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Gardening with Deer

-Mohonk List of deer-resistant plants at Cornell's web site

-The Cornell Department of Natural Resources also recommends additional strategies for deer control, including resources for deer-resistant plants and repellents.

-The Rutgers Cooperative Extension lists landscape plants rated by 4 categories of deer resistance. The list can be sorted by category, plant type, common name, or botanical name.

Mike interviews a spokesperson from the rail line CSX about their new 'Trees for Tracks' program. You'll find more info on that program here: www.keeponliving.org

Here's a link to a study that discusses the link between pesticides and myeloma. Sorry, but you have to get permission from the Journal (or have access to a medical library) to read the entire 23 page article.

Here's a link to the study about store-bought Round-Up causing human cell death.

Mike recently interviewed the Chair of the Seed Savers Exchange, Amy Goldman, author of the new book, The Heirloom Tomato. For more info about Amy, visit www.rareforms.com and click on what's new.

Mike recently interviewed Rowan Jacobsen, author of the book Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis, about the incredible social world of these bees, why their lives are threatened and what home gardeners can do to help. You'll find Mike's interview with Rowan in our "Past Shows" section (1/17/09), and can learn more about Rowan and his book here: www.rowanjacobsen.com

Organic Gardening magazine editor Scott Meyer provides plans for a beautiful three bin compost system. Watch the complete slide-show directions showing the step-by-step process of building the beautiful three bin compost system.

Mike interviews University of Pittsburgh researcher Rick Relyea about the effects of a common pesticide on the survival of frogs and toads. Here's a link to Dr. Relyea's website: www.pitt.edu/~relyea, a pdf of the new study: 3098.pdf, and a link to Dr. Relyea's previous study on the effects of the common herbicide Roundup on amphibians: relyea2005.pdf.

Think poisons were the only early answer to insects in America? Author and researcher James McWilliams (associate professor of history at Texas State University-San Marcos and a recent fellow in the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University)'s new book American Pests explains that many early pest controls were highly advanced!

Visit Garden Designer and BBC Radio Broadcaster John Cushnie's website.

Check out Ireland's landscape, and plan a trip here.

Visit Wil Hershberger's website of nature photography

Christmas Tree Advice

Read Mike's Top Ten 'To-Do' Tips for Fall!

Mushroom maven Paul Stamets has been a frequent and popular guest on our show. Visit his company, Fungi Perfecti, where you can read more about Paul, his books, his mushroom growing kits and the many, many uses of mushrooms.

Learn more about Canada Geese here

Science isolates the sweaty smell that makes some people unattractive to mosquitoes, midges and other bad biters. Read about it online.

Visit Dr. Davis' site to learn more about wood mulches and fungi.

Find out more about Messenger

Read Mike's report on salt water's effect on fire ants.

Mike is a "Five Star Expert" for the web site How to Do Things:

Visit the Bio-Integral Resource Center and check out their new list of least-toxic pest controls.

Find out more about TerraCycle's worm fertilizer products (packaged in recycled soda bottles).

Look up the scientific articles about pesticides and health:

News from the world of science that chemical pesticides can reduce penis size in males and disrupt reproduction in females:

Legendary seed-seller Renee Shepherd's seed picks and growing advice are available at www.reneesgarden.com.

Read about spider research here.

Here's an abstract of the research article on brown recluse spiders and pesticides at the Nature website.

Find out how you can protect yourself against being bitten by the brown recluse.

Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening site

The J. L. Hudson "Ethnobotanical Catalog" of unusual and exotic seeds. (Note--the famous fly-fighting "shoo fly" plant, aka "the Apple of Peru" is listed under its scientific name, Nicandra).

More information about Seeds of Change.

More information about Burpee.

"Pipeshark," the invention that replaces broken and tree rooted pipes without excavation.

Visit Art Wolk

Texas organic advocate Howard Garrett's appearance on the show was very popular. Here's a link to his website:

and a link to what you all asked about the most--his recipe for curing toenail fungus with cornmeal.

Research on the link between pesticides and Parkinson's disease:
News Scientist

Read about Round-Up's negative effects on frogs and toads.

Check out the website of Dr. Rick Relyea, the researcher who discovered that Round-Up is killing frogs and toads.

