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Gardenfork Radio is Maker, DIY, Urban Homesteading, Cooking, Gardening, Home Improvement, Beekeeping and other fun stuff. There's always a ton of stuff swirling in my head, and it doesn't all make it into a Gardenfork show, so I thought, why not make a DIY podcast? Visit our site for videos and podcasts, and all sorts of cool stuff : http://gardenfork.tv
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Rank #1: Raised beds - the basics.
(Sep 17, 2018) What are they? Why bother? And, how do you make them? Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy answers the basic questions of raised beds: what? why? and how? And she adds in a few details, too, about how big, how high, and other questions to consider before you start.One question we didn't get to: if you're concerned at all about pressure treated lumber, don't use it or lay plastic between the wood and your soil. Amy uses pine, 2X10, untreated.Next week: what to fill them with? [full story]
Rank #2: Keeping annuals blooming and other late season tips and chores.
(Sep 3, 2018) The late warm weather helps extend the blooming season. Deadheading annuals like zinnia will also help. You can divide perennials that are not in bloom and thin out and move around early bloomers like lilies and iris. And it's a good time to beef up the soil while you're at it.Cooperative extension horticulturist Amy shares tips and to-do lists with Martha Foley. She is a regular Monday morning guest on The Eight O'Clock Hour. [full story]
The Gardenerd Tip of the Week is your one-stop shop for organic gardening tips and tidbits. Seasonal, organic, and fun advice for your urban farm, homestead and garden. We cover Sustainable living, vegetable gardening and more. Celebrate your passion for gardening with a sense of humor.
Rank #1: Propagating Lavender.
Want lavender growing in your yard? Save money by propagating lavendar.
Rank #2: Summer Buckwheat.
Plant buckwheat this August
Garden How-To podcasts from Horticulture Radio
Rank #1: Garden How-To:: Episode 15: Gro Green Organics.
In this episode, Kathy Cropp talks with Adina Nance of Gro Green Organics. Adina left a career in corporate management to run her own business related to her lifelong passion for gardening. Through Gro Green Organics, Adina makes and sells … Read Article The post Garden How-To:: Episode 15: Gro Green Organics appeared first on Horticulture.
Rank #2: Garden How-To :: Episode 14: Vines and Climbers in the Garden.
Kathy Cropp talks with Dan Long, owner of Brushwood Nursery, about choosing and caring for vines and climbing plants. Read Article The post Garden How-To :: Episode 14: Vines and Climbers in the Garden appeared first on Horticulture.
Back To My Garden Podcast: Gardening | Organic Heirloom Vegetables | Flowers & Herb Gardens
Rank #1: Beyond The Wild Garden with David Corscadden.
David Corscadden is passionate about the outdoors, connecting with nature and the environment. He loves how gardening can form a bridge to bring people together. He is a brilliant blogger where he writes about plants, nature, gardening and food. In 2013 his blog www.BeyondTheWildGarden.wordpress.com was named to the Garden Blog Hall of Fame and in 2014 it was named Best Great Outdoors Blog. In This Episode You’ll Discover … The “grow-your-own” popularity Disaster in the garden – the water feature experiment Lavender & sunflowers The youth movement in horticulture Sponsors: How healthy are you really? Take the test
Rank #2: Peace, Love and Gardening with Alex Anderson.
Alex Anderson loves gardening and embraces it for its artistic and therapeutic values. She is an active garden blogger, sharing tips as diverse as worm beds, composting, edibles and rock gardens. She has gardened on both coasts and calls Huntington Beach, California home. www.PeaceLoveAndGardening.com In This Episode You’ll Discover … Why hydrangeas are blue and purple and how to change their color Green gifts — the perfect present to encourage gardening “Repurposing” water from the kitchen to the garden “California Friendly” Backyard gardening a few miles inland Sponsors: How healthy are you really? Take the test at http://NutritionWeCanTrust.com Don’t
Dave and Trish talk about gardening and all things plants. Produced by the National Gardening Association.
Rank #1: ATP Podcast #31: All Things Trees.
In this week's episode, we dive straight into talking all about trees, how to buy them, plant them, care for them, and yes, how to kill them! We don't want you to kill your trees, though, so learn from our lessons and keep your trees happy and healthy with our time honored tips and ideas.
