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Do you want to bring nature to your backyard, grow food, and help heal our living world? Join Daron Williams—restoration ecologist, permaculture enthusiast, and lifelong gardener—for concrete steps you can take at home to cultivate abundance for people, plants and wildlife. Tune in, grab a shovel, and make the living world around you come alive.
 
The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones. Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to ...
 
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Finding material for mulch and critter homes can be a barrier to getting started. But there are some simple and cheap ways to find woodchips, leaves, logs, and other materials. In this episode, we look at several ways you can find material for mulching and building critter homes without spending a ton of money. I’ve used all these methods at my pla…
 
The thought of restricting most gardeners to only three of any plant might sound cruel. After all, what makes us happier than heading to the nursery to fill a shopping cart? But limiting your plant palette has many advantages. Less variety means less chaos, in many cases. And, when it comes to trees, limiting yourself to just three options may also…
 
Let’s skip the fall cleanup this year. Don’t rake up the leaves, don’t cut down the dead flower stalks, and leave the branches where they fall. While this might seem crazy you can skip the fall cleanup. Or at least do less. In this episode, we look at why messy is beautiful and why you should skip the fall cleanup. The result will be more abundance…
 
Often people skip native plants but when you do this you limit your land's ability to be abundant. But why? In this episode, we look at the most important reason to plant native plants. In short, it’s because native plants share a long evolutionary history with the other life that live around them. Native plants play a unique role in the environmen…
 
Everyone likes an upgrade. Whether it’s a faster car or a more efficient cell phone, it’s hard to turn down a better version of something you already like. Plants are much the same. If you already love that gorgeous catmint that flowers all season long, what not try one that not only has all the same great attributes but also has an improved habit.…
 
Did you know your property needs snags? Often people don’t like keeping around dead trees—aka snags. But snags are critical to supporting all sorts of wildlife that you know and love. From owls to woodpeckers, and even native bees if you want to support wildlife snags are a great option. In this episode, we look at why your property needs snags and…
 
Growing these 3 Pacific Northwest native plants can provide you easy harvests all winter long. There’s something special about going outside and getting greens for salads and for cooking even in the middle of winter. In this episode, we look at nodding onions, miner’s lettuce, and checkermallow plus some tips on expanding your winter garden beyond …
 
Here at Let’s Argue About Plants we’re big fans of native plants. Our gardens are filled with them and for good reason: native plants are essential to the preservation and health of the local ecology. Aside from their benefits to the environment, many native plants are built to thrive in the conditions where you live, too. Today, we’re talking abou…
 
Do you know what micro-climates you have on your property? Learning how to identify existing micro-climates and how to create new ones can help you cultivate abundance. In this episode, we look at what micro-climates are, how to identify them, and how to create new ones. Check out the show notes to learn more about micro-climates and get access to …
 
Managing wet areas on your property can be a challenge. But these areas can also be very important for wildlife and building resilience in the face of climate change. And you can even grow food in them. In this episode, we look at strategies for managing wet areas on your property in a way that heals the living world and cultivates abundance for pe…
 
Nothing says fall in the garden more than the sight of ornamental grasses pluming. It goes right along with all other things that signal the season change—the kids going back to school, pumpkin spice everything, and turning the heat on for the first time. Gardeners seem to have a love/hate relationship with ornamental grasses. They have great textu…
 
What are you doing this fall to cultivate abundance? While the vegetable garden is slowing down and the days are getting shorter fall is a great time to take steps to ensure your land will be filled with abundance next spring. In this episode, we look at 3 ways you can cultivate abundance this fall. Check out the show notes to learn more about the …
 
Your soil needs to be covered with mulch. Without it soil life will suffer, your plants won’t thrive, and the land will be less abundant. You should mulch your soil if you want to heal the living world. In this episode, we look at 3 reasons why you should mulch your soil. These 3 reasons are protecting soil life, retaining moisture, and preventing …
 
If you want to support wildlife then you’ve got to give them a place to call home and take shelter. Critter homes are a great option and are simple to create. Plus, these simple structures can provide other benefits such as keeping the soil cool and moist around your plants. In this week’s episode, we dive into critter homes and look at how you can…
 
Since the Let’s Argue About Plants podcast is based in New England, we know all about fall color. This time of year is a favorite for most of our staffers with the native sugar maples turning bright red and the birch trees shifting to brilliant yellow. But this episode is all about the unsung heroes of fall—plants that don’t immediately pop to mind…
 
When the leaves start to fall from the trees what do you do with them? If you’re like most people you rake them up and get rid of them. But if you want to cultivate abundance and heal the living world you need to keep your fall leaves. In this episode, we look at the benefits of keeping your fall leaves and what to do with them. From supporting wil…
 
Due to climate change the 2021 drought hit hard in the Pacific Northwest. And these impacts of climate change aren’t only being felt here. But there are lessons you can learn from these extremes that will help you adapt to these impacts. In this episode, we look at 3 lessons learned from this hot dry summer and what can be done to deal with these i…
 
Fall is a wonderful time of year for gardeners for so many reasons. It finally cools down so you can actually weed and prune without breaking a sweat. Many of us get to experience the color change of many perennials and woodies as the temps start to drop. And, of course, this is the time of year that we get to start shopping for fall bulbs. If you …
 
