The joe gardener Show - Organic Gardening - Vegetable Gardening - Expert Garden Advice From Joe Lamp'l

By Joe Lamp'l

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Randy
 Apr 9, 2020

TimS
 Aug 25, 2019
I live in PA and in the SLF quarantine area. I just listened to episode 118 and have hope that we can beat/mitigate our SLF problem. thank u Joe 4 the awesome and informative podcasts!


 Jan 17, 2019

Karen
 Sep 11, 2018
A pretty good place to find information on gardening. Some stuff isn't new for advanced gardeners, but the podcasts on beneficial bugs and predatory insects are incredible, and kind of life changing!

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This podcast is devoted to all things gardening. National gardening television host, Joe Lamp'l, guides you through each episode with practical tips and information to help you become a better, smarter gardener, no matter where you are on your journey. This series has a strong emphasis on organic gardening and growing food, but covers a diverse range of topics from one of the country's most informed and leading gardening personalities today.

Episode Date
174-Season Extension Practices for Getting More from Your Garden, with Niki Jabbour
45:44

When many gardeners are picking their last crops for the year and getting ready to say goodbye to their gardens until spring, Niki Jabbour doesn’t slow down when temperatures drop. Though Niki lives in USDA zone 5b in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where winter temperatures can plunge to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, she can harvest fresh vegetables year-round because she implements season-extension practices and structures in her garden.

Sep 17, 2020
173-Starting a New Tomato Garden: Lessons Learned, with Craig LeHoullier
59:56

Starting a new tomato garden in an unfamiliar location poses a number of challenges and can be intimidating, even for experienced gardeners, but it also provides a clean slate and new opportunities for lessons learned. Tomato growing expert Craig LeHoullier moved in January to Hendersonville, North Carolina, and he has much to share about experimenting in his new garden there. 

Sep 10, 2020
172-Tips for Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Fall-Encore Presentation
59:56

Of all the gardening seasons, the fall growing season is my favorite. Arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, lettuce and more — there are so many cool-season vegetables that you can grow in fall and enjoy on your dinner plate. The trick is to know your first frost date and work backward from there to pick the right time to start growing cool-season vegetables either indoors or direct-sown from seed, or transplanted.

Sep 03, 2020
171-Gardening Mistakes to Avoid
44:18

I like to encourage risk-taking in the garden because the stakes are usually very low, and we know that “mistake” is another word for “learning opportunity.” However, there are some common gardening mistakes to avoid that you don’t need to learn about the hard way.

Aug 27, 2020
170-Succession Planting Tips, with Meg Cowden
53:16

What is succession planting? Succession planting is how gardeners make the most of limited space and extend their growing season beyond what’s considered typical of a region. To speak to this topic, I invited succession planting expert Meg Cowden of the blog Seed to Fork on the podcast for a previous episode, and I am reprising that conversation this week because now is when vegetable gardeners are taking steps to have a successful fall garden.

Aug 20, 2020
169-Your Biggest Garden Challenges of Summer, 2020
50:56

Coming up on the middle of August, it’s clear that the 2020 gardening season is one for the record books — not for its performance, but for its challenges. Having been a gardener my whole life and in professional horticulture for more than 30 years, I can say that this was the year of all years for garden challenges. In this week’s episode, I answer questions that have come in this summer from podcast listeners, the members of the joegardener Facebook group and students in my Online Gardening AcademyTM about their biggest gardening challenges this year so far. For some of these issues, there’s still time to mitigate the problems and get a better outcome, while others will be taken as lessons learned for next year. 

Aug 13, 2020
168-Preserving Your Harvest with No Special Equipment, with Theresa Loe
55:38

Of all the problems that gardeners run into, having a bigger harvest than you know what to do with is the best problem to have. If you find yourself in this enviable position, you’ll want to listen to my conservation from a few summers back with Theresa Loe on preserving your garden harvest. 

Aug 06, 2020
167-Managing Plant Diseases Organically, with Jeff Gillman
27:06

Plant diseases pose one of the biggest challenges that gardeners face, and while it can be tempting to reach for a chemical control, managing plant diseases organically is possible. To speak to that fact, I invited Dr. Jeff Gillman on the podcast a couple of years back, and I am revisiting that conversion this week because now is that time of summer when plant diseases show themselves in a garden that otherwise appeared healthy up until this point.

Jul 30, 2020
166-Tracing the History of Heirloom Seeds, With Seed Savers Exchange
42:28

Every seed has a story to tell, if someone will listen. This week, I asked Sara Straate, the seed historian for Seed Savers Exchange, to come on the show and explain the work that goes into tracing the history of heirloom seeds that, in many cases, came to the exchange after being saved for generations by home gardeners. Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, is one of the country’s largest non-governmental seed banks, with more than 20,000 varieties in its ever-growing collection.

Jul 23, 2020
165-Tips For Reducing Garden Overwhelm, With Margaret Roach-Encore Presentation
59:48

Between keeping up with picking crops and beating back weeds, plant diseases, and pests, it’s common that gardeners feel overwhelmed, especially at the height of summer — or any time of the growing season. But you don’t have to let garden overwhelm get the best of you. This week felt like the right time for an encore presentation of my conversation on reducing garden overwhelm with A Way to Garden’s Margaret Roach, the gardening columnist, author, and podcast host. 

Jul 16, 2020
164-Ask Me Anything: Joe Lamp'l Answers Your Gardening Questions For Mid-Summer
56:14

Between my podcast listeners, social media channels, and members of my Online Gardening Academy™, I receive a lot of gardening questions. This week on the podcast, I am answering some of those questions from members of the joegardener® Facebook group.  I’ve invited Erin, my Director of Online Media, to return as co-host for this gardening Q&A episode we're calling Ask Me Anything. In this episode, we're answering your gardening questions. So let’s get started!

Jul 09, 2020
163-Plant Propagation Tips: Easy Ways to Make More Plants, With Brie Arthur-Encore Presentation
59:15

One of my favorite gardening activities is plant propagation.  In fact, you could say that it’s what first got me interested in gardening as a young child. Plant propagation is one of the best ways to add more plants to your garden and landscape for free, and it’s a fun way to make more of the plants that you already have.  But understanding some key plant propagation tips is an easy way to make more plants and the key to getting plant propagation right.

Jul 02, 2020
162-Plant Disease Fundamentals-Understanding the Basics and Beyond
59:32

I don’t know about you, but here in my Atlanta-area GardenFarm™, disease is already rearing its ugly head. I had a conversation with extension plant pathologist, Dr. Janna Beckerman, of Purdue University to explore the world of plant disease, so she could share with all of us some of the essential plant disease fundamentals and management practices. As with all things gardening, understanding the basics and beyond will make us better equipped for success.

Jun 25, 2020
161-Growing Tomatoes: Mid-Season Care With Craig LeHoullier-Encore Edition
55:14

It's safe to say that mid-June is sort of the "honeymoon" phase of gardening. The final cold snaps are behind us. The plants in our landscapes are abundant in foliage. Yet, it's early enough that pest and disease issues haven't left us feeling disheartened. Yet it's what we do now with growing tomatoes, that critical mid-season care, which will keep our plants growing strong through the more challenging times ahead. 

