Listen Now
Pledge Now


 
 

Northern Gardening

Northern Gardening

  • 2nd Thursday 7-8pm
  • and following Saturday at 6am
Genre: 
News & Information

Recipes | Local Food on the North Shore

Northern Gardening covers a variety of gardening topics relevant to our northern climate. The program airs on the second Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m. and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m. The program is a partnership between the Northwoods Food Project, the Cook County U of MN Extension Office, and WTIP.

The Northwood's Food Project is a non-profit organization who's purpose is to increase Cook County's long term food sustainability and self-reliance by eating and growing locally produced food.
 

Learn more about the partnership between WTIP, the Northwoods Food Project, and the Cook County U of MN Extension Office that makes Northern Gardening possible.

Jeanne Wright and daughter Olya, Diane Booth, and Melinda Spinler in the WTIP studio for Northern Gardening.


What's On:
Cover of "White Wash"

Northern Gardening: White Wash and the effects of Roundup

Northern Gardening co-hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam talk with Carey Gillam, investigative journalist and author of the new book, “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.”  They’ll discuss what Carey has learned over the past 20 years about the pesticide “RoundUp,” what impact it has on the health of the the world and the United States and the company that makes it. 

The hosts will also talk to Julie Weisenhorn, U of M Extension horticulturist, about caring for holiday plants. discuss care of those new holiday plants.

Listen: 
Program: 

 
white-oyster mushroom.jpg

Northern Gardening - Growing mushrooms & holiday plants

Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam as they talk with Minnesota mushroom growers about their business and how to grow mushrooms in your own backyard. Scott Souder talks about how he grows shiitake mushrooms for sale at farmers markets in Bovey, and Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms owner Matt Ratliff talks about some of the great indoor and outdoor growing mushroom kits that are available for that favorite gardening person in your life. (Link for Ready2Fruit: http://ready2fruitmushrooms.com/)
 
If mushroom growing isn’t a preference for your favorite gardener, learn more from Julie Weisenhorn, U of M horticulturist, about some great holiday plants you can purchase for gardening friends. She will also be back on our January show to tak about how to care for those holiday plants you may receive. 

Listen: 
Program: 

 
Preservation cover

Northern Gardening - Home Food Preservation

Home Food Preservation is Baaaacccckkkkk!!   Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnum on WTIP’s Northern Gardening for a great discussion about preserving food.  This is a very hot topic with young people who are using recipes from Facebook and other social media platforms that are not USDA tested or approved. 

This is also the time of year where peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, apples – etc. are bountiful and some of us want some new ideas about how to preserve food we have spent the past 6 months growing.  Guests will include: Christina Ward, University of Wisconsin Master Preserver, and author of the new book, “ Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning Fermentation and Dehydration.” Sally Berg, local U of M Master Gardener, and Mary Routh and Raia Meltzer, longtime food preservationists, will join us in the studio.

Listen: 
Program: 

 
Blister rust

Northern Gardening: Insects and disease in our forest and backyards

The topic this month is 'Insect and Disease: Pests in our forest and backyards'. Guests include Myra Theimer, silviculturist on the Superior National Forest; Jessica Hartshorn, DNR forest health specialist; and Steve Katovich, USFS entomologist.  We discuss some of the needlecast diseases and blights that are found on red pine and spruce,  how to deal with white pine blister rust, the possibility of mountain pine beetles coming to Minnesota, and more.

Listen: 
Program: 

 
Northern Gardening

Northern Gardening - A Potpourri of Topics

 Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam on WTIP’s Northern Gardening this Thursday, August 10, from 7 – 8 p.m. with a ‘Potpourri of Garden Topics.’  Guests will be giving us some updates on local bees and pollinators, growing hops, spotted wing drosophila, the Community Orchard and forest health issues in Cook County.  

 

Listen: 
Program: 

 
Lupines

All About Invasive Plants

Did you know that the beautiful lupines blooming in ditches across Cook County are non-native invasives, crowding out our native plants? Given that, how do you know if the plant you are introducing into your garden won't become a problem in the future? And who decides what plants go on the noxious weed list and must be eradicated?  These questions and more are discussed on this special program on Northern Gardening.

Guests on the show include Cook County Invasive Team members Jack Greenlee, Superior National Forest; Brandon Seitz, Grand Portage National Monument; Becca Orf, Cook County Invasive Team coordinator and Nancy Seaton, Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Association.

Listen: 
Program: 

 
Perennials

Northern Gardening - All About Perennials

Join WTIP’s Northern Gardening hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam as they talk about growing perennial flowers with two special guests: Mike Heger, formerly known as “Mr. Perennial Man of Minnesota” and Tom Kaspar, owner of the new Bending Birches Greenhouse in Duluth and a favorite on PBS’s show, "Great Gardening."
 
 
 
Listen: 
Program: 

 
Cherry tomatoes

Northern Gardening - Growing Hydroponic Vegetables

Growing Hydroponic Vegetables: It can be done.

Join co-hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam with guest Paula Sundet-Wolf as they interview Barry Thoele from Barry’s Cherries out of Staples, MN, and Rich Fisher, Bay Produce Grower from Superior, WI.  Both growers are using hydroponic methods of growing for year-round produce, which we can also do here.  What are the advantages of growing hydroponically versus growing in soil?   Would this be a good system for us in Cook County? These are some of the questions we ask.

To find out more, look at this video of Barry and his hydroponic greenhouse.

https://youtu.be/T3MWDGi_3xw

Barry will be giving a TEDX talk next week. Rich produces tomatoes and other vegetables for the Challenge Center/Bay Produce in Superior, Wi. They deliver to Grand Marais.

Listen: 
Program: 

 
John Whitman's book

Northern Gardening with author and gardener John Whitman

Join Northern Gardening hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam as they interview well-known gardener and author John Whitman.

Whitman has just released his spectacular new gardening book: "Fresh from the Garden – An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries and Herbs." 

Whitman has previously co- authored – "Growing Roses in Cold Climates," "Growing Perennials in Cold Climates," and "Growing Trees and Shrubs in Cold Climates." After 50 years of gardening experience, he brings a lot of growing know-how in many different areas which he shares with us on the show. 

 

Listen: 
Program: 

 
Hardy roses can be grown in Cook County

Northern Gardening talks all about roses

Northern Gardening host Diane Booth and Cook County rose grower Jim Boyd talk to David Zlesak all about roses in this mid-winter program. 

Zlesak, who was interviewed over the telephone, is a rose breeder and associate professor of horticulture at the Univ. of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has developed many hardy rose varieties and has just introduced a new climber for northern regions like Cook County.

Listen in as David, Diane and Jim talk about how to grow healthy roses, which varieties are perfect for our climate, how to overwinter them successfully and more.  

Listen: 
Program: