Saturday, April 29, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 148: Serviceberries and Saskatoons

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with returning guest Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist in IPM and Entomology with University of Maryland Extension, and co-owner of MacBride and Gill Falcon Ridge Fruit Orchard in Westminster, MD, about growing Serviceberries and Saskatoons in the Mid-Atlantic USA. The plant profile is on Bearded Iris and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with horticulturist and Washington Gardener Magazine's InsectIndex columnist Carol Allen, who shares the Last Word on arborist wood chips.

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Show Notes: 01:27 Meet Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist in IPM and Entomology with University of Maryland Extension and co-owner of MacBridge and Gill Falcon Ridge Fruit Orchard. 02:22 All about the “advanced fruit production with integrated pest management” class. 03:02 Where do you have to live to take the class? 04:48 Genus, species, and common names. 05:57 What is the other Serviceberry story? 07:00 Why is it called the Shadbush? 08:42 Frost damage – they’re similar to roses. 09:36 Saskatoons ripening and harvesting. 10:50 Does cutting entire branches off work? 12:07 The Cree Indians named the Saskatoon. 14:03 “Out here, if someone falls off a ladder, they dust themselves off and get back on the ladder.” 14:43 If you let saskatoons become a tree, they can become 25 feet high! 15:18 How can insect-mesh prevent birds? 16:45 “The birds bounce on it.” 19:30 When growing two different varieties, how close should the plants be to each other? 20:20 All about Serviceberry flavor! 21:26 “Most people can’t tell the difference between a blueberry pie and a saskatoon once you cook it and put in a little bit of sugar.” 22:22 How did Native Americans make “power bars” with serviceberries? 24:56 How to freeze and store serviceberries 27:16 Serviceberries are difficult to root from a cutting. 32:20 Pruning for the landscape look – what is that? 34:39 All about winter pruning. 35:41 How does the sunlight affect sweetness? 37:51 How to find Saskatoons at nurseries 40:13 Serviceberry/Saskatoon rust issues (ugh!) 44:06 Lace bug damage – yikes. 48:41 Is it okay to glean serviceberries from public property? 51:03 Bearded Iris: this week’s Plant Profile! 53:22 Garden updates: Peonies, Roses, Bearded Irises and everything else is blooming! 54:13 April 2023 Washington Gardener Magazine issue is out! 55:17 Upcoming events: Maryland Native Plant Society’s monthly program; Gardening for Dry Shade talk by Kathy Jentz; Tudor Place’s Spring Garden Party. 56:42 “Groundcover Revolution” by Kathy Jentz. 58:02 “The Urban Garden” by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight 59:06 The Last Word on arborist wood chips from Carol Allen, horticulturist and Washington Gardener Magazine’s InsectIndex columnist.

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 82: Persimmons and Other Unusual Fall Fruits with Stanton Gill
GardenDC Podcast Episode 139: Bountiful Berries

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden


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