Jun 18, 2020
160-Gardening Pet Peeves - My Top 10 from Joe Lamp'l
53:18

Fair warning: This week, you’re in for a bit of a rant. I’m sharing with you my top 10 gardening pet peeves. No, I don’t mean those things like finding some pest has taken a bite out of an almost perfectly ripe fruit (although, that drives us all crazy too). I mean the human behavior I see far too often that is harmful to the garden, the environment or the gardener. 

Jun 11, 2020
159-Catching Up With Joe Lamp'l: Spring-2020 Q&A
58:19

For this week's episode, I invited my Director of Online Media back to join me for another Q&A session. We haven't done a Q&A episode in awhile. Erin is my co-host when I have one, and when I want to have a conversation with somebody from my team. Our talks are always fun, and it gives Erin an opportunity to ask me some of the most popular questions that have come in from our community of listeners and viewers over the past few months, around what's going on these days at the GardenFarm™. 

Jun 04, 2020
158-The Agrihood Movement: Cultivating Food & Community with Farmer D
54:50

For this week’s episode, I asked my longtime friend, Daron Joffe, to join me. Since early adulthood, Daron has been driven by the belief that the world is a better place when our everyday lives are enmeshed in the act of interacting with the soil through gardening and farming. Through hard work and fortuitous opportunity, he’s crisscrossed the country building farms and gardens and contributing to the agrihood movement, while cultivating food and community Along the way, he’s stacked up an impressive list of far-reaching agricultural accomplishments through his efforts.

May 28, 2020
157-How to Prevent Weed Overwhelm: A Practical Organic Approach for Real Results, With Margaret Roach
49:46

This week, I invited one of my longtime friends - and frequent podcast guests - to join me to share some additional weed management wisdom. Today, we explore how to prevent weed overwhelm with a practical organic approach for real results, with Margaret Roach. Applying her practice of a little good, old fashioned research and new-age-y mindfulness can elevate our skills against this eternal garden problem to a Zen Weed Master level.

May 21, 2020
156-Encore Presentation: Why Mulch Matters in Every Garden: What You Need to Know
50:04

If there's one gardening subject that I mention more than any other, it's probably mulch. Lots of gardeners still think the primary purpose of mulch is as an aesthetic element - to make garden beds look tidier. That couldn't be further from the truth. When the right material is used and when it's applied properly, mulch is one of the single best things you can do for the health of your plants and soil.

May 14, 2020
155-Managing Weeds Organically: Rodale Institute's Latest Research, Prevention and Control
48:14

One of the inevitabilities of gardening is the presence of weeds. There are lots of poor weed management approaches out there, many of which have been used for decades. So, I thought it was high time to explore the not-so-wonderful world of weeds, and I invited Dr. Andrew Smith to share his expertise on the subject along with Rodale Institute's Latest Research, Prevention, and Control.

May 07, 2020
154-Garden Savvy Shopping Tips For Healthy Plants
44:00

These past few months have been difficult for many of us, but one bright side has been the re-ignited interest in gardening. I’ve heard from so many people who’ve never planted anything before but are eager to grow their own food. Gardeners of all experience levels have been able to spend more time with their hands in the soil too. It’s fair to say that most of us have been or plan to spend time shopping for more plants. But knowing some key garden savvy shopping tips for healthy plants can make all the difference when you plant them.

Apr 30, 2020
153-The Science Behind Great Soil
49:06

Soil is my favorite topic. I love all things gardening, and I’ve even hurled myself into a large heap of finished compost. Still, soil is king in my book, and the more we learn about the science behind great soil, soil health, and all of the amazing processes going on under the surface, the more enamored I become.

My guest today is Dr. Jake Mowrer, and this guy spends much of his day researching and exploring the many aspects of soil we have yet to fully understand. Jake earned a Ph.D. in soil fertility and soil chemistry, which ultimately landed him at the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

Apr 23, 2020
152-The Native Plant Trust: Why Plant Choices Matter
49:59

Another spring brings the excitement of a new garden season. For most of us, that means adding more plants to our landscape. Well, today’s episode is a reminder that your plant choices matter, especially when it comes to supporting biodiversity and wildlife. Guest Uli Lorimer is the Director of Horticulture at the Native Plant Trust. He shared with me his insights and actionable steps any gardener can put into practice.

Apr 16, 2020
151-Seed Savers Exchange: Behind the Scenes
51:02

Last week, I spoke with Dianne Ott Whealy, the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, to discuss the history of that important organization. SSE is approaching its fiftieth year of operations, so there was much more to the story to be explored. For that, we continued the conversation with this week’s guest - SSE Director of Preservation, Phil Kauth for more of what goes on at Seed Savers Exchange behind the scenes.

Apr 09, 2020
150-The Story of Seed Savers Exchange: With Co-founder, Diane Ott-Whealy
50:15

You might be like a lot of gardeners these days who are eager to experiment with different varieties of their favorite crops. Well, the odds are pretty good that the unique variety you’re excited to try this year is available to you thanks, in large part, to this week’s guest. Diane Ott Whealy is the co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, and her passion has helped to preserve hundreds of varieties that might have otherwise been lost to extinction.

Apr 02, 2020
149-Southern Exposure Seed Exchange: A Seed Company With Purpose over Profit
47:36

If you’re into organic seeds or growing seeds of varieties that are out of the ordinary, you’ve probably heard of this week’s guest. Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE) is truly an icon and a powerful force in the seed world. I’m fortunate to catch up with Ira at various garden events along the East Coast, but this was the first time she had joined me for the podcast.

Mar 26, 2020
148-Gardening in Straw Bales: An Easy & Inexpensive Solution to Make Growing Food More Accessible for All
57:30

With all that is going on in our world during these recent weeks, more folks than ever are feeling drawn to gardening. The confidence that comes with growing your own source of healthy food is appealing, of course, but the garden also provides a refuge through periods of anxiety. Well, this week’s episode focuses on an easy way to get growing - using the straw bale gardening method.

Mar 19, 2020
147-Monarchs and Milkweed: A Precarious Struggle Between Life and Death
55:02

Suffice it to say monarchs have a precarious relationship with milkweed that is literally a matter of life and death. In this episode, we'll talk about monarchs, milkweed, and the remarkable story of their coevolution with Dr. Anurag Agrawal, author of Monarchs and Milkweed. It's an engrossing look at the intricacies of the monarch life cycle and the role a single genus of plant plays in their migration and survival.

Mar 12, 2020
146-Catching Up With Epic Tomatoes Author Craig LeHoullier. Big Changes and New Opportunities
53:26

This week, I’m catching up with Epic Tomatoes author Craig LeHoullier. I'm proud to call him a good friend and happy that he's a frequent guest on this podcast. But a lot has changed in the Tomato Guy’s world during the past few months, and many of you have wondered what Craig has been up to since the last podcast episode nearly one year ago. We had much to catch up on and talk about, so today we're learning a lot about what's been going on in this epic tomato growers life, especially in the last few months, as well as some new lessons learned during his busy life on the road, and at home, for his final epic growing season in his own driveway garden.

