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Encyclopedia Botanica

A weekly podcast about edible gardening.
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Jun 23, 2017

This week Kellie is out, but I have a very special guest, Brad Halm, here to chat with me about tomato pruning. Brad is a dear friend of mine, one of the co-founders of the Seattle Urban Farm Co., and the co-author of the books I'm always referencing on this podcast, Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard, and High Yield Vegetable Gardening. Brad was actually the person who taught me how to prune tomatoes so I can't think of a better person to have on the show today.

We need your help to keep this podcast going! Consider supporting us at the $5/month level for access to our Slack group- maybe we'll even answer one of your questions in an episode! For more info, check out our Patreon page:

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Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

Jun 16, 2017

Blossom end rot can be an incredibly frustrating challenge for any vegetable gardener. There is something particularly upsetting about watching a perfectly healthy-looking plant produce damaged and rotten fruits! In this episode we're chatting about how blossom end rot can be avoided and, once in process can often be overcome!

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Jun 9, 2017

New potatoes are potatoes that are harvested young, or before the potato plant dies back and the potatoes fully mature. They have a thin, tender skin, are generally sweeter than mature potatoes, and are particularly delicious when pulled fresh from the garden. In this episode we'll discuss how and when harvest new potatoes!

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Jun 2, 2017

In this episode we tackle another round of questions from our Slack group. We cover late spring topics such as drip irrigation run times, tomato pruning tips, cauliflower care, and more! 

If you want to know more about our Slack group or to join, check out our Patreon page: 

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May 26, 2017

There are so many types and varieties of beans to choose from, that picking the right types to grow in your garden can be confusing. In this episode we’re going to discuss the 3 main culinary categories that beans are broken into, and how each of these types are grown in your garden.

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May 19, 2017

We’re excited to have Jeanne Nolan on the podcast today to talk with us about growing cucumbers. Jeanne is based in Chicago and has been growing food organically for over twenty-five years. In this episode we'll discuss when and how to plant cucumbers, trellising techniques, succession planting cuc's and Jeanne's favorite varieties. 

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May 12, 2017

Spring has really kicked in across the country, and as a result, we're covering a lot of specific growing questions today. Stay tuned for more on slug control, a carrot seeding experiment, supplemental feeding, beet thinning, and other questions around spring planting.

We need your help to keep this podcast going! Consider supporting us at the $5/month level for access to our Slack group- maybe we'll even answer one of your questions in an episode! For more info, check out our Patreon page:

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May 5, 2017

Succession planting is the practice of planting small quantities of a crop on a regular basis so that they can be harvested at regular intervals throughout the growing season. This practice is key to maintaining a high-yield vegetable garden. Tune in for our tips on succession planting short season crops.

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Apr 28, 2017

Tomatoes are probably the most popular garden vegetable, and for good reason; they're versatile, highly productive, and produce fruits that are far superior to any you can buy at the grocery store. In this episode we'll discuss tips for choosing and the best tomato for your space and needs and how to plant tomatoes. 

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Apr 21, 2017

Growing food with kids of all ages can be fun and rewarding. On today’s episode, Nicole Burke from the Rooted Garden joins us to share her mission of getting everyone growing their own edible garden. As a mom to 4 kids, Nicole is an expert on the best ways to engage kids in this process, from planning to planting to harvesting and maintenance.

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Apr 14, 2017

Containers are a great way to grow food in a small or otherwise unusable space. They can turn a sunny patio, deck or even a driveway into a custom-sized, productive garden.

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Apr 7, 2017

Today we're covering some of the top Q&A from the Slack group from the last month. Stay tuned for more on seed starting, drip irrigation, and raspberry pruning.

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Mar 31, 2017

Green sprouted garlic is somewhat of a delicacy and is usually only found at farmers markets, but is also very easy to grow! It grows fast and adds an incredible, fresh flavor to any traditionally garlic-laced meal.

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Mar 24, 2017

This week we are going to talk about one of the most popular crops for the home garden: Strawberries. Strawberries are easy to grow at home and can be highly productive even in relatively small spaces.

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Mar 17, 2017

In this episode we are talk about growing flowers specifically to attract beneficial insects to your garden.Today's topic ties a lot of things together. Growing flowers, organic pest management, and pollination for your veggies.

