Ep. 3-13: All The Seeds


I’m working on getting more guests scheduled for upcoming episodes but until then you’ve got me once again for a solo episode! I recently made a seed purchase from Botanical Interests after I received a gift certificate from my friend Chel. Chel had sent it as a thank you over Christmas for keeping tabs on her while she went through Hurricane Irma. You can read Chel’s hurricane entires here. Chel and I used to run Sprout Dispatch along with my brother—take a look through the archives, there’s a lot of good garden writing there! I thought I’d share some of the seeds I ordered and talk a little bit about what they were!

At the end I mention a ‘wintry mix’—I recorded this on 1/15—the mix is happening now! Everything is iced up, we had some issues with our well pump being frozen and it is going to be a mess!

On to the seed order. Here’s what I bought:
Calendula Pacific Beauty
Echinacea ‘Purple Coneflower’
Echinacea ‘White Swan’
Spinning Gourd
Black Velvet Nasturtium
Palmer’s Penstemon
Black Swan Poppy
Lauren’s Grape Poppy
Holy Basil/Tulsi
Mrs. Burn’s Lemon Basil
Dill ‘Bouquet’
Dill ‘Tetra’
New Zealand Spinach
Shiso Perilla
Habanada Pepper
Pink Banana Winter Squash
Daikon Radish
Red Siberian Tomato
Glacier Tomato
Bluebonnet ‘Sundial

+My experience growing Lauren’s Grape Poppy.
+Holy Basil from You Grow Girl

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Ep. 3-12: Bamboo, Plant Obsessions, and Creating Ninth Ward Nursery | Mark Sanders

Welcome to the Jungle

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What if you took that step from selling the extra cuttings and propagated plants from your garden on Craigslist and Ebay to the next level and upped the game to build your own full-fledged nursery? Sounds like a dream, right? Well, Mark Sanders of Ninth Ward Nursery in New Orleans, Louisiana did just that in a few short years, from selling bamboo in his backyard to purchasing an empty lot in the Ninth Ward and converting it into a plant nursery. Soon he was expanding the business into providing landscape design and consulting services. And in five years??? Who knows!

My conversation with Mark covers his passion for bamboo, how he turned that bamboo obsession into a business, general plant geekery, and what it is like to fly by the seat of your pants when creating a business from scratch. I’ve been following a lot of different New Orleans and Louisiana gardeners and landscape designers over the last year or so and it was great to finally get to chat with one of them. Even if you aren’t familiar with gardening in the south, muchless in Louisiana or New Orleans, you will really enjoy this episode!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes
+Ninth Ward Nursery
+@ninthwardnursery on Instagram

A few photos from Mark:

Our spray paint layout in our flower garden.


Ep. 3-11 : Good Garden Reads

I love reading and gardening books are one of my favorite non-fiction genres to read! In this episode I talk about the garden/garden adjacent books I read this year and I hope you share books you read!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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All links go to the author’s website.
Books Mentioned:

  1. Second Nature by Michael Pollan
    +Weeds Are Us

  2. This Life is In Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman
  3. Bird Watcher’s Digest Butterflies Backyard Guide: Identify, Watch, Attract, Nature, Save by Erin Gettler
    +Erin’s podcast episode

  4. Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time by Craig Lehoullier
    +Media listing for Craig Lehoullier

  5. Grow Curious by Gayla Trail
    +Gayla’s What’cha Growin’? Podcast

  6. Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway
  7. The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife by Nancy Lawson
    +Nancy’s podcast episode

  8. Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Doug Tallamy
    +Dr. Tallamy on the Native Plant Podcast
    +Dr. Tallamy on the Joe Gardener Podcast
    +Dr. Tallamy on the Timber Press Podcast

  9. A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future by Benjamin Vogt

Ep. 3-10 : Raising Monarch Butterflies

This episode covers my experience as a newbie keeper of monarch caterpillars. I raised a couple of sets of monarchs this summer and thought it would be worthwhile to pass on some of this information to other people interested in raising monarch butterflies, too. I am by far not an expert in this so if you hear something that I got wrong, please speak up and let me know! Please read through the links I attach as well before you embark on raising caterpillars on your own. The more knowledge you have going into this the better your experience will be!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Milkweed tussock moth caterpillar—they use milkweed, too.

