Still Growing...A Weekly Gardening Podcast

Still Growing...A Weekly Gardening Podcast

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A weekly gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. International Garden Experts share their gardening wisdom in an hour long interview.
SG575: The Victorian Fern Craze with Rare Book Specialist Stacy Stoldt
Jun 23
Listen to the Show Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture. As luck would have it, we had a fascinating chat back in November of last year. Stacy gave me a glimpse…
SG574: How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER
Jun 16
Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older! Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials - the first year they sleep, the second…
SG573: Basilmania!
Jun 9
Basil is my all-time favorite edible to grow in the garden. In fact, my first purpose for digging in the dirt every Spring is to plant my basil crop - and despite getting a late start after rotator cuff surgery, this year was no exception. Like me, many…
SG572: Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive
Jun 2
Productivity is a constant area of focus for me. I’m always trying to maximize my efforts in the garden - streamline my time and feel a sense of accomplishment after working outside. Every gardener is wired a little differently: some people want to get up…
SG571: The Top 40 Most Wanted Plants List
May 26
In today’s show, I’m sharing the Top 40 Most Wanted Planted List or as I like to call it, “The Plants We Pine For”. These are the plants that gardeners around the country mention when you ask them to finish this sentence: “I wish I planted more….” This…
SG570: My Recommended Essentials for Your Garden Tote
May 19
In today’s show, I’m sharing my gardening tote essentials - yes I am! I’m sharing all my favorite and wonderful items I like to use when I’m in the garden. Every gardener uses pruners and garden gloves, so today I’m talking about some of the more unique…
SG569: The Foodscape Revolution – Increasing the Beauty and Bounty of Your Landscape with Brie Arthur
Apr 28
Have you been wanting to add edibles to your garden but feel you simply don’t have the space? Are you tired of having a cookie cutter garden, but don’t know what to add to bring excitement and a unique design esthetic to your landscape? Over the years,…
SG568: Sharing Your Garden – Special Tips for Welcoming Guests and Maximizing Your Happiness on Your Garden’s Big Day!
Apr 21
Are garden parties, garden tours, or open days on your summer calendar this year? No matter the occasion, sharing your garden is a lovely, generous, and memorable gift for your guests. But, the most important question for you, as the gardener and host,…
SG567: The Legend of the Dogwood Tree an Easter Special with Lynn Gendusa
Apr 16 • 28 min
I’m pretty sure I experienced a divine alignment the day I discovered Lynn Gendusa’s column in the LaGrange Daily News. I had the distinct pleasure of reading her Easter column a few days ago. In an instant, I was completely taken with Lynn’s story of…
SG566: Getting the Help You Need in the Garden with Jenny Prince of American Meadows
Apr 14
Are you needing to find help with your garden this year? Have you ever tried to find neighbor kids or local students to help out? Over the years, I’ve worked with lots of kids in my garden. And with my upcoming surgery, I’ll be needing help again. But how…
SG565: Cultivate Happier Plants Using Organic Soil with Mark Highland
Apr 7
Are you an organic gardener? Do you use organic potting soil? Back in 2006, the idea of organic potting soil would have been an emerging area in the world of horticulture - but it was a question and a concept that Mark Highland had been thinking about for…
SG564: Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee
Mar 31 • 113 min
Jodi is the creator of Inspired Living Home Body Spirit. She started her study of herbs over 15 years ago. Jodi is the soulful mother of three boys. Her specialties include: herbal consultations, hand-crafted herbal remedies, energy healing, herbal…
SG563: 10 Ways to Engage Kids in the Garden
Mar 24
How do you get kids interested in gardening? That’s a question I get asked often. It’s a big question, because kids are pretty sophisticated these days. Their lives are fast-paced and they process information just as quickly. Indeed, they are growing up…
SG562: Resident Farmer Trevor Johnson Discusses Organic and Hydroponic Greenhouse Gardening
Mar 17 • 97 min
Trevor Johnson is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. In 2012, the hospital launched an organic greenhouse with the main goal of feeding the sick patients. Little did Trevor know, the hospital’s greenhouse has…
SG561: Bringing Farms to Schools in Oregon with Rick Sherman
Mar 10
Rick Sherman was hired by the Oregon Department of Education in 2012 as the Farm to School/School Garden coordinator after working for 32 years for a food service management company. The last 20 of those years have been spent as a Director of Nutrition…
SG560: Turn Compact Spaces into Successful Market Farms with Josh Volk
Mar 3
Josh Volk is a farmer turned inventor and author. In his book, Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less, Josh profiles the winning strategies and systems that transform these unique compact spaces into successful growing…
SG559: Amp Up Your Gardening Skills (5 Ways You Can Get Started Today)