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Mar 10, 2017

In this episode we're covering Q+A from some of the listeners in the Slack group. We address questions on what to plant when, starting seeds at home, drip irrigation, and becoming a beet ninja!

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Mar 3, 2017

Welcome to part 2 of our 2-part series on organic fertilizer! This week we're talking about Phosphorus and Potassium. These two nutrients are responsible for many vital plant functions, including root growth, flower production and fruit development.

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Feb 24, 2017

Over the next two episodes we will break down NPK, the acronym used to classify plant fertilizers. NPK stands for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This week we will focus on Nitrogen, and next week we'll talk in depth about Phosphorus and Potassium. So, welcome to our 2-part series on organic fertilizer!

Consider supporting this podcast through our Patreon page. This is the last week that all of our Patreon supporters have access to our online community forum where you can chat with Hilary and Kellie, as well as your fellow listeners. After March 1, 2017, the price of admission to the our online community forum will go up to $5/month. Thank you all so much for your support! 

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Feb 17, 2017

Potatoes are a surprisingly satisfying crop to grow. If you’re not a huge fan of these tubers, tasting freshly harvested homegrown potatoes will definitely change your feelings about the crop.  Along with peas and onions, they are one of the first crops we plant in the spring. You really feel like you are doing something useful when burying the big chunks of 'seed potatoes.’

Consider supporting this podcast through our Patreon page. All of our Patreon supporters have access to our online community forum where you can chat with Hilary and Kellie, as well as your fellow listeners: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

Feb 10, 2017

We think fresh homegrown peas are reason enough to have your own garden. They’re also one of the earliest and easiest crops to grow. In this episode we'll discuss how to plan for and grow peas in your garden. 

Consider supporting this podcast through our Patreon page. All of our Patreon supporters have access to our online community forum where you can chat with Hilary and Kellie, as well as your fellow listeners: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

Feb 3, 2017

Welcome back to part two of our series on cut flowers. If you haven't listened to part 1 of the series - episode 29 - go back and check that out before listening to this one. It will make more sense that way, and then you'll have Hilary's whole top 10 list. Last week we talked about annual flowers that can be direct seeded in your garden, and this week we're focusing on annual flowers that do better as transplants.

Consider supporting this podcast through our Patreon page. All of our Patreon supporters have access to our online community forum where you can chat with Hilary and Kellie, as well as your fellow listeners: 

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Jan 27, 2017

There are many similarities between growing annual vegetables and annual flowers. Just like a vegetable garden, a great annual cut flower garden takes a little planning. This week we discuss general planting considerations and take a look at some of our favorite and most reliable direct seeded annual flowers for cutting.

We've started a Patreon page so if you're enjoying this podcast, consider making a contribution! All of our Patreon supporters have access to our online community forum where you can chat with Hilary and Kellie, as well as your fellow listeners: 

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Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

Jan 20, 2017

This week we continue our seed ordering discussion by talking about quantities of seed and how much of each type you'll want to order. We'll also touch on why it might actually make more sense for you to buy some crops as seeds, but others as transplants from your local nursery. Lastly, we'll share tips and clues that you can use to select the right variety for your intended application.

We've started a Patreon page so if you're enjoying this podcast, consider making a contribution: 

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Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

Jan 13, 2017

Hello and welcome back to the EB podcast! We’re so excited to be back and we’re looking forward to a full year of podcasts in 2017. It’ll be fun to start right at the beginning of the year and talk about the season as it progresses!

Growing from seed can have the potential to dramatically increase your opportunities for better yields by allowing you much more control over the varieties of each crop that you can plant in the garden. Keeping a well-stocked seed library also allows you to take advantage of production opportunities on your own schedule throughout the season.

We've started a Patreon page so if you're enjoying this podcast, consider making a contribution: 

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Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

 

Dec 16, 2016

This week we will wrap up our garden planning conversation by discussing crop rotation. Crop rotation is the practice of planting annual crops in different spaces each year to avoid pest and disease problems, and to use soil nutrients efficiently.

We really need your support in order to continue providing you with fresh, quality weekly content! We've started a Patreon page so if you're enjoying this podcast, consider making a contribution: 

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Don't forget to Tweet us @seattleurbnfarm using hashtag #EBpodcast with your garden questions!

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