Saturday, April 30, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 102: Annual Combinations

In this episode, we talk with Carrie Engel, Retail Greenhouse Manager at Valley View Farms in Cockeysville, MD, all about annual flower combinations. The plant profile is on the Summer Snowflake and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

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Show Notes: 1:07 Meet Carrie Engel of Valley View Farms and learn all about annual flower combinations! 1:48 Carrie talks to Kathy about the cold weather — “I’m ready for the frost to be gone.” 3:03 Was Carrie born with a green thumb? — “Absolutely not!” 5:16 Where you can find Valley View Farms 8:37 Carrie discusses whether they grow annuals from seeds or plugs 11:00 “Sometimes we goof.” — Carrie 12:47 What Carrie defines as the season for annuals 18:13 Fuchsia is one of Kathy’s favorites — “I don’t feel like they sell enough of them at our local nurseries.” 20:40 Kathy comments on the custom potting offered at Valley View Farms — “That is a great customer service.” 21:16 The kinds of pots or containers Valley View Farms uses for combinations 23:47 Kathy jokes that sweet potato vine doesn’t need fertilizer — “They can be monsters when left on their own.” 24:16 Carrie’s advice for when a plant takes over the pot 30:40 Carrie’s favorite combinations of bedding plants 34:08 “Everything gets to do whatever it wants in spring, because I don’t have time.” — Carrie talks about controlling her plants 41:14 Carrie’s favorite herbs and vegetable plants to include in combinations 42:41 Carrie talks about a child reacting to her mint —”That’s my toothpaste!” 46:27 “Just have fun with it.” — Carrie 50:04 How to contact Carrie 51:14 “Once you sort of know the rules you can break them.” — Carrie 51:43 Learn about the Summer Snowflake in this week’s Plant Profile! 53:25 What’s new this week: the interns harvested their plants! 54:00 News in the gardening world: outdoor event at The Vollmer Center of Cylburn Arboretum, Annual Bonsai Festival at the U.S. National Arboretum, World Bonsai Day, and more! 56:32 Let’s Make Art is perfect for crafty gardeners! 58:38 Check out “The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City” by Teri Speight and Kathy

>>> Meet Carrie and Kathy in person on Sunday, June 5, 2022, 2-3pm at Valley View Farms in Cockeysville/Hunt Valley (Baltimore), MD, for a "Q&A Book Party". Free to attend. More details: 

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If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 65: Annuals A to Z
GardenDC Podcast Episode 55: Container Gardening Basics
Next Level Container Gardens

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


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