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Musings with people in the world of gardening, botany, horticulture and nature. Marlene takes her years of gardening experience, success and failures and turns it into an unpretentious, humorous listen. From organic vegetable gardening, houseplants, bee keeping, flowers, and everything in between --…

Marlene Simon


    • Sep 25, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 54m AVG DURATION
    • 158 EPISODES


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    Flower Power Garden Hour 158: Joe Lamp'l -- aka “Joe Gardener” – Raised beds, from Why to How

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 73:33


    Joe Lamp'l – from “Joe Gardener” fame – is America's gardener.  Given that his public television show Growing a Greener World is shown in 38 countries, Joe is more appropriately the WORLD's gardener.  He has an illustrious, long career spanning television, print, podcasting, and video content.  Above all, Joe is an educator – his gardening passion is infectious, and his communication ability to make challenging concepts simple is a strength.  He has taken this to the masses in his Online Gardening Academy, offering a growing (pun intended) curriculum of classes available to the public at affordable prices.  In this episode, we cover a range of topics, but our focus is on raised beds – from the “why” to the “how”.  Joe's content can be found at: Podcast: joegardener.com/podcasts,  Apple Podcasts,  Spotify Videos: joegardener.com/videos,  YouTube Blog:  joegardener.com/blog Growing a Greener World PBS show: growingagreenerworld.com Lastest Book: The Vegetable Gardening Book   Joe's Online Gardening Academy (online classes) can be found at: organicgardeningacademy.com   Joe's social media can be found at: Facebook: @joegardener Twitter: @joegardener Instagram: @joegardener Pinterest: @joegardener To ask questions for future FPGH shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 157: Water-wise gardening & Irrigation, with Don Smith - Water Management Coordinator for the City of Folsom

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 71:43


    Water-wise gardening is more important than ever in the west, and part of this includes irrigating properly. Don Smith, Water Management Coordinator for the City of Folsom, joins me to discuss everything irrigation. He covers which sprinklers are best if you do have a lawn, how to lay out your drip irrigation for optimal coverage, and are “smart” controllers worth it? Plus, he reviews how to convert a PVC system to a drip system, and how to know how long to run your irrigation. More water conservation information can be found at: Website: ca.us/government/environmental-water-resources/water/water-conservation   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 156: Tomatoes, with Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 56:31


    Brad Gates, owner of Wild Boar Farms,  joins me again to discuss problems gardeners may be encountering with their tomatoes. We also discuss the process that goes into him finding the next new variety… some are by chance, others are by purposeful breeding. Plus, he let's us in on the new varieties to be released in the near future. Brad and Wild Boar Farms can be found at: Instagram: @wildboarfarms Facebook: @wild boar farms YouTube: @brad gates Website: wildboarfarms.com   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 155: Fire-wise landscaping, with Master Gardener education specialist, Kevin Marini

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 60:56


    Sadly fire is becoming a way of life in California and the greater west. It's important to maintain a healthy landscape for wildlife habitat, but there are key tasks homeowners can do to mitigate fire danger. I talk to Master Gardener education specialist, Kevin Marini, all about fire-wise landscaping. Learn about the different zones around your house and how to plant and maintain them. Learn what planting in islands means and the “safest” mulch for your plants. Further fire-wise landscape information can be found at: Website: ucanr.org   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 154: Pollination, with Tora Rocha of Pollinator Posse

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 90:57


    Over 80% of plants need pollinators to reproduce -- this includes a majority of crops humans eat. To say that pollinators are important is an understatement. The founder and CEO of the non-profit Pollinator Posse, Tora Rocha, joins me to discuss what we can do on our part. She gives tips on how to create a pollinator friendly garden, plants that are both food and host plants, and how to create a Monarch habitat. We learn how many native California bee species there are…. it's a lot. Tora can be found at: Instagram: @pollinatorposse & @toranado12 Facebook: @Pollinator Posse Website: pollinatorposse.org Website: xerces.org   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 153: Peppers, with Chad Inman of Sky High Scoville Pepper Farm

