This Week on Vegetable Gardening

crAIG_LEHOULLIER_vgo7b0.jpgIn this week's episode Mike chats with new guest to the show Craig Lehoullier.  Craig, who is credited with naming great tomato varieties such as Cherokee Purple and Lucky Cross is going to tell you all about the challenges you may face during your garden season and some tips on how to overcome them.

From there, Craig is going to tell us all about how to grow some of your best veggies ever in straw bales.  He will take you on a step by step process from choosing the right type of straw, up through how to plant your veggies in your conditioned bales.

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

In this episode here's what we'll cover

  • heirloom tomato varieties
  • soil conditioning
  • introducing new vegetable varieties to home gardeners
  • straw bale gardening instructions
  • straw bale tomatoes
  • straw bale gardening techniques

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About this week's guest, Craig Lehoullier

craig2_rojz5k.jpgCraig LeHoullier's first book, Epic Tomatoes, is the culmination of decades of a passion for collecting, researching and growing hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. Residing in Raleigh, NC with his wife Susan and small assortment of dogs and cats, Craig's gardening passion was planted when very young by walks through his grandfather's backyard garden in Pawtucket, Rhode island, and, later on, planting the family gardens with his dad.

Possessing a PhD in chemistry, Craig's professional career involved various positions in a major pharmaceutical company. After retiring in 2008, and following a few years of consulting, he decided to take the plunge into garden writing, a logical progression from Craig's many years of garden lectures, a newsletter (Off The vine), and blogging.

Craig's passion for tomatoes in particular exploded after joining the Seed Savers Exchange in 1986, and all gardens since focus on open pollinated (non-hybrid) varieties, in a wide range of colors, sizes and flavors. He is responsible for naming, developing and introducing many varieties, such as Cherokee Purple and Lucky Cross, and has been co-leading a unique all-volunteer project to create new dwarf-growing varieties. The project is responsible for 25 new tomatoes available through a variety of seed companies, particularly valuable for space-constrained gardeners who wish to grow wonderful tomatoes on decks or patios.

Craig continues to be active in the Seed Savers Exchange and has served as Adviser on Tomatoes to the organization for many years.

His new author website is www.epictomatoes.com, and you can follow his personal blog and local seedling sales www.nctomatoman.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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