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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 geologist, Dr. Neil Bockoven, about fire ants, their destructive habits and behaviors and what you can do to battle them.

Dr. Bockoven is going to fill us in on the history of the fire ants migration from Argentina and into the United States along with showing us how fire ants have been spreading for the past 80 years along the southern USA.

From there he will teach us about the destruction the fire ants have caused, not only in commercial agriculture but also in backyard gardens and small farms.

Dr. Bockoven will give us some tips on how to combat fire ants, he'll also fill us in on their natural predators, and teach us why they haven't made their way up to Canada yet.

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

✅ Understanding the history of fire ants
✅ Where are fire ants located and how to identify fire ants
✅ The colony structure of fire ants
✅ How to get rid of fire ants
✅ Fire ants tunnel structure

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Neil Bockoven
Waldorf Publishing

 

About this episode's guest, Dr. Neil Bockoven

Neil Thomas Bockoven is an award-winning PhD geologist and journalist with 35 years of experience in minerals exploration.

He has been featured in: Geological Society of America Bulletin, Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Virginia Journal of Science, AAPG Bulletin, and many other scientific journals. He is a repeat guest on one of the largest radio talk shows in the country.

Neil worked as a geologist for Exxon/ExxonMobil in Denver, Midland, Houston, New Orleans and Albuquerque. He was also the South Texas Joint Venture Coordinator, negotiating dozens of joint ventures with companies like EOG for the King Ranch in Texas.

These joint ventures made ExxonMobil hundreds of millions of dollars. He coordinated teams of geologists, engineers, landmen and lawyers. He attended The College of William and Mary, where he was a member of the state champion swim team, and received a Bachelor of Arts.

From there, Neil went on to The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a masters and doctorate. He has published articles on topics as diverse as the geology of huge volcanic calderas of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico to sexual dimorphism in Astarte clams.

His current interests center on the interaction between Early Modern Humans and Neanderthals during the Paleolithic Age, and the amazing related discoveries being made through archaeology and genetics.

 

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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 Craig LeHoullier the author of the best selling book, "Epic Tomatoes", about the things you can do to ensure that you will grow the best tomatoes right at home.

Craig is going to come on a tell us about the various common tomato plant diseases that you will come across, what they look like to you can identify them, and the steps you can take to protect your tomato plants.

He'll give you his recommendation for spacing your tomato plants for the best air flow, some feeding and watering techniques so that your tomato plants do not get stressed out and how mulching your tomato beds can assist.

From there, Craig will tell us why we are seeing more tomato plant diseases today than ever before, how heirloom tomatoes are playing a role in that increase, and what you can do to limit tomato plant diseases.

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 high temperatures affect your larger tomato varieties
✅ Battling tomato diseases
✅ Spacing your tomato plants
✅ Why tomato growers are exdperiencing more tomato diseases
✅ Why the heirloom tomato industry is booming right now
✅ Mulching your tomato beds to prevent diseases
✅ Feeding and watering your tomato plants

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Craig LeHoullier
Cornell Disease Identification Site
Tomato Pesto
Epic Tomatoes
Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales: Easy Planting, Less Weeding, Early Harvests. A Storey BASICS® Title

 

About this episode's guest, Craig LeHoullier

I’ve loved gardening since 1981, when my wife and I planted our first one together in Hanover, New Hampshire, just a few months after we were married. In truth, I’ve loved walking in gardens for longer than I can remember, seeds planted by my grandfather and father in walks through their own gardens. Each of them planted the seeds of that love when I was so very young, for which I am so grateful.

In doing so, I strive to share the joy that I experience while gardening with my readers. If all goes well, in addition to growing gardens, we will grow new gardeners. Being able to grow wonderful flowers, vegetables and fruit offers so much: confidence and control of what we eat, the multitude of benefits from being outdoors and working up a sweat, and creating an area to decompress, relax and share with family and friends.

Though gardening can be a solitary hobby, I find that energy comes from being with and in front of other gardeners (anywhere along the experience spectrum, newbie to avid). It becomes all about collective sharing, learning, and growth. There is always something new to learn about gardening. The education process spans our lifetimes. The essence of what I do, and why I do it, is and will always be focused on learning and sharing, never about publicity and money.

Through the years, I’ve been known as NC Tomatoman. Some know me as the fellow who named Cherokee Purple in 1990. To others, I am the author of the books Epic Tomatoes or Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, the co-host of Tomatopalooza, a co-leader of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, or just the odd person with a garden where the driveway used to be. I am the tomato nut with a website, a blog, a newsletter (on occasion), and a huge tomato and pepper and eggplant collection. Really, all I am is Craig LeHoullier - someone that heirloom tomatoes chose to help participate in their continued relevance.

 

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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 Elizabeth Andress the author of the "USDA Guide to Home Canning" about how to safely and successfully preserve the fresh vegetables from your home garden.

A renowned expert in the field, Elizabeth comes on to share with us the many food preservation methods that you can use to save all of those home grown fruits and vegetables that you have growing right now.

She'll teach us the two different types of canning, why you should choose one canning method over another, and why you should follow the USDA guide for canning various vegetables.

From there she'll teach us how to properly blanch vegetables to prepare them for freezing, how to use a vacuum sealer the right way and Elizabeth will touch on dehydrating.

