Saturday, June 15, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 199: Garden Extremes

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Jessica Damiano, the Associated Press' gardening columnistabout gardening extremes. The plant profile is on Angelonia 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 Thelonious Monk from Christy Page of Green Prints.

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 108: Frugal Gardening Tips

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 195: Reduce Your Lawn

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 173: Native Plant Fallacies

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SHOW NOTES: 1:00 Welcome back Jessica Damiano, Associated Press gardening columnist 2:50 Defining garden extremes and getting Jessica’s opinion on lawns 5:16 Benefits of a turf grass lawn: “It’s not inherently evil” 7:26 Jessica’s message for extreme lawn obsessives: “Relax” 8:52 Is the No Mow May movement the right choice in the Mid-Atlantic? 12:10 Leave the Leaves campaign and repurposing the leaves for mulch 14:06 Which leaves are harmful to use as mulch? 16:00 All organic vs. chemical users: Where does Jessica fall on the spectrum? 18:15 Late-blight on Tomatoes, the importance of spotting it and how to prevent the spread 20:00 How to effectively kill one problem plant while keeping the others alive 21:48 Social Media gardeners and perfectionism: not everything needs to be perfect! 24:30 Jessica’s thoughts on Native-only gardens 27:00 Kathy wants to end the stigma against non-native plants and why people should reserve their judgment 28:47 Elitism in the gardening community and why it deters new gardeners 32:30 Problems with gardens based around one plant like tropical theme gardens 33:50 Jessica explains why one plant gardens will hurt pollinators 35:40 Kathy shares a story about someone local who grows palm trees 37:15 Jessica shares stories of zone-busting gardens 38:45 The bonsai method: a hobby that’s taking over younger generations 41:12 Jessica’s reaction to garden snobbery and gardening with annuals 44:00 What to do in between seasons with your plants – some can be saved and reused 46:42 Subscribe to Jessica’s newsletter: The Weekly Dirt and contact her at 47:35 Jessica’s final thoughts on Gardening Extremes 48:03 Plant Profile: Angelonia 50:02 What’s new in the garden this week? Annual flower cutting and fertilizing tips, growing lilies and dahlias 50:44 Upcoming events in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia area – Garlic Fest at the Tacoma Park Farmers Market on Sunday, July 14th, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Lotus and Water Lily Festival July 19-21, and Tomato Fest at Silver Spring Farmers Market on Saturday, August 17th 52:00 Check out Groundcover Revolution by Kathy Jentz for low-maintenance alternatives for lawns on and 54:30 Christy Page from GreenPrints on Thelonious Monk in the Culinary Adventures on Angela’s Porch, an article by Don Nicholas.

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


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