SG559: Amp Up Your Gardening Skills (5 Ways You Can Get Started Today)

February 24, 2017

I was having a chat with a woman a few weeks ago who asked me about becoming a better gardener. I asked her how long she had been gardening, and she said five years. Looking embarrassed, she sort of looked down at the ground; as if this was not enough time to qualify her as…

SG558: Finding Joy in The Garden with Nell Foster

February 17, 2017

Nell Foster’s garden blog, Joy Us Garden, celebrates all things garden as she shares her passion for plants, pruning, and the great outdoors! Nell recently packed her bags and moved to Tucson, Arizona after living in Santa Barbara, California for over 30 years. I love Nell’s perspective after working almost two decades in design and landscaping. Nell also has a fun YouTube channel which is filled with lovely DIY tutorials.

SG557: Gardening Challenge: Grow and Preserve a Year’s Worth of Food with Megan Cain

February 10, 2017

Megan Cain never touched a vegetable plant until the summer she turned 26. Today, Megan shows people how to successfully grow their own food and get the most from their vegetable gardens. Megan trains gardeners through her business, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, and is the author of several books including the book we dive into today: Super Easy Food Preserving.

SG556: Joel Karsten Helps Farmers in Cambodia and How Straw Bale Gardens Solves the Toughest Growing Challenges

February 3, 2017

Joel pioneered his now popular method of Straw Bale Gardening almost 25 years ago. The author of Straw Bale Gardens, Joel receives letters from grateful gardeners from around the globe. Cambodia’s agricultural challenges are many including yearly flooding and drought with temperatures in the summer well over 100 degrees. In April of last year, Joel was invited by the Korean Trade Partners (KOTRA) to Cambodia to teach Straw Bale Gardening using plentiful Rice Straw. By mitigating challenges and leveraging the ingenuity of the agricultural community, Joel’s method is increasing self reliance and improving food security for Cambodians.

SG555: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden Using Less Water with Pam Penick

January 27, 2017

Pam Penick is the author of two books, The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone! She is also one of the founders of the Garden Blogger’s Fling. Pam has been blogging about her garden since 2006, which means she’s definitely blogging royalty by this point. Today, we do a deep dive into her book, The Water-Saving Garden, and how everyday gardeners can create a more efficient and water-savvy garden.

SG554: Tools and Tactics to use Craigslist for your Garden

January 20, 2017

Over the years, I’ve found surprising, wonderful items for my garden by strategically using Craigslist. So, I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks with you – things you can do right now (in the off season – or in the peak time in your garden) – to score some great finds without breaking the bank. Plus, I’ll walk you through the 25 search terms in my account right now that help me filter out the junk and find the perfect pieces for my garden.

SG553: How Native Plants Bring Nature Home with Peggy Anne Montgomery

January 13, 2017

Peggy Anne is a passionate plantswoman with more than 30 years of experience. Peggy Anne went from studying and practicing landscape design in the Netherlands to working for reputable garden powerhouses like Bailey Nurseries and the Mount Cuba Center where she cultivated her passion for native plants. Today, Peggy Anne is the Brand Manager at American Beauties Native Plants and she’s leading the charge for bringing nature home in gardens across America by encouraging the use of native plants. A fellow Minnesotan, Peggy Anne gave a fantastic talk about native plants at the evening reception on Day 2 of the Garden Bloggers Fling and I knew within the first five minutes that I had to get her on the show for a repeat performance.

SG552: Experimental Gardening with Megan Phelps

January 6, 2017

Megan Phelps approaches gardening with curiosity and a guilelessness that makes her experiences and experiments utterly fascinating and even shocking. Defying tradition, Megan (who often uses the image of a single dandelion as her profile picture on social media) grows plants that mainstream gardeners have long ago turned their backs on – burdock, dandelion, and amaranth, to name a few. Megan blogs at Seeds, Mulch and Weeds where she shares her tales and photos of her Northeast Kansas garden.

New Years Bonus Replay – The 2017 Garden Trends Report with Katie Dubow #Grow365

December 30, 2016

Katie Dubow is the Creative Director of Garden Media Group. She is here with us today to discuss the 2017 Garden Trends Report! Every year Garden Media Group produces a fantastic report on what gardeners can expect for the following year. In this year’s report, there are seven main trends and Kaite helps shed some light on them.