Mar 05, 2020
145-Fundamentals of Gardening: Confidence Through Key Principles
53:02

It never hurts to go back to the basics from time to time, and that’s what today’s episode is all about - the importance of the fundamentals of gardening. My guest, Daryl Beyers, is author of the just-released book on gardening basics - The New Gardener’s Handbook. Daryl earned a degree in landscape design, and you could say he learned gardening skills bit by bit “in the trenches” - as head gardener at estate gardens.

Feb 27, 2020
144-Understanding Nematodes: Microscopic Worms, Friend or Foe of Your Garden
53:28

As a gardener, you’ve probably learned that it’s the little things that can sometimes have the greatest impact. Well, this episode focuses on some very little things - nematodes. These microscopic creatures are a part of the soil food web. They play a key role in nutrient cycling, but some of them can also devastate your plants. There’s a lot we still don’t know about these creatures, but I asked expert, Dr. William Crowe, to join me to share the facts on what we do know - the good and the bad.

Feb 20, 2020
143-Gardening Products You Don't Need, and Why
42:23

This week, garden myth-busting expert, Robert Pavlis joined me to talk about gardening products. Robert has a background in chemistry and biochemistry and is an avid gardener as well. He owns and runs a 6-acre botanical garden packed with over 3,000 different species of plants, trees and shrubs. So, he offers some valuable insights when it comes to determining whether or not a product is necessary - or even beneficial - in the garden.

Feb 13, 2020
142-Why Our Plant Choices Matter: Nature's Best Hope, with Doug Tallamy
53:55

I am a huge fan of this week’s guest, Doug Tallamy. He’s the author of the blockbuster book Bringing Nature Home. It introduced many horticulturists and backyard warriors to consequences - or benefits - of our plant choices. So, I was really excited to sit down with Doug to talk about his brand new book, Nature’s Best Hope.

Feb 06, 2020
141-Encore Presentation: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers
59:50

One thing that fascinates just about every plant lover is the process of propagation, and finding easy ways to make more houseplants, vegetables, and flowers from those plants you already have and love. If you’ve ever tried to propagate a plant, did you know your success rate was just as dependent on the type of plant as on your abilities? There is much more to plant propagation than most people are aware. Plant Parenting author, Leslie Halleck shares her wisdom on today's episode.

Jan 30, 2020
140-The Successful Journey of a Market Farmer: Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm
55:26

If you are a market or small-scale farmer, this episode is for you, but there’s plenty of inspiration for you home gardeners too. This week’s guest is Conor Crickmore. About 12 years ago, Conor exchanged a lucrative career in technology for a successful journey to the life of a market farmer. Here’s the real kicker - neither he nor his wife, Kate, had any real gardening or farming experience at the time.

Jan 23, 2020
139-Houseplant Myths: The Facts Behind Caring for Indoor Plants
41:38

Houseplants have been a hugely popular trend the past few years, with some plant-a-holics spending big money on a single showstopper. Unfortunately, those plants don’t always fare so well after we bring them home. It’s not for lack of effort from the “plant parent.” It’s usually the result of following bad advice - care tips which are actually houseplant myths. So, what’s the real story and the science behind what your plants really need? Houseplant myth expert, Robert Pavlis joined me this week to break down the facts.

Jan 16, 2020
138-Why Pruning Matters: Principles, Recommendations and Tips from the Pruner's Bible
57:28

One of my favorite gardening tasks is pruning. In fact, I love it so much that I don’t really consider it a task at all, and it was the focus of my very first joe gardener Show podcast episode. Unfortunately, it’s a subject that tends to confound or intimidate many gardeners. Today’s guest, Steve Bradley, was determined to break the sometimes confusing principles of pruning down to the basics, and his book, The Pruner's Bible, does just that.

Jan 09, 2020
137-Food Freedom Through Foraging: How and Why Rob Greenfield Lived Off the Land for an Entire Year
56:32

Have you ever thought about living exclusively off the land for an entire year? Likely not considering how much of our daily lives revolve around food. For those of us who garden, our passion can also provide food freedom through foraging and harvesting up a healthy bounty for our table. Even so, most of the foods we all eat are heavily-processed, have traveled thousands of miles, and generate a heaping helping of trash. These are the issues which weigh heavily on the mind of today's guest, Rob Greenfield.

Jan 02, 2020
136-Top Garden Takeaways from 2019: Lessons Learned
50:20

It doesn’t matter how big or how small your growing space is, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or have decades of experience under your belt. Every year brings new lessons, challenges, disappointments, and wins in the garden. With the end of another year just around the corner, I wanted to share with you my top gardening takeaways from 2019.

Dec 26, 2019
135-Backyard Chickens: Benefits and Challenges for Gardeners, with Lisa Steele
46:27

For many gardeners (myself included), the passion for producing our own food and caring for the natural world around us leads us to another hobby - keeping backyard chickens. My guest this week, Lisa Steele, is the go-to authority on that subject. Lisa discusses many aspects of keeping backyard chickens, including the benefits and challenges for gardeners.

Dec 19, 2019
134-Bird Population Decline and What Gardeners Can Do to Help
56:40

Many gardeners have an appreciation for backyard songbirds. It’s a natural fit. As gardeners, we do a lot to invite them into our landscapes with food and shelter. All the more reason it’s concerning to know that many bird species are rapidly falling in their numbers, some at alarming rates. It's time we all learn more about bird population decline and what gardeners can do to help.

Dec 12, 2019
133-Native Plant Design in a Post-Wild World, With Thomas Rainer
59:27

How do you define a beautiful garden or landscape? Is it a perfectly manicured space, free of weeds with coordinated blocks of color? Perhaps it’s more relaxed and informal. In this episode, we focus our discussion around native plant design in a post-wild world with Thomas Rainer, author, teacher, and landscape architect. Thomas describes his vision for a garden that is a hybrid of both cultivated design and the wildness of nature. We talk about how we can create a natural garden design that meets our aesthetic requirements yet functions more like landscapes in the wild.

Dec 05, 2019
132-Encore Presentation: The Year-round Vegetable Garden with Niki Jabbour (and New TV Episode!)
59:42

In spite of a very short growing season (the first frost of the year shows up about mid-October, and the last is typically mid-May), Niki Jabbour knows every trick in the book and more to get the most out of her year-round garden. From time tested winners including row covers and cold frames, to her newest addition, a large polytunnel/greenhouse located adjacent to large raised bed vegetable garden. This podcast is an encore edition of our original podcast episode 022 and conversation with Niki from October 2017. Be sure to check out the extensive show notes there, including a lot more pictures of her garden and helpful links.

Nov 28, 2019
131-My Top 12 Tools to Make Your Gardening Life Easier
56:19

Over the years I’ve tried my share of gardening tools. Along the way, I’ve spent (and wasted) a lot of money. But it hasn’t been a total loss. Some of those purchases have resulted in the tools I can’t live without, including what I consider my top 12 tools to make your gardening life easier too.

Nov 21, 2019
130-Winter Sowing: A Simple Way To Successfully Start Seeds Outdoors
43:49

I love starting seeds indoors. It’s a great way to get a jump start on the season - to play in the soil even when the temperatures outdoors are sub-freezing. Growing seedlings indoors can be a little tricky though. Plus, those seed trays take up space that not all homeowners are fortunate to have. It was space limitations which led one gardener to get creative and find a different solution. Her approach is the subject of today’s podcast - winter sowing; a simple way to successfully start seeds outdoors.

