Hello, gardeners, and welcome to the Gardening the Hudson Valley podcast. The show that brings you news and updates from the gardens and gardeners of New York’s beautiful valley region. I’m your host, Marie Iannotti.
Show #49 – Why You Need Flowers in the Vegetable Garden (February 10, 2016) Flowers do a lot more than dress up your vegetable garden. They can confuse pest insects, ward off diseases, and even attract helpful insects. This week I talk about 4 reasons the vegetable garden is the perfect place to grow flowers and which flowers would be ideal.
Show #48 – Garden Show Season (January 27, 2016) We escaped the snow, but it’s still not time to start digging in the soil. We’ll have to satisfy our need for plants and flowers by visiting one of the wonderful garden shows in the area. Today I talk about three shows that are worth the visit. Grab your comfortable shows and get ready to be inspired.
Show #47 – Can Anyone Garden? (January 6, 2016) I know too many people who give up gardening within a year of starting their first garden. Do they have unrealistic expectations? Are they just plain lazy? Or is gardening simply not for everyone. Here’s what my experience has been, coaching novice gardeners and how to give them a fighting chance at getting over that initial overwhelming hump.
Show #46 – El Niño in the Garden (December 23, 2015) El Niño is in full force this month, which you’ve probably noticed. We might love the warm weather, but it’s not the best situation for our plants. They spent the past few months getting ready to go dormant. Think how confused they must be. Today I discuss a few things to look out for, while your plants are exposed to weird weather.
Show #45 – Does Your Garden Tell a Story? (December 9,, 2015) – Does your garden take a visitor on a journey? Do you ever wonder what it’s saying to other people? You’ve probably traveled a long road with your garden. Sometimes we spend so much time looking at the details, we lose sight of the big picture. Take a moment to think about the stories you see when you walk through your garden.
Show #44 – Lessons Learned When the Leaves Fall (November 25, 2015) – The leaves have fallen and been raked aside. The gardening season is definitely coming to a close in the Hudson Valley, but that doesn’t mean we should pack things in. You have an opportunity now to study the garden without the distraction of leaves. Enjoy the view.
Show #43 – Winterize the Garden (November 11,2015) – Things are really winding down, but the days are pleasant enough to enjoy being outdoors. Perfect weather for doing all those little tweaks that will help prepare your garden for the frosty months ahead, so there won’t be any nasty surprises next season. Enjoy the sunshine and get a head start on a better spring garden.
Show #42 – What to Do with All Those Leaves (October 28, 2015) – It drives me crazy to see people raking their leaves to the side of the road for pick up. What a waste. If you’re lucky enough to have piles of leaves in the fall, put them to good use. Leaves do wonders for the soil and it takes minimal effort on your part – sometimes none at all. Here are 6 better things to do with your fall leaves than send them off to the landfill.
Show #41 – Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? (October 14, 2015) – They put on a great show every fall, but where does all that color hide during the rest of the year. Is it always there or is it a new development as the trees go dormant. Turns out it’s a little of both and that’s what this week’s podcast is all about. (During winter, the Gardening the Hudson Valley Podcast will be published twice a month, instead of weekly, because – well there just isn’t as much going on in the garden in winter, is there?)
Show #40 – Big Ideas for Small Spaces – Vanderbilt Historic Site (September 30, 2015) – You might not think a garden as grand as those at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park would have many lesson for home gardener, but those impeccable formal gardens are planned, planted and maintained by amateur gardeners just like you and I and they make the gardens the standouts they are by trial and error. Whether you love roses, perennials, annuals or water gardens, there are ideas here for you.
Show #39 – Are Mums Really Hardy? (September 23, 2015) – They’re everywhere in the fall. It seems like people can’t get enough of them. Even folks who don’t have gardens seem to need at least a half dozen potted mums, when September rolls around. Most of these mums will end up in the garbage. But mums are perennials and if you’re going to sell something as hardy, it should be. Here’s how they could be.
Show #38 – Over-Wintering Root Vegetables (September 16, 2015) – Most fall gardening activities involve cleaning up and cutting down. Thankfully there are some things that should just be left alone. Believe it or not, root vegetables are one of them. These powerhouses can handle icy soil and are all the sweeter for it. Today’s podcast tells you how to nestle in your root vegetables for the winter.
Show #37 – Planning for Bulbs (September 9, 2015) – Even if you hate everything else about Hudson Valley winters, you have to be grateful to them for providing the perfect chilling environment for spring bulbs. We’re lucky there. Today’s podcast is all about the best bulbs for our area and how to get them off to a great start in the fall.
Show #36 – Herbs for Fall Planting (September 2, 2015) – Fall really is a good time for planting. Perennials, trees, and shrubs get most of the attention, but there are plenty of herbs that love fall weather and many of them are perennial, too. Even the annuals will give you several weeks of harvest, so prepare to spice up the kitchen.
Show #35 – Shopping for Fall Bargains (August26, 2015) – Garden centers are well on their way to emptying out their nursery stock and that means half-price tables and lots of good buys for discerning gardeners. Fall is a great time for planting, so go ahead and indulge. Just use a little discretion when deciding what to buy. That’s the topic of this week’s podcast tip.
