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How Do I Grow Peas?

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Peas, as one of the first crops that can be sown outdoors in spring, are a harbinger of the growing season. There are climbing-type and bush-type peas, peas with colorful and interesting flowers, shelling peas and peas with edible pods. If you want to grow peas in your garden, here’s everything you need to know. […]

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197-The Many Benefits of Building a Naturalistic Garden, with Kelly Norris

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When planting a naturalistic garden, is having more plants always better? If you ask Kelly Norris, my podcast guest this week and the author of “New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden,” the answer is, unequivocally, “yes.” He is an advocate for biodiverse, abundant landscapes that use every square foot to […]

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193-Digging Deeper into Seed Starting with Garden Professor John Porter-Encore Presentation

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Many factors affect whether seeds started indoors will grow to become seedlings that are strong and healthy enough to transition into the garden, survive and prosper. On this week’s encore episode, John Porter of The Garden Professors shares his non-negotiables for success when seed starting.  John is currently the urban agriculture program coordinator for the […]

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192-Start Seeds Indoors Successfully-Encore Presentation

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Indoor seed starting time is nearly upon us, and whether you are starting seeds yourself for the first time in 2021 or you have prior experience, I’m certain you’ll find my discussion with tomato growing expert Craig LeHoullier enlightening. In this encore presentation, Craig and I share tips and tricks to successfully start seeds indoors. […]

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Important Steps to Plant & Grow Blueberries Successfully

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Once established, blueberries are easy to grow and require little care, but there are things you need to know at planting time for long-term success. In this video, I share tips for ensuring your blueberry plants will thrive.      Blueberries are one of my favorite plants to grow. In addition to producing amazing […]

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How to Start Beet Seeds in Containers for Better Results

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Not only is it possible to start beet seeds in containers — it can also lead to better results. In this video, I show you how I do it and explain why it’s the easier way.      Beets are one of those crops that you always hear must be direct-sown into the garden. […]

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How to Plant Seeds for Indoor Seed-Starting

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Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump on the growing season, save a ton of money, and grow out varieties that you normally can’t find in a nursery. In this video, I share the basics of indoor seed starting to easily and successfully sow seeds.       Seeds can be […]

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How to Know if Seeds Are Still Good

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There is an easy way to tell if the seeds inside an old seed pack are still good — before going through the time and trouble of planting the seeds in the garden to find out. In this video, I’ll show you how to check seeds for viability and test their germination rate.    […]

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Seed Germination – Easy Tricks for More Success

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Starting seeds indoors is a fun activity that helps you make the most of a short gardening season, but some seeds are harder to germinate than others. In this video, I share tips and tricks for seed germination success.      Outdoors, Mother Nature does a great job of breaking through the seed coat […]

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How Do I Grow Onions?

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If you’ve never grown onions, you’ll be pleasantly surprised because they’re super easy to grow, hardy through winter, and ready to harvest anytime you are. Young plants are harvested as green onions or scallions. But the longer you wait, the bigger the bulb — at least until they reach full size at maturity.  Here, I’ll […]

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182-Organic Urban Seed Farming, with San Diego Seed Company

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When you plant vegetable and flower seeds in your garden, do you ever think about where exactly those seeds came from? Could you even imagine certified-organic seeds being collected from a one-acre farm in the middle of the second-largest city in California? That’s exactly where my guest this week, seed grower and farmer Brijette Peña, […]

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180-Growing and Using Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape, with Brie Arthur

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Ornamental grasses are eye-catching, low-maintenance additions to home landscapes that offer color, texture and seasonal interest, but they continue to be underutilized. To share the many benefits of growing and using ornamental grasses, my guest this week is horticulturist, lifelong gardener and author Brie Arthur.   Brie has written two books on gardening, “The Foodscape […]

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177-An Overview of Ornamental Grasses and Grass-like Plants, with John Greenlee

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Ornamental grasses are now common sights at nurseries and garden centers, but that hasn’t always been the case. One of the earliest advocates of incorporating native and ornamental grasses and grass-like plants into American gardens was horticulturist and landscape designer John Greenlee — a well-known and respected expert in grass ecology known as the “Grassman” […]

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Easy Edibles for Every Fall Vegetable Garden

