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The joe gardener Show is a podcast all about learning to be a better, smarter gardener and hosted by national gardening expert and PBS television host, Joe Lamp'l. Interviews include the leading authorities in their specialty with an emphasis on organic gardening, growing food, and creating a wildlife-friendly habitat.

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064-Tomato Growing Season Lookback: Lessons Learned With Craig LeHoullier
Here in the southeast, our warm temperatures mean that tomato season is coming to a close. If you find yourself in the same boat, this podcast is right up your alley. I invited my honorary co-host, Tomato Guy Craig LeHoullier to join me for a discussion about the highs and lows of this particularly odd tomato […]
Aug 09, 2018
063-Garden Fertilizer Basics: What to Know Before You Grow
Plants need nutrients, but how and when you provide those nutrients can make more difference than you might realize. Let’s explore some facts on fertilizer which, when put to use in your garden and landscape, can make a significant difference in the color, production and vigor of all your plants. Fertilizer provides nutrients which are […]
Aug 02, 2018
062-Great Garden Reads: Must-Have Books For Every Gardener
If you know anything about me by now, you know that I love the world of gardening. I’ve been involved as a hobbyist, horticulturalist, public speaker, and/or TV host since the age of eight. Formal education helped to get me where I am today, but I’m also a big believer in learning through experience. My […]
Jul 26, 2018
061-A Day In The Life At The GardenFarm: Audio Journal Encore Edition
We all know how hectic summer can get, and for me, this summer is certainly no exception. Filming for Season Nine of Growing a Greener World®, keeping up with the many happenings and garden growth at the GardenFarm™, planning upcoming projects for joe gardener – whew! I’ll be the first to admit, I’m long on […]
Jul 19, 2018
060-How to Control Nuisance Wildlife in the Garden: Deer, Rabbits, Moles & More
Managing wildlife pests in the garden and landscape is a challenge for all gardeners. It’s not just those of us in rural areas who deal with damage from deer, rabbits, raccoons, moles, and other furry foragers. These creatures have a solid foothold in metropolitan areas as well. So, what to do to protect your garden? […]
Jul 12, 2018
059-Learning the Business of Horticulture: Using Education With Innovation For New Opportunities
This week, my podcast guest was Dr. Holly Scoggins. Holly is Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and Director of the campus’ Hahn Horticulture Garden. She is also a member of the esteemed Garden Professors Group. I was curious to hear Holly’s take on the state of horticultural education and job […]
Jul 05, 2018
058-Biochar Basics and More: Digging Deeper Into the Science of Soil
This week, I spoke with Mark Highland of Organic Mechanics. Mark is passionate about soil and has quite the pedigree, having graduated from the Masters Program at Longwood Gardens. He’s also recently written Practical Organic Gardening – The no-nonsense guide to growing naturally. It’s a book packed with insight on many aspects of organic gardening.   […]
Jun 28, 2018
057-What Happened to the G in HGTV?
Do you ever wonder what happened to the G in HGTV? I used to love weekend binge-watching favorite gardening episodes on HGTV. We, as gardeners, used to have a wide variety of garden shows to feed our passion, but that is just no longer the case. Ten years ago as part of my syndicated newspaper […]
Jun 21, 2018
056-Tomato Care Checklist with Craig LeHoullier
I have a love/hate relationship with tomatoes. This year, I have 32 tomato plants in spite of knowing that tomatoes are notorious for being a lot of work in the garden. Still, in these early days of summer, everything is growing strong, looking great and setting fruit; so it’s easy to start feeling a little […]
Jun 14, 2018
055-Vacation Preparation For Plants: What To Do Before You Go
Vacation season has arrived, and if you’ve got a trip planned, you need to take some key steps to prepare your garden for your absence. After all, you’ve probably invested more than your fair share of time (and money!) nursing your plants through a difficult spring, getting new vegetables established, and planting up those containers. […]
Jun 07, 2018
054-Plastic Nursery Pots – Greening Up The Darkest Side of Gardening
We all love bringing new flowers, trees and shrubs home from the garden center. These plants add color, texture or flavor to our landscape – sometimes all of the above. Unfortunately, they leave a less desirable legacy too – a pile of empty plastic nursery pots and trays. You might say this is the darkest […]
May 31, 2018
053-Waterwise Gardening With Nan Sterman
This week, I take a look back at a conversation on conservation – with Nan Sterman, co-author of Water-wise Plants for the Southwest. Although she spent some years away, Nan grew up in and returned to southern California and has become known as a water-wise guru. Nan speaks frequently on water conservation, and she has […]
