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Strawberry Plants- How to Control Weeds

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Strawberry plants and weed control  begins months in advance of planting your strawberries through proper soil preparation.

It's a very simple process but requires some physical activity on your part.

Intimidated?

Don't be.

 

If you are short on time and space, you can plant your strawberries in a container.

Have you seen the "Strawberry Tower?"

This is the planter to use for maximum strawberry planting in small space!

Planting strawberries in white planters is visually stunning.

Take a look on my Foodie Gardener blog.

 

Strawberry patch in edible front yard display garden

A dedicated strawberry patch, even a small one ranging between 40 to 50 square feet, is managable by most gardeners and will supply a season's worth of strawberries for a small family.

 

Garden Video: Strawberries Versus Weeds!

Please watch this short and entertaining garden video called, "Strawberries Vs. Weeds Richard Simmons' Estate: Gardens Of The Rich & Famous"- I'm the garden expert for the show!

In it, I outline how to prepare your garden soil for strawberries.

It supposedly takes place in exersize guru, Richard Simmon's  home, but it is actually my client's home.

So, not only will you learn how to prepare your soil for strawberry plants, you'll also get to see one of my gardens! 

 

 

Prepare Garden Soil For Strawberry Plants

 

  • Select a site that is as weed and pest free as possible that receives all-day sunlight. Southern exposure is ideal.

 

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  • Three months (minimum) before planting, pull all visible weeds and apply corn gluten to the soil to act as an organic pre-emergent herbicide.

 

  • Water your soil a few times a week in order to encourage weeds to grow.

 

  • As the weeds grow, pull them and apply more corn gluten.

 

  • Repeat these steps for a few months in order to encourage latent weed growth and strategic weed killing!

 

In Southern California, November is an ideal month for planting strawberries.

There is plentiful sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures that strawberry plants appreciate.

 

Plant Your Strawberry Plants!

Now that your have garden soil  is moderately weed free, it's time to plant!

 

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Install a weed blocking fabric on top of your strawberry patch and secure with pins.

 

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Cut small holes in the fabric where you will plant your strawberry plants.

 

Don't make the holes too large because weeds can grow through them and choke out your beloved strawberry plant!

The weed blocking fabric prevents the sun from penetrating the soil and encouraging weeds to grow, supressing their growth.

 

 

Pine_Needle_Wood_Bark_Garden_Mulchwill help reduce amount of weeds that emerge.

For greater protection, add a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch on top of your weed fabric.

 

As your strawberry plants grow, feed them through their small planting hole and stay on top of any weeds that manage to "break through."

It should be relatively easy to pull them as they emerge.

 

Are you ready to prepare your soil?

You should be!

 

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Shirley with "Gardens of the Rich and Famous" writers and actors, Emma (l) and Ari (r)

 

What other methods of weed control do you use for your garden?

 

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Shishito Peppers: Grow Your Japanese Appetizer

Plate of pan roasted Shishito peppers

 

Roasted and salted Shishito peppers from Shirley’s garden

 

I started to grow  Shishito peppers in my garden after enjoying them as a Japanese appetizer at favorite sushi bar.

Love at first bite baby!

I didn’t know what to expect from this Capsicum annuum, with it’s thin walled, glossy green pepper that lay wilted and charred on my plate.

 

The sushi chef prepared the Shishito peppers so that they were tantalizingly hot but still retained a bit of a crunch.

A mellow, juicy and flavorful liquid was released at first bite.

I was hooked and ate the whole plateful within a few minutes!

At $7 dollars a plate, I knew I could save some money if I grew my own Shishito peppers.

 

Shishito peppers growing in a whiskey barrel garden container with marigolds

I now have three plants growing in containers in my garden!

 

The curvy, wrinkly, moderately hot Shishito pepper is low in calories and high in fiber.

Which means….

On my WeightWatchers plan, Shishito peppers are consider “zero points,” or a “free food!”

Which means….

I can ate a plateful of them without feeling guilty…

If, I prepare the Shishito peppers in a “calorie-smart” manner.

 

Don’t go crazy chain eating Shishito peppers at a restaurant, I discovered that they are usually fried or prepared with more oil than this curvy girl can afford to eat!

 

Shirley’s WeightWatchers-Friendly Shishito Pepper Appetizer

 

Five minutes to sheer delight!

Start the clock.