Nov 14, 2019
129-Reshaping How We Think About Water: Why Paying More Might Not Be So Bad
53:30

This week is part two of my conversation with Charles Fishman, author of the compelling book, The Big Thirst. He's a powerhouse of fascinating facts about our planet's water - including some thought-provoking details on our infrastructure and our water spending. Now may be just the time we should be reshaping how we think about water and why paying more might not be so bad. Is the price of water simply so cheap that we take it for granted?

Nov 07, 2019
128-Conserving Water’s Finite Supply in a Very Thirsty World
59:49

Today’s podcast is just a little bit off-topic. Well, not too far off-topic. After all, the subject of today’s discussion is fundamental to our gardens. It’s fundamental to our very existence. Today, we’re talking about water. More specifically, can we, and how are we conserving water’s finite supply in a very thirsty world? How often […]

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Oct 31, 2019
128-Conserving Water’s Finite Supply in a Very Thirsty World
59:50

Today’s podcast is just a little bit off-topic. Well, not too far off-topic. After all, the subject of today’s discussion is fundamental to our gardens. It’s fundamental to our very existence. Today, we’re talking about water. More specifically, can we, and how are we conserving water's finite supply in a very thirsty world? My guest today, Charles Fishman, believes that many of our modern-day water issues are due to our collective lack of thinking about it. 

Oct 30, 2019
127-Top Takeaways for Gardeners from 10 Years of Growing a Greener World
45:45

This summer, the crew and I wrapped up filming for the tenth season of our Emmy Award-winning show, Growing a Greener World®. It has been humbling to look back and really let it sink in that we’ve been creating these episodes for an entire decade. Not many shows last so long these days. Along the […]

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Oct 24, 2019
127-Top Takeaways for Gardeners from 10 Years of Growing a Greener World
45:46

This summer, the crew and I wrapped up filming for the tenth season of our Emmy Award-winning show, Growing a Greener World®. It has been humbling to look back and really let it sink in that we’ve been creating these episodes for an entire decade. Not many shows last so long these days. Along the way, we’ve met some remarkable people and featured some important issues. So today, I thought I would share with you my top takeaways for gardeners from over the years.

Oct 23, 2019
126-The Scentual Garden: Exploring Botanical Fragrance With Ken Druse
56:45

What do you think of when you think about your garden? How often do you consider all of the fragrances of the plants in your landscape? Well, this week’s podcast is a celebration of the scentual garden; exploring botanical fragrance, with Ken Druse. Whether subtle or spectacular, plants can emanate fragrance from, not only their […]

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Oct 17, 2019
126-The Scentual Garden: Exploring Botanical Fragrance With Ken Druse
56:45

What do you think of when you think about your garden? How often do you consider all of the fragrances of the plants in your landscape? Well, this week’s podcast is a celebration of the scentual garden; exploring botanical fragrance, with Ken Druse. Whether subtle or spectacular, plants can emanate fragrance from, not only their blooms, but from foliage and even stems too.

Oct 17, 2019
125-Saving Seeds: The Basics, the Benefits and Beyond
59:42

Do you save seeds? These days, more and more gardeners are interested in keeping seeds from the plants in their garden, but it’s a process that can be intimidating. For this week’s episode, I invited Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and master seed saver, Bill McDorman, to share his expertise for anyone […]

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Oct 10, 2019
125-Saving Seeds: The Basics, the Benefits and Beyond
59:43

Do you save seeds? These days, more and more gardeners are interested in keeping seeds from the plants in their garden, but it’s a process that can be intimidating. For this week’s episode, I invited Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and master seed saver, Bill McDorman, to share his expertise for anyone interested in saving seeds.

Oct 08, 2019
124-Using Compost the Charles Dowding Way: More Than Just a Great Soil Amendment
40:54

Last week was the first in this two-part conversation with British gardening legend, Charles Dowding. If you missed it, I recommend you start there. That episode focused on Charles’ background and the no-dig garden method for which he is so renowned. Today’s discussion focuses on how Charles is using compost for more than just a […]

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Oct 03, 2019
124-Using Compost the Charles Dowding Way: More Than Just a Great Soil Amendment
40:55

Last week was the first in this two-part conversation with British gardening legend, Charles Dowding. If you missed it, I recommend you start there. That episode focused on Charles’ background and the no-dig garden method for which he is so renowned. Today's discussion focuses on how Charles is using compost for more than just a great soil amendment.

Oct 02, 2019
123-No-dig Gardening, with Charles Dowding: A Convincing Case for Easier, More Productive Results

One of the many things I love about hosting this podcast series is the opportunity to talk about a shared love of gardening with experts from various fields and gardeners who come from different experiences and methodologies. This week was all of that and more, because this week, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking […]

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Sep 26, 2019
123-No-dig Gardening, with Charles Dowding: A Convincing Case for Easier, More Productive Results
51:50

One of the many things I love about hosting this podcast series is the opportunity to talk about a shared love of gardening with experts from various fields and gardeners who come from different experiences and methodologies. This week was all of that and more, because this week, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with British gardening legend and the guru of no-dig gardening, Charles Dowding.

Sep 26, 2019
122-Fall Vegetable Garden Success: Best Plants and Tips for Cool-Season Growing
57:54

Here we are in mid-September already. Where did the summer go? I never mourn the end of the summer garden season, but I am getting a bit later start than usual on my favorite garden – the fall garden. So as I now plant in haste, I wanted to share what you should know for […]

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Sep 19, 2019
122-Fall Vegetable Garden Success: Best Plants and Tips for Cool-Season Growing
57:54

Here we are in mid-September already. Where did the summer go? I never mourn the end of the summer garden season, but I am getting a bit later start than usual on my favorite garden - the fall garden. So as I now plant in haste, I wanted to share what you should know for fall vegetable garden success, including best plants and tips for cool-season growing.

Sep 19, 2019
121-Fire Ant Control: The Down and Dirty on Identification, Behavior and What to Know
59:41

Invasive pests. With an absence of natural predators – they can wreak serious havoc in our garden and, sometimes our environment. There’s a category of invasive creatures which isn’t lethal to our plantlife, but it still strikes fear in the heart of many gardeners. I’m talking about fire ants, and the sting of these creatures […]

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Sep 12, 2019
121-Fire Ant Control: The Down and Dirty on Identification, Behavior and What to Know
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Sep 09, 2019
120-Poison Ivy: What You Need to Know to Minimize Its Impact on You and Your Landscape
55:38

Many years ago, I had just bought my first home and, as you might expect, was really excited to get out into the garden and make it my own. The backyard was overgrown with English ivy, so I spent an entire day pruning it back and hauling armloads off the property. Around midnight that evening, […]

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Sep 05, 2019
120-Poison Ivy: What You Need to Know to Minimize Its Impact on You and Your Landscape
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Sep 05, 2019
119-Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-Free Solutions to Protect the Plants You Love
51:24

No matter where you garden, chances are good that you struggle with deer damage. Deer are a constant issue here on my rural 5-acre GardenFarm™ north of Atlanta, GA; but they can be just as prevalent in the midst of urban spaces too. Gardeners often turn to deer-resistant plants as a solution. The fact is, […]

