Recent Gardening Posts

How to Keep – Not Kill – Houseplants with Barbara Pleasant

February 23, 2018

Barbara Pleasant (SG584) is back on the show and she’s the author of  The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual. Barbara shares some excellent tips:– why you should buy plants from low light areas– Container vs. Plant: who lives? who dies to live another day?– Pets vs. Houseplants: Addressing Poisonous Houseplant Concerns– Barbara’s trick for harvesting and storing…

SG601: The Chinese Kitchen Garden with Wendy Kiang-Spray

February 16, 2018

Wendy Kiang-Spray is on the show and she’s the author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden. And boy, do I love this book. It’s half how to grow, half how to cook, and half an amazing glimpse into the wonderful Kiang-Spray Family – so that’s 150% worth of yummy, beautiful, love in one book. Plus – it’s…

SG600: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto with Leslie Buck

February 9, 2018

Today’s show is a dream come true for me – Leslie Buck is on the show and she’s the author of Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto. Cutting Back is Leslie’s charming memoir of her time spent in the gardens of Kyoto, Japan.    Now, I read about Leslie and her memoir last…

SG599: The Smart Start Garden Planner with Megan Cain

February 2, 2018

Megan Cain (SG557) – aka The Creative Vegetable Gardener  is back  on the show today and we’re discussing how to garden smart and how to be a smart gardener with the help of her Smart Start Garden Planner.   Think of all the adjectives you associate with the term gardener: Hopeful Constant Keen Enthusiastic Practical Skilled …

SG598: Top Easy-to-Grow Houseplants with Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

January 26, 2018

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, a.k.a. The Houseplant Guru, is on the show today and guess what we’re talking about?  Ding! Ding! Ding! You’re right! Her new book on houseplants published by Cool Springs Press called Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing and Caring for Indoor Plants.

One of the things I appreciated the most about Lisa’s book, is that she divided the 125 houseplants featured in her book into three helpful categories: Easy to Grow, Moderately Easy-to-Grow, and Don’t-Try-This-at-Home-It’s-A-Waste-of-Money-and-Time-and-You-Really-Need-That-New-Pair-of-Shoes. Just kidding. It’s actually just called Challenging to Grow. (Which actually doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? Still – be careful here.)
 
Now, guess which one we spent the most time talking about? 
You’re right, again – the easy-to-grow category because that’s the sweet spot. These are the plants that are the best investment of your time and money – and the plants that will give you the most personal satisfaction.

SG597: How to Speak Chicken with Melissa Caughey

January 19, 2018

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

January 12, 2018

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…

Winter 2018

January 1, 2018

Winter | Jan – Feb – Mar 2018 | jennifer@6ftmama.com Most gardeners scoff at the idea of painting poinsettias. I haven’t been particularly drawn to them in the past myself. However, I had the opportunity to change my mind about painted poinsettias. Before the holidays, I attended a behind-the-scenes event for bloggers at Bachman’s main…

My garden projects for 2016

Retaining Wall & Garden Paths

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Waterfall Rehab

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Garden Lessons

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