Oleander aphids on tropical milkweed.

Monarch egg

My egg raising container. Very fancy!

Initial cage set up when no plant is inside.

Chowing down!

Fat and happy—not too long before they will pupate.

In the J shape they sit in before they fully pupate.

A caterpillar only minutes before, the chrysalis portion of the life cycle has begun.

When a caterpillar eats around your chrysalis!

Chrysalides that have been moved and re-hung with floss.

Almost ready to eclose!

Just out of the chrysalis!

Ready to fly!


Asclepias viridis, green milkweed.

Show Notes:

+Rearing Monarch’s Responsibly
+How to Raise Monarch Butterflies Indoors: 21 Monarch Survival Tips
+How to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Home Part I
+How to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Home Part II
+Tropical Milkweed: To Plant it or Not, it’s Not a Simple Question
+Tropical Milkweed OK for Monarch Butterflies, “Just Cut the Dang Stuff Down”
+Raising Monarch Butterflies
+Butterfly FAQ: Is Relocating a Monarch Chrysalis OK? Yes, and Here’s Tips On How to Handle Them With Care
+Butterfly FAQ: How to move a Monarch butterfly chrysalis
+How to Easily Move a Monarch Chrysalis
+Rearing Monarchs
+Is Your Caterpillar Cage Killing Monarch Butterflies?
+Milkweed Locator from Grow Milkweed Plants
+Asclepias results from Native American Seed
+Milkweed Seed Finder from the Xerces Society
+Asclepias results from Prairie Moon Seeds
+Asclepias results from Johnny’s Selected Seeds
+Asclepias results from Botanical Interests
+What is OE
+Cold Stratification of Milkweed Seeds
+Parasites in Monarchs
+Pesticide contaminated milkweed
+How to Help Monarchs without poisoning them


Ep. 3-9: Fall Flower Garden Tour

Today’s episode is another garden tour, this time of our flower garden! During the episode I blanked out on a couple of the names but I hope I covered some of them in the plant list below. This is by far not a comprehensive plant list but just a smattering of some of the ones I mentioned in the episode. They do not go to any particular site, just ones I thought worked best for the information at hand. Check out some of the photos of my garden below, too!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes:
+Update on the Side Yard Garden
+Compost Bin Update
+Ft. Lauderdale airport baobab article
+Downtown Hollywood, FL baobab trees

Some of the plants mentioned:
+Variegated Turk’s Cap Hibiscus
+Butterfly Ginger
+Senna corymbosa
+American beautyberry
+Almond verbena
+Clematis pitcheri
+Mexican Flame Vine
+Brugmansia ‘Snowbank’
+Salvia elegans
+Texas mountain mint
+Copper Canyon Daisy
+White firewheel
+Flame acanthus
+Tropical milkweed
+Amorpha fruticosa
+Salvia hispanica
+‘Wendy’s Wish’ salvia
+False nettle
+Justicia spicigera
+Passiflora ‘incense
+Aristilochia fimbriata
+Baobab trees
+Rhododendron canescens
+Rhododendron austrinum
+Abelmoschus moschatus
+Aristolochia trilobata
+Pseuderanthemum alata
+Miracle Fruit


Ep. 3-8: Hurricane Harvey & Gardening Through Natural Disasters

I wasn’t sure how to talk about Hurricane Harvey or even if I should even discuss it on the podcast. While I experienced some flooding issues related to my garden and yard, my house is still in tact. That said, I think it was and is valuable to talk about the storm and other natural disasters I’ve experienced first hand or adjacently. It’s a long episode, an hour, and honestly I can’t believe I talked to myself for an hour! I delve into some flooding events I remember as a kid and then work my way through various tropical systems I experienced starting in college and then through my years of living in Florida. I didn’t even talk about Hurricane Katrina (an internet friend lost everything), Hurricane Ike (hit Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula, affecting people I know in Galveston and Houston), or even Irma and Maria from this year.