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Aug 29, 2019
119-Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-Free Solutions to Protect the Plants You Love
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Aug 26, 2019
118-The Power of Mushrooms: Its Potential to Cure Environmental Threats & More
51:53

Once in a rare while, you attend a presentation that leaves you speechless and amazed. A few years ago, internationally-acclaimed mycologist Tradd Cotter’s presentation at the University of North Carolina Botanic Garden in Charlotte had that effect on me. He was on stage describing the power of mushrooms, and what he shared blew me away. […]

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Aug 22, 2019
118-The Power of Mushrooms: Its Potential to Cure Environmental Threats & More
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Aug 16, 2019
117-Compost, Compost Tea and the Soil Food Web, with Dr. Elaine Ingham
46:35

Last week, we “dug” in to the subject of the soil food web with guest Dr. Elaine Ingham. I have long followed and admired Elaine’s work in soil science study, and hearing her describe that it’s actually our plants which are in control of the complex cycle of life beneath the soil surface was fascinating. […]

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Aug 15, 2019
117-Compost, Compost Tea and the Soil Food Web, with Dr. Elaine Ingham
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Aug 12, 2019
116-Understanding the Soil Food Web, with Dr. Elaine Ingham
59:40

Are you ready to get your garden geek on? In today’s episode we’re diving into the deep end on the subject of soil – specifically, understanding the soil food web. If you’ve ever told anyone that you “like to play in the dirt” to describe your love of gardening, I’m willing to bet that this […]

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Aug 08, 2019
115-Understanding Tomato Diseases and How to Deal With Them
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Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden edibles. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most challenging. Highly disease-prone, tomato plants often start strong and set a tantalizing crop of fruit only to transform into a living laboratory for pathogens – practically overnight. This season, I’m growing 43 tomato plants of differing varieties – […]

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Aug 01, 2019
114-Understanding Hydrangeas: Pruning, Blooming, Color-Forcing & More
56:56

Hydrangeas are some of my favorite ornamentals shrubs, and this week’s guest shares my love of this beautiful plant. Well actually, Lorraine Ballato has a special appreciation for all hydrangea varieties, and she has become a recognized expert on the care of this sometimes finicky species. She contributes to many respected horticultural resources, like a […]

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Jul 25, 2019
113-Designing Abundant Container Gardens: Pro Tips for Healthy Plants & Beautiful Combinations
59:42

Whether you’ve got an extensive garden area or just a postage-stamp-sized balcony, you can garden in containers just about anywhere. There are some similarities in techniques for gardening in the landscape versus containers, however there are many key differences for success too. This week’s guest is Karen Chapman, and she’s a sought-after expert in the […]

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Jul 18, 2019
112-Efficient Watering in the Garden and Landscape and Why it Matters
51:59

Water – When it comes to the garden, water can be a blessing and a curse. One year brings heavy rain, while the next might bring severe drought challenges. Mother Nature can definitely wreak havoc on our garden success, but there are steps we can and should take to offset those wild swings in moisture […]

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Jul 11, 2019
111-The State of Gardening TV in Changing Times, with HGTV’s Paul James
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Recently, I was fortunate to have gardening television legend, Paul James, as my guest at the GardenFarm. He joined me for the filming of an upcoming Season 10 episode of my show Growing a Greener World®, and of course, we had a fantastic time. Paul’s humor is just as sharp as during his Gardening by […]

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Jul 04, 2019
110-Why Mulch Matters in Every Garden: What You Need to Know
49:28

As often as I mention the benefits of mulch, I’ve never devoted an entire episode to the topic – until now. Mulch tends to be an unsung hero in the garden. Yet, mulch and compost are the two most powerful tools that an organic gardener has at his or her disposal. I can’t imagine any […]

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Jun 27, 2019
109-Garden Safety: When Shortcuts Have Consequences
57:18

Sometimes, you just have one of those weeks. I didn’t intend to share a podcast on garden safety this week, but a series of accidents – and shared experiences of our team – inspired a conversation about all the shortcuts which can put us at risk in the garden. I hope some of these reminders […]

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Jun 20, 2019
108-Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers
59:39

One thing that fascinates just about every plant lover is the process of propagation, and finding easy ways to make more houseplants, vegetables, and flowers from those plants you already have and love. If you’ve ever tried to propagate a plant, did you know your success rate was just as dependent on the type of […]

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Jun 13, 2019
107-Encore Presentation: Tomato Care Checklist with Craig LeHoullier
58:38

Tomatoes. They just might be the hands-down most popular plant for home gardeners, but they sure aren’t easy. Last year, my friend and tomato-growing expert, Craig LeHoullier, joined me for a podcast about his recommended steps for healthy tomatoes. He called it his tomato-care checklist, and it is so packed with good information, that I […]

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Jun 06, 2019
106-Livestock Panels: Top 10 Uses in the Garden for This Versatile Material
40:03

If you’re a gardener of any level looking for something to make gardening easier and save time – while also keeping things looking sharp – this episode is for you. You won’t find today’s featured items at any garden center, but I use them more than any other accessory in the garden – hands down. […]

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May 30, 2019
105-Gardening Questions Answered: Expert Advice from Joe Lamp’l
57:54

Between my podcast listeners and members of my e-newsletter and social media channels, I receive a lot of gardening questions. This week, I’m highlighting questions asked by students of my new Beginning Gardener Fundamentals course. I introduced the course at the beginning of this year to teach the fundamental garden basics I’m asked all the […]

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May 23, 2019
104-A Field Guide to Urban Gardening, with Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening
57:36

This week’s guest is Kevin Espiritu, author of the new book – Field Guide to Urban Gardening. Kevin is a self-taught garden guy. Like many of you, he’s figuring things out as he goes along and letting his curiosity be his guide. Kevin doesn’t have a background in horticulture. His introduction to the garden world […]

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May 16, 2019
103-How to Create a Backyard Meadow: Simple Steps for Success No Matter the Space
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May 09, 2019
102-The Pollinating Power of Solitary Bees, and How to Attract These Gentle Insects To Your Backyard Garden
46:33

Save the bees! That’s a statement becoming more commonly heard these days. The decline in honeybee populations has been a hot topic in recent years, but there is another story to be told. Our greatest ally in the home garden and food production across the U.S. isn’t the honeybee at all – it’s actually the […]

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May 02, 2019
101-A Way to Garden: Observations and Lessons, with Margaret Roach
58:01

Do you love books? I have a fairly large library, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that it’s comprised of mostly garden-related volumes. One of my favorites has long been A Way to Garden, written 21 years ago by Margaret Roach. So, I’m pretty excited that Margaret has just released a fresh publication […]

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Apr 25, 2019
100-Understanding Cover Crops: The Basics and Beyond, with Jack Algiere
41:58

This week, I continue my conversation with Jack Algiere and we shift our focus to cover crops. If you missed last week’s episode on crop rotation, be sure to check that out too. Jack is the Farm Director of Stone Barns Center, a highly-regarded expert on sustainable farming, and a wealth of information on all […]

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Apr 18, 2019
099-Understanding Crop Rotation: The Basics and Beyond, with Jack Algiere
46:23

If you live in or ever travel to the New York City area, one place worth visiting is Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. This 85-acre farm is just 30 minutes from the heart of the city, which is hard to believe when you tour its spectacular setting and innovative farming practices. In all […]

