about.jpgListen in as we rebroadcast episode #196 where Mike chats with HGTV gardening expert, Maria Zampini. In 2012 Maria was named Director of Plant Development for the Agricola Management Group, the exclusive licensee of the HGTV HOME Plant collection. Her work includes sourcing genetics for the various plant collections, working with grower and retail partners as well as networking with garden writers.
 

Maria writes a monthly column in Garden Center Magazine and a regular column for Nursery Management. Her work has appeared in numerous other publications, including American Nurseryman, Nursery News, Country Folks Grower, Fine Gardening and the northern issues of State-by-State Gardening Magazine. She is also a sought-after speaker, lecturing on new plant introductions, sustainability, native plants, plant patents and trademarks and other plant-related topics.

Mike and Maria go into depth talking about various annuals, perennials, tree species, bringing new plants to market and woody ornamentals.

That, and so much more this week on Vegetable Gardening!

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

  • Upshoot
  • HGTV Home Plant Collection
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Shrubs
  • Tree Species
  • Crabapples
  • New Plant development
  • Weeping Cherry
  • Patents and Trademarks for new plants
  • Garden-Pedia

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About this week's Guest, Maria Zampini of Upshoot and HGTV Gardens:

pic1.jpg Maria’s first memory of working in the family business is putting fertilizer pills in pots at age seven. Maria worked her way up the green corporate ladder and now represents LCN Selections and other new plant varieties, researching and developing the plants and introducing them to the market. Under her guidance UpShoot has expanded its breadth of work to include marketing of garden related products. Additionally, Maria is also a respected author, speaker and consultant.

Before founding UpShoot, Maria was the President of Lake County Nursery, Inc. She ran the 1000-acre nursery, led a staff of more than 250 people, managed the destination attraction retail garden center and oversaw the research and development divisions. Maria also was responsible for the nursery’s marketing and advertising, producing a yearly catalog (known as “The Bible” in the industry), press releases, tags, flyers and other marketing collateral.

Maria has a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Penn State University. She helps guide the industry as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Plant Patent Owners and the Legislative Committee of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. She has previously served as Director of the International Ornamental Crabapple Society and as President of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association—the first and only female to fill those roles. She has also been recognized with an Honorarium by the Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio.

In addition to her horticulture work, Maria contributes to her community as a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, Painesville Division. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Lake Erie College and the Lake County Visitors Bureau.

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about.jpgListen in as we rebroadcast episode #195 where Mike interviews Jennifer Bartley author of the books The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook and Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook.

Jennifer is a licensed landscape architect in Ohio and California and CLARB Certified. She holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University.

Jennifer has written for Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening and Birds and Bloom Magazine. She frequently lectures around the country on seasonal, sustainable and edible garden design.

This week, Mike and Jennifer discuss everything about kitchen gardens, garden design, landscape architecture and the importance of planting various flowers to attract beneficial insects and which ones you should choose.

That, and so much more this week on Vegetable Gardening!

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

  • Kitchen Gardens
  • Garden Design
  • Planting Flowers to attract beneficial insects
  • Foraging
  • Annuals
  • Perennials

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About this week's Guest, Jennifer Bartley of American Potager:

pic1.jpgAmerican Potager is a landscape architecture firm founded with the belief that gardens can be beautiful, productive and restorative. Our designs are inspired by the grand French kitchen gardens and borrow elements of enclosure, seasonality and dependence on the garden for everyday food and flower arrangements.

We are part of the new mandate in modern garden design to create sustainable, useful and edible gardens that bring joy to the soul and bounty for the table. We create master plans for estates and intimate kitchen gardens for restaurants but always with a place to sit and enjoy the harvest.

We select the ideal brick or stone for patios, paths and walls. We design fences, gates, potting cupboards, trellises and wrought iron fruit tunnels. We are experts at selecting plants that create shade, enclosure, volume, structure, fragrance, bloom, bouquets, shelter and something to eat every day of the year.

We collaborate with clients, architects and other landscape architects on an individual basis to create outdoor garden rooms that are places of beauty and respite.

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Mike the gardener About the Host
Mike Podlesny is
a member of the Garden Writers Association as well as the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person and the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club.

You can listen to Mike each week right here on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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about.jpgListen in as we rebroadcast episode #194 where Mike has two guests on the show, Dave LeDoux of Back to My Garden and Annie Haven of Authentic Haven Brand. Mike picks the minds of two experts to get some great information about heirloom variety vegetables and how to condition your soil for optimum growth.

