100 episodes

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

    • Leisure
    • 4.6 • 133 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.

    Earthworm castings, with Luke Arthur of Simple Grow

    Earthworm castings, with Luke Arthur of Simple Grow

    Every gardener can tell when earthworms have “worked” their soil. The soil is more pliable and everything grows so much better. Why is this the case?  Earthworm castings are full of nutrients and microbes which are beneficial for a healthy soil and garden. I talk with Luke Arthur -- founder and CEO of Simple Grow, an organic producer of earthworm castings -- about how beneficial earthworm castings are, what exactly is in them, why it is a safer way of fertilizing and how even your houseplants will benefit.
    Luke and Simple Grow can be found at:
    Website:  simplegrow.com
    Instagram:  @simplegrowsoil
    Facebook:  @simplegrow
    Youtube:  Simple Grow – Worm Castings
     
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 38 min
    May To Do List

    May To Do List

    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of May.  It has been unseasonably cool, but nights are not getting TOO cold.  Lot’s of planting and garden prep this month.
    Vegetables to plant:
    Tomatoes Eggplant Peppers Zucchini Corn Beans Cucumbers Melons Okra Pumpkins Watermelon Swiss Chard  
    Flowers to plant:
    Zinnias Cosmos Sunflowers Dahlias  
    Garden tasks:
    Mulch Stake tomatoes Cut flowers off rhubarb Divide/transplant cymbidiums Thin stone fruit Paint fruit tree trunks Prune once flowering plants Remove suckers from roses Hose blast aphids Diatomaceous earth Fertilize citrus  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 16 min
    Don Shor, of Redwood Barn Nursery

    Don Shor, of Redwood Barn Nursery

    Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn Nursery and overall plant expert, is back again! This time we go through your favorite summer veggies and he gives his tips and tricks. When you should plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants… his favorite go-to varieties… how you should work your soil and do you really need to prune your tomatoes?
    Don can be found at:
    Website: com Instagram: redwoodbarnnursery & shor Facebook: Redwood Barn Nursery  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 1 hr 1 min
    April To Do List

    April To Do List

    This episode is the garden To Do list for the month of April.  The time change has come and gone, so there is plenty of light to work later into the evening.  Days are definitely getting warmer, although there are some sporadic cold nights. 
    Planting: Tomatoes – April 15th at the earliest Direct sow corn At the end of April -- Squash, cucumbers, eggplant, beets, radish, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes All perennials Direct sow zinnias, sunflowers Summer bulbs, dahlias, gladiolus

    Fertilize citrus Compost Check irrigation Paint fruit tree trunks Prune camellias, quince, forsythia, etc Smother weeds Monitor for pests

    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com  
    Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 12 min
    Listener Q&A

    Listener Q&A

    A wide range of topics addressing questions submitted by listeners.  Including:
    How to care for a Dracontium polyphyllum Lantana – pruning advice Tomato seeds – recommendations about growing in small containers Safe edging options for vegetable gardens – metal, bender board, pressure treated, composite Jade – how to help a drooping plant Lime tree – how and what to transplant into


    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 26 min
    GardenFit, with Madeline de Vries Hooper & Jeff Hughes

    GardenFit, with Madeline de Vries Hooper & Jeff Hughes

    As a lifelong gardener and active person, Madeline de Vries Hooper was surprised when she started to experience aches and pains while gardening.  Jeff Hughes, a fitness trainer, was recommended to help. Not only did his training and technique alleviate her aches, but they taught her better gardening habits. Inspired by Jeff’s methods – and her success – the duo
    decided to take the show on the road to teach and inspire gardeners and farmers across the U.S. to get GardenFit. I talk to Madeline and Jeff about the gardens they visited and how they are on a mission to help farmers and gardeners alike.
    GardenFit premieres March 21, 2022 on American Public Television across the U.S., and will also be streaming on PBS. 
    Website: gardenfit.fit Instagram: @getgardenfit Facebook: GardenFit Pinterest: @gardenfit YouTube: GardenFit  
    To ask questions for future shows, submit them at:
    Facebook Instagram email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

EKBSOS ,

Witty + informative + balancing + restorative

I learned to garden by listening to podcasts while watching my kids play in the yard in zone 9b. This podcast is my favorite because it’s informative and the hosts are funny (especially your email address 🤣). And no ads!!!! Thank you for your guidance and entertainment and your variety of topics. I want to learn it all! Ps your intro is the best I’ve heard hands down. I often tell my husband, “I want you to know that everything was grown in my garden.” ❤️❤️❤️ also I find your podcast balancing and restorative. It feels like home, especially in these times. Thank you for that.

Emily B from Miamk ,

Easy funny informative

Love listening. She gives a great, engaging & thorough breakdown of each topic and always has great guests on. Keep up the amazing work, I listen on my commute.

tine1971 ,

Informative and fun

So full of random information on anything pertaining to plants, vegetable, gardening, peats. I enjoy Joe also, how you bounce back n forth. He seems to be an instigator lol. I look forward to Sundays on Goodday 13. I am more of a visual learner so it sure helps when there is someone who sends in a photo of issue. My summer and winter gardens are doing so much better by listening to your advice. Things i never would if thought of. Keep up the great work.

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