Granite State Gardening [podcast]

Granite State Gardening is a University of New Hampshire podcast for gardeners, landowners and homesteaders in New Hampshire and Northern New England. Hosts Emma Erler and Nate Bernitz share proven tips and solutions for your garden and landscape, giving inspiration and research-based knowhow to cultivate confidence and success wherever and whatever you’re growing. Biweekly episodes feature plant recommendations, pest control advice and answers to listener questions, which are encouraged at gsg.pod@unh.edu.   

You can listen to episodes here on the UNH Extension website or find the show and subscribe to hear future episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Podcast Addict, Breaker, Player.FM, Sticher, Amazon Music or wherever you listen.

Colorado Potato Beetle
Emma and Nate are joined by Anna Wallingford to talk about insect pests in the vegetable garden including Colorado potato beetle, cutworms, squash vine borer, tobacco hornworm, aphids and more.

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While insects are a part of every garden, and an important part at...

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A garden center
Emma, Nate and Rachel visit a local garden center and share their thoughts on shopping for plants and garden supplies just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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What to bring home and how to choose – just two of the questions...

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Gloved hand with fertilizer and a potted plant
Emma and Nate are joined by researcher Becky Sideman to talk fertilizers for the yard and garden, covering how to choose the appropriate fertilizer, and how and when to apply them. They also take on common misconceptions and give practical advice you can put to use in your gardens, lawn and landscape.
soil and a child's shovel
Emma and Nate are joined by researcher Becky Sideman to talk soil amendments, from building soil health and using compost and manure to trendy amendments like biochar and mycorrhizae.

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Soil amendments have the ability to transform soil health by...

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beautiful flower garden
Emma and Nate talk flower gardening, from design to selection to care and maintenance, with proven tips and solutions for bringing your yard and gardens to life.

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While we often focus on growing fruits and vegetables...

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Groundhog in a lawn
Emma and Nate explore how to deal with animals that can damage yards and gardens with proven tips and solutions.

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As much as gardeners love the outdoors and the diversity of wildlife...

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Peas growing in a garden
Emma and Nate explore spring vegetable gardening so you can take full advantage of the cool months before last frost.

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Some of our favorite vegetables can not only be grown before last frost...

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picture of seedlings
Emma and Nate discuss the ins and outs of seed starting so you can open your gardening horizons to new crops, new varieties and earlier, better harvests.

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If you aren’t starting seeds, you’re limited to...

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pruning an apple tree
Emma and Nate discuss the often-counterintuitive science of pruning trees and shrubs, including benefits and techniques that will bring out the full potential of your landscape plantings.

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Every homeowner knows they should prune, but beyond...

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Money Plant Golden Pothos Variegated Leaves Ivy Arum
Greenhouse Manager Nichole Keyes joins Emma and Nate for a conversation on choosing and caring for houseplants that will thrive in your home. They also share personal favorites, shopping tips and predictions for popular houseplants in 2021.

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Houseplants are as popular as ever right now, with...

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cherry tomatoes on a vine
In this bonus episode, UNH Extension / NH Agricultural Experiment Station specialist, researcher & professor Becky Sideman, Emma and Nate continue to discuss seed catalogs and what information points to plants that’ll thrive in your garden. They cover organics, seed treatments, GMOs, disease resistance, container gardening, staking tomatoes, and growing Malabar spinach (Basella alba).

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Part 1 of this conversation, titled ...

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planting seeds
UNH Researcher and Extension State Specialist Becky Sidemen joins us to discuss proven tips and solutions for selecting the right seed varieties and developing your garden plan. We'll also explain how to get an accurate soil temperature, what to consider before buying fencing and why nasturtiums should be in your garden.

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Winter is the ideal time to reflect on last year’s garden and...

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Blue Passionflower
Emma and Nate discuss ins and outs of growing fruits indoors — from the challenge of yielding fruit from plants indoors year-round to growing tropical fruits indoors and outdoors.

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The idea of growing harvestable fruit inside your home is tantalizing, but is it...

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Basil
Emma and Nate share proven tips and solutions for all aspects of indoor herb gardening — from seed starting and care of newly purchased potted herbs to indoor/outdoor transitions and drying and cooking from your homegrown harvest.

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Herbs are delicious and fragrant additions to a garden, whether a dedicated kitchen...

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turning compost
Nate and Emma discuss winter composting, the virtues of paper bark maple (Acer griseum), how COVID-19 impacted gardening, holiday gift plant care after the holidays and the fascinating history of Victory Gardens.

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In the first and second World Wars, Americans were called to till, sow and start...

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