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Best Homegarden podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best Homegarden podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.
 
Welcome to the Beginner's Garden Podcast! This is the podcast with easy-to-understand resources, tips, and information to help beginning gardeners get the most out of their gardening adventure -- big or small. When I began gardening in 2013, I scoured books and Internet resources to find all the information I could. Although good information was abundant, I had trouble understanding all the gardening lingo and sifting through the information to figure out what would work for me. In this podc ...
 
Jennifer Ebeling from 6ftmama.com created Still Growing...with Jennifer Ebeling. Still Growing is a weekly gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. Jennifer hosts this hour-long show interviewing experts from around the country. The podcast also features a bi-monthly Master Gardener roundtable with Master Gardeners who share their gardening tips and horticulture techniques for gardeners of all skill levels. Still Growing is a terrific resource for gardeners looking to ...
 
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Homemade compost is one of the best things you can have as a gardener. The nutrients it adds to your soil are amazing and when you make it at home it is very inexpensive. But many new gardeners are scared to get started. Today, I want to share how I've made compost and compare a using a compost pile or a compost tumbler. I hope you'll feel ready to…
 
What can you do if you feel like you’re already behind? Every climate will be different but I have some thoughts and considerations if you think you’re already behind. Whether you want to try transplants or you’re now able to direct sow, I’ll give you some things to think about. Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/g…
 
Ellen and C.L. talk about how often plants need fertilizer, and several flowering vines you should know and grow. They review a product that treats poison ivy and poison oak and Ellen explains the difference between elderberry shrubs. :38 True or False: I need to fertilize all my gardens every year, right? 8:43 Eat/Drink/Grow: Flowering Vines 17:37…
 
If you've ever walked out to your newly-planted garden (or your just-ripe tomatoes) and your heart fell at the sight of your missing plants, you know the pain of losing your hard work to wildlife. This has happened to me more times than I can count. But every gardener has a different situation (and different wildlife threats). To help you evaluate …
 
If you’re just getting started composting, you may be wondering how to get set up and even what type of compost is best. Jill talks about the benefits of regular and worm composting and where you should start. Especially if you have a small space, you will want to check this episode out. Worm Composting with the Crazy Worm Lady: https://journeywith…
 
Learn when to cut back lavender, how to grow herbs in pots, and why your perennials may need dividing. Discover where to plant herbs. Hear about pruning lilacs and wisteria, brought to you by Dramm Rainwands. :28 Plant Noob: Dividing perennials - how, why and when. 9:13 Eat/Drink/Grow: Herb Garden Questions from the Northwest Flower and Garden Fest…
 
When I first started gardening, I did grow herbs, but they were only to use in my kitchen like basil and mint. As I've learned about gardening, I have begun to learn about how I could use herbs in my home for cleaning, in body products, and for our overall health. I'm excited to share what I've learned so far. SHOW NOTES: All-purpose cleaner with p…
 
Q&A I had a GREAT sweet potato harvest last year so I’ve been getting a lot of questions. I’m not ready to do a full episode about sweet potatoes because I’m still new at them, but I answer some of your common questions here today! Come learn how to get started with sweet potatoes! My sweet potatoes from last year: https://journeywithjill.net/garde…
 
:32 What’s For Dinner Dandelion Flowers 4:51 Eat/Drink/Grow: The Edible Landscape – Vegetable Gardens and Perennial Edibles aka “Foodscaping” 21:35 Love Letters and Questions: I have a plant that won’t flower. In this episode, brought to you by Dramm Rainwands, we talk about eating dandelion flowers, foodscaping, and what to do with a plant that wo…
 
You've started your garden and you've tried to do the research, but you don't know where to look! Do you stick to peer reviewed studies? What about your neighbor that has gardened for 30 years? How do you know if any of it will work in your garden? I am excited to hear from Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener radio show as they…
 
What are must-have crops for your first garden? I won’t give you a list because it depends on many different things. But I’ll give you things to think about when you choose crops for YOUR first garden! Crisis Garden Choices: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/03/31/9-crops-to-grow-in-a-crisis/ Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journe…
 
Learn about planting in galvanized containers, if hyacinth beans are edible, and underplanting trees with shrubs. Hear Ellen and C.L.’s picks for their three top garden ingredients for cocktails, what plants like coffee grounds, and C.L.’s favorite variety of kale. Plus more questions that came in from the audience at the Northwest Flower and Garde…
 
