This Week on Vegetable Gardening

lisa_steele_1.jpgIn this week's episode of the vegetable gardening podcast, Mike chats with good friend to the show, Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily.  Lisa has released a new book, Gardening with Chickens, and she fills us in how she combines these two tasks to get the most out of each.  Lisa will fill you in on the benefits of chicken manure, using your chickens "tilling" abilities, how to use your chickens to take care of the garden at season's end and she'll touch on soil structure and why you should get a soil test.

From there Lisa will tell us all about her move from Virginia to Maine, the affect the move had on her livestock, adjusting to the different gardening zone and she'll fill us in on her new TV show, Fresh Eggs Daily, which airs on local TV in Maine.

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

In this episode here's what we'll

  • Combining gardening with your chickens
  • Chicken Manure
  • Benefits of a soil test
  • Chickens tilling the garden
  • Which plants to keep chickens away from
  • Chickens and insects

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About this week's guest, Lisa Steele

lisa_steele_2.jpgWith an 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 on the internet.

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.

I grew up on a small farm across the street from my grandparents chicken farm in central Massachusetts and raise chickens and rabbits growing up.  After heading off to college and a short stint on Wall Street, I am back on a New England farm once again, doing what I love and carrying on my family tradition.

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 weeks episode, Mike interviews Sandra Reaves of Josie Gladys Gardens about how you can mix growing vegetables with beautiful flower arrangements in your front yard so that you can grow food to eat all the while your front yard still looks aesthetically pleasing to neighbors and passers-by.

From there, Sandra will give you her tips on food preservation, various preservation methods, which ones beginners should use and why, and which vegetables and fruits work best with which food preservation methods.

Along the way, Sandra will delight you with her wonderful stories and adventures as a fairly new chicken keeper, and she will share her experience so that you can avoid some stumbling blocks right out of the gate.

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

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

  • Front Yard Gardens
  • Vegetables to Choose and Why
  • Food Preservation Methods
  • Water Bath Canning compare to Pressure Canning
  • Cold Pack Method
  • New Chicken keeping and what to expect

Items Mentioned in this Podcast

Jose Gladys Gardens
Sandra on Facebook
Sandra's Gardening Blog

About this Week's Guest, Sandra Reaves

sandra_reaves_3_kcwddc.jpgSandra shares real-life home gardening with all its successes, crop failures, sweat and wonder.  Sandra shows that her own efforts are living proof that a garden can be both imperfect and bountiful and that growing your own fruits and vegetables ensures the most healthful food is on your family's plates. 

Preserving food at home lets you lay in a supply for lean times.  Sandra's bounty is eaten fresh, canned, frozen, dried, and shared with family and friends.  Once in awhile, Sandra, will even sell the "fruits" of her labor. 

About the Host

mike_bio_pic2_afplno.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 industries leading experts.

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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

tara_nolan_1.jpgIn the week's episode Mike chats with Tara Nolan, the author of a great new book Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It ... Garden Anywhere!  Tara will fill you in on all kinds of wonderful information when it comes to gardening with raised beds.  She will teach you all about the difference and creative ways to make your own raised beds, the soil structure and which plants you should grow. 

From there, Tara is going to share some of the more unique raised beds that she has seen in her travels, as well as a great appliance find she had one day that she now grows potatoes in.  This and Mike sharing his story about his mobile raised garden bed and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening!

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

  • Why raised beds are a good idea?
  • Building Raised Beds
  • Buying raised bed kits
  • Creative raised beds
  • Soil for your raised beds
  • What you can grow in your raised beds

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About this Weeks's guest, Tara Nolan

TaraNolan2.jpgTara Nolan is a garden and lifestyle writer who lives in Dundas, Ontario. Fascinated by ornamental plants, Tara loves to experiment by partnering spirited colours and textures, and using new-to-her cultivars and combinations in both container gardens and flower borders. For six years, Tara served as Canadian Gardening magazine’s online editor and penned various articles for the publication. Her lecture experience includes talks at Canada Blooms, Canada's largest flower and garden festival, and the Toronto Botanical Garden. Tara has also written about gardening for the Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Living, and Style at Home, among others. When she’s not in the garden, this card-carrying member of the Garden Writer's Association is on her mountain bike or travelling somewhere to check out public and private gardens, always intent on discovering the next big gardening craze. Tara also considers herself to be pretty crafty (meaning creative, not sly), and while you probably aren't going to learn about her talent with a needle and thread here, you will learn about the amazing (and crafty!) garden creations growing right outside her back door.

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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In this "can't miss episode", Mike interviews Annie Haven of Authentic Haven Brand about the California drought.  Annie is smacked dabbed, right in the middle of this national tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes in real time.

Annie gives us her first hand account of the issues she faces as a life long rancher in California, and how she is learning to cope with severe water restrictions.  She'll also give us a look into some of the power players involved in trying to solve the problem and why what they are proposing will only make matters worse.

You won't want to miss this informative interview.  This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening!

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

  • California Drought
  • Annie's Struggles
  • Drought Solutions
  • Power Players Getting Involved

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About this week's guest Annie Haven

Annie-Haven2_iqwvpp.jpgHaven Seed Co. was established in 1853 and incorporated in 1873. Haven Seed Co. grew for commercial seed until 1968 when the focus was then turned to Manure tea which was harvested from the horses used to pull the equipment through the fields and the livestock raised to feed the workers. Haven Co. processed and packaged the manure in large "Pillow case size bags", brewed the tea, then flood irrigated the fields to restore nutrients to the soil.

Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew is harvested, processed and Eco hand packaged, from Haven raised grass fed livestock, free of antibiotics, growth hormones, herbicides and pesticides.

Over the past 7 years Social Media for Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew has played a big roll in the introduction of brewing and feeding cow, horse and alfalfa teas to replenish needed nutrients to the soil.

Gardeners around the world have seen tremendous results in their gardens and indoor house plants once they started brewing and feeding Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew.

ABOUT THE HOST

mike_bio_pic1_p3ehq4.jpgMike 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

Marisa-McClellan-2.jpgMike returns for the 6th season of the Vegetable Gardening podcast with special guest Marissa McClellan who runs the popular website FoodInJars.com talking about how you can preserve the many fruits, vegetables and herbs you grow at home.

In this episode Marissa fills us in on all kinds of great information when it comes to preserving harvests of all sizes.

P.S. The name of the restaurant was called Del Friscos ...listen to the podcast.  You'll understand what that means.

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

  • How Marissa got started in food preservation
  • Supplementing your harvest with farmer's market items to preserve even more
  • Food preservation tools
  • Knowing which canning method you should use for which fruits and vegetables
  • Properly drying herbs
  • Water bath canning
  • Pressure canning

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About this week's guest Marissa McClellan

Marissa-McClellan.jpgMarisa McClellan is a food blogger, cookbook author, and canning teacher based in Center City Philadelphia. Her books include Food in Jars, Preserving by the Pint, and Naturally Sweet Food in Jar. She has written for publications like Vegetarian Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine, The Sweethome, Food Network, Serious Eats, The Kitchn, Grid Philly, Saveur, Edible Philly, and Table Matters. Marisa also co-hosts a podcast dedicated living a food-focused life called Local Mouthful. Find more of her jams, pickles, and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) at foodinjars.com.

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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