Gardening with SCIENCE for the radical urban and Suburban gardener. Lets save the world with Horticulture, Humanism, and Anarchy. Comrades, Garden!


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Gardening with SCIENCE for the radical urban and Suburban gardener. Lets save the world with Horticulture, Humanism, and Anarchy. Comrades, Garden!




Bugs!!! June 2022

Howdy, I'm back! I've finally gotten myself back to doing this podcast, and I decided to start with bugs. "True" bugs. All those pesky sap suckers that plague our plants. The new Podcast art is a AI Neural Net's cyberpunk "Retro-wave" interpretation of a bumblebee on a Hollyhock. This was generated by Welshpixie - who's a great artist over on Mastodon. I'm on Mastodon as Troy the Gardener - If you subscribed during my long hiatus I'd like to thank you, seeing my nearly abandoned podcast get around 30 downloads a week kept me interested in coming back. All my social links @ ---Resources--- The order Hemiptera at the Discover Life website. A great overview of the order. The order Hemiptera from the Australian National Science Agency that breaks down the Suborders. A squash bug article with a good picture of the egg clusters. A University of Wisconsin extension article about Scale Insects. The Lost Ladybug project, with some info on Ladybugs as well as details on the loss of native species in the United States. Support the show



Website: Notes If you have any specific questions about getting started with Compost (or anything else) you can contact me through the website or Direct Message me on the Fediverse (or on Twitter or Instagram if you must) Its time to cover compost, at least cover some of the basics. Compost, and organic matter management in general, is a huge topic, and it will be many episodes before I can even hope to cover it all. In this episode I give a basic overview of Hot Composting, Vermicomposting, and the biology that enables it. Resources the show


Stepping Up

Website: Notes Update: An explanation of the change I made to the show notes of my Seed Starting Special episode ( ) after seeing a tweet by Dr. Sarah Taber ( It added to small field of red flags I already had regarding that company. In this episode I follow up on my Seed Starting Special by discussing the horticultural practice of “Stepping up” or more simply, moving your plants from a low nutrition seed starting mix to a medium suitable for growing out your plants. 2 Resources Support the show


A bit much about Nitrogen

Website: Notes If you have any specific questions about starting seeds (or anything else) you can contact me through the website or Direct Message me on the Fediverse (or on Twitter or Instagram if you must) A quick dip into the intricate world of the nitrogen cycle, from its humble origins of N2 to its final form as one of plant kinds most vital nutrient. It can be Synthetic or au naturel, bound up in several different molecules, and fixed freely in the soil or directly in root nodules. Give a listen. Resources Nitrogen on the periodic table - Plants do not convert CO2 into O2 - How Lightning can create soil nitrogen - Nitrogen Fixation in Legumes - The history of Night Soil in the United States - Humanure Handbook - Urine as a nitrogen source - Guano Islands Act - A video on the production of synthetic Ammonium - This episode is released under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License by its author Troy Truchon. Support the show


Seed Starting Special!

Website: Notes Joyous HumanLight! If you have any specific questions about starting seeds (or anything else) you can contact me through the website or Direct Message me on the Fediverse (or on Twitter or Instagram if you must) I misspoke about Perlite and Vermiculite. Perlite is a naturally expanded volcanic gas, Vermiculite is a mineral compound that can be heated to expand (incidentally the name comes from the heated products tendency to expand into worm like strands.) Also to clarify, when I said “There aren’t many genetically modified organisms in food production right now.” I meant to say varieties, significant portions of our sugar beet and field corn populations are GMO, as is most alfalfa grown as a feed. But those are only a very small handful of varieties that aren’t trivial for you to get. Update: I am no longer comfortable recommending Baker Creek Seeds as I was unaware of their relationship with Cliven Bundy. There were already some red flags for me and this was one too many. I apologize if anyone made a purchase based on listening to this episode. Seed Links Native Seed SearchNative American Seed RequestSeed Savers ExchangeDonation ProgramJoinSan Diego Seed CompanyJohnny’s Selected SeedsNational Plant Germplasm SystemResources Frost Dates in California from UC DavisFrost Dates from the Old Farmers AlmanacThe Dwarf Tomato ProjectTomato TalkMicro-Dwarf Tomato ProjectA Tiny Green CellSebastians EtsyTea Jay’s Garden 1.0 Craig LeHoullier and Patrina Small, The Tomato Episode, Introduction, Dwarfs, and Epic TomatoesInterview with Sebastian Cocioba of New York Botanics LLC Support the show


Mysterious Seeds From China

========== Call the Show 661-368-5177 Review on Podchaser Hello Gardeners! Sorry I didn’t get an episode out to you last week, I have an infant who’s usual bed time has been a thing of contention between us. Since she hasn’t been sleeping, I haven’t had my usual block of time at night to get things done. The joys of Parenting and Podcasting. This is just a short episode giving a quick update on my own patch, and some information...