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Apr 11, 2019
098-Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden with Lee Reich
56:38

Many gardeners shy away from growing the typical fruit trees and shrubs because of the amount of care and upkeep needed to maintain them, especially when it comes to pest and disease control. Yet some of the more uncommon fruits can be ideal for many gardens because they are so carefree while offering delicious and […]

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Apr 04, 2019
097-Spring Tips for Vegetable Garden Success
46:59

As winter slowly yields to spring, the call to get our hands into the soil becomes irresistible. These spring tips for vegetable garden success are a valuable guide to the essential steps everyone can and should take for a bountiful and productive garden. Pick the best location You may have heard the phrase, pick the […]

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Mar 28, 2019
096-Tips for Fruit Growing Success: Selection, Maintenance & Advice, with Dr. Lee Reich
55:30

Do you grow fruit? Berries and fruit trees are often under-appreciated in the world of gardening, but it’s my topic this week with guest, Dr. Lee Reich. An expert on many thing gardening – such as composting and the no-till approach – Lee’s greatest passion is growing fruit. Lee has written several books on gardening, […]

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Mar 21, 2019
095-Tomato Seed Starting Update: Innovations and Inspiration, with Craig LeHoullier
57:23

For this week’s podcast, I’m catching up with a good friend and frequent guest, Craig LeHoullier. Craig is responsible for the revival and development of many favorite heirloom tomato varieties, and he is a pioneer in a dense-planting technique for seed starting. Craig is always experimenting. One of his recent projects involves testing germination rates […]

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Mar 14, 2019
094-How to Start and Care for Seedlings Indoors: My Steps for Success
45:29

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s seed-starting season. Starting seeds indoors is a great way to start gardening even though your garden outdoors may be covered in snow. It also provides you with better control over the health of the plants you will add to your garden – and is the perfect […]

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Mar 07, 2019
093-Hobby Greenhouse Considerations: What to Know Before You Buy (and After You Do)
48:45

In this week’s podcast, I’m talking hobby greenhouses with Sheri George. A lifetime master gardener, Sheri has been greenhouse gardening for over 20 years. Her experience has put her in a unique position on what to know before you buy (and after you do) when it comes to setup and growing conditions within the space […]

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Feb 28, 2019
092-Vegetable Planting Timeline & More: Joe Lamp’l Responds to Listener Questions
52:39

For this week’s podcast, I polled the joe gardener Facebook Group to ask what garden questions they would like answered. This is a great community of engaged and supportive gardeners. There is never a shortage of questions. Here, I selected the most commonly-asked topics (some of which I’m asked frequently through my other social media […]

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Feb 21, 2019
091-Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 1 – Encore Presentation
59:42

Last year, I shared a podcast series devoted to starting seeds indoors. It has been incredibly popular as more and more gardeners develop an excitement for this aspect of gardening. In fact this year, I’ve been hearing from even more of you who are starting seeds for the first time or who missed this series […]

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Feb 14, 2019
090-Catching up with Paul James, Superstar of HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard
47:53

Whenever the topic of gardening television shows comes up during conversations on my social media channels and as I travel for speaking engagements or filming for my show, Growing a Greener World®, one name is mentioned often – Paul James. The legendary host of HGTV’s first garden-related show, Gardening by the Yard, Paul is my […]

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Feb 07, 2019
089-Composting Guide A to Z: The Quick and Dirty on Everything Compost – Encore Presentation
54:49

At the time of this release, I’m in Phoenix, Arizona as a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the U.S. Composting Council. Not only is this a great event, but it’s made even better since the focus is one of my favorite subjects – compost, of course. In honor of the event, I felt […]

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Jan 31, 2019
088-The New Organic Grower: 50-Years in the Making, with Eliot Coleman
52:53

This week’s guest is a legend in the world of organic gardening and farming – Eliot Coleman. Eliot has been a market gardener for over 50 years, yet he remains as excited about his work every day as when he first began. He claims the secret of life is to love what you’re doing – […]

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Jan 24, 2019
087-An Interview With Joe Lamp’l: What You Didn’t Know About the Joe Behind joe gardener
54:21

This week’s podcast is a slightly different format. I enjoyed a little Q&A session with Erin, my Director of Online Media. She asked me some questions to give you a little behind-the-scenes take on my joe gardener world. For that reason, show notes are a slightly different format too. Unlike all our other show notes, […]

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Jan 17, 2019
086-Timeless Gardening Principles, with Barbara Damrosch
47:23

My guest this week is Barbara Damrosh. An icon in the world of gardening, Barbara began her horticultural career in the mid-1970’s and has always been driven by the desire to help others get into gardening. To that end, she published her first of many books, The Garden Primer, in 1988; and she’s spent time […]

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Jan 10, 2019
085-Organizing Your Gardening Life – Encore Presentation
55:10

A new year begins, and a new gardening season is on the way. Will you be spending any time this month organizing your closet, your finances or any other aspects of daily life? How would you like to feel a little more organized in the garden too? It can make a big difference in your […]

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Jan 03, 2019
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Jan 02, 2019
084-What Happened to the G in HGTV? – Encore Presentation
39:37

This is an encore episode of 057-What Happened to the G in HGTV? It’s another chance to dive into a question I hear often: “Why aren’t there more gardening shows on TV anymore?” As the host of shows on DIY, HGTV and PBS for the past 17 years – and as executive producer for the […]

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Dec 27, 2018
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Dec 21, 2018
083-Gardening Indoors: The Science of Light, with Leslie Halleck
52:20

Do you grow plants indoors? Have you tried starting plants from seed or are you thinking of trying this year? In either case, light may be on your mind lately. It’s been on mine, so I invited Leslie Halleck, author of the new book Gardening Under Lights, to join me for this week’s podcast to […]

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Dec 20, 2018
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Dec 19, 2018
082-Finding the Best of the Best Gardening Products and Tools
50:51

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I love garden tools and gadgets. I’ve always been on the hunt for the best garden gear, which means I’ve wasted my fair share of money on some not-so-great options. For the past several years, I’ve even shared my top picks in my joe gardener […]

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Dec 13, 2018
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Dec 09, 2018
081-Growing Indoors: The Basics of Houseplant Care and Maintenance
53:33

Now that December has arrived, most of us who garden feel we need to wait out the cold weather to get our hands back in the soil. Seed starting won’t begin for another month or two, but while we enjoy time with our seed catalogs and make plans for next year’s growing season, we can still keep […]

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Dec 06, 2018
080-Putting the Garden to Bed: End-of-Season Advice from Margaret Roach
52:48

Cooler fall temperatures are great for growing vegetables like broccoli, kale and carrots, but they are also a signal that the time to put our garden to bed is fast approaching. Not too long ago, it was believed that the best practice was to tidy everything up – clearing away all remaining debris and making […]

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Nov 29, 2018
079-Foodscaping: How to Create an Edible Landscape, With Brie Arthur
54:36

Have you ever thought about how to grow food without a garden? I’m not talking about tearing out those flowers and shrubs to convert the bed to a vegetable garden. I’m talking about incorporating vegetables in with those aesthetic plants to create an edible landscape. It’s called foodscaping, and my guest this week, Brie Arthur, […]

