Episodes

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

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

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.

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

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.

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SG554: Tools and Tactics to use Craigslist for your Garden

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.

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

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.

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SG552: Experimental Gardening with Megan Phelps

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.

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

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.

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SG551: Robin Parer and The Plant Lovers Guide to Hardy Geraniums

Robin Parer is the author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Hardy Geraniums. Robin is also the lovely owner of the Geraniaceae Nursery, located in Kentfield, California. Robin is a wonderfully knowledgeable plantswoman, She is a generous teacher and a thoughtful spokeswoman for the geranium family – both hardy geraniums and pelargoniums (the later being the plant group most people incorrectly refer to as geraniums). In fact, even after interviewing Robin, I still slip and refer to pelargoniums as geraniums! Robin explains the origins of taxonomy confusion for these plants. Undoubtedly, Robin understands this plant family better than almost anyone on this side of the globe. I like to think of Robin as the modern day mother of the geranium family. In typical mom fashion, when it comes to hardy geraniums and pelargoniums, she loves them both the same.

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SG550: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners

I’ve prepared my 2016 Gift Guide for Gardeners so that you can shop thrift stores, traditional brick and mortar, online, and even score some last minute finds on Amazon. I’m a gardener and a shopper – so this list was a lot of fun for me to put together. If you’re looking for some different ideas, or if you’re not a shopper at heart, then I hope my Gift Guide for Gardeners will be a great resource for you and the special gardener in your life!

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SG549: An Inside Peak Into The Chicago Botanic Garden

Today, I invited two people onto the podcast from the Chicago Botanic Garden. The first is Jodi Zombolo. She is the Associate Vice President of Visitor Events and Programs at the botanic garden and discusses some of the exciting events the botanic garden hosts each year. The next guest is Lisa Hilgenberg, who is the lead Horticulturist for the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. As a fellow Minnesotan, she is in charge of over 50,000 vegetable plants at the botanic garden, which she discusses a bit more in-depth on the show!

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SG548: How to Draw Insight From the Gardens and Plants of the Bible with Shelley Cramm

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.

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SG547: Holiday Menus with the Lovely Anna Thomas from Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

The holiday season has started and Anna Thomas is here to inspire us with menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Anna Thomas is the author of several books including Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore and she also appeared on episode 537 of the Still Growing podcast. Anna’s scrumptious holiday menus create excitement for the upcoming holidays. With wisdom and warmth, Anna reminds us once again that the most important part of the holiday season is not what is served, but who is present, at your holiday table.

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SG546: The 2017 Garden Trends Report with Katie Dubow #Grow365

Katie Dubow is the Creative Director at Garden Media Group. A trend spotter and passionate gardener herself, Katie shares an overview the 2017 Garden Trends Report! Every year Garden Media Group produces a fantastic trend report on the state of gardening for the coming year. In this year’s report, there are eight trends that inspire clean gardening which, thanks to technological advances and consumer demand, can happen 365 days-a-year. #Grow365

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