28 episodes

Gardening is for everyone! It can bring people together, aid in our hour of need, and make every day a little better than the one before. With some basic science, a little humanity, and a touch of community you can make it happen. You can do this, We can do this.

Tea Jay's Garden Tea Jay Truchon

    • Leisure

Gardening is for everyone! It can bring people together, aid in our hour of need, and make every day a little better than the one before. With some basic science, a little humanity, and a touch of community you can make it happen. You can do this, We can do this.

    Composting!!

    Composting!!

    Website: http://TeaJaysGarden.com/Voicemail: 661-368-5177NotesIf you have any specific questions about getting started with Compost (or anything else) you can contact me through the website or Direct Message me on the Fediverse http://mastodon.sdf.org/@capheind (or on Twitter or Instagram if you must)
    Its time to cover compost, at least cover some of the basics. Compost, and organic matter management in general, is a huge topic, and it will be many episodes before I can even hope to cover it all. In this episode I give a basic overview of Hot Composting, Vermicomposting, and the biology that enables it. 
    ResourcesA handy resource on Hot Composting, the info on dynamic accumulators is a little debatable, but it covers the basics well (https://www.compost.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/4-Hot-Composting.pdf)A simple overview of compost microbiology from CalRecycle (https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/homecompost/microbes)Cornells fairly extensive composting handbook (http://compost.css.cornell.edu)The Humanuer Handbook (https://humanurehandbook.com/)Everything You Know About Composting is Wrong: Mike McGrath at TEDxPhoenixville, Leaf Mould (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9OhxKlrWwc)The Myth of Foliar Feeding (https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/foliar-feeding.pdf)Vermicomposting, Is it Great? (https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/foliar-feeding.pdf)The Myth of Compost Tea (https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/compost-tea.pdf)The Myth of Compost Tea Revisited:"Aerobically-brewed compost tea suppresses disease" (https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/compost-tea-2.pdf)The Myth of Compost Tea, Episode III: "Aerobically-brewed compost tea suppresses disease" (https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/compost-tea-3.pdf)This episode is released under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License by its author Troy Truchon. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
    Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)

    • 30 min
    Stepping Up

    Stepping Up

    Website: http://TeaJaysGarden.com/Voicemail: 661-368-5177NotesUpdate: An explanation of the change I made to the show notes of my Seed Starting Special episode (https://www.buzzsprout.com/501553/6925235 ) after seeing a tweet by Dr. Sarah Taber (https://twitter.com/SarahTaber_bww/status/1350557247680761857). It added to small field of red flags I already had regarding that company. 
    In this episode I follow up on my Seed Starting  Special by discussing the horticultural practice of “Stepping up” or more simply, moving your plants from a low nutrition seed starting mix to a medium suitable for growing out your plants. 2
    ResourcesCliven Bundy’s remarks - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cliven-bundy-racist_n_5204821Decent starting guidelines for Potting Mix - https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C787Some info on how to work out how much actual NPK your getting - https://www.gardenmyths.com/fertilizer-npk-ratios-what-do-they-really-mean/






    Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)

    • 31 min
    A bit much about Nitrogen

    A bit much about Nitrogen

        Website: http://TeaJaysGarden.com/
        Voicemail: 661-368-5177

    Notes

    If you have any specific questions about starting seeds (or anything else) you can contact me through the website or Direct Message me on the Fediverse http://mastodon.sdf.org/@capheind (or on Twitter or Instagram if you must)

    A quick dip into the intricate world of the nitrogen cycle, from its humble origins of N2 to its final form as one of plant kinds most vital nutrient. It can be Synthetic or au naturel, bound up in several different molecules, and fixed freely in the soil or directly in root nodules. Give a listen. 
    Resources

        Nitrogen on the periodic table - https://www.webelements.com/nitrogen/
        Plants do not convert CO2 into O2 - https://www.howplantswork.com/2009/02/16/plants-dont-convert-co2-into-o2/
        How Lightning can create soil nitrogen - https://wxguys.ssec.wisc.edu/2018/07/09/lightning/
        Nitrogen Fixation in Legumes - https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_a/A129/
        The history of Night Soil in the United States - https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/when-american-cities-were-full-of-crap
        Humanure Handbook - https://humanurehandbook.com/
        Urine as a nitrogen source - http://nwedible.com/how-to-use-pee-in-your-garden/
        Guano Islands Act - https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/smithsonian-and-guano
        A video on the production of synthetic Ammonium - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1_D4FscMnU

    This episode is released under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License by its author Troy Truchon. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
    Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)

    • 24 min
    Seed Starting Special!

