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.
279-Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World, with William Alexander
Tomatoes are one of the most well-traveled vegetables — or fruits — that there is and one of the most popular crops in home gardens, but after they were introduced to Europe, centuries went by when they were grown and admired — but not eaten. To dig into the fascinating history of tomatoes, from their origins to recent developments, my guest this week is William Alexander, the author of “Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World.”
278-The Seed Detective: Preserving Diversity & Uncovering the History of Remarkable Vegetables, with Adam Alexander
Adam’s new book is “The Seed Detective: Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables,” and it’s all about our cultural relationship with garden crops. It’s written from Adam’s personal perspective, which makes it a fun and engaging read as he brings readers along on his adventures to uncover the history of 14 vegetables and how they have become embedded in food cultures. He also shares what saving rare and endangered seed varieties means to the future of our food supply.
277-Joe Lamp’l and Meg Cowden Discuss His New Book: ‘The Vegetable Gardening Book’
To mark the release of my new book, “The Vegetable Gardening Book,” which hit shelves on Tuesday, for the podcast this week we’re going to turn the tables: My friend and frequent podcast guest Meg Cowden of Seed to Fork is going to interview me.
276-The Water Crisis in the Face of Climate Change, with Charles Fishman-Encore Presentation
Much of the United States is experiencing drought as of this writing and millions of Americans are facing water shortages right now or in the near future. I thought this week would be the perfect time to revisit my conversation with Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.”
275-Cool-Season Vegetables to Grow in Fall-Updated Encore Presentation
There are myriad upsides to growing cool-season vegetables in fall, but too many gardeners miss out on this opportunity. The fact is, the vegetable gardening season is far from over when summer ends. To give you the knowledge and confidence you need to grow a fall vegetable garden successfully, this week I’m sharing an updated encore presentation of my comprehensive primer on how to do just that.
274-Growing Cool-Season Annuals for Earlier Color and Hardier Plants
For earlier pops of color, a buffet for pollinators, and overall hardier plants, gardeners should be growing cool-season annuals — flowers that are started in fall or very early spring and bloom weeks or months earlier than heat-loving plants. To offer a primer on successfully planting and growing these flowers, my guest this week is flower farmer, teacher and author Lisa Mason Ziegler.
The Catalyst I Needed
I’ve gardened my whole life, but it wasn’t until I started listening to the Joe Gardener show that I really fell in love with it all over again. It sparked all the curiosities and passion I had under the surface, and now I’m more confident and more excited to try all the things. I appreciate the research-based information, the variety of guests and topics, and all those show notes. I’ve listened to every episode at least twice, if not more. Thank you, Joe!
Thanks for all the help.
I’ve been listening for six years now growing food for six years now. You’ve given me the confidence and knowledge to grow food for my family and I really appreciate that. I’m also planning native plants all over my yard now here in Batavia Illinois Because of this podcast. I can’t tell you how much I love the podcast and the show really really appreciate all the work you do.
PS. my favorite part about growing food is watching my two little ones go from raise bed to raise bed picking vegetables and fruit and popping it in their mouth.
Great podcast. Learn something new each week!!!