Favorite Gardening Podcasts

cucumber vine on trellis

I just started gardening two years ago, so I’m still very green (haha) and eager to learn. One of the ways I’ve tried to absorb a bunch of gardening knowledge quickly, especially during the long winter season, is to listen to podcasts. After sampling quite a few, I’ve landed on these favorites. I listen on iTunes, but you can also find these on Stitcher, or most other podcasts apps. Enjoy!

The Joe Gardener Show – Hosted by Joe Lamp’l 

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 show 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.

The Living Homegrown Podcast – Hosted by Theresa Loe 

On the Living Homegrown Podcast, TV canning expert and national PBS TV producer, Theresa Loe, shares tips and tricks for “living farm fresh without the farm.” Through canning and preserving, artisan food crafting, edible gardening, and small-space homesteading (including backyard chickens), she shares how you can enjoy the flavors of the season and live a more sustainable lifestyle no matter how small of a space you call home. Alternating between solo episodes and interviews with the rock stars of the DIY food movement, each episode helps you live closer to your food.

Gardenerd Tip of the Week – Hosted by Gardenerd.com 

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. They cover sustainable living, vegetable gardening, and more.

All Things Plants – Hosted by National Gardening Association 

In All Things Plants, our friends Dave and Trish Whitinger from the National Gardening Association discuss everything interesting and new in the gardening world. Each episode features regular segments, as well as occasional top 10 lists, interviews, and more.

Garage Gardeners – Steven and Emma Biggs 

This garden radio show talks to gardeners who are creative zone-pushers and season extenders. It’s hosted by our friends, father/daughter duo Steven and Emma Biggs, who use their garage to push their own gardening boundaries. Steve stores his dormant fig, lemon, and brugmansia plants in the garage over the winter, while Emma gets an early start with tomatoes on the garage roof. This show is about creatively gardening beyond your zone. 

As a thirteen-year-old who has experienced the life-changing benefits of gardening firsthand, Emma is passionate about getting other kids excited about gardening. She shares her advice in a new book, Gardening with Emma (Storey Books), which is set to be released next month. Check out our interview with Emma here; and don’t forget to check out their episode from October 2nd, when they interviewed KidsGardening Senior Education Specialist, Sarah Pounders, about gardening with children!

Blog by: Kristen Wirkkala

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Amaryllis Adventures with Kids

kid planting an amaryllis bulb

We are deep into winter here in Vermont, and it’s no surprise that amaryllis bulbs are bringing me great joy in this time of hibernation. I planted them with my kids early in December and our whole family has really been enjoying them! Nary a day goes by that someone doesn’t comment on the bulbs, it’s been a fun, beautiful way to enjoy living plants in this season of ice and snow.

amaryllis with kids
Huge bloom! This (now-faded) double flower was bigger than my toddler's head.

Confession: I only have one houseplant at home. Our house faces north, and we really don’t get great light. So I was a little unsure how amaryllis would fare, but honestly they are pretty determined plants. I gave one to my daughter’s kindergarten class last year, and it bloomed in their windowless classroom (yes I know that’s so sad).

I picked up two amaryllis at my local garden center from the mystery bin. They had probably 20 different types of bulbs at the start of December, each with photos of the blooms. I was immediately drawn to the mystery variety discount bulbs – maybe they rolled out of the bins, and folks didn’t know what kind they were. Since I’ve never seen an ugly amaryllis, I thought it sounded like such a fun way to shop! Kind of like the mystery DumDum lollipops they used to give out at the bank.

Real life: Despite rotating and staking, this flower leaned over for most of its life. Still loved it.

Amaryllis is really so easy that your kids can do it all themselves! Potting it is simple, and so is watering and rotating the pot to ensure even growth. Of the two we planted in December, one has completed a bloom and is already growing a second flower stalk. The other is a bit poky, and has about a ½ inch of a leaf starting to poke out.

It’s not too late to pot one up and have it bloom before spring! Search your local garden center, or scour the interwebs for bulbs. (Gardener’s Supply Company still has a few in stock, for example.) If you’re new to growing amaryllis like me, check out Growing Amaryllis with Kids – I know I’ll be referring to it all year long to keep my current bulbs healthy and blooming year after year.

Blog by: Beth Saunders

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