Feb 24
I was having a chat with a woman a few weeks ago who asked me about becoming a better gardener. I asked her how long she had been gardening, and she said five years. Looking embarrassed, she sort of looked down at the ground; as if this was not enough…
SG558: Finding Joy in The Garden with Nell Foster
Feb 17 • 78 min
Nell Foster’s garden blog, Joy Us Garden, celebrates all things garden as she shares her passion for plants, pruning, and the great outdoors! Nell recently packed her bags and moved to Tucson, Arizona after living in Santa Barbara, California for over 30…
SG557: Gardening Challenge: Grow and Preserve a Year’s Worth of Food with Megan Cain
Feb 10
Megan Cain never touched a vegetable plant until the summer she turned 26. Today, Megan shows people how to successfully grow their own food and get the most from their vegetable gardens. Megan trains gardeners through her business, The Creative Vegetable…
SG556: Joel Karsten Helps Farmers in Cambodia and How Straw Bale Gardens Solves the Toughest Growing Challenges
Feb 3 • 142 min
Joel pioneered his now popular method of Straw Bale Gardening almost 25 years ago. The author of Straw Bale Gardens, Joel receives letters from grateful gardeners from around the globe. Cambodia’s agricultural challenges are many including yearly flooding…
SG555: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden Using Less Water with Pam Penick
Jan 27
Pam Penick is the author of two books, The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone! She is also one of the founders of the Garden Blogger’s Fling. Pam has been blogging about her garden since 2006, which means she’s definitely blogging royalty by this point.…
SG554: Tools and Tactics to use Craigslist for your Garden
Jan 20
Over the years, I’ve found surprising, wonderful items for my garden by strategically using Craigslist. So, I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks with you - things you can do right now (in the off season - or in the peak time in your garden) - to…
SG553: How Native Plants Bring Nature Home with Peggy Anne Montgomery
Jan 13 • 90 min
Peggy Anne is a passionate plantswoman with more than 30 years of experience. Peggy Anne went from studying and practicing landscape design in the Netherlands to working for reputable garden powerhouses like Bailey Nurseries and the Mount Cuba Center…
SG552: Experimental Gardening with Megan Phelps
Jan 6
Megan Phelps approaches gardening with curiosity and a guilelessness that makes her experiences and experiments utterly fascinating and even shocking. Defying tradition, Megan (who often uses the image of a single dandelion as her profile picture on…
New Years Bonus Replay – The 2017 Garden Trends Report with Katie Dubow #Grow365
Dec 30, 2016
Katie Dubow is the Creative Director of Garden Media Group. She is here with us today to discuss the 2017 Garden Trends Report! Every year Garden Media Group produces a fantastic report on what gardeners can expect for the following year. In this year’s…
Christmas Replay Bonus — How to Draw Insight From the Gardens and Plants of the Bible with Shelley Cramm
Dec 23, 2016
Shelley Cramm is the author of God’s Word for Gardeners Bible. Shelley beautifully reveals the powerful garden imagery and metaphors of the Bible so that you can grow your faith while growing your garden at the same time. With insightful devotions that…
SG551: Robin Parer and The Plant Lovers Guide to Hardy Geraniums
Dec 16, 2016
Robin Parer is the author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Hardy Geraniums. Robin is also the lovely owner of the Geraniaceae Nursery, located in Kentfield, California. Robin is a wonderfully knowledgeable plantswoman, She is a generous teacher and a…
SG550: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners
Dec 9, 2016 • 129 min
I’ve prepared my 2016 Gift Guide for Gardeners so that you can shop thrift stores, traditional brick and mortar, online, and even score some last minute finds on Amazon. I’m a gardener and a shopper - so this list was a lot of fun for me to put together.…
SG549: An Inside Peak Into The Chicago Botanic Garden
Dec 2, 2016
Today, I invited two people onto the podcast from the Chicago Botanic Garden. The first is Jodi Zombolo. She is the Associate Vice President of Visitor Events and Programs at the botanic garden and discusses some of the exciting events the botanic garden…
SG548: How to Draw Insight From the Gardens and Plants of the Bible with Shelley Cramm
Nov 25, 2016
Shelley Cramm is the author of God’s Word for Gardeners Bible. Shelley beautifully reveals the powerful garden imagery and metaphors of the Bible so that you can grow your faith while growing your garden at the same time. With insightful devotions that…
SG547: Holiday Menus with the Lovely Anna Thomas from Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore
Nov 18, 2016
The holiday season has started and Anna Thomas is here to inspire us with menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Anna Thomas is the author of several books including Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore and she also appeared on episode 537 of the Still…
SG546: The 2017 Garden Trends Report with Katie Dubow #Grow365
Nov 11, 2016
Katie Dubow is the Creative Director at Garden Media Group. A trend spotter and passionate gardener herself, Katie shares an overview the 2017 Garden Trends Report! Every year Garden Media Group produces a fantastic trend report on the state of gardening…
