The Weekend Gardener - September 27
Fred Ansems of Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers will share an update on their weekend weigh off! From giant pumpkins to long gourds to skyscraper sunflowers, Fred and I will delve into the world of growing extreme veggies. Jessica Walliser is the best-selling, award-winning author of Good Bug, Bad Bug, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, Container Gardening Complete, Gardener's Guide to Compact Plants, and the upcoming Plant Partners: Science Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden (Dec 2020). Jessica is also one of the owners of Savvy Gardening and we'll chat about companion planting, why you shouldn't fall clean your garden, and so much more! Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and host of the incredibly popular podcast Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. She's also the author of the wonderful new book, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants. We'll talk about the book, the stories, and the women featured in its pages. Bob Howard trained with an English gardener named Alan Chadwick at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He's been a market gardener and landscape designer, and owned Mayflower Gardens, a landscape company in Halifax. Since his retirement, he lives near beautiful Annapolis Royal and is an active member of the Atlantic Rhododendron & Horticulture Society and a volunteer at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Bob and I will speak about design and how to create a garden and landscape with fall interest.
Sep 27, 2020, 07:16 AM
The Weekend Gardener - September 20
Ann Carriere of Vanco Farms Ltd, a Prince Edward Island based farm that grows cut tulips in greenhouses and high quality field tulips for bulb production. We'll learn more about the operation and some of their beautiful varieties. Andrew Lowe is a vermicomposter in Halifax who uses worms to enrich his garden. He speaks widely on the topic and now offers custom worm bins to make it easy for home gardeners! We'll find out the many benefits of vermicompost. Susan Mulvihill is the author of the upcoming book, The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook and the long-time garden columnist for The Spokesman-Review newspaper. She is passionate about growing food and teaches vegetable gardening on her popular Youtube channel and her website. We'll chat about her amazing garden and upcoming book. Jacqueline Shields of The Briar Patch Farm & Nursery Ltd. is back to talk bulbs! We'll chat about her favourite spring-flowering bulbs, which are planted in the fall, as well as easy combinations, deer-resistant bulbs, and more.
Sep 20, 2020, 07:23 AM
The Weekend Gardener - September 13
Tara Nolan is the author of Gardening Your Front Yard and Raised Bed Revolution. Tara is also an owner of @SavvyGardening.com, the award-winning gardening website. I'll talk to Tara about autumn DIY's for the landscape and garden, and find out her fall garden plans. Elizabeth Peirce is the author of Grow Organic and You Can Too! She's a self-proclaimed 'smug pickler' and will share tips and ideas for what to do with the late summer veggie garden glut (and all those green tomatoes!) Abra H Lee is a national speaker, writer, and owner of Conquer The Soil; a platform that combines history and pop culture to raise awareness of horticulture. She's also an alumna of the prestigious Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows. We'll talk about her horticultural journey; where she's been, where she is, and where she's going. Chris Shaw Sanford of Yonder Hill Farm is back to talk seed saving as we head into autumn. They're also offering an amazing selection of garlic for planting, and we'll learn more about some of the different varieties.
Sep 13, 2020, 07:18 AM
The Weekend Gardener - September 6
Karen Bertelsen is behind the wildly popular blog, The Art of Doing Stuff where she grows, creates, DIY's, and entertains. We'll talk about the blog, her garden, and what the heck she does with all her veggies! Mary Schier is the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias and the Editor of Northern Gardener magazine. One of her favourite elements in her garden is her insectary which has increased the number of bees and pollinators in her garden (as well as birds!). We'll talk about this unique garden and why she started it. Allan Armitage is a horticultural legend who teaches, writes, and speaks at events around the world. He's the author of 17 books including Herbaceous Perennial Plants - and the 4th edition is now available! His app is Armitage’s Great Garden Plants. We'll talk about his favourite late summer and fall perennials and tasks like dividing plants. Claudia Weekes is the Registered Dietician, blogger and gardener behind The Organized Homemaker. She's a passionate vegetable gardener and grows a wide variety of unique crops, often those that reflect her Caribbean heritage. We'll also talk about #sharethemicgardeningedition which she organized on Instagram. Kim Osepchook is the founder of Axil Gardens in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Axil Gardens provides culinary & teaching gardens to educate and inspire. We'll talk more about this unique business, how COVID changed her garden business model and about the MANY new food gardeners she's been working with.
