The Beginner's Garden
The Beginner’s Garden Podcast with Jill McSheehy provides easy-to-understand tips, and information, and resources to help beginning gardeners get the most out of their gardening adventure — big or small.
info_outline 102 -7 Garden Tasks to Transition from the Summer Garden 09/17/2019
102 -7 Garden Tasks to Transition from the Summer Garden What fall garden tasks should you complete as your summer garden comes to a close? Whether you plant a fall garden or want to make sure your garden is ready for a spring planting, these 7 tasks will prepare you for your next gardening season.
info_outline 100 - My First Garden 09/03/2019
100 - My First Garden In 2013 I planted my first garden. Looking back, I see mistakes and successes from that first year. All of them served to teach me, and they helped me grow a more successful garden each season. Because we all can learn from each other, and because many of my mistakes are common among beginning gardeners, I wanted to share seven mistakes and eight successes from my first season. https://journeywithjill.net/100
info_outline 98 - Why Homegrown Tastes Better than Store Bought 08/20/2019
98 - Why Homegrown Tastes Better than Store Bought If you grow a garden, you know that homegrown vegetables taste better than anything you can purchase in the produce department of your grocery store. But why do homegrown vegetables and fruit taste better?
info_outline 97- Fall Gardening FAQs with Stacey Murphy 08/13/2019
97- Fall Gardening FAQs with Stacey Murphy For the beginner, fall gardening isn't as simple to get started. But, it is generally easier than the summer garden. With fewer pests and weeds, we get to enjoy gardening in cooler days and eat crops that don't grow well in the heat of the summer.
info_outline 96 - Fall Gardening- When and How to Plant with Stacey Murphy 08/06/2019
96 - Fall Gardening- When and How to Plant with Stacey Murphy When many beginning gardeners think about fall gardening, they find themselves overwhelmed. After all, they're tired from the effort put into the summer garden, and the thought of more work seems exhausting.
info_outline 93 - Freezing, Canning, and Dehydrating Basics 07/16/2019
93 - Freezing, Canning, and Dehydrating Basics Whether you grow your garden to stock up a year's worth of some foods like I do, or maybe your small space has produced more than you can eat fresh, you will want to look at options for preserving the harvest.
info_outline 91 - Tomato Troubleshooting with Joe Lamp'l 07/02/2019
91 - Tomato Troubleshooting with Joe Lamp'l When we begin our gardens, we imagine what our tomato harvest will look like. Beginning gardeners blame themselves and sometimes give up. But they shouldn't. Summer tomato problems are more common than you realize, and thankfully, there are steps you can take to overcome many of these tomato issues.
info_outline 90 - 10 Lessons Learned from the Spring Garden 06/25/2019
90 - 10 Lessons Learned from the Spring Garden One fun part of gardening is that we get to learn and grow in our knowledge each season. My 2019 spring garden yielded several successes and lessons learned, and I want to share those with you.
info_outline 89 - How to Harvest, Store, and Cure Garlic 06/18/2019
89 - How to Harvest, Store, and Cure Garlic You've watched your beautiful garlic plants grow for months, and the time nears for harvest. But how do you know when to harvest garlic? And once you harvest, how do you cure and store it? The good news is this: harvesting, curing, and storing garlic is almost as easy as growing it!
info_outline 88 - Tips from Rookie Gardeners 06/11/2019
88 - Tips from Rookie Gardeners I think we'd all say experienced gardeners offer priceless garden wisdom, but there's a group of people first-time gardeners can also learn from that's often overlooked: second-time gardeners. Still with a beginner's mindset, gardeners in their sophomore year recall details experienced gardeners forget.
info_outline 87 - How to Eat Your Back Yard Year Round with Becky Porter of The Seasonal Homestead 06/04/2019
87 - How to Eat Your Back Yard Year Round with Becky Porter of The Seasonal Homestead In my first garden, I planted once. I had no aspirations for a year-round harvest. A strong harvest would equal a successful garden in my mind.
info_outline 86 - Growing Okra No Matter Where You Live 05/28/2019
86 - Growing Okra No Matter Where You Live Growing okra in my garden is one of my favorite vegetables to grow! And it's not just for those of us who live in the southern US. With a little understanding, this tasty vegetable can be grown in most areas of the country. Plus, its versatility offers growing options of both raised beds and in the garden.
info_outline 83- From Ground Beds to Raised Beds - Interview with Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead 05/07/2019
83- From Ground Beds to Raised Beds - Interview with Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead First-time gardeners must decide: "should I plant in a raised garden bed or in the ground?" Certainly, it's not always an either/or decision.
info_outline 82- Prevent Poisoning Your Soil - Interview with Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead 04/30/2019
82- Prevent Poisoning Your Soil - Interview with Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead There are few garden subjects I am more passionate about than mulch. It prevents weeds and regulates moisture in the soil, among its other benefits.But which mulch should you use?
info_outline 81- My Favorite Gardening Podcasts 04/23/2019
81- My Favorite Gardening Podcasts On any given day in the garden, you'll find me with earbuds and my phone, listening to my favorite gardening podcasts. What better way to spend a few hours in the garden than to do the thing I love, while learning ways to do it better?
info_outline 79 - Organic Cabbage Worm Control 04/09/2019
79 - Organic Cabbage Worm Control If you've ever noticed the eaten leaves of your broccoli, cabbage, or kale, you've likely encountered one of worms that attacks the brassica family of plants. Even organic gardeners struggle to find ways to control these pests that can decimate your beloved cole crops in short order. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, you'll learn 5 organic ways to both prevent and get rid of cabbage worms in your garden.
info_outline 78 - Vertical Vegetables with Amy Andrychowicz 04/02/2019
78 - Vertical Vegetables with Amy Andrychowicz In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk to the author of Vertical Vegetables, Amy Andrychowicz. You may recognize her as the writer behind the web site Get Busy Gardening. Amy is a zone 4b gardener in Minnesota, and she uses vertical gardening to both practically make the most of her small space and aethestically beautify her backyard patio and garden.
info_outline 77 - Raised Bed FAQs 03/26/2019
77 - Raised Bed FAQs About a year ago, I wrote a post about 7 Common Mistakes in Raised Bed Gardening. It has since become one of the most popular posts here at the Beginner's Garden, and many readers have posted more questions about their raised bed gardens. So I thought I would visit this topic again and answer some of those questions. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the post below, I dive into nine of the most common questions I hear. Click below to listen to the full discussion or continue reading
info_outline 76- Tomato Cages vs. Stakes 03/19/2019
76- Tomato Cages vs. Stakes In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, I share the results of my testing. You'll learn the benefits and drawbacks of both the single-stem tomato staking method and the heavy duty tomato cage. By the end, you'll see which one I settled on and why.
info_outline 75 - Short term vs Long term Harvests 03/12/2019
75 - Short term vs Long term Harvests When beginning gardeners start planning their gardens for the first time, most do not know which vegetables will keep producing all season and which will harvest once and finish. I know I didn't think about that my first few seasons. But now I understand that some vegetables produce all season and some give a one-and-done harvest. With that knowledge, I am better able to plan my garden to full production all season.
info_outline 74 - Worm Composting for Beginners 03/05/2019
74 - Worm Composting for Beginners On this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, Emily Leuba from the Crazy Worm Lady shares all you need to know about the fascinating world of composting with worms. She answers the most frequently asked questions, and in the guide you can grab at the end of the post, she'll take you step-by-step with instructions and materials you'll need to get started with vermicomposting yourself!