SG545: From Passionate Plantsman George Washington to the modern Kitchen Garden of Michelle Obama in All The Presidents’ Gardens with Marta McDowell
Nov 4, 2016
Marta McDowell combines her love for history and gardening in her books and the trend continues with All the Presidents’ Gardens. In her book, Marta curates facts and stories - from the fascinating to the charming - about each of the Presidents’ gardens…
SG544: Day Three Highlights from the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling
Oct 28, 2016
Welcome to day three, the final day, of the Garden Bloggers Fling. Today I’m joined by fellow garden bloggers Gail Eichelberger of Clay and Limestone, Julie Thompson-Adolf of Garden Delights, Diana Kirby of Sharing Nature’s Garden, and Helen Battersby of…
SG543: Day Two Highlights from the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling
Oct 21, 2016
Today, I’m sharing my insights and commentary on the beautiful gardens featured on Day Two of the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis. Day Two brought the garden bloggers to the western suburbs of Minneapolis where we visited gardens featured on the…
SG542: Day One Highlights from the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling with Bren Haas, Tammy Schmitt, Joanne Shaw & Beth Stetenfeld
Oct 14, 2016 • 136 min
On this special episode of Still Growing, I’m reunited with four fellow garden bloggers and new fling friends as we review the gardens and nurseries featured on Day One of the 2016 Garden Blogger’s Fling in Minneapolis, MN. Ohio blogger Bren Haas of…
SG541: How to Ease into Homesteading One Choice at a Time With Laurie Neverman
Oct 7, 2016
Laurie Neverman homesteads in Northeast Wisconsin in a home that would make any gardener drool. In fact, Laurie’s home is annually opened to the public so that followers can check out the attached greenhouse, freestanding greenhouse, solar power, root…
SG540: Double Feature with Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity and Benedict Vanheems of Big Bug Hunt
Sep 30, 2016
Welcome to Still Growing’s first double feature! Our first guest is Laura Eubanks from Design for Serenity. Laura’s work on succulent plants has been featured all over the country and she is an absolute master on creating beautiful and creative succulent…
SG539: Top 27 Spring Bulbs from Van Engelen and John Scheepers with special guests Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms, Jen McGuinness, Julie Thompson Adolf, and Susan Vollenweider
Sep 23, 2016
Welcome to Part Two of Still Growing’s 1st Annual Spring Bulb Party! This week, I continue the Spring Bulb Party with my amazing garden friends: Jen McGuinness from Frau Zinnie, Julie Thompson-Adolf from Garden Delights, and Susan Vollenweider from The…
SG538: Top 20 Tulips and Daffodils from Colorblends with Tim Schipper, Jen McGuinness, Julie Thompson Adolf, and Susan Vollenweider
Sep 16, 2016
Welcome to Still Growing’s 1st Annual Spring Bulb Party! This week, I’m joined by some amazing garden friends: Jen McGuinness from Frau Zinnie, Julie Thompson-Adolf from Garden Delights, and Susan Vollenweider from The History Chicks Podcast and a…
SG537: All Together Now: How Anna Thomas Creates Dinner for Everyone at the Table with Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore
Sep 9, 2016
Anna Thomas is one of the most versatile and talented women I’ve had the pleasure to interview. An academy award nominated filmmaker and imaginative home cook, she is the author of several incredible cookbooks including The Vegetarian Epicure and the…
SG536: How Creative Garden Author Dawn Pape Educates and Excites Both Kids and Adults
Sep 2, 2016
Dawn Pape is on a mission to make gardening more enjoyable and gardeners more informed. She is the author of several books including Lawn Chair Gardener and Mason Meets a Mason Bee. A passionate advocate for bees, native plants, and water quality, Dawn…
SG535: The Inspired Garden and NEW Fine Art Photo Gallery of Beth Billstrom
Aug 27, 2016
Beth Billstrom is a fabulous garden blogger with an online photo gallery dedicated to inspiring small space gardeners. Her blog, More Than Oregano, shares creative methods and tactics like keyhole gardening, vertical gardening, and so much more for those…
SG534: Create a Vibrant Garden Blog with Scrumptious Harvest Recipes with Jen McGuinness of Frau Zinnie
Aug 19, 2016
It’s a rare gardener who: 1. loves rabbits, 2. co-exists with a mother groundhog nesting under the potting shed, 3. respects the right to life of black walnut trees, and 4. gingerly saves a dragonfly caught in a spider web. Indeed, Jen McGuinness just…
SG533: How Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers Go Together in Vegetable Literacy with Deborah Madison
Aug 11, 2016
Deborah Madison is nothing short of amazing. Her cookbook, Vegetable Literacy, has become a staple for many aspiring chefs around the world. Vegetable Literacy is exciting to both gardeners and cooks alike because it draws a connection between the…
SG532 How to Grow and Harvest Hops Like a Boss with Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops
Aug 6, 2016
By this time next year, Eric Sannerud’s Mighty Axe Hops will be the largest grower and processor of hops in the State of Minnesota. This young farming entrepreneur’s business has done nothing but shoot up - just like his hops plants.
