Down in the Dirt with Diana – March 22, 2016 – Growing Sweet Potatoes and No-Till Gardening

My first guest, master gardener Trinity Sheridan, discusses her techniques for growing great sweet potatoes.  Then I talk to master gardener Elaine Smith about no-till gardening.

sweet potatoes bor Wiki

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the Dirt with Diana – February 23, 2016 – Pruning Ornamental Shrubs and The Art of Bonsai

My first guest is Marion and Polk County extension agent Neil Bell about proper techniques and timing for pruning those unruly shrubs and trees. Then I talk to Glen Maki from 13th Street Nursery in Salem about the art of Bonsai. 

256px-Blue_Atlas_Cedar,_1950-2007

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the Dirt With Diana – February 9. 2016 – Attracting Birds to the Garden

Chris Brindle from Wild Birds Unlimited in Salem is my guest, discussing ways to attract birds to the garden, which birds we can expect to see, what to feed them, and how to create a bird friendly habitat. Who wouldn’t love to see more birds in their yard ? 

goldfinch at feeder

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the Dirt with Diana – January 26, 2016 – Gardening at the Pringle Creek Community, and Building Straw Bale Raised Beds

Our first guest is Colleen Owen, horticulturist at the Pringle Creek Community where she runs the greenhouses, community garden, gardening classes and the CSA. Then John Johnson, the Tuxedo Gardener, returns to give us an update on his straw bale raised bed methods.

Planting-tomato_sprout. Bor WikiJPG

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the Dirt with Diana – Dec. 8, 2015 – Marion Soil and Water Conservation District and the Backyard Habitat Program

This week  I talk to Jenny Meisel, Resource Conservationist at the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District. about what they do as an organization and how they can be helpful to the backyard gardener, and about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program that they are developing.

beeon zin samller for DITD

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the Dirt with Diana Nov 10, 2015 – Preparing the Garden for Winter, and Garden Updates

On this show I talk to Master Gardener Toby Habeck about preparing the garden for winter. Then we will have an end of the season update from 2 gardeners who I talked to earlier in the year – David Fox will update us on his Sweet Potato crop and Colin Hutchins will let us know how his straw bale gardening worked out.  

David fox saffron

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the Dirt with Diana – Oct. 13 – Talking about Clematis with Linda Beutler

This week we are visiting Luscher Farms in Lake Oswego, the home of the Rogerson Clematis Collection. We will be talking to the curator Linda Beutler. about the history of the garden and about this very diverse group of plants.

ClematisBor Wiki

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone

Down in the DIrt with Diana – Sept. 21, 2015 – A Visit to Left Coast Winery

Come along as I visit Left Coast Cellars, a local winery with a strong emphasis on sustainability. We talk about the vegetable and herb gardens there, growing truffles in the hazelnut orchard, and their efforts to restore part of their land to the original oak savanna habitat, and more. 

grapes bor wiki

Please share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone