The Garden Podcast
The Garden Podcast
Dec 22, 2020
A frond farewell
Play • 27 min
January 2020
Garden Basics with Farmer Fred
Garden Basics with Farmer Fred
Fred Hoffman
080 Wildflower Planting Tips. Cleaning a Birdbath. White House Gardens.
At some point, you will get the urge to start a wildflower garden in a spot in your yard. Before you begin scattering seeds, take a listen. We have tips from a wildflower expert.  What’s the easiest, safest way to clean a backyard fountain or birdbath? Our favorite college horticulture professor (retired), Debbie Flower, applies some elbow grease to that question.  Wouldn’t it be nice, if you moved into a rental home, that other people would pay to have you redesign the garden? That’s one of the perks of getting a four-year lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. We talk with Marta McDowell, author of the book,  "All the Presidents’ Gardens” about many of the interesting horticultural changes the various residents brought to that famous yard.  And, we help you unwind from working at home with a regular daily commute to your happy spot. And that just might be your garden. How a fake commute can boost your physical and mental health when your working from home. It’s all on Episode 80 of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast. And we will do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go! Picture: *Links:* Wildflowers to Attract Beneficial Insects Cleaning a Birdbath or Fountain *Book:*  "All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses—How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America" by Marta McDowell Washington Post: The Fake Commute For Better Mental Health More episodes and info available at Garden Basics with Farmer Fred Garden Basics comes out every Friday during November through January. We’ll be back to a twice a week schedule in February.  More info including live links, product information, transcripts, and chapters available at the home site for Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Please subscribe, and, if you are listening on Apple, please leave a comment or rating. That helps us decide which garden topics you would like to see addressed. Got a garden question? There are several ways to get in touch:  leave an audio question without making a phone call via Speakpipe. Text us the question: 916-292-8964. E-mail: or, leave a question at the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram locations below. Be sure to tell us where you are when you leave a question, because all gardening is local.  And thank you for listening. All About Farmer Fred: Farmer Fred website: Daily Garden tips and snark on Twitter The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog Facebook:  "Get Growing with Farmer Fred" Instagram: farmerfredhoffman Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from possible links mentioned here.
27 min
Sustainable World Radio- Ecology and Permaculture Podcast
Sustainable World Radio- Ecology and Permaculture Podcast
Jill Cloutier
The Wondrous World of Living Color
Step into the vibrant and beautiful world of living color with natural dyer, designer, and artist Sasha Duerr. Sasha takes us on a journey from Soil to Studio. We learn how creating and working with dyes made from plants, seaweed, and other natural materials can increase our ecological and botanical knowledge, foster collaboration, and have a beneficial impact on ecosystems. Natural dyeing offers us multiple opportunities to participate in solutions. Food scraps and green waste can transform old clothes into “new”. Instead of being buried at landfills and emitting VOC’s, organic materials like onion skins, pomegranate rinds, and citrus peels can be re-purposed into natural dyes that revitalize our wardrobes and lessen our carbon footprint. Some dyes can even be poured into the garden when finished and used as a fertilizer. Unwanted weeds in your yard or invasive plants in your neighborhood can also be turned into color. One of my favorite dyes is Sour Grass. I look forward to seeing this ubiquitous plant every winter. I collect loads of it and dye old clothes a neon yellow that really glows. (Note: Be sure to identify plants before using them as dyes- just in case they are toxic.) Sasha talks about a few of her favorite dyes including Loquat, Eucalyptus leaves, and Redwood Cones, all very appropriate plants for beginning dyers. We also learn about some of the palettes from her new book Natural Color. I especially loved the Pollinator and Perfume Palettes. They will make you swoon! What color story would you like your clothes to tell? Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural dyes, and place-based recipes. She is an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in textiles and fine arts where she designs curriculum and teaches courses in the intersection of natural color, slow food, slow fashion, and social practice. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. In 2007, Sasha founded the Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of regenerative design practices for fashion and textiles. Her extensive work with plant-based palettes and ecological principles through local land-based sources and community has been featured in many publications She is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes, Natural Color, and Natural Palettes.Discover more about Sasha and her work at Sasha mentions the following references in this episode: Books by Kate Fletcher Fibershed Greenpeace Botanical Colors
1 hr 5 min
Farm Small Farm Smart
Farm Small Farm Smart
The Modern Grower Podcast Network
Maybe Farming Isn't the Perfect Job for You (AND THAT'S OK!) (FSFS235)
A lot of us who go into farming probably had an idealized vision of what farming as a career is supposed to be like and how our lives and lifestyles would just naturally meld into that vision when we start farming: grow some vegetables, sell them, pay the bills, live a quiet life while eating good food. As simple as it sounds—and many of us have experienced this firsthand, no doubt—it doesn’t happen that way. There’s all the nitty-gritty of designing your operation, ensuring there’s a market for what you grow, and making sure the numbers are enough to keep you on a living wage, among other things. So, say you’ve started farming for a while, but the lifestyle is leagues away from what you imagined it to be and it just isn’t hitting off. What would you do then? In this episode, we’re talking to Sam Billings, someone who fell in love with the idea of permaculture and farming, tried it, and decided he was happier working at a company and gardening as a hobby instead of making it his full-time job. Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at Follow Diego on IG Follow PaperpotCo on IG Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: Vegetable Farming: Livestock Farming: Large Scale Farming: Small Farm Tools
56 min
The Holistic Herbalism Podcast
The Holistic Herbalism Podcast
CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
How Herbs Are Different From Supplements
When you go to the store and buy an herbal supplement, what are you getting? It might be a capsule of powdered herb, but this is less and less common nowadays. An herbal supplement is usually some type of *extract* from the plant – and we herbalists make lots of extracts ourselves, like teas, tinctures, salves, etc. The difference is in the methods and materials used to make the extract, which can be quite enormous. These extracts may also be *concentrated* in a variety of ways. Again, this is something herbalists can do at home: cooking down a decoction or evaporating some alcohol off of a tincture are both forms of concentration. Many commercial extracts are also *standardized* to deliver a defined amount of a particular constituent (or group). And on the far end, some herbal supplements are actually *isolated constituents*, single chemicals which originated in the plant but are now being taken on their own. This is closer to pharmaceutical medicine than herbalism, if you ask us! Each of these types of preparation will give us a different finished product, and for many herbs the differences between preparations are quite vast. You need to know more than “what herb is in that supplement” to know what you’re actually taking! And for clinical herbalists, this nuance is also very important to keep in mind if a client says something like “oh, I’ve tried hawthorn for my blood pressure, it didn’t help…” Bottom line: an herbal supplement is not equivalent to the whole herb, and each of the various types of supplement made from an herb may be very different from one another. We need to train ourselves to treat them as different substances, and assess each for strengths & weaknesses. Mentioned in this episode: * The Holistic Herbalism Podcast, episode 101: How Herbs Are Different From Drugs Herbs discussed include: cannabis, milk thistle, butterbur, jiaogulan, eleuthero, st john’s wort, kava, ephedra. As you may have noticed, chemistry came up quite a bit in this episode! If that subject makes you a little nervous, don’t worry! Our Basic Phytochemistry course for herbalists is a low-pressure introduction to the practical aspects of plant chemistry, the ones which are most relevant to the practice of herbalism. As always, please *subscribe, rate, & review* our podcast wherever you listen, so others can find it more easily. Thank you!! Our theme music is “Wings” by Nicolai Heidlas. Support the show (
1 hr 4 min
Grow, cook, eat, arrange with Sarah Raven & Arthur Parkinson
Grow, cook, eat, arrange with Sarah Raven & Arthur Parkinson
Sarah Raven in conversation with Arthur Parkinson
Crocus, Chard and Antirrhinums with Sarah Raven & Arthur Parkinson - Episode 4
