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.


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Host Pam Geisel  talks about the rewards that come with the freestone peaches, in peak season right now. It's not always easy, but it's worth it. 

Host Earl Bloor speaks with Jim Eckert of Eckert Malting and Brewing Co. Jim uses rice malt in place of the typical barley to brew gluten-free beer, a process he started in part to provide his gluten-sensitive wife a beer she could enjoy. 

California's drought has given many residents cause to stop and think about how they use their water. Jennifer Jewell here speaks about the good things — and the not-so-good — that expanded water consciousness has brought about.

Get some tips on how to get a handle on squash bugs, those summertime pests that can overrun the home garden. 

Kathy Brandt, along with her husband James, took Julia's Fruit Stand from an extremely small-time venture into a Tehama County mainstay and stopping point for countless Highway 99 travelers. 

Jennifer Jewell talks with Michael Kauffmann, author of "Field Guide to Manzanitas," about why it is about the California native plant that he finds so interesting. 

Host Pam Geisel gives tips about how to keep those landscape trees thriving while being mindful of water in California's historic drought. 

In this episode of Edible North State, Earl Bloor talks about the abundance of fresh, local food in the North State, available on almost a daily basis at farmers markets throughout the area.