Learn more about getting rid of fire ants with the Texas "Two Step" method.

Here is Nick Christian's recipe for using borax to get rid of Cheeping Charlie (ground ivy).

For more information on the house-staining, plant-killing dangers of shredded bark, dyed mulch and other wood-based mulches, check out these University Extension bulletins:

gardenias_sm.jpg Vanessa in Waco, Texas sent us this picture of this unique Gardenia bush. She called last year because her husband wanted to prune it. Mike told her to hide the sheers, and the shrub is more beautiful than ever! (click the picture for a larger version)

Look at pictures of Raymond Evison's Clematis.

Pesticide effects on children.

Squirrels are Eating My Spring for Supper!

It's Smart to Subject Suspicious Soil To a Toxin Test

Be Smart! Be Thrifty! Be Really Cool! Get Your Soil Tested!

Hope You Fed The Boids THIS Winter.

Read Mike's tips for forcing bloom in your living room.

Let's get the season started by checking out some seed catalogs.

Read Mike's Valentine's suggestions.

Read Mike's advice on chemical-free lawn care.

Read Mike's tips on houseplants.

Read Mike's advice on mulches and termites.

Be Careful How You Fill That Hole in the Ground! Read Mike's tree planting advice.

Read about Mike's suggestions for ground covers.

Read Mike's "Jersey Tomato" best variety guesses!

House Plant Woes: A Too Tall Pine & a Rubber Tree What Lost its Bounce

Mike McG's Special Tips for Valentine's Day!.

Your You Bet You Garden Top Ten Tips for Happy Holiday Trees.

For LOTS of Spring Peas--Sprout NOW, Plant on Pat's!

A Gardener's Holiday Gift List That Really Sings!

Holiday Gift Ideas; Part 2

Holiday Gift Ideas; Part 1

A Pair of Perilous Poison Ivy Problems!

College of Composting Knowledge! Intermediate rotting!

Welcome to the College of Composting Knowledge! Introduction to Composting:

Bulbs! Bulbs! Plant Your "Springs"...

Fall leaves Aren't WORK; They're a Year's Supply of Almost Everything Your Garden Needs!

"Hey kids, what time is it?" That's right--it's Composting Time!

Spring Bulb Tips

Remembrance Garden Bulbs

Over-wintering Your Plants

Holiday Plant Advice.

Want great looking grass next season? Now's the time to make it happen!

Plant Pansies NOW and get 10 Months of Bloom!!!

Read Mike's advice on Garlic and Bulb Planting.

"Wasp Out!" Those Aren't Bee Nests In The Ground!

Supercharged Compost Tea: The ULTIMATE Disease-Fighting Plant Food?

Got tomato troubles? Mike has answers.

FOUR Pests Foiled! And a Non-Pest Protected! Advice

Learn more about mosquito-fighting BTI

Wallop Weeds with Soap, Flame, Vinegar or Heat!

Problems with feral cats - check out www.alleycat.org!

Check out the latest research on nuisance molds such as shotgun fungus.

Would you like to brighten up your garden's shadiest spots but don't have any success? Listen to Mike's interview with garden writer Patricia Taylor, she has great suggestions on how to add flowering color where the sun doesn't shine!

For the ultimate Corn Gluten Meal resource: Dr. Nick Christians' Iowa State corn gluten page, with all the research information and a nationwide list of suppliers: http://www.gluten.iastate.edu/

Hardy bamboo picks and pictures from a YBYG listener

Trying to find a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm near you? Visit www.csacenter.org. If you live in the Greater Philadelphia / New Jersey region, visit www.phillychile.com

Looking for Mike's great azalea and rhododendron advice? Click here!

Deer causing havoc? Fight back with Mike's anti-deer recipe or get some plants deer like the least.

Ants bugging you? Take care of them with Mike's boric acid ant repellant.

Want to help your plants? Mike sez brew 'em a nice spot of compost tea.

Got fungus problems? There's a great natural fungicide.

There's a natural way to stop weeds before they emerge. Here's the recipe.

Mike loves Mushroom Soil. Read his article and you'll love it too!

Did you know you can turn those cut roses you just received into a living rose bush? Mike tells you how.


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