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   from the issue of March 24, 2005

Backyard Farmer's 52nd season brings new features


Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy two new series on Backyard Farmer this season as the question-and-answer gardening information show starts April 7.

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"Backyard Farmer" begins at 7 p.m. April 7 on NET Television's channel NET1. Pictured from left, front row: Anne Streich, horticulture educator; Roch Gaussoin, turfgrass specialist; Kim Todd, landscape horticulture specialist; and Fred Baxendale, urban horticulture specialist; back row: Brady Kappler, weed science educator; John Watkins, plant pathologist; Dave Keith, urban integrated pest management specialist; and Jim Kalisch, insect diagnostician.

In its 52nd season, the hour-long program will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. Central Daylight Time through Sept. 15 on NET1, formerly the Nebraska ETV Network, said Brad Mills, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program producer. It also will be rebroadcast on NET2 at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Monday. The entire program will be video streamed on the Backyard Farmer Web site at

The first new series will focus on student horticultural research projects that will show gardeners new information in horticulture, Mills said.

The second series will focus on soil preparation. It will show viewers what needs to be taken into consideration when buying a new home and how to get soil ready for landscaping.

Both segments will be featured on program episodes throughout the season.

The will return to Minden to see how last year's makeover garden is progressing. Other topics on the show include: principles of integrated pest management, landscaping for pets, berm construction and small town farmer's markets.

Backyard Farmer Extra also will be offered again this year. This additional 30-minute show will answer e-mail questions. It will broadcast at 8:30 a.m. CDT Saturday on NET1 and rebroadcast on NET2 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

John Fech, extension educator for horticulture in Douglas/Sarpy County, is the program host. Other panel members that appear on the program regularly include: Anne Streich, horticulture educator; Brady Kappler, weed science educator; John Watkins and Loren Giesler, plant pathologists; Jennifer Chaky, plant diagnostics educator; Fred Baxendale, urban horticulture specialist; Roch Gaussoin, turfgrass specialist; Dave Keith, urban integrated pest management specialist; Jim Kalisch, insect diagnostician; Jeff Culbertson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Landscape Services; Don Janssen, extension educator in Lancaster County; Kim Todd, landscape horticulture specialist; Kelly Feehan, extension educator in Platte County; and Sarah Browning, extension educator in Dodge County.

Backyard Farmer is a collaboration between Cooperative Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and NET Television.



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