I love this time of year in the garden. I've spent the winter planning and the early spring preparing and now my last frost has passed and I get to start spending more time planting. I've learned a lot about what to do after my last frost and today I'm sharing my list of things you shouldn't forget! SHOW NOTES: Early Spring Checklist: https://www.j…
 
So you want to start a garden, but where do you begin? I started in the fall and I was able to read all the books on gardening. But if you’re listening to this in the Spring, you may not have time for that! In this Q&A, I have some great resources for you! Plan Your Garden in 7 Days: https://journeywithjill.lpages.co/plan-your-garden-in-7-days/ Beg…
 
I love trying new things in the garden. Every year, I get to pick something new to try! This year, I am trying straw bale gardening, but it almost didn't happen. Thankfully, I was able to connect with Joel Karsten, the pioneer of the Straw Bale Gardening method, who gave me some great tips for getting started. Today, I get to share my interview wit…
 
Today we celebrate the French botanist and explorer who christened the Begonia, the Magnolia, and the Fuchsia. We'll also learn about one of the best and earliest botanical collectors and artists in Holland - and she was a woman to boot. We celebrate the American naturalist born into one of our country's botanical founding families. We also celebra…
 
With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all of us, more people have become interested in gardening. But many new gardeners are encountering unforeseen struggles as they seek to start planting -- namely in acquiring garden supplies. We are all trying to avoid stores as much as possible, but many online sources are back-ordered or not even accepting ord…
 
This episode was recorded live at our appearance at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. This week, the first part of our talk on Flower Power and the Cocktail Hour. We discuss great plants and how to create a flower-filled environment for gathering in the evening.By Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari
 
If you’re a gardener, you’ve heard a lot about what to do when you start seeds and with your seedlings. You’ve also heard about how to handle harvesting when your plants mature. But you might not have heard about how to handle adolescent plants. You know, when they’re in the awkward growing stage before they’re mature. So today that’s what we’ll di…
 
When you look at your soil packets, you’ll notice two different types of timelines for planting. One is a based on your average last frost and one is based on soil temperature. Which is better for your garden? Listen to my answer here! For more on when to plant what: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/03/27/plant-guide-getting-crops-ground-…
 
In this episode Ellen and C.L. tackle a myth about box stores selling plants that have been raised with neonicotinoids, we discuss the amazing bamboo, and answer a question about saving a houseplant. :34 True or False: Box store plants are raised using neonicotinoids 4:54 Eat/Drink/Grow: Bamboo 20:25 Love Letters and Questions: A listener asks if h…
 
After you've started your seeds, how do you transition them to the outdoor garden? Also known as hardening off plants, this is a critical step to get your seedlings ready to go outside. In this post, I'll share what you need to know to successfully transition your seedlings to the garden. SHOW NOTES: Seeds vs Transplants: https://journeywithjill.ne…
 
Today we celebrate the German artist who painted botanicals with extraordinary detail. We'll also learn about the botanist who left his mark on the anatomy of the human eye. We celebrate the Spanish botanist who spent his life in Columbia, where, among other things, he studied the cinchona tree and used the quinine to treat malaria. Today's Unearth…
 
What if you have a black thumb? I know a lot of people who want to start a garden for the first time, but they are scared. Maybe you have tried to grow something before and it just didn’t work out. Well, I want to give you some hope! Even YOU can garden! I have some tips just for you. Link to episode #44: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/…
 
Today we celebrate the birthday of a Russian Count who funded an expedition that led to the discovery of the California poppy. We'll also learn about one of the country’s most beloved naturalists. We celebrate the life of the second woman to be professionally employed as a botanist in the United States. She died 100 years ago today. We also celebra…
 
Be inspired to make lettuce wraps for dinner, hear about growing coriander, and learn about plant pheromones. Plus hear how Ellen and C.L. advise Don about his ugly junipers. :32 What’s For Dinner: “Lettuce Wraps” 4:30 Eat/Drink/Grow: Coriander 14:44 Insider Information: What are plant pheromones?20:09 Love Letters and Questions: Don asks what to d…
 
Today we celebrate the discovery and naming of the state of Florida. We'll also learn about one of the best botanical illustrators ever born as well as the man who introduced goldfish to Holland. We celebrate the publication of the first successful agricultural journal. Today's Unearthed Words feature words about April. We Grow That Garden Library™…
 
Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of the show and the man who wrote a flora of the Middle East. We'll learn about the German botanist who discovered mitosis and chloroplasts. We celebrate the 93rd birthday of an English-Australian gardener who learned to garden and survived during World War II. We'll honor the tremendous work of Kenya's g…
 