Christmas Replay Bonus — How to Draw Insight From the Gardens and Plants of the Bible with Shelley Cramm

December 23, 2016

Shelley Cramm is the author of God’s Word for Gardeners Bible. Shelley beautifully reveals the powerful garden imagery and metaphors of the Bible so that you can grow your faith while growing your garden at the same time. With insightful devotions that draw on the reader’s love for gardening, Shelley lovingly shares her personal discoveries about the plants, landscapes, and common cultivating practices shared throughout the bible. Shelley is a gem of biblical gardening wisdom. In fact, she spent over two years researching and personally growing many of the plants mentioned in the bible. Shelley’s industrious research and humble faith make the Gardeners Bible a special treasure for gardeners everywhere.

Editorial

The View From Up Here This Month

February 2017 | jennifer@6ftmama.com

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My plans of getting the Christmas tree down before the first of February were thwarted yet again.

When I told my mom that January had overwhelmed me, she said, "Well, dear, it's just like when the kids were babies. You never got the tree down until Valentine's those years either".

Somehow that felt like vindication.

I look back on those early years - four kids in five years - and it is a blur of diapers, carseats, and doctor visits. Every time I see a woman struggling to push a stroller while holding another child and carrying something, I see my younger mom self and I have compassion for us both.

I suppose I should be as understanding with present myself.  Just because they are all teenagers, doesn't make parenting any easier. Honestly, most days feel 10x harder than any from those toddler years.

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I have a college friend who writes a tremendous Christmas letter every year. Not surprisingly, I found time to read through our cards one day in JANUARY  after the kids were back in school.

Diane's kids are a little older than ours, so every year her letter is like a little glimpse into our own future. As new empty nesters, her hubby wrote,

Diane Christmas Card 2016"Twenty years in a disheveled house -- not our fault.

So in the few short days after [the kids] abandoned us and selfishly took up independent residences 11, 212 and 889 miles away (according to Find My iPhone), we noticed that the house was a little cleaner.

No backpacks and folders exploded all over the table, no sweatshirts and socks everywhere, no Cheez-lts boxes. And we take some level of pride in this.

In fact, we now make a concerted effort to ensure that the house is absolutely immaculate whenever the kids come back home for a weekend. Rugs vacuumed, baseboards dusted, and furniture cleaned with Murphy's oil soap.

This is critical because it helps drive home the point that they were the ones that caused it to be messy for 20 years - not us.

Although Diane just pointed out that there are still Cheez-lts boxes. Fine - I can own that one.

I laughed.

I ran to show Phil, "Babe, it's not us!"

It gave me hope.

 

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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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Last week, Joel Karsten returned to the Still Growing Gardening Podcast in episode SG556 to tell us all about his amazing trip to help farmers in Cambodia. At the end of the episode, Joel graciously offered to give-away six copies of his original book on Straw Bale Gardening. The six winners of Joel Karsten's bestselling book Straw Bale Gardens are...

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Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas is one of the most versatile and talented women I’ve had the pleasure to interview.  An academy award nominated filmmaker and imaginative home cook, she is the author of several incredible cookbooks including The Vegetarian Epicure and the James Beard Award–winning Love Soup.  In Anna's warm and lively style, she shows us how to cook for the family table; with over 150 recipes for all tastes, and menus for every occasion.  Anna is featured in episode 537 Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore and 547 Holiday Menu Planning.

Eric Sannerud

Eric Sannerud is a fourth-generation back-to-the-land farmer. By Spring 2017, Eric Sannerud's Mighty Axe Hops will be the largest grower and harvester of hops in the State of Minnesota. I was especially inspired by Eric's Ted Talk which focused on a significant issue in the food system’s future: our farmers are aging. This young farming entrepreneur's business has done nothing but shoot up - just like his hops plants. Eric is featured in episode 532.

Marta McDowell

Marta McDowell Marta McDowell combines her love for history and gardening in her books and the trend continues with All the Presidents’ Gardens. In her book, Marta curates facts and stories - from the fascinating to the charming - about each of the Presidents’ gardens and their significance over the years. This interview offers an in-depth look into the delightful aspects of the White House Grounds and how they have evolved along with the gardens of America. Marta is featured in episode 545.

Joel Karsten

Joel Karsten pioneered his now popular method of Straw Bale Gardening almost 25 years ago. The author of Straw Bale Gardens, Joel receives letters from grateful gardeners from around the globe. In April of last year, Joel was invited by the Korean Trade Partners (KOTRA) to Cambodia to teach Straw Bale Gardening using plentiful Rice Straw. By mitigating challenges and leveraging the ingenuity of the agricultural community, Joel’s method is increasing self reliance and improving food security for Cambodians.   

Joel is featured in episodes 515 Joel’s Story, 516 How to Straw Bale Garden, and 517 Advanced Straw Bale Garden Techniques and Q&A and 556 Joel's Trip to Cambodia.

 

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