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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Jim Eagan of Plant Revolution about how you can build better soil for your garden with the use of Mycorrhizae.

Mycorrhizae is a naturally occurring fungi in your soil that has been depleted over the years due to a myriad of reasons.  Through science and research, Jim's company, gives gardeners the ability to introduce this beneficial fungi back into your soil.

Jim is going to tell us what Mycorrhizae is, why it is beneficial to your plants along with how the roots of your plants will become stronger when Mycorrhizae is in abundance in the soil.

From there, Jim will tell us about the science and research that is done in regards to Mycorrhizae and why you should go check out the microscopic videos showing exactly how Mycorrhizae fends off root eating nematodes.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

 

Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

✅ What is Mycorrhizae
✅ Mycorrhizae's function in your soil
✅ Building better soil with Mycorrhizae
✅ How much Mycorrhizae do I need in my garden
✅ Is Mycorrhizae  safe

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Plant Revolution
Plant Success on Twitter
Mycorrhizae

 

About this episode's guest, Jim Eagan of Plant Revolution

Plant Success, from its inception in 1999, has been a family-operated business dedicated to developing premier mycorrhizal inoculates, as well as educating the public about the benefits of using Mycorrhizae. Our products enhance the growing environment with beneficial microorganisms.

Through years of research and testing, we have incorporated into our products the most effective Mycorrhizae and bacteria strains on the market. These superior blends are designed for use by home gardeners, landscapers, farmers, and hydroponic growers.

Plant Success is committed to serving its customers while providing the highest quality inoculates. At the forefront of innovation, our company strives to continue to bridge the gap between research, knowledge, technology, and Mother Nature.

 

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Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

 

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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with award winning garden author, Carol Michel, about her new book, "Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening a Life", about adding humor to garden education is a great way for people to relate.

I know I have been there when it comes to my gardening adventures. Something funny happens, whether it's the rabbits laughing at the fence I put up, or watching a squirrel run off with a ghost pepper, we all have funny gardening stories.

Award winning author Carol Michel tells her own funny gardening stories in her new book and she comes on to share some of those gardening stories with us and how they relate to making you a better gardener.

She'll tell us what she likes to grow, share with us some of her favorite gardening tips, as well as fill us in on her journey from horticulture degree, to computer specialist to now garden writer.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

 

Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

✅ Pursuing an education in horticulture
✅ Carol's favorite things to grow
✅ Why adding humor to gardening can relay gardening education better
✅ Favorite gardening topics to write about

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

May Dreams Gardens
Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life
Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life

 

About this episode's guest, Carol Michel

I love to garden and I love most everything about gardening... good soil, plants, flowers, books, tools, and other gardeners. I consider myself a Gardenangelist, an evangelist for gardening who loves gardening and wants others to love it, too.

I've been gardening in some capacity my whole life, starting as a toddler following behind my Dad as he planted peas every spring. I wore out the gardening books at my local library by checking them out over and over again. And there still might be a soup spoon or two—my childhood digging tool of choice—buried in the backyard.

I'm a long time garden blogger, probably most notable for coming up with Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. For the past ten years and still going, gardeners around the world post on their own blogs about what's blooming in their gardens on the 15th of every month and then leave a link on my blog post about what's blooming in my garden.  Keeping that record has really helped my garden. I have planted many flowers through the last ten years so I can have "perpetual spring" nearly all year long in my Zone 6a garden in central Indiana.

I am the author of the book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (2017), which won a 2018 Silver Award of Merit from GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators and Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life (2018)  My blog is huge with well over 2,500 posts going back to 2004.   Both books are compilations of some of the best of those posts plus some new essays. I potted them up, pruned them a bit, and made otherwise cleaned them up for the books.  Do buy them! They make great gifts for any gardener.

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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Melissa Norris, the host of "The Pioneer Today" podcast about how you can turn your gardening efforts into a homesteading and self sufficiency lifestyle.

Melissa is a 5th generation homesteader that raises 100% of her own meat and 75% of her own fruits & vegetables.  She is going to share with us her journey into the world of self sufficiency and some of the challenges along the way.

You are going to learn about how it is more a mindset rather then space requirements, how heirlooms play a vital role in self sufficiency and regardless of experience level you already have to skill set necessary to get your homesteading and self sufficiency ball rolling.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

 

Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

✅ How do you get into living a self sufficient lifestyle
✅ What are some greatest challenges along the way to being self sufficient
✅ Is homesteading and self sufficiency easier than you think
✅ The role of heirloom seeds in a homesteading and self sufficiency lifestyle
✅ How do you find time to raise your own food and preserve it for the off months
✅ What are some of time saving tips for the garden
✅ Top 3 things someone has to do to get started towards a path of self homesteading & sufficiency

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Melissa K. Norris
Never Buy Jam Again
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Seed Savers Exchange

 

About this episode's guest, Melissa Norris

I'm just a plain country girl who loves Jesus, playing in the dirt, stuffing food into Mason jars (after I wash my hands of course), and hunting down as many traditional old-fashioned skills as I can to put into use on our homestead.