How to Beat Bitter Cucumbers

Review on Podchaser Hello Gardeners! This week I thought I’d talk about Bitterness in Cucumbers. Cucumbers can become bitter as a response to literally any stressors of the plant. In this episode I talk about the different types of cucumbers, why they go bitter, how to deal with it, resistant varieties, and a wonderful alternative I’ve taken to using. ========== Products Mentioned Further Reading Support the show



Its 102 Degrees here today (Pics), which is pretty typical of my summers here in Bakersfield. It got me thinking about gardening in extreme heat. In this episode I’ll explain why amaranth does just fine in high heat, why your wilting plants are probably fine, a bit about the wonderful world of Photosynthesis, and why you should pour beer on your plants. The “Greek Cucumber” I mentioned several times in the episode is XYLANGOURO CUCUMBER MELON. The Red Amaranth was Red Leaf Vegetable Amaranth which I got from Johnny’s Selected Seeds You can find my interview with Craig Lehoulier at If you want to learn a bit more about Photosynthesis this is a decent primer on the different types Support the show


Late Starts

Leave a Review on Podchaser Welcome back for episode 25. Not episode 52 as i say on the show. Sorry I’ve been away for so long, alot has happened. I mean aside from the obvious things we’ve all been going through. I hope this episode finds you well. I’m pivoting yet again. I’ve decided, for now, to just talk about Gardening and leave any other plans off for the time being. From now on this will be a show where I share my gardening experiences, knowledge, and whats going on in Tea Jay’s actual Garden. In this episode I talk about: For a start I’m groing alot of Bushing and Dwarf Varieties, and looking into getting involved with growing out Micro-Dwarf Tomatoes from I’m also trialing Tepary Beans from . The Experimental Farm Network is a great place to pickup experimental varieties and unfinished hybrids to play around with. Also an update, since I recorded this there have, in fact, been some food shortages affecting the US. But, every case I’ve heard of so far has been processed foods and beverages. There is a shortage of some Diet sodas, and some brands of Beer. I still feel that my statements in the podcast are substantially correct. Support the show


Wisconsin Fast Plants with Hedi Lauffer

An interview with Hedi Baxter Lauffer Director of Teaching & Learning with the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We talk about Fast Plants and their educational applications. Specifically using them to teach plant biology, and different projects and activities you can use them for. Links Wisconsin Fast PlantsBottle BiologyCarolina Biological SupplyMy First Experience Teaching with Fast Plants by Julie LaConteSignup for their Blog Mailing ListSupport the show


Little Crops for Little Hands

Small crops for small spaces and kids. Dwarf Tomatoes My Interview with Craig LeHoullier and Patrina Small Micro-dwarf Tomatoes Gold Nugget Squash Gold Nugget Squash Support the show


Open Source Gardening

Hey folks, This is just a short episode I felt that I needed to put out after the Tomato episode and my talk with Sebastian Cocioba. I wanted to do an introduction to the Open Source methodology/philosophy for gardeners. I’ll cover what “Open Source”‌ is, as well as my history with it and its intersection with gardening. Open Source Links What is Open SourceOverview of the GNU‌ systemSDF.orgOpen Source Gardening Links Open Source Seed InitiativeOSSI‌ PledgeFarm.BotThe Grow RoomIssues with Plant Utility PatentsThanks for listening, you can contact the show at Support the show


Backyard Market Gardening Review

In this episode I review Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling What You Grow by Andy W Lee and Patricia L Foreman. It is a primer and basic instruction manual to small scale market gardening. Its, yet another, used book I’m reviewing, this is the 11th printing. I also talk a little bit about what I’m doing with the show. Please follow the show on Mastodon Twitter And you can contact the show at Support the show


Gardening Failures

Sorry folks, I came down with a stomach bug this week and wasn't able to get out a decent episode Setbacks, no matter how unavoidable, do tend to make you feel as if you've failed though, so I thought I could talk about that a bit. So here is a short discussion on the role of failure in gardening, it happens to everybody, and if you can't work past it you'll never become the gardener you can be. Support the show (


