SG566: Getting the Help You Need in the Garden with Jenny Prince of American Meadows

Are you needing to find help with your garden this year? Have you ever tried to find neighbor kids or local students to help out? Over the years, I’ve worked with lots of kids in my garden. And with my upcoming surgery, I’ll be needing help again. But how can you find good helpers and what is the best way to train kids to help you in the garden?  That’s the topic of today’s show as I put Jenny Prince in the interviewer’s seat and I share my tips for getting the help you need in the garden.

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Interview Questions

So, Jennifer, my first question that I have for you is what made you realize that you needed help in the garden?

Time Stamp: 31:20

Your kids were very little back then. How old are they now?

Time Stamp 36:25

You have teenage helpers in the garden. Do you also have your teenagers work in the garden as well?

Time Stamp 36:40

I was reading on your blog that you host every Friday, or every other Friday, night small groups in your garden. Why is that?

Time Stamp 40:30

When you invite people to your garden, does that also mean your schedule regularly changes too?

Time Stamp 41:55

What happens if it rains on your scheduled day?

Time Stamp 43:20

You said that your students get trained and certified, how does that work?

Time Stamp 40:40

How do you handle a kid who is just not helpful?

Time Stamp 55:20

Do you notice a difference between how boys and girls work?

Time Stamp 1:07:15

What’s the most amazing thing a kid has accomplished in your garden?

Time Stamp 1:14:15

I don’t have any kids, so I don’t have a lot of school connections. How do I find students to help me in the garden?

Time Stamp 1:20:45

I feel like we’ve covered so much. Are there any other tips that you’d like to share with us, Jennifer?

Time Stamp 1:36:05

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What listeners are saying...

I never write reviews but this is the best gardening podcast out there. Jennifer has interesting topics and guests and is not one bit annoying like some others are. I love that she involves her kids at the end of the podcast - usually with poetry or music. Really good podcast.

- Barbcfc, Mar 23, 2016

Still Growing is one of the reliably informative gardening podcasts from North America. The format consists of an intro (personal gardening status chat, seasonal remarks), an extended interview with a guest, and an outro with funny outtakes, side remarks, and some chatter (poems, readings) from the host's children. The podcast is focused on reliable knowledge - the guests are typically experts like academics, master gardeners, gardening entrepreneurs or public garden leaders. The intro and especially the outro give it a homey feel. Given I live in the high northern region, just a little below the Polar Circle, I'm always looking for more cold-weather oriented gardening information. Jennifer Ebeling is in Minnesota, so that's helpful to me! Vegetable gardening (my main interest) gets a good share, but is not predominant. Most topics transcend your specific gardening interest and are applicable to many styles: landscaping principles, vermicomposting, greenhouses. The episodes are typically an hour long, which is just fine for me.

- cwaigl, May 29, 2014

Best gardening podcast out there. Her preparedness leads to a good interaction with the guests and brings out the best in them. Very informative and yet personable.

- Corn bug, June 15, 2016

This is a great podcast. Really well produced and organized with good sound quality. I love the mix of information and personal touches. Jennifer has great guests and asks the best questions. You can tell she really does her homework. I listen to several gardening podcasts and this is my absolute favorite!

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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