SG585: The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder with Marta McDowell

The always fabulous Marta McDowell – the garden author from Chatham New Jersey and the author of All the President’s Gardens from Episode SG545 – is on the show today to talk about her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder; which tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author…

SG584: Homegrown Pantry with Barbara Pleasant

The witty and wise garden author Barbara Pleasant is on today’s show and we’re talking about her book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. How many potatoes should I plant for a family of four? Which fruits should I…

SG583: Hygge in the Garden

Are you ready to get cozy? I hope so – because today’s show is all about hygge (“pronounced “hoo-gah”).  Hygge is a Danish cultural phenomenon and a word that really it too all-encompassing to have an English equivalent. However, to get a feel for it: hygge generally describes the feeling of being cozy, comfortable, and…

SG582: Plant Explorers with Karen Rexrode

I’m so delighted to have Karen Rexrode on the show today. Karen is giving an encore presentation of her keynote presentation, Plant Explorers, heard Saturday night at the 2017 Garden Blogger’s Fling. Karen is a gem of horticultural wisdom – she’s quite a find in her own right! Karen is a Northern Virginia Gardener, a…

SG581: Stylish Outdoor Garden Containers with DIY Divas Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray of Potted

In Today’s show I’m getting to do something I truly love to do, talk DIY with two DIY Divas – Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray. They are the authors of the new book Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers.  Decorating can be incredibly expensive, but Annette and Mary are masters at repurposing and they…
SG580: The Echinacea Evolution!

SG580: The Echinacea Evolution!

Today’s show is all about Echinacea – it’s my all-time favorite American native perennial. In fact, one of my first recommendations to new gardeners who are looking for ornamental perennials is Echinacea. Like my Grandmother Bernadette, Echinacea is a daughter of the prairie, absolutely beautiful, and tough as nails.   And, I predict you’re going…

SG579: Day Three of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

In today’s show, I’m wrapping up my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC. at the end of this past June. Day 3 was focused on gardens in rural areas outside of DC area, so we will be reviewing wonderful private and public gardens in areas like:…
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SG578: Day Two of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

In today’s show, I’m continuing my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC at the end of this past June. We will be reviewing Day 2 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. On this day, we saw gardens in the suburbs of the DC area, so we’ll…

SG577: Day One of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

I am really so thrilled about today’s show. It’s the beginning of a three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC at the end of this past June. To start off the series, we will be reviewing Day 1 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. We’ll be sharing…

SG576: Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden

SG576: Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden By | July 7, 2017 I am really excited about today’s show: I’m going to review a variety of ornamental grasses and provide tips on how to incorporate them into your landscape. Ornamental grasses add so much to your landscape.  They offer a diverse number of benefits to any…

SG575: The Victorian Fern Craze with Rare Book Specialist Stacy Stoldt

Listen to the Show Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture. As luck would have it, we had a fascinating chat back in November of last year.  Stacy gave me a glimpse into her work as a librarian at…
How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

SG574: How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older! Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials – the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  I…

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My recipe for happiness in June always includes making mom's rhubarb bars, getting back into a groove with my garden practice, and planting tons of basil.  All of these simple pleasures represent the start of summer (and schlepping the kids to basketball camp - but let's focus on living the dream!)

My favorite rhubarb dessert is the one that my mom used to make when I was a little girl - it's still my favorite.  In Episode 571,  at the 1:10:00 mark, I thought it would be fun to give mom a call at the point in the show where I was talking about rhubarb (it's a "most wished-for plant").  Mom had no idea I was recording when I asked her to tell me the recipe so I could make this fantastic little dessert. 

See if you don't hear your own mother's voice as you read through mom's verbatim instructions:

OK.

Put four or five cups finely chopped rhubarb into the bottom of a 9x13 glass cake pan. 

Now what it doesn't say is I always took a frozen stick of butter and I just peel the wrapper back a little bit so I can keep my hands clean. (I don't take the whole wrapper off but just make it so you can use the end.) And I would go back and forth on the bottom of that cake pan and around the edges because you don't want it to stick for cleaning up, see? 

Then it's four to five cups of chopped rhubarb - and you're just dumping this stuff into the pan so you don't even need a mixing bowl - which is really nice.

Now, if you put in six cups of rhubarb - Oooooh well.

