The French have a word, terroir, that loosely translates to "sense of place," used to describe all the cultural factors that make an agricultural crop what it is. In this episode of Garden Confidential, we take it a step further and investigate all the factors that play into sense of place, how they affect the plants in your garden--and, ultimately, how they affect you.
Ever consider what it takes to make that tall, cool beverage you're drinking right now? Unless it's straight-up water, odds are overwhelming that plants had a hand (or a leaf) in the creation of whatever quaff you're consuming.
Plants find ways to endure in in extreme situations, and the upshot is that where plants endure, gardeners endure too. In this episode, "Fire and Ice," we look at plants and the people growing them in very different, very extreme circumstances: Antarctica, and Southern California in wildfire season.
Is it cold yet where you live? Well, we've got a topic that's forever hot to get you warmed up: invasives. In this episode, I talk to Peter Del Tredici, author of Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide.
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If you've been a plant geek for any length of time, odds are you've found yourself poring over a sexy catalog promising live plants by mail. Despite mail-ordering plants as often as I have, I’m still struck by what a dubious prospect it is.
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"Why don't young people garden?" I can't tell you how often I've been asked that question. In this episode, I talk to Kelly Norris and Amanda Thomsen, two Gen X/Y gardeners and authors, about the "age-old" question of gardening among our generations.
Earthworms: how well do you really know them? I'm betting worms have more to do with your above-ground world than you know. In this episode, I talk to Amy Stewart, author of The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms about why.
The Christmas tree is a holiday horticultural icon, and in this episode, we give you two slightly skewed tales of the storied evergreen. Andrew Keys talks to writer Pamela Price of the blog Red, White & Grew about a particularly Texan Tannenbaum, followed by an essay from Fine Gardening blogger Amanda Thomsen of Kiss My Aster.
What plant-y things are you thankful for this year? Hear our favorites from "A to Z," this month's theme. Andrew Keys talks to the staff at Fine Gardening and Ray Rogers, editor of the American Horticultural Society's A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.
Andrew Keys is a writer, designer, and lifelong gardener. Descended from Mississippi cotton farmers, Andrew was raised with a reverence for the land, and first fell in love with plants among thickets of Aralia spinosa in the woods of his childhood home. He has written for Fine Gardening and other magazines, is a member of the Garden Designers
Roundtable, and has lectured for the New England Wild Flower Society. He is also a Northeast Organic Farming Association-accredited organic landcare professional.
"Hi Dave - Very good question! We got a bit sidetracked on Part II, but I'm hoping to get to it..."