This episode covers my experience as a newbie keeper of monarch caterpillars. I raised a couple of sets of monarchs this summer and thought it would be worthwhile to pass on some of this information to other people interested in raising monarch butterflies, too. I am by far not an expert in this so if you hear something that I got wrong, please speak up and let me know! Please read through the links I attach as well before you embark on raising caterpillars on your own. The more knowledge you have going into this the better your experience will be!
Today’s episode is another garden tour, this time of our flower garden! During the episode I blanked out on a couple of the names but I hope I covered some of them in the plant list below. This is by far not a comprehensive plant list but just a smattering of some of the ones I mentioned in the episode. They do not go to any particular site, just ones I thought worked best for the information at hand. Check out some of the photos of my garden below, too!
I wasn’t sure how to talk about Hurricane Harvey or even if I should even discuss it on the podcast. While I experienced some flooding issues related to my garden and yard, my house is still in tact. That said, I think it was and is valuable to talk about the storm and other natural disasters I’ve experienced first hand or adjacently. It’s a long episode, an hour, and honestly I can’t believe I talked to myself for an hour! I delve into some flooding events I remember as a kid and then work my way through various tropical systems I experienced starting in college and then through my years of living in Florida. I didn’t even talk about Hurricane Katrina (an internet friend lost everything), Hurricane Ike (hit Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula, affecting people I know in Galveston and Houston), or even Irma and Maria from this year.
Even if you don’t experience tropical weather events maybe you experience droughts frequently (hi there, California!) or wildfires (hello again, California! And you too, Oregon and Washington!) or you get tornadoes every spring or deal with floods because you are adjacent to a river system. Hopefully you are just really damn lucky and picked the best place to live and haven’t been affected by a natural disaster yet—I really do hope!
We all have something to work on in our gardens and lives to better prepare for a natural disaster and as I mention in the podcast, our gardens are not permanent. We must make do with what we’re given and hope for the best.
This is the first in a series of solo episodes for late fall/early winter. Back in October I recorded an audio tour of the the edible garden! I think you will enjoy this episode—there’s a chorus of crows to add some ambiance throughout the show!
All of the plants I mentioned are in the show notes. Links aren’t to any particular vendor, ie: not sponsored.
Today’s guest is Joanne Woolsey of Jimbo’s Nursery here in Greater Houston. As you will hear in the episode, Jimbo’s is specialty nursery focusing primarily on a variety of bromeliads as well as other tropicals, including succulents. This kind of nursery is very unique for the area! My first visit to Jimbo’s was back in August after a trip down to Galveston for the afternoon. We detoured off the beaten path to Jimbo’s on our way home to scope out what plants they had to offer. My husband, Chris, had been to the nursery once or twice before but I’d never had the opportunity to visit. It reminded us so much of the nurseries we would find in south Florida, the small, narrowly focused plant growers that would be tucked away off side streets, sometimes in people’s backyards!
After my visit I connected with Jimbo’s on Instagram and Joanne reached out to come on the podcast to talk a little bit about the nursery and some of the plants they offer. If you are in the Houston area this nursery is one to put on your list of must visit places!
Just a heads up: I had some problems with audio on my end for the first six or so minutes but it clears up after that! My apologies for weirdness!
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Are you interested in taking your garden to the next level? To branch out, learn a little more about how to take your gardening for wildlife further? Then this podcast is for you! Honestly, it’s for everyone—all gardeners of every skill level. As you will hear in the episode, I came across Nancy’s book The Humane Gardener over the summer when it kept popping up in my recommendations for my library’s digital lending service and once I clicked on it and downloaded it to read, I was instantly hooked! It was everything I had been pondering about and more this summer when it came to rethinking and challenging my own beliefs about what wildlife gardening meant.
Nancy and I had a fascinating conversation about humane gardening, cultivating a different ethic around wildlife in our yards and gardens, as well as working to challenge and change the beliefs we’ve all been taught. It’s something I’m still working on and, of course, isn’t something that changes over night. You’ll hear some interesting tidbits about landscape design regarding wildlife I hadn’t thought about, and that’s why this conversation is so good—you probably haven’t thought about these either!
We could have chatted for much longer than we did and I hope to have Nancy back on at a later date to explore this subject deeper. You’ll hear some blips in the podcast I tried to edit out. I usually have really good connection with Google Hangouts On Air but whoa did we have some problems this go around! It’s Skype that usually gives me grief!
Be sure to check out Nancy’s website for more ways to think outside the box when it comes to landscaping for wildlife and definitely read her book! Pair it with Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy and A New Garden Ethic by Benjamin Vogt!
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!
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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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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!
Welcome back for a third season of the podcast! I’m excited to have another season of this podcast to share with y’all! This episode talks about how you can support the podcast (via rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher!), how you can subscribe to the podcast newsletter, foraging safety, and I talk about a variety of gardening resources that you may or may not have heard of. Feel free to let me know of any resources you use in the comments below!
Music: “New Day” & “Early Morning Song Finch Duet” by Lee Rosevere
Local radio shows
My favorite in Texas is Gardening Naturally with John Dromgoole based out of Austin, but you should be able to find someone locally in just about any decent sized city. If not you can always check them out online to listen!