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."


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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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