Rank #2: ATP Podcast #10: Top Ten New Gardener Mistakes.
This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: news about All Things Plants and what's going on in our gardens. For our main feature we discuss common new gardener mistakes. As an added bonus, Trish rants against people who refuse to grow ornamental plants.
A video show about DIY, cooking, gardening, and other fun stuff. I love cooking and gardening and know enough about these and other things to be dangerous. AND check out our audio podcast, GardenFork Radio as well.
Rank #1: Starting seeds indoors - GardenFork.TV.
How to grow seeds indoors to start your garden Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter of GardenFork? For less than a cup of coffee, you can! Learn more on our Patreon page here: http://patreon.com/gardenfork Get Our Email News: http://gardenfork.tv/sign-up-for-our-email-newsletter Support GardenFork while shopping at Amazon, start here: http://gardenfork.tv/amazon
Rank #2: Ask Me Anything #1.
Eric answers viewer questions on this episode of GardenFork.TV Get Our Email News: http://gardenfork.tv/sign-up-for-our-email-newsletter Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter of GardenFork? For less than a cup of coffee, you can! Learn more on our Patreon page here: http://patreon.com/gardenfork Support GardenFork while shopping at Amazon, start here: http://gardenfork.tv/amazon
Sustainable Living and Organic Gardening PBS Series
Rank #1: BHG004 – How to Make Compost.
[audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/joelampl/BHG004.mp3] Click the Arrow to Listen Now This week, we focus on the basics of making compost and how to do it quickly! it's my all time favorite soil amendment. The post BHG004 – How to Make Compost appeared first on Growing A Greener World®.
Rank #2: BHG021-Thinning Your Plants; Late Season Care for a Healthier Garden.
[audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/joelampl/BHG021.mp3] Click the Arrow to Listen Now At some point during the growing season, many of your plants are going to become so large, they’ll overtake other plants in your garden. So congratulations on that. But you really don’t want to let your garden get to that point where they’re overcrowding others. But if they are, now’s the time to do something about it for several reasons. In this podcast, Joe Lamp'l explains why, and what to do about it. The post BHG021-Thinning Your Plants; Late Season Care for a Healthier Garden appeared first on Growing A Greener World®.
LivingHomegrown is all about Living Farm Fresh Without the Farm™. Through canning and preserving, artisan food crafting and small-space food growing, you can enjoy the flavors of the season and live a more sustainable lifestyle no matter how small of a space you call home. Hosted by TV canning expert and national PBS TV producer, Theresa Loe, this weekly podcast alternates between solo episodes and interviews with the rock stars of the DIY food movement and each episode helps you live closer to your food.
Rank #1: LH 22: Using KonMari to Organize Your Homestead.
Learn what the fuss is about with the organizational method of KonMari and how you can apply the principles of the hugely popular book: "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo to your homestead organization. It is NOT just for organizng your sock drawer. Using this method (even in small portions of your homelife), can help streamline all of your homesteading efforts. But you need to decide if this method is for you. So, tune in to learn: What the KonMari Method is and how it works, Why host Theresa Loe was initially skeptical, How she is now using it to work more efficiently, How you can apply it to your basic homestead organization. Visit www.LivingHomegrown.com/22 to get all the links mentioned in the show notes or to download the full transcript of the episode.
Rank #2: LH 68: Composting 101.
Learn all about how to compost in your own backyard. In this week's episode, host Theresa Loe interviews Joe Lamp'l - the host and creator of the television series Growing A Greener World on PBS. Theresa is Joe's Co-Executive producer and they have been working together for over 7 years on the TV gardening series. But in this episode, Theresa brings Joe on the podcast to give the full scoop on how to compost. You learn: The benefits of composting, How it works, Do you really need a composter, What about those weird brown to green ratios, How can we speed up the process and What do we do with the compost we make. Joe also gives the full story of how the PBS show came about and where the garden series is headed (a big change is coming in season 8)! They spend the first 10 minutes diving deep into behind-the-scenes of the garden TV series and then spill the beans on how EASY it is to compost. As always, you can get the full transcript, related links that are mentioned in the episode and a FREE PDF Composting Cheat Sheet to get you started on your own composting adventure. Just go to www.LivingHomegrown.com/68 and everything you need will be right there.