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Nov 22, 2018
078-Why Buy Organic Seeds: Fixing a Broken Food System, with Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds
49:41

Why buy organic seeds? How much do you even think about the seeds you buy? Did you know that most seeds are grown with a lot of chemicals? You may never have considered the differences between non-organic and organic seed, but after this podcast episode, I predict you won’t look at seeds the same way […]

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Nov 15, 2018
077-The Beauty and Importance of Native Plants: The Ethos of Mt. Cuba Center
51:15

You may have noticed that I’ve been focusing on native plants a lot lately. They have so much to offer in the garden – both to you, as the gardener, and to the wildlife in your area. I’ve been an advocate for native plants for many years, but a recent trip lit a new fire […]

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Nov 08, 2018
076-How to Create a Bird-friendly Yard
47:40

Lately, I’ve really been focused on identifying all the ways we can attract more wildlife to our gardens. Diversity in our little, individual ecosystems not only helps us to be better gardeners, it strengthens our environment at a national and global level. With that in mind, I invited Dr. John Rowden of the National Audubon […]

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Nov 01, 2018
075-Top Questions for Composting at Home: You Asked, Joe Lamp’l Answers
59:38

Composting at home leads to many questions from eager gardeners regarding techniques and best practices. Well this week, I wanted to answer some of those very specific – and common – questions posed by members of the joe gardener community. If you’ve been a follower of The joe gardener Show podcast for long, you’ve heard […]

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Oct 25, 2018
074-How to Have and Care for a Healthy Lawn: Top 7 Non-negotiables
46:21

Now that I’ve shared my recommendations for creating an eco-friendly garden and a resilient garden during the past couple of weeks, I want to talk about how to have and care for a healthy lawn. I know, to many organic gardeners, “lawn” is a dirty word. Incorporating lawn space is often viewed as environmentally irresponsible, but […]

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Oct 18, 2018
073-How to Create a Resilient Garden: 10 Key Principles
40:25

Would you say you had a resilient garden? Did it stand up to the challenges of this past growing season? This year has been especially difficult for many of us, and while we’re in the middle of my favorite garden time – fall – I’m also already in planning mode for next year. Each season, […]

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Oct 11, 2018
072-Creating an Eco-friendly Garden & Landscape: 7 Key Tenets
42:21

Having seen many gardens over the years, I’ve been on a mission to inspire people to think more towards eco-friendly gardening. My experiences led me to write a book, The Green Gardener’s Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet focusing on creating an eco-friendly garden and landscape.     In the book, I […]

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Oct 04, 2018
071-Gardening for Wildlife: How-to Create an Inviting Habitat, with NWF’s David Mizijewski
57:25

Here at the GardenFarm™, I proudly display a sign that designates my five-acre property as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. What does that designation mean and where does it come from? Well, I dive into that with this week’s guest, David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). David, who considers himself a nature geek since […]

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Sep 27, 2018
070-Decoding Garden Advice: Good, Debatable or Just Plain Wrong, with Jeff Gillman
53:32

Decoding gardening advice is a never-ending challenge. Some gardening advice you receive is good – some, debatable, and too often, just plain wrong. Unfortunately, even the bad advice is frequently repeated by new and experienced gardeners alike. My guest this week, Dr. Jeff Gillman – Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, wrote a book […]

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Sep 20, 2018
069-The Fascinating Facts Behind the Plants We Eat, with Jeff Gillman
55:38

Today’s episode dives into some of the interesting facts of the foods we all eat. My guest, Dr. Jeff Gillman, is Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, and he recently began his own podcast show “The Plants We Eat” which features the unique aspects and history of common garden edibles. We rarely consider, or […]

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Sep 13, 2018
068-Top Predatory Beneficial Insects and How to Attract Them, Pt. 2
55:45

Last week, we began a two-part series on garden pest predators with Jessica Walliser and discussed the predator/prey cycle taking place in all our landscapes as well as the cues that signal to good bugs that a meal is available. If you haven’t checked out that episode, I recommend you begin there before diving in this […]

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Sep 06, 2018
067-Predatory Beneficial Insects: Feared Foes of Garden Pests, Pt. 1
43:33

How well do you know the insect world of your garden? Can you tell the good bugs from the bad bugs? Did you know there are prey and predator insects? This week’s guest, Jessica Walliser, used to be a bug hater. As a horticulturist, she was trained that bugs were the enemy, and she spent […]

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Aug 30, 2018
066-Tomatoland: The Dirty Truth of the Tasteless Tomato, with Barry Estabrook
44:58

Recently, my podcast featured some of my favorite garden books.  In this episode, I talk with the author of one of those books. Barry Estabrook is a multi-James Beard Award-winning author, and one of his most renowned titles, Tomatoland, is a favorite among my extensive library. When I first read Tomatoland, I couldn’t put it […]

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Aug 23, 2018
065-Tips For Reducing Garden Overwhelm, With Margaret Roach
57:55

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your garden – by out of control growth or disease or an abundance of crops? You aren’t alone. Nearly all of us feel garden overwhelm at some point during the growing season –  and some of us feel that way frequently through the summer months. This week, I talk […]

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Aug 16, 2018
064-Tomato Growing Season Lookback: Lessons Learned With Craig LeHoullier
59:52

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 […]

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Aug 09, 2018
063-Garden Fertilizer Basics: What to Know Before You Grow
42:14

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 garden fertilizer which, when put to use in your landscape, can make a significant difference in the color, production and vigor of all your plants. Fertilizer provides nutrients which are key […]

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Aug 02, 2018
062-Great Garden Reads: Must-Have Books For Every Gardener
43:32

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 […]

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Jul 26, 2018
061-A Day In The Life At The GardenFarm: Audio Journal Encore Edition
48:43

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 […]

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Jul 19, 2018
060-How to Control Nuisance Wildlife in the Garden: Deer, Rabbits, Moles & More
56:01

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? […]

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Jul 12, 2018
059-Learning the Business of Horticulture: Using Education With Innovation For New Opportunities
49:19

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 […]

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Jul 05, 2018
058-Biochar Basics and More: Digging Deeper Into the Science of Soil
53:47

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. Well-versed in the basics of biochar, he’s also recently written Practical Organic Gardening – The no-nonsense guide to growing naturally. It’s a book packed with insight on […]

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Jun 28, 2018
057-What Happened to the G in HGTV?
38:23

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 TV shows to feed our passion, but that is just no longer the case. Ten years ago as part of my syndicated […]

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Jun 21, 2018
056-Tomato Care Checklist with Craig LeHoullier
59:57

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 […]

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Jun 14, 2018
055-Vacation Preparation For Plants: What To Do Before You Go
33:50

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. […]

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Jun 07, 2018
054-Plastic Nursery Pots – Greening Up The Darkest Side of Gardening
53:19

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 […]

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May 31, 2018
053-Waterwise Gardening With Nan Sterman
30:31

This week, I take a look back at a conversation on conservation – with Nan Sterman, co-author of Water-wise Plants for the Southwest and expert on waterwise gardening. 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 […]

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May 24, 2018
052-Why Organic Matters – with Maria Rodale
35:05

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 […]

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May 17, 2018
051-How to Grow Bountiful Blueberries – Key Steps with Lee Reich
43:48

