Backyard | New Hampshire Public Radio


Monarch butterfly and bee on a pink milkweed flower.
Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Pollinators are an essential part of our ecosystem, and have been in decline for years. We talk about small and big ways that you can help support pollinators, in your garden, yard, and outdoor spaces, and what species of pollinators and pollinator-plants are native to New Hampshire. 

Air date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

It's Garden Thyme: Planning Season Is Here

Mar 15, 2021
Two cats sit in a window in winter next to two potted plants.
Erin Schaick.

Fluctuating weather and other hints of spring have arrived, so it's time to start thinking about what you need to grow the garden you want this year. We talk about the things you should do now, indoors and outside, to prepare for the warmer weather, from succession planning to seeding to learning about your soil. First time gardener, or seasoned green thumb? Send us your questions, and tips, about your current gardening projects. 

Do you have ideas for other gardening, growing, and backyard topics? Please let us know in our listener survey!

Air date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 

Chickens In Your Backyard

Jun 19, 2019

With the boom in backyard chickens, New Hampshire cities and towns are trying to balance this trend with regulations aimed at safety and neighborhood peace. What have you seen in your town? We discuss the how-tos, the rules, and what raising backyard chickens means for people and their communities. 

This conversation airs live at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, and again at 7 p.m. Audio will be available shortly after the conclusion of the program. 

The Dark Side Of Community Gardens

Dec 18, 2013
sarah-ji via flickr Creative Commons

Today the ground is covered with snow, but imagine if you will, a verdant community garden in late July, brimming with flowers and vegetables, happy neighbors kneeling cheek-to-cheek, shovel to shovel, baskets overflowing with greens and the late afternoon sun bathing the scene in gold. We interrupt that idyll to bring you “Thievery, Fraud, Fistfights and Weed: The Other Side of Community Gardens.”   That’s the title of Jesse Hirsch’s article for Modern Farmer, where he’s a staff writer.

End Of Life Planning...For Backyard Chickens

May 28, 2013
Lost Albatross via Flickr Creative Commons

Backyard chicken raising is one of the fastest-growing facets of the local food movement. Cities and towns have been reforming land-use and health policies to accommodate raising chickens…a hobby many picked up after the 2010 outbreak of salmonella that led to the recall of 500 million eggs.