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Well, I can't say we didn't ask for it...in our last hastily recorded podcast, Amanda and I issued an invitation to our viewers. We asked you all to record and submit your own Good Enough Gardening episode.
Naturally, we had no idea that one of the two of you listening would actually have the gumption to do it. Enter James Alexander-Sinclair. James is the highly entertaining author, designer and sometime video creator (Three Men Went to Mow) who is the genius behind the IntoGardens app. I know we've mentioned it several times on the podcast, as Jean Ann is a frequent contributor. James, being no marketing slouch, includes a passionate description of it in his cast. Sadly, he tries to compare its sex appeal to that of the girls, which is clearly ludicrous. But don't discount IntoGardens because of James' faux pas. It's quite a fantastic app!
Listen on to hear James ramble about rain and the English countryside, then finish with a short monologue with Russian accent.
After threats from fans across the country (all two of them), the girls finally recorded another Good Enough Gardening episode. Topics covered include: master gardeners, public speaking, tulips, tattoo conventions, plant jewelry, and the Eisenhower Parkway.
The girls hang their heads in shame because they've gone 4 months without a real podcast. In this episode: traveling salesmen, orchids and assorted indoor plants, Amanda's new digs, indoor watergardens, Plastic Bertrand and Gem Sweaters.
Join the girls for holiday fun in this special video edition of Good Enough Gardening. Jean Ann and Amanda create containers made from dead things (or things that were never alive). Materials used include: birch logs, a table stand, a flamingo and a disco ball.
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The girls get their fall on by debating the worthiness of mums, glads and asters. Jean Ann creates a new branch of Guerilla Gardening and Amanda talks about her husband's rear end. This is probably the most gardening we've ever had in one episode.
It's the third annual Resent-a-Cast...topics include: J-Lo and Marc Antony, weeding (again), the USPS, zip ties, and ants. Plus, we finally get around to answering a viewer call from Vince in IL.
Amanda is back from her brief labor-induced hiatus...so what better time to talk about death? Perennial death, that is. Plus, the girls discuss zombie call centers, Mexican wrestling masks and glittery diaper bags.
This week, Jean Ann interviews Allen at his home, Moss Mountain Farm. Allen suggests naming Amanda's baby "Jean Allen" or "P Jean". Jean Ann threatens to kiss him.
In this episode, the girls talk about gardening trends for 2011...including the Pajama Jean planter. they feature three trendsetting blogs, Ms. Rumphius Rules, Gossip in the Garden and Personal Garden Coach...none of which gave them a nickle to be on the show.
Halloween Dragstravaganza feat Junior Correspondent, P Allen Smith and Ellen C Wells as "viewer". The girls create a lesbian drag name for themselves (T. J. Bushman) and Jean Ann promises to dress as RuPaul for Halloween. Also: a last minute costume contest...entry photos should be posted on the GEG Facebook page. Winners are chosen by the girls and win a prize concoction that includes something from P's holiday collection.
The Apples in Your Hair Episode...Amanda stages an intervention in a viewer's yard and the girls introduce their new Junior Correspondent, P Allen Smith.
The GEG girls discuss the merits of "Sometimes Fake is Better than the Real Thing". Two new Google Voice Viewer Questions, one from Amy in To Extend, Mass and Nancy in Tampa, FL who'd "like to go peppers and tomatoes".
Can the fearless GEG girls create an entire episode (in the Seinfeld tradition) that is about nothing? Tune in to find out and learn more about dog urine, beat poets, Google Voice and God.
One of our all time favorite episodes...P Allen Smith calls Jean Ann Miss BossyBoots and invites the girls out to his farm for a bubble bath, champagne and a little weeding.
Moments before the interview with P, Amanda and Jean Ann get butterflies. Jean Ann threatens to kiss him and Amanda dares to suggest he might not like it.
