Ep. 2-3: Building a Bat House | Chris Little

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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Show Notes:
Bat Conservation International
Habitat For Bats
The Bat House Bulider’s Handbook by Merlin Tuttle
America’s Neighborhood Bats by Merlin Tuttle


Ep. 2-2: Local Food, Farmers Markets, and Simple Living | Lisa Valinsky

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.

Music: Lee Rosevere ‘Going Home’

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Ep. 2-1: Planning + Using Your Harvest | Julie Rorrer with Gardenkeepr

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.

Music: Lee Rosevere ‘Going Home’

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Introducing Season 2

Season 2 is debuting November 4th! Stay tuned for upcoming guests, Julie Roerrer with Gardenkeepr.com and Lisa Valinsky.

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Music: Lee Rosevere ‘Going Home’


Minisode 2: 3 Botanical Books + A Few Good Things

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!

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Music: Adam Selzer ‘True North’

Show Notes:

+Native Plant Podcast with Brie Arthur
+Plant Identification and Terminology
+Forest Plants of the Southeast and their Wildlife Uses
+Butterflies Through Binoculars

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Ep. 1-18: Summer Garden Journal 5 | Live from My Backyard + August is Brutal

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?

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Music: Adam Selzer ‘True North’


Ep. 1-17: Summer Garden Journal 4 | Cool Plants + Fall Garden Planning

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!

Sit back and have a listen! Show notes are below.

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Show Notes
+Pseuderanthemum alata: chocolate plants
+Ruellia caroliniensis: Carolina ruellia
Salvia elegans: pineapple sage
+Formosa lily
+Solandra maxima: chalice vine
+Satoyama Homestead
+Paths of Desire by Dominique Browning
+Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine White

A few posts from my blog…
+Plans I Wish I Still Had: some photos of a chalice vine we grew in Florida are in this post.
+The Formosa Lilies Take Center Stage: a post from my garden earlier this month
+Red on Yellow: the first coral snake we found in our yard.
+Snakes: Friends not Foes
+Rehoming Monarch Caterpillars

Happy Gardening!


Ep. 1-16: Summer Garden Journal 3 | It’s Hot + Good Garden Things

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!

Show Notes:
+Starting From Scratch with Katie Swanberg: the episode in which we talk about sheet mulching.
+Becoming a Naturalist with Erin Gettler: episode in which Erin mentions Hope Jahren and Lab Girl. My May 2016 book report in which I talk about the book on my blog.
+Project Tree Collard
+Blackberry Jam recipe
+Hope Jahren on A Way To Garden podcast
+Oceanic Wilderness: my blog where I document most of my garden
+Sow True Seed
+Dragon Tongue Beans

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Music: Adam Selzer ‘True North’


Minisode 1: 3 Of My Favorite Gardening Books

My first mini episode! This one covers three of my favorite gardening books that were already on my bookshelf!

  1. Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
  2. The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere and Emilee Gettle
  3. The Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman

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Music: Adam Selzer “True North”


Ep. 1-15: Summer Garden Journal 2 | Vegetable Garden Resilience

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!

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Music: Adam Selzer “Front Porch”

Last year’s carrot harvest!

Tip of the Episode:
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Living Alongside Wildlife
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