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Let's open Variegated Plants week with a list of the most active variegated plants in our database. Among the thousands present, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!
In today's episode we have a long conversation about no-till. What are the benefits of tilling your garden, and what are the downsides? How can you garden without ever tilling, and why should you consider that? Listen to find out!
This is it! The big one! One of the biggest raffles in the history of All Things Plants. We're giving away over $500 worth of prizes, so get your acorns out and buy your tickets! Good luck!
ATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt Hanson
By dave, April 11, 2014
We are joined today by the prodigiously award-winning daylily hybridizer Curt Hanson, and will discuss everything hybridizing.
It's Daylilies Week, and we're opening the special event with a special report on the most popular daylilies, as judged by our members. How do we compile this list, and which cultivars got the award? Read on to find out!
ATP Podcast #51: Easy Annuals To Fill Those Empty Areas
By dave, April 4, 2014
What to do with those empty spots in your garden? Annuals, of course! But which ones? In this episode we'll discuss our favorite annuals that grow fast, get big, and are easy to grow.
With a brand new baby in the house we had to skip last week's podcast, but we're back now! In today's episode we get caught up on the usual goings on, and we discuss a few common gardening mistakes (and how to avoid them!) We also have a bonus segment today on our Pinboard of Bad Ideas!
The Top 25 Water Garden Plants, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, March 15, 2014
Here's a report of the most popular water garden plants from our database!
Last week was Tomatoes (and Peppers) Week at ATP so we're talking about our favorite vegetable. How do you choose from the huge variety of tomatoes? What's a determinate? What's an heirloom? What do I do about cracking, or viruses? Listen to find out!
The March Tomatoes, Peppers and Water Gardens Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, March 8, 2014
It's raffle time again and we have another round of great prizes lined up!
The Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, March 1, 2014
It's the week we've all been waiting for! Let's open Tomatoes and Peppers week with a look at the most popular varieties, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the entries in our database.
ATP Podcast #48: Questions, Questions, Questions and Answers!
By dave, February 28, 2014
Today's show will be a non-themed show where we'll just talk about a variety of gardening topics we've wanted to cover. We'll answer a few questions we've received from the listeners, along with some timely tips on early spring gardening. Is pressure treated lumber safe for raised bed gardening? What about compost made from biosolids? Listen to find out!
ATP Podcast #47: Our Top Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
By dave, February 21, 2014
In today's podcast we finish off herbs week by talking about our own favorite herbs, how we grow them, how we cook with them, and how we use them for medicinal purposes.
Let's open Herbs week with a look at the most popular herbs, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the herb entries in our database.
In this special episode, we are joined by our three oldest children. They'll discuss gardening from children's perspective, along with some funny farm life anecdotes, share some photography tips, and they promote their new seed business.
It's that time again! Another exciting raffle filled with exciting prizes. Every ticket is a chance to win so come on in and check out this month's offerings.
ATP Podcast #45: Talking Roses with Calif_Sue and Zuzu
By dave, February 7, 2014
An unbelievable opportunity! Today we are joined by ATP Plant Admins Calif_Sue and Zuzu, who will talk about roses.
You have surely wondered which of the thousands of rose cultivars are the most popular. Well, wonder no more! Here is the list of the 25 most popular roses grown by the members of All Things Plants.
ATP Podcast #44: Diego Footer, Founder of the Permaculture Voices Conference
By dave, January 31, 2014
More permaculture! Diego Footer joins us today and talks about permaculture, soil building, fruit tree growing, composting, his upcoming permaculture conference and much, much more.
We wrap up annuals week with a discussion of the interesting articles posted to this site this week. We also talk about the usual things happening around the farm, Dave introduces us to his aquaponics efforts, and we have an impromptu discussion about some interesting crepe myrtle cultivars and species.
Ever wonder what the most popular annuals appear to be? We have run a report of the most photographed and discussed annuals in our database!
