From The Ground Up

The Practical Gardener is now the primary program in up North State Public Radio's homegrown suite of gardening and food-themed programs featuring essays, interviews and conversations. From The Ground Up airs Saturdays at 7:34 a.m. and Sunday at 8:34 a.m.


Gale Vineyards

Host Earl Bloor speaks with Nate Thompson, vineyard manager at Gale Vineyards in Durham. 

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Pest mitigation is an unfortunate part of the practical gardener's responsibilities, but a little prevention goes a long way. Host Pam Geisel gives some instructions to help ward off the bagrada bug — a little plant-muncher (who loves tomatoes and pomegranates) making its way up California. It's already been spotted in Sacramento and Yolo counties. 

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Each evening when I get home from work, I water my front, south-facing garden — a dry, rocky landscape which is cooked by the sun most of the day.

Almost every evening, I am kept company by two western fence lizards, one of which lives on the south side of a low stucco wall and the other of which lives on the north side.

Salt and Savour

Dave Edmonson is the brains behind Salt and Savour, a Dunsmuir-based sauerkraut producer. He's one of few in the world who can say that sauerkraut saved (or at least vastly improved) his life. 

Jennifer Jewell

Is "Farm-to-Fork" just a marketing phrase? Where did the concept begin and how has it grown in the past 45 years? What does it mean to us today in the North State? Jennifer Jewell, host of NSPR's In a North State Garden, hosts a colorful conversation with local food advocates, providers and eaters to discuss the state of Farm-to-Fork in the North State. 

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Chico Certified Farmers Market General Manager Natalie Carter tells our host Earl Bloor about the successes and challenges she's seen with farmers markets. There are five Certified Farmers Market locations: two in Chico, Two in Paradise and one in Oroville. 

Jennifer Jewell

On this episode of In a North State Garden, host Jennifer Jewell talks about late-summer blooms — including California fuchsias.

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As we get into September, the rainy season seems so close, yet so far away. Pam Geisel has some advice for working with these ongoing drought conditions to keep growing new vegetables as we wait for rain.

Long days of high, dry heat can leave our North State gardens looking a little beaten down. Jennifer Jewell talks about how we can draw inspiration on drought-tolerance and resilience from Californian members of the eriogonum family — wild buckwheats.