Sep 06, 2020, 07:22 AM
The Weekend Gardener - August 30
Pat Fogarty of Fogarty's Market Garden in Halifax joins me to talk about the challenges he's faced to be able to grow organic food and sell it to his community. He's also spearheaded a campaign to help change Halifax by-laws to allow more urban farms. Eva Monheim is co-creator of Verdant Earth Educators, LLC, an instructor at Longwood Gardens and the author of the new book, Shrubs & Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants. We'll chat about her favourite shrubs, hedgerows and hedging, and talk about how these can create habitat for pollinators and affect bird migration. Sean James is back! Our regular guest and award-winning eco landscape designer, Master gardener, and garden communicator returns to talk about how this is a GREAT time of year to tackle new garden projects. Also, late summer pollinator considerations. Louis Coutinho, a co-owner of Avondale Sky Winery & Restaurant joins me to give us a glimpse into the 2020 grape growing season. We'll talk about the vineyard, the varieties they grow and how YOU can help with this year's harvest. Trish Fry, the Manager of the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal has been sharing pics of the beautiful gardens across social media. We'll chat about what's in bloom and what late summer and autumn offer at the Historic Gardens.
Aug 30, 2020, 07:20 AM
The Weekend Gardener - August 23
Camelia Frieberg of Watershed Farms launched a new venture in 2020, Chicory Blue General Store which offers locally and sustainably grown seeds, produce, transplants, breads, pantry items and more! I also want to talk to Camelia about her love of heirlooms and open-pollinated varieties and find out about her favourite ones to grow. Signe Langford is the food editor of Harrowsmith, the author of Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs, a recipe developer and cookbook author. She's been writing a series on wild foods and joins me to chat about red currants. And maybe I can get her to share some of her awesome ideas for using garden tomatoes!Megan and Joe are the Nova Scotia homesteaders behind Sound Living NS. We'll check in with them and find out what they're harvesting and preserving, as well as planting for fall and winter. Plus, they have a new addition to their homestead... can't wait to find out more! Donna Bee is a Horticulturist, speaker, author, TV host, and podcaster. Her latest book is Three-Year Gardener's Gratitude Journal, co-authored by her daughter, Chelsie Anderson. This super useful book has been keeping me organized and on track in my veggie garden! I'll chat to Donna about her podcast and growing (and when to harvest) melons.
Aug 23, 2020, 07:09 AM
The Weekend Gardener - August 16
We have another full hour of garden Q & A's with the experts from Arbor Plant Health Care! I'll talk to Horticulturist Kirk Fletcher about trees, shrubs, perennials, pests and more. Ask your questions online and we'll tackle them as best we can!! Robert Howard of Mayflower Gardens in Nova Scotia is a collector of hydrangeas like mountain hydrangeas and will join me to talk about these late summer superstars. We'll learn more about the many types of hydrangeas and get some growing tips. Epic Gardening is the super popular website, podcast, Youtube channel (almost a million followers!), Facebook page, Instagram and more from Kevin Espiritu. Kevin is also the author of the best-selling book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening and a small space garden expert. And, he's got a BIG new adventure that he'll share with us!
Aug 16, 2020, 07:11 AM
The Weekend Gardener - August 9
Canada's garden guru and best-selling author, radio host, TV host, and columnist, Mark Cullen and Ben Cullen have launched a new podcast called Green File: Environment & Gardening. They'll join me to tell us about their new venture and how you can tune in! Darryl Cheng is the Toronto based Houseplantjournal and the author of The New Plant Parent. He's also just launched an online course called Essentials of Houseplant Enjoyment. It details his approach: to help you understand why and how plants grow so you can enjoy healthier indoor plants. Gary Bachman is an Extension/Research Professor of Horticulture at Mississippi State University, the winner of the 2019 Great American Gardener Award from American Horticultural Society, and runs (with his wife Katie) Heritage Cottage Urban Nano Farm. We'll talk about this amazing super compact space and how they mostly grow in earth boxes and containers. Toni Gattone is the best-selling author of The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age. She's also a popular speaker and her website, www.ToniGattone.com just won a silver award from GardenComm. We'll chat about her book and her strategies for gardening as we age.
Aug 09, 2020, 07:26 AM
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