132-Encore Presentation: The Year-round Vegetable Garden with Niki Jabbour (and New TV Episode!)

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Nearly two years after my initial conversation in podcast episode 022, my Growing a Greener World® TV crew and I were finally standing in the year-round vegetable garden of Niki Jabbour to film an entire episode around her four-season growing success while defying extremely challenging conditions of USDA zone 5b in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In spite of a very short growing season (the first frost of the year shows up about mid-October, and the last is typically mid-May), Niki Jabbour knows every trick in the book and more to get the most out of her year-round garden. From time tested winners including row covers and cold frames, to her newest addition, a large polytunnel/greenhouse located adjacent to large raised bed vegetable garden.


niki jabbour's poly-tunnel

Niki Jabbour made big strides to her year-round vegetable gardening productivity with the recent addition of her new poly-tunnel. (photo: Courtesy Niki Jabbour)


This podcast is an encore edition of our original podcast episode 022 and conversation with Niki from October 2017. Be sure to check out the extensive show notes there, including a lot more pictures of her garden and helpful links.

New for this podcast is our television episode for 0ur 10th season of my national PBS television series, Growing a Greener World®. You can watch the entire episode right now, right here (and ahead of its national television premiere on 11/30/19. You don’t want to miss this first-ever opportunity to see this garden and meet Niki from our television episode.


GGWTV crew with Niki Jabbour

Two years after the original podcast with Niki Jabbour about her year-round vegetable garden, we were finally able to visit Niki in her year-round vegetable garden.


Links & Resources

Original Episode 022: The Year-round Vegetable Gardener with Niki Jabbour

Growing a Greener World YouTube Episode 1013 featuring Niki Jabbour and her year-round vegetable garden

The Online Gardening Academy and Master Seed Starting Notification Signup

The joe gardener Amazon Storefront

joegardener Newsletter

joegardener Facebook

joegardener Facebook Group

joegardener Instagram

joegardenerTV YouTube

joegardener Twitter


The Year-round Vegetable Gardener book:  Great growing tips and timing on when to plant no matter where you live.

Veggie Garden Remix (238 new plants to shake up your garden for variety, flavor, and fun)

Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour

Savvy Gardening website co-founded by Niki

Rain Bird®– Podcast episode sponsor and Brand Partner of

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs – Podcast episode sponsor and Brand Partner of

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Joe Lamp’l is the creator and “joe” behind joe gardener®. His lifetime passion and devotion to all things horticulture has led him to a long-time career as one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in organic gardening and sustainability. That is most evident in his role as host and creator of Emmy Award-winning Growing a Greener World®, a national green-living lifestyle series on PBS currently broadcasting in its tenth season. When he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or digging something up, or spending time with his family on their organic farm just north of Atlanta, GA.

0 Responses to “132-Encore Presentation: The Year-round Vegetable Garden with Niki Jabbour (and New TV Episode!)”

  • Roy Bouvier says:

    Hi Joe. Really enjoyed the encore podcast and the GGW video. Watched and listened back to back. Along the same year long gardening theme, I wanted to ask you if you have ever had any experience with the Aerogarden line of self contained hydroponic growing systems? In the last several years I have used these systems to grow salad greens, herbs, and tomatoes in my basement during the wintertime. They’re great since they integrate watering and lights into one unit. I have used the Farm XL since last year with great results. Lights are motorized and can be raised and lowered pressing an arrow on the display screen. Here are a couple of pics of the system. Lettuce on the left, two types of tomatoes on the right. Each half of the system has room for 12 seed pods. Also cool that it’s WiFi enabled allowing you to monitor water and fertilizer status from anywhere. These pics are from early November; the plants are much farther along now. https://uploads.disquscdn.chttps://uploads.disquscdn.c

  • Forrest Jones says:

    Joe, this is a great companion podcast to go with GGW episode 1013. My zip code 15943 here in Pennsylvania comes up as being in USDA Zone 5b. So if the Canadian Zones are comparable to the USDA zones, I can learn a lot from Niki. I could have watched 1013 for hours if it would have kept going Joe, hint. Her raised beds looked densely planted and more like food scapes than just vegy beds. Kind of like Bre Arthur meets Lee Reich. I am going to give the ground tomatoes a try this coming season since I am not having success growing the usual suspects. And I just cut off all of my kale and put it in the woods for the deer, I could have made a hoop tunnel. Great choice for an encore Joe and I am putting Niki’s book/books on my list.

  • Joe Lamp'l says:

    Wonderful Forrest. So glad you enjoyed this. Niki has plenty to talk about so I can definitely see another round or two from her place!

  • Joe Lamp'l says:

    Wow. That sounds like me kind of system, Roy! I have not tried this brand but I have used the Tower Garden with great success. It’s a similar system and concept only vertical. Yours looks very fancy! Keep me posted. I love the wifi feature. Thank you for sharing this with me. Love this kind of stuff.

  • Gary Bachman says:

    Joe, loved this rerun. I got the chance to meet Niki this summer at River Farm and am really inspired by her year round gardening. Makes me redouble my urban nano farm efforts in zone 9a! I’m glad to hear you comment on having problems growing zucchini due to borers and that I’m not the only one.

  • Roy Bouvier says:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.chttps://uploads.disquscdn.c… Hi Joe and Happy New Year! Hope that you had a nice holiday season. I promised you an update on my Aerogarden system mentioned in an earlier post. The earlier pics are from November 14. The pics below were taken on Dec 31. Everything is doing pretty well. The salad greens have been harvested (clipping back by a third) three times already.

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