I’m sure you’re like me and the last couple of weeks have turned your world upside down. I’ve heard from a lot of you that you’re thinking about your garden a little differently this year. So I had the opportunity to visit with my friends Melissa K Norris of Pioneering Today and Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening about the crops we would grow in a pr…
 
Today we celebrate the man who invented the cottonseed huller. We'll learn about a Canadian legal eagle who loved gardening and one of Oregon's pioneer botanists. We'll celebrate the work of a female biochemist who made some remarkable discoveries about bloom color by studying snapdragons. Today's Unearthed Words feature words about March. We Grow …
 
Is treated lumber safe for raised bed gardens? I have always used pressure treated lumber in my raised beds. I just built a new bed and wanted to make sure the lumber I had always used was safe. After looking at the research, I feel safe with it. Listen in as I explain and check out the links below to learn more! Links for reference: https://www.ex…
 
This podcast will inspire you to create more chopped salads, explain leaf spot fungus, and provide a list of plants that will attract hummingbirds. We also explain some flower terminology and answer a curious listener’s email. :40 What’s for dinner: “Chopped Salad” 5:18 Insider Information: Leaf spot fungus. 17:00 Eat/Drink/Grow: Plants to Attract …
 
I know that we can all talk about the benefits of gardening! We can share about the fresh produce, the home canned goodies, and the beauty that our gardens bring. But are we ready for the sacrifices? Yes, they’re real! For me, they are VERY worth it but I still think we should talk about them. What do you sacrifice for your garden? SHOW NOTES: (*li…
 
What’s the point of a summer cover crop? Last year, I used buckwheat as a cover crop in the middle of my season because I had to pull out some diseased squash. I didn’t want my garden to be empty and at risk of more weeds and I wanted to keep my soil healthy. Listen here to find out even more benefits to a summer cover crop! Connect with Jill: Get …
 
:32 Plant Noob: How to make your own plant-able pots for starting seeds in. 5:57 Eat/Drink/Grow: Perennials that don’t spread very much. 16:21 Product Review: Book: Growing Weed in the Garden by Johanna Silver 22:15 Love Letters and Questions Pippa asks about using products that make houseplants have shiny leaves. Link to the YouTube video about ma…
 
Do you have an early spring garden checklist? As I've learned to extend my growing season and plan my garden in more efficient way, I've begun getting ready well before my average last frost date. Today I'm sharing all about what I do in my garden approximately one month before my average last frost date. SHOW NOTES: (*links below contain affiliate…
 
For the most part, if you’ll be getting your plants in the ground fairly quickly, you won’t need to fertilize your seedlings. Check out this episode to hear more! Soil Blocks: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/01/29/soil-blocking-pros-and-cons-to-using-soil-blocks-in-indoor-seed-starting/ Connect with Jill: Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekl…
 
In this episode C.L. and Ellen discuss research into growing plants in salty soils, aerating lawns with spiky shoes, and a plant that’s a three some. We end explaining why it’s possible to have too much manure in your soil. :47 Did You Know: From the world of Plant Science: salty soils 3:50 True or False: You can aerate your lawn by walking on it w…
 
Have you ever wondered what kind of raised bed soil mix is the best? I have been growing in raised beds from the very beginning of my garden journey. Up until last year, I used native soil on my property to fill them. But when I needed to find soil outside my property for three new raised beds last season, I decided to conduct an experiment. I test…
 
Many people ask me about lining the bottom of your raised beds, especially if you have a problem with ground dwelling pests. Make sure you avoid anything impermeable, like plastic or landscape fabric. Organic material such as cardboard or newspaper could be an option but isn’t always necessary. Listen for more help deciding if you should line the b…
 
Get inspired to make a spring salad containing flower petals, hear about how a native plant in one area might be invasive elsewhere, and learn about a lemon-scented herb. The episode ends with a question about coconut coir. :31 What’s For Dinner: Spring tonic salads 4:28 Eat/Drink/Grow: A plant that’s native in one place (and oh-so-beneficial) migh…
 
Today, I’m joined by Dr. Douglas Tallamy and have a great conversation about bees, caterpillars, and how important insects are for our gardens and the world around us. He has a new book, Nature’s Best Hope, that will help us to think about our gardens in a holistic way. SHOW NOTES: Plants Good for Pollinators: Sunflowers Goldenrods Willows Asters B…
 
Can you grow cool weather and warm season crops in the same bed? Short answer, yes! With succession and relay planting, this is totally possible. Listen to this Q&A to hear more. Dream to Garden Online Course: https://journeywithjill.net/dream Connect with Jill: Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journ…
 
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