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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Houseplants for National Indoor Plant Week

9/17/2019
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Dee and Carol celebrate National Indoor Plant Week by talking about flowering houseplants, houseplants you can eat, and a couple of new books on houseplants. A new plant for 2020 that can be grown as a houseplant is Proven Winners: Peppy Le Pom™ Pomegranate. Books mentioned include: Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Grow Low-Light Houseplants by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf. Lisa is “the Houseplant Guru" on Instagram. How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart...

Duration:00:28:11

Asters and Garlic and Some Dirt!

9/10/2019
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Show Notes: Asters at American Meadows High Country Gardens. Garlic Sources include: Botanical Interests, Burpee, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Filaree Garlic Farm Carol’s new author website. Dee’s author website. Dee is speaking to the Denton County, TX Master Gardeners at their Fall Fest on October 12. Carol is speaking at the Lake County Master Gardener’s 7th annual symposium in Crown Point on September 28th. Email us anytime at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com

Duration:00:27:26

Goldenrod, Melons, Bee Books, and a Bit About Wasps

8/27/2019
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Dee and Carol talk about goldenrod flowers, growing melons in the vegetable garden, and a couple of books about bees they enjoy. Which led to a conversation about wasps, somehow. Some helpful links: American Meadows has several goldenrods available. Burpee Seeds has 'Ambrosia' melons. And a few books on bees: The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus. Bea’s Bees by Katherine Pryor The Little Book of Bees by Hilary Kearney. Carol's website Dee's website Email us anytime at...

Duration:00:38:22

Crapemyrtles, Fall Veggies, and Hamilton, the Musical

8/21/2019
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Carol and Dee discuss crapemyrtles, growing veggies in the fall, and Hamilton, both the musical and the gardener! Some helpful links. Crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica): Crapemyrtles, 'Cherry Dazzle®' Black Diamond Crapemyrtles Sources for seeds for fall grown vegetables: Johnny's Selected Seeds Burpee Seeds Botanical Interests Seeds Hamilton: An article in Magnolia, the Southern Garden History’s newsletter about Alexander Hamilton and his gardens. The book, Founding Gardeners by...

Duration:00:34:10

Surprise Lilies, Eggplant and The Posy Book

8/13/2019
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Dee and Carol talk about Lycoris, also known as surprise lilies, resurrection lilies, etc., eggplant, and The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story by Teresa H. Sabankaya. Plus, Dee makes a special announcement! Some helpful links: Sources for Lycoris include Old House Gardens and Brent and Becky's Bulbs. Sources for eggplant seeds include Johnny's Selected Seeds, Burpee Seeds, and Botanical Interests Seeds. For The Posy Book... Find the book on Amazon at: The Posy Book:...

Duration:00:34:46

Rudbeckia, Summer Gardens Harvests, and The Lifelong Gardener

8/6/2019
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Dee and Carol discuss some favorite flowers in the genus Rudbeckia, the current state of their vegetable gardens (good summer eating!) and the book The Lifelong Gardener by Toni Gattone. Some links: American Meadows, one of many sources for Rudbeckia plants 7 Perennials to Beat the Summer Heat, an article by Dee Nash Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life by Emily Murphy The Lifelong Gardener by Toni Gattone Our Weeding Episode, listen while you weed! Our...

Duration:00:36:20

Phlox, Tomato Troubles, and If You See Something, Figure Out What It Is

7/30/2019
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Dee and Carol talk about tall phlox for the garden, all the troubles you can have with tomatoes (and the best trouble is too many!) and if you see something strange in your garden—a weed, a bug, a weird plant disease—try to figure out what it is and talk to your local cooperative extension service if you need help identifying it. They want to know! Some helpful links: Phlox paniculata Growing tomatoes and some of the troubles they have Cooperative Extension Services listed by state

Duration:00:37:05

Coneflowers, Dill and Fennel, and Herbalists

7/23/2019
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Carol and Dee talk about coneflowers and some of the varieties they've had good success with, dill & fennel in the vegetable garden, and the mysterious world of herbalists. Helpful links: Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit', a 2013 AAS Winner. Echinacea varieties at American Meadows. Dill varieties from Burpee Seeds Fennel varieties from Burpee Seeds Books: Culpepper's Complete Herbal Herbs Through the Seasons at Caprilands by Adelma Simmons Some book links may be affiliate links. If...

Duration:00:34:09

A Few Native Flowers, Cucumbers, and Pelargonium Theaters

7/16/2019
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Dee and Carol discuss two native flowers, Spigelia marilandica and Asclepias sp., cucumbers in the vegetable garden, and Dee's new pelargonium theater. For more info: Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' Milkweed from High Country Gardens Milkweed info from American Meadows Dee's Cucumbers and Onions recipe Geraniaceae.com, a source for pelargoniums Groovy Plants Ranch, Marengo, Ohio The Gardenangelists is now available on Stitcher! Email us anytime at TheGardenangelists@gmail.com

Duration:00:36:27

Sorting out Hydrangeas, Safe Mint Growing, and Telling the Bees

7/9/2019
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Dee and Carol discuss all the types of hydrangeas you can grow in your garden, how to safely grow mint and what the old custom of Telling the Bees is all about. Some links you may find useful: From Plant Addicts, the different types of hydrangeas Answers to the question, "Why isn't my hydrangea blooming?" From Proven Winners and the National Garden Bureau. Hydrangea Festival on Cape Cod Info on the practice of Telling the bees! A novel where they tell the bees is The Secret Life of...

