The Weekend Gardener - August 2
Donna Evers, a Halifax gardener and Jamie Ellison, a Horticulturist and Instructor at the NSCC join me to talk about the meadow garden created by Donna and her husband Duff. This unique and new garden has made headlines this week as they have run into some red tape with the city of Halifax. We'll talk about this garden, why we need spaces like this, and learn about some of the plants included. Cindy Tibbetts is the owner of Hummingbird Farm Greenhouse in Maine, a nursery that specializes in clematis. We'll talk to Cindy about these popular vines, get growing tips, and debunk the myth of 'roots in the shade, head in the sun'. Jackie from The Briar Patch Farm & Nursery Ltd. in Nova Scotia joins me to talk 'show-stopping August perennials!' (Yup, it's August!) Laidback Gardener has written over 50 books!!! And he's an award-winning garden communicator who blogs regularly and offers advice on many gardening topics. We'll talk about his favourite plants for the landscape - trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. And we want to hear your fave's too!
Aug 02, 2020, 07:26 AM
The Weekend Gardener - July 26
We begin the show with a conversation with the authors of Gardening with Emma. Emma and Steven Biggs will join Niki to talk about their book. Next up to a closer look at growing tomatoes. Craig LeHoullier has written a book called Epic Tomatoes and he will sit down with Niki. Nicole Hubley of the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute will also be joining the show along with Matt Mattus who is the author of Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening.
Jul 26, 2020, 07:15 AM
The Weekend Gardener - July 19
Paul Gellatly the Director of Horticulture at The Toronto Botanical Garden joins me to talk about his plant obsessions and daylily hybridizing. Tracy Melvin-Jessen a Horticulturist at the Halifax Public Gardens returns to update us on a few new exciting projects at the gardens (carpet beds and more!). And like many of us she battles deer in her own yard and we'll chat about the strategies she puts to work. A Way to Garden, from Margaret Roach, the multiple award winning, author (latest book is A Way to Garden: A hands on primer for every season), podcaster, writer, radio host and so much more joins me to talk about her veggie garden and share the wisdom she learned from her grandmother and neighbour about using the freezer creatively to stash veggies and wasting nothing. Amanda Thomsen is Kiss My Aster, a best-selling author, podcaster, writer, designer, organic farmer and general troublemaker. We'll talk about the plants she loves, the ones that drive her crazy, and the awesome ways she's teaching kids to fall in love with their yards. Find out more in her latest amazing book, Backyard Adventure.
Jul 19, 2020, 07:36 AM
The Weekend Gardener - July 12
Karen Chapman is a garden designer, speaker, and author whose books include Deer-Resistant Design and Gardening with Foliage First. We'll talk about the switch from homeowners asking about 'curb appeal' to 'creating an oasis' in their yards. What elements to include, plant ideas, and of course, we'll touch on dealing with deer. Tanya Anderson is the blogger behind the popular site Lovely Greens. She lives in the Isle of Man where she gardens, makes natural products (often from her garden!), beekeeps, and shares it all on Youtube. We'll chat about her large food garden, greenhouse, some of the fun DIY's from her blog, and her upcoming book! Maggie Wysocki is the co-host of The Grow Guide podcast and a gardener from Manitoba. Six years ago she and her partner purchased four acres in the Prairies and built a garden and greenhouse. Her popular instagram account shares her homesteading journey and plenty of gardening tips. Chris Shaw Sanford of Yonder Hill Farm is back to talk seed saving! Yes, it's time to think about collecting and saving seeds from your veggies, flowers and herbs. We'll cover some seeds to save now as well as thinking ahead for saving tomato seeds. Also are there rules for seed saving? We'll find out when Niki chats with Chris! (Pssst.. it's also a great time to order some seeds from them for fall crops).
Jul 12, 2020, 07:14 AM
The Weekend Gardener - July 5
Lorraine Johnson and Sheila Colla have co-authored a new book on the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee, an at-risk pollinator. We'll talk about this species, native bee declines, and the best native plants to include in your gardens (or on balconies). Check out their book here. Sue Goetz has a new book on the way called Complete Container Herb Gardening. She's also the author of A Taste for Herbs and Herb Lover's Spa Book. We'll talk summer herb care, what you can still plant, and how to harvest and enjoy your homegrown herbs. Diane Miessler is the author of the new book Grow Your Soil. We'll chat about the soil food web and how you can use it to grow your best garden ever! Christina Salwitz is passionate about foliage. In her best-selling book, Gardening with Foliage First (co-authored by Karen Chapman), foliage is used to create a framework for flowers, berries, and bark. We'll talk about considering foliage when picking garden plants and some of her favourite combos!