Sharing our small farm stories and skills along our farming, gardening and homesteading journey.Visit the farm for an informative and sometimes irreverent tour through our garden, livestock pastures, chicken coop, beehive and greenhouse as we live - pasture to plate. Farming topics free range around pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and garden, high tunnel / hoop house / green houses, organic and traditional gardening, farm infrastructure, tractors, sustainable energy, being self sufficient, permaculture, food preservation, bees, beekeeping and even fence mending.
Rank #1: 0158 Vegetable seed order, country of origin of meat and Star Wars.
From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year). We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star WarsLinks that matter include : We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode... but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20% off!)Forbes (Teeve Torbs) link about the change in country of origin labeling of imported meatsLocal Harvest:Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!
Rank #2: 0145 Early chickens, planting the garden and other updates.
I this episode we talk about where we have been the last 2 weeks and why we haven't coopcasted. We share the story of the chickens arriving early this year and their bad attitudes. We talk about the moved pig, planting the vegetable garden and what's going on in the greenhouse (like fresh strawberries).
The GREEN Organic Gardener Podcast will inspire, teach, and promote earth friendly techniques by interviewing organic gardeners who share their journeys, tips, and tricks to simplify the process of growing your own delicious healthy food. Whether you want to have a small bed in your backyard or a full grown farming operation, our guests will help you reach your gardening goals and offer you resources and solutions to everyday gardening challenges, and inspiration to dig down in the dirt and get growing!
Rank #1: 245. No-till Gardening | a Farmden | The Ever Curious Gardener, The Weedless Gardener and The Pruning Book | Gardening Author Lee Reich | Hudson Valley, NY.
The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden I grew up on Long Island, just got back from New York, but IDK if I have ever been there. I talked at a guy Aiden who is a manager at Young’s Farm and Larry Tse who runs a farm for Dig Inn which is also in the Hudson Valley. It is July 11, 2018 and I have a guest who’s books have been recommended a number of times on the show. Tell us a little about yourself. I did not grow up in agriculture a long time ago I was in college and grad school in Chemistry, then i dropped out of grad school in Chemistry and I moved to Vermont for a year to figure out what I was gonna do and I got really into reading about gardening. After a year of not doing much in VT I went to grad school in Ag at the U Wisconsin. I dove into gardening intensively, I was learning a lot, because I didn’t know anything! I was learning a lot about soil science especially, because that’s what I was in grad school in and after few years I got a degree in horticulture too. Still gardening crazily. access to a good agriculture library so I would read everything I could find besides doing it. I worked for the Soil Conservation Services which is now called the Natural Resource Conservation. Went back to school and got my Doctorate in Horticulture with a specialty in fruit crops. I worked for Cornell for a while, when that job ended I went off on my own lecturing and writing and consulting. The whole time I did garden like a maniac, I still do, it hasn’t lost it’s appeal. I still love it! One other addition when I moved to NY to work for Cornell so I planted 3/4 acre fruit trees The Farmden field another 2 acres south of my property. A little over 2 acres. Instead of planting 2 of each fruit tree I planted 20 so I could study them more. I renamed it a farmden, more then a garden a little less then a farm! Tell me about your first gardening experience was that in Grad school? When I was very very young we had a house just north of NYC We had a house with a small vegetable garden, it was planted by the swing set. I wasn’t that into the garden, I liked eating from the garden. I remember my father giving me this shovel and said, turn over the soil here. It was taller then me, I remember trying to put the shovel in the ground, it was like a rock, it was a stiff clay soil. It’s tough when you have that kind of soil, Mike was just telling me the other day don’t dig there, don’t you see all those rocks. Weedless Gardening The Hassle-Free All-Organic System a bold title the publisher made up, I always say it’s not Weedless, it’s Weed Less gardening, the main theme, that I practiced is no till My garden soil has not been dug for many years partially studying soil science goes back to trying to shovel in the ground when I was a little kid. You did all this school, started writing, gardening the whole time, so I guess one big questions I have is that at school you don’t always learn the organic way, and how did you learn the No-Till thing? Not in school, as a matter of fact, it was kind of mentioned disparagingly, if at all… definitely didn’t each organic sort of learning basic soil science basic soil science isn’t organic or not organic, it’s just basic soil science and can be applied organically or not organically but I used it from the organic perspective Now most of the land grant colleges have come around to noting the benefits of organic guarding learning the basics. I like to learn from books and trying things out in the field. I was trying things out reading a lot and gardening a lot I feel lucky to have that opportunity to have access to all that literature and have a garden. classroom access to have a classroom could not live anywhere without a garden. I think that’s perfect for my listeners because I think a lot of my listeners are like that , there are definitely new gardeners but may are master gardeners people who’s whole backyard is a garden, and