Summer Encore: Humane Gardening | Nancy Lawson

Writer and gardener Nancy Lawson takes gardening for wildlife to the next level. After first encountering her book via my library system’s digital lending services, I have since fallen for the way Nancy writes about wildlife and their interactions in our garden and in our lives. She frequently touches on points that create those ‘aha’ moments and you wonder why you hadn’t been thinking that way from the start. The episode is packed full of great ideas and ways to re-think your approach to gardening for wildlife.

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A wooden swing used to hang from this trellis. A couple of months ago, I sat on its lichen-covered planks, and it gave way. I’ve replaced it with an old chair that will one day give way too. Knockout roses used to surround the swing, fronted by catmint and mulch all around the border. Over time, the birds, bees, squirrels and other wild gardeners conspired with wind and rain to supplant those original garden center finds with wild senna, violets, pokeweed, broomsedge, black raspberry, wild grapevines, Virginia creeper, boneset, asters, Canadian black snakeroot, false nettle and hickory trees — all of them native plants that feed and shelter wildlife and none of them added by me. 🌱 The trumpet vine I originally planted remains, popping up where it pleases and not flowering a whole lot. But I think one day, when conditions are right, the vine will be resplendent, in its own time and on its own terms. In the meantime, I sit here ensconced in green of all shapes and shades, trying to understand what it might be like to be a plant, looking for the light, waiting for the waterfall, and beckoning the bees. The buds on some of the sennas are nearly bursting, and in a few short days this space will be abuzz from dawn to dusk. 🌱 I’ll never really know what it’s like to be a senna or a violet or the tiny jumping insect crawling on my chest at the moment. But here in this chair, where I am just one life and one species among so many others, I can watch and listen and feel and try to imagine, and in that imagining let new ideas take root for helping all of our wild friends grow and flourish. #plantlove #haveyouthankedaplanttoday

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Show Notes:
Episode 3-5 with Nancy Lawson

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Summer Encore: The Common Milkweed Nursery | Jennifer Kleinrichert & Steve Ross

One of my favorite episodes has been with the owners of The Common Milkweed Nursery, “a 3.5 acre nature preserve, wildlife haven, native plant farm, and land lab in North Central Ohio.” Jennifer and Steve are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to native plants of their region and getting a glimpse of that knowledge comes out in this episode! If you enjoy the wonder of what Mother Nature has to offer, this episode is for you!

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Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere


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Show Notes:
Episode 3-14: Listen to the original episode or check out the show notes!

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Summer Encore: Unconventional Edibles & Whole Harvest Cooking | Linda Ly

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Last week, I mentioned that our two-year search for a house to call our own in Central Oregon finally — finally! — has a happy ending (though the adventure is really just beginning). We closed on our dream property this month! It completely caught us by surprise, and we scrambled to make it happen. If you haven't had a chance yet to read about it on gardenbetty.com (more photos over there too), let me fill you in a bit… ➕ This serene piece of property is 1.5 acres in a rural neighborhood, but only 10 minutes from the center of town. ➕ It's flat, wide open and sunny with lush green pasture. We also have deeded water rights, which allows us to use water from the canal to irrigate our land. ➕ The concrete cistern in the back holds our irrigation water, and irrigation lines run the entire length of the property. (We'll be able to have our own mini farm!) ➕ Our dreams for developing this parcel include an energy-efficient house, food forest, vegetable garden, greenhouse, chicken run, swimming pond, outdoor kitchen/fire pit/hot tub/entertaining area, and for the kids, a treehouse and pump track! Not all at once, of course… we'd be grateful just to have a basic home to move into the first year. ➕ There's currently an old mobile home and some rundown wood sheds on the property, which all need to be demolished before any building can begin. ➕ Because of these existing structures, we're very lucky to have a 300-foot driveway in place and utilities already trenched to the building site. On the downside, the (very old, unpermitted) septic system needs to be replaced and we're undergoing a septic feasibility study right now. As we're finding out, all of these initial land improvements add up quickly! 💸 I'll be documenting these first few months as we clear the land and get it ready for construction, so I hope you'll follow along!

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Show Notes:

+Listen to the original episode:Ep. 2-10: Unconventional Edibles & Whole Harvest Cooking | Linda Ly
+Linda’s website:Garden Betty

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