In this week's episode Mike speaks with Stacey Chillemi, best selling author of the book The Complete Herbal Guide: Heal Your Body and Maintain Optimal Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins, Fruits and Vegetables, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Stacey will fill you on how her battle with epilepsy lead her to a healthier lifestyle that included fruits, vegetables and herbs that she grows right at home.

From there, Stacey and Mike talk about what it means to detoxify, what are herbal remedies and why gardening plays an important role in maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle.

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

In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Healing your body naturally using alternative methods
  • Maintaining optimal health
  • Using fruits, vegetables and herbs grown at home for better health
  • The fruits, vegetables and herbs you should be growing
  • Foods that heal the body naturally
  • Natural body healing remedies using herbs from your garden

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About This Week's Guest :

#210: Heal Your Body Naturally & Maintain Optimal Health Using Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs with Stacey Chillemi Stacey Chillemi graduated from Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey, majoring in marketing and advertisement. In the mid-nineties while in college, she began her first book, Epilepsy: You’re Not Alone. It was published six years later. Before and after graduation in 1996, she worked in New York City for NBC. Since the birth of her children, she has been a freelance journalist.

She has written features for journals and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines in North America and abroad. She won an award from the Epilepsy Foundation of America in 2002 for her help and dedication to people with epilepsy.

Stacey Chillemi is author of the new book, Natural Remedies for Common Conditions: How to Prevent, Heal and Maintain Optimum Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins and Food. Chillemi's passion is helping others discover the surprising secrets to healing the body and maintaining excellent health for life. Stacey has dedicated her life to the field of health, alternative medicine and herbal medicine. Stacey educates others and shares with them the natural remedies to stay healthy, restore health, and look and feel younger. If you have been on a roller-coaster ride of medical conditions, you will finally be able to heal your body, and maintain excellent health for life."

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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

steve_albert_1_yi2kqi.jpgIn this week's episode, Mike chats with Steve Albert, author of the book, The Kitchen Garden Grower's Guide: A Practical Vegetable and Herb Garden Encyclopedia, about various tips, tricks and techniques that you can use, regardless of space, to grow your best garden ever.

Steve, a Master Gardener, will show you how to grow in anything from a few raised beds, to patio gardens, to large scale gardens and more.  He'll give you his list of his favorite heirloom varieties that he likes to grow, as well as which ones grow great in small spaces.

From there Steve will give us insight into growing zones, and a lot more details on making your best soil ever with some composting techniques.  This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening!

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

  • Gardening in raised beds
  • Gardening in small spaces
  • Composting for great soil
  • Heirloom varieties that you must try
  • Easy solutions to common gardening problems
  • What harvest to table really means
  • Knowing what you can grow in your zone

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About this week's Guest Steve Albert

stephen-albert_2_hfvnkn.jpgI live in the Sonoma Valley of California just a mile or two from the bustling village of Kenwood—post office, grocery and feed store, gas station, and two churches—a village surrounded by crop land, pastures, orchards, and vineyards. My vegetable garden and kitchen are in USDA growing zone 8b; that means we get some frost and freezing every year but almost never any snow.

I write Harvest to Table in my utility room with one door leading into the kitchen and the other out into my vegetable and flower garden. (The coat and boot rack sit right behind my chair and my two cats Sister and George are either sleeping on the utility counter next to me or are in the kitchen demanding to be fed).

Everything you’ll find at Harvest to Table I either learned in my garden or kitchen—with a little help from my gardening and cooking neighbors, friends, and family. Everything you’ll find here I’ve grown in my garden and cooked in my kitchen. Just so you know up front, I’m a big fan of compost and butter.

Harvest to Table is for the beginner and veteran gardener alike. The goal is to find easy solutions to common garden problems. I’ve found that no matter where I have lived to get great results in the garden what’s been important are the fundamentals. No matter where you live you have the same growing sequence as I do. To bring great food from your garden to your table, stick to the fundamentals.

