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Landscape Designer, Keith Edwards, and 'Garden Girl', Elisabeth Kingman, join forces to bring an engaging, informative, and entertaining take on all things gardens. From growing perfect produce to garden design, Keith and Elisabeth will cover it. Come along and get your hands and boots muddy. For more information follow us on Instagram @muddybootspodcast

Location:

Australia

Description:

Landscape Designer, Keith Edwards, and 'Garden Girl', Elisabeth Kingman, join forces to bring an engaging, informative, and entertaining take on all things gardens. From growing perfect produce to garden design, Keith and Elisabeth will cover it. Come along and get your hands and boots muddy. For more information follow us on Instagram @muddybootspodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Meeting the team from Wormlovers

2/20/2024
Currently own a worm farm or thinking you might like to? This week we meet Richard Thomas from Wormlovers Hear about the history of Wormlovers and their journey over the last 10 years and learn from Richard’s knowledge on the benefits of worm farms for the home gardener. Check out the Wormlovers website to see the range of not only worm farms but planter boxes, wicking beds and other garden accessories. Whether you’re a large family or living on your own, Richard will explain not only the waste reduction benefits of the worm farm but the reward of the effect of worm castings and worm tea on your garden. New to worm farms? Here’s a few tips to starting: Place the worm farm in full shadeAdd a bedding of compost, soil or other suitable organic matter to the trayAdd composting worms (1000-2000) - these can be purchased from WormloversAdd small amount of garden/kitchen waste as well as waste paper/cardboard - remember not to overfeed your worms!Dilute worm tea to a ratio of 1:10 and use on your gardenWhere you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:28:02

Question Time 21!

2/13/2024
Find out who will be this month’s Q&A winner of The Plant Runner’s prize! We have been inundated with excellent questions, here are some of the topics discussed this month: Passionfruit hoppers can be controlled by weekly spraying of ECO Neem and Eco OilFrangipane with woolly aphid. Keith suggests controlling with Pyrethrum (add a drop or two of dishwashing liquid)Don’t over prune natives such as chrysocephalum apiculatum - dead head only, particularly in summerMites on plants like Vibernum? Try Mavrik or ECO Neem and Eco OilDilute worm tea to ration of approx 1:10 to 1:15 or hear how to wash through the worm farm to collect worm wee and castings - stay tuned for more tips on worm farms in our upcoming episode!Deter possums from eating your passion fruits by providing a decoy apple!Some basic principles on pH testing and correctionPomegranate trees - best to have 2 plants of different varieties will increase the yield through cross-pollinationOrnamental grape vines excellent for summer shade. Keith suggests Thomson seedless and crimson seedless. Ensure Neutral pH, good potting mix and liquid feedFicus Pumila - a great clinging climberKeith’s top tips on keeping rabbits off your plants! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:30:12

A midsummer tour of Keith's Garden

2/6/2024
What’s growing in Keith’s garden? Flowers, trees and of course lots of edibles. This week we take a closer look at what’s happening in his beloved garden. The trial garden - what’s living up to expectation and what’s not! Some disappointing new varieties of Rudbeckia. Agastache and salvias are always winners and eryngium (Sea Holly) also performing well. Keith’s edible garden - late tomatoes due to cooler summer, more zucchini and cucumbers than he knows what to do with and avocados are fruiting! Issues with brown rot has seen Keith drying stone fruit using his Ezidri dehydrator. Late summer planting - Keith suggests lettuce, carrots, beetroot seeds or seedlings, Brussel sprout seedlings (Keith recommends Quality Plants & Seedlings but may have sold out). Other jobs - Summer pruning of fruit trees after the fruit, deadheading of spent flowers and light cutback to encourage late flowering, aerating soil (use a broadfork - check out F.D Ryan's) and mulching. Pests and diseases - Black spot on roses can be treated with 50/50 milk/water applied on a sunny day or copper spray like Kocide. Blossom end rot can occur due to high acidity - prevent/treat by adding Dolomite lime to soil before planting to stabilise pH. Powdery mildew - avoid by cutting out competing plants and ensuring soil is well fertilised and mulched. Rust - burn out by encouraging new growth (speed up with high nitrogen fertiliser). Passionfruit leaf-hopper, Springtail and other “critters” can be avoided and treated with ECO Neem and Eco Oil Happy Summer gardening! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:23:17

Soil

1/30/2024
Today we go back to one of Keith’s favourite topics! Where everything in a good garden starts - the soil. Finally an easy guide to why we should we be composting, getting started and maintaining a perfect, odour-free compost. We learn about the Carbon:Nitrogen ratio (ideally 1 part carbon to 3 parts nitrogen)the role of microbes in breaking down compost. What can and can’t go into the compost bin - No animal products (besides manure & egg shells)! Dog hair and even vacuum lint are ok to go in - who knew!Whether you have room for an open-air compost, a compost bin in the corner of your garden or an apartment with a small worm farm or Bokashi bin, we can all play a part in reducing green waste going into landfill. Applying mulch and organic fertilisers to our garden allows composting to naturally occur in our garden.Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:21:11