Are hemp seeds healthy? Not only do these little gems offer tons of nutritional benefits, they help the environment. Tune into find out all the ways hemp seeds help people and the planet and hear how fun it is to say "HEMP!" For more info and links check out our Show Notes: https://marypurdy.co/101/By Mary Purdy, MS, RDN Nutrition Expert and Dietitian | Hocus Focus Media
 
Native lupines fix nitrogen and support wildlife. These amazing plants are far superior to the ornamental lupines sold in box stores. In this episode, we look at the native lupines of western Washington and why you should grow them. And with over 200 species of lupines found in North and South America and Northern Africa and the Mediterranean, ther…
 
Do you have a shady area that you’re unsure what to plant? Using these shady areas for food growing can be a challenge. But miner’s lettuce happens to love growing in the shade. And it tastes good. In this episode, we look at why you should grow miner’s lettuce. Check out the show notes to learn more about miner’s lettuce and get access to the reso…
 
You know you’re a hardcore gardener when you dream about moving to the tropics--not for the beaches and tiki drinks--but because that would enable you to grow so many more cool plants. In this episode we discuss tropical plants we wish we could grow in our cooler climates, or even ones that we are looking forward to trying to grow in the future (an…
 
What makes a person healthy? Turns out it's much more than just diet and lifestyle. We talk with our brilliant guests, Raj Patel and Dr. Rupa Marya on how lack of connection, discrimination, environmental issues and colonial capitalism are some of the additional determinants that affect a person’s health. This episode takes a deep look at ways we c…
 
Did you know your garden needs logs and rock piles? While these aren’t normally a part of a vegetable garden they actually have a critical role to play in helping your garden thrive. In this episode, we look at why your garden needs logs and rock piles. From supporting beneficial predators to creating micro-climates logs and rocks are a critical pa…
 
Designing a fruit tree guild doesn’t have to be a challenge. While it’s easy to get lost in the details there are some simple strategies you can follow to make your fruit tree guilds. In this episode, we will design a fruit tree guild together using simple strategies that anyone can use. Check out the show notes to learn more about how to design a …
 
Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. If this was Jeopardy the correct answer would be, “What are perfect pairings.” On this episode we’re talking about two plants that just seem to belong together. It could be that they have complimentary textures, or they bloom in unison, or perhaps their habits fit together like puzzle pie…
 
Many edible plants are not only medicinal but hold great cultural meaning for many indigenous communities. In some eyes, these plants even have their own personalities! Our guest, Valerie Segrest, an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, offers a wealth of information around the benefits native edible plants and a beautiful perspective o…
 
Your garden needs plant-eating insects. While it’s common for gardeners to feel like they’ve got to fight insects, the opposite is true. In this episode, we look at the role plant-eating insects play in the garden and how you can bring them into balance instead of fighting them. All while getting abundant harvests for your family and your community…
 
Have you ever wondered what a food forest is? How do you grow food in a forest? In this episode, we explore the layers of a food forest, the plants growing in each layer, and how it all comes together to cultivate abundance for people, plants, and wildlife. Plus we cover 3 tips to help you start your food forest. Let’s explore a food forest. Check …
 
If you want your plants to thrive then you need a healthy soil food web. In this episode, we look at the soil food web—from worms to nematodes, to bacteria, fungi and so much more. The soil food web is the foundation that supports a thriving and abundant environment. And you need a healthy soil food web if you want to cultivate abundance for people…
 
It pretty much seems like drought is the norm these days. No matter where you live—East Coast, West Coast, or anywhere in between—periods of no rain are commonplace. Some gardeners out there have been dealing with droughty conditions for decades while others are just starting to learn what a “real” drought-tolerant plant is. After a record-breaking…
 
Purple tree collards are an amazing perennial vegetable. They taste great and a single plant can provide an abundance of harvests all year round. Tree collards can easily replace other collard greens and kale in your meals. In this episode, we dive into purple tree collards and how to get started with them. Check out the show notes to learn more ab…
 
Right about now you might be asking yourself, “What exactly is a workhorse plant?” In our minds it is a plant that asks little from us but delivers a whole lot to the garden. These are tough plants, capable of fitting into an array of spots and producing multiple seasons of interest. They aren’t the stars (aka focal points), and they aren’t the sup…
 
How do you deal with drought? Often people just resort to watering more—but this can worsen the impact of the drought on the environment around them. But what do you do to avoid this? In this episode, we look at 7 strategies for dealing with drought today and in the future. Check out the show notes to learn more about how to deal with drought and g…
 
Are you concerned about climate change? Want to do something about it? You CAN! Every day, your eating and buying habits can make a difference. We offer 5 ways that YOU can be an eco-eater. Think of this as a crash course in how our food system affects the environment and contributes to climate change. For more info and links check out our Show Not…
 
Are you having issues with garden pests? The best way to deal with them is with predators. From slugs to aphids to even small rodents you can attract the predators of these common pests to keep them in balance. In this episode, we look at some simple steps you can take to attract predators and keep garden pests in balance. Check out the show notes …
 
Why should you plant a hedgerow? Hedgerows provide so many benefits—from privacy to habitat for wildlife and even food for you, your family, and your community. In this episode, we look at the benefits Hedgerows bring to any property and I share 5 tips to help you get started. Check out the show notes to learn more about attracting birds to your pr…
 
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