    Seed Starting Special!

    Website: http://TeaJaysGarden.com/Voicemail: 661-368-5177NotesJoyous HumanLight!
    If you have any specific questions about starting seeds (or anything else) you can contact me through the website or Direct Message me on the Fediverse http://mastodon.sdf.org/@capheind (or on Twitter or Instagram if you must)
    I misspoke about Perlite and Vermiculite. Pearlite is a naturally expanded volcanic gas, Vermiculite is a mineral compound that can be heated to expand (incidentally the name comes from the heated products tendency to expand into worm like strands.)
    Also to clarify, when I said “There aren’t many genetically modified organisms in food production right now.” I meant to say varieties, significant portions of our sugar beet and field corn populations are GMO, as is most alfalfa grown as a feed. But those are only a very small handful of varieities that aren’t trivial for you to get. 

    Update: I am no longer comfortable recommending Baker Creek Seeds as I was unaware of their relationship with Cliven Bundy. There were already some red flags for me and this was one too many. I apologize if anyone made a purchase based on listening to this episode.
    Seed Links
    Native Seed Search  - Native American Seed RequestSeed Savers Exchange - Donation Program - JoinSan Diego Seed CompanyJohnny’s Selected SeedsNational Plant Germplasm SystemResources
    Frost Dates in California from UC Davis Frost Dates from the Old Farmers Almanac The Dwarf Tomato Project - Tomato Talk - Micro-Dwarf Tomato ProjectA Tiny Green Cell  - Sebastians EtsyTea Jay’s Garden 1.0
    Craig LeHoullier and Patrina Small, The Tomato Episode, Introduction, Dwarfs, and Epic TomatoesInterview with Sebastian Cocioba of New York Botanics LLC 

    Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    How to Beat Bitter Cucumbers

    How to Beat Bitter Cucumbers

    ==========
    Call the Show 661-368-5177
    Review on Podchaser https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/tea-jays-garden-940560
    Hello Gardeners! This week I thought I’d talk about Bitterness in Cucumbers. Cucumbers can become bitter as a response to literally any stressors of the plant. In this episode I talk about the different types of cucumbers, why they go bitter, how to deal with it, resistant varieties, and a wonderful alternative I’ve taken to using.
    ==========
    Products Mentioned
    20 pack of 5-Gallon grow bags on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YR96PZZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=16 pack of 20-Gallon grow bags on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QLXTH52/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1Mary’s Fall Garden Seed Starter Kit https://www.marysheirloomseeds.com/collections/seed-pack-combos/products/fall-garden-seed-satrter-kitArmenian Cucumber from San Diego Seed Company https://sandiegoseedcompany.com/shop/warm-season-crops/cucumber-armenian/Xylangouro Cucumber Melon (Greek Cucumber) from Baker Creek Seed Company https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/new-items-2020/xylangouro-cucumber-melonFurther Reading
    Seedless Cucumbers are a Different Pickle from the MSU Extension website https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/seedless_cucumbers_are_a_different_pickleBeit Alpha cucumber Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWr6QMPqm_ASupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)

    • 23 min
    Heatwaves

    Heatwaves

    Call the show 661-368-5177
    Its 102 Degrees here today (Pics), which is pretty typical of my summers here in Bakersfield. It got me thinking about gardening in extreme heat. In this episode I’ll explain why amaranth does just fine in high heat, why your wilting plants are probably fine, a bit about the wonderful world of Photosynthesis, and why you should pour beer on your plants. 
    The “Greek Cucumber” I mentioned several times in the episode is XYLANGOURO CUCUMBER MELON, which I picked up at Baker Creek Seeds https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/new-items-2020/xylangouro-cucumber-melon. The Red Amaranth was Red Leaf Vegetable Amaranth which I got from Johnny’s Selected Seeds https://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/greens/specialty-greens/red-leaf-vegetable-amaranth-specialty-green-seed-516.html. You can find my interview with Craig Lehoulier at https://www.buzzsprout.com/501553/episodes/1870285-craig-lehoullier-and-patrina-small-the-tomato-episode-introduction-dwarfs-and-epic-tomatoes. If you want to learn a bit more about Photosynthesis this is a decent primer on the different types https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/photosynthesis-in-plants/photorespiration--c3-c4-cam-plants/a/c3-c4-and-cam-plants-agriculture
    Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)

    • 32 min

Top Podcasts In Leisure