SG597: How to Speak Chicken with Melissa Caughey

Guten Tag. Ola. Bonjour. Bur-dup? That’s the official greeting of the world's most abundant domestic animal - chickens. Today we’re learning How to Speak Chicken with expert chicken translator Melissa Caughey of the blog Tilly’s Nest and the new book with the intriguing and quirky title, How to Speak Chicken. I’ve done lots of interviews over the years - and I guarantee you, this is one that I will personally never forget.

SG596: The Naturalist’s Notebook with Nat Wheelwright

Naturalist Nat Wheelwright is on the show today and he’s sharing an incredible resource he created with Bernd Heinrich – it’s a 5-year-calendar-journal and it’s called The Naturalist’s Notebook. When Storey Publishing sent Nat’s book to me before Thanksgiving, I have to tell you I actually gasped when I opened it, because it is so beautiful…

SG595: Thanksgiving in the Garden with Lynn Gendusa

Columnist Lynn Gendusa is back on the show today and she’s sharing a beautiful article she wrote last year for Thanksgiving and it’s called Thanksgiving in a Garden. Lynn has a knack for telling stories that tug at heart strings and give us a respite from the go-go-go of our days. Gardeners have a soft spot for nostalgia and simplicity; Lynn’s writing offers both. This isn’t an pure gardening episode, but it’s one gardeners will enjoy. I think you’ll agree, she has a thankful heart.

SG594: Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season with Plants From Your Garden with Herbalist Katja Swift

Brand New! Plant remedies for preventing colds and flu (since avoiding getting sick is on everyone’s mind as we head into winter). We discuss "the pizza herbs" like Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Oregano, Bee Balm (Monarda), Lavender, and "the cool mints" like Peppermint, Spearmint, Hyssop, and Catmint/Catnip - plus the power of Garlic, Onion, and Hot Peppers. I’m thrilled you can join me for this highly informative chat with Katja Swift. When cold and flu season hits this year, you’ll be glad you listened!

SG593: The 2018 Garden Trends: Nature’s RX for Mental Wellness with Katie Dubow

Katie Dubow is back on the show today and she’s sharing the 2018 Garden Trends Report released by Garden Media Group. It’s their 17th annual Garden Trends Report for 2018, Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness – nature is the best medicine! “We already know gardening works wonders for our health,” says Garden Media Group founder Susie McCoy.…

SG592: Trees: Caring for the Garden’s Gentle Giants with Rex Bastian

Trees are the Gentle Giants of our Gardens and today we are so fortunate to learn from Master Arborist and Beloved Industry Expert Rex Bastian.   Trees are so essential to our lives. They give us oxygen. They anchor the soil. They provide shelter and store carbon.  In the garden, trees provide so very much, yet many…

SG591: Goodnight Garden – A Punch List for the Final Week in the Garden

In most parts of the country, winter is making an early entrance. In Minnesota, snow and sleet arrived four full days before Halloween. Snow events and freezing temperatures bring gardening to a hard stop. This week, we’re saying goodnight to our 2017 gardens and I’m sharing my final punch list to inspire your to have…

SG590: How to Save Seed with Cheryl Moore-Gough

Cheryl on Facebook Email Cheryl Seed Saver Extraordinaire and co-author of The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs, Cheryl Moore-Gough is on the show today. Cheryl is going to help us learn how to save our seeds to use in next year’s garden, to share with our fellow…

SG589: How to Save the Monarch with Kylee Baumle

On today’s show, I welcome a tender-hearted friend of the Monarch cause – Kylee Baumle and she’s written a book called The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. Now, I’m going to tell you something most professionals in the gardening industry already know and that is this: Kylee is a huge supporter of the Monarch cause.…

SG588: How to Creatively Use Stone in the Landscape with Jan Johnsen

On today’s show, I welcome award-winning designer Jan Johnsen to the show to discuss her book – The Spirit of Stone – in which she presents a beautifully photographed, inspiring guide to 101 Practical & Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden: from practical steps, paths, and garden walls, to naturalistic dry streams, inspired rock gardens,…
SG587: Top Tomato Picks by Epic Tomato Author Craig LeHoullier