Even if you don’t experience tropical weather events maybe you experience droughts frequently (hi there, California!) or wildfires (hello again, California! And you too, Oregon and Washington!) or you get tornadoes every spring or deal with floods because you are adjacent to a river system. Hopefully you are just really damn lucky and picked the best place to live and haven’t been affected by a natural disaster yet—I really do hope!

We all have something to work on in our gardens and lives to better prepare for a natural disaster and as I mention in the podcast, our gardens are not permanent. We must make do with what we’re given and hope for the best.

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes

My Flood Event Write Ups
July 2012 Flood:
The Adventure I Wasn’t Planning On
Memorial Day 2016 Flood:
500 Year Flood
Flood Video
The Garden Before the Flood aka: 500 Year Flood Day 2
Harvey Update

Fort Worth 1949 Flood
1949 Flood YouTube Video
The Flood of Forty-Nine: People in Trees, Horses on Roofs
Fort Worth Flashback: 1949 flood called worst in our history
Aerial View of Flood in Fort Worth in 1949
The FWPD Collection – Fort Worth Flood of 1949
In Fort Worth’s ’49 flood, West 7th was underwater, and that wasn’t all

Fort Worth 1989 Flood
Deja Deluge: Forty Years On, the Flood of 1989
Deja Deluge: The Flood of 1989 YouTube Video

1994 San Jacinto River Flood
River of Fire: Remembering the flood of 1994
The Flood of October 1994 Revisited
San Jacinto River Flood YouTube video
Flood of 1994: History could repeat itself
USGS Floods in SE Texas: October 1994

Tropical Storm Allison
16 years ago Tropical Storm Allison inundated Houston
HCFCD TS Allison Off The Charts Report
Remembering Tropical Storm Allison 10 Years Later

2004 Hurricane Season
Taken by Storm

2005 Hurricane Season
2005 Hurricanes by the Numbers

July 2012 NW Houston Flooding
100 Year Rainfall Event Drenches Houston Area
Flooding Causes Misery in parts of Montgomery County
Streets, houses flood as storms pound Houston

Houston’s Memorial Day 2015 Flood
Houston Flood 2015: How Does It Compare to Allison and Other Historic Floods?

Central Texas’ Memorial Day 2015 Flood
The Central Texas Memorial Day Flood 2015 Is One for the History Books
When The River Rises: The Wimberley Floods of Memorial Day Weekend 2015
Bastrop State Park Dam break

Houston’s Tax Day 2016 Flood

Space City Weather’s Tax Day Flood write-ups
Revisiting Houston’s Tax Day Floods 1 Year Later

Houston’s 2016 Memorial Day Flood
Magnolia Welcomes Sun After Rain Flood Community
Top photos from the 2016 Memorial Day weekend floods
HCFCD Spring 2016 Flood

Texas Tribune/Pro Publica stories
Hell and High Water
Boomtown, Floodtown

Hurricane Harvey
Why Houston Isn’t Ready for Harvey
Space City Weather’s Harvey Write-ups Lots of good links in their post Harvey reporting, but reading their up to the hour forecasts is worth doing.
Everyone Knew Houston’s Reservoirs Would Flood — Except for the People Who Bought Homes Inside Them
Texas Monthly Harvey Archives
Voices From the Storm from Texas Monthly
Hurricane Harvey NOAA Aerial Imagery
The forgotten but freakish damage from Hurricane Harvey’s eyewall in Rockport, Tex.
Hurricane Harvey Rockport YouTube Video
Slideshow: For southeast Texas, recovery after Harvey is slow
Town After Town Under Water in the 100 Miles From Houston to Beaumont

Hey everyone – so if you've read my latest blog post, you know that we have evacuated our flooded home, and have taken refuge with the family of my daughter's best friend. Their neighbourhood has been dry over this whole ordeal, but this morning, we woke up to this: sunny skies, but flooded streets. Because they've been releasing water from the overflowing reservoirs, the flooding continues despite the clear skies. Previously-untouched communities are now experiencing some street flooding (and worse – emergency evacuations continue), and we hear our house likely has another foot of water in it. The good news: we still believe that the neighbourhood where we're staying will escape the worst of it, and we might have a line on a place to stay and a car we can use from IMMENSELY generous friends. In the grand scheme of things, our family remains very lucky. #harvey #hurricaneharvey

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Karen’s Harvey related blog posts. She has more interspersed over the last few months, be sure to check them out.