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 87:44


    5 foot tall pepper plants? Yes, your peppers can get this large. Chad Iman, owner of Sky High Scoville Pepper Farm breaks down step by step how to grow the best most productive peppers possible. He shares his secret recipe for seed starting mix, transplant techniques and how to overwinter your plants. Plus we talk about the beautiful hot peppers he grows. Chad and Sky High Scoville Pepper Farm can be found at: Instagram: @skyhighscovillepepperfarm Facebook: @ Sky High Scoville Peppers   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 152: Bees, with Blake Dacy and Tina Machua

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 86:57


    Producing your own honey and having your own bees can be a fun and rewarding backyard hobby. But how do you go about starting -- do you need to buy bees or can you catch your own swarm?  I talk to professional beekeeper, Blake Dacy and backyard hobbyist/host of Good Day Sacramento Tina Macuha all about bees. We discuss how bees go about building a hive, what they require, how to treat for mites and everything in between. Plus -- Blake and Tina share their fun swarm collecting stories.   Blake can be found at: Instagram: @sacramentobeekeeper Facebook: @ BlakeSacramentoBeekeeperDacy Website: sacramentobeekeeper.com   Tina can be found at: Instagram: @tinamachua   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 151: August To Do & Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 48:14


    Lots of tasks during the hot summer season, including: Plant cabbage, carrots, beets, celery, kale, onion seeds, potatoes, mustards, chard, collards, leeks Deadhead flowers Hose off whiteflies, sticky traps Clean up old fruit on trees, ground Still time to summer prune fruit trees Order fall bulbs Support melons on the ground or on vines Continue to deep water young, newly planted trees Deadhead, cut back mophead hydrangeas   A wide variety of listener questions are addressed, including: How to control Leaf Miners on cucumber What type of milkweed for Monarch butterflies Lawn clippings for mulch? How to get rid of green hornworms Yellowing leaves on mandarins & limes Bubbles from the soil while when watering potted plants Pepper plant with black at the base of stems Do sunflowers stunt the growth of surrounding plants To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 150: Cut Flowers, with Wyatt Emig

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 62:31


    Who doesn't love flowers, and they are even better when you can pick and make a bouquet out of them. I talk with the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden's horticulturalist, Wyatt Emig, about his process of growing flowers. He shares his must have seed trays, soil conditioning tips and favorite flowers to grow. Wyatt can found at: Website:  gardenbythesea.org Instagram:  @wyatt.emig Instagram: @mendocinocoastbotanicalgardens Facebook:  @MendocinoCoastBotanicalGardens   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 149: Soils, with Robert Pavlis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 87:49


    Every great garden starts with healthy soil. But what exactly is “healthy” soil, how do you achieve this and what is soil really. Robert Pavlis, author of “Soil Science for Gardeners” and of “Garden Myths” fame joins me once again to talk everything soil. We discuss micronutrients versus macronutrients, can you add sand to clay soils, how to test your soil for texture and a lot more. Robert can found at: Websites:  Gardenfundamentals.com Gardenmyths.com Facebook: @gardenfundamentals YouTube:  Gardenfundamentals1 To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 148: Trees, with arborist John Lichter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 75:23


    We all know the importance of trees… oxygen, shade, habitat, food, beauty and more. And we all know they can live centuries beyond us. But they can also have difficulties growing in urban settings. I talk to consulting arborist, John Lichter, on what you can do to ensure that your trees are healthy and vibrant in your lifetime as well as for future generations. We discuss how to properly water both young and established trees, what to look out for in diseased trees and where you can find the best tree selection for your yard.   John can be found at: Website:  treeassociates.net   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    July To Do List and Listener Tomato Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 45:11


    July gardening is actually one of the less busy months in terms of number and volume of tasks.  There is a lot of maintenance, but no major, backbreaking work. We combine the July list on this episode with a deep dive into listener Q&A – with a focus on tomatoes.  If you have questions or need advice on tomato growing, this is a must listen.     To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 146: Peace and Plenty Farm, with Melinda Price