Muddy Boots How-to: Mixing Natives and Exotic Plants in your Garden

1/23/2024
Today we explore the world of native and exotic plants. What is a native plant? What is an exotic plant? How can we integrate these different designs into our garden spaces? Keith outlines some of the benefits of growing natives and exotics in the one garden. These include: Ability to grow different combinations by creating micro climates from exotic tree canopiesAesthetic appeal - creating colour combinations of both foliage and flowersSeasonal appeal - creating colour and interest throughout the year. Eg Casuarina glauca (Cousin It) and Ligularia reniformis and Miscanthus Sinensis “Flamingo”Deter pests - plants like rosemary and passionfruit both deter possums!Attract beneficial insectsLess maintenance generally with native plantsMany hybridized varieties of natives including Acacia Cognata “Mini Cog”, Westringia “Aussie Box” and “Grey Box” and grafted forms of Western Australian flowering gumLearn how to avoid exotic varieties becoming invasive! Eg Bamboo and Rice Paper Plant Phosphorus toxicity? Avoid any type of chicken manure. Keith recommends Neutrog’s Bush Tucker Hear Keith’s ideas on the importance of foliage, form and colour! Good luck with your new eclectic mix of natives and exotics! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:22:23

Question Time 20!

1/16/2024
Our first Muddy Boots Q&A for the year! Find out who will be this month’s Q&A winner of The Plant Runner’s prize! Types of nutrient rich mulch - what to choose? Mushroom, Lucerne, Pea straw? Keith recommends Who Flung Dung Poppy seeds - an easy one to grow by sowing directly into your garden Wanting to try gardening with a Moon Calendar? Try this simple calendar readily available online - Moon calendar Lime tree looking yellow? Increase mulch right out to drip line, check pH and feed your citrus regularly Harvesting beetroot seeds? Wait for the seeds to dry out and collect in paper bag Scale on citrus? Treat with Eco Oil and feed regularly Bumps on Lilly Pilly- Could be psyllid (plant lice). Feed with Bush Tucker. Treat with Eco Oil and ECO Neem Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:21:11

Muddy Boots how-to: A veggie patch from scratch.

1/9/2024
Elisabeth is ready to fill her new raised beds and start her veggie patch. Maybe you are too? This month, Keith gives us some great advice on getting started with growing your own food. Location, location, location - lots of sun is an absolute must! Type of veggie patch - options include a raised bed or building into existing lawn or garden bed. Eradicating grasses and weeds with a herbicide like Roundup or consider an organic alternative like Slasher according to the directions. Soil preparation - prepare an existing area and improve soil with addition of quality compost like Clyde's Compost and topping with organic mulch like Who Flung Dung. Keith recommends using a broadfork to penetrate your soil (look for F.D Ryan's). Filling a raised bed? Ensure the base has either a layer of geo fabric or consider using Weed Gunnel. Beds can be filled with layers of organic matter using the “lasagne method”. Improve soil with Munash Rock Dust and fertilise regularly with products like Charlie Carp What to plant? Ensure you are planting according to your location’s climate. Decide whether you will plant seedlings or propagate from seed.Set your seeds up for success by using the Moon calendar. Protect your veggies from pests. Hear Keith’s Earwigs control method.Look for organic products like Eco Oil and ECO Neem and consider netting to control cabbage moths and other pests. Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:28:38

Muddy Boots Top 10: Shade Trees

1/2/2024
No garden is complete without trees! This month Keith shares his top 10 favourite trees for the Australian garden. Acer japonicum vitifoliumAcer platinoides globosumAcer platinoides Crimson SentryPersimon fuyuUlmus glabra “Camperdownii”Nysa sylvaticaAcer rubrumCalodendrum capensePhytolacca dioicaceratonia siliquaSo we’ve chosen the tree. What next? Hear how to prepare and plant your tree to set it up for success! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:17:46

Question Time 19!

