It’s been a wonderful second season of the podcast! Thank you so much for listening and subscribing and especially a thanks to all of my podcast guests who really made this season! Those guests and their episodes are below:
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Talk to y’all next season and hope you have a wonderful summer of gardening!
Back in 2013 and 2014 I spent a lot of time searching for gardening podcasts. During that time there weren’t too many general gardening podcasts around but there were several permaculture shows that I listened to. One day I came across one called the Tenth Acre Farm Podcast and listened intently to what the podcaster had to say. I soon clicked over and found that Amy and Vince had a blog as well, the Tenth Acre Farm site which detailed their suburban lot trasformation into an edible landscape via permaculture principles. I’ve kept base with their blog over the years and because I was intrigued by how they turned the property into a microfarm in the suburbs, I knew that the topic would be of interest to many listeners who don’t have a lot of land but want the reward of growing their own food.
Even if you aren’t in a suburban lot but are interested in permaculture, this episode will let you dip your toes into what permaculture is and how you can use it to work with the landscape you are currently living at. Amy has also recently published a book, The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People which she discusses utilizing permaculture principles to assist you in creating your own micro-farm.
Amy suggested several things that I’m going to have to incorporate into my own garden, and I will be watching as she transforms a new property, 3-acres!, into a permaculture landscape over the coming years.
Several months ago I mentioned on the podcast that I was going to do a book club discussion of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and I finally got around to finishing the book and chatting with Elizabeth, who was also a guest on Episode 1-7 last spring. Both of us are avid book readers so it was great to sit down and chat about yet another book—we’re big Outlander and Anne of Green Gables fans as evidenced at the end of the episode! If you have any comments about your experience with the book or any of the movie adapations, feel free to leave a comment on the blog!
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Last fall Trey Watson with Legg Creek Farm reached out to me, requesting to be a guest on the podcast. It took a few false starts before we coordinated a time to sit down and chat. Trey was releasing his latest book, The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Easy Edibles and wanted to spread the word. He’s authored several other books, including books on southern fruit trees as well as children’s books, and runs Legg Creek Farm, a mail-order fruit tree farm just outside of Nacogdoches, Texas. We chatted about his books as well as some of the interesting edibles he highlighted in his book and talked about fruit tree varieties that do well for southern gardens. If you are a southern gardener looking to add fruit trees to your garden, this is a must listen!
I came across Linda’s blog five or six years ago when I was searching to find out if carrot tops were edible. When I came across her beautiful blog I was hooked from then on, and watched as she evolved from gardener to cookbook author. In addition to all of this, Linda is an avid outdoor enthusiast and goes to some pretty epic places in her region of the country with her husband and daughter. It was awesome to have Linda on the podcast to discuss her garden (she’s only been gardening 7 years, which meant she was relatively new to gardening when I first found her blog!) and to find out more about her cookbooks, The CSA Cookbook and The New Camp Cookbook. We had a great conversation and I think you will enjoy learning about her garden as well as hearing about some interesting edibles that you might not have thought about growing. Some day I will have to sit down with her to talk more about her epic outdoor adventures!
When I had Erin on last year for Episode 1-9 she was in the end phase of finishing her first book. That book was Butterflies: Backyard Guide which has recently been published. I knew during our last conversation that I wanted to have Erin back on the podcast to talk not only about putting the book together but also about butterflies as she is an extremely knowledable enthusiast about butterflies and moths. That enthusiasum shows through in our conversation and I think you will catch the butterfly bug to get out and learn more about the species in your part of the country or world.
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Today’s guest is Renee Garner an artist based out of North Carolina. We ‘met’ online at least a decade ago on Gayla Trail’s You Grow Girl forums, when those were still around. Over the years we’ve exchanged emails, I’ve bought several pieces of her art work, and we’ve seen the addition of children to our gardens! Our conversation was shorter than I would have liked due to circumstances on both of our ends and I didn’t get to cover everything I wanted to ask her about her garden and gardening methods. She recently rented goats to clear some areas of her yard to expand a garden and that was a topic I didn’t get a chance to delve into that! If you are interested in permaculture and growing perennial edibles, this episode is for you! You can visit Renee on her blog or follow her gardening and home renovations on her Instagram account.
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If you have been reading garden blogs for any length of time you’ve probably come across John Markowski’s The Obsessive Neurotic Gardener. John is gardener based out of rural New Jersey and has designed his gardens over the years to focus on ornamental grasses and native plants. We began the chat discussing his garden’s evolution and how he came to become a passionate ornamental grass enthusiast and how he is now channeling that passion into a book! We also talked about his involvement with a pipeline project that has directly affected his property and how you can be an advocate for yourself should something similar happen to you.
Today’s guest is an urban backyard gardener who focuses on growing edibles for her family. Kara Bova is based out of North Texas and gardens in zone 8a and documents her garden at Nourishing Pursuits. In that space she also writes educational garden blogs designed to help new gardeners as well as interviews gardeners from various walks and stages of garden life. It was through one of her guests, Lisa Coffee, that I came across Kara and her blog. Ever searching for Texas gardeners, I’m so glad I was able to connect with yet another!
This week’s episode is another gardener from the Houston area who has roots in northeast Louisiana. Nicole Poole began gardening and growing food on a small farm in Louisiana using the Mittleider Method before life plans changed and she moved to South Korea with her family. In South Korea she explored the region when she could, learning about the culture and food ways there. Eventually she and her family moved to Dubai where she returned to gardening once again, this time with a challenge of extreme heat and lack of water, among other challenges. After the hurdles of Dubai, she returned to Houston and now gardens in a typical suburban lot where she is working to grow more edibles and create a pollinator friendly yard. You can follow Nicole on her Instagram page where she updates frequently about her garden and life in the Houston area.
*Note about the audio*: As you will hear, about ten minutes into the episode I had some issues with the recording between Skype and my microphone which resulted in some beeps, buzzes, and clicks. I edited the audio second by second—literally!—to remove as much of them as I could but I’m not perfect and some of the noise is still there. However, it is now a much more listenable audio than the original. Please stick with it, the episode is still a great listen!