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 53:18


    Melinda Price waited years to fulfill her dream of being a farmer. And once she bought her historic farm in Northern California -- the work was only just beginning. Thinking outside the box, she and her partner Simon decided they would try their hand in saffron... the most expense herb on the market. Fast forward 5 years and Peace and Plenty Farm is a thriving organic oasis and so much more than just saffron.   Check out Peace and Plenty Farm at the sites below.  Also, the farm has a GoFundMe page to help with the goal of restoring a historic barn which lies on the site.  They would love to be able to restore it to a safe condition via an old fashioned barn raising.  Check out the link below if you would like to help.   Barn Restoration GoFundMe:  gofund.me/dabba524 Instagram: @peaceandplentyfarmer Facebook:  peaceplentyfarm Website:  http://peaceplentyfarm.com   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 145: June To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 10:14


    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of June.  Summer suddenly feels like it is in full swing, with a rapid to transition to HOT weather.  Time to get your garden tasks done early in the morning.  Vegetables to plant: Tomatoes Eggplant Peppers Squash Watermelon Zucchini Corn Beans Cucumbers Melons Okra Pumpkins Watermelon Swiss Chard   Garden tasks: Shade peppers Pinch off basil flowers, dead head flowers Compost Mulch Deep water trees Remove stakes from trees and re-stake Paint fruit trees Thin fruit trees Monitor for pests, use kaolin clay diatomaceous earth Cage tomatoes, peppers Control weeds so they don't go to seed Be patient with fruit set….or hand pollinate   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 144: California Natives, with Patricia Carpenter and Pat Dressendorfer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 107:10


    California is a big state with many different climates, so it can be a bit daunting when you hear “plant California natives”.  Yes, it's a great idea to plant natives for native pollinators, birds, insects etc… but how do you know you are doing it correct?  Luckily, Patricia Carpenter and Pat Dressendorfer have all the answers. These two lifelong gardeners have just finished a 5 season--  yes, 5 season -- write up for Pacific Horticulture on all things California natives. They talk with me about which are their favorite sun and shade natives, how to water and other tips and tricks. Check out Patricia and Pat's work: Pacific Horticulture California Native Plant Society To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 143: Earthworm castings, with Luke Arthur of Simple Grow

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 38:45


    Every gardener can tell when earthworms have “worked” their soil. The soil is more pliable and everything grows so much better. Why is this the case?  Earthworm castings are full of nutrients and microbes which are beneficial for a healthy soil and garden. I talk with Luke Arthur -- founder and CEO of Simple Grow, an organic producer of earthworm castings -- about how beneficial earthworm castings are, what exactly is in them, why it is a safer way of fertilizing and how even your houseplants will benefit. Luke and Simple Grow can be found at: Website:  simplegrow.com Instagram:  @simplegrowsoil Facebook:  @simplegrow Youtube:  Simple Grow – Worm Castings   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 142: May To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 16:09


    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of May.  It has been unseasonably cool, but nights are not getting TOO cold.  Lot's of planting and garden prep this month. Vegetables to plant: Tomatoes Eggplant Peppers Zucchini Corn Beans Cucumbers Melons Okra Pumpkins Watermelon Swiss Chard   Flowers to plant: Zinnias Cosmos Sunflowers Dahlias   Garden tasks: Mulch Stake tomatoes Cut flowers off rhubarb Divide/transplant cymbidiums Thin stone fruit Paint fruit tree trunks Prune once flowering plants Remove suckers from roses Hose blast aphids Diatomaceous earth Fertilize citrus   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 141: Don Shor, of Redwood Barn Nursery

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 61:51


    Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery and overall plant expert, is back again! This time we go through your favorite summer veggies and he gives his tips and tricks. When you should plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants… his favorite go-to varieties… how you should work your soil and do you really need to prune your tomatoes? Don can be found at: Website: com Instagram: redwoodbarnnursery & shor Facebook: Redwood Barn Nursery   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 140: April To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 12:41


    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of April.  The time change has come and gone, so there is plenty of light to work later into the evening.  Days are definitely getting warmer, although there are some sporadic cold nights.  Planting: Tomatoes – April 15th at the earliest Direct sow corn At the end of April -- Squash, cucumbers, eggplant, beets, radish, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes All perennials Direct sow zinnias, sunflowers Summer bulbs, dahlias, gladiolus Fertilize citrus Compost Check irrigation Paint fruit tree trunks Prune camellias, quince, forsythia, etc Smother weeds Monitor for pests To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 139: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 26:54


