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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Summer Encore: Backyard Butterflies Field Guide | Erin Gettler

Imagine taking an interest in all things lepidoptera to a whole new level—from curious naturalist to field guide author. That’s what my guest for this episode, Erin Gettler, did in 2017 with her book Bird Watcher’s Digest Butterflies Backyard Guide. In this episode from season 2, Erin and I chat about the work involved in creating a field guide from the research involved to the fascinating tidbits of information she learned while writing the book. There’s a lot packed into the episode—do check out the book if you’d like to delve more into the world of butterflies in your own backyard!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere


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Show Notes:
+The Familiar Wilderness: Erin’s website
+@thefamiliarwilderness on Instagram
+Episode 2-9: The original episode for this podcast.
+Episode 1-9: Erin’s first guest appearance on the podcast where we talk all things natural history!
+A Tribute to Bill Thompson III, a Birding Leader, Innovator, and Friend via Audubon

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Summer Encore: Bamboo, Plant Obsessions, and Creating Ninth Ward Nursery | Mark Sanders

Kicking off the second episode of the Summer Encore Series is a chat with Mark Sanders of Ninth Ward Nursery. We talk about the organic start to his nursery and how he works to fill niches that are needed in the New Orleans area, including interior-scaping and plant maintenance.

Below is an update from Mark with insight into changes from when we chatted in December 2017:

Since December 2017:

+ I ended up selling the ol’ trailer. At first I thought about making it a plant shop on wheels (too logistically troublesome), then I thought about turning it into a greenhouse (too mildewy), and I thought about turning into an office (too… unnecessary). Then it dawned on me: the space that the trailer is taking up is space that isn’t making money for the nursery. By selling it and putting bamboo in its place, I effectively had more room for plants that would turn a profit. Plus, the trailer was pretty trashy to begin with.

+ I’ve moved more into tropical plants. Succulents have been hot for a while, as have air plants. I’ve expanded my selection to include not only bamboo, but also interesting and rare aroids — the group of plants that includes exotic large-leaved species like philodendrons and monsteras.

+ I’ve gotten out of the pop-up game. For a couple years, I would set up a table in front of friends’ coffee shops or galleries, and sell a few dozen plants while talking up customers. It was more of a PR initiative than anything else — a way to make a few small sales, but more importantly, to pass out business cards and generate buzz for my monthly plant sales at the nursery. As of this spring, I backed off entirely on pop-ups due to how busy the nursery has become. Word-of-mouth has been phenomenal for business, as has the fact that Ninth Ward Nursery is now the top hit in Google searches for “bamboo” and “New Orleans.”

+ I’ve been traveling to other farms in order to learn more about the bamboo business. It’s a weird world, and it’s important to be around men and women who share a passion for this plant and who have faced the same challenges I do as a nurseryman who specializes in bamboo. I toured bamboo farms in Vietnam, south Florida and Oregon, and have plans to visit even more in the coming months.

You can see more press coverage about Mark and the nursery here

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere


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Listen to the original episode:Episode 3-12

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