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If you have been reading garden blogs for any length of time you’ve probably come across John Markowski’s The Obsessive Neurotic Gardener. John is gardener based out of rural New Jersey and has designed his gardens over the years to focus on ornamental grasses and native plants. We began the chat discussing his garden’s evolution and how he came to become a passionate ornamental grass enthusiast and how he is now channeling that passion into a book! We also talked about his involvement with a pipeline project that has directly affected his property and how you can be an advocate for yourself should something similar happen to you.
Today’s guest is an urban backyard gardener who focuses on growing edibles for her family. Kara Bova is based out of North Texas and gardens in zone 8a and documents her garden at Nourishing Pursuits. In that space she also writes educational garden blogs designed to help new gardeners as well as interviews gardeners from various walks and stages of garden life. It was through one of her guests, Lisa Coffee, that I came across Kara and her blog. Ever searching for Texas gardeners, I’m so glad I was able to connect with yet another!
This week’s episode is another gardener from the Houston area who has roots in northeast Louisiana. Nicole Poole began gardening and growing food on a small farm in Louisiana using the Mittleider Method before life plans changed and she moved to South Korea with her family. In South Korea she explored the region when she could, learning about the culture and food ways there. Eventually she and her family moved to Dubai where she returned to gardening once again, this time with a challenge of extreme heat and lack of water, among other challenges. After the hurdles of Dubai, she returned to Houston and now gardens in a typical suburban lot where she is working to grow more edibles and create a pollinator friendly yard. You can follow Nicole on her Instagram page where she updates frequently about her garden and life in the Houston area.
*Note about the audio*: As you will hear, about ten minutes into the episode I had some issues with the recording between Skype and my microphone which resulted in some beeps, buzzes, and clicks. I edited the audio second by second—literally!—to remove as much of them as I could but I’m not perfect and some of the noise is still there. However, it is now a much more listenable audio than the original. Please stick with it, the episode is still a great listen!