Earlier this year I was doing my monthly search for new gardening podcasts on iTunes when I was delighted to find Jill’s podcast The Beginner’s Garden. A relatively new gardener herself, Jill gets down to business on her podcast talking about the very basics of growing various edible plants. When Jill was just starting out as a gardener she found it difficult to find gardening how-to guides, and podcasts in particular, that were easy to understand and could take a complete newbie through their first season of gardening.
My conversation with Jill included a discussion about her first year of gardening, the failures and triumphs, as well as a little bit about her region of the south—Arkansas. We also chatted about future goals for her garden and her continued intent to create a podcast for beginning gardeners even as she evolves and grows as a gardener. There’s so much to know about gardening that even many who have gardened for years still have something to learn!
Music: “New Day” & “Early Morning Song Finch Duet” by Lee Rosevere
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Today’s episode is a unique one in which I discuss gardening and horticulture through the lens of an extension agent. Lee Rouse is a gardener, horticulturist, and extension agent with the Louisiana State University Ag Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We had a fascinating conversation discussing Lee’s gardening background, his work in the nursery trade, as well as how he became an extension agent. We also touched on dealing with flood damaged gardens, common garden questions and mistakes he sees, as well as what he’d like to see and do in his career as an extension agent.
I hope you enjoy this unique conversation with Lee! Check out the show notes for more information on where to find Lee and a few of the things we talked about!
Welcome back for a third season of the podcast! I’m excited to have another season of this podcast to share with y’all! This episode talks about how you can support the podcast (via rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher!), how you can subscribe to the podcast newsletter, foraging safety, and I talk about a variety of gardening resources that you may or may not have heard of. Feel free to let me know of any resources you use in the comments below!
Music: “New Day” & “Early Morning Song Finch Duet” by Lee Rosevere
Local radio shows
My favorite in Texas is Gardening Naturally with John Dromgoole based out of Austin, but you should be able to find someone locally in just about any decent sized city. If not you can always check them out online to listen!
Hello there! Just a little note that the first episode of the third season of the podcast is going to air on October 4th. In the meantime I want listeners to help me with something.
I want to know why you garden. What I would like is for you to record a minute or two of that ‘why’ via a voice memo on your phone or another recording device and pop it into an email over to thegardenpathpodcast at gmail dot com. If you don’t have that capability you can also write up a short paragraph or two in an email and I will read it for you. In your audio/email be sure to tell me your name (or handle if you don’t want to share your name) and your region or zone that you garden. International gardeners are welcome to participate! I will then mix these into a podcast episode later in the season. Audio may be edited for clarity or time and I’ll let you know if that happens. I’d love to hear from you!
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:
In the meantime, while I’m prepping for next season, you can continue to follow me on Instagram, over on YouTube or subscribe to the newsletter where I send out garden related dispatches once or twice a month!
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.