 

Fresh picked shishito peppers, spray oil and sea salt

 

Gather the following three ingredients:

  • Shishito peppers- as many as you like, preferably from your garden
  • Spray oil
  • Sea salt

 

Green and red shishito peppers freshly picked from Shirley's Garden

Green and red Shishito peppers

 

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Shishito peppers sprayed with Canola oil in hot pan

 

1. Rinse and dry Shishito peppers. I include some mature, red  Shishito peppers. They are spicier than the green ones.

2. Spray pan with cooking oil and heat until very hot.

3. Add Shishito peppers and coat them with a short spray of oil. Toss them occasionally by shaking the pan and allow the skin to char.

4. Add sea salt to taste

 

 

Plate of pan roasted Shishito peppers

Delicious, hot, charred Shishito peppers!

 

That’s it!

A delightful, three ingredient appetizer, prepared in less than five minutes, for a LOT less than $7 dollars!

When everyone else is eating peanuts or potato chips at  my house, I know what I’ll be eating.

 

Ready to grow your own Shishito peppers?

 

Grow Shisito peppers in containers or in the garden.

You don’t need a large garden to grow enough Shishito peppers to keep an individual or  family satisfied.

Two or three plants should suffice.

One plant is not enough for the raging fan!

 

 

 

 

Shishito pepper growing in Shirley Bovshow's garden ready to harvest

 

Remember, peppers are a summer crop and thrive in warm climate areas, but cold climate gardeners can grow them with some planning.

My peppers are growing strong right now in mid summer here in Los Angeles.

I’ve been able to harvest a plateful of Shishito peppers a couple of times a week and I can see many flowers, so more are on their way!

 

Growing Shishito Peppers From Seed

 

Get a head start by growing your Shishito seedlings indoors, 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost.

When the weather is consistently warm, (70 degrees or more), plant the seedlings outdoors.

Two good sources of seeds include Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Kitazawa Seed Company.

 

The better deal is Kitazawa Seeds where you can buy 80-100 seeds for $3.49 (price at current time).

Baker Creek has excellent stock, but it costs more.

Twenty-five seeds for $2.25

 

Have you seen Baker Creek’s gorgeous catalog, by the way?

Pure plant porn.

 

Transplanting Shishito Peppers Outdoors

 

All plants grow taller and usually produce more fruit when they are planted in the garden as opposed to a container.

Space your Shishito peppers at least three  feet apart for maximum air circulation when planted in the ground.

Plant the peppers where they will receive at least 5 hours of direct sunlight in well draining soil.

Pepper plants are not good swimmers!

 

Peppers will grow well in a 15 gallon container.

I use half whiskey barrels.

 

(Square foot gardeners can transplant one plant per square foot area in the ground).

 

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Feed your Shishito peppers throughout the growing season with a balanced fertilizer when the plant begins to flower.

 

Fertilizing Shishito Peppers

 

I avoid feeding newly transplanted peppers  excessive nitrogen because it encourages lush green foliage to grow rather than fruit.

Select a balanced vegetable fertilizer with a formula such as 5-10-10 or similar.

The first number represents the percentage of nitrogen, while the following two represent phospate and potassium, respectively.

 

Some of the fertilizer brands I use include Jobe’s Organics and Dr. Earth- both are reliable products.

 

Watering Shishito Pepper Plants

 

I water my Shishito peppers every other day during the menacing 100+ degree days of summer.

Container garden soils tend to dry faster than garden soil, so I make sure that my parched soil is moist but not soggy at all times.

If you plant your Shishito’s in the ground, check the soil 4-6″ inches deep and water when the soil  feels dry to the touch.

 

This may be anywhere between one to two times per week.

 

Harvesting Shishito Peppers

 

Shishito pepper ready for harvest

 

Shishito peppers are at the height of flavor when they are between 3-5″ inches long and lime green in color.

You can harvest the peppers when they are smaller and also when they are older and start to turn dark red.

Older peppers tend to be tougher in texture and sometimes have more of a spicy bite.

Smaller peppers have more intense flavor.

 

Decide what you like best and set up your own harvesting preferences.

I harvest my peppers right before cooking them so that I can benefit from the garden to plate freshness.

 

So what do you  think?

Have I tempted you into growing Shishito peppers?

You will thank me, if you do.

 

I promise!