May 24, 2018
052-Why Organic Matters – with Maria Rodale
In this week’s episode, I revisit a conversation with one of my hero’s – Maria Rodale, on why organic matters. Maria is a lifelong advocate of organic farming and gardening and is third generation in a legacy of commitment to organic agricultural practices. Although her family is now iconic in the world of health and […]
May 17, 2018
051-How to Grow Bountiful Blueberries – Key Steps with Lee Reich
Just about everyone loves blueberries, but this week’s guest – Dr. Lee Reich – might just be blueberry-obsessed. Lee knows how to grow bountiful blueberries and has been perfecting best practice techniques for over 30 years on his small farm in New York state. Beyond bearing delicious fruit, blueberries are also an attractive addition to […]
May 10, 2018
050-Organic Pest Control: Beneficial Insects And Beyond
This week, I continue my conversation with the Bug Lady, Suzanne Wainright-Evans. Suzanne is an entomologist and industry leader in the movement to utilize biocontrols before pesticides.     This is Part Two of our biocontrols discussion, so if you missed Part One, start there. The information in Part One will provide context for you […]
May 03, 2018
049-When Good Bugs Eat Bad Bugs: The Business of Beneficial Insects
This week’s guest is Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, the Bug Lady of Bug Lady Consulting. To say that Suzanne – an entomologist I’ve known for many years and interviewed multiple times – is a wealth of information… well, that would be a true understatement. Our conversation is so jam-packed with pest management gold, that I’ve expanded this […]
Apr 26, 2018
048-The Simple Science Behind Great Gardening, with Lee Reich
In today’s podcast, I’m joined by Lee Reich, and we explore some of the subjects in his new book, The Ever Curious Gardener – Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden. As curious gardeners, Lee and I are always pursuing the “why” behind the workings of the garden. I believe this drives […]
Apr 19, 2018
047-Tomato Seedling Mistakes with Craig LeHoullier
Craig LeHoullier has been a frequent guest of this podcast series. He joins us again today to follow up on our early 2018 series on seed starting. If you missed that series, I recommend you start there, so you have context for this discussion. In this podcast, we check in on how things are going […]
Apr 12, 2018
046-Organizing Your Gardening Life
Spring – it’s what we, as gardeners, eagerly anticipate all winter long. Yet, when it arrives, it can be so overwhelming. The spring season moves quickly, and there are lots to accomplish. No matter how I try to prepare, each year comes with a renewed sense of overwhelm.     So, how do you stay […]
Apr 05, 2018
045-Succession Planting: Practical Tips For Growing More Food
In this podcast, I explore succession planting techniques with my guest, Meg Cowden. Meg and her husband are well-versed in the art of succession planting. Living in southern Minnesota, on the outskirts of Minneapolis, they garden in USDA Hardiness Zone 4B. While many gardeners in a Zone 4 environment see their season as Memorial Day through […]
Mar 29, 2018
044-Raised Bed Gardening, Pt. 3: Animal Control & More
Welcome to the last in our series on raised bed gardening. As you probably know by now, we received so many responses from my email group that this raised bed podcast turned into a three-part series. If you would like to join the conversation and contribute to future topics, I invite you to click the red […]
Mar 22, 2018
043-Raised Bed Gardening, Pt. 2: Perfect Soil Recipe
In this podcast, we continue our discussion on raised bed gardening. In case you missed it: I had invited my email group to send me any questions they hoped I would answer on the topic of raised bed gardening. I received a huge response, many from folks who plan to start raised bed gardening for […]
Mar 15, 2018
042-Raised Bed Gardening, Pt. 1
Are you building a raised bed garden, or are you looking to improve your raised bed crops? You have come to the right place.     Earlier this year, I invited my email group to send me any questions they would like me to answer on the topic of raised bed gardening. Little did I […]
Mar 08, 2018
041-Small Space Garden Design
Susan Morrison is a landscape designer and author of the new book, The Less is More Garden – Big ideas for designing your small yard. She joins us for this podcast to discuss some of her fascinating ideas and philosophies for small space garden design. While her book is tailored to small space gardens, I […]
Mar 01, 2018
040-Prepping Your Garden For Spring: 10 Things To Do Now
It’s late winter. Maybe you’ve started your seeds indoors, but it will be several more weeks before those frost-free days when you can get them in the ground. Maybe you’re browsing through those plant catalogs or websites and making plans for some additions to your landscape. But there’s more you can do during this “calm […]
Feb 22, 2018