Interview with Sebastian Cocioba of New York Botanics LLC

For week 44 of the gardening year I’m interviewing a longtime friend of mine Sebastian Cocioba owner of New York Botanics LLC and atinygreencell on Instagram. Sebastian is a “bio hacker” who’s goal is to increase the general level of education about Genetics technologies. A few things. First, I’ve tweaked the show format, moving to a single segment a week. Trying to squeeze in three segments every episode just wasn’t possible with the current demands on my time. I also apologize that there was no Week 43, I had been out with a minor back injury and producing that week was clobbered by my return to work. The audio quality bounces around just a little bit, I have to replace a piece of equipment so hopefully I’ll have this resolved in time for the next show. CrisprAgrobacteriumGene GunSpermadineMyo TomatoSchool of Visual ArtscreloxCommunity LabsGhost OrchidSupport the show


Craig LeHoullier and Patrina Small, The Tomato Episode, Introduction, Dwarfs, and Epic Tomatoes

I apologize in advance for the audio quality of this episode. I‌ was dealing with a dodgy microphone and some parts of my audio has static, but this is only here and there during the interview and its otherwise acceptable. I have it fixed, it won't continue into future episodes. In this episode I give an overview of the domesticated tomato, my feelings on the term "Heirloom", I have a talk with Patrina Nuske Small and Craig LeHoullier about Dwarf Tomatoes, and I review Craigs book Epic Tomatoes. Here are some tomato varieties mentioned in the Interview Portion Wherokowhai pronounced fer-dow-co-fiUluru OchreKangaroo Paw RedSweet Scarlet DwarfDwarf Golden GypsyDwarf Firebird SweetDwarf Wild FredCraig LeHoullier and Patrina Small links Epic TomatoesDwarf Tomato ProjectS2E4 THE DWARF TOMATO PROJECT -- FREE THE SEED! PODCASTTomato grower Petrina Nuske Small, from south-east NSW, talks about the new tomato variety she has bred.General Links Seed Savers ExchangeTomatovilleOpen Source Seed InitiativeFather of modern tomato breedingPFAF‌ Entry on TomatoesSeed Suppliers who carry Dwarf Tomatoes in the US Victory Seed CompanyHeritage Seed MarketTatianas Tomato BaseSample Seed ShopTomatofestFruition SeedsThanks for listening, you can contact the show at Support the show


Week 41 - Suzy Buttress Interview, The Learning Garden, Straw Bale Gardening

This week I get into my year at the Learning Garden, have a great chat with Suzy Buttress of The Casual Birder Podcast, and I review a couple of books on Straw Bale Gardening. I have to apologize, near the end of the Podcast accidentally called Patrina Small by the name Patricia. After speaking with Suzy Buttress I was still unable to work out the hawk that made an unscheduled appearance in the podcast, but in the process I did stumble onto All About Birds. Its linked to the Cornell Universities Merlin App database. Here is a link to her appearance on the Hummingbirds Episode of the Varmints Podcast. Here are the birds mentioned in the interview care of All About Birds. Collared DovesWhite Winged PigeonsSharp Shinned HawkCoopers HawkMorning DoveBlack PhoebeCalifornian TowheeAnd here are some links to other things mentioned in the interview. Humming Bird CallsStructural ColorAotearoa's extinct bird callsThousands Of Feral Lime Green Parakeets Call Bakersfield HomeSilent SpringWrapping up the podcast I review the following books. Straw Bale Gardens Complete, Updated Edition: Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding 2nd Edition by Joel KarstenGrowing Vegetables in Straw Bales: Easy Planting, Less Weeding, Early Harvests. A Storey BASICS® Title Paperback by Craig LeHoullierThanks for listening, you can contact the show at Support the show



Sorry guys, now podcast this week. Things got chaotic. I'm going to regroup and reboot the podcast for the better next week. Keep an eye out. Support the show (


Breaking the Rules

Wrapping up Seed Saving Week we are talking about plant breeding experiments you can do provided you have the space and time. And I Cover the University of Wisconsin's Fast Plants, which don’t require much time or space. Resources Saving Sun Gold Pg. 151 Epic TomatoesDwarf Tomato ProjectBREEDING NEW DWARF TOMATOES craiglehoullier.comWisconsin Fast Plants of the University of Wisconsin: Homepage Support the show


Self Fertile Crops

In this episode we get into the realm of Self Fertile Fruits and Vegetables. Self Fertile crops rarely deviate from the mother plant since it is often usually the father crop as well. Crosses of self fertile crops often have to be done manually and as such they are great plants to get started with Seed Saving. Resources Pollination of Vegetable CropsWhat are Self-Pollinating Vegetables?This Bee Gets Punched by Flowers For Your Ice Cream | Deep LookHermaphroditic Flower Performs Gravity Defying Dance to Fertilize ItselfGoogle Doodle celebrates Mexican-American botanist and explorer Ynés Mexía Support the show