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

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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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In this episode of Vegetable Gardening

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show, Mike chats with good friend to the show Lisa Steele.  Lisa, is the author of a series of books, Fresh Eggs Daily, Duck Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens, as well as the widely popular website http://www.FreshEggsDaily.com

Lisa shares with us a wide variety of tips and tricks when it comes to getting the most out of your chickens to benefits your garden.  She'll tell us all about how to implement some simple techniques to catch chicken manure and use it in the garden, as well as using straw in the winter time, getting your birds to work your soil for you, and so much more.

Here's what we'll cover

  • The uses of chicken manure
  • Using straw for a wide range of applications
  • The dangers of allowing your chickens to free range in your garden
  • Growing leafy greens for your girls

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About this episode's guest, Lisa Steele

Lisa, is the author of 3 books, Fresh Eggs Daily, Duck Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens.  She is a fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life.  
She has been raising her own backyard flock since 2009 and sharing her farming adventures on her wildly popular blog and Facebook pages helping readers 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 and Maine Master Gardener dedicated to raising her own animals as naturally as possible, she offers practical, down-to-earth and time-tested advice for raising chickens and using herbs and showing her readers how to have some fun while doing it.   In addition to chicken keeping tips, she also shares 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.

She grew up on a small farm across the street from her grandparents chicken farm in central Massachusetts.  After heading off to college and a short stint on Wall Street, Lisa is back on a New England farm once again,  doing what she loves and is proud to be carrying on her family tradition.

 

 

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

Today, Mike chats with gardening expert and author Claire Splan on how you you can push your gardening limits regardless of which growing zone you are in.

Claire shares her experiences as a Northern Californian gardener, and how her research for her book, California Month-by-Month Gardening, lead her to experiment with many varieties of fruits and vegetables, most notably the garden's king, the tomato.

Note: We had to edit out some portions at the beginning of the interview because they came across with too much static.

Here's what we'll cover

  • The varying climates throughout California
  • Pushing your gardening limites
  • Growing veggies and fruits in climates even though you think you can't
  • Pests, rodents and disease
  • Growing tomatoes in cooler climates

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About this episode's guest, Claire Splan

Claire is an Alameda native with a deep appreciation for the joys of gardening in sandy soil and a Mediterranean climate. This is where she shares her gardening successes and frustrations (of which there are many), as well as news of gardening events and developments in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves writing and talking about gardening and am is a member of the Garden Writers Association, but also enjoys writing fiction and other types of nonfiction.

Claire is the author of the award-winning California Month-by-Month Gardening and California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening. Whether speaking at large garden shows or to small garden clubs, Claire engages each and every audience with enthusiasm and solid information.

Want to keep up with where Claire's speaking and what new talks she's developing? Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, "Time in the Garden."

 

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 this episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show, Mike chats with Leslie Bennett, the founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens and author of the book, The Beautiful Edible Garden.

Leslie fills us in on all kinds of great information on how you can arrange your vegetable garden to not only be productive but aesthetically pleasing as well.

From there she will give you some ideas on which plants are great for front yard gardens, fruit trees and how to keep weeds at bay.

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

Here's What We'll Cover

  • Edible Vegetable Garden Arrangements
  • Flowers, Veggies and Herbs that are perfect for a front yard gardn
  • Fruiting Trees
  • Keeping Weeds at Bay

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About This Episode's Guest, Leslie Bennett

I am the the founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, an Oakland-based landscape design firm that creates beautiful, edible gardens. I am the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, Feb 2013) and former founder and co-owner of Star Apple Edible Gardens landscape design firm. In my work, I bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. My work has been featured in Sunset Magazine, C Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Gardenista.com.

For me, edible landscapes are a long term relationship, where my clients get to have all kinds of fun, seasonal experiences in their gardens and kitchens! My specific focus is on designing and building stylised vegetable and cutting flower gardens -- in other words, working gardens that happen to have beautiful structural design. I also consult with clients on ways to incorporate perennial edibles such as fruit trees, berry shrubs and herbs throughout existing ornamental landscapes.  I love doing one-on-one garden coaching and consulting work, also providing long term, specialized edible and ornamental maintenance that will keep your garden productive and beautiful over time.

If you think my services may be a good match for what you're looking for, please be in touch -- I'd love to hear from you!

 

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

Mike chats with Carol Niec & Kerrie Rosenthal of the Seed Keeper Company about the upcoming Seed Keeper Project Giveaway.  They give tell us all about how the Seed Keeper Project got started, what their motivation was and how they are making a difference in school gardens everywhere.

From there, they will tell us how you can nominate your school, when to do it, and what your school will receive should they win.  That ans so much more, today on Vegetable Gardening!

Here's What We'll Cover

  • How the Seed Keeper Project got started
  • How your school can apply
  • What does your school win

Mentioned In This Episode

About this Episode's Guests, Carol Niec & Kerrie Rosenthal

The Seed Keeper Company came about when we tried to find a better way to store our seeds. Together, we developed a seed filing system for seed packets and captured seeds complete with tips and seed planting accessories. The accessories were chosen because they are important to the seed starting process. The plastic clip-lock container is rugged enough to go to the garden and solid enough to protect delicate seeds until the next planting season.

The produce, from our gardens, is fresh, organic and on our tables in minutes—and, our vases are filled with fresh flowers that we grew, too.  All for pennies compared to what you pay for produce from the market or flowers from the florist. Think about it—it’s more economical and makes our carbon footprint smaller.

Get a Seed Keeper Deluxe or a Seed Keeper today and join the seed saving revolution.

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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