039-How-to Start Seeds Indoors: Digging Deeper, Pt. 3
Welcome to Part Three of Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success series. Hopefully, you have already enjoyed Part One and Part Two , during which we spoke with Craig LeHoullier to learn the seed-starting techniques he has developed during the past 20-plus years. Parts One and Two provided lots of basic (and in-depth) information on seed […]
Feb 15, 2018
038-How to Start Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 2
In this podcast, we continue our seed starting discussion with guest Craig LeHoullier. In Part One of the Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success series, we brought the seeds from initial planting through germination. We also touched on the hardening off process as well as methods for providing moisture and light.At this point in […]
Feb 08, 2018
037-Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 1
Have you considered starting plants from seed like tomatoes, eggplants, lettuce, and herbs but worried that it was too hard and that you would kill them before they even get started?  According to Craig LeHoullier, a frequent podcast guest, and joe gardener® blog team contributor, you’re not alone.     As a longtime gardener, tomato […]
Feb 01, 2018
036-Gardening Myths BUSTED, Pt. 3 with Linda Chalker-Scott
Today’s gardening podcast and show notes concludes this three-part series, Garden Myths Busted. We’re so grateful to Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott for her willingness to share her wisdom here. As with the previous two show note posts, the following summary is taken from Linda’s responses in this current podcast episode to my questions of various garden […]
Jan 25, 2018
035-Gardening Myths BUSTED, Pt. 2 with Linda Chalker-Scott
In this podcast, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott continues to shed light on some of the most common gardening myths. Today we’re covering a diverse range of topics including controlling Japanese beetles, companion planting, composting techniques, watering, why not to use baking soda for disease control, and do scarecrows work? The following commentary is derived from today’s […]
Jan 16, 2018
034-Gardening Myths BUSTED, Pt. 1 with Linda Chalker-Scott
As gardeners, we are always looking for tips and tricks to keep our plants healthy and make our gardens look as beautiful as possible. But have you ever wondered if the advice you’ve taken from someone is based on science? How do you know which is the good? Even established advice does not mean good […]
Jan 11, 2018
033-Savvy Seed Catalog Shopping
While the end of the year is often associated with the holiday season and gathering with family and friends, for many gardeners, it’s the start of their next great garden. Surrounded by a plethora of newly arrived seed catalogs, it can feel overwhelming yet exhilarating. So how does one go about navigating the sea of […]
Jan 04, 2018
032-What’s Ahead for 2018
As we close out 2017, it’s time to talk about what’s ahead for the new year. With 52 new weekly episodes, we have a lot of great content planned for you. And it’s not only the podcasts. Some other enhancements are in the works as we plan for the best user experience yet for joe […]
Dec 28, 2017
031-Botanical Latin 101: The Non-Geek’s Guide to the Language of Plants
Learning Botanical Latin 101 is the gold standard for gardeners who really want to start expanding their knowledge of plant names. But finding resources for learning the official language of plants can be a challenge. Few classes are offered to the public around the country on the topic (Botanical Gardens are your best bet), and […]
Dec 21, 2017
030-Best Gardening Products Ever: Gear, Tools & Resources We Can’t Live Without
I’m a sucker for the next great gardening gadget. But I hate to waste money. I’ve wasted a lot of money. So finally, after too many times getting sucker punched, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands. Suffice it to say I was sick and tired of taking the bait […]
Dec 14, 2017
029-My Five Biggest Gardening Mistakes of All Time (and What I Learned From Them)
We all make mistakes. Unfortunately, it’s the fear of making them that often stops us in our tracks. Even worse, it precludes great discoveries, opportunities, and success that only comes from action. While being cautious is a good thing since the consequences of a bad decision can be serious, gardening rarely carries such costs. Even […]
Dec 08, 2017
028-The Role of Minerals in Making Great Soil
Now that the Thanksgiving week is behind us, I typically start to reflect on all the things that happened during the year that went well, and those things that, well, have room for improvement.     In the garden, it was a good year overall. But the wet, humid weather this summer wreaked havoc on […]
Dec 01, 2017
027-Changing the Way America Eats with Dan Barber
This episode is a fascinating discussion with one of the great chefs and thought leaders of our time. What Dan Barber so passionately and eloquently shares in this podcast I cannot do justice by trying to translate it into show notes. So I won’t.     To fully appreciate Dan’s message here, it needs to […]