12/26/2023
Our last Muddy Boots Podcast for the year! Thank you to our loyal listeners this year! Find out who will be this month’s Q&A winner of The Plant Runner’s prize? After a climbing rose in yellow or orange hues? Keith suggestions - Banksia rose, Maigold, Summertime, Golden Showers Removing leaves and pinching tomatoes? Keep a single main trunk, reduce leaves and pinch out above the last truss Best secateurs? Lowe No 5 Some tips for growing a Jacaranda Saw flies and other pests? - try Yates Baythroid Yet another citrus pest! The bronze orange bug. Try companion plants Marigold, Pansy, Basil or beneficial bugs by Bugs for Bugs or Natures Way Citrus Ornamental Spray or ECO Neem and Eco Oil Scarab beetle eatling roses? Again prevent further damage with ECO Neem and Eco Oil Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:23:15

Special Guest: Clyde Compost. Introducing Lignite Humates for Supercharged Soil

12/19/2023
For regular listeners the name Clyde's Compost will be familiar. But did you know Clyde’s Compost has a brand new product? Lignite Humates is what Keith would call a “game changer”. Hear from Vince from Clydes about both the original Clyde’s compost and his brand new product. Why Clyde’s Compost? Originally created for the family’s intense vegetable gardening farm, Clyde’s Compost has been created organically with advice from expert agronomists to ensure a consistent product with suitable pH for the home gardener. The full range includes Certified Organic Dolomite Lime, Certified Organic Blood & Bone, the Booster Blend & the new Lignite Humates What is Lignite Humates? Lignite Humates is brown coal! 20% carbon and 80% humate. Why Lignite Humates? Holds up to 200% more water than your average soil, efficiently breaks down fertilisers and the natural goodness of the soil to assist plant uptake. A great episode exploring a great product! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:31:10

Muddy boots how to: Attracting wildlife into your garden

12/12/2023
This week Elisabeth asks Keith to share some tips on how to encourage wildlife into her new garden. Grow it and they shall come! Both a perennial or natives style garden can be created to maximise wildlife. Birdbaths, rocks and nesting logs will all assist with creating places for wildlife to enjoy. Plants like Dianella Revoluta with edible berries will attract birds. Looking to treat pests without harming the wildlife? Look for certified organic snail bait to avoid impact on wildlife, try home remedies and use products like ECO Neem. Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:14:21

Muddy Boots how to: Deadheading

12/5/2023
This week is all about deadheading - why & how to deadhead to keep your flowers flourishing! Why do we deadhead? Looks tidier, helps keep plants healthy and can prolong the flowering period. How to deadhead? Hand pinch or use secateurs. Cut just above the next set of leaves or nodes. What to deadhead? Keith and Elisabeth share their list with some extra tips. Keith advisse that some (like agapanthus), should be deadheaded to avoid self-seeding and spreading. What NOT to deadhead? Annuals and bi-annuals can be left to go to seed. Others (like those in the wildflower episode), may be left to seed for Autumn germination. Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:12:21

Meeting the Jim, from Jim's Mowing.

11/28/2023
Meet the Jim in Jim’s Mowing. Hear the incredible journey of Jim’s Mowing and how it has grown from a backyard business to over 5000 franchisees. Hear what has contributed to the success. Listen to Keith and Jim’s banter as Keith shares a couple of his favourite products with Jim including Clyde’s Lignite Humates, MycoGold , Munash Rock Dust and Jim shares his approach. The Muddy Boots team and Jim certainly have a lot in common when it comes to preferring organics, avoiding poisons and doing our best to protect and attract our garden pollinators! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:26:54

Question Time 18!

11/21/2023
From citrus, avocado and eucalyptus trees to garden design and ponds. Hear this week’s questions answered and hear who our lucky Plant Runner prize winner is. How to get rid of Bacterial Brown spot on Eucalyptus Caesia . Treat Citrus Leaf Miner or gall wasps with Eco Oil and ECO Neem weekly Got a pond and need advice? Contact Garden World Top tips for getting an Wurtz Avocado started. Planning out your garden – Keith explains how to start? Want to get rid of weeds in your lawn? Consider transplanting Kaikuya runners to smother the weeds. What to plant under a large avocado tree – try Nasturium, Ginger, Tumeric and Midgen Berries Screening plant suggestions include Lily Pily Syzgium Australe or Lily Pily Waterhousia Floribunda Creepers for a tin shed? Try Ficus Pumila Minima or Boston Ivy Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:23:15

The landscape design experience - with Anna Tronson

11/14/2023
This week the team talk to artist Anna Tronson about the work of co-host Keith Edwards. As we know Keith is a landscape consultant. Check hime out at https://keithedwards.com.au/ and https://www.instagram.com/ke_landscape_consultant/. From the initial interview, site inspections and research through to creating a detailed plan on paper; we learn in this episode about the process from start to finish. Anna Tronson talks about how Keith works to bring a client’s vision to life, her experience with landscaper Matt Phillips (you can listen to an earlier Muddy Boots episode with Matt HERE) and how Keith continues to support Anna to maintain the finished garden. You can check out Anna’s art at https://www.instagram.com/annatronson.artist/ Learn more one of Keith’s great inspirations - Edna Walling. A great episode to get to know more about co-host Keith Edwards. Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:20:20