    A wide range of topics addressing questions submitted by listeners.  Including: How to care for a Dracontium polyphyllum Lantana – pruning advice Tomato seeds – recommendations about growing in small containers Safe edging options for vegetable gardens – metal, bender board, pressure treated, composite Jade – how to help a drooping plant Lime tree – how and what to transplant into To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 138: GardenFit, with Madeline de Vries Hooper & Jeff Hughes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 58:54


    As a lifelong gardener and active person, Madeline de Vries Hooper was surprised when she started to experience aches and pains while gardening.  Jeff Hughes, a fitness trainer, was recommended to help. Not only did his training and technique alleviate her aches, but they taught her better gardening habits. Inspired by Jeff's methods – and her success – the duo decided to take the show on the road to teach and inspire gardeners and farmers across the U.S. to get GardenFit. I talk to Madeline and Jeff about the gardens they visited and how they are on a mission to help farmers and gardeners alike. GardenFit premieres March 21, 2022 on American Public Television across the U.S., and will also be streaming on PBS.  Website: gardenfit.fit Instagram: @getgardenfit Facebook: GardenFit Pinterest: @gardenfit YouTube: GardenFit   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 137: March To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 17:25


    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of March – still some cold (and hopefully wet) weather left.  Days are getting longer and warmer. Summer vegetables – start them inside or greenhouse or direct sow. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant Direct sow sunflowers & other summer annuals (such as zinnias) Plant: Beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, swiss chard, kale, loose leaf lettuce, radish, potatoes, turnips Perennials Summer blooming bulbs (gladiolus, amaryllis, lilies) Dahlias Preemptively spray for whiteflies – release encarsia Nematodes for soil Prune – citrus, once blooming plants (forsythia, quince, camellias) Check irrigation To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 136: From Seed to Spoon gardening app & Park Seed, with Dale and Carrie Spoonemore and Kelly Funk

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 55:10


    Wanting to ensure their children were eating safe, healthy vegetables, Dale and Carrie Spoonemore began to garden back in 2015. Frustrated with having to pick through the internet's web of information, Dale had an idea to create a one stop garden app… From Seed to Spoon. Fast forward to 2022 and Park Seed, a company that has been on the pulse of gardening since 1868, knew they could take this app to the next level. I speak to Dale, Carrie and Park Seed President and CEO Kelly Funk about the app, how it can help new and experienced gardeners. From Seed to Spoon: Website: From Seed to Spoon Instagram: fromseedtospoon YouTube: From Seed to Spoon Facebook: From Seed to Spoon Park Seed: Website: Park Seed Instagram: parkseedco To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 135: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 27:48


    A wide range of topics addressing questions submitted by listeners.  Including: Best time to add fish emulsion to outdoor plants Artichoke issues Soil preparation for tomato planting Using fall leaves and grass clippings as weed cover.  Should it be composted into the soil?  To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 134: Tylor Rogers, of Arium Botanicals

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022 91:36


    Houseplants can be very rewarding to grow. But like any plant, they require a range of different growing situations -- including light and soil. Tylor Rogers, owner of Arium Botanicals, was nice enough to join me on this latest episode to share his vast knowledge of houseplants. We go over his favorite go-to soil blends for Aroids, Hoyas and more. We discuss how he ensures plants have humidity, what to do with pests and his list of favorite and easiest plants to grow. Check out Tylor and his amazing store of both plants & supplies below: Website:  Arium Botanicals Instagram:  ariumbotanicals TikTok:  @arium_botanicals   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 133: February To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 10:52


    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of February – actually quite a busy month. Fruit trees – spray liquid copper for peach leaf curl before they bloom. Also time to spray dormant oil if you have insects overwintering Prune fruit trees, roses (except one time blooming), grapes, blackberries – ensure you have a few days of dry weather following. Hold off on pruning frost sensitive plants Plant: Broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, collards, kale, mustard, peas Can start potatoes & radishes towards end of the month Bare root roses, fruit trees Can start tomatoes & peppers inside Soil amendment: Get organic material in there for spring planting.  Compost, manure, beneficial nematodes Cleanup: Weed control (don't let them go to flower)   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook  

