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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.
The Gift Guide for Gardeners 2016

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!
SG549- An Inside Peak Into The Chicago Botanic Garden

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!

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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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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Each week, I produce and host Still Growing - a long format podcast - from my home in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota.

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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Did you know that only 12 percent of podcasts are produced by women? In fact, there are 7,500 female bloggers for every one female podcaster. That's a revealing and inspiring ratio.

 

If you're a woman who is interested in podcasting, She Podcasts is a wonderful group for female podcasters on Facebook. You will find loads resources, advice, and support there.

 

I'd love to see more women in podcasting.

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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…

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