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Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

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United States

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Join columnist and garden designer Mary Stone in sharing dilemmas, delights, & discoveries in the garden of life.

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English


Episodes

Episode 39 - The Magic of Sprouting Avocado Seeds

1/16/2022
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. In this episode, Jolee pulls me towards Cheryl as she grabs her mail, resulting in a lovely chat leading to her avocado dilemma. It’s fun to revisit the magic of sprouting avocado seeds in water that brings with it life lessons :^). https://askmarystone.com/sprouting-avocado-seeds-in-water/ I look forward to sharing more stories that come from you, kind listeners. You can email me...

Duration:00:07:59

Episode 38 - Plants Inspire - Turning Over a New Leaf

1/9/2022
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. A New Year, just as birthdays, gifts the opportunity to start fresh—to begin new things or improve upon others. A chance for turning over a new leaf, as they say. One new leaf I hope to turn over is sharing more stories of how plants inspire our lives — stories that come from you, kind listeners, and readers. Today we chat about Pat's beautiful story of her "welcome home" clematis;...

Duration:00:07:24

Episode 37 - Merry Season of Love Over Fear

1/2/2022
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. For the first time in a long time, I wrote a Christmas letter to friends from far away, sharing the joy coming from the arrival of our rescue dog Jolee. And the inspiration she gave us as we witnessed her maneuver through the fear and uncertainty. I hope the letter will inspire you to Choose Love over Fear in this Merry Season of Love. Here’s to a new year of...

Duration:00:08:08

Episode 36 - Sow Good Services, Woman With Flower

12/8/2021
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. It's the first since spring the indoor plants are back inside, leading to tips on tending to indoor plants and a surprise from a tiny book, She Who Loves a Garden with wisdom from Madame de Staël, born in 1766 — "Sow Good Services; Sweet remembrances will grow from them." https://askmarystone.com/sow-good-services/ Then we honor Naomi Long Madgett, sharing her inspiring poem...

Duration:00:15:09

Episode 35 - Leaf Therapy, Essential Oaks

11/14/2021
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. This episode starts out sharing a walk in the woods with you for a bit of Leaf Therapy—finding comfort amongst the trees, and an unexpected encounter, a gal who gifts wisdom of serving others —Big love. https://askmarystone.com/leaf-therapy-fills-emptiness/ Then we talk about tidbits from a Plant Symposium themed around native plants. With a special guest Douglas Tallamy author of...

Duration:00:20:56

Episode 34 - Forest Bathing, Willowwood Champion Trees

10/14/2021
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. This episode starts with Forest Bathing, a topic not new to me, though the label is. Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy is not about hiking; it's about Being in the woods. Not only does it feel good, but it's also scientifically proven to help heal the body and soul. https://askmarystone.com/forest-bathing/ · A book I favor on the subject -- Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You...

Duration:00:17:20

Episode 33 - Hot Peppers Into Cool Jelly, DIY Worm Castings

9/19/2021
Welcome to our chat from the screen porch about garden and nature stories that help heal and grow our lives. This episode starts with a story of a lifelong friend’s adventure of growing ungodly HOT Peppers in pots that turns into a gift of delicious jelly. https://askmarystone.com/growing-hot-peppers-into-jelly/ Then there’s a tidbit on the outcomes of the anticipated Brood-X invasion you can read more about in the link below. https://askmarystone.com/brood-x-cicada-2021-recap/ Plus, we...

Duration:00:21:39

Episode 32 - Juglone Companions, Fascinating Fasciation

8/22/2021
Thank you for being part of our community, sharing how gardens and nature heal and grow our lives. Shagbark hickory produces Juglone, a natural herbicide, but in far less concentration than the Eastern Black Walnut, famous for being allelopathic – a fancy word for emitting chemicals that harm other plants. Thankfully many plants will thrive around Juglone. I share a story of Elisabeth who bought an 1800’s farmhouse graced with Black Walnut trees and her desire for fruit trees and a...

Duration:00:18:11

Episode 31 - Comedy of Crickets, Mayapple of my Eye

7/24/2021
Thank you for being part of our community, sharing how gardens and nature heal and grow our lives. In this episode, I share the story of our rescue pup coming upon an American toad. Gratefully Jolee didn’t pounce for the kill, the fate of cave crickets, though we’re grateful for her finesse. Bringing a curiosity— do cave crickets benefit the garden? https://askmarystone.com/do-cave-crickets-benefit-the-garden/ Then we chat about Mayapple, a desirable native perennial, unbeknownst to me...