How to start a wildflower meadow

10/31/2023
Love the idea of a wildflower meadow as part of your garden design? Not sure how to get started or how this can be incorporated into a domestic garden? Let Keith & Elisabeth inspire you! Wildflowers need plenty of sun and it’s important to get rid of all grass and weeds before planting. Be patient, this process may take 2 years! Don’t want to wait? Once grasses are smothered, seeds can be directly sown into a thick layer of Clyde's Compost. An S shape is a good method, scatter seed by hand by mixing the seed with dry sand first. What seeds to choose? There are lots of premixed wildflower mixes available depending on your preferred look & effect. Try interspersing with more advanced seedlings that you have propagated in seed trays. When to start? Autumn start can give your germinated seeds a head start and kick start them for Spring. Little or no care or maintenance, a haven for birds and insects and a visual delight. Would you think about giving a wildflower meadow a try? Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:14:37

A step by step guide: Planting, pruning and harvesting your favourite fruit trees

10/24/2023
This week Keith and Elisabeth follow up on the recent episode that listed Keith’s Top 10 fruit trees! Now we are stepped through a step by step guide to growing beautiful fruit trees Choosing the right locationPreparing the hole for planting - with Clyde's Compost, MycoGold, Munash Rock Dust Clyde’s lignitePlanting and staking your new tree & finishing with good quality mulch like Who Flung DungWhen and what to fertilise with. Keith recommends Neutrog GyganicsPruning and maintaining your fruit trees Stonefruit, citrus, apples - hear how and when to prune to maximise fruit productionPreventing and treating pests including the dreaded Curly LeafResearching the required Fruit tree pollinationHarvesting your fruitConsider drying your excess fruit. Try Singing Magpie range for inspiration!We look forward to hearing the successes of your new fruit tree growing! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:22:32

Question Time 17!

10/17/2023
Check out this week’s Q&A and learn who will win the prize, donated by The Plant Runner Great questions as always and some excellent suggestions from Keith and Elisabeth including: - :Keep an eye out for Gumleaf Skeletoniser (Uraba Lugens) that can destroy eucalypts in Winter & Early spring - Tips for using the moon calendar to guide pruning times - Ant mounds? Try a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water a good organic solution - Terms like “genetically modified”, “organic”, “heirloom”, “open-pollinated”, “hybradised” - Keith explains! - Moss in lawns? Use a broadfork or hire an aerator. - Can Keith help Carol with what to plant in the severe climate of Western NSW? - How to propagate Gymea lilies from seed with the help of smoke water - Dreaded aphids? Treat with ECO Neem - Fruit flies attacking your mulberry tree? Hear Keith’s top tips - Kick start your citrus trees with Neutrog Gyganics - Try a layering method to propagate blueberries - Add calcium carbonate or blood and bone to speed up the break down of leaves like pear and oak - Feed bulbs with Strike Back for great flowers next season! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:30:01

The Muddy Boots Top 10: Fruit Trees

10/10/2023
Keith’s Top 10 Fruit Trees Already growing your own fruit trees or love the idea but haven’t yet tried? Be inspired by Keith, the “the fruit tree aficionado”! Before selecting your trees, be sure to research what will grow in your area. Consider frosts, soil type, available sunlight and your available space and design preferences. Be sure to know which fruit trees need partners for cross-pollination. Consider buying Bare-rooted fruit trees - this is an economical option for planting late winter to early spring. Look for Grafted fruit trees, allowing for different sizes such as dwarf root stock for space saving. Keith’s Top Ten, explained in detail this week are: Flat peach Macadamia IntegrifoliaGreengage PlumTamarillo White SapoteAvocado (not near a Eucalypt!)Persimmon FuyuMulberry ShahtootCurry leaf plantLapin CherryWhere you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:25:29

Meeting the team from ModBOX

10/3/2023
Meet Marco Baretta from ModBOX, expert in all there is to know about raised garden beds. So why raised beds? Raised beds are attractive, ergonomic and make soil control & maintenance a lot easier. When designing raised beds, Keith & Marco recommend a height of approximately 450mm, no wider than 600mm if against a wall or 1200mm if it is accessible from all sides. Learn the pros and cons the different materials used to construct raised beds. If using plastic, choose food-grade plastic. Tin or corrugated iron risks burning your plants roots. Timber is a good choice but what timber? Hear why ModBOX choose callitris for their raised beds. Do I need to be a carpenter to put this together? No, ModBOX is easy to put together with no tools needed and can be custom designed to suit your garden. These also include wicking beds and Marco explains how these work and their benefits. Raised beds made easy, thanks to Marco Baretta! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots! Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook

Duration:00:26:22