SG587: Top Tomato Picks by Epic Tomatoes Author Craig LeHoullier

  Today’s show is all about top tomato varieties – with one of the country’s  leading tomato experts – Craig LeHoullier the author of Epic Tomatoes. In his book, Epic Tomatoes, you get a chance to have Craig mentor you through the wide, wide world of tomatoes. You learn how to grow and harvest with…

SG586: Designing with the Queen of Succulents – Debra Lee Baldwin

    If you are a fan of succulents – and it seems that they’ve justifiably charmed every living, breathing gardener on planet earth – then today’s show will be a total joy for you. I got the chance to talk succulents with the Queen of Succulents – Debra Lee Baldwin.  Debra has a new book…


The View From Up Here This Month

Fall 2017 |

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My son, Will, is graduating from high school this year. That means I'm trying to slow down and savor my time with him - usually while quickly blinking the tears out of my eyes. 

He had his senior pictures taken last week with the uber talented Jan Vokel. It was fun to see him enjoy the photo shoot and it was a thrill to scout Jan's locations around town.

Watching Jan reminded me how important it is pay attention to good backgrounds. Textures, paint, patterns, natural elements - all of these - played a role during the photo shoot that chilly afternoon. If you're feeling like you're in a shooting slump - I'd like to encourage you to change up your backgrounds. They can bring new energy to your work and subject.

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We received a lovely gift of wine this month and it happens to be one of our favorites: Domain de Cala Prestige. 

Not only does it meet my wine criteria - not too dry, not too sweet - it's beautiful. I think it's especially gorgeous on the Autumn table and into the holidays.

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Last month, I had the rare opportunity to meet a guest on the podcast in person! I was thrilled to have a lovely lunch with Marta McDowell, author of All the President’s Gardens and The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  

After chatting about a number of topics (gardening, of course!), we discovered we both have a soft spot for embroidery. Marta showed me a lovely apron she picked up during her time in Wisconsin for her book tour. I showed her the beautiful towel set I picked up during my time in Sioux Falls.

By the way, if you'd like a set of these for yourself, you can reach out to Young and Richards in Sioux Falls at  A Set of 7 tea towels if $42 and they are made by the owner's mother. They are lovely.

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Emma has a friend who is a photographer and she took this fun picture of Emma this week. Look at that mane of hair!

I think it was Hawaiian Day at school that day.  

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Here are some pumpkin photo shoot tips:

  1. Leave lots of stem on the pumpkin.  The stems add dimension and interest.  They curl around, they are a perfect color contrast, and shooting from the top is always better with a nice chunk of stem.


2. Shooting pumpkins at eye level is the perfect height for framed photos, fall art, and cards. 


3. Group diverse pumpkins together and include at least one traditionally colored pumpkin (orange) to highlight the color variations and textures. Creeping Jenny always looks great next to pumpkins.


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One of the most popular episodes of the Still Growing Gardening Podcast was released in October and it was the show I did with Kylee Baumle on How to Save the Monarchs.

Many people remember days when kaleidoscopes of monarchs were a common summer and early fall occurrence. It's our nostalgic sense of wonder and affection for the monarch that has lead so many of us to grow milkweed - even in our front yard!
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Toward the end of summer, I recorded a show on hygge - the Danish term for coziness and comfort.
Fall marks the beginning of high hygge time here in Minnesota.  We're having a chilly Fall - perfect for fires, smores, and blankets.
It's also the time of year when I break out the carnival glass.
The coppery shimmer of carnival glass is the perfect jewelry for a drink tray or harvest table. I always serve sparkling grape juice for the kids in the petite carnival glasses. I don't think they associate drinking kiddie champaign with any other type of glass. To Tradition!
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Don't forget to incorporte ornamental grasses into your fall planters.  This one is my favorite. Doesn't it remind you of Rapunzel?
Wishing you a lovely Fall!
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Why a long format? First of all, there are few podcasts in the garden space that are long format.  Secondly, there is a satisfaction that comes only from a good, long conversation.

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SG597: How to Speak Chicken with Melissa Caughey

Guten Tag. Ola. Bonjour. Bur-dup?
That’s the official greeting of the world’s most abundant domestic animal – chickens. Today we’re learning How to Speak Chicken with expert chicken translator Melissa Caughey of the blog Tilly’s Nest and the new book with the intriguing and quirky title, How to Speak Chicken. I’ve done lots of interviews over the years – and I guarantee you, this is one that I will personally never forget.

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