Ep. 1-11: Landscaping Outside the Box | Leanne Tarleton

Howdy! In this episode I spoke with a local gardener here in Houston! I’ve been wanting to reach out to some local folks to get their take on gardening in coastal Texas where things can get hot and humid for months at a time. Leanne Tarleton gardens in The Woodlands township, a unique community that has worked to preserve some of the woodlands that the town absorbed but is also dictated by homeowners association type rules. Leanne has found a way to create a unique landscape that is both interesting visually but also works well for pollinators and wildlife. There is a way to garden ‘outside the box’ when given a set of rules to go by and Leanne is doing it well! We talked everything from starting her garden from what the landscapers had installed to the burgeoning Houston food scene!

You can find Leanne here: Digging The Woodlands to follow her beautiful feed!

Music: Adam Selzer ‘Front Porch’

Download Episode 11

Show Notes:
A few of the items mentioned…
The Woodlands Township
Live Oak trees
DD Blanchard magnolia
Mystic spires salvia
Cuban gold Duranta
Russian sage
Bottlebrush tree
Cherry laurel
Republic of Texas orange
Armadillos in the garden
Urban Harvest Farmers Market
Woodlands Farmers Market
The Barry Farm
Imperial Farmers Market: Sugarland
Law Ranch
Maggies Garden Tx
Grey Tabby Gardens
The Arbor Gate


Ep. 1-10: Spring Garden Update | April 2016

It’s spring! I sat down with my husband Chris to do another garden round up. We last talked together was for Episode 3 where we did a similar round up for our plans heading into spring.

Our conversation started with bats (with a banshee cat in the background) and wrapped up on a discussion about the beehive. In between all of that we covered fruit trees, vegetable gardening, the flower garden, and Texas wildflowers!

Download Episode 10
Music: Adam Selzer ‘True North’

Show Notes:

+ Bat Conservation International
+ John’s Recipe from Lady Bug Natural’s.
+ Asclepias tuberosa and swamp milkweed
+ Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar on our citrus
+ Oregon Sugarpod II & Sugar Snap peas from Botanical Interests. The first is what Chris mentioned as having produced extremely well for us.


Ep. 1-9: Becoming a Naturalist | Erin Gettler

In today’s episode I talk to naturalist, artist, gardener, and soon-to-be author, Erin Gettler. Erin is based out of Long Island and writes at The Familiar Wilderness when she’s not having a big year in projects, like she had in 2015! We talked about a variety of topics, ranging from her naturalist beginnings, being a birder, exploring local parks, and incorporating all of these things as she mentors and works with others at a school garden.

There was so much to talk about that I forgot to even bring up her super-awesome monarch sighting a few years ago! I will definitely have Erin on in the future to not only talk about this experience but of course to talk about her forthcoming book! She briefly mentions what she’s working on at the end of the podcast and I am definitely looking forward to supporting a fellow naturalist and artist in her endeavor.

Where you can find Erin:
+The Familiar Wilderness
+Bird Seed Field Guide
+The Familiar Wilderness Tiny Letter—>this is her monthly newsletter!
+@familiarwldrnss on Twitter

Download Episode 9

Music: Adam Selzer ‘True North’

Show Notes:
+The Long Island Project
+John Heinz NWR
+The passenger pigeon and Carolina parakeet
+Tomato Hornworm

+Second Nature: A Gardeners Education by Michael Pollan
+The Warbler Guide
+Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
+Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into The Nest by Julie Zickefoose
+Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide
+The Forest Unseen by DG Haskell

People and Other Sites
+Doug Tallamy
+Julie Zickefoose
+Bird and Moon
+Your Wild City

Twitter Personalities (Notes from Erin)
@annewhilborn (Ph.D. student studying cheetahs on the Serengeti, tweets photos and research all the time)
@RosemaryMosco (creator of Bird and Moon and Your Wild City)
@alongsidewild (reptile researcher who tweets about snakes!)
@EdYong209 and @helenjmacdonald (two fantastic writers, science and natural history. I follow them so I never miss their articles!)

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