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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 -- this podcast covers it.

Flower Power Garden Hour Marlene Simon

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.5, 90 Ratings

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 -- this podcast covers it.

    Listener Q&A…potpourri

    Listener Q&A…potpourri

    Listener Q&A episode -- Marlene answers listener submitted questions this week. Topics include:

    • Dahlia -- mite infestation
    • Corn – multiple shoots coming off each stalk….bad?
    • Artichoke – weed whacker mishap
    • Blueberry – decreasing crop over last season, and seem to be dying
    • Apricot – not producing mature fruit

    • 40 min
    Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms

    Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms

    I sit down with Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms & talk all things tomatoes. We cover common issues like Blossom End Rot, delayed fruit set & ripening….plus other strange anomalies like cat facing & zippering. I ask Brad how Covid-19 has affected his business & what beautiful, tasty new varieties he has on the horizon. If you want a primer on Brad’s history, the story of Wild Boar Farms, and his process of creating stunning, novel tomato varieties, then check out episode 34 -- my first interview with Brad

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Listener Q&A…summer vegetable garden focus

    Listener Q&A…summer vegetable garden focus

    Marlene answers listener submitted questions this week. The episode focuses on summer vegetable gardens, including:

    • Watering – best time of day, type/size of tubing to use, emitters vs drip

    • Soil – demystifying types of soils found in stores, guidance as to which to use when

    • Tomatoes – small webs...what are they & how to treat

    • Bell peppers – what are the small blotches

    • Can soil in plastic pots be re-used next season

    • Hydrangea – best time to transplant

    • 48 min
    Vegetable pollination

    Vegetable pollination

    This episode is all about how to ensure pollination in your vegetable garden, and how to spot when there may be issues occurring. The following vegetables are specifically discussed in detail:

    • Cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, melons, watermelons, zucchini, pumpkins)
    • Tomatoes
    • Peppers
    • Eggplant
    • Tomatillos
    • Corn
    • Strawberries

    • 53 min
    Listener Q&A

    Listener Q&A

    Listener Q&A episode. Marlene answers a variety of listener submitted questions this week, including:

    • Coffee grounds and garden plants
    • Tums to help blossom end rot?
    • Should a tomato vine be pruned/thinned
    • Is there a way to kill a root coming into my yard from the neighbors tree?
    • Best soil to use for succulents in a planter box
    • Older white roses suddenly changing colors
    • Meyer lemon – leaves yellowing & falling off
    • How to successfully grow a bromeliad

    • 39 min
    Pests…their damage & how to control

    Pests…their damage & how to control

    Got pests? In this episode I cover the most problematic pests (and their damage) that are attacking your vegetables as well as your ornamental plants. I’ll go over the safest and most organic methods of controlling them and why it is important to not aim for zero pests. Learn what my new favorite control for powdery mildew is, what I used to eradicate whiteflies from my squash, and what the newest “it” pest has been.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

rosejag ,

Garden power is great

Entertaining, educational and best of all this podcast is a good guide that helps me stay on track. Thank you!!

flowersmakeyouhappy ,

Quite possibly the best plant / comedy podcast ever

The hosts are incredibly knowledgeable but talk in a way that’s hilariously entertaining so it’s not purely just a nerdy dump of info. You will thoroughly enjoy this, whether you’re a plant nerd or just have a new found curiosity about the plant world!

East Coast liz ,

Awesome!

You’re just great, Marlene. Can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from you. Thanks so much for your time and for sharing your knowledge with us. You’ve definitely made a difference in my gardening year.
Be well. Say hi to Joe.
Liz

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