Saturday, March 25, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 143: Balcony Food Growing

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Bill Dugan of the Food Gardening Network, all about growing food on your balcony. The plant profile is on the Spirea and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with the Last Word on Signs of Spring from Heather Prince of the Fearless Gardening Blog.

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Show Notes: 01:20 Meet Bill Dugan of the Food Gardening Network. 02:57 Dugan, a middle child with 7 siblings. 05:29 Dugan initially wanted to study journalism, but went into publishing. 08:52 There was no single resource for planning, planting, growing, tending, harvesting, and cooking your harvest before the Food Gardening Network. 11:20 What does Dugan’s balcony garden look like? 13:34 While Dugan doesn’t have deer problems, he still has pest issues. 18:04 “When the season is over for me, that’s it.” 18:22 Dugan prefers to buy seedlings to gauge the plant's health. 23:02 Growing your own herbs prevents waste. 28:15 “I throw away all of the soil at the end of the season.” 30:52 Dugan had issues with nutrient depletion and pests when reusing the soil. 35:53 “Tomatoes are the easiest… so many different varieties.” 40:05 Never use fish heads or fish emulsions on indoor plants. 40:50 “It’s better to start small.” 43:59 Spirea: this week’s Plant Profile! 46:05 Garden updates: Weeping Higan Cherry is in bloom! 46:32 March edition of Washington Gardener Magazine is out! 47:03 Upcoming events: Camellia Society of the Potomac Valley Show and Sale; Franciscan Monastery plant sale. 48:04 “The Urban Garden” by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight 49:05 “Groundcover Revolution” by Kathy Jentz. 50:29 The Last Word on Signs of Spring from Heather Prince of the Fearless Gardening Blog.

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 116: Miniature Vegetables
~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 68: Summer Vegetables

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden


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