Saturday, June 22, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 200: Secrets of a Gardening Podcast

In this very special episode, show host Kathy Jentz is interviewed by intern Josh Panepento about the podcast's first 200 episodes and some of the behind-the-scenes production secrets. The plant profile is on Egyptian Starflower 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 Types of Beans from Christy Page of Green Prints.

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

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 100: Behind the Scenes

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 1: Debut Episode

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 92: Universal Gardening Truths

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SHOW NOTES: 1:05 Welcome Josh Panepento, Washington Gardener Magazine intern 1:45 How has GardenDC Podcast Host Kathy Jentz improved as a podcaster? 3:10 Kathy highlights some exciting recent guests: Doug Tallamy (EP. 141), Margaret Roach (EP. 165), and Ken Druse (EP. 188) 4:15 Have there been any problems landing a guest? 5:32 Kathy’s recent visit with Sue Hunter, seeing her holly collection, and her cats 8:02 Past guests that Kathy has seen recently, including Janet Draper (EP. 160), Andrew Bunting (EP. 121), and Sam Hoadley (EP. 182) 9:20 Who is Kathy’s dream guest? …and other future episode ideas 12:30 Are there any GardenDC Podcast bloopers? 13:50 Washington Gardener’s increased social media presence, especially on TikTok 15:30 Has Kathy accomplished her goals from the 100th episode of writing a new book? 17:40 Kathy’s goals for the next 5 years and filming live Q&A’s 19:51 Expect more Instagram lives from the garden 21:22 Kathy is growing pink okra and cotton right now 22:30 Kathy’s thoughts on the summer interns growing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants 23:49 Using fish fertilizers on tomatoes 24:32 What can listeners expect for the upcoming episodes and how does Kathy plan the episodes? 26:44 Spotify listener poll results 29:35 What does Kathy do after a podcast episode is released? 30:35 Kathy shares a story of negative responses to a particular GardenDC episode 32:42 Despite some negative comments online, the gardening community is positive and friendly 33:50 Kathy shares a message of gratitude towards listeners she encounters 35:50 Kathy’s passion for making the podcast has increased as time goes on because of the listeners and great guests 37:57 Kathy finds it easier to interview someone she knows 39:28 How much research goes into each episode of the podcast? 41:10 Recent events Kathy attended: Green Spring Gardens Spring Plant Sale and RootingDC 41:51 200th episode GardenDC embroidery patches will be available to listeners 44:04 Kathy says thank you to all the listeners and guests 45:03 Plant Profile: Egyptian starflower 46:24 What’s new in the garden this week? Hydrangeas, dwarf ‘Ruby Slippers’, and smoke bush 48:25 Upcoming events in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia area – U.S. Botanical Garden will shift its hours from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM from July 8th through August 30th. U.S. National Arboretum will stay open until 8:00 PM on the 4th Friday of the month this summer 49:36 Check out Groundcover Revolution by Kathy Jentz for low-maintenance alternatives for lawns on and 52:00 Christy Page from Food Gardening Network on seven types of beans to grow to add color to your vegetable garden, an article by Amanda MacArthur

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


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