Saturday, June 01, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 197: Growing Herbs in Shade

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with returning guest Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U about growing herbs in the shade. The plant profile is on Blue-eyed Grass and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events and this week's garden tasks in the What's New segment. We close out with the Last Word on Zucchini Lasagna from Christy Page
of Green Prints.

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 116: Miniature Vegetables

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 3: Cool-Season Edible Gardening

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 157: Ginger and Turmeric

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SHOW NOTES: 0:58 Welcome back Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U 1:49 Kim talks about her new book “Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking and Crafts” and teases a third book 4:40 What Kim is growing in her garden in North East, Maryland 5:45 Defining shade 7:07 How shade affects plant growth 9:26 Kim’s favorite type of mulch around herbs 9:44 Why Kim uses raised beds instead of growing in ground 11:21 Using Mel’s Mix and modified soil mixes 12:28 The pot-in-pot method and how it helps with wind protection 14:14 Catnip and how that herb is for more than cats 15:00 Consulting an herbalist Michelle Guerrero Denison, The Twig & Feather 16:53 Parsley - how it grows in shade and uses of the herb 18:48 Tips for Parsley seed germination 19:38 Buying herbs in the Mid-Atlantic Richardson’s Floral Center, Newark, DE Sharp’s at Waterford Farm, Brookeville, MD Baltimore Herb Festival, Baltimore, MD 21:04 Kathy shares a story about Chives and cats 22:01 Kim talks about growing Chives 23:27 Oregano growth and usage 24:28 Mint and growing it in the shade to make it less invasive 27:04 Lemon Balm benefits 27:59 Tarragon vs. French Tarragon 28:55 Thyme and Sage, “It’s all about the drainage” 29:56 Cilantro and defining herbs 32:30 Keeping Cilantro in the shade helps it last longer 33:02 How much sun does Ginger need? 34:35 Chervil and lowering blood pressure 35:28 Hyssop 36:18 Calendula 38:15 Kim’s favorite and least favorite herbs 39:28 “If you were to have just one pot, say on a balcony, and your balcony wasn't getting direct sun, what herbs would you recommend that person grow in that pot?” 41:25 Find Kim on her website and on social media @SquareFootGarden4U @CulinaryHerbsForWellness and @YourIndoorFoodGarden 42:01 Kim’s final words, “Never get discouraged” 43:04 Plant Profile: Blue-Eyed Grass 44:41 What’s new in the garden this week? 45:31 Upcoming events in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia area You can find out more about those at,, and 47:22 Washingtion Gardener will be at ​​Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC this July 47:37 The May issue of the Washington Gardener Magazine is available at 48:35 Check out Groundcover Revolution by Kathy Jentz for low-maintenance alternatives for lawns on and 51:00 Guilt-free zucchini lasagna with Christy Page from Food Gardening Network

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Interview Edit and Show Notes: Josh Panepento


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