Show #34 – Fall Tasks for a Better Garden Next Spring (August 19, 2015) – Now’s the time to stop running around pruning and primping your garden and start to do a little clean-up. It’s not quite time to put the garden to bed, but there are some tasks that will put you ahead next spring – when you are running around like crazy. Luckily, most of these aren’t too taxing to do, in late summer’s heat.
Show #33 – The Puny Garlic Woes (August 12, 2015) – Root vegetables can be very frustrating. You never know what’s going on down there. But when it’s something, like garlic, that you can’t replant until the fall, it’s terribly disappointing to dig it up and find it has underperformed – to say the least. Follow these tips to rest a little easier, next time you plant your garlic. We’ve got one chance to get it right.
Show #32 – A Seasonal Garden Appraisal (August 05, 2015) – August is a funny month in the garden. The early stars are fading, as the laggards start to shine. It’s a time when a little editing is called for, but it’s also a great time to step back and evaluate how your garden is doing. That’s what we run down in this episode; what to look for and what plans to make.
Show #31 – Flowers for Bees in the Vegetable Garden (July 29, 2015) – Every vegetable garden is dependent on visiting pollinators. If your garden isn’t buzzing with bees, it could be that you need to offer them more incentive. Tomato flowers are just not showy enough to pull them in. Here’s how to incorporate more bee magnets in the vegetable patch.
Show #30 – How to ID Plant Problems (July 22, 2015) – I’m sure there are no problems in your garden, but in case you want to help out a friend, this episode outlines how to spot patterns in problems, so you know what you’re dealing with and how to fix it.
Show #29 – Getting Rid of Plants the Don’t Work (July 15, 2015) – It’s hard to admit a plant has failed in your garden. It’s even harder to come to terms with the though that you simply no longer like that particular plant or want something else in it’s place. This podcast gives you permission to move on. Lose the guilt. A garden is never finished anyway.
Show #28 – What Fertilizer Should You Use? (July 29, 2015) – Does it matter what fertilizer you use on which plants? Not as much as you might think. You don’t have to cater to each plants peculiarities. Here’s how to make it easy on you, while still pleasing your plants. (This episode is out of chronological order because of the wonders of the digital age and my own stubborn nature.)
Show #27 – Planning for Fall Flowers (July 8, 2015) – Fall flowers need time to get adjusted in the garden and grow tall and bushy. The time to plant them is spring or mid-summer by the latest. So if you haven’t given them any thought yet, here are a handful of stunners to seek out in the garden center and maybe even buy on sale. Your fall garden will surprise you.
Show #26 – Rain, Too Much of a Good Thing (June 24, 2015) – It’s true, plants need water. But sometimes Mother Nature goes overboard. While it’s nice not having to drag the hose out, all that rain comes at a price. This episode discusses the pros and cons of too much water.
Show #25 – How Duck Weed Saved My Water Garden (June 17, 2015) – Water gardening is often talked about as being low maintenance, but it’s not. You just have less control over what happens in the water, than in the soil. This one little, floating plant made all the difference for my water garden and the amount of care it needed.
Show #24 – Common Sense Companion Planting (June 10, 2015) – Does companion planting really work? Hard to say. How would you even test it? There may be many unanswered questions about companion planting, but there are 2 areas where it seems very dependable – controlling insect pests and attracting beneficial insects. Win-Win. Get started with these tips.
Show #23 – What’s June Drop? (June 3, 2015) – Did you happen to notice a lot of tiny fruits scattered under your fruit trees? They weren’t there yesterday, were they? Well, don’t panic. It’s just June Drop. That’s the way fruit trees keep from over-extending themselves. Sometimes they need your help, too.
Show #22 – Heat Waves and Plant Stress (May 27, 2015) – We’re not the only ones who don’t like excessive heat. High temperatures can cause plants to drop their flowers or even totally shut down. Prolonged heat can cause sun scald on fruits and ruin their flavor. A few simple steps can help avoid that.
Show #21 – Dealing with Groundhogs (May 20, 2015) – Groundhogs are well named. They really are hogs. Deterrents don’t help much and even fencing is an iffy proposition. This podcast talks about some tricks that will distract your groundhogs long enough for you to enjoy your garden.
Show #20 – What to Do with All the Weeds (May 13, 2015) – How do they find our yards so quickly? Long before the garden is in its glory, the weeds are staking their claim. The first step in controlling them is knowing if they are annual or perennial weeds. Then we plan our attack.
Show #19 – Onions to Cry For (May 6, 2015) – Food would be BORING without onions and the ones I’m finding in the grocery store don’t seem to last very long. Thanks goodness they’re easy to grow – with a few little quirks thrown in. Here are a few tips for navigating onion peculiarities.
Show #18 – Sneak a Peek into Some Great Private Gardens (April 29, 2015) – I know we’re all busy with our own gardens, in the spring, but there’s no better way to rev up your inspiration than by visiting another impeccable garden. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program is in full swing, waiting to be enjoyed.
