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
Biodynamics
Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Control

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Ep. 3-3: The Beginner’s Garden | Jill McSheehy

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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Show Notes:
The Beginner’s Garden Podcast
Jill’s Garden Blog
Jill’s YouTube Channel
@thebeginnersgarden on Instagram
Journey with Jill in the Garden Facebook page
Back to Eden gardening method
Back to Eden movie

Episode 3-0—Send me your “Why” for gardening! You can send me a short video instead of an audio clip if you have trouble figuring that out, to thegardenpathpodcast at gmail dot com!

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Ep. 3-2: Gardening Through the Lens of an Extension Agent | Lee Rouse

Exciting to see more and more natives used in the landscape! Rudbeckia 'Black Eyed Susan'

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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!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere


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Show Notes
+Lee’s Edible New Orleans Articles
+@rouses_horticulture on Instagram
+Bayou Garden NPR Podcast
+What is Agricultural Extension?
+Plant Tissue Culture

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