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Are you ready to be converted to living a gardening life? Each week, join Carol Michel and Dee Nash, both passionate gardeners, authors, and long-time bloggers, as they chat over the garden fence about flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt on gardening. Carol and Dee have the audacity to call themselves gardenangelists, evangelists for gardening, and want everyone to dig in the dirt, sow a few seeds, and enjoy the simple pleasures and even a few pitfalls of a gardening life. If you are ready to live a gardening life or already live one this is one podcast you don’t want to miss.

The Gardenangelists Carol Michel, Dee Nash

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    • 4.8 • 81 Ratings

Are you ready to be converted to living a gardening life? Each week, join Carol Michel and Dee Nash, both passionate gardeners, authors, and long-time bloggers, as they chat over the garden fence about flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt on gardening. Carol and Dee have the audacity to call themselves gardenangelists, evangelists for gardening, and want everyone to dig in the dirt, sow a few seeds, and enjoy the simple pleasures and even a few pitfalls of a gardening life. If you are ready to live a gardening life or already live one this is one podcast you don’t want to miss.

    Tropicals in Your Temperate Garden!

    Tropicals in Your Temperate Garden!

    This week, Dee and Carol discuss tropical plants in your temperate garden, inspired by a new book, Tropical Plants and How to Love Them by Marianne Willburn.

    Some links:

    Donahue's Clematis Specialists

    Dee's blog post on tropical plants
    A book about okra!  The Whole Okra: a Seed to Stem Celebration, by Chris Smith.

    On the bookshelf:
    Tropical Plants and How to Love Them by Marianne Willburn.
    Marianne's article on her website about building giant nests in your garden.


    Our favorite local places to buy plants:
    In Oklahoma:  Bustani Plant Farm and TaraCotta
    In Indianapolis: Court's Yard and Greenhouse


    Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com 

    For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.
    For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.
    Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:
    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee Nash

    Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Creatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. Michel
    The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel

    • 32 min
    Our Love of Gardening Can't Be Contained

    Our Love of Gardening Can't Be Contained

    Dee and Carol talk about flowers for containers, growing potatoes in Smart Pots, and being citizen scientists. 

    Helpful (we hope) links:

    Carol's blog post about hardy cyclamen.

    A few flowers recommend by Dee for containers: an orange sun coleus like Orange King or ColorBlaze Sedona Sunset as your filler,  a lovely calibrochoa like Coral Sun SuperBells from Proven Winners. Plus the salvia Carol mentioned is Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ also from Proven Winners.

    Info on planting a memorial garden.

    Video on planting potatoes in containers.
    Smart Pots,  fabric pots.

    On the bookshelf:  The First Time Gardener's Guide: Growing Plants and Flowers, by Sean and Allison McManus
    Cicada Safari for tracking cicadas.
    Journey North for tracking monarch butterflies and other migratory species.
    Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com 

    For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.
    For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.
    Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:
    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee Nash

    Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Creatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. Michel
    The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel

    • 32 min
    Time to Dig and Divide!

    Time to Dig and Divide!

    Dee and Carol talk about digging and dividing perennials and spring flowering bulbs and themed vegetable gardens.

    A few links:

    Podcast Episode on Three Sisters Gardens
    Carol's BlogPost on Book Spine Poetry
    Using Trello to stay organized in the garden - YouTube Video

    On the Bookshelf:  The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-Smith
    Bustani Plant Farm, Stillwater, Oklahoma


    Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  
    For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  Visit her blog May Dreams Gardens.
    For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website.  Visit her blog Red Dirt Ramblings.

    Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:
    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee Nash

    Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Creatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. Michel
    The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel

    • 34 min
    Foraging for Dinner in Your Garden (and a story about plant hoarding)

    Foraging for Dinner in Your Garden (and a story about plant hoarding)

    Carol and Dee discuss foraging for food outside of your vegetable garden, inspired by The Forager's Pantry by Ellen Zachos, plus a story about plant hoarding.

    Links:

    Books by Ellen Zachos:

    The Forager’s Pantry, Cooking with Wild Edibles, 
    Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat,   
    The Wildcrafted Cocktail: Make Your Own Foraged Syrups, Bitters, Infusions, and Garnishes; Includes Recipes for 45 One-of-a-Kind Mixed Drinks
    Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  
    For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website. 

    Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:
    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee Nash

    Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Creatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. Michel
    The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel

    • 31 min
    The Inspiration of British Gardens

    The Inspiration of British Gardens

    Carol and Dee talk about Great Britain's National Plant Collections, hardening off seedlings, community and allotment gardens, and the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Mitford.

    A few links:

    Search the National Plant Collections in Great Britain

    American Community Garden Association

    Allotment Gardening in Great Britain

    On the Bookshelf: The Last Garden in England, by Julia Kelly

    Dowager Duchess of Devonshire:  Brief Video of her life
    Gardens at Chatsworth House: Video narrated by the current Duke of Devonshire

    Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  
    For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website. 

    Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:
    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee Nash

    Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Creatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. Michel
    The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel

    • 32 min
    Wildflowers on Our Minds

    Wildflowers on Our Minds

    Carol and Dee talk about their favorite wildflowers, layering material to create garden beds, and Trello for organizing your garden activities and plants.

    Links of Interest:
    All-America Selections where you can find out about Petunia Evening Scentsation F1 and Salvia Summer Jewel™ Lavender
    Old House Gardens and Prairie Moon Nursery for buying wildflowers
    Proven Winners  Winterberry Holly

    Info on using cardboard in your garden, from the Garden Professors.

    On the Bookshelf:
    A Naturalist's Book of Wildflowers, by Laura C. Martin 

    Carol's video on using Trello for gardening and keeping track of plant samples.

    Email us at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com  
    For more info on Carol and her books, visit her website.  For more info on Dee and her book, visit her website. 

    Affiliate links to purchase any of our books:
    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff, by Dee Nash

    Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life, by Carol J. Michel
    Creatures and Critters: Who’s in Your Garden, by Carol J. Michel
    The Christmas Cottontail: A Story for Gardeners of All Ages, by Carol J. Michel

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Suzyrenee ,

Great for all stages of gardening

These ladies are full of wit and wisdom. I love that this podcast has something for new and seasoned gardeners. You can’t help but laugh along as you learn something every week!

zn7ap ,

Educational and entertaining

An upbeat, easy listen that provides useful gardening info.

dancdud ,

Love you ladies

I have been on and off again binging you ladies. Currently in Sept 2020 so almost caught up.
I have learned so much and follow you both on Instagram.
I am a beginner to intermediate gardener.
I love that you both live in different regions of the country and give advise for each areas.
I’m in Connecticut so I follow a little bit closer to Carol’s advice but I love to learn from Dee as well.
You ladies are what I have been looking for in advice for gardening in a no nonsense way.
My only issue is when suggesting flowers that may be invasive to have listeners check their states invasive list or to check for invasive issues.
For example, Ajuga grows in the grass here and personally feel it should not be sold in nurseries or big box stores but that’s my opinion 😉
Other than that I love you ladies and keep on doing what you ladies do.
Have a fantastic New year!

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