Nov 23, 2017
026-Using Leaves as Mulch & Compost (and Why Leaves Change Color & Shed)
I consider leaves to be Mother Nature’s greatest gift to gardeners. Beyond their unparalleled beauty when they peak in a kaleidoscope of fall color we all enjoy; real gardeners know the greatest gift is still to come. While there is no dispute over the spectacular beauty of leaf color change each autumn, I’m the guy […]
Nov 16, 2017
025-Five of the Biggest Mistakes in Tree Care
While we love our trees, we often (and unknowingly) do things that can lead to their early demise. This podcast and post discuss five big mistakes of tree care (and some of the most common) that are usually at the root of the problem. Jamie Blackburn, ISA Certified Arborist was our guest expert for today’s […]
Nov 09, 2017
024–Japanese Maples: A Passion and Profession with Matt & Tim Nichols
Who knew a childhood introduction to Japanese maples would turn into a thriving business for two young brothers? Matt and Tim Nichols of Hendersonville, NC never doubted that someday they would turn that passion into a thriving Japanese maple nursery business.     Fueled by their grandmother’s Japanese maple-filled yard, and their dad’s weekend ritual […]
Nov 02, 2017
023-Attracting and Protecting Pollinators with Eric Mader
  Attracting and protecting pollinators is something many of us have become more concerned about in recent years. The combination of wide-scale pesticide use and habitat loss are two of the biggest culprits to the problem. While it’s unfortunate that we are facing such broad threats of species loss and extinction, fortunately, we have organizations […]
Oct 26, 2017
022-The Year-round Vegetable Gardener with Niki Jabbour
I am a year-round vegetable gardener. I take pride in that. But it’s no big deal really. I live in Atlanta. Winters rarely get cold enough for snow to even stick around (on those rare times we even get any). And then there’s Niki Jabbour. She’s the real year-round vegetable gardener. She easily earned that […]
Oct 19, 2017
021-How Plants Work with Linda Chalker-Scott (The Science behind Plants)
Understanding how plants work has been one of the most liberating experiences of my gardening profession and avocation. While I will always remain curious, especially when it comes to plants, I will never know it all. Nor do I want to. What’s the fun in that? However, having a sound basis from which to draw […]
Oct 12, 2017
020-Gardening for the Birds with Margaret Roach
Acclaimed gardener and passionate bird enthusiast Margaret Roach will often say that the birds taught her how to garden. Accordingly, she found herself gardening for the birds. Over time, Margaret created a 365 day-a-year bird-friendly garden that also provided year-round beauty. Today, countless birds and over 1000 people a year visit her stunning 2-acre wildlife […]
Oct 05, 2017
019-GardenFarm Audio Journal – First Day of Fall, 2017
This podcast episode format is a first for me and quite a departure from our usual format. In this episode, I take the mic and recorder outside for a behind-the-scenes day in the life at the GardenFarm™. I’m calling it an “audio journal” – snippets of a typical weekend Saturday for me. From the time […]
Sep 29, 2017
018-HGTV’s A Gardener’s Diary with Erica Glasener
For any veteran lover of great gardening television shows, HGTV’s A Gardener’s Diary with Erica Glasener will always hold a special place. Such is the case for me. Even though the show aired its final season in 2006, viewers long for a way to watch any or all the episodes again. Unfortunately, HGTV, the owner […]
Sep 21, 2017
017-The Five Biggest Mistakes Gardeners Make
Over my many years of traveling the country touring gardens both great and small, I’ve managed to summarize what I believe are the five biggest mistakes gardeners make in their home landscapes and gardens. They also happen to be some of the most common. In speaking with horticulturists and gardeners at every level, as well […]
Sep 14, 2017
016-Composting Guide A to Z: The Quick and Dirty on Everything Compost
If I were only able to give one piece of gardening advice, it would be to feed the soil (and let the soil feed the plants). The essence of any garden’s success begins and ends with the soil. And the best way to build the health of any soil is with compost – the greatest […]
Sep 07, 2017
015-Life Lessons on Gardening and Design with Margaret Roach
Over my long career in horticulture and gardening media, I’ve had the privilege of meeting pretty much all my heroes – the people that really walk their talk and that I truly respect and admire. In my short list of standouts is Margaret Roach.     Our kindred spirits have united us as good friends. […]
Aug 31, 2017
014-Top Tips for Saving Money in the Garden
Several years ago, I was challenged to offer my top tips for saving money in the garden. At the time, the economy was down and a lot of people started growing their own food to try and save on their grocery bill. Unfortunately, a lot of that was often spent gearing up, negating any savings […]