    Flower Power Garden Hour 132: Biochar, with Dr. Deborah Page-Dumroese

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 57:44


    Biochar. You may have heard of it or it may be a new term for some of you. I was doubtful of its claims until I had the pleasure of listening to USDA Senior Soil Scientist Dr. Deborah Page-Dumroese present a talk. She was kind enough to join me on this episode and discuss everything biochar. She discusses her years long research on the use of it for improving forest and farm soils. She then dives into its value and use in home gardens and how you can make your own biochar. Debbie and her work can be found at:  https://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/people/ddumroese   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 131: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 34:13


    A wide range of topics addressing questions submitted by listeners.  Including: Broccoli clusters – why are mine loose as opposed to tightly packed Citrus – can they be pruned in winter Asparagus – how to trim Succulents – should they be brought inside during winter Broken limb on a tree – can a damaged tree be pruned during the winter, or is it best to wait until spring Fireplace ash – is there a use for this in the garden   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 130: January To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 13:54


    Here in northern California, it has been a cold and thankfully wet winter.  As we are at the season midpoint, here is January's to do list. Prune roses Spray fruit trees – liquid copper, dormant oil Clean up old fruit Plant bare-root fruit trees, grapes, blueberries, asparagus Hold off on pruning fruit trees Plant: Bok choy, broccoli rabe, loose leaf lettuce, radishes, mustards Order summer vegetable seeds Add beneficial nematodes Compost   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 129: The history of holiday plants , with Matt Mattus

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 76:10


    Have you ever wondered why during the holidays we bring mistletoe inside?  What were some of the plants brought inside during Victorian times?  In this episode, I talk to horticulturist Matt Mattus about the history of holiday plants and how to care for them.  Matt has been gardening since the age of 9 on his family's historic 1910 Worchester, MA home.  An expert in most aspects of gardening, he specializes in South African bulbs and alpine plants.  Matt has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens, and is currently a contributor to Fine Gardening.     Mat can be found at: Instagram: @matt_mattus Facebook: Growing with Plants Blog: Growing with Plants Check out Matt's highly educational books – links to where they can be found are attached: Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 128: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 39:43


    This is a listener Q&A episode.  Questions cover topics including: Cactus – how to remove new growth Fuyu persimmons --  this year's crop has seeds in the fruit, and in years past has not.  Ideas why? Plumeria – should it stay outside or bring inside during the cold weather Poinsettias – they are not turning red, even though they are being kept in relative dark.  Is there anything that can help them turn red? Bereavement – how do I keep healthy?  There are many different plants on this one   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 127: December To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 16:39


    In this episode, I discuss December garden To-Do tasks.  Winter is in full swing, and lots to do. Pest mitigation – aphids, cabbage looper, nematodes Plant bulbs Plant vegetables -- asparagus, bok choy, kale, loose leaf lettuce, mustard, radishes Move succulents out of potential rain Smother weeds Plant bareroots   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 126: Orchids, with Shawn Shumaker

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 73:06


    Orchid grower Shawn Shumaker breaks down all the do's and dont's to successfully grow orchids inside your home… including the number one tip to get yours to rebloom. Plus -- is the ice cube watering method good or bad, what planting media should you use and what should be done to control pests. If you are looking to expand your collection, Shawn discusses other species that can be grown inside just as easily as Phalaenopsis. You can follow Shawn at: Instagram: @Shawn_shumaker   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 125: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 31:33


    Listener Q&A episode.  Topics include: New growth on cactus – should it be removed, and if so…how? Hydrangeas – when to cut and how Lemons – why are they cracking? Musa basjoo – recommendations for transitioning into fall/winter Maple tree – recommendations to improve growing conditions To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 124: November To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 20:17


