Saturday, August 20, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 116: Miniature Vegetables

In this episode, we talk with Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U (SFG4U) about miniature vegetables and other small-space edible plants. The plant profile is on Little Bluestem Grass and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

Links mentioned in this episode:
~ Renee's Garden container seed collection
~ Kitchen Minis
~ Dwarf Tomato Project
~ Tiny Garden Habit
~ How to Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round by Kim Roman

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01:02 Introducing returning guest Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U 01:38 Kim’s uprooted home garden 03:04 The benefits of miniature vegetables 03:54 "They are so cute!" -Kim 06:04 The Cucamelon (Melothria scabra) 07:51 What to look for when thinking small 09:49 Kim's Summer recommendations 11:25 ‘Little Prince’ Eggplants 14:15 Keeping herbs miniature 16:12 How about some flowers? 18:30 "You like me too much, I don't like you" -Kathy on nasturtiums survivalist nature 19:17 Incorporating some vines 19:50 Determinate vs Indeterminate 25:25 Vertical gardening 27:44 Balcony Garden Web's "28 Dwarf Vegetables to Grow | Best Mini Vegetables to Grow" 30:51 What about those ‘baby’ vegetables? 33:00 Making plants larger plants little 34:15 Miniature Trees? 37:40 "The flower scent is incredible, even if you get no real fruit off of them." -Kathy 39:15 Baby Greens 41:11 Hydroponics at home 42:30 "That's what we're going to more and more, the small size." -Kim 42:50 How to reach Kim 44:20 "Don't worry, don't try to get fancy, don't make it expensive. Just do your best." -Kim 45:00 This week's plant profile is... Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)! 46:49 What's new in the garden this week? Ribbons, Okra, and Dr. Susan Pell’s new appointment 48:10 What’s going on around town? Benefit dinners, festivals, a planting party, and Urban Gardening and Design 101

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

GardenDC Podcast Episode 3: Cool-Season Edible Gardening
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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing: Tori Vandergriff
Show Notes: Jaime Breeden


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