About the Host

mike_bio_pic1_p3ehq4.jpgMike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month.  Be sure to listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, as he interviews the gardening industry's leading experts. You can also read gardening articles from Mike on his blog at AveragePersonGardening.com/blog

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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

In this week's episode, Mike sits down with a good fried to the show, Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily, to talk about raising chickens and ducks.  Lisa will tell you all about how to properly plan for and take care of both chickens and ducks and what are absolute musts if you plan on jumping in for the first time.

From there, Lisa will let us know of which feed she uses for her own flock and why, as well as mixing in herbs for healthier birds.  She'll give us her tips on coop cleaning, along with her thoughts on roosters and whether or not owning one is right for you.

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

In this Episode, Here's What We'll Cover

  • Raising Ducks
  • Raising Chickens
  • Roosters
  • Herbs in your feed
  • Cleaning the coop
  • Predators
  • Dust baths

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About this Week's Guest, Lisa Steele

With an impressive audience that spans the globe, I am well-recognized as the creative force behind Fresh Eggs Daily®, the most popular destination for natural chicken and duck keeping advice. A fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of my life, I have been raising my own backyard flock since 2009 and sharing my farming adventures on my wildly popular blog and Facebook pages, charming readers and drawing them to Fresh Eggs Daily® in record numbers to help them learn how to keep their flocks safe from predators, how to build strong immune systems, and how to keep them healthy and happy without using antibiotics or other commercial medications.

An aspiring herbalist dedicated to raising my own animals as naturally as possible, I offer practical, down-to-earth and time-tested advice for raising chickens using herbs and other holistic preventives and remedies - and show my readers how to have some fun while doing it. In addition to chicken keeping tips, I also share DIY projects for the coop and run using repurposed materials, natural household and personal products, gardening ideas, and recipes using fresh eggs, vegetables and herbs.

A sought-after contributor for such publications as Backyard Poultry, Molly Green, Hobby Farm, Urban Farm and Chickens Magazines, as well as Better Homes and Gardens, Grit.com and HGTVGardens.com, I have taken the backyard chicken keeping arena by storm to become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping, often interviewed for or quoted in articles. I have appeared on local television as well as P. Allen Smith's radio and television programs and the reality show Coop Dreams on Discovery's Destination America. 

 

My husband and I share our small farm in Maine with a menagerie of chickens, ducks, a German Shepherd, a Corgi and a Tuxedo cat. When I'm not tending to my flock or writing, I love to garden, knit, sew, and dabble in canning and bread making.

I wrote a book titled Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens...Naturally (St. Lynn's Press, 2013) which not only offers basic advice to those just starting out on their backyard chicken journey, but also compiles the best from my blog in the areas of the coop, run, nesting boxes, dust bath area, and more, to guide readers on a more natural path to chicken keeping. I am working hard to bring back methods that had been used for generations, but mostly forgotten, and popularize them again with this new generation of chicken keepers. My second book titled Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks...Naturally was released in October 2015 and I am currently working on a third book.

My flock has numbered from just three hens to more than three dozen over the years. I have raised more than 20 different breeds at various times and now concentrate on some rare breeds such as Australorps, Lavender Orpingtons, Chocolate Orpingtons, Olive Eggers, Blue and Black Copper Marans, Mottled Java and Ameraucanas. I collect pink, blue, olive green, cream and chocolate brown eggs daily from my mixed flock of chickens. I also raise several breeds of ducks including Pekins, Saxonies, Magpies, Anconas, Swedish and Silver Appleyard.

 

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month.  Be sure to listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, as he interviews the gardening industry's leading experts. You can also read gardening articles from Mike on his blog at AveragePersonGardening.com/blog

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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

peter_burke_3.jpgIn this week's episode Mike chats with gardening expert Peter Burke.  Peter shares with you some of his tips on how you can grow your very own salad indoors, all year round.  Along with authoring two books, Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening and Indoor Gardening, Peter is a certified instructor on the topic where hundreds of people turn out for his lectures.  Along with teaching you how to grow indoors, he'll share his list of the best choices of veggies to grow and why.  Peter will tell you all about the common plant disease late blight, what it is, how to get ahead of it and of course how to make sure your plants get cured from it.