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 […]

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May 10, 2018
050-Organic Pest Control: Beneficial Insects And Beyond
59:50

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 – putting beneficial insects to work before reaching for pesticides. This is Part Two of our biocontrols discussion, so if you missed Part One, start there. The information in Part […]

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May 03, 2018
049-When Good Bugs Eat Bad Bugs: The Business of Beneficial Insects
50:58

This week’s guest is Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, the Bug Lady of Bug Lady Consulting. To say that Suzanne – an entomologist and expert on biocontrol who 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 […]

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Apr 26, 2018
048-The Simple Science Behind Great Gardening, with Lee Reich
51:06

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 […]

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Apr 19, 2018
047-Tomato Seedling Mistakes with Craig LeHoullier
58:15

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 on tomato seedling. In this podcast, we check in on how […]

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Apr 12, 2018
046-Organizing Your Gardening Life
54:08

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 organized in […]

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Apr 05, 2018
045-Succession Planting: Practical Tips For Growing More Food
52:41

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 […]

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Mar 29, 2018
044-Raised Bed Gardening, Pt. 3: Animal Control & More
55:38

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 […]

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Mar 22, 2018
043-Raised Bed Gardening, Pt. 2: Perfect Soil Recipe
58:12

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 […]

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Mar 15, 2018
042-Raised Bed Gardening, Pt. 1: Getting Started
58:20

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 expect the […]

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Mar 08, 2018
041-Small Space Garden Design
58:51

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 […]

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Mar 01, 2018
040-Prepping Your Garden For Spring: 10 Things To Do Now
39:11

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. There’s more you can do now – some spring garden […]

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Feb 22, 2018
039-How-to Start Seeds Indoors: Digging Deeper, Pt. 3
55:25

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 […]

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Feb 15, 2018
038-How to Start Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 2
55:07

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 how to harden off seedlings as well as methods for providing moisture and light.At this point in […]

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Feb 08, 2018
037-Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 1
58:16

Have you considered starting plants like tomatoes, eggplants, lettuce, and herbs from seed 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; but don’t let this hold you back […]

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Feb 01, 2018
036-Gardening Myths BUSTED, Pt. 3 with Linda Chalker-Scott
51:45

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 […]

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Jan 25, 2018
035-Gardening Myths BUSTED, Pt. 2 with Linda Chalker-Scott
57:07

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 […]

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Jan 16, 2018
034-Gardening Myths BUSTED, Pt. 1 with Linda Chalker-Scott
58:19

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? Do some remedies do more harm than […]

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Jan 11, 2018
033-Savvy Seed Catalog Shopping
57:22

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 – thanks to the arrival of seed catalogs. Surrounded by a plethora of newly arrived seed catalogs, it can feel overwhelming yet exhilarating. So how […]

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Jan 04, 2018
032-What’s Ahead for 2018
37:06

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 […]

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Dec 28, 2017
031-Botanical Latin 101: The Non-Geek’s Guide to the Language of Plants
42:42

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 […]

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Dec 21, 2017
030-Best Gardening Products Ever: Gear, Tools & Resources We Can’t Live Without
40:45

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 on […]

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Dec 14, 2017
029-My Five Biggest Gardening Mistakes of All Time (and What I Learned From Them)
43:33

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 mistakes rarely carry such […]

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Dec 08, 2017
028-The Role of Minerals in Making Great Soil
28:46

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 my organic […]

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Dec 01, 2017
027-Changing the Way America Eats with Dan Barber
55:11

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 be heard, […]

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Nov 23, 2017
026-Using Leaves as Mulch & Compost (and Why Leaves Change Color & Shed)
37:31

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 when we use those leaves as mulch or in compost. While there is no dispute over the spectacular […]

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Nov 16, 2017
025-Five of the Biggest Mistakes in Tree Care
56:18

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 tree care mistakes (and some of the other most common) that are usually at the root of the problem. Jamie Blackburn, ISA Certified Arborist, was our guest expert for today’s […]

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Nov 09, 2017
024–Japanese Maples: A Passion and Profession with Matt & Tim Nichols
56:40

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 […]

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Nov 02, 2017
023-Attracting and Protecting Pollinators with Eric Mader
42:04

Does your garden or landscape attract pollinators? Attracting – and protecting – pollinators is something many of us have become more concerned about in recent years and for good reason. 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 […]

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Oct 26, 2017
022-The Year-round Vegetable Gardener with Niki Jabbour
53:10

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 […]

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Oct 19, 2017
021-How Plants Work with Linda Chalker-Scott (The Science behind Plants)
50:56

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 […]

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Oct 12, 2017
020-Gardening for the Birds with Margaret Roach
56:56

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 […]

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Oct 05, 2017
019-GardenFarm Audio Journal – First Day of Fall, 2017
44:18

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 […]

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Sep 29, 2017
018-HGTV’s A Gardener’s Diary with Erica Glasener
43:09

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 […]

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Sep 21, 2017
017-The Five Biggest Mistakes Gardeners Make
45:48

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 garden mistakes made by gardeners 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, […]

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Sep 14, 2017
016-Composting Guide A to Z: The Quick and Dirty on Everything Compost
50:18

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 organic […]

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Sep 07, 2017
015-Life Lessons on Gardening and Design with Margaret Roach
57:46

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. […]

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Aug 31, 2017
014-Top Tips for Saving Money in the Garden
51:56

Several years ago, I was challenged to offer my top money saving garden tips. 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 they could have […]

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Aug 24, 2017
013-Backyard Composting – Confessions of an Obsessed Composter with Lee Reich
50:46

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. – initially planned with a focus on backyard composting     My intent for this episode with Lee was to […]

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Aug 17, 2017
012-Beneficial Garden Insects – Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy
57:38

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 expert on garden insects, Doug Tallamy Ph.D. A professor at and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware; Doug is also […]

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Aug 10, 2017
011-Plant Propagation Basics – With Brie Arthur
52:45

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 […]

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Aug 02, 2017
010-Preserving the Harvest with Theresa Loe
59:45

When it comes to preserving food, 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 lot) […]

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Jul 27, 2017
009-Organic Disease Control with Jeff Gillman
23:20

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 […]

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Jul 20, 2017
008-Organic Pest Control with Jeff Gillman
28:45

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 […]

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Jul 13, 2017
007-Organic Weed Control with Jeff Gillman
36:40

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 […]

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Jul 05, 2017
006-Weedless Gardening with Lee Reich
30:10

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. Fear not – a weedless garden is […]

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Jun 29, 2017
005-What’s Wrong With My Tomato? Mid-Season Care With Craig LeHoullier
58:44

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? There may be tomato problems lurking in your future. Don’t get too comfortable patting yourself on the back for a job well done […]

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Jun 22, 2017
004-Heirloom Tomatoes: Past, Present and Future with Craig LeHoullier
38:06

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 […]

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Jun 15, 2017
003-Growing Epic Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier
54:08

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 – a tomato growing guide: Epic Tomatoes; How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties […]

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May 11, 2017
002-Vegetable Garden Tips – Five Steps to Your Best Garden Ever
48:46

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 […]

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Apr 25, 2017
001-Pruning 101: The Pruning Basics From A to Z
41:04

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 […]

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Mar 01, 2017