It's the episode our viewers requested via the Good Enough Gardening Facebook page. We talk about commonly used (overused) plants and why snooty designers grimace when they are mentioned. We reveal the new GEG Hotline and ask for your questions for our upcoming interview with P Allen Smith. Also, Jean Ann reveals her secret longings for Nicholas Cage.
We are back and better than ever! And we have a new recording system so our singing sounds even more fab than usual! In this episode, Amanda tells us all about the 55 "garden rooms" in her back yard and Jean Ann talks about her boyfriend P Allen's sleeping porch.
A few weeks back, Katie Elzer-Peters asked me if I would write a post about the top ten ways to keep werewolves out of the garden. Immediately, I (Jean Ann) said "Yes!"...no questions asked. I mean, werewolves are right up there at the top of the list when it comes to massive garden destruction. You think squirrels and raccoons are bad? Try a 200 pound wolf-dog tearing out your flower border. It would be like Penny on steroids!
Later, Katie mentioned that she actually wanted me to write the post in honor of today's book release of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson...and I have to admit I was relieved! I thought she was the one with the pest problem...and once those things get established, you might as well give up. So, in honor of Katie and of Christine, I present the Top Ten (GEG) Ways to Keep Werewolves out of your garden:
This is a conversation with garden writer Jodi Torpey (@westerngardener) and www.westerngardeners.com, and Chris and Andrienne Hott, two GenY wanna-be gardeners. Chris tells me that I haven't really convinced him that gardening is worth his time...a metaphor for his generation, NOT a commentary on my persuasive powers.
Garden writers discuss social media and its influence on the industry. Recorded live at the Garden Writers Symposium, Jean Ann interviews Jayme Jenkins (@nestinstyle), Teresa O'Connor (@seasonalwisdom) and Susan Morrison (@susanlmorrison).
Fall planting is the topic for this episode...though Jean Ann fills plenty of time updating you all about the book (Grocery Gardening) she co-authored with Amanda, Teresa and Robin. If you are lucky, Amanda will be back by next week's episode...
Amanda is still on hiatus...Standing in: Maryellen Hockensmith of www.Yogacowgirls.com and Bridget Pilloud of www.bridgetpilloud.com...these chick-lets are freaking hilarious!
Go forth and create, my peoples!
I mentioned this recipe on our All Alliums All the Time podcast and am only now getting it posted. Sigh...well at least I have it up now...
4 leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced
4 scallions, cleaned and cut on the bias, 1/2 inch long
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
8 cups of excellent quality stock (beef, chicken or vegetable)
1/4 cup sherry
3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh oregano
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper
Start a large pan on medium heat; add three tablespoons of olive oil. When melted, add onions, leeks, a teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with lid and let cook for 15 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. After 15 minutes, remove lid and reduce heat to low, letting onions caramelize slowly. Cook for an additional 30 minutes or until onions and leeks are a bronze color.
**The caramelization is critical to the wonderful flavor of the soup...don’t just sauté the onions, really let them develop the full flavor.
Next, add garlic, stock, sherry, bay, thyme, and oregano. Increase heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, giving flavors time to combine.
While soup is finishing, grate Gruyere cheese and set aside. Turn on broiler in oven to high. Assemble oven-safe soup crocks, scallions and croutons. Place soup crocks on a baking sheet with sides. Ladle finished soup into crocks, top first with scallions, then croutons followed by grated cheese. Place under the broiler until cheese is bubbly and browned. Be careful not to burn cheese with the broiler. Serve.
Episode four: growing ornamental alliums, edible alliums, growing onions, starting onions and leeks, growing leeks from seed, caller question about onion crop failure
Our upcoming show is my favorite so far...not only do we talk about two fantastic spring veggies,peas and kale, but we have our first guest, Susan Appleget Hurst (or as we like to call her, SusanApplegetHurst), Garden Editor of Better Homes and Gardens. Now, I won't give anything away about the interview with SusanApplegetHurst, with the exception of the fact that we rename her, as is our tradition. Plants and people alike, you will find no discrimination on Good Enough Gardening!