From there Peter will share with us his expertise on square foot gardening, the various techniques to implement to ensure success and whey planting a garden in a grid is much more productive than traditional rows.  He'll even share with you a great list of green manures that you can grow in your garden, and how to get those green manures to work best for you.

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

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

SEGMENT I

Using green manure in your garden
Tackling late blight with fungicide

SEGMENT II

Growing Your Own Salad indoors
Learn the 5 basic plants to grow for your indoor salad
Growing sprouts

SEGMENT III

Square foot gardening techniques
Why planting in a grid is more efficient than rows

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Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening
Indoor Gardening
The Daily Gardener

About this week's guest, Peter Burke

peter_burke_2.jpgAn avid gardener himself author Peter Burke has been teaching garden classes since 2006 when he started presenting workshops on Indoor Gardening, Square Foot Gardening, Extending the Garden Season, Food Dehydrator and others. He also started thedailygardener.com website to supply organic seeds for Indoor Gardening. In 2010 he became a Certified Sqaure Fooot Gardening Teacher. Peter lives and gardens in Calais, Vermont with his family.

The new book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, published by the sustainability leader Chelsea Green Publisher, is an expanded version of the first book.

About the Host

mike_bio_pic1_p3ehq4.jpgMike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month.  Be sure to listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, as he interviews the gardening industry's leading experts. You can also read gardening articles from Mike on his blog at AveragePersonGardening.com/blog

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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

joy_kieffer_1_tiuihk.jpgIn this week's episode you will absolutely fall in love with our special guest.  She is filled with spirit, spunk and is loaded with a great deal of garden planning knowledge.  Mike chats with Joy Kieffer, a #1 best selling author for garden planning, to talk about the hows, whens, whys and whats of garden planning.

Joy will also fill us in on her life mission to help those in need through her non-profit called Lifewerks.  You will hear how Joy and her husband feed nearly 600 families in need each month, restocked a public library with thousands of books through donations, and so much more.

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

In This Episode, Here's What We'll Cover

  • All about Joy
  • Garden planning
  • What you should be recording
  • The amount of time it takes to become a master garden planner
  • Lifewerks
  • How Joy and her husband feed 600 families
  • Joy's journey to restock a public library that was running out of books

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About This Week's Guest Joy Kieffer

joy_kieffer_2_e2iygn.jpgI began as a landscape artist and my experience grew to include surface design, sculpture, mold making, illustration and portraiture. My art work has been applied to ceramic tile, dinnerware, lighting, and gift ware. For a few years I painted portraits of professional athletes and met many while attending shows, spending hours sitting next to them while my husband chatted with their wives! At one point I produced a line of ceramic and cold cast designs. My Christmas angel ornaments were used by the White House as special gifts in 1994. I’m currently adding to a series of paintings meant to be displayed in churches.

I was the co-founder and Senior Editor for the student publication J.A.M. Magazine (under Lifewerks, Inc.) from 1997-2000.

With a background in the print industry, and my art and writing interests as well as knowledge in the field of horticulture/gardening, I realized that it was time to combine all these into a garden journal. The Garden Journal, Planner & Log Book is the result and is featured on the Books and Writing Page. There will be several log books in the Garden Journal series, including log books for wildlife sightings. I am also working on a mystery series for young adults.

I’m a church-planting pastor’s wife and mother of two young adult daughters, and co-founder of Lifewerks, Inc., a non-profit. In my role as MSC Missionary I use art to teach and reach people for Christ, teaming up with groups such as mission teams to do outreach events and do real ministry. Our family lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.

I grew up in rural Indiana, and is to this day am a farm girl at heart, losing the battle for control in my urban garden as often as I do with art, writing, parenting or pastor’s wifing.

About the Host

mike_bio_pic1_p3ehq4.jpgMike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month.  Be sure to listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, as he interviews the gardening industry's leading experts. You can also read gardening articles from Mike on his blog at AveragePersonGardening.com/blog

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