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From The Ground Up!

“From the Ground Up,” hosted and produced by Judy Wagley, is a weekly program designed to inform and inspire the home gardener, or ANYONE who has an interest in the natural world around us. Each week, Judy talks with and expert and highlights a topic that is timely for the season. You are sure to learn something new and interesting!

Latest Episodes
  • Bevin Cohen from Small House Farm in Sanford is an herbalist, author and podcaster. He shares his “Top Five” list of culinary herbs that are easy to grow and useful in the kitchen.
  • Dave Breedlove owns and operates Pleasant Thyme Herb Farm in Mount Pleasant. Every spring, he fills hundreds of containers with gorgeous plants! He tells us that we do not need a lot of space to enjoy an abundant garden—containers are a great solution for any space or growing condition—and for expressing our creativity.
  • Patricia Osburn is the District Administrator for the Otsego Conservation District in Gaylord. She has been working with native plants for more than 25 years. In this episode of “From the Ground Up!” she explains that “native plants” are species that have been growing within a region for hundreds of years.
  • Brent Schultz is manager at North Star Gardens in Gaylord. He takes us step by step through the tree-planting process.
  • When shopping for plants, and reading the tags that are inserted into the pots, what do the symbols—sun, partial sun, shade etc. really mean? Karin Johnson, greenhouse and botanical garden manager at Central Michigan University, sorts it out on “From the Ground Up.”
  • Soil is the vital element for healthy plants. Today, Monica Jean, Field Crop Educator from MSU Extension, tells us about soil composition, and how to determine the quality of the soil in your yard and garden