    In this episode, I discuss November garden To-Do tasks.  There is actually quite a lot as we transition fully into the colder and wetter months of the year. Continue clean up – pull out dead plants; remove lead, vegetable and fruit debris Plant bulbs – chill tulips or buy Darwin varieties Divide grasses, agapanthus, etc Plant vegetables:  Fava beans, bok choy, broccoli, celery, swiss chard, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, mustard, onions, radish, shallot, spinach Plant cover crops: Fava beans, red clover Move succulents out of potential rain Bring plumerias inside Plants non-frost sensitive perennials Plant sweet peas (plants or seeds) Plant CA native seeds Turn off irrigation Controls winter weeds (like oxalis)   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 123: Growing Succulents, with Gianluca Bacci, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 47:02


    Want to grow your succulents to perfection? Want to venture into growing more difficult ones? Or how about just not wanting to kill them? Then this episode is for you. Gianluca Bacci -- expert succulent grower -- joins me to discuss soils, watering, Lithops, Welwitschia and more. Gianluca can be followed at: Instagram: @marinsect_gianluca To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 122: Growing Succulents, with Gianluca Bacci, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 67:54


    Want to grow your succulents to perfection? Want to venture into growing more difficult ones? Or how about just not wanting to kill them? Then this episode is for you. Gianluca Bacci -- expert succulent grower -- joins me to discuss soils, watering, Lithops, Welwitschia and more. Gianluca can be followed at: Instagram: @marinsect_gianluca To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 121: Dr. Cassandra Quave, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 58:09


    Dr. Cassandra Quave is a botanist extraordinaire. I was fortunate to chat about her early life, career path, and her new book “The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines.” Book Description: In The Plant Hunter, Dr. Quave weaves together science, botany, and memoir to tell us the extraordinary story of her own journey. Traveling by canoe, ATV, mule, airboat, and on foot, she has conducted field research in the flooded forests of the remote Amazon, the murky swamps of southern Florida, the rolling hills of central Italy, isolated mountaintops in Albania and Kosovo, and volcanic isles arising out of the Mediterranean — all in search of natural compounds, long-known to traditional healers, that could help save us all from the looming crisis of untreatable superbugs. And as a person born with multiple congenital defects of her skeletal system, she's done it all with just one leg. Filled with grit, tragedy, triumph, awe, and scientific discovery, her story illuminates how the path forward for medical discovery may be found in nature's oldest remedies.   “The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines” can be found at penguinrandomhouse.com   Cassandra can be followed at: Instagram: @quavesthnobot Twitter: @QuaveEthnobot Podcast: foodiepharmacology.podbean.com Website: cassandraquave.com   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 120: October To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 22:50


    In this episode, I discuss October garden To-Do tasks.  There is a big variety with a lot on the list, including: Continue clean up – pull out dead plants; remove lead, vegetable and fruit debris Use soil sulfur to drop pH Prune non-frost sensitive plants Cover succulents if chance of rain Add beneficial nematodes Plant perennials Buy bulbs…chill tulips 8-12 weeks Plant vegetables – fava beans, beets, bok choy, celery, swiss chard, collards, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustards, peas, radishes, shallots, turnips Cover crops, including fava beans, clover Consider planting wildflower seeds – CA natives… clarkia, poppies Collect seeds off prior year plants   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 119: ARBICO Organics, with Sheri Herrera de Frey

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 57:24


    The backbone of any organic garden are hard working beneficial/parasitic insects. I talk with founder of ARBICO-Organics, Sheri Herrera de Frey, about which ones are a must for gardeners to incorporate. We discuss controls for whiteflies, Japanese and cucumber beetles, gnats, borers and so many more. Plus -- learn why releasing beneficial nematodes should be on your garden to do list.  ARBICO-Organics can be found on-line below: Website:  arbico-organics.com Facebook Instagram   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 118: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 37:43


    Listener Q&A episode.  Topics include: Propagating a String of Pearls Basil infested with caterpillars Mandarin bush – will it produce late in the season Azalea – how to care for Overwintering eggplants & peppers – when to prepare Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – best time of year & method to transplant   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 117: September To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 73:56


    Avocados, blueberries and Hydrangeas - 3 plants I get a lot of questions about. In some parts of the world they grow like weeds, but in many locations they can be tricky. I talk to Bruce Ritter -- co-founder of the Sacramento Botanical Garden -- about growing these, as well as how the plan to build a world class garden in Sacramento is going.   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 116: September To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 20:30


    In this episode, I discuss September garden To-Do tasks.  There is a big variety with a lot on the list, including: Clean up – remove certain vegetables. There are certain ones to leave (peppers, eggplants, etc) as cool temperatures can help them.  Plant Fall/Winter vegetables, including brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, cabbage, kales, swiss chard Harvest gourds such as pumpkins and squash Plan and purchase bulbs that will be planted in Fall, bloom in Spring Add beneficial nematodes Cut back certain plants, such as pruning hydrangeas Near the end of September -- start dividing irises, planting perennials and natives   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 115: Sunset Lake CBD

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 48:23


    What does it take to grow healthy CBD with organic regenerative practices? I talk to founder of Sunset Lake CBD, Sam Bellavance and farmer/grower Caitlin Silber to hear about how they produce the most beautiful plants in Vermont. We discuss how they feed the soil, prevent most pest and disease problems and what they use to treat powdery mildew. Plus -- we talk about all their wonderful products and uses.   Sunset Lake CBD can be found at: Website: com Instagram: sunsetlakecbd Facebook: Sunset Lake CBD LinkedIn: Sunset Lake CBD   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 114: Treating and preventing weeds

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 45:29


    A plant out of place… this is a universal definition  of a weed. Weeds are many gardeners' biggest nemesis.  If left unchecked they can cause numerous issues in a garden. I breakdown how weeds get to your garden, how to control them and the single most important task to prevent an inundation. 

    Flower Power Garden Hour 113: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 33:19


    Grab bag listener Q&A episode – fruit tree pruning, orchids, hibiscus…..topics include:  Old wood chippings – what can I use for? Orchids – how to treat ant infestation Hibiscus – part is green, part is brown….diagnosis? Spotted spurge – how to mitigate this weed Peach tree – how to prune to prevent branch breakage To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 112: August To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 21:13


    The dog days of summer are upon us, and heat and smoke from wildfires is everyday life.  In this episode, I discuss this as well as all August to-do tasks, which compared to other months are not as daunting.  These include your fall vegetable planning/prep, summer fruit tree pruning, and some beginning thoughts on water issues.     To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 111: Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 71:15


    Doing a bit of summer fruit tree care can go a long way for a plentiful, healthy crop the following year.  I talk to Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn nursery, about the benefits of summer pruning, what you should be fertilizing with, summer pests, how to tell if you watering enough and many more helpful tips. Don and Redwood Barn can be found at: Website:  redwoodbarn.com Instagram:  redwoodbarnnursery & don.shor Facebook:  Redwood Barn Nursery   To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 110: Listener Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 38:03


    Grab bag listener Q&A episode – tree issues and recommendations, vegetables, pests….  Jade – why is it turning red Thrips – how to mitigate Cucumbers – why very pale in color Limbs dropping on a tree that seems healthy Maple tree – roots are starting to show at the base….should they be covered with soil To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com   Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    Flower Power Garden Hour 109: Sonya Harris, Bullock Garden Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 83:47


    Sonya Harris is a lifetime educator. Working with kids with special needs she became aware of the importance of alternative learning and began her journey creating a school garden. Sonya's energy and dedication quickly morphed into a bigger mission -- eventually leading to the nonprofit Bullock Garden Project. The mission of the organization is stated below: We are dedicated to empowering individuals, groups, and organizations, focusing on people within marginalized communities, in creating sustainable agriculture and incorporating garden education through building community sustainability awareness; partnering with community and green industry organizations; strengthening social/emotional development and well-being and nurturing independence through experiential learning and garden-based education; and inspiring future leaders to support green initiatives.   Sonya and the Bullock Garden Project can be found at the following: Website: Bullockgardenproject.org Facebook: BullockGardenProject Instagram: bullockgarden YouTube: BullockGardenProject   To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram YouTube email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com

    Flower Power Garden Hour 108: July To Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 27:42


    Summer is in full swing, and oppressive heat is dominating the western US.  Even with that, believe it or not this is the time of year I start thinking about my plan for winter vegetables.  In this episode, I discuss this as well as all other July garden to-do tasks including…vegetables to plant, summer fruit tree pruning, pruning hydrangeas, and lavender and blueberry care.    To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram YouTube email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com

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