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The L word

Two days before Earth Day, my regular segment on our local NPR station was aired. I don’t come on as a gardening expert; I am part of a rotation of local editors and media types who chat about issues their publications are covering. We talked about gardening because my magazine always has gardening content, and […]

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 8:34 am   This post has 11 responses.

Still More Earthworm Madness!

Andrew Keys continues his podcast series, Garden Confidential, with–guess what?  Earthworms! He and I chatted about all things wormy a while back, and if you just haven't had enough worms already this week, you'd better head over to Fine Gardening's website and check that out.

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm   This post has one response.

Andrew Keys–Back and Better Than Ever

I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Keys when I was in Boston last month, and he is every bit as charming in person as he is on the air.  His fantastic podcast, which has been on hiatus while he moved from Horticulture to Fine Gardening, is back.  So...

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 at 10:08 am   This post has Comments Off.

We Heart RadioGarden, and You Should, Too

We've sung the praises of Andrew Keys' RadioGarden podcast before, but it's time to do it again.  Really, it's the coolest thing out there, and we should be shouting from the rooftops every time a new episode goes live, but somehow they slip past us. So.  Right now.  Go...

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 at 11:56 am   This post has 2 responses.

Michele on Good Morning America

This was on yesterday. Are there really that many people who don't know a parsnips when they see one? Well, I guess some don't need to.  

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm   This post has 16 responses.

RadioGarden and Andrew Keys are NPR-Ready

Gardening world, listen up!  If you haven't yet heard Andrew Keys's new podcast for Horticulture Magazine, you are in for a treat – and a surprise.  It's really good and in a really new way.  A big fan of Ira Glass and "This American Life", his aim is to...

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Posted by on December 13, 2010 at 5:37 am   This post has 11 responses.

Vote for Shirley’s Show on Oprah Network

Fans of garden designer/on-air talent Shirley Bovshow are encouraged to click here to view and vote for her show idea for Oprah’s new TV network.  Even if you’re thinking “Who’s Shirley?” you could vote for her to register your support for more gardening on television.  Either way.  

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Posted by on June 23, 2010 at 7:40 am   This post has 5 responses.

Where are the Gardening Podcasts?

It's been a while since we reviewed gardening podcasts, so it's time for an update and hopefully, your recommendations – I need more for the little iPod Shuffle that keeps me company in the garden.  It may just be that there are really very few American podcasts about gardening. ...

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Posted by on June 21, 2010 at 3:44 am   This post has 36 responses.

Ranting On Point

Susan reviewed her book Gardening for a Lifetime here, as you know, and I had a chance to talk to Sydney Eddison on the NPR program On Point Wednesday morning. It was fun, though there was plenty of opportunity for intimidation. Eddison has been gardening on 2 acres for...

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Posted by on May 20, 2010 at 5:25 am   This post has 3 responses.

Seed Bombing on Daytime Television

More evidence that the English have a finer appreciation for things horticultural?  A guerrilla gardener teaching seed-bomb-making on a talk show.  (Martha Stewart, have your scheduler call his scheduler.)  My favorite bits?  The retro '70s set!  And the other guest, wearing a cocktail dress and pearls, gamely donning rubber...

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Posted by on February 14, 2009 at 4:55 am   This post has 8 responses.

Ketzel Levine is alive and well and drinking lots of champagne

And she says she’s not bitter. Check it out at Ketzel Uprooted. As Amy noted here, Levine, who does significant garden and plant-related coverage as well as other assignments, fell victim to recent NPR cutbacks. She did her last broadcast yesterday. It was about the gutsy Chicago landscaping firm...

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Posted by on December 24, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 7 responses.

NPR Reduces Its Horticultural Reporting Staff from One to Zero

This just in: Ketzel Levine was one of the reporters laid off during the latest round of cuts at NPR. You know Ketzel from her coverage of any number of interesting plant-related stories on NPR over the years, and from her NPR-hosted blog, Talking Plants.  She’s also the author...

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Posted by on December 11, 2008 at 10:38 am   This post has 24 responses.

More on Miniature Cows

Wow, last week’s post on miniature cows really got everybody worked up. If you’re not sold already, check this out:  and there’s more information at (of course) MiniCattle.com. Could this be the new yellow lab?  Lord, I hope so.  ‘Cause I’m so sick of yellow labs. Imagine if everybody...

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Posted by on September 1, 2008 at 8:44 am   This post has 4 responses.

Behold Australia’s Giant Earthworms

I was fascinated by these earthworms when I was working on The Earth Moved, but I was never able to get to Australia to see them for myself.  But–here they are!  The best moment in the video is when he holds the cocoon up to the light so that...

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Posted by on September 1, 2008 at 5:25 am   This post has 7 responses.

Whatever, Martha!

In case you missed it:  something cool involving both Martha Stewart and the Fine Living Network.  A new show in which her daughter Alexis and Sirius radio show partner Jennifer Koppelman Hutt make fun of old Martha episodes, ala Mystery Science Theater. Could be brilliant.  Although here’s what’s odd: ...

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Posted by on August 14, 2008 at 5:06 am   This post has 22 responses.

The Missing Honeybees

And now, this:

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Posted by on July 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Colony Collapse Disorder: The Music Video

I’m just gonna give it to you the way YouTube gave it to me. "It is a fact of nature: When a honey bee returns to the hive after finding a good source of nectar, it will perform a unique dance for its hive mates, detailing the distance, quality...

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Posted by on July 28, 2008 at 11:57 am   This post has 16 responses.

This Just In…

Tomorrow NPR’s Science Friday will focus on vegetable gardening.  The two guests will be Barbara Ellis (The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book) and Rosalind Creasy (Edible Landscaping Series).  They’ll also be talking about soil fertility.  It’s all happening in the second hour of the show, 3 pm EST.  Tune in, call...

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Posted by on July 10, 2008 at 8:56 am   This post has Comments Off.

The Yucca Wars

A friend told me she’d learned how to remove her hated yuccas on YouTube and I shouldn’t be surprised because everything’s there, but how to remove a yucca?   Apparently yes, and how to eat them, too, I notice.  But this one shows mountain bikers attacking yuccas with a vengeance,...

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Posted by on June 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm   This post has 14 responses.

I say a bunch of dumb things on the evening news

by SusanWell, that’s how it sounds to me, and I have a feeling you’ll agree. Quoting anchor Lesli Foster: "Garden Coach Susan Harris says a light spray is good for grass seeds but not for shrubs, perennials and certain trees.  Deeper rooted plants should get no less than 3...

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Posted by on May 17, 2008 at 3:16 am   This post has 22 responses.
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