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

✅ Various ways to preserve your harvest
✅ Differences between water bath canning and pressure canning
✅ The blanching process
✅ Freezing vegetables
✅ What should and should not be canned
✅ Safety precautions
✅ Length of time a canned vegetable will last
✅ Vacuum sealing

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

The National Center for Home Food Preservation
USDA Guide to Home Canning

 

About this episode's guest, Elizabeth Andress

Elizabeth Andress is a food safety specialist with Georgia Cooperative Extension and is a Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition.

She has been the Director of the National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation (NCHFP), which began with USDA funding, for almost 18 years.

Her Extension programs in food safety and quality include home food preservation and foodservice sanitation.

She is also a co-author and lead contact for the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning and the University of Georgia’s So Easy to Preserve book and videos.

She has won two USDA/academic national awards for her Extension work and several university awards for her outreach programs.

Fun fact: She has taught food preservation to university Extension faculty in at least 19 states. In addition to her career interests in foods and nutrition, she plays the piano, loves to travel the U.S., and watch movies.

She knows how to sew pretty darn well, and enjoys some crafts, but rarely does either anymore! She is a native of native of Haddonfield NJ and has worked in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Florida as well as GA.

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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 Chris McLaughlin, author of the new book, Growing Heirloom Flowers, about why so many people are moving towards adding heirloom variety flowers to their gardens.

Chris is going to tell us about the many varieties she learned about while doing research for the book, the fascinating stories behind them and why they make great additions to any garden.

From there, she'll share some of her favorites, what makes heirloom flowers so special, and that one variety of flower that is actually illegal to grow in the United States.

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

✅ Stories behind heirloom flowers
✅ Why heirloom flowers should be a staple in the garden
✅ The benefits of heirloom flowers
✅ Differences between the heirloom flowers and hybrid varieties

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Growing Heirloom Flowers

 

About this episode's guest, Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin is a writer and author whose hands have been in the soil for nearly 40 years. She became a master gardener in 2000, followed up with specialy certificates in wildlife, children's, and vegetable gardening. She's the author of seven books including, A Garden to Dye For (St. Lynn's Press) and Vertical Vegetable Gardening (Alpha Books). Her work can be found in Fine Gardening Magazine, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, Urban Farm Magazine, The Heirloom Gardener Magazine, and Mother Earth Living. Online, she's a staff blogger for Finegardening.com and has written for a variety of sites including Vegetable Gardener.com, About.com, Fix.com, and From Scratch Magazine.
Chris and her family live on a flower and fiber farm in the Northern California foothills where they grow flowers, food, and Angora goats. You can track her down at her brand-spanking-new website, FlowersInk.com.

I am an Old MacDonald child born into an IBM family. My brothers and I grew up being chauffeured around in one of those station wagons that had a third seat facing backwards. Looking out that big window, breathing in a little exhaust, I was able to take in expanses of land and watch it slowly disappear from view. Along the stretches of highway, I would see property with fenced land and fantasize about pumpkin patches and flowers stands where people couldn't help but stop and and visit. The dream came complete with crisp cornstalks flanking the entry to straw bale mazes. Back then I felt certain that my parents enjoyed torturing me, as they kept moving us to the suburbs that rested just on the shoulders of my beloved farmland. They carefully chose housing developments that seemed to always bring me within feet of my true love. I spent my weekends walking to nearby farms, pretending they were mine.

When I shuffled back to my side of the fence, I was determined to create my own little farm. As I dug into the hard pan soil of our backyard, the difference in the freshly cultivated earth of the neighboring land was clear. Would it have really been a stretch for my parents to move just one street over and onto the farmland? But, I digress. When I was ten, I snagged some Dixie cups from the upstairs bathroom and filled them with some potting soil out of a bag my mother had bought to top off the planters in our yard. I scooped up some small seedlings (and later learned the term "volunteers") from our yard and transplanted them into bathroom-sized Dixie cups. Being raised by entrepreneurs, my instincts told me there was a profit to be made. I probably lined up fifty of those little cups into my younger brother's red wagon and rolled along down the street selling them door-to-door for ten cents each. I do realize that I will never see that 100% profit again in my lifetime.

A handful of decades, plants, and soil behind me, I am very sure of who I am.

 

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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 Michelle Balz, author of the new book, "Composting for a New Generation" about how you can and should make great compost for your home vegetable garden.

There is no doubt that the best thing you can do for the soil that your crops are going to grow in is mix in good, quality compost every gardening season.  This helps keep the nutrients level high for your plants to flourish and thrive.

Michelle is going to come on and share with you a number of different composting techniques you can use that is sure to fit your budget, lifestyle and the size of your property.

From there she'll tell us about some common composting mistakes, the different ingredients that make up an excellent compost pile and why, even if you have never  composted before, will still be able to make great compost.

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

✅ Every gardener should have a compost pile
✅ Space requirements to make quality compost
✅ Examples of different composting methods
✅ What should go in a compost pile and what should not go in a compost pile
✅ Common composting mistakes

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Composting for a New Generation
On Twitter
On Instagram

 

About this episode's guest, Michelle Balz

Michelle Balz is a long-time backyard composter with a passion for reducing our impact on the planet.

She spends her days writing laid-back advice for home composters in the Confessions of a Composter blog, teaching classes on backyard composting, and learning everything she can about composting, recycling, reusing, and waste reduction.

Since 2002, Michelle has worked as a solid waste (a.k.a. garbage) professional encouraging residents and businesses to reduce their waste and use fewer resources.

Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in Professional Writing both from the University of Cincinnati.

She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband Adam and two adorable children Benjamin and Emily.

 

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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