they have been doing it a lot like you have. Do you want to tell us about something that grew well this year? Let me say one more thing. A lot of people, I actually wrote a book that just came out this past spring. The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden relates to what I said previously people don’t realized the awesomeness of the science that’s going on in the garden making plants grow stick a seed what’s happening out there get better results garden was quite good just cause I learned what was going If you have any tips for soil health because that is a total theme on my show. TIPS galore on soil health start out studying soil before I studied horticulture hate to even throw out anything it goes to the landfill is to me disrespect for soil The no-till thing is care for the soil not a religion like you are a bad person if you till your soil. But if you manage a system where you don’t have to till the soil, it really does lead to healthier soil increase soil organic matter physical characteristics nutritional characteristics really increase soil’s organic matter. When you till a soil fungi hype thin threads When you till a toil it breaks them up worms obviously won’t like a soil that’s being tilled all the time main things really important building up organic matter as much as possible with compost manures cover crops I’m lucky because I’ve been over 30 years in same place levels are super high nice and soft joy to work. Well, I know listeners are probably wondering and I know we struggle here if we are building new beds, where do you come up with soil. I mean we never have enough compost. We’re constantly expanding. Now he has this thing I call the mini-farm that’s maybe a 1/4 acre, anytime he puts in new beds, we have 260′ of fence in our old garden. I also think it’s so true it’s disrespectful to be throwing things out. Are you just talking about organic matter or turing in beat greens when you harvest the beets. This year he grew fava beans but as a cover crop but we harvested the beans. I keep reading about cover crops and you’re supposed to kill them before they flower. yeah, that’s good. my suggestion is don’t even turn it into the soil, because when you mix it in you are disrupting the fungi and worms and you are actually adding oxygen while turning up the organic matter. ways to deal with cover crops so they are winter kill. on a home garden scale that winter kills oats plant it really likes cool weather, come dec, when January comes around the winter kills and then by spring the tops you can rake off and just plant there’s a lot of research on big farm scales crimpers that knock it down and sort of cut it up just into the surface. Ok, cool, because I haven’t really heard about people using it on a big scale. Good to know. Another No-Till Tip keep everything simple It takes more time to complicate things, people come up with all sorts of things, it will probably alienate some readers, is compost tea use it some you can make compost it rains, the compost goes into the soil. separate and water it on my plants great thing not worth using it does have some benefits sometimes and sometimes negative. Tell us about something that grew well this year. I look at lot of commercial horticulture, I get these bulletins from Cornell about what pests are around and what sprays to put on things. IDK if it’s just luck? taking care of soil? time things? Vegetables, I generally find them easy to grow I have very few pest problems grow a bunch of different vegetables something fails you have a lot of other things very few pest problems I think a lot of my guests have said that healthy soil is key but I know that I have got the impressions that those of us that live in northern climates the less pests we have and also the majority of my guests have agreed that healthy soil leads to less pests. semantic thing plants are healthier you get less pests. less health what a healthy plant is, one way could be to define it as no pests. And no disease?! Yes, here in the NE get a lot of pests and diseases especially on fruit plants common plants generally things grow well I try to grow plums here Plums have a lot of pest problems I lot of years, I basically don’t get any plums. Maybe where you are you might have certain limitations for climate. insects you don’t have as many pests dryer climate. I am so curious to see, we had a plum tree that was covered in plums like crazy and right before harvest they died and now we have a plum tree that has finally grown an abundance o plums and I’m curious to see what happens? Maybe you do have some of the diseases we have. I have a plum tree, one has nothing One is loaded and sometimes as they ripen, they get a fuzzy gray coating and they rot and dry up it’s called brown rot. It is common here in the east. That one tree was young, only like 3 years old. This one, I want to say has been in there since 2012 and this is the first year it has put out any fruit at all, and it is just covered in plums. tell you about one of my successes. I have a small greenhouses, 20×20 Not that small … Yes, I guess. I get a lot of use out of it, minimally heat it so it doesn’t freeze fresh salad stuff all winter fresh kale celery In the spring I raise all the seedlings from my garden in the greenhouse in the summer. This is the best part I have four fig trees planted in the ground I planted in 2001, they have trunks about 8” across. First of all, I have to control the growth because they can get big in a greenhouse. A few years ago I started getting one pest scale insects very hard to control, we used to try everything. toothbrush with alcohol spraying with oil try a whole bunch of different things I grow figs outside in pots that I have to bring into my basement. Every year the scale insects would get the better of me and it was like an actually race fruits are they before they ripen or not. So I read about it and I find out there are some beneficial insects. Actually they were mealy bugs beneficial insects bought 2 different types one in April and another...
