June 14, 2018
I’m so excited to introduce this guest from the Organic Gardener Podcast Facebook Group a listener and a fan!
To start off I am the beginner gardener like all other gardens. This is really my first year gardening. About 3-4 years ago we bought a home in Idaho, we were living in CA
The house sat on a farm plot, it was 2 1/2 acres just weeds, when we first moved in we rented it out and then we just moved in officially about 2 years ago.
just one tree
this last year took a gardening class trying to grow my own food.
Are you a rockstar millennial? I figure 1980-1995.
I just learned I am on the cusp, born in 1983.
So you did some landscaping and took a gardening class, and I love that you came on today, because the lessons you have learned are going to be relevant and fresher in your head. And also landscaping is a question people have been asking me about a lot this summer, how to have an organic lawn.
I watched my boyfriend, we lived in California, I didn’t know, it was easy to grow things.
we had a small apartment, and he had a whole bunch of pots and he grew tomatoes, that grew so tall and I was just like gardening was so easy so when we got to Idaho, I thought I’m going to grow a garden!
This is my first intro to growing food
Growing up dad always had me out there weeding
growing taking care of the garden. This is pretty much my first experience.
My boyfriend is always in the organic
I’m kind of book nerdish
as soon as I decided
ten books I just went through
different audible books
not specifically gardening
female scientist talks about plants in general and how they communicate
listening to books about gardening and trees
bought a lot of books
learning the details from a class I took on how to garden Judy Allen
not specific on organic gardening but on the principals you learned
kickstarted my garden this spring
I’ve got a 10 x 3 plot. I’ve got a lot of lettuce, carrots, beets
The lettuce is up and it’s doing really well
I never thought I would grow that much and have enough for salads every night.
I kind of cheated I got Cosmic Apple starters
a little bit of cheating
I tried to grow seeds inside this spirng and they didn’t go very well
As a teacher, there’s no cheating! You’re not taking a test right? There’s no reason to worry about cheating! In Idaho, we had a really late winter, Mike’s had a really hard time germinating lettuce this winter, he’s finally getting everything in. (FYI we’re talking on June 14, 2018) To me you’re doing amazing because are you not a higher elevation then we are?
We’re Teton valley microclimates base of the east side of the Tetons
5-6000 feet. It get’s cold but I’m told it gets less cold here, then some places that are closer to the river in the valley
last week we had we had 2 frosts, we had to cover things and teh whole bit.
Last week we were worried we would have a frost and we’ve been getting firewood all week, and I always say there’s like a couple of weeks in July where we don’t have to worry but we can get a frost anytime!
I got really jazzed up! I took this garden class in February, March
There’s a topic we talked about growing seeds
in Idaho you have to do that inside with lights to some extent
I’m kind of nerdy like that, and I converted a room that wasn’t supposed to be for gardening. All morning and night, turning lights on
no idea why why I had no success in seeds? I have been thinking about doing another batch if it’s not too late?
It’s not too late! If you want to put a fall garden in you want to start seeds in July. One thing that Mike does that helps peppers that like a hotter climate, is he makes like these little mini terrarium/greenhouse things. Starting from seeds is not easy!
I feel like there’s a combination mystery, I don’t understand why this one is doing well and that one’s not doing well. I think you need a lot of time to see what works and experiment. We live in a core foam house I think we just don’t get airflow.
What’s a core foam house?
Think if you had a house built of big foam blocks, covered with plywood
6 inches thick these huge panels of foam
it’s great for insulation but it’s really poor for circulation
no way for house to breathe
if you’re cooking
notice with seeds they just struggled from mildew
I had a rosemary I brought in this winter that had
Want to hear the tip my friend Nola gave me for growing a rosemary plant. She’s an amazing master gardener. I had a really nice plant at school last year but it died.
I was trying to grow all these herbs from seeds, but I guess they are harder to grow
maybe better to sew outside
If you drove by my house at night you would be like what is going on there?
Still trying to figure it out!
That’s good to know, I have struggled for years to get herbs started like lavender. On the flip side, basil and oregano, they grow like crazy for me.
I would say my least favorite is also my favorite weeding which is weeding!
I work at home and so during my lunch break or if I am having a frustrating day
I can just zone out with an audible book or podcast, put it on for 60 minutes
relaxing experience working in the garden.
how many weeds we have
2 1/2 acres of weeds
If I could sell dandelions
what kind of grasses I have a lot of weeds!
It’s been a struggle to keep true to
So you’re actually pulling the dandelions
for getting landscaping
cardboard mulching, I laid down a bunch of cardboard. Like the crazy woman going to the recycling center, you know it’s bad when you pull in and their likethe cardboard lady is here!
I would spend time ripping off the tape
I got kentucky blue grass
water as much
now I have that grass
weeds that have blown in
so easy to pull out
trying to keep on top of that and actually have some grass around the house.
So do you wish you would have put some clover into it to have some mixed in?
I didn’t think they did well in cold climates. I read things that contradicted themselves all the time. But I’ve heard from people around here that have it, it’s awesome!
grows very tall
clumping not your average
not your average turf grass.
It doesn’t need watering and mowing
started their plot
With Kentucky Blue Grass, I’ve been battling weeds because it grows so slowly
if I was gonna try to explain it, I wouldn’t give it justice. I even called seed centers and ask them all sorts of questions, and I learned people who don’t practice organic gardening are gonna have different perspectives because they’re ok with using herbicides to keep their turf looking the way they want it. I’ve learned a lot
the best thing I can say, is find the organic gardeners in your area and ask them what they’re doing? In hindsight that’s what I should have done.
You should start a podcast, or video, I think you would do well, you have that curiosity. And your willingness to share and your mistakes! This is awesome!
So weeding is your favorite activity to do in the garden?
yeah because it’s relaxing to me,
I listen to podcasts, or audible. It’s really easy to pull the weeds because of the mulch.
I can’t remember the name, It’s like a sickle, it has a blade and it cuts down the tops of the weeds
go out there it’s a good work out for 30 minutes
for thirty minutes
I’ve learned when it blooms, to mitigate it’s spread tops of before it goes to seed!
I always think it’s best to get the dandelions before they go to seed. Of course there are always ones that bloomed and they pick them and then they blow those…?
I have a tendency to go all in
focus on one area – I’m trying to conquer landscaping and vegetables at the same time can be overwhelming at times
So I don’t appreciate it, just feel like there’s a lot of work that needs to be done
what do you want to do really well
Judy Allen gave me that advice after meeting me at a dinner party. She said, just so you know you’re trying to do everything and I was like it’s not that much and then after spring came!