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Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Tuesday and Friday. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes a weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. A four-decade fixture in Sacramento radio, he hosted three radio shows for Northern California gardeners and farmers: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://gardenbasics.net

Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Fred Hoffman

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Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Tuesday and Friday. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes a weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. A four-decade fixture in Sacramento radio, he hosted three radio shows for Northern California gardeners and farmers: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://gardenbasics.net

    220 Aphid Control Tips. Chickens vs. Heat

    220 Aphid Control Tips. Chickens vs. Heat

    Wherever you live, wherever you garden, at some point in the year, your plants will get aphids. This sucking insect enjoys the sap from many of your favorite plants, including vegetables, fruits, flowers, shrubs and trees. Aphids can also spread plant diseases. Oh, and they do attract ants, who covet the sweet excretions of aphids. We have tips for controlling this widespread garden pest, aphids. 
    Record breaking temperatures persist throughout much of the northern hemisphere this summer. How are your backyard chickens doing with the heat. We have strategies for helping your roosters and hens and chicks cope with triple digit heat, this summer.
    We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

    Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout
    Pictured: Aphids on a rose bud
     Links:
    Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Garden Basics Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
    Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
    Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects (with pictures of the beneficials)
    All About Aphids (UC)
    Cherie Sintes-Glover: ChickensForEggs.com

    Got a garden question? 
    • Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics
    • Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 
    • Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net
    • E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 
    All About Farmer Fred:
    The GardenBasics.net website
    The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
    https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Farmer Fred website:
    http://farmerfred.com

    Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/farmerfred
    The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
    http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com
    Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 
    Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
    https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/
    Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.
    And thank you for listening.
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    • 27 min
    219 Summer Fruit Tree Pruning. Lemon Verbena. Tomato Troubles.

    219 Summer Fruit Tree Pruning. Lemon Verbena. Tomato Troubles.

    Yes, it’s August, and it’s hot out, but the garden is a busy place:  harvesting, watering, deadheading, weeding. Wise gardeners  have added another chore that will help guarantee future garden success: summer pruning of deciduous fruit trees. We’ll tell you why now nipping back your peach, plum, apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine and other fruit trees  will lead to better production next year.
    Have you heard of lemon verbena? It’s an herb, with showy flowers, and produces leaves that can liven up a lot of your dessert recipes, with a taste that your guests won’t forget.
    And there are summer tomato issues. We revisit  tips for dealing with August’s tomato pests and diseases, as well as too much sun and heat. 
    We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in about 30 minutes. Let’s go!

    Pictured:
    Summer Pruned Pear Tree
    Previous episodes, links, product information, topic search and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout
    Links:
    Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Garden Basics Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
    Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
    Book: The Home Orchard,: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees  by Chuck Ingels
    Dave Wilson Nursery Video: Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees
    Lemon Verbena Sugar Cookies Recipe
    Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Recipe
    Got a garden question? 
    • Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics
    • Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 
    • Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net
    • E-mail: fred at farmerfred.com 
    All About Farmer Fred:
    Search the GardenBasics.net website
    The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
    https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Farmer Fred website:  http://farmerfred.com

    Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter @farmerfred
    The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog 
    Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 
    Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
    Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links here.
    And thank you for listening.
    Dirt Road DiscussionsThis is not an ordinary farm podcast! Intriguing stories hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    • 31 min
    218 Smarter Irrigation Controllers

    218 Smarter Irrigation Controllers

    If you have a sprinkler system, a drip irrigation system or a series of soaker hoses, how are you turning those systems on and off?  For many gardeners who live in dry summer climates, automatic irrigation control systems are the way to go. And if you have one of those older irrigation control systems, you might be amazed at how the newer, smartphone-controlled systems can ease your watering chores even more. We talk with an irrigation specialist, Don Smith,  the water management coordinator for the City of Folsom, California. Not only will you learn about the features on the newest irrigation control systems, you just might discover how inexpensive upgrades to your watering systems can be, thanks to grants and rebates.
    We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

    Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout
    Pictured: Rachio Irrigation Control System
     Links:
    Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Garden Basics Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
    Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
    Rachio Irrigation Controllers
    Hunter Irrigation Controllers
    Hunter MP Rotator Sprinkler Heads
    Dropcountr
    Got a garden question? 
    • Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics
    • Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 
    • Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net
    • E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 
    All About Farmer Fred:
    The GardenBasics.net website
    The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
    https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Farmer Fred website:
    http://farmerfred.com

    Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/farmerfred
    The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
    http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com
    Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 
    Instagram: farmerfredhoffman 
    Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube

    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.
    And thank you for listening.
    Dirt Road DiscussionsThis is not an ordinary farm podcast! Intriguing stories hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    • 28 min
    217 Jumping Worms Update. Donate Your Excess Garden Harvest

    217 Jumping Worms Update. Donate Your Excess Garden Harvest

    GB 217 More Jumping Worms! What to Do with Your Extra Fruits, Vegetables
    Jumping worms! Unlike red wigglers or earthworms, jumping worms are not garden good guys. They’ll  consume a lot of your mulch, leaving behind pellets that are not good for your plants or your soil. And jumping worms are spreading. America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, has updated information on how you can thwart the jumping worms.
    What are you going to do with all the summer fruits and vegetables that your garden is producing? Besides canning, dehydrating and freezing, you can donate that extra produce to a food bank or food pantry near you, to feed the hungry. It’s easy, we’ll tell you how.
    We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in about 30 minutes. Let’s go!

    Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout.
    Pictured:
    A Garden Wagon  Filled With  Freshly Harvested Tomatoes
    Links:
    Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Garden Basics Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
    Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
    Oregon State University: Jumping Worms
    Jumping Worms Video
    AmpleHarvest.org
    Harvest Day, Aug. 6, at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
    Got a garden question? 
    • Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics
    • Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 
    • Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net
    • E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 
    All About Farmer Fred:
    The GardenBasics.net website
    The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
    https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Farmer Fred website:
    http://farmerfred.com

    Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/farmerfred
    The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
    http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com
    Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 
    Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
    https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/
    Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.
    And thank you for listening.
    Dirt Road DiscussionsThis is not an ordinary farm podcast! Intriguing stories hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    • 32 min
    216 Drying Fruits and Vegetables

    216 Drying Fruits and Vegetables

    As we are fond of saying on this program every summer, “You grew it. Now, eat it!” Not all at once, of course. What are the best ways to preserve all the fruits and vegetables you grow? One of the easiest is drying them. Sun drying or using a dehydrator is a great way to preserve nutrients while enjoying the literal fruits of your labor throughout the year. But where do you begin? Today, we talk with a Master Food Preserver about drying techiniques for home grown fruits and vegetables.
    We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots. And we will do it all in just a little over 30 minutes. Let’s go!

    Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout
    Pictured: Dehydrator
    Links:
    Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Garden Basics Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
    Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
    Fish Dryer
    Dehydrators
    Outdoor Drying Trays
    University of Georgia - Drying Fruits and Vegetables
    Citric Acid
    Sodium Metabisulfite
    Wendy Rose on Twitter
    Sacramento County Master Food Preserver Program
    Harvest Day, Aug. 6, at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
    Got a garden question? 
    • Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics
    • Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 
    • Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net
    • E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 
    All About Farmer Fred:
    The GardenBasics.net website
    The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
    https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Farmer Fred website:
    http://farmerfred.com

    Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/farmerfred
    The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
    http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com
    Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 
    Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
    https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/
    Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.
    And thank you for listening.
    Dirt Road DiscussionsThis is not an ordinary farm podcast! Intriguing stories hosted by the Idaho Farm Bureau.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

    • 36 min
    215 How to Stake a Tree

    215 How to Stake a Tree

    A mature, healthy landscape tree can add thousands of dollars of value to your home. And that road to a healthy tree begins as soon as you get the tree home from the nursery. And that’s where many homeowners start making what could be fatal mistakes. Today, Master Gardener and tree expert Pam Bone has the vital tips on how to stake a newly planted tree.
    We’re podcasting from Barking Dog Studios here in the beautiful Abutilon Jungle in Suburban Purgatory. It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, brought to you today by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go!

    Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout
    Pictured:
    Tree Staked Properly
    Previous episodes, links, product information, and transcripts at the new home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred, GardenBasics.net. Transcripts and episode chapters also available at Buzzsprout
    Links:
    Subscribe to the free, Beyond the Garden Basics Newsletter https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Smart Pots https://smartpots.com/fred/
    Dave Wilson Nursery https://www.davewilson.com/home-garden/
    How to Stake a Tree - Sacramento Tree Foundation
    The Myth of Staking Trees by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott
    Tree Ties
    Harvest Day, Aug. 6, at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
    Got a garden question? 
    • Leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe, at https://www.speakpipe.com/gardenbasics
    • Call or text us the question: 916-292-8964. 
    • Fill out the contact box at GardenBasics.net
    • E-mail: fred@farmerfred.com 
    All About Farmer Fred:
    The GardenBasics.net website
    The Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Newsletter, Beyond the Basics
    https://gardenbasics.substack.com
    Farmer Fred website:
    http://farmerfred.com

    Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/farmerfred
    The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog
    http://farmerfredrant.blogspot.com
    Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" 
    Instagram: farmerfredhoffman
    https://www.instagram.com/farmerfredhoffman/
    Farmer Fred Garden Minute Videos on YouTube
    As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.
    And thank you for listening.




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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

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Straightforward and helpful

Thanks!

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My favorite gardening podcast!

I have learned so much since I started listening to Fred and his guests. I look forward to keep learning!🧡

arysine ,

My favorite gardening podcast

Every episode is very educational while being entertaining and Fred has an amazing voice for radio/podcasts. I learn a lot as a new gardener.

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