Jul 05, 2020, 07:31 AM
The Weekend Gardener - June 28
Brie Arthur is the best-selling author of Gardening with Grains and we'll chat about the wonder of growing grains - from seed to harvest. Paul Zammit is a Professor of Horticulture at Niagara College and is a self-described crazy plant guy. He joins me to talk pollinators - from bees to hoverflies to butterflies and beyond! We'll also chat about what we can do during the summer months to further support pollinators - offer water, habitat? Craig LeHoullier is the author of the best-selling book Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales. He joins me for our early summer catch up to explain whether we need to be pinching tomato suckers. Do you prune your tomatoes? Elizabeth Peirce is the author of Grow Organic and You Can Too! She's a passionate veggie gardener and a master canner and preserver. I'll find out what she's been putting up now that early summer has arrived and get some July food garden tips.
Jun 28, 2020, 07:31 AM
The Weekend Gardener - June 21
Marlene Huntley, Executive Director of Horticulture Nova Scotia joins me to chat about U-picks. Will they be opening up this season, which ones, and what precautions can we expect to see. Dave Belt of Seafoam Lavender Company & Gardens returns to talk about lavender growing and I'll also ask him about their beautiful lavender U-pick - will it open and if so, when do they expect the flower show to begin. Scott Croucher from Lee Valley Tools in Halifax is back for a fun Father's Day segment. He'll share some garden tool suggestions (What's YOUR favourite garden tool?), and we'll talk about the unexpected demand for garden tools and supplies. Sean James is a graduate of the prestigious Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, speaker, writer, instructor at Mohawk College, and an eco-landscape designer with more than 35 years experience! We'll talk early summer gardening - from smart watering to mulching to watching out for pests and diseases. Leslie Halleck, the author of the best-selling books Plant Parenting and Growing Under Lights will join me to talk houseplant propagation - how to get more plants for free!! Her facebook community Plant Parenting has been a great resource and space for houseplant lovers and gardeners to connect and share tips and info and we'll talk about how gardeners are connecting through social media.
Jun 21, 2020, 07:33 AM
The Weekend Gardener - June 14
Dave Cooper and Kirk Fletcher of Arbor Plant Health Care join me for an hour of garden Q & A's! Dave is an Arboriculturist and Kirk is a Horticulturist and we'd love to answer your gardening questions - trees, shrubs, perennials, pruning, planting, bugs, etc. We'll also talk about Eastern Tent caterpillars (they're back!), bad pruning cuts and more! Crystal Godfrey is the creative force behind Secret Gardens by Crystal, a Nova Scotia company that designs and installs gardens, containers, indoor gardens and more. Crystal offers tips on balcony gardening and how to deal with challenges like wind and shade, as well as how to keep your containers looking FABULOUS all summer long! Dave Dowling has been growing cut flowers in gardens, fields, high tunnels and greenhouses for over twenty years. Now, in conjunction with Gardener's Workshop Cut-Flower Farm he's offering online courses on growing bulbs, perennials, and more for cut flowers.
Jun 14, 2020, 07:39 AM
The Weekend Gardener - June 7
Jamie Ellison is a horticultural instructor at NSCC, Kingstec and insatiable plant fiend! He's also passionate about rhododendrons and azaleas. We'll find out why these plants grow so well in this part of the world, and about the incredible diversity available to gardeners. Stephen Cushing is a Landscape Architect at Halifax Regional Municipality and he joins Niki to talk about urban trees. We'll talk about which ones are good choices to plant in cities and towns. (And it's a great time to plant trees now!) Meg Cowden of Seed To Fork has over 40,000 gardeners who follow her veggie garden adventures on Instagram. We'll cover the wide variety of crops she grows in her beautiful Minnesota garden and some of her techniques. Signe Langford is the Food Editor at Harrowsmith magazine and the author of the book Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden. She'll share her experiences straw bale gardening, native flowers, and her CBC Life series on eating from the wild - lilacs, serviceberries and more!