SG531: Raised Bed Revolution with Tara Nolan
Jul 24, 2016
Tara Nolan’s new book, Raised Bed Revolution, invites gardeners to build it, fill it, plant it… and garden anywhere!
SG529 Robert Kourik Understanding Roots
Jun 3, 2016
In this week’s special double-length episode of Still Growing (SG529), Robert Kourik, the author of 15 gardening books including Understanding Roots: Discover How to Make Your Garden Flourish. Imagine if you could go out into your garden and see what is…
SG527 Pam Hoepner of Pam’s Pepper Jam
May 24, 2016
In this week’s episode (SG527), I interview Pam Hoepner – the creative and driven woman behind Pam’s Pepper Jam. It’s an inspiring story for anyone who has ever dreamed of making a business out of their garden harvest.
SG525 The Beez Kneez with Kristy Allen and Erin Rupp
Apr 29, 2014
The old saying, “The Bee’s Knees” used to mean something small and insignificant. But, what Kristy Allen and Erin Rupp are doing with their business, The Beez Kneez, is something extraordinary. Since their initial chance meeting in a “cloud of bees” at a…
SG524 The Peaceful Valley Grow Organic Seed Catalog with Sarah Griffin Boubacar
Apr 15, 2014
I can’t imagine Spring without my trusty Peaceful Valley Grow Organic seed catalog. Beautifully illustrated by Randy Griffis, the Peaceful Valley Grow Organic catalog has been an invaluable resource for organic gardeners since 1976. The multi-talented and…
SG523 Julia Coffey Reviews The Seeds Trust Catalog
Apr 5, 2014
If you’ve ever wanted a seed expert by your side as you flip through your favorite seed catalog, then this show is for you. Julia Coffey, Seeds Trust, takes us through a personal tour of the Seeds Trust Seed Catalog. Sharing her favorite varieties,…
SG522 Julia Coffey Profile at Seeds Trust
Mar 29, 2014 • 71 min
In this weeks episode of Still Growing (SG522), we meet Julia Coffey. In 2011, Julia Coffey bought the Seeds Trust Seed Company from her mentor and seed saving pioneer Bill McDorman. Passionate, eloquent, and a yoga teacher to boot, Julia’s deep love for…
SG521 Steven Devloo Earthworm Technologies
Mar 23, 2014
In this weeks show - SG521 Steven Devloo Earthworm Technologies - I chat with Steven about his innovative Connecticut-based company. To succeed in business, you need to solve a problem. I think that’s what Steven is doing so brilliantly because food waste…
SG517 Straw Bale Gardening (Part 3 & Wrap Up)
Mar 12, 2014
Interested in starting a Straw Bale Garden this year? In this week’s episode (SG517), I continue my chat with Joel Karsten about Straw Bale Gardening in warmer climates, direct sowing in Straw Bale Gardens, growing vegetables in Straw Bale Gardens, and…
The Steps to Successful Straw Bale Gardening Episode SG516
Nov 20, 2013
America’s Straw Bale Gardening expert and author Joel Karsten has helped thousands of gardeners with his breakthrough method of gardening. In this week’s episode (SG516), I chat with Joel Karsten about the specific steps to successful Straw Bale…
SG515 Straw Bale Gardening Pioneer Joel Karsten
Nov 5, 2013
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG 515), I feature life-long entrepreneur and Straw Bale Gardening pioneer Joel Karsten. Twenty years ago, Joel Karsten had a brilliant idea. When he could find no academic support for his idea of using straw bales as a…
SG514 Sarah Griffin-Boubacar of Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply on Planting Cover Crops, Shallots and Garlic
Oct 18, 2013 • 84 min
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG 514), I feature Sarah Griffin-Boubacar of Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply. Sarah teaches us about Cover Crops and growing your own Shallots and Garlic in your garden.