 

Shirley

WeightWatchers and Gardeners

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What Does WeightWatchers Have to Do With Gardening?

Everything!

If you need to lose weight and you're a gardener, WeightWatchers new Point'sPlus® eating system may be the perfect eating plan for you.

WeightWatchers encourages followers to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

What a great incentive to go out and grow my favorite varieties fruits, vegetables and herbs!

 

Shirley posing in front of a lake

I recently joined  WeightWatchers  to lose the extra weight I gained during the past few months and I've adopted their new "PointsPlus" eating formula.

 

Even though I started my "eating modification program," (don't call it a "diet"), during the holiday season, I lost nearly 6.5 pounds during the first few weeks.

Not bad.

I was a WeightWatchers member years ago after my children were born and followed the "regular "Points® system, ( which was good), but the new revamped PointsPlus® way of eating blows it away!

I'll tell you why.

 

The Old "Points" System

Under the old WeightWatchers Points® system, I used to have to calculate every banana, papaya and carrot  I ate, which was kind of a pain.

You'd think that these power foods would be sanctioned as "safe foods" to eat in any amount!

When you're watching your weight, fruit becomes your "candy" and salads and veggies your salvation since you can fill up on them without consuming too many calories.

In any case, under the old Points® system, you had to count the point value against these saintly foods.

Not anymore!

 

The New WeightWatchers "PointsPlus®" System

Members are encouraged to "fill up" on most vegetables and fruit without having to count their points!

Bananas, papayas and pineapple included, watch out.

Of course if your vegetable preference leans towards starchy food like corn, potatoes or beets you still have to count their point value. 

This modification to the Points® system makes ALL the difference for me!

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I eat a plate of papaya, bananas and strawberries twice a day and I don't count it against my allotted Points for the day!

 

 

Why Weight Watchers is Perfect For Gardeners

Vegetable gardeners take heart! Now our vegetable gardens can play a greater, CALCULATED role in our diets!

Now that I can eat ALL the vegetables and fruit that I want and still lose weight, my vegetable garden  has become my favorite room in the house. It's like my pantry.

 

Vegetables From Shirley's Garden

I'm enjoying vegetable gardening more than ever now that I've got a plan for healthful eating! If I like a vegetable that is difficult to find at the market, or is pricey, I grow it.

 

A chayote from the supermarket can cost up to $2 each!

 

  • Chayote- this satisfying squash is popular in Latin American cuisine and can be enjoyed in place of potato or other starchy and filling vegetables. I dice it, saute it in olive oil  spray, add onions, cumin, salt, pepper and top with cilantro.

chayote planted and trellised for support

Chayote will grow into a tall vine. Make sure to add a support it can grow on at planting time.

 

You can root a healthy looking chayote that you buy from the market.  Set a whole chayote fruit about 4 to 6 inches deep, fat end down and at an angle so that the stem end is just level with the soil surface. Wait a few weeks until after your last frost as chayote is a warm season plant that grows into a beautiful vine. Give it some room. One chayote plant will feed a family of four.

 

 

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Even dogs find lemongrass hard to resist!

  • Lemon grass-  (Cymbopogon citratus) Why buy this Thai cuisine staple when you can grow it? This fragrant, lemon scented strappy plant makes a delicious and comforting tea, soup flavoring and is one of the stars of Pad Thai. Anyone have a "low points" recipe for this?
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Lemon grass is another plant that is simple to propagate (if you can find it at an Asian market). Select a healthy specimen with bulb and roots intact. Cut off the top part of the clump and place the bundle into a glass of water until you have a couple of inches of root growth. Plant in a container or in your garden if you are in a warm climate zone. Make room- can grow up to 6 feet tall!

 

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Rosemary is a sharp and complimentary tasting herb for roasted vegetables, meats and bread.

 

  • Rosemary- (Rosemarinus officinales) This popular mediterranean herb thrives in hot, dry climates. If you garden in a more temperate climate, try growing rosemary in containers. Add it to roasted vegetables, meats and scrape some on your high fiber bread.
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Rosemary is another plant that is easily propagated by cuttings. Here is an excerpt on propagating rosemary from the website, Vegetable Gardener:

 

"To take cuttings, clip 2-1/2-inch stems from new growth on an established plant (see Propagating rosemary). Snip off the bottom leaves (rather than pulling them off) and dip the bottom 1/4 inch into a hormone rooting powder. Place the cuttings in a container with equal amounts of peat moss and perlite. Spray the cuttings with a light mist on sunny days."