From podcast guest Nicole Poole.

One Houstonian’s Perspective on Weathering Harvey

Sara’s Hurricane Harvey Part I and Part II

(Scroll around during this time period for more photos/videos that I took)

And we've made it through Round One. Everything's still standing. Everything is very wet. We, unlike so many other neighbors, are safe and have our home. Alex and I had plenty of worries about what would await us when the waters receded enough to allow us entrance to the farm, and we have indeed been lucky. As we drove the road that leads to our farm and saw home after home underwater, cars completely submerged, fields that are now vast gulfs, people ferrying themselves down their streets in boats– the feelings of gratitude and sorrow have nearly overwhelmed us. We are so, so lucky, and we are so sad for those who have lost their homes and businesses. Offers of hospitality, labor and goodwill have come from so many of y'all out there. We are beyond grateful for them– your hearts have made all the fear much easier to bear. Round Two is still out there, and I hope we can hold fast through that one as well. We hope to offer the same generosity and selfless goodwill we've seen all around us; we'll all pick up and work together. Thank you, everyone. Our love and thoughts to those who have lost, we are holding you in our thoughts ceaselessly. #hurricaneharvey

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Hello Instagram Friends, we are doing well from the massive rainfall of Harvey. We came through the storm with very minimal flooding. The plants LOVED the rain and believe it or not, we are still having to water constantly this week. Houston has a long way to go in the recovery of Harvey and when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The outpouring of love and support from everyone in our local community plus the amazing support in the surrounding areas of Houston shows the cohesiveness of our country today. The city of Houston and surrounding communities are down but don't ever count us out. We have been working hard helping neighbors clean up and clear out debris from the storm. We will be open tomorrow. We would love to see you if you have a chance to stop by and say hi. You all make up the wonderful heart of Americans we have seen this past week. #houstonstrong #texasstrong #harvey

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From podcast guest Leanne Tarleton

Tropical Texana blog about Harvey.

If you made it this far in the link round ups, then I highly suggest you take a dive into Erica from NW Edible Life’s preparedness 101 posts


Ep. 3-7: Fall Edible Garden Tour


This is the first in a series of solo episodes for late fall/early winter. Back in October I recorded an audio tour of the the edible garden! I think you will enjoy this episode—there’s a chorus of crows to add some ambiance throughout the show!

All of the plants I mentioned are in the show notes. Links aren’t to any particular vendor, ie: not sponsored.

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes:
+Seminole Pumpkin
+Freezer Pumpkin Butter
+Mary Washington asparagus
+Brunswick Cabbage
+Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
+Rosette tatsoi
+How to Make Ginger Bug
+Tonda di Parigi Carrots
+Parris Island Cos Lettuce
+Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
+Fordhook Giant Chard
+Perpetual Spinach
+Easter Egg Lettuce
+French Breakfast Radish
+Nero di Toscana Kale


Ep. 3-6: Bromeliads | Joanne Woolsey & Jimbo’s Nursery


Today’s guest is Joanne Woolsey of Jimbo’s Nursery here in Greater Houston. As you will hear in the episode, Jimbo’s is specialty nursery focusing primarily on a variety of bromeliads as well as other tropicals, including succulents. This kind of nursery is very unique for the area! My first visit to Jimbo’s was back in August after a trip down to Galveston for the afternoon. We detoured off the beaten path to Jimbo’s on our way home to scope out what plants they had to offer. My husband, Chris, had been to the nursery once or twice before but I’d never had the opportunity to visit. It reminded us so much of the nurseries we would find in south Florida, the small, narrowly focused plant growers that would be tucked away off side streets, sometimes in people’s backyards!

After my visit I connected with Jimbo’s on Instagram and Joanne reached out to come on the podcast to talk a little bit about the nursery and some of the plants they offer. If you are in the Houston area this nursery is one to put on your list of must visit places!