Show #17 – Successful Transplanting Tips (April 22, 2015) – Transplanting is a little trickier than just digging a hole and plopping in the plant. Those young plants are totally dependent on your TLC. A little care at planting time will go a long way toward healthy plants.
Show #16 – Pruning Flowering Trees and Shrubs (April 15, 2015) – It can be tricky knowing when to prune trees and shrubs that bloom. Should you do it while they are dormant? Wait until after they bloom? Just let them grow? While it’s hard to kill a plant by pruning at the wrong time, here’s some help with the ideal time.
Show #15 – Hold Off on Planting (April 8, 2015) – The weather is being very obstinate and the chilly winds don’t seem to want to blow away. These are not ideal planting conditions. Find out what’s safe to plant and what should be put off until we see some sunshine and feel its warmth.
Show #14 – Deciding What to Grow (April 1, 2015) – You may be thinking you have no problem what so ever in deciding what to grow in your vegetable garden. Ah, but do you have room for all those delectables you’re craving? Maybe not. Just in case, here are 5 ways to help you make the difficult choice of which vegetables will win a spot in your garden this season.
Show #13 – Pruning Raspberries (March 25, 2015) – Berry bushes can be confusing. We’re so tempted to let them put on as much growth as possible, hoping it will mean a larger harvest. Counter intuitively, pruning actually improves both yield and quality. We can all agree on that, but when to prune offers even more options. Here’s how to decide what’s best for you and your raspberries.
Show #12 – When to Feed Spring Bulbs (March 18, 2015) – I spotted my first bulbs of the season last week! They were just a small clump of snowdrops, but I took it as a very encouraging sign. This week’s podcast episode talks about when to feed your spring flowering bulbs. Although there’s no consensus on this, there is some common sense. Listen in.
Show #11 – Is the Soil Ready to Be Worked? (March 11, 2015) – There are some phrases used in gardening that confound reason. Moist, well-draining soil and hardy annual come to mind. Right up there is the admonition, “As soon as the ground can be worked.” Have you ever wondered what that means? As soon as it’s thawed? As soon as you can get a shovel in? It’s a little more involved than that. It actually makes perfect sense, once you know what they’re talking about. Well, that’s the topic of this week’s podcast.
Show #10 – Repotting Season (March 4, 2015) – Most potted plants benefit from being repotted every 3 – 4 years and spring is the time to do it. If you have a lot of potted plants and you only have time to repot a few, today’s podcast gives you tips on which plants to focus on, which prefer to be left alone, and the best way to repot and make your house plants happy.
Show #9 – Do Potted Bulbs have a Future? (February 25, 2015) – It’s hard to resist those colorful pots of spring bulbs. They’re everywhere right now and since there’s little chance my own bulbs will be poking through 3 ft. of snow any day soon, I’m an easy mark. Every year someone asks me if it’s worth saving the potted bulbs to plant outdoors and if so, when and how should they do it. Listen in and find out if your potted bulbs hold promise or are destined for the compost.
Show #8 – Did You Know? Spring Trivia (February 18, 2015) – I think I’m experiencing cabin fever. Too many gray days. I’ve fallen into doing searches on the word “spring”. Spring has become my mantra. Since I can’t get it out of my mind, today’s podcast is a bunch of facts about this much anticipated vernal equinox and the better weather it portends. Like did you know when tulip bulbs first made their way to Germany, they thought they were root vegetables and boiled them with some sugar. Yum.
Show #7 – Seeds that Need Light to Germinate (February 11, 2015) – Some seeds that won’t break dormancy until they are exposed to the right type and amount of light – yet another thing to consider whether you are starting seeds indoors or out.
Show #6 – A Neat Little Succession Planting Tip (February 4, 2015) – Succession planting is a great way to extend your harvest season and to make sure there is always something ready to pick for dinner. But sometimes it means too much of a good thing. That endless row of beet greens can start to look boring, no? And, oh no, is it time to plant again? Today’s tip keeps the boring away and makes it ridiculously easy to remember to plant again.
Show #5 – Heavy Snow and Grazing Animals (January 28, 2015) – Even in the depths of winter, many animals are still eying your garden for food. Find out what extra precautions you need to take when there’s a thick blanket of snow on the ground.
Show #4 – Cues from Nature (January 21, 2015) – Let nature tell you what needs doing, when. It’s not as far fetched as it seems. It’s the science of phenology – observing recurring phenomenon in nature.
Show #3 – Weathering Winter (January 14, 2015) – 3 tips to help you keep gardening in winter, without freezing.
Show #2 – When Winter Does Not Cooperate (January 7, 2015) – No snow cover to insulate your plants? No worry. Use your Christmas tree boughs instead. Here are 5 ways to put your Christmas tree to good work in the garden.
Show #1 – January Gardening Tips (January 5, 2015) – No snow cover to insulate your plants? No worry. Use your Christmas tree boughs instead. Here are 5 ways to put your Christmas tree to good work in the garden.