Jun 07, 2020, 07:29 AM
The Weekend Gardener - May 31
Kate Dubow of The Garden Media Group joins Niki to talk 2020 garden trends!! She's also hosting a regular Facebook Live garden show featuring a wide variety of topics and guests. Find out how you can tune in. Paul Manning of Dalhousie University joins the show to talk about bugs!! From good bugs like bumblebees to bad ones like killer hornets. We'll talk about some of the bugs you see in your gardens. Megan and Joe of Sound Living NS are back to update us on their Nova Scotia homestead. They're working on building hugelkultur beds, creating a food forest, and have started a basement worm farm. Mark Russell of Garlic Mountain Farm in St Margaret's Bay joins Niki to answer your garlic-growing questions. Should you fertilize your garlic crop? When do the scapes emerge? Do you need to water? Be sure to tune in to catch Mark's expertise. Cathy Munro of Bramble Hill Farm is a farmer known for her delicious, nutrient rich salad mixes which are available at local groceries around the province. We'll hear how Covid-19 has affected her spring and what's growing on the farm.
May 31, 2020, 09:00 AM
The Weekend Gardener - May 24th
Nicole Hubley of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute chats with Niki about their project to plant over 1000 swamp milkweed across the province to recover monarch butterfly populations. Then we talk with Susan Moser of Oceanview Home and Garden about the safety measures they are taking to keep staff and customers safe during these uncertain times. She also chats about container gardening and gives us some tips for beginners. Todd Boland, author of Favourite Perennials for Atlantic Gardens and Wildflowers of Nova Scotia, joins the show to discuss how to choose, plant and design a garden suitable for Canada’s sometimes challenging east coast conditions. Niki chats with Chris from Yonder Hill Farms in Lunenburg County about what seeds they have available and what is safe to plant right now when we are still experiencing cool temperatures. Pat Fogarty of Fogarty Market Garden joins us to talk about an investigation around a complaint about where his fruit trees and vegetable transplants are grown. Niki also talks to Pat about his work to support local gardeners and his amazing variety of seedlings.
May 24, 2020, 11:53 AM
The Weekend Gardener - May 17
Kelly Gaulton, waste resource educator with HRM chats with Niki first this afternoon to chat about building healthy soil by composting and the benefits of backyard composting for the city, the environment and yourself. Steven Biggs, horticulturist and best-selling author joins Niki to talk about growing figs and citrus in cold climates. He also talks about one of his favourite unusual crops, currants. Niki chats with the author of Garden Alchemy, Stephanie Rose, about recipes and concoctions for organic fertilizers, potting mixes, pest deterrents and much more. Steven Farley the Optimistic Gardener on Youtube joins the show to chat about his palette green house and the other projects he is working on and sharing with his thousands of viewers.
May 17, 2020, 11:14 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, May 10
Michael van den Hoek of Lowland Gardens joins the show first this afternoon to chat about spring gardening, deer resistant plants and edibles.Then Niki talks with Emma Biggs, the 14-year-old author of Gardening with Emma, about kid-friendly themed gardens, tips for fun garden hideaways and about how young gardeners can have fun outside. Sean James, an eco landscape designer, joins Niki to discuss spring cleaning and the best virtual garden tours around the country. Later we speak with Trish Fry, manager of the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal to get the bloom report and to discuss the changes they are making due to the novel coronavirus.
May 10, 2020, 07:42 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, May 3
Niki kicks off the season with Cathy Oulton, owner of Bloom Greenhouse and president of Greenhouse Nova Scotia, to talk about the upcoming growing season and how we can prepare our home gardens. Then we chat with Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, to discuss how you can select, grow and savour the best tomato harvest ever! Later Tara Nolan, author of Gardening Your Front Yard, joins the show to chat about how you can treat your front yard like a backyard and gives us some tips and tricks on how to choose the right plants for your space. Emily Moir of the Halifax Seed Company chats with Niki about the unexpected pressure seed and garden centres are experiencing during this global pandemic.
May 03, 2020, 11:11 AM
The Weekend Gardener - Sunday, October 20
Susan and Ken of Oceanview Home & Garden are on the show to sum up the 2019 growing season, talk trends, fall lawn and garden care, and spotlight what can still be planted now. Craig LeHoullier is the best-selling author of Epic Tomatoes. Craig joins Niki for one last tomato talk before they wrap the show for winter. They also chat about Craig's straw bale beds and hear about the new varieties he grew this year. Halifax Waste Resources Composting Expert Chloe Kennedy offers tips on fall composting - what can be added to home compost bins and what can't! Also, they find out how to use all the autumn leaves to make free food for our garden
Oct 20, 2019, 11:44 AM