So four or five cups rhubarb chopped really fine - well, not really fine but nice fine - because you don't want a big clump of rhubarb in your mouth.

And you sprinkle one cup of sugar over that rhubarb.

Then you sprinkle one cup of miniature marshmallows (and if you don't have miniature marshmallows and only have big ones, you can take your kitchen shears and cut up big marshmallows into four chunks, you know?)

Then you add at least a cup of red raspberries.  (Just buy a couple of packages of fresh raspberries in the grocery store or you can buy frozen. But, if they're fresh then you know you don't have to wait for them to thaw.) 

[insert 70's flashback] This is where you and Lara (my best friend) got your hands all cut up because I was thawing out my frozen raspberries on the counter. Marj and I were out sitting on the picnic table and you both came out and your hands were all cut up because those raspberry cans at the time - you know when you peeled off the top then there was a sharp ridge all around the inside - had kind of a metal ridge, do you remember that?

So, Marj says, "What have you been doing?!"

And I'm like,  "Oh my! They got into my raspberries!"

[I didn't remember this - so mom continued on with the recipe.]

So, I would throw two packages of fresh raspberries over the top and now you pour over all of that your box of white jiffy cake mix. (And if they don't have that - it's just a half a box of another kind of cake mix - don't matter what kind you buy.)

You bake at 350 for about 40 to 50 minutes. You just watch and when it's all bubbly and the cake mix itself has browned so it looks yummy, you're done.

It says raspberries are optional of course but it tastes like a berry short cake if you use them.

And then you can serve that with whipped cream on top or ice cream - and it is also good plain. 

And then you refrigerate itafter it's cooled and everybody's had some of it.  Then if there is any left, you refrigerate the rest.

It's pretty darned easy. You just gotta have the ingredients.

Emma bakes rhubarb dessert

 

Now that she's done with her freshman year, Emma's back in the kitchen at least a few days a week. She's a baker at heart - like her Aunt Jill and Great Grandma Ruby.  Lucky me.

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Gardening productivity is a bit of an obsession for me. I'm always trying to maximize my efforts in the garden, streamline my time, and feel a sense of accomplishment after working outside.

That said, every gardener is wired a little differently:

Some people want to get up and garden first thing in the morning while others wait to tackle their garden work late in the day.

Still others are weekend warriors.

But, whenever we talk about pursuing a hobby or a passion like gardening, it's important to remember that we're not doing it for a paycheck. We're not even doing it purely for happiness sake (because sometimes we can actually feel pretty miserable after being in the garden.)

So what makes us continue to garden and what makes certain that we don't give up on gardening?

The answer is a universal truth for any activity: It's being able to make consistent progress and feeling that our time in the garden is meaningful.

These thoughts on gardener productivity were the inspiration ofr Episode 572: Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive

Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive

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One of the most popular episodes of the Still Growing Gardening Podcast came about almost by happenstance. I had been planting my yearly spring crop of basil and it occurred to me that basil might warrant it's very own episode. 

Many gardeners associate the smell of basil with summer.  Just by rubbing a basil leaf to release it’s earthy, rich, fragrance with hints of both mint and clove, makes me remember teaching my children how to harvest basil outside on the deck - where our kitchen garden is located.  In fact, one of the first recipes the kids memorized by heart is how to make basil pesto.  Now my family is definitely not alone in our love for basil - without a doubt, it’s among the most popular culinary herb. 
 
So what makes basil such a hot commodity in the garden? As the classic herb of summer, basil is a very well-rounded winner - from being a wonderful companion plant, cut-flower, easy propagator, bountiful producer, successful herb for preserving, a distinct aromatic addition to perfumes, a natural pest repellent, and absolutely amazing in the kitchen when used with an infinite constellation of 
recipes.
 
Episode 573 is simply called Basilmania - and it's my way of playing match-maker between you and the King of Herbs - Basil.  If you’ve never grown basil or cooked with basil - I want to make the introduction for you and if you’re already head over heels with basil (like I am), I want to give you even more reasons to keep your passion for basil alive.
 

Basilmania!

 
Wishing you a lovely Summer!
 
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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.

My focus is on the journey of discovery that every gardener goes through. If I can help people find joy and the wisdom from gardening, they will be life-long gardeners.

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