Rank #2: Raw Episode 236: Garden Maker | Bill Sadler | Elwood, KS.
At Garden Maker Naturals, we want to help gardeners grow their best possible gardens. Every garden is different – different plants, different weather, different soil. Why shouldn’t your fertilizer be just as unique? Today you can build your own burger and design your own doll, so we thought you should be able to formulate your own fertilizer, too. In March of 2017, we launched Garden Maker. Our three core values are Natural Nutrition, Total Transparency and Complete Control. Natural Nutrition for your garden soil means we only use natural & organic ingredients. Total Transparency lets you know exactly what you’re feeding your garden, because we show you the exact formula of every fertilizer we make – every single ingredient in the bag. And Complete Control means that we make it easy to find or create a fertilizer that contains only the ingredients you want, with nothing that you don’t. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a Bio-chemist who fell in love with sustainability I’ve done a fair amount with soils endangered animals environmental projects predominantly from the business world because my belief was until the board rooms talk about sustainability nothing’s gonna change but I’m pleased to say a lot of boards are talking about green and what it takes. Well my listeners are gonna love this because I call my listeners Green Future Growers, they’re forward thinking entrepreneruial visionaries they’re IDK why in my life I am addicted to business podcasts because when I first went to college I wouldn’t have walked into the business building for the life of me. Beauty and Briefcase There’s this funny movie with Hillary Duff called the Beauty and Briefcase and she falls in love with this guy who is not a tree-hugger at all but he’s an environmentalist because it’s efficeincy and reduces waste. And Im very much like that I hate any kind of waste. Tell me about your first gardening experience? That’s easy one for me! I had a father who was a bit ahead of his time on the green side I wouldn’t say he was a hippy quite opposite But he liked farming liked the earth understanding what weeds did At the age 7-8 we had a big garden and I was pretty involved with that He decided I should sell extra produce my brother preceded me 1950s we did a farm to market garden stand back in the before anyone knew what those were 350 -400 tomato plants picked peppers corn We sold the excess in a roadside stand father, he’s not with us but I have to give him full credit a bit of understanding of what’s good on the earth and to be involved as a businessman entrepreneurship 5-6 years Other then a few years when I went away to college I have had a garden every year of my life. Some in there I hadn’t graduate school. My families garden or our own gardener long long time There’s been an epiphany in our family because my daughter who lives down the hill from us on a farm is now the head of the family and I’m the assistant and I couldn’t be more thrilled that she has taken up the effort and the staff. How big is your place? It’s 200 plus acre farm now in our family garden viewed a large garden in most households grapes and a number of other things moved another generation looks like her 2 sons are engaging in the garden as well! All exciting for how long we’ve been in the garden industry? That’s awesome! Do you want to talk about the environmental projects or the endangered animals? How a chemist falls in love with sustainability? Yeah! a guy told me something I scoffed at when i heard it. The gentleman’s comments was you will gain your passion as you execute it and do it not at teh front end. once you see it work and see the results and you will get more excited and that was certainly true for me! IDK when it all started this opportunity arose to environments and habitat ecosystems are all about very sucessful I made a lot of friends began to study the rest of the planet it all starts with plants most part dependent on the plants dependent on the sun Mother Nature classic ecosystem on macro and micro basis. I began to appreciate was that mother nature in her good wisdom had developed nutritional systems for plants similar to what animals had done began to look true for plants as well we deliver them different ecosystems in the soil Dr. Elaine Ingham’s work soil food web quote fertilizer and nutritional plane all of a sudden I understood mother natures systems were more related then different chemical fertilizers which were always foreign to what an animal eats