 

Read the rest of the article at Vegetable Gardener

I look forward to sharing more entries about growing vegetables and losing weight with my WeightWatchers PointsPlus® eating program! 

Come back and see "less" of me and let me know how I can help you grow a gourmet garden!

Shirley

Portable Raised Garden Beds for the Urban Square Foot Gardener

Portable garden planter

 

"Portable raised garden beds for the urban square foot gardener."

I don't think I've ever written such a long blog title, but it works!

 

It's exciting to be able to present some space efficient options for those of you who are short on yard space but big on dreams of growing your own food.

One of the most important characteristics of all the raised container gardens presented here is that they are all portable!

When you live in an apartment or townhouse it's helpful to have portable gardens so that you can use your patio or balcony more efficiently.

If you are entertaining and need more space for furniture, roll your gardens out of the way!

Temporarily, of course.

 

Let's take a look at some  gardening options for apartment and small space gardeners.

 

1. The Home Allotment Planting Bags by Burgon & Ball

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Don't let the beautiful willow basket fool you! Soil will not bleed through the wicker slots because there is a "grow bag" inside the basket.

 

The planting bags come in three sizes for different plants: Herb Planting Bag, Salad Planting Bag, Vegetable Planting Bag & Potato Planting Bag.

You guessed it, the potato planting bag is the deepest.

 

I recommend that these allotment planting bags be set on top of a 1 or 2" inch layer of pea gravel to lift the bottom of the baskets away from standing water.

A less expensive alternative to this stylish system is to grow your vegetable directly in an open bag of soil or even a potato chip bag!

Yes, you can even grow tomatoes with their deep root systems this way.

The roots will spread laterally.

 

 

2. Self-Watering Stacking Planters by Nancy Jane

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These sturdy stacking containers can be stacked up to 10-tiers high.

That's a lot of planting space and the system is self watering for extra appeal.

Excess water from the top levels drain to lower levels where the water is caught in a removable tray.

I appreciate the rolling casters on these stacking planters so the garden can be moved around.

Vertical gardening is a smart approach when lateral space is at a minimum.

 

 

 

 

3. Eleanor's Garden ("Just Add Water") Raised Container Gardens

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What sets Eleanor's Garden apart from the other two is this container garden comes with the soil and seeds!

The "gardener," (and I use the term loosely), just has to water the instant vegetable garden.

Eleanor's Garden is a complete, compact and portable garden kitchen that is delivered to your door.

 

Anyone can assemble the garden bed in less than an hour and the proprietary drainage system lets you garden in a variety of locations.

 

 

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If you are into  modern or contemporary design, the clean lines of Eleanor's Garden may appeal to you.

 

Here is some more information on this instant garden as presented on Eleanor's Garden website:

The beds are made of durable, lightweight plastic and can be moved depending on the amount of sun your fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers need. Eleanor's Garden Basic Kit comes complete with:

  • 1 garden bed  24 x 24 x 8" that provides 4 square feet of gardening space
  • 1 Quick-Start Guide  Instructions for quick and easy assembly
  • Coconut Peat growing medium – No need to drag bags of soil home from the nursery
  • 2 square foot dividers  provide a total of 4 individual square feet of gardening space
  • 4 packets of vegetable seeds. Plant a different vegetable in each of the 4 square feet
  • 4 legs  Makes raised bed gardening easy
  • 1 drainage field mat Made from non-woven 100% recycled plastic, the lightweight mat creates even, thorough drainage and allows oxygen to reach the vegetable roots.No need for rocks!
  • 1 drain outlet.  Allows recycling of water. Collect the runoff and use it again for your next watering
  • 1 watering cup.  Makes it easy to water individual square foot sections as needed
  • 1 drainage connector. Allows you to connect the drainage systems of separate boxes
  • 3 drain plugs. Let you control which side of the box your water will drain. Great for balconies so you won't flood your neighbors below

Eleanor's Garden is available for purchase at independent garden centers across the USA.

 

 

This is a system that I like because of the planter design itself.

 

The square foot grid appeals to me!

 

 

Everyone should thank Mel Bartholomew, author of the "Square Foot Garden Book."

