‘Conversations LIVE’ to discuss end-of-summer gardening tips

University Park, Pa. – As summer winds down and gardening’s off-season approaches, watering, weeding and harvesting move to the top of the gardening to-do list, presenting new challenges unique to August.

The next installment of WPSU-TV’s "Conversations LIVE" tackles this topic in "Get Your Garden On!" Host Patty Satalia is joined by Tom Butzler, Steve Bogash and John Esslinger, all horticulture educators with Penn State’s Cooperative Extension. Butzler, Bogash and Esslinger will provide tips on how to round out this season and prepare for next year’s garden.

The 60-minute show is interactive, taking viewers’ phone calls, emails, and questions via Twitter. Viewers can join the conversation by calling 800-543-8243 during the show, emailing connect@wpsu.org or tweeting @WPSU. ‘Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!’ will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, WQLN-TV in Erie and online at wpsu.org.

Butzler is a horticulture extension educator with the majority of his responsibilities in vegetable production. He also developed Penn State Extension’s first online beekeeping course, Beekeeping 101.

Esslinger is also a horticulture educator, working with Penn State Extension in northeastern Pennsylvania since 1995. He focuses on the topics of fruit, vegetable and greenhouse production.

Bogash has expertise in a wide range of plants including cut flowers, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, fruits and container-grown vegetables. He is a regional horticulture educator serving the Southeast region of Pennsylvania.

Penn State Public Media, WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Penn State Public Media, WPSU is part of Penn State Outreach and Online Education, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated August 15, 2013