fall vegetable planning/prep, summer fruit tree pruning, and some beginning thoughts on water issues.     To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at   Find Marlene over on , and

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Doing a bit of summer fruit tree care can go a long way for a plentiful, healthy crop the following year.  I talk to Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn nursery, about the benefits of summer pruning, what you should be fertilizing with, summer pests, how to tell if you watering enough and many more helpful tips. Don and Redwood Barn can be found at: Website:  Instagram:  & Facebook:    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at Find Marlene over on , and

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Grab bag listener Q&A episode – tree issues and recommendations, vegetables, pests….  Jade – why is it turning red Thrips – how to mitigate Cucumbers – why very pale in color Limbs dropping on a tree that seems healthy Maple tree – roots are starting to show at the base….should they be covered with soil To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: email Marlene at   Find Marlene over on , and

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Sonya Harris is a lifetime educator. Working with kids with special needs she became aware of the importance of alternative learning and began her journey creating a school garden. Sonya’s energy and dedication quickly morphed into a bigger mission -- eventually leading to the nonprofit Bullock Garden Project. The mission of the organization is stated below: We are dedicated to empowering individuals, groups, and organizations, focusing on people within marginalized communities, in creating sustainable agriculture and incorporating garden education through building community sustainability...

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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]