no animal eats a refined no animal eats a static diet Except a animal eating synthetic in a laboratory environment nature and what mother nature produces comparisons bring that technology to people began building fertilizers looking at natural solutions for problems personally doing them as well as building products and businesses relationships How do you build business relationships for things like that? how that started Particular one wiht our garden maker website that helps customers that buy their own People who have larger branded names small companies that have sustainable approaches I find it kin of a grass roots movement a lot of companies that want to participate still a lot of road to travel to get everyone on board. Our new website helps people access that’s the good word it was hard to find and access so we built a way for people to access it easily That’s GARDEN MAKER.com why that all got started is because I wanted to buy 100lbs We coudn’t get them it was hard! could buy a semi load 44,000 lbs is a lot! Can I ask you’re asking about dirt? 1000 lbs of dirt? No fertilizers alfalfa meals mineral sources find in small pound bags but 100 lbs were hard to find! couldn’t find where I live and I couldn’t find them around other people GARDEN MAKER NATURALS website access the individual ingredients in what you want if you’re gonna feed yourself what you’re growing then you ought to know what you’re putting on the ground. You could argue that these are all proprietary rights, but NO. People want to know what they’re eating feeding soil what their family is going to consume team for people transparent see the full formulas access literally buy a semi 10 5 25lb amounts very excited about that let’s people have access the freedom to do as they would like to do for their family! Mike’s Mini Farm Year One I’m trying not to say I LOVE ALL THIS! But I really do love it all. My husband’s really the gardener I like to paint in the garden and eat the vegetables maybe grow some flowers, but my husband’s the big gardener. He started this thing I call the mini farm and we are on the major search for dirt we can afford that’s high quality. The first year’s attempt was to be somewhat quiet, but we knew in any launch of a technology of this time there would be wrinkles bugs things We beta tested etc so all last summer We were tweaking freight rates were not as good as they were supposed to be adjusted So for us! The real launch began in January and December New opportunity go online and internet be able to buy with full transparency customize your own or buy individual ingredients Do you want to talk about soil testing a bit? That has been recommended on my show a lot. Mike hasn’t gotten his soil tested, last year I actually talked him into trying it and then I dropped the ball on sending it in. Soil Testing Soil testing is a very valuable tool It shouldn’t be over used and where to send things is kind of important If anyone is listening from a University this is no slam but University extension services have a tendency to make recommendations based on NPK comments lime Albrecht We look at it a different level from the University of Missouri named Albrecht here looking at how to bring soil to life from both chemistry and biology Part that we spend the most time thinking about is how to feed the biology bacterial fungal insect lives in the soil how does that ecosystem work? We tend to think of soil tests is do them every other year or every 3rd year because they don’t change overnight Kind of monitor what you need to do But we believe if you feed the soil and bring the biology back to correct balance you would be amazed how fast the soil chemistry’ begin to also align themselves if you provide a food source in a fertilizer a lot of the soil chemistry issues, not wane but certainly it begins to put things back in balance. I’ve watched it happen! will begin to guides to we like a lab called Logan Labs in Ohio provide comments back to customers on an organic basis They will help you solve it looking on the numbers on an organic way if that’s the direction you want to go soil reports are kind of consumers I love this because a lot of people ask me that. Where do you send your soil sample. There’s a nice search engine out there called Google. My husband likes me to use a search engine called Ecosia that plants trees for every search, sometimes I end up going to Google, but more often for my drive. do a nice job of helping you of understanding
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Rank #1: Let Your Love Light Shine.
