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

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

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.

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

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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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

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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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.

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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!

Dec 9, 2016

This week we will be continuing the garden planning conversation by discussing another factor that can help guide your garden planning, and that’s plant growth form.

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!

Dec 2, 2016

Knowing more about the life span and growth cycle of your crops will help you make decisions about what to plant, when to plant it, and how much of it to plant.

This is the first of many episodes we will share over the next few months on the topic of garden planning. No matter how simple or comprehensive your garden plan will be, these episodes will be here for you to revisit as many times as you'd like over the coming months and seasons to help you devise an intricate plan or simply serve as an inspiration for future projects. 

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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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

 

Nov 24, 2016

We're taking a little break and spending time with our families this week, we thought this would be a great time to recap a few of our favorite episodes that are still really timely for the season. 

Also, we 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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Nov 18, 2016

This episode is for those of you out there who may not have a vegetable garden yet, or who are planning to expand an existing growing space. Or maybe you're thinking about adding some new beds for the next growing season. We are talking about how sheet mulching might be a good technique for you. Mulching your future garden space over the winter can give you a jumpstart on the garden building process for next season.

Also, we 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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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

Nov 11, 2016

Microgreens are a great way to produce food all year long with minimum space and time. In this episode we'll discuss how to grow microgreens and crops that are best suited for this type of production. 

Also, we 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!

Nov 4, 2016

Spending a little time in the fall taking notes on what happened in your garden over that past season is a great way to get a jump start on your garden planning for the following spring. In this episode we are going to briefly introduce garden mapping and then Kellie and I will share our favorite crop varieties of the 2016 garden season.

Also, we 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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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

Oct 28, 2016

This episode we are going to delve into the wonderful world of soil pH. Managing the pH of a garden may sound super complicated or perhaps a bit over-the-top for the beginning gardener. However, checking and adjusting the pH of your garden soil is actually very easy and very important.

Also, we 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!

Oct 21, 2016

This week we will be discussing how to use compost as a fall garden amendment. In particular, we're going to talk about it how you can use compost to improve and protect your soil over the wet winter months.

Also, we 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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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

Oct 14, 2016

Cover cropping is the practice of growing a crop specifically to generate organic matter, protect the soil, and increase soil nutrient levels. 

In this episode, we discuss how cover crops work and why they are an incredibly important and effective way to maintain soil health and capture soil on site, but also why the practice of cover cropping can be tricky to employ in a home garden.

Also, we 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: 

https://www.patreon.com/encyclopediabotanica

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

Oct 7, 2016

Last week Kellie and I went to a community field day and variety tasting event put on by the Organic Seed Alliance. The event celebrates the second annual harvest at OSA’s Washington research farm, which serves as the hub of OSA’s Pacific Northwest organic plant breeding, seed education, and variety trial program.

In this episode, we’ll discuss OSA’s mission and some of the work they do and we’ll also share their technique for saving tomato seeds.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • What the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is and their mission.
  • Why organic farmers and gardeners are reliant on organizations like the OSA to help develop seed adapted to their specific farm conditions and climates that don’t require the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
  • How to save tomato seeds.

Important Take-aways:

  • Seeds are a living, natural resource that need careful management to meet food needs now and into the future.
  • The Organic Seed Alliance’s work is crucial to the future of organic farming. Research demonstrates that varieties developed under non-organic growing conditions are not always successful in organic and other low-input systems. Organic growers need crop varieties developed specifically for low-input systems – crops that mitigate pest and disease pressures, and that are adapted to their local conditions and climates.” The OSA is partnering with farmers all over the country to identify seed needs and to trial varieties and collect data.
  • Label any seeds you save with the variety and date!

Heard on the Episode:

“It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to try seven different types of kale...sided by side. It’s just a good reminder of all of the different vegetable varieties and flavor qualities that are out there.” - Hilary Dahl

“I have to say, this was just such a cool experience...I’ve never really done anything like this before. I learned way more than I expected about the importance of seeds in our culture...honestly, I know it’s fall but it got me super jazzed up for planning my spring garden…!” - Kellie Phelan


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