Kenai Garden Talk

11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month

Anything to do with growing, raising and producing your own food on the Kenai Peninsula is fodder for this show, from aphids to zucchini, maintaining high tunnels to processing high-bush cranberries, selling at farmers markets to putting up produce for winter. In each show, we’ll pick seasonal trends and topics, harvest tips from master gardeners, profile people who are cultivating creative ideas and dig into whatever other interesting things crop up.

As part of KDLL’s fall membership drive, we’re featuring KDLL’s original feature shows.

Here are excerpts from Kenai Garden Talk, Adventure Talks and Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell.

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Sink your teeth into one of fall’s tastiest treats, cozy up for fall with a different kind of fleece and take a walk on the wild side with local plants that can be used for medicinal purposes.

Links in this episode:

O'Brien Garden and Trees:
https://www.facebook.com/obriengardenandtrees/

The Alpaca Guy:
http://www.thealpacaguy.com/

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It’s harvest time on the central Kenai Peninsula. But what to do with all that garden goodness? On today’s show, we’ll turn flowers into food, follow food from the high tunnel to the soup pot at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and we’ll grill local chef Willow King for a quick-and-easy preparation for fresh, local produce.

UAF Cooperative Extension Service fireweed recipes

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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We've got tips on what to do with spruce tips, a food guide that makes harvesting local produce way easier than growing it yourself, greenhouse grow boxes that'll about raise the roof, and there are some farmers who are loving the cool, wet weather this year. Thanks to our guests, Jacki Michels, Marcia Kardatzke, Wayne and Patti Floyd of Cool Cache Farms and Heidi Chay with the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District.

Don't have your own garden but still want to eat fresh and local? Never fear — farmers markets and the Kenai Food Hub are here. While you're at it, get the dirt on how to maintain healthy dirt. And Brenda Adams, author of “Cool Plants for Cold Climates,” offers advice to avoid the perils of impulse planting.

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High tunnels can mean high yields for Kenai Peninsula crops. Rupert Scribner with Kenai Feed tells us how to avoid high stress by installing them correctly. Then, kids at Soldotna Montessori have the dirt on what it takes to grow good gardeners. Finally, May is morel mushroom season on the central Kenai Peninsula. Dr.  George Spady shares tips for finding fungi on the forest floor.

Yes, there's still snow on the ground but that doesn't mean gardeners can't get some dirt under their fingernails. Get your seeds started indoors, plan to grow your farming business and harvest tips from experienced gardeners at a season kickoff roundtable event.