In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show, Mike chats with Luke Marion, the founder of the widely popular gardening YouTube channel, MIGardener.  Luke's YouTube channel has over 100,000 subscribers, who tune in each week to watch Luke teach them all about gardening.

This week, Luke fills us in on how he got started filming his gardening adventures, everything he learned along the way, and how filming his garden, made him a better gardener.

From there, Luke, will give us tips and tricks that he uses in his gardens, his top 3 choices to grow in any garden, and 3 of his videos that you absolutely must watch.

Here's What We'll Cover in this Week's Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • How and Why Luke started filming his gardening adventures
  • What makes the MIGardener channel so popular for gardeners of all experience levels
  • Using every square inch of your garden to produce the most food
  • 3 of Luke's gardening videos that you absolutely must watch

Mentioned in this Week's Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

About this Week's Guest, Luke Marion

MIgardener is a social media based channel with over 7 social media pages to get anyone anywhere growing food better, and living healthier lives.

MIGardener was founded in 2011 with the intent to inspire others to grow a garden, live healthier lives, and have fun doing it all with the help of social media.

In 2014 my fiancé (now wife) joined me in the dream and with her career in graphic design, and knowledge of healthy food she created infograms and a series titled midweek snack.

In 2015 Sindy and I got married and shortly after brought our beautiful daughter into the world.

It has always been my mission to inspire people to garden and find a balance of inspiration and information on my channel that will not only help people learn, but give them the motivation needed to get out and just try it.

In Early 2017 we hit 100,000 subscribers on Youtube and can now be found on Facebook, twitter, Youtube, instagram, and pinterest, as well as on our website which garners over 400,000 views monthly.

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Seeds of the Month Club
 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

 

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In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

In this week's episode, Mike chats with beekeeping expert and host of the very popular YouTube channel, TheBeeVlog, Bill Catherall about what it takes it get started in raising bees.  Bill fills us in on all the basic steps needed before you get your first hive, the equipment you need, and some valuable information you should have on hand before you get started.

From there, Bill gives us a demonstration of a simple hive and the tools you must have in order to ensure not only your safety in handling bees, but the bees health as well.  He'll tell us all about the different variety of bees that you can raise at home and the different types of bees that make up a hive.

This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening!

Here's What We'll Cover in this Week's Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • How to get started in beekeeping
  • Beekeeping safety
  • Misconceptions about beekeeping
  • Beekeeping for pollination purposes
  • Equipment needed for beekeeping
  • How to get your bees
  • Helpful resources on beekeeping in your area

Mentioned in this Week's Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

Beekeeping Equipment that Bill Demonstrated in this Week's Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

About this Week's Guest, Bill Catherall

While helping to plant a family vegetable garden in the spring of 2011, Bill Catherall was thinking about pollination and the plight of honey bees.

Having grown up with other family members who kept bees, he knew a backyard hive could be done, but knew nothing about it.

So began the study, research, and ultimate obsession. He got his first hive in 2012 and began documenting his growth and beekeeping practice on his YouTube channel, TheBeeVlog.
Over 190 videos later, TheBeeVlog now has 12,000+ subscribers and over 1,000,000 views.

You can follow Bill and his beekeeping adventures at: YouTube.com/TheBeeVlog, facebook.com/TheBeeVlog, or twitter.com/TheBeeVlog.

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Seeds of the Month Club
 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

In this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show, Mike chats with Joey & Holly Baird of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener.  Joey & Holly give us a behind the scenes look at their new gardening radio show that can be heard on WNOV 860 AM out of Milwaukee, WI every Saturday morning.  From there Joey & Holly will give us their best tips for soil preparation and amendment, the difference between a potting mix and potting soil and why that is important, they'll touch of vermiculite, perlite, and peat moss, as well as some seed starting tips.

Holly, an award winning canning expert, will share some quick tips on how new canners can get started, what they should focus on and why.  She'll tell us all about what new canners should do to get their feet wet and feel comfortable, and why those tips are important when you are just starting out.

This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening.

Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • Joey & Holly's Gardening Radio Show
  • Some behind the scenes information about how the show is put together
  • Public speaking about gardening
  • Why amending the soil is important
  • Knowing the difference between potting soils and potting mixes
  • Getting started in canning
  • Starting your seeds indoors
  • Mentioned in this Episode of Vegetable Gardening

Mentioned in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

About this week's guests on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Joey & Holly Baird

They are a married couple living in southeastern Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee).  Joey & Holly make videos on youtube about how to grow your own food organically, reusing found items (or items you may just throw away), what to do with the food you grow, home canning and simple home living.

Along with traditional ground gardening they also grow indoors year-round using up and coming methods along with winter growing in cold frames and low tunnels.

Their goal through their videos and social media pages is to show the average person how easy it is to grow food, store food, and reuse everyday items.  Their motto is “for the average gardener, simple home living, and using what you already have”.

Joey and Holly enjoy speaking at garden expo’s throughout the midwest. Holly is also an award winning home canner with a handful of ribbons from the Wisconsin State Fair including a Best of Show award for her home canning talents.

If you would like to contact Joey & Holly they can be emailed at thewiveggardener@gmail.com.

Please check out our their videos, posts and even feel free to leave comments at their website, The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener.

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Seeds of the Month Club
 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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In this episode of Vegetable Gardening

In today's show, Mike chats with Ron Finley.  In 2010 Ron decided to make a change for the better in front of his South Central Los Angeles home by planting a variety of fruits, trees and veggies.  Not too long after, a neighbor put in an anonymous complaint, and that's when the revolution started.