SG513 Emily Tepe: Author of the Edible Landscape (Part 2)
Sep 23, 2013 • 64 min
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I feature SG513 – Emily Tepe: Author of The Edible Landscape (Part 2) . Part 1 was featured in Last week’s Still Growing episode - S512. To recap, Emily is an edible landscaping expert and a garden writer/researcher.…
SG512 Emily Tepe: Author of The Edible Landscape
Sep 11, 2013
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I feature SG512 - Emily Tepe: Author of The Edible Landscape . Emily is an edible landscaping expert and a garden writer/researcher. I discovered Emily through her blog, Artichokesandzinnias.com; eating in season…
SG511 Nancy Peters The Weed Lady: 10 Ways to Tell if It’s a Weed (Part 2)
Aug 26, 2013 • 60 min
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I feature Part 2 of my interview with The Weed Lady - Master Gardener Nancy Peters. Part 1 was featured in last week’s Still Growing episode - SG510. To recap, Nancy cultivated her passion for weeds after a…
SG510 Nancy Peters The Weed Lady: 10 Ways to Tell if It’s a Weed
Aug 20, 2013
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I feature the uber-knowledgable Nancy Peters, also respectfully known as “The Weed Lady”. Lest you think sweet little Nancy has spent a lifetime hunched over weeding, this Columbia Business School graduate enjoyed a…
SG509 Master Gardener Roundtable August 2013
Aug 11, 2013 • 83 min
In this episode of Still Growing… (SG), my fellow Master Gardeners stop by for our first Master Gardener roundtable. A warm welcome to: Mary Lynn KenKnight – Working on her pest-detector class through the DNR Jamie Sledd – Dentist by day, gardener the…
SG508: Beth Dooley – Author of Minnesota’s Bounty A Farmers Market Cookbook and featuring Farmers Market Bard Holly Morrison
Aug 3, 2013 • 76 min
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I had the amazing opportunity to interview cookbook author and writer, Beth Dooley. Beth began writing cookbooks with famed Twin Cities chef and restauranteur Lucia Watson. Seven cookbooks later, Beth is the author…
SG507 Shane Smith of Greenhouse Garden and the Cheyenne Botanic Garden (Part 2)
Jul 27, 2013
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I resume my interview with Shane Smith, a pioneer in the field of greenhouse gardening and the founding director of the Cheyenne Wyoming Botanic Garden. To recap, Shane has worked tirelessly through his 36 year…
SG506 Shane Smith of Greenhouse Garden and the Cheyenne Botanic Garden
Jul 20, 2013 • 64 min
In this episode of Still Growing…(SG), I had the thrill of interviewing Shane Smith, a pioneer in the field of greenhouse gardening and the founding director of the Cheyenne Wyoming Botanic Garden. Shane has worked tirelessly through his 36 year gardening…
SG505: Decoding Gardening Advice with Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard
Jul 5, 2013
In this episode of Still Growing… (SG), I am joined by Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard as we discuss their book Decoding Gardening Advice; the Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations. Once you begin to garden, you quickly realize there is…
SG 504: The Renegade Gardener – Don Engebretson (Part 2) June 28th
Jun 30, 2013
In this episode of Still Growing… (SG), I am joined by my friend and fellow Master Gardener, Mary Lynn KenKnight. Mary Lynn and I had the pleasure to interview Don Engebretson – the Renegade Gardener. We had so much fun and learned more than we could have…
SG 503: The Renegade Gardener – Don Engebretson (Part 1)
Jun 30, 2013 • 61 min
In this episode of Still Growing… (SG), I am joined by my friend and fellow Master Gardener, Mary Lynn KenKnight. Mary Lynn and I had the pleasure to interview Don Engebretson – the Renegade Gardener. We had so much fun and learned more than we could have…
SG502: The Maple Grove Tree Inventory and the Impact of the 2013 Ice Storm on the Worthington Minnesota Urban Forest
Jun 14, 2013 • 70 min
In this episode of Still Growing… (SG), I had the opportunity to spend some time with folks who are passionate about the value of a tree inventory. In the first half of the show, I sit down with the project leader of the Maple Grove Tree Inventory, Master…
SG501: Olive Oil and Balsamics Epicure Terri Chaffer, Oilerie Maple Grove
Jun 7, 2013 • 63 min
In this episode of Still Growing…, I’m happy to welcome Olive Oil and Balsamics Epicure Terri Chaffer, Oilerie Maple Grove. Terri shares her experience as an “Oil Bar” owner and her passion for introducing quality oils and balsamics into our everyday…