Tips for beginning and experienced gardeners. New, 30-minute (or less) episodes arrive every Friday during November through January; every Tuesday and Friday from February through October. Fred Hoffman has been a U.C. Certified Master Gardener since 1982 and writes the weekly garden column for the Lodi News-Sentinel in Lodi, CA. He hosted three radio shows in Northern California, from Sacramento: The KFBK Garden Show, Get Growing with Farmer Fred, and the KSTE Farm Hour. Episode Website: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1004629
071 Germinate Pepper Seeds Faster! Blackberries.
It can take quite awhile to grow a pepper plant from seed to outdoor transplanting stage. 12 to 16 weeks, which can include up to three weeks for the seeds to germinate. But we can help you speed up that process considerably with pepper seed germination...
070 Are Those Old Seeds Still Good? Here's How to Tell. Grow tasty Pluots.
If you’re venturing into flower and vegetable seed starting in 2021, good for you! It’s fun, and with seeds, there are plenty more varieties to choose from. You may have some leftover seeds hanging around. But will those old seeds germinate? Our...
069 Protecting Succulents from the Cold (One Answer May Surprise You!)
For those of us in USDA Zone 9, protecting citrus trees from a frost or freeze is a primary concern. But what about all the gardeners in USDA Zones 9, 8 and 7 that have a yard full of succulents? What is the best way to protect them from cold damage? We...
068 Rose Basics. The Future of Gardening
Happy New Year, and welcome to the beginning of Season 2 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. For many gardeners, planning the 2021 garden is underway this month. Perusing seed catalogs, making choices for the warm season vegetable and flower...
067 How to Plant a Fruit Tree. Best Blueberry Varieties. Frost Protection Tips.
If you live in the West or the South, Perhaps Santa left you some new bare root fruit trees. Back East or up North, maybe it will be the Easter Bunny making those deliveries. Wherever you live, we have tips for planting bare root fruit trees, those six...
066 Tasty Peaches, New Plants for 2021, Tree Sunburn
If you’re thinking of adding a fruit tree to your garden in 2021, here’s one criteria to think about: of all the fruit trees available, which are the tastiest? Dave Wilson Nursery's Phil Pursel talks about the tastiest peach tree varieties. Plus, he...
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Will you please address the mystery seeds being mailed to American’s. This is super scary and I believe you can help prevent something awful since you have the target audience. Thanks in advance!