This podcast is devoted to all things gardening. National gardening television host, Joe Lamp'l, guides you through each episode with practical tips and information to help you become a better, smarter gardener, no matter where you are on your journey. This series has a strong emphasis on organic gardening and growing food, but covers a diverse range of topics from one of the country's most informed and leading gardening personalities today.
260-A Primer on Hydroponic Gardening: Growing in Water
Hydroponic gardening is a soil-free horticulture method for raising crops both indoors and out, and it’s a lot simpler than it appears to be. To share what you need to know to get started in hydroponics, my guest this week is Master Gardener and experienced hydroponic gardener Roger Sadowski.
259-Getting to Know PittMoss, a Peat-free Growing Medium Alternative, with Dr. Charles Bethke
PittMoss has emerged as an alternative to peat moss as a growing medium and potting mix — and that’s great news for gardeners who wish to break their peat habit in favor of a sustainable product. Here to explain what PittMoss is, how it’s made, and the advantages of using recycled materials is Dr. Charles Bethke, a horticultural soil and nutrition consultant.
258-Averting the Insect Apocalypse, with Dave Goulson
The insect apocalypse is negatively affecting the world in ways that we are only beginning to understand, and if we continue on our current path, insect decline and the loss of biodiversity across all types of animals and plants will not only continue but also accelerate. To help us understand the scope of the problem and explain ways we as gardeners can help reverse this trend, Professor Dave Goulson joins me on the podcast this week.
257-Uncovering Black Garden History, with Abra Lee
When the history of American gardening is told, the contributions of Black Americans are often overlooked. My guest this week, horticulturist and writer Abra Lee, is working to rectify that, and she joins me to highlight a few of the little-known stories that deserve to be shared.
256-The Challenge (and Solution) for Using Coconut Coir as a Seed Starting and Growing Medium
Coconut coir is growing in popularity as a seed starting and growing medium, especially, as a replacement for peat moss. But using coir for this purpose has its challenges. To shed light on the history of coir in horticulture and how its naturally high salt content can be overcome for seed starting and seedling growth, my guest this week is international agricultural consultant Dr. Hugh Allen Poole.
255-Raising Carnivorous Plants, with Kenny Coogan
Carnivorous plants pique the interest of every gardener and houseplant hoarder at some point, but bringing a Venus flytrap home on a whim with no idea how to care for it will soon lead to disappointment. Fortunately, to explain how to keep carnivorous plants alive and thriving, my guest this week is International Carnivorous Plant Society Education Director Kenny Coogan, who runs a successful carnivorous plant nursery.
Joe, Your Guests of Late...
... have been so inspiring. I also do a weekly gardening podcast and though it concentrates on ornamental gardening, sustainability is a big part time of my message. Your episode with Dave Goulding about insects had a dire message, but one we all need to hear, and I was impressed by how both of you got the word out without ruining everyone's day. You struck a difficult and delicate balance in that show.
I recommend podcast episodes to my listeners and have mentioned several of yours. Your episode 258 will be another one. Goulson's message is essential. Thanks for hosting him.
Leslie Harris of
Into the Garden with Leslie
Abra Lee is a rock star!
Kudos to Joe for bringing us Abra Lee. What an uplifting and thorough ride through the history of Blacks and their amazing contributions to our collective history of gardening. I look forward to reading her new book, Conquer the Soil, due out this fall 2022!! Great job, Joe!
I loved the recent Abra Lee episode! Gave me such a warm, fuzzy, hopeful feeling while I was tending to my garden in the early morning. 🙏🏻💕