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SG562: Resident Farmer Trevor Johnson Discusses Organic and Hydroponic Greenhouse Gardening

March 17, 2017

Trevor Johnson is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. In 2012, the hospital launched an organic greenhouse with the main goal of feeding the sick patients. Little did Trevor know, the hospital’s greenhouse has become a community center where Michigan residents can take cooking classes right inside the hospital.…

SG561: Bringing Farms to Schools in Oregon with Rick Sherman

March 10, 2017

Rick Sherman was hired by the Oregon Department of Education in 2012 as the Farm to School/School Garden coordinator after working for 32 years for a food service management company. The last 20 of those years have been spent as a Director of Nutrition Services in Eugene, Albany and Dallas (Oregon). Rick is a Master…

SG560: Turn Compact Spaces into Successful Market Farms with Josh Volk

March 3, 2017

Josh Volk is a farmer turned inventor and author.  In his book, Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less, Josh profiles the winning strategies and systems that transform these unique compact spaces into successful growing operations.  During our chat, Josh personally guides us through every single farm – all…

March 2017 Letter

March 1, 2017

This month I’m speaking at the Schoolyard Gardens Conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. My breakout session is called How to Keep Kids Engaged in the Garden: Lessons from My Experiences with Student Gardeners.

If I’ve learned anything from working with students over the years it’s this: they form their own unique connection to the garden.

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…

Winners of Books by Megan Cain the Creative Vegetable Gardener

February 21, 2017

Last week, Megan Cain was featured on the Still Growing Gardening Podcast in episode SG557 to tell us all about amazing guide to Super Easy Food Preserving and to announce the release of her latest book, The Smart Start Garden Planner. At the end of the episode, Megan graciously offered to give-away a copy of both books to…

2-17-17 Garden News Roundup

February 17, 2017

The Garden News Roundup Featured in the Still Growing Gardening Podcast Episode 558 on February 11th, 2017

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.

Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten (6 Winners!)

February 14, 2017

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…

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.

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A Sick Start to September

So we’ve had a sick start to September. In fact, just 10 days in and the kids and I are coming off a week of illness. The kids had essentially one day of school right which started right after Labor Day and then everybody starting getting sick. First, it was PJ. By the time I got him back on his feet, it started to hit the rest of us. Little John was the only one that made it through unscathed.

Septembers

Wedding with the Monte Carlo

Try To Remember   By Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones   Try to remember, the kind of September, When life was slow, and oh-so mellow. Try to remember, the kind of September,When grass was green, and grain was yellow. Try to remember, the kind of September,When you were a tender and callow fellow…. Try to remember… And if you…

In the Kitchen

Freezing Buttermilk and Heavy Cream

Freezing Buttermilk

How many cartons of buttermilk and heavy cream have I thrown away in my cooking lifetime?  Too many. How many times has my recipe called for just a half cup or some amount – leaving the rest to waste?  Also, too many. Well those days are over.  I finally figured out that I can freeze…

In the Garden

5 Secrets to a Successful Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden Lettuce

Kitchen Gardens are a great way to make fresh edibles available for cooking just steps away from your kitchen table. How should the kitchen garden be designed for optimal use?  What should everyday cooks keep in mind as they start a kitchen garden?  How can you keep your kitchen garden harvest from spoiling before you get…

7 Garden DIY’s for June

Braided Daffodils

Now that the sun is finally making an appearance, it’s time to get going on those remaining garden chores before the arrival summer. Besides, the sooner we get these last few tasks finished, the sooner we can enjoy time in the garden. These 7 Garden DIY’s for June will help get your outdoors in shape before…

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