Just a heads up: I had some problems with audio on my end for the first six or so minutes but it clears up after that! My apologies for weirdness!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes:
+Jimbo’s Nursery on Instagram
+Houston Bromeliad Society
A few of the tillandsias mentioned:
+Tillandsia ionantha
+Tillandsia stricta
+Tillandsia bulbosa
+Tillandsia funckiana

A few more photos from my visit to the nursery:








Ep. 3-5: Humane Gardening | Nancy Lawson

Are you interested in taking your garden to the next level? To branch out, learn a little more about how to take your gardening for wildlife further? Then this podcast is for you! Honestly, it’s for everyone—all gardeners of every skill level. As you will hear in the episode, I came across Nancy’s book The Humane Gardener over the summer when it kept popping up in my recommendations for my library’s digital lending service and once I clicked on it and downloaded it to read, I was instantly hooked! It was everything I had been pondering about and more this summer when it came to rethinking and challenging my own beliefs about what wildlife gardening meant.

Nancy and I had a fascinating conversation about humane gardening, cultivating a different ethic around wildlife in our yards and gardens, as well as working to challenge and change the beliefs we’ve all been taught. It’s something I’m still working on and, of course, isn’t something that changes over night. You’ll hear some interesting tidbits about landscape design regarding wildlife I hadn’t thought about, and that’s why this conversation is so good—you probably haven’t thought about these either!

We could have chatted for much longer than we did and I hope to have Nancy back on at a later date to explore this subject deeper. You’ll hear some blips in the podcast I tried to edit out. I usually have really good connection with Google Hangouts On Air but whoa did we have some problems this go around! It’s Skype that usually gives me grief!

Be sure to check out Nancy’s website for more ways to think outside the box when it comes to landscaping for wildlife and definitely read her book! Pair it with Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy and A New Garden Ethic by Benjamin Vogt!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes:
+The Humane Gardener Website
+Upcoming Events and Talks with Nancy
+The Humane Gardener book on Amazon
+Buzz Pollination
+Nancy on the Food For Thought podcast with Colleen Patrick Goudreau
+Nancy on The Urban Farm podcast


Ep. 3-4: A Good Garden Conversation | Julie Rorrer

We ventured out of the garden recently, because it’s September which is when all the prickly pears (tunas) are ripe, and came back with 220 pounds of prickly pears. We peeled them (which takes a long long time as you try to avoid getting any glochids in your hands), juiced them, strained them, strained them a couple more times, cooked them, and then ended up canning a little over 8 dozen jars of prickly pear syrup. * * * The one question we get most is…What do you do with prickly pear syrup? There’s so many delicious ways to use it, but we frequently use it in our beverages. Here’s 5 of our favorite drinks to make with prickly pear syrup in case you ever find yourself with a jar 😋: • • 1. make a frozen margarita (use the good tequila) and pour over the top and serve 2. make a frozen limeade and pour on top and serve (similar to above, but kid friendly) 3. squeeze a glass full of texas grapefruit and add a dash on top 4. add a little to a bottle of Topo Chico 5. make a prickly pear smoothie • • Also, don't forget to drink the juice plain (before making the syrup), it's delicious!

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I first had Julie on the show last year in Episode 2-1. I had known her about six months or so and was intrigued by her garden planner business as well as her garden outside of Austin. Since then, Julie and I have become internet garden friends, exchanging emails and pleasantries via Instagram. I’m constantly intrigued by her foraging efforts and everything she does in her garden! Fast forward to this summer and I invited Julie to come back on the podcast to talk about biodynamic gardening. A series of problems with scheduling and then problems with getting our call to work and record, well, we didn’t get a chance to sit down and talk until recently. All of that worked out for the best! We had a great chat, just talking about various aspects of our gardens—something you might do if you had a friend over to walk about the garden and hang out for the morning!

Don’t forget to submit your “Why” for gardening! See Ep 3-0 for more information! Feel free to drop me an email over there —> on the side bar or sign up for the newsletter above! And if you listen on iTunes or Stitcher, don’t forget to leave a rating and review over there to help the show reach more listeners! Thanks!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes:
Gardenkeepr.com to stay up to date with Julie’s happenings!
Masanobu Fukuoka
Julie’s Prickly Pear Recipe
Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Control

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