Today’s guest is my husband Chris who I had on to discuss the bat house he built for our backyard over the course of this last summer. It’s huge—well, at least for a backyard! In this episode he talks about his reasons for building the bat box, methods, and some of the complications he had along the way!
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A few years ago I came across Lisa’s blog and was intrigued by her writing about life in New England, from the gorgeous farmers markets she visited, the the wonderful places she was often hiking. Over time we made a connection and have become internet friends and after seeing Lisa post about getting a garden plot at a community garden this summer I knew that she would be an excellent guest on the podcast. We talked about her background working on local farms and farmstands as well as managing farmers markets in New York City, to managing expectations in balancing life with a baby and attempting to grow a little bit of her own food during this past summer. You can follow Lisa’s writings here and see her beautiful Instagram feed here. Lisa also has a weekly newsletter that I highly recommend subscribing to for interesting tidbits and thoughts she has to share each week.
Earlier this year I came across Julie’s Instagram feed where she posts as Gardenkeepr, her garden planner business. I was intrigued but not quite ready to bit the bullet with garden planners—I’ve been burned in the past. Recently she updated her planners for 2017 which included a downloadable PDF version in addition to a digital version which she sells on her website Gardenkeepr. The PDF version worked perfectly for me, allowing me to print on demand and add additional pages as needed. Julie sent me a sample of the digital version for those more inclined to keep up with their gardens on their computer and I must say, I am impressed.
Julie and I chatted about her experiences gardening in both Texas and in the northeast of the US, becoming a master gardener, and how she began developing the planner for herself and how it has rapidly expanded from selling to only friends and family to now other gardeners throughout the country. You can find the print, PDF, and digital versions of the planner at Gardenkeepr.com and Julie on Instagram at @gardenkeepr.
Hello! A quick mini-episode where I talk about 3 Botanical & Nature books and a few other good things. Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter over there on the right hand side if you want once a month update with special videos, podcasts, or write-ups about gardening! Also, please check out the survey below and take a minute to fill it out. 9 questions, very simple! Thanks so much for helping me out!
It feels like summer should be winding down but in all reality, especially here in Texas, we’ve got until the end of September before thinks start looking to cool off at all. It’s in the high 90s or 100s here with a lot of humidity, which combined puts the afternoons into a situation where gardening isn’t that appealing.
I sat down in my backyard during my lunch break to record this episode and touched on an update on the aspects of the garden as well as described where I was looking as I talked to y’all. Stay tuned for the end for a touch of the sounds I hear when all is quiet—and all isn’t really quiet is it?
July is almost over! The evenings are getting shorter and we’re heading for autumn. But summer still has a lot packed into it and I talked today about what’s going on in our Texas vegetable garden and flower garden. We got a little rain today, first decent amount in months!
July is already here! We’re full-on into summer and as always in Texas, it’s hot! In this episode I talk about a variety of random gardening things starting from thanking my first reviewer on iTunes, a gardening bit I noticed on Orange Is The New Black, making and canning my first batch of blackberry jam, to talking about almost losing our honeybee hive. There’s lots of good stuff packed into this episode!
We’re finally into the swing of summer here in Texas. It’s hot, it’s humid…there’s not much deviation from here until late September. In this episode I cover finally getting the vegetable beds into a good state once again as well as thinking about switching focus to the flower beds for a few weeks. Enjoy!