In This Episode of Vegetable Gardening

Mike chats with The Weekend Gardener radio show host and author of the books The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens, Niki Jabbour about all things gardening.  Niki shares with us the details of the expansion of her own gardens, called the Big Dig, the various varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs she is growing and what she is doing to make them successful.  She will fill us in on the new types of varieties that is tackling, the challenges she faces in her Nova Scotia climate, and some tips to maximize your space.

From there, Niki will share her story of how she is growing rice for the very first time, and some of her favorite award winning heirlooms that are an absolute must in anyone's garden.

That, and so much more on this week's episode of vegetable gardening

Here's what we'll cover

  • Gardening in cooler climates
  • Why starting your seeds too early is a bad thing
  • Vegetable varieties that you must grow in 2017
  • The one tomato variety that you aren't growing but should be

Mentioned in this Episode

About this Episode's Guest, Niki Jabbour

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning and best-selling author of The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. She also writes for Fine Gardening, Birds & Blooms, Garden Making, and a monthly column for Horticulture.

For the past 10 years, Niki has hosted The Weekend Gardener, a radio show that airs across Eastern Canada and online at www.news957.com. Niki speaks at events and shows across North America including the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Philadelphia Flower Show, Boston Flower Show, Canada Blooms and the Mother Earth News Fairs.

Find Niki on social media and on her website, SavvyGardening.com.

 

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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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Ann RalphIn This Episode of Vegetable Gardening

Mike chats with Ann Ralph, author of the book Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees, talking about how you can implement some simple easy to use techniques to keep your fruit trees in tip top shape.  Ann shares with us some valuable pruning techniques, the three "D"'s of pruning for fruit trees, and the types of fruit trees you should be choosing to maximize the amount of fruit you will receive from the space that you have.

From there Ann touches on tree care in various climates, fruit tree diseases and pest management.  She will touch on mulching and fertilizing and so much more.

In this episode, here's what we'll cover

  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Mulching for fruit trees
  • Chicken manure mixture as a fertilizer
  • Various fruit tree choices

Items mentioned in this episode

About this episode's guest, Ann Ralph

Many of you know me from our over-the-counter conversations at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery where I taught pruning classes, lopped your bareroot saplings and managed the fruit tree department. My book, Grow a Little Fruit Tree, is available at your local independent bookstore or wherever books are sold.

My fruit tree initiation began at Scenic Nursery in Modesto, California where the owner, Jim Rogers, insisted that no bareroot fruit tree leave the nursery without a prune that took off the top two-thirds of the little tree. Alarmed as anyone by such a brutal cut, I left this disconcerting task to other workers in the nursery. Then one day, Ed Laivo, the sales rep and backyard fruit specialist from Dave Wilson Nursery, arrived at Scenic with some samples of tree-ripe Arctic Glo nectarines. I had never, ever tasted any fruit so perfectly delicious. That following January, I cut short a little sapling for myself. Ed’s sliver of nectarine began my career as a fruit tree enthusiast and emphatic pruner. I’ve been promoting the idea of pruning to create small scale trees with an evangelical zeal ever since.

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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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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

In this week's episode, Jenny Peterson, author of the book The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing and Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet, will be stopping by to share her inspirational story of how gardening helped her through her battle with breast cancer.  She'll fill you in on why it is so important to get outdoors for at least 10 minutes per day to clear your mind.

From there, Jenny tells us all about the farm animals she has on her one acre property, how she handles it all, and why the work is not stressful but invigorating.  This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening.

 

In This Episode Here's What We'll Cover

  • Getting out in the garden to clear your mind
  • Jenny's Wellness Tip of the Day
  • How Jenny's story has inspired other gardeners
  • How you can donate a copy of Jenny's book to a local cancer center

Items Mentioned in this Episode

About This Week's Guest, Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson is a breast cancer survivor. Her long road through cancer treatment was hard, emotional and often deeply depressing. The one thing that pulled her out of the darkness was her desire to be able to garden again.

Peterson credits her garden with clearing her mental fog and overcoming her depression, physical limitations and pain. The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion explores the therapeutic benefits of this vital “earth connection.” With gentle empathy, beautiful photographs and easy how-to steps, she shows others how to create their own backyard haven for healing – a personal restorative garden – with a bonus of well-grounded guidance about diet, exercise, mental focus and spiritual renewal.

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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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Mike will be chatting with Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales: Easy Planting, Less Weeding, Early Harvests will be stopping by the show to talk about growing tomatoes, his dwarf plant project and growing veggies in straw bales.

Craig LeHoullier has loved gardening since 1981, when he and his wife planted their first one together in Hanover, New Hampshire, just a few months after they were married. In truth, he has loved walking in gardens for longer than he can remember, seeds planted by his grandfather and father in walks through their own gardens. Each of them planted the seeds of that love when he was so very young.

Through the years, he has been known as NC Tomatoman. Some know him as the fellow who named Cherokee Purple in 1990. To others, he is the the co-host of Tomatopalooza, a co-leader of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, or just the odd person with a garden where the driveway used to be. Craig is the tomato nut with a website, a blog, a newsletter, and a huge tomato and pepper and eggplant collection. Really, he is someone that heirloom tomatoes chose to help participate in their continued relevance.

Tune in on Sunday January 15th, 2017 at 9:00AM at Vegetable Gardening Live to hear from Craig.

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Mike will be chatting with Jenny Peterson, author of The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing and Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet will be stopping by the show to talk about gardening helped her battle through some difficult times and how she used gardening to inspire others to battle through as well.

Jenny Peterson is a breast cancer survivor. Her long road through cancer treatment was hard, emotional and often deeply depressing. The one thing that pulled her out of the darkness was her desire to be able to garden again.

Peterson credits her garden with clearing her mental fog and overcoming her depression, physical limitations and pain. The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion explores the therapeutic benefits of this vital “earth connection.” With gentle empathy, beautiful photographs and easy how-to steps, she shows others how to create their own backyard haven for healing – a personal restorative garden – with a bonus of well-grounded guidance about diet, exercise, mental focus and spiritual renewal.

Tune in on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at 7:30PM at Vegetable Gardening Live to hear from Jenny.

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