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To help you get started on a fall vegetable garden, I am sharing my 10 favorite easy-to-grow cool-season crops. Beyond the summer crops that we so often associate with an edible garden — tomatoes, squash, corn, green beans — there’s a whole other world out there that doesn’t get started until things cool down. Plant […]

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170-Succession Planting Tips, with Meg Cowden

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What is succession planting? Succession planting is how gardeners make the most of limited space and extend their growing season beyond what’s considered typical of a region. To speak to this topic, I invited succession planting expert Meg Cowden of the blog Seed to Fork on the podcast for a previous episode, and I am […]

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The Best Soil Temperature for Seed Germination

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The anticipation and excitement that come from sowing seeds for a favorite flower or vegetable can lead to disappointment weeks later when many, if not all, of those seeds have failed to germinate. While many factors affect germination — from the age and quality of the seed to the depth of planting — the most […]

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133-Native Plant Design in a Post-Wild World, With Thomas Rainer

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How do you define a beautiful garden or landscape? Is it a perfectly manicured space, free of weeds with coordinated blocks of color? Perhaps it’s more relaxed and informal. In this episode, we focus our discussion around native plant design in a post-wild world with Thomas Rainer, author, teacher, and landscape architect. Thomas describes his […]

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Top Ten Tips to Repurpose Plastic Pots

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More often than not, those new plants we pick up at nurseries or home improvement centers are in a plastic pot. As responsible gardeners, we all hate to simply throw those pots away and add them to the landfill. Most of those pots are made of recyclable plastic, but if you’ve watched a related episode […]

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045-Succession Planting: Practical Tips For Growing More Food

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In this podcast, I explore succession planting techniques with my guest, Meg Cowden. Meg and her husband are well-versed in the art of succession planting. Living in southern Minnesota, on the outskirts of Minneapolis, they garden in USDA Hardiness Zone 4B. While many gardeners in a Zone 4 environment see their season as Memorial Day through […]

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039-How-to Start Seeds Indoors: Digging Deeper, Pt. 3

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Welcome to Part Three of Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success series. Hopefully, you have already enjoyed Part One and Part Two , during which we spoke with Craig LeHoullier to learn the seed-starting techniques he has developed during the past 20-plus years. Parts One and Two provided lots of basic (and in-depth) information on seed […]

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038-How to Start Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 2

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In this podcast, we continue our seed starting discussion with guest Craig LeHoullier. In Part One of the Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success series, we brought the seeds from initial planting through germination. We also touched on how to harden off seedlings as well as methods for providing moisture and light. At this point […]

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037-Starting Seeds Indoors: The Non-Negotiables for Success, Pt. 1

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Have you considered starting plants like tomatoes, eggplants, lettuce, and herbs from seed but worried that it was too hard and that you would kill them before they even get started?  According to Craig LeHoullier, a frequent podcast guest, and joe gardener® blog team contributor, you’re not alone; but don’t let this hold you back […]

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Five Key Steps for Planting Trees & Shrubs Like the Pros

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Even in ideal conditions, I believe there are five key steps when it comes time to plant trees and shrubs. Follow these, and you can virtually ensure that whatever you are putting in the ground will have the best chance for long-term success. While you can plant trees and shrubs any time of year, fall […]

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What to Plant in a Fall Vegetable Garden

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Knowing what to plant in a fall vegetable garden will open your eyes to a whole new world and extend your edible gardening season for many weeks or longer. Some varieties even get better after exposure to a few frosty nights.     I’ve had great success buying and planting cool-season vegetable seedlings in early […]

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014-Top Tips for Saving Money in the Garden

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Several years ago, I was challenged to offer my top money saving garden tips. At the time, the economy was down and a lot of people started growing their own food to try and save on their grocery bill. Unfortunately, a lot of that was often spent gearing up, negating any savings they could have […]

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012-Beneficial Garden Insects – Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy

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When it comes to bringing nature home, no one understands the critical relationships between native plants and the creatures that depend on them better than expert on garden insects, Doug Tallamy Ph.D. A professor at and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware; Doug is also […]

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011-Plant Propagation Basics – With Brie Arthur

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Understanding plant propagation basics will equip any backyard gardener or a weekend warrior with the skills they need to confidently take on the exciting and rewarding activity of making more plants for free.       The following information has been provided by our podcast guest for this episode, Brie Arthur. Brie’s extensive experience as […]

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