SG574: How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older!

Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials - the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  I remember thinking, "Three years?! Really?" I’m not especially patient, so this three year revelation was a definite downer to the grand plans I had for my first garden in front of my porch.

Fast forward to today, my garden is almost 20 years old and I’m over 20 years wiser. The years of work in this garden have paid off.  So much so, that despite being late returning to the garden this spring after my rotator cuff surgery, the garden in large part carried on just fine. The bones of the garden and the good plant selections continue to reward this recuperating gardener (and mother of four teenagers!). I am grateful. 

All this got me thinking about what I would have told my younger self all those years ago. Could I have gotten to this place sooner? Are there strategic choices I could have made to create this sense of age and stunning lushness? I think the answer is a resounding yes, and that’s what I’ll be talking about on this week’s show!

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How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

Interview Questions

Garden news roundup.

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How can we make our new garden older?

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Tour established gardens with an eye for evolution & anchors

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Plant selections you can make right now to cultivate that ‘established’ look.

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A list of some of my favorite dwarf conifers and shrubs.

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Tall plants that’ll get you that aged look faster

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Plants with big leaves that anchor the garden

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Anchors to make your garden appear older

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Aging pots, metal, wood, & statuary

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How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER



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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.

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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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