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

  • Back to My Garden
  • Heirloom variety vegetables
  • Soil conditioning
  • Saving Seeds
  • Brewing manure tea
  • Shawna Coronado's new book Vertical Gardens

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About this week's Guests, Dave LeDoux and Annie Haven:

pic1.jpg Dave Ledoux lives in a small town halfway between Toronto and Detroit. He and his wife love raising heirloom vegetables in their backyard raised garden beds. This season they have 22 types of tomatoes! He blogs at www.backtomygarden.com about their adventures in gardening.

Authentic Haven Brand offers a full line of all-natural, premium soil conditioner teas for the home gardener, landscaper and farmer. Haven Brand uses only the highest quality manures from livestock that are raised on permanent, native grass pastures at the Haven Family Ranch.

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about.jpgListen in as we rebroadcast episode #193 where Mike travels south to North Carolina and has an in depth conversation with expert bee keeper Al Hildreth of Shamrocks Buzzy Bee.

Al was certified by NC State University in 2008 as a master beekeeper. He has served three years as Vice-President of the Johnston County Beekeeping Association and 4 years on the Clayton Farm and Community Market Board.

Al has had as many as 35 beehives and today, with his wife Kathy, they own ShamrocksBuzzyBee.com, as well as a brick and mortar storefront located in Four Oaks, NC

In this episode, Al is going to fill us in on how he got started as a hobby bee keeper, then turned it into a successful business, and all of the information you need to get into bee keeping yourself.

That, and so much more on this week's Vegetable Gardening Podcast!

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

  • Shamrocks Buzzy Bee
  • Getting started in bee keeping
  • Signing up for a bee keeping course
  • Hive equipment
  • Honey bee biology
  • Harvesting your honey
  • Working with concerned neighbors
  • How to keep your bees alive from year to year
  • Seasonal management
  • Queen bees/Queen Breeders

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About this week's Guest, Al Hildreth:

pic1.jpg As a beekeeper, I have hives throughout Johnston County, NC. We started in beekeeping in 2008 with two bee hives and expanded to 10 hives in 2009. Currently in 2013, we have 25 hives.

Our customers love our local honey. Our bees are kept with a natural method. We go into our bees every two weeks to check how they are doing. We only treat our bees as needed not twice a year like many beekeepers do. The last time I treated a hive for varroa and tracheal mites was in the Spring of 2009. I have used powdered sugar to control mites and use Honey Bee Healthy to keep the hives going healthy. Honey Bee Healthy is described here if you have further interest: http://honeybhealthy.com/HoneyBHealthy.html . Although we do not spray around our bee hives, honey bees can fly up to a 5 mile radius so we cannot guarantee the honey is organic honey. We can only trust the honey bees will bring back good and healthy sweet stuff to make the honey we enjoy.

My hives are pure and natural without contaminants, but not certified organic. I place the bees on farms with farmers who give extra attention to how they control pests to their crops. They are fully aware that honeybees are struggling to survive and they are playing a part in their survival. The farmers benefit from pollination and I benefit from having a place to keep the bees. The farmers I work with have smaller farms as large monoculture crops can make the bees weak. They are like us, they need a diverse diet.

Since our honey bees are located on small farms, and not large monoculture farms, our honey is Wildflower honey. This means, the honey bees are allowed to collect what is ever blooming and bring it back to the hive. They do pollinate the crops, but collect more nectar from wild flowers.

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pic1.jpgListen in as we rebroadcast episode #192 where Mike heads to the great state of New York and chats with gardening author and expert Marie Iannotti.

Marie is going to fill us in on all kinds of great gardening information from her own experiences as a garden author, a co-op executive and of course from her own home gardening adventures.

That, and so much more on this week's Vegetable Gardening Podcast!

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

  • Gardening basics
  • Co-ops
  • Water gardens
  • Attracting beneficial wildlife
  • Setting up your fence to keep groundhogs out
  • Seed saving
  • Seed starting
  • Heirloom veggies

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About this week's Guest, Marie Iannotti:

pic1.jpg Marie has been gardening most of her life and she's been very fortunate to have learned not just from trial and error, but from some true old world gardeners.

Gardening, like life, is about the discovery. If you can’t take pleasure in that, you probably aren’t going to enjoy gardening. Gardening is my way of sharing what I’ve learned and all the wonderful things I love about being in a garden. It’s not about trends or status or the best garden money can buy, it’s about creating and enjoying your garden.

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