Saturday, May 07, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 103: Mulching and Weeding Tips

In this episode, we talk with Blythe Yost, Co-Founder & CEO of Tilly, about weeding and mulching tips. The plant profile is on the Dwarf Crested Iris 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 Blythe Yost of Tilly and hear about her weeding and mulching tips! 1:32 What is Tilly? 2:40 “I was always that kid that was outside with dirt under my fingernails.” — Blythe 3:56 Blythe describes what her own home garden is like — “All the things that were left over from someone else’s.” 7:44 Blythe laughs when Kathy says she doesn’t think purchasing plants is a painful process — “Says the plant person!” 9:33 What Blythe uses when she mulches her garden 14:20 “I think compost is the best thing we could be adding to our soils.” — Blythe 17:15 Blythe’s thoughts on rubber mulches 20:18 Kathy mentions some unique mulches used in her area like oyster shells and pine straw 24:09 Kathy has a friend who has a pet peeve about seeing mulch — “You should not see the mulch.” 26:02 Blythe talks about “mulch volcanoes” and tips about mulch thickness 28:28 “The best way to combat the weeds is to pull them out before they flower and pull them out fully and completely.” — Blythe 30:13 Kathy’s weeding motto — “Early and often.” 30:33 Blythe’s personal weed enemy is Canada thistle 33:50 “When your plants that you planted start becoming your weeds, you’re doing something right.” — Blythe 40:40 How Blythe explains the growth cycle to people — “They sleep, then they creep, and then they leap.” 44:01 How to contact Blythe and Tilly 44:56 Learn about the Dwarf Crested Iris in this week’s Plant Profile! 46:32 What’s new in the garden: a soggy week helped the flowers and made weeding easier 46:43 News in the gardening world: Common Good City Farm Salad Slam, Green Spring Gardens plant sale, and Silver Spring Garden Club meeting at Brookside Gardens 48:40 Let’s Make Art is perfect for crafty gardeners! 50:47 Check out “The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City” by Teri Speight and Kathy

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If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
GardenDC Podcast Episode 89: Working with a Landscape Designer

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



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