Saturday, February 19, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 92: Universal Gardening Truths

In this episode, we talk with garden blogger, author, speaker, and podcaster Carol J. Michel with a light-hearted look at universal gardening truths. The plant profile is on Paperbush (Edgeworthia) and I share what is in my winter vegetable plot as well as some upcoming events.

Here are some links mentioned during the show:
- Garden Books by Carol J. Michel (note that this is an Amazon affiliate link)
- May Dreams Garden blog

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Show Notes: 1:08 Meet award-winning author Carol J. Michel! 2:00 “Were you born with chlorophyll in your veins?” — Kathy 3:22 Carol talks about how she got into writing through a blog 4:47 Kathy and Carol compare weather in Indiana to weather in Washington, DC 6:20 Carol says she’s surprised Kathy plants her peas on Saint Patrick's Day 8:03 Kathy describes an experience of pulling out a potato with her grandfather in Indiana 12:14 “You don’t want to grow vegetables in icky soil.” — Carol 12:50 Carol shares a secret to weeding — “Never pass a weed without pulling it out.” 14:18 Carol and Kathy share stories about weeds they regret planting 18:05 Carol and Kathy’s favorite scents! 23:46 “I claim to have the world’s largest hoe collection…” — Carol 26:40 Carol talks about her collection of old gardening books 30:22 “It’s kind of the scent of the book that I like, too.” — Kathy 31:36 “You never know what rabbit hole you’re going to go down.” — Carol 33:11 “I didn’t know physics had a philosophy.” — Carol mentions how someone used aspects of physics in his garden 34:19 What does Carol’s garden say about her? 36:39 Carol’s universal truths about gardening: “We’re going to kill a lot of plants” and “grow the plants you love” 38:33 “Is there such a thing as too much garden?” — Carol 40:26 Carol explains why so many pictures of plants are close-ups — “There’s a lot they’re not showing you.” 41:00 Carol talks about her podcast 41:59 The six books Carol has written 44:25 “When you’re just covered from head to toe with dirt and mud and sweat, you’re probably still going to have a smile on your face if you spent that time in your garden.” — Carol 44:47 Learn about the paperbush in this week’s Plant Profile! 46:22 Celebrate spring at the National Garden Bureau online book party 47:16 What’s new in the garden: garlic has emerged, the turnips have gotten big, and the tulips are about to bloom! 48:53 Special thanks to a listener 49:20 Upcoming events: Roses 101 talk hosted by Homestead Gardens, Washington Gardener Seed Exchange, Homestead Gardens talk about seed starting, Green Spring Gardens talk about small urban gardens 51:20 Look forward to The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City by Teri Speight and Kathy After listening to this episode, you might want to listen to these past episodes about Garden Theory and Humor:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 23: Summer Cocktails, a Defense of the Lawn, and Tips for Growing Cucumbers
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 38: Art in the Garden
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 77: Goth Gardening

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Dorvall Bedford


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