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Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

17-02-2023 • 52 mins

What should you do when an unexpected heavy frost or freeze damages your plants? (4:25)
How can mulch save you water? (8:32)
Are those extra ingredients in fertilizers and potting soils worth the expense? (17:10)
What’s a good soil recipe for starting seeds? (20:31)
Why is soil pH important? (25:11)
What’s a good soil mix for growing blueberries? (28:21)
How can you get seeds to germinate more quickly? (29:30)
How can you tell if those old seeds are any good? (31:36)
What is an inexpensive way to protect young plants in the garden in early spring? (34:00)
Are eucalyptus wood chips ok to use in the garden? (36:55)
How do you mulch around irises? (41:45)
Are cedar wood chips ok to use in the garden? (38:28, 43:20)
Why do you need a fan blowing on young indoor seedlings? (45:41)
How do you control soil grubs? (47:44)

Wow, that a lot of questions. And America’s Favorite Retired College Horticulture Professor, Debbie Flower, and I, provide the answers (or opinions) at this, a live mid-February recording at the Elk Grove (CA) Garden Club. A splendid time was had by all.  It’s the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast, Live (sort of) brought to you by Smart Pots and Dave Wilson Nursery. Let’s go!

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