Avoid the “Dirty Dozen” When Choosing Your Produce


    There’s a new list of the twelve fruits and veggies most heavily sprayed with pesticides. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, reveals which members of the “Dirty Dozen” are easy to grow at home. Plus: Southern fried plant care with Steve Bender from Southern Living Magazine; and answers to all your growing questions.

    Question of the Week

    A few weeks ago, the Environmental Working Group released their annual “Dirty Dozen” report, revealing which supermarket produce has the highest levels of pesticide contamination. (My radio show’s producer just told me that she has the list from a previous year posted on her refrigerator, to remind her of which things are the most important to buy organically!)

    Peppers, Potatoes & Cherry Tomatoes; Heavily-Sprayed Produce that’s Easy to Grow at Home »

    Highlights from show for March 28, 2015:

    Featured Interview

    Mike speaks with Steve Bender, Senior Editor for Southern Living Magazine and editor of a brand new version of the Southern Living Gardening Book. Steve is also known as the Grumpy Gardner (http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/category/the-grumpy-gardener/), where he blogs about Southern gardening. The Southern Living Gardening Book a reference guide with over 700 pages that Mike frequently uses to look up obscure plants, trees and shrubs. Steve tells us about gardening in extreme heat during the summer, spring bulbs for warmer climates, the wonders of North Carolina and much more.

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