33 episodes

Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries Mary Stone

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    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

    Episode 33 - Hot Peppers Into Cool Jelly, DIY Worm Castings

    Episode 33 - Hot Peppers Into Cool Jelly, DIY Worm Castings

    Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives.
    This episode starts with a story of a lifelong friend’s adventure of growing ungodly HOT Peppers in pots that turns into a gift of delicious jelly.
    https://askmarystone.com/growing-hot-peppers-into-jelly/
    Then there’s a tidbit on the outcomes of the anticipated Brood-X invasion you can read more about in the link below.
    https://askmarystone.com/brood-x-cicada-2021-recap/
    Plus, we talk about how Russ and Sara use worm castings in their hot pepper potting mix. Answering the question, “What are worm castings anyway?” And how you can make your very own. 
     https://askmarystone.com/what-are-worm-castings/
     
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com
     
    I invite you to email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com
    And Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page — Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page

    • 21 min
    Episode 32 - Juglone Companions, Fascinating Fasciation

    Episode 32 - Juglone Companions, Fascinating Fasciation

    Thank you for being part of our community, sharing how gardens and nature heal and grow our lives.
    Shagbark hickory produces Juglone, a natural herbicide, but in far less concentration than the Eastern Black Walnut, famous for being allelopathic – a fancy word for emitting chemicals that harm other plants. Thankfully many plants will thrive around Juglone. I share a story of Elisabeth who bought an 1800’s farmhouse graced with Black Walnut trees and her desire for fruit trees and a vegetable garden. 
    https://askmarystone.com/juglone-companion-plants/
     https://askmarystone.com/fruits-and-veggies-near-black-walnut/
     Then we chat about an artful, slightly freaky, and fun anomaly most don’t know about. Dorrie sent photos of her Black-eyed Susan and Coneflowers with extended centers, concerned it was a disease. It turns out to be the fascinating anomaly of fasciation. Mother Nature can be so clever.
     https://askmarystone.com/fascinating-anomaly-of-fasciation/
     https://askmarystone.com/deformed-flowers-on-black-eyed-susan/
     Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com
     
    I invite you to email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com
    And Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page — Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page

    • 18 min
    Episode 31 - Comedy of Crickets, Mayapple of my Eye

    Episode 31 - Comedy of Crickets, Mayapple of my Eye

    Thank you for being part of our community, sharing how gardens and nature heal and grow our lives.
    In this episode, I share the story of our rescue pup coming upon an American toad. Gratefully Jolee didn’t pounce for the kill, the fate of cave crickets, though we’re grateful for her finesse. Bringing a curiosity— do cave crickets benefit the garden?


    https://askmarystone.com/do-cave-crickets-benefit-the-garden/


    Then we chat about Mayapple, a desirable native perennial, unbeknownst to me while planting my first perennial garden two decades ago. The charming plants look like a swath of glistening umbrellas or large shiny shamrocks—maybe why this ‘big kid’ adores them, imagining woodland fairies hiding below.
    There’s a poem that shares the sentiment written by Minnie Curtis Wait in 1901. And Ken Robert’s, a dear friend and volunteer singing partner for Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice, turned into a magical song you’ll enjoy called Mandrakes, another name for Mayapple and the poem title given by Minnie Curtis Wait. 
    https://askmarystone.com/mayapple-of-my-eye/


    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com


    I invite you to email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com
    And Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone

    • 17 min
    Episode 30 - Attracting Toads, Frog Watch USA

    Episode 30 - Attracting Toads, Frog Watch USA

    Thank you for being part of our community, sharing how gardens and nature heal and grow our lives.
    In this episode, columnist and designer Mary Stone shares why and how to attract toads to your garden. Plus a heartfelt story of an American toads’ visit during her mother’s decline -- when the garden became sorely ignored. 


    https://askmarystone.com/attracting-toads-to-your-garden/
    https://askmarystone.com/healing-in-the-garden-of-life/



    Did you know there’s a considerable decline in amphibians in the last 20 years? And that changes in frog and toad populations are one of the first signs of environmental concerns. 


    We talk about Frog Watch USA, a citizen science program that’s organized volunteers to monitor frog populations since 1998. That way, we can identify environmental problems and address them. All it takes is a few hours of training, learning their mating sounds, and a few minutes four times a year. It’s simple, it’s fun, and you can make a difference.


    https://askmarystone.com/frog-watch-usa/


    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com


    I invite you to email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com
    And Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page — Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page

    • 17 min
    Episode 29 - Aphid Invasion, Beneficial Ladybugs

    Episode 29 - Aphid Invasion, Beneficial Ladybugs

    Castor beans, ladybugs, and bloody aphids. 
     Life is full of garden pests like aphids who once again have wreaked havoc on the leather leaf viburnum gracing the garden outside the screened porch. This episode talks about the desperate measures of rejuvenation pruning a few years back and other reasons to prune which mirrors how we take care of our families and ourselves. 
     https://askmarystone.com/reasons-to-prune/
     Then there’s a tidbit on castor beans used to camouflage the uglies as the viburnum grew back. Yes, they are poisonous, but don’t pose a threat in the garden yet provide a dramatic annual effect. You’ll hear about Thomas Jefferson’s, a collector of plants,  giant castor bean plants and his intended purpose in his Monticello estate.  
     https://askmarystone.com/castor-beans-plants-hide-uglies/
     Well, the aphids are back on the viburnum once again wreaking havoc. And so we chat about a plan B. Organic insecticides or perhaps a fleet of beneficial ladybugs, not to be confused with the Asian lady beetles brought in years ago for biological controls that are known to invade homes. 
     Speaking of aphids, by kind neighbor came to the rescue with twelve lovely ladies as part of a science experiment— ladybugs that is that feed on the suckers by the hundreds. 
    https://askmarystone.com/beneficial-ladybugs/

    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com
     
    I invite you to email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com
    And Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page — Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page
     

    • 18 min
    Episode 28 - Three Sisters, No-Till Gardening

    Episode 28 - Three Sisters, No-Till Gardening

    Thank you for being part of our community, spreading the word about how gardens and nature can heal and grow our lives.
    This episode starts with an overview of Three Sister’s Gardening that leads to a story of stumbling upon a baby porcupine and the angels that helped. Plus, a question posed to all: What makes great companions in the garden and the garden of life?
    https://askmarystone.com/three-sisters-gardening/
    Then we learn about No-Till Gardening thanks to an interview with Patti Doell, owner of a Little Big Farm, a cut flower farm in Blairstown, NJ—Wait until you hear how it can take less work to have better soil and more flowers and veggies!
    https://askmarystone.com/no-till-gardening/
    https://askmarystone.com/starting-a-no-till-garden/
    More about Patti Doell - https://littlebigfarm.com/
     
    Thank you for sharing the garden of life,
    Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden Designer
    Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com
     
    I invite you to email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com
    And Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStone
    Episode web page — Garden Dilemmas Podcast Page

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

NJK9unit ,

Informative and heartwarming

It feels like I’m on the screened porch too. Very relaxing, informative, and heartwarming.

Rock_26 ,

A much needed tranquility!

Along with admiration for heros, compassion with helpful action for those struggling to make ends meet and prayers for those suffering from illness both medically and emotionally, take the time to find a quiet place and listen to Mary. A welcome dose of the regeneration of hope!

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