Saturday, March 26, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 97: Permaculture

In this episode, we talk Nicky Schauder, co-founder of Permaculture Gardens about permaculture. The plant profile is on Eastern Redbud Trees and I share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

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Show Notes:
1:06 Meet Nicky Schauder of Permaculture Gardens and learn all about permaculture! 1:37 Nicky talks about failing to grow orchids as a child — “I had a black thumb.” 3:24 “I’ve always had an environmental bent in me.” — Nicky talks about how landfills in the Philippines like “Smokey Mountain” influenced her 4:37 Nicky describes her family’s struggle with food allergies 7:24 Nicky’s food journey — “I knew I didn’t want to use pesticides.” 8:04 “I thought I had killed it!” — Nicky talks about her first experience growing basil. 8:33 A book inspired Nicky to practice permaculture — “Maybe if it can green the desert, we can use it to grow our food!” 10:41 “For a small townhouse garden to grow that much food, that’s terrific.” — Kathy compliments Nicky’s garden 13:34 Nicky defines permaculture 16:26 Difference between permaculture and regenerative agriculture: permaculture is based on ethics 20:03 First steps for starting a permaculture garden 22:41 G.I.Y. — Grow It Yourself 27:25 “Permaculture definitely wants you to get the most bang for your efforts.” — Nicky 28:51 Nicky’s edible plant recommendations and the permaculture layers theory 33:21 “More diversity in your backyard means more stability.” — Nicky 37:39 “All it takes is 15 minutes a day.” — advice from The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross 40:54 Pest control in permaculture 45:00 Nicky describes food swapping with others 46:40 “I love to hear about that sharing and the abundance of Mother Earth.” — Kathy 47:11 “Our seeds are our calling cards.” — Nicky 48:40 How to contact Nicky 50:23 “All the world's problems can be solved in a garden.” — Nicky quotes Geoff Lawton 50:51 Learn about the Eastern Redbud Tree in this week’s Plant Profile! 52:57 What’s new in the garden: covering newly emerged seedlings and putting cool season annuals in a protected spot 53:30 News in the gardening world: visit the forsythia gates at Dumbarton Oaks and the United States Botanic Garden is reopening the Conservatory 55:05 Look forward to “The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City” by Teri Speight and Kathy

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 22: Fruit Trees, Crape Myrtle, and Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 25: Michael Judd of Ecologia Design on growing Paw Paws, Cup Plant Plant Profile, and Fragrant Flowers
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 3: Cool-Season Edible Gardening
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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Dorvall Bedford


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