Nearly 7 years later, after a lot of hard work and dedication, Ron's movement to grow fresh food at home and teach others to do the same has spread around the world.  

Listen in as Ron shares his stories, the challenges he and those he lives around in South Central Los Angeles face on a daily basis and what he's doing about it.

This and so much on this episode Vegetable Gardening!

Here's what we'll cover

  • How did the Revolution Begin
  • The challenges that Ron and many others face everyday in regards to fresh home grown food
  • The stories that touched Ron's life and gives him the motivation to keep going
  • Ron's movie, Can You Dig This!

Mentioned in this Episode

About this episode's guest, Ron Finley

Meet Ron Finley, a man who will not sit still and watch a problem take root. Having grown up in the South Los Angeles food prison, Ron is familiar with the area’s lack of fresh produce. He knew what it’s like to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato.

In 2010, he set out to fix the problem. Outside his front door, that is. Ron planted vegetables in the curbside dirt strip next to his home. And quietly, carefully, tenderly started a revolution. I wanted a carrot without toxic ingredients I didn’t know how to spell, says Ron.

His was an exceptionally creative, cost-effective and simple solution; however, it was also an act of spirited rebellion that led to a run-in with the authorities.

The City of Los Angeles owns the “parkways” the neglected dirt areas next to roads where Ron was planting. He was cited for gardening without a permit. This slap on the wrist did little to dissuade his green thumb. So Ron fought back. Hard. He started a petition with fellow green activists, demanding the right to garden and grow food in his neighborhood and then, the city backed off.

This caught the eyes of creative leaders and media voices that lauded his courageous act of ebullient defiance. Ron has continued to share his story and vision with the world, giving a TED talk and planning many exciting ways to continue his involvement in mitigating Los Angeles food prisons.

His dreams have been reshaped into a thriving garden of pumpkins, peppers, sunflowers, kale and corn. But more than being a gangsta gardener, Ron is a community leader.

Determined to change South Los Angeles from food desert to food forest, he wants his actions to be educational, inspiring, and nutritious. He wants kids to grow up with the option of healthy food, instead of fried, fattening staples. He wants to sweep up and transform his street, his hood, the city of LA and communities everywhere.

 

 

Seeds of the Month Club
 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

 

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In this episode of Vegetable Gardening

In today's show, garden expert and author Megan Cain joins Mike once again to talk about a wide variety of topics on gardening.  With the release of her new book, Smart Garden Planner - Your Step by Step Guide to a Successful Season, Megan shares with us a step a by step process to make sure we have our best gardening season yet.

Megan will talk about seeds, plants from your local nursery, the soil you need to start those seeds and why using a window sill to start your seeds is not the most optimal choice for many vegetable varieties.  

From there she'll tell us about some new vegetable and flower varieties she plans on trying this year and why you too should expand your gardening horizons each and every year.

This and so much more in today's episode of Vegetable Gardening! 

Here's what we'll cover

  • Trying new vegetable and flower varieties
  • Tequilla Sunrise Peppers
  • Garden Planning and why it is important
  • All about your seeds and why getting the seeds can be just as fun
  • Why organized gardeners can be more successful gardeners
  • Veggie Essentials
  • Planning to determine how much food your garden can produce
  • How to freeze tomatoes
  • Storing veggies in your basement
  • Seed Starting
  • Using the right soil

Mentioned in this Episode

About this episode's guest, Megan Cain

I’m Megan Cain and I want you to know that you can grow great food and become a passionate (and successful) vegetable gardener! I’m here to teach you how to do just that.

I’m a garden educator, writer and speaker. I developed one of the first youth gardening programs in Madison, have designed and installed gardens in many homeowners’ yards, managed a 1/4 acre youth farm, worked on CSA farms, created a series of gardening class that often have waiting lists, and tend to a large home garden. I know what works and what doesn’t…and I love to share it.

You can tour my garden at my old house here, and my new house here.

I grew up an urban girl in a row home in Philadelphia. I never saw a vegetable growing in the ground until well into my 20’s.

I moved to a hippie farm when I was 26. My life path radically changed. I learned how to garden, lived simply in a 90 square foot cabin, and met the love of my life. (Watch my 5 minute TED-like talk about it here.)

I love art fairs. I could go to one every weekend! My all-time favorite find was a ceramic totem I placed in my front yard garden.

I’m a health nut. I love to bike, hike, and walk and I go to my neighborhood Y to work out 3 times a week.

A few years ago I quit my job and traveled to Africa for two months to volunteer with a fair trade organization.

I’m a book nut, too. My mom, sister and I have had a weekly book club for 3 1/2 years. They live in Philly and I live in WI, so we have a three way call each Monday. (They usually last 2 hours!) Right now we’re reading Playing Big by Tara Mohr.

My favorite vegetable to grow is spinach because it’s one of the only vegetables that can survive the winter in Wisconsin.

When it comes to most things in life, especially gardening, I’m a minimalist. I focus on the essentials and like minimal fuss.

At the prompting of my life coach, around my 38th birthday I gifted myself with a “week of being”. The goal was to do nothing for the entire week! You can read about my experience here.

I drink a smoothie for breakfast every day. This is my favorite source for recipes.

My husband and I often take the month of January off from work to travel to distant locations. We’ve spent time in Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, Hawaii,New Zealand,  Australia, the coast of CA, and our second favorite city of Portland, OR. You can read about our last 10 years of trips here.

My previous garden (which we built from scratch) was featured on the popular website Apartment Therapy. 

 

Seeds of the Month Club
 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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