 

Mel invented the "square foot  gardening" system that allows one to plant in square foot grids to maximize crop yield.

 

Now the whole world is "square foot gardening!"

 

 

CLEVER IDEA ALERT:

For those of you who like to recyle or repurpose materials, take a look at my "Recyled Wood Tree Box as Raised Vegetable Planter" post on my Foodie Gardener blog!

Landscape tree boxes can be found for free, (or cheap) at landscape projects.

 

 

Visit the Garden Center TV website and community to preview new garden products from around the world and share your opinion about them!

Informative Edible Gardening Web & Video Sites

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As seen on the “Garden World Report with Shirley”

 

Edible gardening is growing at a ravenous speed.

Home growers are hungry for quality information and the more local it is, the better.

There are thousands of websites, blogs and video sites on the internet that are dedicated to vegetable gardening.

So how do you know where to go to find useful information?

 

A tree box is “recycled” as a raised vegetable garden!


I put together a list of my favorite edible gardening resources last week for my online  show, “Garden World Report with Shirley.”

Websites, blogs and video sources.

I tried to include sources that serve  both cold and warm climate gardening areas.

 

Do you see any of your favorites edible gardening websites in my video?


What sites have you found online that are dedicated to edible gardening?

 

Shirley’s Favorite “Edible Gardening Websites”


VegetableGardener.com

VegetableGardener.com brought to you by the publishers of Fine Gardening magazine.

 

Very comprehensive information regarding growing, maintaining and harvesting your vegetables.

The contributers are all reputable and respected experts in their field.

Community features, photo galleries, blogs.

Love this site!

 

KitchenGardening.org

KitchenGardeners.org Kitchen Gardeners International.

 

Vegetable growing and an international community!

Now I can get recipes for my “aloo gobi” and find vegetable growing tips from someone in India who grows bitter melon.

The founder of this site, Roger Doiron was responsible for the “Eat the View” campaign that influenced officials at the White House to install a vegetable garden.

I like “go getter’s” such as Roger so his site ranks high on my list!

 

 

GardenWeb.com Kitchen Forum
GardenWeb.com
Kitchen Forums

 

Learn from your peers and lots of professionals hiding behind interesting avatar names.

I always find varied but for the most part, reliable information here.

Consider the source, check their site if their name is linked to it.

Tons of forums here and broken down into specific edibles such as “tomatoes,” “herbs,” and so on.

Cold climate and warm climate gardeners will find relevant information and tips here.

 

 

VeggieGardeningTips.com

VeggieGardeningTips.com

 

Kenny Point honed his expertise in organic food growing practices while working on a forty acre organic farm in Pennsylvania during the 80′s.

He says that he started gardening as a child and has not stopped since.

Kenny dishes out the nuts and bolts of gardening through hundreds of articles on his site as well as books that he has written.

His gardening tips are useful for the general gardener but if you are in cold climate country, Kenny is your man!

 

 

GardenNerd.com

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Christy Wilhelmi (last name rhymes with “will help me,” and with good reason- she does!).

GardenNerd is my local “go-to source” in So Cal, but if you garden anywhere in the country that experiences mild winters, check out this site.

Christy also offers “virtual garden coaching” via Skype so it really doesn’t matter how far you live from her, she can still assist you.

 

 

PlanGarden.com

PlanGarden.com

 

An innovative site especially dedicated to helping you plan and design your edible garden.

Helpful graphs will estimate how many “broccoli seeds you need to feed a family of four” plus space efficient design ideas.

Share your design with the PlanGarden community if you want or work on a collaborative design for your community garden.

 

If I wasn’t a professional garden designer and needed direction, I would use their services.

Free 45 day trial then you have the option to subscribe for $20 dollars per year.

 

Honorable Mention website

National Gardening Association- guide to edible garden.

Sign up for your free regional updates!

For me, that is the best resource on the site.

 

 

Edible Gardening  Online Videos

 

GardenGirlTV

“Urban sustainable living expert,” Patti Moreno has a whole library of edible gardening how-to videos.

Patti also presents on keeping chickens, rabbits, goats and other small animals suitable for the city gardener.

I enjoy her enthusiasm and passion for sustainable living.

 

I interviewed Patti recently while in Chicago at the Independent Garden Center Show.

 

KitchenGardeners.org

This international coalition of edible gardening enthusiasts also has a community garden video site where members can upload their videos.

