Garden Talk: Community and youth gardening opportunities abound in Juneau
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by KTOO Public Media
13h ago
(Courtesy of Joel Bos) Joel Bos is a local master gardener who divides his time between his business, working as a naturalist with Discovery Southeast, and serving on the board of directors for Juneau Community Garden. For this week’s Garden Talk, Bos spoke with KTOO’s Chloe Pleznac about outdoor programs for kids — and about how anyone can get involved in community gardening. https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/12GT_Kids-1.mp3 Much of Bos’s work is centered around the Juneau Community Garden in the Mendenhall Valley — work he describes as standing on the shoulders of Juneau’s ga ..read more
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Garden Talk: What exactly is a master gardener? And how do I become one?
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by KTOO Public Media
2w ago
Master gardener Ed Buyarski teaching students about pruning. (Darren Snyder/UAF Cooperative Extension Service) If you’ve listened to Garden Talk before, you’ve heard the term “master gardener.” It’s the title we stick in front of Garden Talk regular Ed Buyarski’s name. This week, KTOO’s Chloe Pleznac decided to finally ask Buyarski just what a master gardener is — and if listeners and readers can become one, too.   https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/28GT_MasterGardeners.mp3 This transcript has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Chloe Pleznac: I’ve heard the term ma ..read more
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Garden Talk: The solstice marks an important milestone in the growing season
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by KTOO Public Media
3w ago
Fresh weeds (left to right: horsetail, buttercup and chickweed) that have been soaked for two weeks. Buyarski says this makes a smelly, brown soup that can be diluted and used to feed plants. (Ed Buyarski) Yesterday was Summer Solstice. In Alaska, it can feel like a relief to begin losing daylight again — especially for this Morning Edition host, who’s been struggling to get enough sleep. But the solstice also marks an important milestone in the growing season. This week, I spoke with Master Gardener Ed Buyarski about things to consider in your gardens as we head into July.  Listen: https ..read more
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Garden Talk: Companion planting in Southeast Alaska, with zucchinis
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by KTOO Public Media
1M ago
Companion planting at Tidal Wood Food and Forage in Juneau. (Joel Bos) Companion planting is a technique gardeners can use to increase their yield, boost soil fertility, and reduce weeds and pests. For this week’s Garden Talk, Joel Bos of Tidal Wood Food and Forage shared his companion planting techniques. Listen: https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/14GT_Zuccs.mp3 This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Chloe Pleznac: Let’s talk about companion planting. I first learned about this concept when reading the book Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. S ..read more
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Garden Talk: More from Naomi Michalsen on respectful harvesting
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by KTOO Public Media
1M ago
A child harvesting salmonberries. (Photo by Jeff Bringhurst)https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/07GT_RespecHarvest2.mp3 As part of a group called the Kayaani Sisters Council, Naomi Michalsen helped develop a free guide for people who want to learn to sustainably and respectfully gather local plants. In May, Michalsen spoke with KTOO’s Chloe Pleznac about respectful harvesting.  In last week’s Garden Talk, Michalsen talked about some of the basic principles of respectful harvesting. This week, she talks about some of her favorite books and resources — but also why it’s import ..read more
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Garden Talk: Juneau’s Jensen-Olson Arboretum celebrates Public Gardens Day and Primula Day
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by KTOO Public Media
1M ago
Primula chugensis. (Jensen-Olson Arboretum)https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/24GT_Primulas.mp3 Green things have been sprouting up all over Juneau in the past month and a half. Along with the warmer weather comes a burst of color and life at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.  Ginger Hudson, the arboretum’s manager, recently spoke with KTOO’s Garden Talk about what the arboretum has planned for Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, the arboretum will celebrate both National Public Gardens Day and their own Primula Day. There will be a plant sale starting at 10 a.m. and a guided tour ..read more
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Garden Talk: Jensen-Olson Arboretum previews upcoming events for Alaska Native Plant Month
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by KTOO Public Media
2M ago
The view from Jensen-Olson Arboretum in Juneau. (Photo courtesy of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum).https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/GT-for-May-17.mp3 Spring is in bloom at Juneau’s Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Ginger Hudson manages the arboretum, a city-owned garden located out the road just pass the Shrine of St. Therese. She spoke with KTOO’s Garden Talk about spring planting and upcoming events at the arboretum for Alaska Native Plant Month. “In the Lower 48, Native Plant Month is in April,” Hudson said. “And as everybody knows, our gardens are still waking up.” Alaska Native Plant ..read more
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Garden Talk: Good pruning technique can help your trees and bushes reach their potential
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by KTOO Public Media
2M ago
A cherry tree in blossom by the stairs behind Fireweed Place in Juneau on April 24, 2024. Buyarski says the cherry trees downtown are “severely, really thick,” and that pruning would help a lot. (Will Mader/KTOO)https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Garden-Talk-4-Pruning.mp3 If you’ve taken a walk outside in Juneau lately, you’ve probably noticed the smell of growing things. Maybe you’ve also noticed the budding and blooming trees and bushes. Master Gardener Ed Buyarski says proper pruning techniques can help your trees reach their full potential. He says to start with some basic r ..read more
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Garden Talk: Transplanting starts and seeding potatoes
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by KTOO Public Media
3M ago
Parsley and flower starts in the process of being hardened off on April 22, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Christina Castellanos/Snowshoe Hollow Farm)https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/GT-3.wav With all of this spring sunshine warming the earth, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski says it’s time to think about starting seeds and transplanting. But before you put your seedlings in the ground, you’ll have to get them ready. “Hardening them off is slowly getting them used to outdoor conditions,” he said. Buyarski says it’s best to start taking your seedlings outside when it’s cloudy – or at leas ..read more
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Garden Talk: Why silverweed is ‘a beloved plant all throughout the Pacific Northwest’
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by KTOO Public Media
3M ago
Silverweed in bloom. (Courtesy of Khalil English) For this week’s Garden Talk, KTOO’s Chloe Pleznac spoke with Khalil English about his research on silverweed, a seemingly inconspicuous plant with deep roots in Pacific Northwest history. English spoke about silverweed’s importance as a food source across the North — and where you can find it in Juneau. Listen: https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/GT-2-FINAL-EDIT.mp3 This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Khalil English: Silverweed first came into my life, I believe, through a book that I got from Professor ..read more
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