Aug 24, 2017
013-Backyard Composting – Confessions of an Obsessed Composter with Lee Reich
Get two gardening-crazed geeks together for any amount of time, and you’re sure to hear the confessions of an obsessed composter (or two). Such was the case with my recent conversation with Lee Reich, Ph.D.     My intent for this episode with Lee was to have a conversation around the basics of backyard composting. […]
Aug 17, 2017
012-Beneficial Garden Insects – Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy
  When it comes to bringing nature home, no one understands the critical relationships between native plants and the creatures that depend on them better than Doug Tallamy, Ph.D.   Doug is professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. He’s also the author […]
Aug 10, 2017
011-Plant Propagation Basics – With Brie Arthur
  Understanding plant propagation basics will equip any backyard gardener or a weekend warrior with the skills they need to confidently take on the exciting and rewarding activity of making more plants for free.     The following information has been provided by our podcast guest for this episode, Brie Arthur. Brie’s extensive experience as […]
Aug 02, 2017
010-Preserving the Harvest with Theresa Loe
When it comes to preserving the harvest, it’s probably not a topic you’d expect to hear on this podcast. But is should be. You see, if you do the things we teach on this show, videos, and blog posts, you will have a bumper harvest right about now. And you will indeed be thinking (a […]
Jul 27, 2017
009-Organic Disease Control with Jeff Gillman
When it comes to maintaining a healthy garden, organic disease control comes down to a few main options.     In this podcast episode, we close out our 3-part series with Dr. Jeff Gilman. This time, we’re discussing the most common steps anyone can take towards organic disease control for creating and keeping a healthier […]
Jul 20, 2017
008-Organic Pest Control with Jeff Gillman
In this podcast, we’re talking organic pest control with Dr. Jeff Gillman. While currently the Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in Charlotte North Carolina, Jeff has spent his career getting to the truth behind the rhetoric in matters involving both the garden and the environment.     Jeff holds a master’s degree in […]
Jul 13, 2017
007-Organic Weed Control with Jeff Gillman
In this podcast, we talk organic weed control with Dr. Jeff Gillman. While currently the Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in Charlotte North Carolina, he’s spent his career getting to the truth behind the rhetoric in matters involving both the garden and the environment.     Jeff holds a master’s degree in entomology […]
Jul 05, 2017
006-Weedless Gardening with Lee Reich
Today we’re talking about the common denominator all gardeners face, the one thing that impacts everyone equally when it comes to maintaining our gardens and landscapes and that’s the unavoidable issue of weeds and how to best eradicate them from our lives, or at least our gardens. No doubt you’ve heard the old expression, there […]
Jun 29, 2017
005-What’s Wrong With My Tomato? Mid-Season Care With Craig LeHoullier
Now that your tomatoes are settled into their beds (or pots), you can breathe a sigh of relief as you dream about the vine-ripe bounty that’s sure to come. Or is it? Don’t get too comfortable patting yourself on the back for a job well done yet. The work is just beginning. While getting your […]
Jun 22, 2017
004-Heirloom Tomatoes: Past, Present and Future with Craig LeHoullier
This episode is packed right from the start with interesting information about heirloom tomatoes, past, present and future.     Our resident Epic Tomato growing expert, Craig LeHoullier is back for this part II conversation we started with episode 3. It was all about his process of how he grows over a ton of produce […]
Jun 15, 2017
003-Growing Epic Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier
Growing epic tomatoes likely makes it on to every vegetable gardeners wish list sooner or later. Fortunately, we now have someone who wrote the book on it, literally. Our featured guest for this episode, Craig LeHoullier wrote my new favorite book on growing Epic Tomatoes; How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All […]
May 11, 2017
002-Vegetable Garden Tips – Five Steps to Your Best Garden Ever
Over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a garden look good not only throughout the year but from one year to the next. In fact, I’ve distilled it down to five steps to your best garden ever. And why what you do now matters most for getting there. Get the […]
Apr 25, 2017
001-Pruning 101: The Pruning Basics From A to Z
I’m starting off our new podcast series with this episode dedicated to pruning 101 – the pruning basics from A to Z because when it comes to pruning, there’s more to know than just taking your shears or loppers to a plant whenever and wherever you want. A lot more if you want to do […]
Mar 01, 2017