I enjoy watching and learning from other gardeners in different parts of the world and learning how they tackle gardening issues.

 

The Produce Garden on YouTube

Over 200 videos focusing on edible gardening, rearing livestock, self sufficiency and rural living.

The Australian host, Christian is casual and the personal accessible production value of his videos makes it all feel “very real.”

A slight lean towards warmer climate gardening.

 

Honorable mention

VegetableGardener.com has a growing library of how- to videos on edible gardening.

 

I invite you to subscribe to Eden Makers blog for information on sustainable garden design, edible gardening, and “out of the box” ideas for your garden.

 

Watch my new online garden TV talk show, “Garden World Report w/Shirley!

“Edible Gardening” on Garden World Report

Edible Garden by John Lyons in Los Angeles
Edible Garden by John Lyons in Los Angeles

Photo of Raised Vegetable Garden by John Lyons, The Woven Garden in Los Angeles

Tonight marks the second LIVE broadcast of my new online garden television show, “Garden World Report with Shirley!

 

Watch the trailer of “Edible Gardening” on Garden World Report with Patti Moreno, Mel Bartholomew, Susan Appleget-Hurst, Mary Ann Newcomer, Mark Highland and Shirley Bovshow!

 


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The Garden World Report is the first live garden television show on the web!


I can’t believe I’m doing it all solo too.

I call this “recession broadcasting” because I can’t afford help!

 

I write the stories, shoot the video, edit the clips, cast the guest contributers, scout the taping area, setup the live feed for the show, turn on the camera, get the sound system cranked, create the trailers, Twitter and Facebook every move to get the word out, finally, brush my hair, put on some lipstick, smile….and we are LIVE!

Wow, its good to be hyper with a job like this!

 

A Surprising Success

I was pleasantly  surprised at the audience turn out for last week’s “test launch” from Raleigh, North Carolina!

Viewership was “through the roof” and  I felt compelled to produce another show for this weekend!

I am ready for my live taping tonight at 5PM, PST here on EdenMakers.

 

The focus will be on ‘edible gardening”  and I will interview some garden TV stars as well.

Expect an entertaining and informative 15 to 20 minutes of pure “garden world” fun.

 

Interviews with garden celebrity, Rebecca Kolls of “Rebecca’s Garden,

Patti Moreno, the “Garden Girl”

Mel Bartholomew, author of the Square Foot Gardening book and more.

 

Garden World Report with Shirley is debuting a video  series developed for our viewers called, “Be a Better Garden Blogger” with guest expert, Katie Elzer-Peters, a dynamic professional writer.

 

Billy Goodnick, blogger at FineGardening.com, known in the blogosphere as the “GardenWiseguy” is back with the “video of the week!”

 

I won’t say much more, but Amy Stewart, award winning author of “Wicked Plants” admits to crimes against plants.

 

 

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This sinewy labyrinth is the creation John Lyonnes for the Los Angeles Garden Show at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

 

 


My guest co-host this week is edible garden designer and teacber, John Lyons of the Woven Garden in Los Angeles.

This man embodies the description of an “organic, back to the land gardener.”

Yes, he tends chickens, but more impressively, he is a beekeeper!

 

Watch garden designer, John Lyons in his native, edible garden and follow him into his bee hive!

 

Tune in guys, we have a live chat and will answer your questions!

I can’t wait!

 

Garden television has never been more fun for me!

See you at 5PM.

Follow the show on Twitter at @GardenWReport

Joe Lamp’l’s “$25 Dollar Victory Garden” Part 3

 

My friend, garden television host, Joe Lamp’l  just posted the next installment to his blossoming web series, “The $25 Dollar Victory Garden Challenge.” Joe has challenged himself to create an edible garden that will feed a family of four for under $25. dollars. Joe claims to have spent only $7 dollars so far.  I spent that much this morning on coffee and a bagel!

In this segment, Joe is ready to take his seedlings and transplant them outdoors. The challenge is, Joe’s site needs some clearing in order to create the garden beds and the mautre nandina plants are not leaving the yard without a fight!

Once extracted from the ground, green guru Joe isn’t content with just “throwing away” a perfectly good plant, Joe puts a notice on Freecycle.com and catches the attention of an interesting taker. You’ll have to watch the video to see who this person is and witness  “six degrees of separation,” play out in Joe’s garden!