For the sheer delicacy of its outer petals, the crocus flower is a lovely choice to adorn your kitchen table, and a chance to put a little egg cup to wonderful use. Not only that, but they also play a crucial role in the survival of our pollinators! In this episode of grow, cook, eat, arrange Sarah Raven and Arthur Parkinson also share their love of chard, the envy of many a gardener come the winter months. While Arthur explains his reluctance to pick chard, Sarah has several satiating recipes for you to try with it, and explains why it’s best to sow it twice a year to make the most from chard all year round. You’ll also hear how you can bring vivid splashes of colour into your garden with one of the most vibrant and versatile plants - the antirrhinum! In this episode, discover… * How to incorporate crocus in the home with egg cups * Sarah’s tips for the fastest and most natural crocus planting * Sowing chard twice a year for a colourful and delicious garden addition * Two sumptuous chard recipes to add depth to your cooking * Incorporating antirrhinums in your garden for lavish splashes of colour Pre-order Sarah’s new book: Pre-order Arthur’s new book: Shop on the Sarah Raven Website: Get in touch: Products mentioned: Crocus Tommasinianus: Crocus chrysanthus 'Snow Bunting': Crocus Vernus ‘Flower Record’: Crocus Minimus ‘ Spring Beauty’: Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’: Antirrhinum majus ‘Liberty Crimson’: Sarah Raven Antirrhinum Collection: Chantilly Series: Follow Sarah: Follow Arthur:
16 min
Pantry Chat
Pantry Chat
Homesteading Family
Josh and Carolyn Answer More of Your Questions
Q and A sessions are always needed! Whether you’re brand new to homesteading or have been at it for years new twists and turns can pop up at any time or ALL the time.  In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn are ready for your questions! Listen in to hear the ins and outs of everything from creating a great garden to building the perfect homestead.  *In this Episode:* * Carolyn describes her book-reading habits. * Josh and Carolyn share resources for brand new gardeners. * Josh and Carolyn review best practices for gardening success. * Josh and Carolyn provide advice for making easy bread (in just five minutes!) * Josh and Carolyn discuss helpful tips for all types of pet gardening issues. * Josh and Carolyn explain how they create salves and lotions.   * Josh and Carolyn talk about the best age to start homesteading.  * Josh and Carolyn provide an overview of all of the differences in milk. * Josh and Carolyn explain how to make butter.  * Josh answers a question on where you should place everything on your homestead.  * Carolyn describes how to use herbs in compresses.  * Josh and Carolyn give tips on the skills you need to be a homesteader. * And so much more! You don’t want to miss this special Q & A.  *Resources: * * MadeOn skincare products (use code “homesteadingfamily” for 15% off your purchase) * Stillroom Cookery - The Art of Preserving Foods Naturally * When to Start Your Seeds Indoors  * Greenstalk Vertical Planters (use code “homesteadingfamily” for $10 off your purchase) * Easy Bread in 5 Minutes * Anatomy of Raw Milk  * How to Make Homemade Butter (3 Ways) * Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown * Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison book  * Skills You Need to Start a Homestead * What to do First with your Homestead Property * Comfrey Compress
41 min
The Flower Podcast
The Flower Podcast
Scott Shepherd, Host and Flower Educator
Shane Connolly and the Life of Constance Spry
We’re thrilled to host Shane Connolly again to The Flower Podcast. This week Shane and I chat about the amazing life and influence of Constance Spry. Constance Spry is a pioneer of floral design and her life’s work was to coalesce her love of gardening, nature, and her passion for teaching. Her impact on the floral industry is still being felt today and inspiring floral decorators around the world. Some thoughts from my conversation with Shane: 1. Embrace the process of trial and error. Many times we produce our most memorable work by staying the course. 2. Danger…We should never design to be safe but design for what suits your creative explorations and your clients requests. 3. Constance Spry was a true believer that beauty uplifts people. The simple expression of giving flowers is very personal. 4. Sometimes your best actually happens when everything is failing and you have to go with your instincts. It also builds your confidence in trusting yourself. 5. Constance Spry’s view was that nothing was off limits in design. It was never just about flowers but incorporating fruits, vegetables, foliages, and other items of nature. 6. If you want to be a floral artist, you have to do something unique, something different. You must behave as an artist. You can learn more about Constance Spry on our latest Blog post on ! We’ve included links there to our past episodes with Shane Connolly and Emily Thompson, both of which have been deeply inspired by the work of Constance Spry. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on the platform or app of you choice and we would love to have you join our email family. Did you know that you can also visit our Youtube channel if you would like to watch my chats with guests via Zoom. Follow the link to our YouTube channel for more information. Follow us on Instagram @theflowerpodcast Follow us on Facebook on The Flower Podcast Page! Thanks to all our sponsors! Accent Decor FlowerSchool NY / LA Details Flowers Software
1 hr 15 min
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