Duration:00:17:40

Episode 30 - Attracting Toads, Frog Watch USA

6/26/2021
Thank you for being part of our community, sharing how gardens and nature heal and grow our lives. In this episode, columnist and designer Mary Stone shares why and how to attract toads to your garden. Plus a heartfelt story of an American toads’ visit during her mother’s decline -- when the garden became sorely ignored. https://askmarystone.com/attracting-toads-to-your-garden/ https://askmarystone.com/healing-in-the-garden-of-life/ Did you know there’s a considerable decline in...

Duration:00:17:30

Episode 29 - Aphid Invasion, Beneficial Ladybugs

6/5/2021
Castor beans, ladybugs, and bloody aphids. Life is full of garden pests like aphids who once again have wreaked havoc on the leather leaf viburnum gracing the garden outside the screened porch. This episode talks about the desperate measures of rejuvenation pruning a few years back and other reasons to prune which mirrors how we take care of our families and ourselves. https://askmarystone.com/reasons-to-prune/ Then there’s a tidbit on castor beans used to camouflage the uglies as the...

Duration:00:18:29

Episode 28 - Three Sisters, No-Till Gardening

5/13/2021
Thank you for being part of our community, spreading the word about how gardens and nature can heal and grow our lives. This episode starts with an overview of Three Sister’s Gardening that leads to a story of stumbling upon a baby porcupine and the angels that helped. Plus, a question posed to all: What makes great companions in the garden and the garden of life? https://askmarystone.com/three-sisters-gardening/ Then we learn about No-Till Gardening thanks to an interview with Patti...

Duration:00:20:14

Episode 27 - Skunk Cabbage Appeal, Rhubarb Review

4/14/2021
Thank you for being part of our community, spreading the word about how gardens and nature can heal and grow our lives. The episode starts with the fascinating chemistry of skunk cabbage, its attractive appearance, and its appeal to pollinators despite its foul smell. Can it be used in your garden? Indeed, in a boggy spot, it can, but there's more to consider… https://askmarystone.com/skunk-cabbage-appeal/ Then we chat about a Rhubarb which shares similar chemistry to Skunk Cabbage. And...

Duration:00:14:11

Episode 26 - Folklore of Hope, Planting Following Nature

3/21/2021
Thank you for being part of our community, spreading the word about how gardens and nature can heal and grow our lives. This episode starts with a chat about an old-time saying, “March Comes in Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb.” Or is it “In Like a Lamb and Out Like a Lion?” They imply a balance in weather, a balance in life. While the old sayings are fun to consider, we have no control over nature or the cycles of life. We can, however, control our ability to spread love to grow feelings...

Duration:00:16:51

Episode 25 - Baobab Tree of Life, Growing Kindness

2/25/2021
Thank you for being part of spreading the word about how gardens and nature can heal and grow our lives. This episode starts with The Little Prince's view that it's critical to rid the little planets he visits of all the bad seeds that turn into bad plants. Specifically, the Baobab—ironically, an ancient tree adored here on earth—leading to a lesson of clearing resentments and growing in kindness (before it destroys our world.) Then there are highlights of a Woody Plant Conference hosted...

Duration:00:17:56

Episode 24 - Better than 2020 Vision, Garden Foxes

1/27/2021
Thank you for being part of a community spreading the word about how gardens and nature can heal and grow our lives. This episode starts with an update on Ellie's Living Christmas Tree and the arrival of a new rescue adopted from a kindhearted shelter featured in the story of Father John's Animal House Garden. Did you know 20-20 Vision not perfect vision? I share lessons of recovery inspired by Comfort Zone Camp's founder Lynne Hughes and the hope of Better than Twenty-Twenty vision for a...

Duration:00:15:48

Episode 23 - Season of Love, All About Poinsettias

12/19/2020

Duration:00:15:12

Episode 22 - Lessons from Frosty, Thanks for Giving Thanks

11/21/2020

Duration:00:16:08

Episode 21 - Lessons from Spruce, Forest Pansy of Hope

10/17/2020

Duration:00:16:15

Episode 20 - Unexpected Furry Messenger, Father John's Memorial Garden

9/22/2020

Duration:00:15:50