Season 32 of Prairie Yard & Garden to commence on January 17, 2019
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn — For northern gardeners, the highly anticipated launch of Season 32 of Prairie Yard & Garden (PY&G) will come on Pioneer Public Television, Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Holm of Morris returns for her fifth season as host for this popular and respected science-based program. PY&G is produced by the University of Minnesota, Morris in collaboration with Pioneer Public Television. Production sponsorship is provided by ACIRA, Heartland Motors, Diamond Willow Advance Care Assisted Living and Shalom Hill Farm. Here is a line-up of the episodes and the featured guests for Season 32 of PY&G:

Special Plants for Special Places
Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.
With all of the choices available, deciding which plants to use for flower beds and containers can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Host Mary Holm visits with Lisa Grindberg of Creekside Greenhouses near Pennock, Minn. for ideas on what to grow in the sun, shade or anything in between!

Tree Care 4-5-6
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, Jan 26 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

In Season 31 of PY&G, Gary Johnson of the University of Minnesota Extension taught us that planting a tree is as easy as one-two-three! Host Mary Holm continues the series with Gary who teaches us about after-planting tree care to keep it growing happy and healthy. We’ll call it “Tree Care 4-5-6!”

Themed Gardens
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, Feb 2 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

Not many people use a real piano as their flower pot. Host Mary Holm visits with Vicky Dosdall of Morris, Minn. to see how she used a piano in her musically-themed garden. In all, Vicky has a dozen themed gardens — with some Norwegian pride — that are the perfect backdrop to entertain friends and family throughout the summer and during her special annual garden party.

Christmas Tree Production
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, Feb 9 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

What does it take to grow that lovely Christmas tree we decorate for the holidays? Host Mary Holm travels to Wayne ‘N Jean’s Evergreens near Morris, Minn. to learn about Christmas tree production. Wayne and Jean Lesmeister and their children have been growing many varieties of trees on their farm for years so area families can select and cut their own perfect tree for their holiday enjoyment.

Nature Based Therapeutics
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, Feb 16 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

Are people spending too much time looking at screens and not enough time enjoying Mother Nature? Host Mary Holm visits with Jean Larson from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, Minn. who specializes in Nature-Based Therapeutics (NBT). NBT is a practice highlighting the many benefits of using plants, gardening and nature in general to aid in human health and well-being

Blueberries
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, Feb 23 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

Blueberries are full of antioxidants, are delicious to eat, but can be very hard to grow in most of Minnesota. Host Mary Holm travels to Parkers Prairie, Minn. to visit with Lewis Struthers who has grown blueberries for years. He offers advice on how to prepare the soil before planting and gives care tips to be able to grow these wonderful berries for a great harvest.

Barn Quilts and Flowers
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

A barn quilt trail has just been created in Stevens County in West Central Minnesota. Host Mary Holm visits with Ward Voorhees, the man behind the trail, to learn what this is all about. Ward displays his barn quilts, tells how the barn quilt trail was created and then shows how he has matched his barn quilts to the beautiful flowers in his yard for a stunning display of color.

Bee-u-tiful Solar Energy
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. and Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

Host Mary Holm visits the solar energy farm of Connexus Energy near Ramsey, Minn. to find it not only produces energy for people, but is also a healthy environment for bees and other pollinators. Native plants growing among the solar panels provide a home, pollen and nectar for pollinators of all kinds, and a place for bee hives which are used to produce their special “solar honey.”

Healthy and Beautiful Lawns
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 1 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

It is hard to beat the beauty of a lush green lawn. Host Mary Holm visits with Jon Trappe at the grass and lawn trials at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. Jon shares great tips on how to create and maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn.

Growing Unusual Vegetables
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcasts Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 8 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

There are gardeners who like to try new vegetable varieties each year. Host Mary Holm visits with Sara Thronsedt, an Ottertail County Master Gardener who nurtures her gardens near the prairie lakes near Fergus Falls, Minn. Sara takes her gardening to a whole new level by growing unusual, lesser known and healthy plants among her regular favorites — just for the fun of trying them!

Sod Production
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcast Saturday April 13 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 15 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

We’ve all seen that new home that has a black yard in the morning and a lovely green lawn in the evening. Host Mary Holm travels to Elk River, Minn. to visit B&B Hoffman Sod Farms to learn about the process of growing and harvesting sod for the residential and commercial markets.

Soil Health
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcast Saturday April 20 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

It has been said that by the time you put a seed or plant in the ground, you are 75 percent of your way to either success or failure depending on your soil’s health and ability to grow. Host Mary Holm visits with Joe Storlien, soil scientist from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. to learn about soil health and how you can “Soil Your Undies” to gauge your own soil health.

The Outstanding Yard
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Repeat Broadcast Saturday April 27 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 29 at 1 p.m.
Online at www.pioneer.org/pyg immediately after broadcast.

When someone tells you they have seen an outstanding yard, you really do need to go visit. Host Mary Holm does just that when she visits with Bruce and Terri Kakac near Alexandria, Minn. Hanging baskets, flowering pots, sweeping annual and perennial flower beds, water features – this yard has it all and rightly deserves the accolade – an outstanding yard!
About the University of Minnesota, Morris

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