Powdery Mildew for Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley podcast
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Get answers to questions about mulch, powdery mildew and a great plant resource.

Episode 32: Answers to Popular Gardening Questions

This weekly podcast episode for Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley answers some of the most frequently asked questions we, as Master Gardener Volunteers, receive from gardeners in New York State. 

“Why should I mulch my garden?” “What kind of mulch should I use?” and “How deep should the mulch be spread?” Devon Russ, Master Gardener Volunteer from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, separates mulch facts from fiction in a segment about mulch on her segment, Hits and Myths.

Then hear from Dede Terns-Thorpe and Jackie Hayden, also Master Gardeners, talk about a common summer pathogen by answering questions such as “What is powdery mildew?” “How do I manage a powdery mildew infestation?” or “What are best practices to minimize the odds of a reoccurrence of powdery mildew?” Listen to the segment on Pests and Pathogens .

Finally, on Tools of the Trade, Master Gardener Joan Satterlee is back talking about the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder. It answers questions we often get like “What’s a good plant resource?” “How do I find plants that will work in my particular micro-climate?” and “What’s a native flowering plant that thrives in hardiness zones 4 to 6 that can tolerate coexisting with rabbits?”

Gardeners, new and experienced, will find something of interest in this episode. Enjoy!

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guests: Devon Russ, Dede Terns-Thorpe, Jackie Hayden, and Joan Satterlee

Production Support: Linda Aydlett and Teresa Golden

Photo by: Tim Kennelty


Mulch (Devon Russ with Hits and Myths): Does landscape mulch lead to termites in your home? | Horticulture and Home Pest News ; Excess Mulch Problems | University of Maryland Extension

Powdery Mildew (Dede Terns-Thorpe and Jackie Hayden with Pests and Pathogens): Powdery Mildew (psu.edu); Cucurbit Powdery Mildew (cornell.edu) ; What You Need to Know about Reading a Pesticide Label (psu.edu)

PlantFinder (Joan Satterlee with Tools of the Trade)

Last updated September 1, 2022