Duration:00:38:23

Sunflowers, Calamities, and Historic Presidential Gardens

7/2/2019
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Dee and Carol discuss growing sunflowers—all kinds of sunflowers—some of the calamities they've experienced in their own gardens, and a few presidential gardens worth a visit. Some helpful links: Sunflower Houses by Sharon Lovejoy. Sunflower seeds of all types from Botanical Interests Suncredible™ Yellow sunflower from Proven Winners The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening by Henry Mitchell Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson Email us anytime at...

Duration:00:34:15

Edible flowers, basil, and garden touring wisdom

6/25/2019
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Dee and Carol talk about edible flowers, basil, and provide tips on touring other people's gardens. Some helpful links include: The Edible Flower Garden, by Rosalind Creasy, a book on growing and using edible flowers. (Affiliate link. We may earn a small commission if you make a purchase after following this link Basil varieties: Italian Basil ‘Genovese' from Burpee ‘Boxwood Basil’ from Burpee, ’Amazel Basil’ from Proven Winners, ‘Everleaf Emerald Towers’ basil from PanAmerican...

Duration:00:41:41

Japanese Maples, Vacation from Your Garden, and Chipmunks

6/18/2019
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Carol and Dee discuss Japanese maples, which grow in both Indiana and Oklahoma. Dee suggests several varieties and provide tips on how to care for them in hot climates. They also talk about what to do with your vegetable garden when you leave it to go on vacation so when you return, the garden isn't overtaken by weeds or loaded down with overly ripe vegetables. They wrap up this episode with a lively discussion about chipmunks and other pesky animals in the garden. For more information on...

Duration:00:27:02

Geraniums, Figs, and Our Plant Failures

6/11/2019
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Carol and Dee discuss geraniums, both the perennial Geraniums and the annual Pelargoniums, figs, and a few plants they've failed to grow successfully in their gardens. Some books mentioned include: Merry Hall, by Beverley Nichols Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers by Mike Shanahan Back to the Garden by Ursula Buchan Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t by Steven Biggs An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, by Elizabeth David. And a favorite quote: “Long experience has taught me that people who do...

Duration:00:35:54

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

6/4/2019
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All about growing roses, including different types and some of the problems with roses, including the virus, rose rosette. Also, Carol and Dee talk briefly about growing cabbage and how they met. They also discuss where to listen to learn more about organic and non-organic gardening. Some books to read more about roses: Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside by Andrea Di Robilant, Antique Roses of the South by William C. Welch, and The Sustainable Rose Garden: A Reader...

Duration:00:44:39

Peonies, Tomatoes, and the Chelsea Chop

5/28/2019
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How is it that Dee and Carol can go from peonies to Wallis Simpson to tomatoes and then the Chelsea chop in one episode? Well, just listen and you'll find out! Flower: Peony, a wonderful long-lived perennial flower that both Dee and Carol and millions of other gardeners grow. Peony’s Envy is one site that will give you a good overview of peonies. Another source is Song Sparrow Nursery. And peonies are edible! At least the flower petals are. The petals taste lovely fresh in salads, or...

Duration:00:46:33

Clematis, Aggressive vs. Invasive Plants, and It's Not Too Late to Plant Veggies

5/21/2019
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"Is there a better month in the garden than May when the skies are blue, the garden is lush, and there are flowers blooming in every color imaginable. The promises of the season have yet to be broken and optimism reigns!" ~~ Carol Michel Flower: Clematis, a member of the Ranunculaceae family. A good place to buy clematis online if your local garden center doesn't have a good selection is Brushwood Nursery. Just browse their catalog online and you’ll find lots of clematis you never knew...

Duration:00:40:33

How to Grow a Basic Summer Vegetable Garden

5/16/2019
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Have you always wanted to grow vegetables, but didn't know where to start? Dee Nash and Carol Michel provide the information you need to get started growing your own vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green beans, corn, okra and squash in this bonus episode of The Gardenangelists.

Duration:00:21:58

Ruth Stout, Salvia, Sweet Corn, and Garden Sages

5/14/2019
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“In my early childhood I had some kind of vague yearning to Save the World from something or other; now all I ask is to save a small part of it from over-working in the effort to produce things that are good to eat or are lovely to see.” Ruth Stout Ruth Stout got people to stop double-digging their gardens, which is hard work. Her books included The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book: Secrets of the Famous Year-Round Mulch Method and How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back: A New...

Duration:00:44:11

What do daisies, squash, and queen bees have in common?

5/7/2019
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What do daisies, squash, and queen bees have in common. They are all topics in this week's episode! A quote to start with... “Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe.” Thomas Berry. This week we are harvesting radishes, lettuce, spinach, and green onions. Our flower this week is daisies, members of the Compositeae or Asteraceae family. (Same family, different names.) We are reminded of this quote: “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't...

Duration:00:34:38