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.
In this episode, the girls talk about containers, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Godsmacote and Jean Ann's big news about P Allen Smith.
Amanda cooks a turkey while stuck in her house under 2 feet of snow. Jean Ann covers the season opener of RuPaul's Drag race and seed starting indoors.
The girls talk about gluten as the new high fructose corn syrup, give recommendations on eyebrow products and of course, Jean Nate.
Amanda gets needy, Jean Ann loves her some p Allen Smith. The girls go through their lists of what they've been grateful for in 2010.
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.
A quick cast recorded at the Sheraton Towers in Chicago... The Prelude to the P Episode.
Vintage Good Enough Gardening: The PLASA Episode- Perennials, Design and PLASA
Unfortunately, Jean Ann is having technical difficulties with her new recording software. We thought you might like a little entertainment while you wait.
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.
Amanda is busily finishing up spring planting so my ten year old nephew Nathan co-hosts. Let's just say that he is funnier than Amanda and I put together.
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:
There's a few technical difficulties at the beginning, but overall... it's still really funny.
Viewer questions, Soylent Green and Drugs of the Future. And much, much more.
Jean Ann does an impression of a Daylily, Amanda talks about Naked Ladies and they both try to come up with contests, unsuccessfully.
It's just a few hours until Jean Ann and I finally meet! Isn't that nuts???
The reason for this occasion is that we are presenting at 1pm at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. We're taping it as a live podcast if we can figure out how. Immediately following the presentation, we'll be at Harry Caray's in Navy Pier toasting...ourselves!
PLEASE do join us!
p.s. We will also be on The Mike Nowak Show at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning. You can listen to it live and the link is someplace on this site-
The countdown begins to get Inspired... Educated... and Motivated at the 2010 Chicago Flower & Garden Show! We're now in the home stretch and will soon announce descriptions of the show's fantastic gardens ... topics and speakers for the FREE educational seminars ... Garden Gourmet chefs ... hands-on workshop offerings ... Marketplace vendors ... and much more! That's why you should visit this site often to check the links at left for updates! Avoid box office lines and buy your tickets online today! There is no service fee for online tickets!
Hey guess what? I will be speaking at the Chicago Garden and Flower show this weekend with my partner in crime, Amanda Thomsen. We are co-authors of Grocery Gardening and co-host the Good Enough Gardening podcast.If you come and listen to our presentation on Sunday (1 pm in Room B), you will witness our first ever meeting!
Leave me a comment and let me know if you are going to be there...(and you'd better!)
Jean Ann and Amanda discuss their new sponsor, Annie's Annuals. Also mentioned: zombies, ring tones, gnomes, hot dogs and even Poppies. Download P is for Poppy
This podcast is brought to you by the letter "A". It's Amanda's birthday, hence the salute. Trust me, it's just as much about gardening as any other GEG podcast. In this episode there's an interview with Amanda, a game that Amanda sucks at and lots of singing, by Jean Ann.
Or, the Resent-O-Cast... It's a little snappier. JeanAnn has a list of resentments, and also the swine flu. Amanda just alienates everybody.
Seed catalogs, salt/hate, our new sitcom and soapboxes.
All you need to know about composting including what to do if you live in a small place, how much fun bokashi is to say, and a game of "To Toast Or To Compost?" that never really gets off the ground...
Jean Ann and Amanda talk about what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving day... and what they plan on resenting later on. Topic include: Carmex, annuals that rock, Adam Lambert, plant sales, Sweden and coffee.
Warning: Contents may be meatier than they appear. Guest star Bridget Pilloud gets intense about stew- recipes, methods, techniques, tricks, shortcuts and Talking Italian.
Hey Kids...you may remember that Amanda and I have been collaborating with the cool peeps over at OpenSky to build our very own GEG OpenSky store. It is a store that reflects our preferences (some would say weirdness) in garden stuff. We are just starting up, and will be adding new products as we go along.
One of the great things about it is that we will write reviews of our products and tell you the ways in which we use them...ok,most of the ways, some may be inappropriate for public consumption. Anyway, once you get the product home...let us know if you have any questions about it. All you have to do is go to our Facebook Fan Page and leave us a comment. It's sort of like having your own personal garden consultants...if they were sarcastic, rambling, drinking consultants.
So to get us started, I am going to post a couple of links to my all time fave rakes. The Garden Shark and the GroundHog. Now, I wrote a review about these last year on Gardener to Farmer....and I loved them so much that I had to add them to our store. Here's an excerpt from that post:"In our spring clean up, we decided to test two rakes sent to me by Radius. The green one is the Garden Shark and the orange is the Groundhog.
So here's the scoop on these two lovelies. Let me start by saying I have always hated traditional rakes...I have to stoop over and work too hard to get a minimal amount accomplished. These rakes have an extra long handle and are ergonomically designed to work for you, not the other way 'round. Both of us agreed that these two rakes are by far our favorites.
I am big on finding tools for the garden that are more friendly to my body. Conserving energy and effort means I can stay in the garden longer...which is exactly what we did. We worked ourselves tired (four hours later) but felt completely satisfied...and much like expectant mothers, we have gone outside every day since to check on our babies...no sprouting yet."
Death and Destruction...We take Facebook and Twitter suggestions for plants we all kill. But we forgot to mention Daphne. Pffft.
We would love it! Maybe we would love your review as much as we love Calina's review where she compares us to Sifl & Olly! WOW! High praise indeed! Well, Calina- now you're my number one lady for gravy!
Topics include: Dead plants, plants you might think are dead, plants that play dead and plants that are bull sh*##ers...
Jean Ann and Amanda talk about plants that smell. Some good, some bad. Some just... smelly.