I will however talk just a bit about peas and kale...peas are one of those vegetables that are easy to grow if you live in cooler climates and a huge pain in the rear if you live in warmer ones. Growing up and learning to garden in Oklahoma, I can tell you that peas can have horrible etiquette when it comes to plant behavior in the south. Wrote a post on Gardener to Farmer about my frustrations, it is aptly titled "Peas and Thank You: Proper Legume Etiquette"...and, it comes with a recipe!
Kale is one of the least understood, most versatile veggies I know. People often have the misconception that it is strong or bitter in flavor, but I have found it to be very mild. In fact, I like to use it as a nutrition booster in many of the meals I make. It's flavor is an easy add to sauces, egg dishes, pasta, soups, shepherd's pie, meatloaf, the list goes on...It is also very easy to store. Just harvest, rinse and remove leaves from the stem. Chop into serving size pieces and blanch for two minutes in boiling water, then drain. Dunk in ice water to stop the cooking process, drain. Add to a vacuum sealed bag or freezer bag and into the freezer it goes. Add it directly to dishes from the freezer.
For more tips on growing, harvesting, and preparing peas and kale, plus some great recipes...check out Growing Food: A Guide for Beginners.
Oh and one last you are so cool, thanks for loving our podcast so much, mad props back atcha kind of thing...Pamela Price has always been one of my faves to follow on Twitter (@redwhiteandgrew) and on her blog, Red White and Grew. Yesterday, though, she transcended into Good Enough Gardening Hall of Fame with the spectacular review she wrote about our podcast for the San Antonio Express-News online. Go on over there and leave her a nice comment...she looooves to chat with people who read her column!
Alrighty people, the next 'cast will be up on Monday, or sooner if it rains...cause after all, this is Good Enough Gardening.
This is the time of year when plants start growing and blooming at supernatural rates...and I absolutely love it! Each day brings a new surprise...and I spend my time in a perpetual state of excitement and anticipation. Which is funny when you think about it...I mean, I am the one who planted all of these plants...so theoretically, I know they will be popping up. But, just like a dog that is excited every time her owner returns, I stand at the beds, panting and drooling, as my beloveds return.
Spring always brings the most amazing scents. Right now, the lilacs in my neighbor's yard are blooming. They have a giant hedge of them, beautiful colors, right along the property line. And, if you listened to our first Good Enough Gardening podcast, you know that I am happy to enjoy those that cross over to my side. Because although I absolutely love them when in bloom...lilacs just don't do much when bloom time is over.
Portland is the city of Rhodendendrons and mine are just getting started. I inherited a stand of them. This is another shrub that is completely unremarkable when not in bloom...but hey, they came with the property, so I will leave them be for now. I think the flowers are absolutely gorgeous, but am always disappointed that they have no scent.
Last year, I bought Alstroemeria...actually, I bought it in the fall, my favorite time to buy and plant perennials. And though I think they are overused in floral arrangements in general, I bought a different variety than the standard one seen in grocery stores everywhere. I couldn't believe how it had suddenly sprung into action! Take a look...and take a listen to this week's podcast to hear my opinions about the name of this plant...
Finally, my beautiful hellebores are in bloom...why so late? Who knows...and I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth. These beauties are green with fuschia flecks and are blooming right in front of a fuschia azelia...spring perfection!
Our next podcast will be out in the next couple of days...load it up on your iPod and take it out to the garden...let us keep you company while you dig in the dirt! In the mean time, come on over to our our Good Enough Gardening Facebook page and see what's happenin'...
Let's see, we talk about lovage, borage, astronauts, bonnie bell, tomatoes... Keep in mind that we are not professionals folks.Next week, Jean Ann will have a better mic so she doesn't sound like she is sitting behind me.Download Good Enough Gardening-Volume 1