Welcome to The Country Garden Central California's garden talk radio. We will talk about everything from turf to trees, plants to ponds, okra to oleander, or anything that you want to talk about. The Country Garden is hosted by Dale Edwards, The Sultan of Sod from Old River Sod and Lindsay Ono, The Plant Professor from Bakersfield College.
This program is designed to inform, educate and assist our listeners with America's number one hobby, Gardening.
Join Dale and Lindsay with their friends from the nursery and landscape industry who will help answer your questions. Learn about what's new in the plant world. Learn about new ways to grow plants in the yard, in the greenhouse, in the home or even on the home. Find out about preparing the soil for your plants or even growing without soil. Learn about the wonders of the outdoor environment. I wonder if it's going to live, I wonder if it's going to die? Have all your wonderful questions answered by the Country Garden Pros.
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Join the Country Garden and travel to Hearst Castle
Travel to a time of yesteryear and tour Hearst Castle and garden on the Central Coast. Join the Country Garden radio hosts, Lindsay Ono, the Plant Professor and Dale Edwards, the Sultan of Sod, as they entertain your questions about gardening on the bus ride to the coast. Visit California's castle built by William Randolf Hearst and the beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Hearst Castle entrance fee, lunch, and snacks will be included. We will stop at Croad Vineyards and Winery to taste some of the central coast's finest wines, too.
Meeting Dates: Saturday, April 5, 2014 Meeting Times: 7 a.m. Registration Check In 7:30 a.m. departure time Return Time - 7:00 p.m. Fees: $110 Location:Meet at Haley Street parking lot, Bakersfield College
CREATING A BEAUTIFUL HOME GARDEN Have the best yard on the block. Learn how to add to the beauty of your garden, creating color year round. Learn and understand the do's and don'ts of landscape design, installation, and maintenance that make a great yard. In the second session you will learn more about beautifying your garden while eating healthier by creating an edible landscape. You will learn planting choices and methods that produce both beauty and food 365 days a year. Course fee includes required supplies and materials.
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, March 27, April 3 Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m. Fees: $30 Location: Science and Engineering (SE) 38, Bakersfield College
If you have questions for Dale or Lindsay, call during show hours (8:00 to 10:00AM, PST) to (661) 842-KERN, that's (661) 842-5376 or toll free 1 (800) 640-KERN, 1 (800) 640-5376.
If you would not like to be heard on air, just send us your question on the Ask the Country Garden page and let us know what your question is and we'll try to answer it on our next show.
Ask the Country Garden Question
Fire Blight Question: Hi, I have an asian pear tree for almost 10 years now and every year it has bad blight disease. I use copper fungicial spray 2 - 3 times every year as directed on the bottle instruction during the bloom time; however, the problem persists. What can I do to rid of this problem? Thank you very much for your help. Sincerely, Lawrence
Answer: Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is a common and frequently destructive disease of pome fruit trees and related plants. We see this problem attack many of our flowering pear trees (Pyrus spp.). Copper spray is the only prescription available to home owners to control fire blight. This plant prescription works to reduce the problem but must be applied at specific times during the blooming period. This seems to control the spread of the bacterium, unfortunately this does not stop the problem if the tree branches are infected. The problem branches must be removed from the tree.
Infected branches should be removed in the winter when the tree is dormant or in the summertime when the bacterium is least active. Find the location of discoloration and move inward on the branch by 6-inches and cut out the infected areas. The pruners should be dipped in a 20% dilution of chlorine bleach to prevent the spread of the bacterium depper into the tree. To see more pictures and to learn more about fire blight, visit the UC Davis IPM website at: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7414.html
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The Country Garden garden talk radio program is funded by donations to the Non-Profit Bakersfield College Foundation Office - Environmental Horticulture Program. The donations given will support the purchase of materials for classes, scholarships for students attending Bakersfield College, events, and outreach programs, like the Country Garden Radio program. Support the Bakersfield College Environmental Horticulture program.
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The Country Garden garden talk radio program broadcasts live every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00AM, PST on KERN Radio News Talk 1180 AM from Bakersfield, California. The broadcast signal area covers the Southern San Joaquin Valley to the Central California Coast. The program can also be heard as a live webcast or as a podcast of previous shows at www.kernradio.com.
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