Occasionally I chase down a chicken and I've been known to wrangle a cow or two back into the pasture when they get the hankering to leave our field.

We live on 14.96 acres in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range of Washington state. We raise 100% of our own meat from our organic grass fed beef (holler to the sturdy white faced brown Herefords), a flock of hens for fresh eggs, meat chickens we butcher ourselves, and organic pork (cuz you haven't eaten bacon until you've had home grown).

I'm a 5th generation homesteader who married a city boy… but that city boy quickly became a country boy and turned into a bonafide farmer when he moved to our family property. With our two children we believe in keeping the old ways alive, that our food shouldn't come in boxed packages with ingredient lists a mile long you can't pronounce. We still grow and seed save the same strain of heirloom Tarheel green pole beans my family has been cultivating for over 100 years, because there's some things worth saving.

 

Please share The Vegetable Gardening Show! Let`s get everyone gardening!

 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Steve Craig and Amy Short of Fishin' Magic about how to start, maintain and be successful at growing a butterfly garden.

Steve & Amy have decades of experience when it comes to teaching others about butterfly gardening and the wonders it can bring.  On their public speaking tour they mix their knowledge of butterflies, gardening and some magic to drive home the point of why you should be growing one.

Steve & Amy are going to teach us what makes up a butterfly garden, some of the resources you need to look into to make sure you are planting the right flowers, veggies and herbs to attract butterflies, and some of the challenges you will face along the way.

From there Steve & Amy will demo a couple of their magic tricks they use in their public speaking shows, the common mistakes new butterfly gardeners make and the one characteristic you must have in order to grow a successful butterfly garden.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

 

Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

✅ What is a butterfly garden and why should we grow one
✅ What are some challenges when designing and maintaining a butterfly garden
✅ Which part of the life cycle should be considered the most when designing a butterfly garden
✅ How do butterfly gardens help organisms and ecosystems
✅ What plants would you recommend that would surprise people
✅ How do you watch butterflies and for what reasons would you do so
✅ How do you use magic to communicate and educate people about butterfly gardening
✅ What are some common mistakes people make when attempting to grow a butterfly garden

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Fish Magic
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)
BAMONA

 

About this episode's guests, Steve Craig & Amy Short

We met while working together in a hospital and got married in 1985.

We’ve been happily married 15 out of the last 32 years. We swam away from real jobs and started our business in 1988. We live in southwest Missouri. When we are not working on our fish shtick, you can find us canoeing an Ozarks stream and fishing for whatever is biting.

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Details. That’s what I contribute to the business. Whether it’s meticulously creating props, critiquing performances or navigating our travels. Steve would be “lost” without me. Or at least, that’s what I like to believe. My performing career started early with childhood skits and school plays. I even entertained friends and family with a few magic tricks.

The story goes that I first uttered the word, “fish,” when I asked for one from Santa. While growing up in Missouri, I spent family vacations camping, canoeing and fishing.

After graduating from the University of Missouri, I worked as an occupational therapist in the mental health field. Then one day I said to Steve, “Let’s don’t wait until we’re sitting in our rocking chairs to try the magic business.”

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Performer. My love of performing began when I was twelve and performed my first show. I created my first major illusion using cardboard boxes and my wagon then sawed my younger brother in half. My joy of creating new tricks continues today but I need Amy to revise my big ideas into practical solutions. I also entertained people when I played sports during my youth.

After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology, I decided that the best way I could help people was to entertain them and make them laugh.

And of course, I like to fish and I especially enjoy fly-fishing for trout, smallmouth bass and compliments.

 

Please share The Vegetable Gardening Show! Let`s get everyone gardening!

 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

 

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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike is interviewed by James Ross host of the Kentucky radio show, "Gardening with James" about the differences between gardening in Kentucky compared to New Jersey.

Mike and James will discuss varying temperatures, crops that each like to grow, tips and tricks on how to grow successfully and they'll touch on The Vegetable Gardening Show, how it got started and even how you can become a guest.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

 

Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

✅ Gardening in Kentucky
✅ Gardening in New Jersey
✅ Community Garden plots
✅ Gardening in hot temperatures
The Vegetable Gardening Show

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Gardening with James
The Vegetable Gardening Show

 

About this episode's guest, Mike Podlesny

Mike the Gardener Enterprises was founded by Michael Podlesny, a 3rd generational home vegetable gardener and published author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person, who has been vegetable gardening himself for nearly 30 years. Mike`s vegetable gardening tips and tricks have been featured in newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world. He has also appeared on ABC and NBC talking about vegetable gardening and the Seeds of the Month Club

Our goal is to make home vegetable gardening fun, easy and affordable for everybody and just as importantly, to make sure you have all of the information and tools at your fingertips so that you can enjoy the most benefits from a bountiful harvest.

Be sure to tune in weekly to Mike`s Vegetable Gardening Podcast, where he interviews the experts in the gardening industry to bring you the best tips, tricks and techniques, so you will have your most bountiful harvest yet.

 

Please share The Vegetable Gardening Show! Let`s get everyone gardening!

 
Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

 

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