The light shows created by myriads of flashing fireflies against a black night sky of summer have been fascinating mankind for ages. The nearly 2,000 species of fireflies worldwide inhabit every continent except Antarctica.The firefly, or lightning bug, isn’t a fly at all, but a beetle from the family Lampyridae, which in Latin means “shining fire.” Photocytes, or light cells, in the insect’s abdomen are where the glow is produced. The light is the result of a chemical reaction known as bioluminescence that occurs when two substances, luciferin and luciferase, react with one another when exposed to oxygen. The firefly regulates the flow of oxygen into its abdomen to turn its taillight on or off. This cold, living light is almost 100 percent efficient, losing only a fraction of its energy to heat. By comparison, a standard incandescent light bulb is less than 10 percent efficient.The main idea of a firefly’s light show is to attract a mate. The males fly around while turning their lights on and off, hoping to get the attention of a flightless female waiting in low vegetation. If a female is impressed by a male’s flickering, she will flash back a response to the twilight glow. Each species of firefly has its own unique flash that is characteristic of its sex and species. Carnivorous females of the genus Photuris are known to entomologists as femmes fatales. These fireflies mimic the flashes of females of other firefly genera; the unsuspecting courting male flies in expecting romance and is promptly eaten.These creatures of the night are truly a gardener’s friend. Firefly larvae eat countless numbers of snails, slugs, and cutworms, and devour the larvae of many other insect pests.Over the past several years, the number of firefly sightings has declined. Some think that this could be due to increased pesticide use or loss of habitat from urban sprawl. Excess lighting from shopping centers and streetlights may also be interfering with firefly mating flashes. To help these bright little insect friends, limit pesticide use, especially on lawns; keep outdoor lighting to a minimum; and plant a few shrubs and low trees to provide daytime shelter. You could be rewarded with many delightful, and enlightening, summer guests.
Rank #2: Determining the Indeterminate (A Fruitful Discussion About Tomatoes).
Tomatoes bring a considerable amount of pleasure even before they are eaten. (This is assuming that as a true gardener you like to putter and experiment.) In addition to deciding between different types of fruit, you get to choose between determinate and indeterminate varieties. The former (more recently developed) are sometimes called self-pruning because they stop growing at a certain point and require neither staking nor pinching back. Determinate tomatoes will ripen virtually all at once (i.e., over a seven- to ten-day period). This is great if you are growing large numbers for sauce, but for general eating it’s a rather short season.Indeterminate varieties are often favored not only for a longer yield period, but also because they are higher in sugar, and the yield in terms of numbers of fruits can be significantly larger. That latter point is no guarantee, however—you’ve got to keep to the task. Indeterminate types usually need pinching back and staking to keep them from putting all their energy into leaves.If your tomatoes are indeterminate, stake or cage them soon after planting. A cage can be surrounded by a foot-high wall of roofing paper to cut the wind and retain heat, giving the young plant a further boost. Many gardeners believe that staked plants are less subject to soil-borne disease. And of course, fruit from staked plants is easier to get at. (However, some gardeners make an argument for letting tomatoes sprawl, on the basis that the horizontal foliage will shelter fruit from sunscald and the drying effects of wind and hot sun.)An alternative to staking that will benefit both determinate and indeterminate types is mulching. A thin organic mulch of dried grass clippings can be effective. Apply it after the soil has warmed up. Plastic mulch is effective as a barrier and as a heat collector. Just be sure to leave enough of an opening right around the plant to allow water to penetrate.Given all these factors, the gardening maxim that there is no one right way to do anything is particularly applicable here. After all, isn’t that what makes gardening so interesting?
This weekly podcast series is for people who love to garden and spend time outdoors and who really care about environmental stewardship. Hosted by Joe Lamp?l, national gardening television personality and author of The Green Gardener's Guide, Joe shares his unique, insiders perspective with NPR style stories, interviews with nationally acclaimed experts, answers listener's questions and offers useful tips, all in a fresh, insightful and entertaining way.
Rank #1: 030 GGW – Dispelling Gardening Myths with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Part 1 of 2.
[audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/joelampl/030GGW.mp3] Click the Arrow to Listen Now Horticultural myth buster, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott presents plenty of research-based, eye-opening insights in this fun and insightful dialogue. Drawing from her award winning book; The Informed Gardener and its sequal, The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, Dr. Chalker-Scott sheds light on some of the less than sound practices many of us have thought to be true for decades. Part one of an enlightening two-part podcast. The post 030 GGW – Dispelling Gardening Myths with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Part 1 of 2 appeared first on Growing A Greener World®.
Rank #2: 021 GGW-Victory Gardens w/ Rose Hayden-Smith.
[audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/joelampl/GGW021.mp3] Click the Arrow to Listen Now Well, not since the early forties has there been so much talk about Victory Gardens. But with a downturn in the economy, the responsibility to feed our families healthier, chemical free food, and our desire to live more sustainable lives, growing our own groceries is back in the spotlight. In fact, 7 million more people will have a food garden this year for the first time, raising the new total to 43 million people. That’s a 19% increase over the previous year, according to the National Gardening Association. Today we’ll talk to one of the foremost authorities on Victory Gardens, Rose Hayden-Smith to learn about their history and more on why they are so popular today, and are they here to stay? The post 021 GGW-Victory Gardens w/ Rose Hayden-Smith appeared first on Growing A Greener World®.
This podcast is devoted to all things gardening. National gardening television host, Joe Lamp'l, guides you through each episode with practical tips and information to help you become a better, smarter gardener, no matter where you are on your journey. This series has a strong emphasis on organic gardening and growing food, but covers a diverse range of topics from one of the country's most informed and leading gardening personalities today.
Rank #1: 089-Composting Guide A to Z: The Quick and Dirty on Everything Compost – Encore Presentation.
At the time of this release, I’m in Phoenix, Arizona as a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the U.S. Composting Council. Not only is this a great event, but it’s made even better since the focus is one of my favorite subjects – compost, of course. In honor of the event, I felt […] The post 089-Composting Guide A to Z: The Quick and Dirty on Everything Compost – Encore Presentation appeared first on joe gardener® | Organic Gardening Like a Pro.
Rank #2: 048-The Simple Science Behind Great Gardening, with Lee Reich.
In today’s podcast, I’m joined by Lee Reich, and we explore some of the subjects in his new book, The Ever Curious Gardener – Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden. As curious gardeners, Lee and I are always pursuing the “why” behind the workings of the garden. I believe this drives […] The post 048-The Simple Science Behind Great Gardening, with Lee Reich appeared first on joe gardener® | Organic Gardening Like a Pro.
A WAY TO GARDEN is the horticultural incarnation of Margaret Roach
Rank #1: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 11, 2015 – Andy Brand on Best Native Plants.
WHY CELEBRATE NATIVE PLANTS? Nurseryman and naturalist Andy Brand offers many reasons, including this one: butterflies. As manager of Broken Arrow rare-plant nursery and founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Society, Andy has intimate insights into whether native species, in particular, really work—as in, work for pollinators, birds and other species in a particular habitat.
Rank #2: A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 14, 2015 – Eric Hsu on Hydrangeas.
A weekly podcast about edible gardening.
Rank #1: Episode 63: Drip Irrigation.
When it comes to watering your vegetable garden, we've found that a drip irrigation system with an automatic timer is the best way to achieve the consistent watering that crops require. Join us for a chat about how and why we use drip irrigation, and some tips on setting up a new system and winterizing your existing system. We need your help to keep this podcast going! Consider supporting us at the $5/month level for access to our Slack group- maybe we'll even answer one of your questions in an episode! For more info, check out our Patreon page! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica Show notes: http://www.seattleurbanfarmco.com/blog/ Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!
Rank #2: Episode 59: Crops That Mature In 40 Days or Less.
This episode includes a round-up of crops that mature in 40 days or less. We picked 40 days because there are very few crops that can mature in fewer than this many days, but it is still a short enough period (just over a month) that it is easy to plan for and execute even in the waning days of the summer. Consider this your last call for planting and get out there and sow some seeds! Consider making a contribution during 2-week Fall Fund Drive - the drive runs August 18-31st! (You must click on "show full description" for live links!) Show notes: http://www.seattleurbanfarmco.com/blog/ Or, you can always become an evergreen sponsor by supporting us via Patreon and get access to our Slack group by signing up at $5/month level! For more info, check out our Patreon page! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!