39 episodes

Expect to hear next level of information about growing like a pro. In this podcast expert gardener Donna Balzer interviews growers about their special interests and brings their lives and stories to life. Do you want to learn about growing organic saffron or how to grow a gravel garden into rich garden soil? Or maybe you want to crack the code on growing peppers, tomatoes or carrots? Would a few words of wisdom from a professional flower grower boost your success with flower pots forever? If you are a gardener ready for the next level then this podcast will help you grow.

Helping Gardeners Grow: The Podcast Donna Balzer

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

Expect to hear next level of information about growing like a pro. In this podcast expert gardener Donna Balzer interviews growers about their special interests and brings their lives and stories to life. Do you want to learn about growing organic saffron or how to grow a gravel garden into rich garden soil? Or maybe you want to crack the code on growing peppers, tomatoes or carrots? Would a few words of wisdom from a professional flower grower boost your success with flower pots forever? If you are a gardener ready for the next level then this podcast will help you grow.

    Home Garden Tips From Farmer John

    Home Garden Tips From Farmer John

    Guest: John Mills, Eagle Creek Farm Big Idea: From the Farm to the Home garden: Ideas Shared Topic Today:  John Mills is well known for his organic potatoes in Canada and he sells them across the country including Prince Edward Island! Listen in to Episode 18, season 1 to hear all about John’s potatoes. Today […]

    • 59 min
    Herbal Houseplants

    Herbal Houseplants

    Guest: Susan Betz, Author of Herbal Houseplants Big Idea: You Can Grow Herbs as Houseplants Topic Today:  “ Plant an Herb and grow a friend,” says author and expert herbalist Susan Betz in this interview about herbs and her new book Herbal Houseplants.   “… And when you look at different cultures, they might take […]

    • 52 min
    Citizen Seed Trials

    Citizen Seed Trials

    Guest: Siri van Gruen, Farm Folk, City Folk Big Idea: Participate in seed trials and help food security! Topic Today:  “The Citizen Seed Trial is a public science program that helps to engage gardeners and growers in the process of variety trials, seed saving, and seed breeding,” says Siri van Gruen as we discuss the […]

    • 37 min
    Making Maple Syrup

    Making Maple Syrup

    Guest: Allison and Philip Bowers, Autumn Leaves Maple Farm Big Idea: Maple Trees Listed as a “Farm Crop” Topic Today:  Using existing maples to gain farm status from a wet piece of land For more info: (250) 228-1801 Email: autumnleavesmaplefarm@gmail.com Information about classifying land for farm status in British Columbia: https://www.taxtips.ca/documents/Farm-Classification-in-BC-2016.pdf Equipment supplier: Dominion and […]

    • 43 min
    Food Gardens at Hollyhock Retreat Centre

    Food Gardens at Hollyhock Retreat Centre

    Guest: Dana Trueman Big Idea: Gardening for a Crowd using French Intensive Methods Topic Today:  Big Scale Food Production at Hollyhock Retreat Centre on Cortes Island From an invitation to “start work tomorrow”, Dana Trueman became a gardener at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre on Cortes Island over twenty years ago. His job is to beautify […]

    • 51 min
    Growing Organic Garlic for Flavour and Money

    Growing Organic Garlic for Flavour and Money

    Guest: Jim Capellini – owner/manager, Rasa Creek Farm Big Idea: Grow Garlic for yourself or for market Topic Today:  Like all home-grown food, the flavour of fresh garlic is so much better than store bought. “There’s education that’s needed and mostly it’s palate education,” says farmer Jim Cappelini. “Once people experience the [taste] difference, they […]

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Montgomery6 ,

My new favourite podcast!

As a fairly new gardener I’m thirsty for information and tips to help avoid disappointment, mistakes and mishaps in the garden. I love Donna’s podcast as it has so many fabulous tips for growing here in Canada. Nothing better than listening to her soothing tones while weeding and planting!

Wow4286 ,

fantastic information, inspirational

Super guest, Donna is quietly curious, so much information. I’ve been to Sal’s website and gotten my first newsletter already, can’t wait for June!

Kiwi66ok ,

Helping gardeners grow

Donna chats with such interesting people. You learn so much and get interested in trying to grow things you never though of. You learn how to make your soil better and attract good bugs. Just so much to get inspired by listening to Donna’s podcasts. It’s wonderful having a Canadian gardener who’s gardened in Alberta and now BC. She’s so wonderful at helping you be a better gardener and help someone like me that’s just starting and learning . Thank you Donna.

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