ATP Podcast #42: Seed Starting of Tomatoes and Peppers
By dave, January 17, 2014
For today's episode, in addition to our usual segments, Dave and Trish will share all their favorite tips and tricks for starting tomatoes and peppers from seed.
We kick off 2014 with a new raffle! Come in and check out our lineup of prizes.
Today our podcast breaks dormancy as we begin a new year full of new podcasts. Come on in, listen and get caught up with what's been going on around our farm, and see ATP's top 5 most successful ideas from the past 2 months.
Most people consider winter the time when the gardens go to sleep and there's nothing to grow, but for those of us who live in fairly mild climates, there's a whole new kind of gardening that can only be done during those cold months.
Let's open this week with a look at a few of the most popular Cold Weather Crops from our Plant Database.
Hot off the presses is a new book by author and ATP member Larry Rettig, about gardening in the Amana Colonies. Let me share my review of this interesting and useful book.
Let's kick off this week with a nice raffle. Hoyas, Plumerias, gift certificates, and more. Each ticket is a chance to win, so dig up the acorns you squirreled away because it's time for another raffle!
We're going to stop making podcasts for the rest of the year, so we wrap up 2013 with a discussion about the previous episodes we've created, and Dave shares his report of how many listeners we have, and which past episodes were the most popular.
ATP Podcast #39: Daylilies Week with Melanie Mason
By dave, October 17, 2013
We continue to celebrate Daylilies Week with an interview with daylily hybridizer Melanie Mason.
It's Daylilies Week (again!) and we're opening our exciting week with an equally exciting raffle. Break out your acorn purse because you're definitely going to want to participate in this raffle. Brace yourself for this goliath of a raffle.
In this week's podcast Trish and Dave talk about some interesting plants they recently obtained, discuss unusual fruit tree planting ideas, and go through some various gardening chores appropriate for this time of year.
Let's talk a bit about the best database of plants in the world, ever.
Plankets are snazzy frost blankets that work well to protect potted plants as well as shrubs in the landscaping. The company sent us some to try out, so we made a video for everyone to see.
In this week's episode we cover the gamut of topics relevant to the transition from summer to fall, and we scratch the surface on the subject of seed saving and storing.
ATP Podcast #35: Bulbs Week with Brent and Becky's
By dave, September 19, 2013
In a special edition of the ATP podcast, we are joined by Jay Hutchins of Brent and Becky's Bulbs.
We kick off bulbs week with an extra special raffle, hosted by two very popular bulb companies! Get out your acorns and buy your tickets because you're guaranteed to really drool over this month's prizes. The contest starts today and ends Monday evening.
ATP Podcast #34: Flowers for the Fall, and Our Favorite Gardening Ideas
By dave, September 12, 2013
In this week's episode Trish shares her favorite blooming plants for the fall, and Dave goes through his list of most interesting and innovative gardening ideas posted to ATP. We also introduce a new feature: "The Pinboard of Bad Ideas."
ATP Podcast #33: Using Chickens To Improve Your Gardens
By dave, September 5, 2013
In today's episode we talk all about chickens, especially how they can be used to prepare a vegetable garden plot.
ATP Podcast #32: Apples for the South, Rose Hips, Fall Chores and More
By dave, August 29, 2013
In today's episode it's a blitz of various gardening thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Dave discusses apple varieties for Texas and Trish shares all her recent herb and rose drying projects. We also wrap up wildflowers week by talking about our favorite articles from last week.
It's raffle time again! Get those acorns out and grab some tickets!
In this week's episode, we dive straight into talking all about trees, how to buy them, plant them, care for them, and yes, how to kill them! We don't want you to kill your trees, though, so learn from our lessons and keep your trees happy and healthy with our time honored tips and ideas.
In this video, Trish shows us her herb spiral garden bed. She talks about what material we used to fill the bed, what plants she's currently growing, how she chose where to put each plant, how she waters, and much more.
ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries
By dave, August 8, 2013
In this week's episode, Trish shares all her best tips about processing tomatoes, especially how to can them for later eating! We also discuss elderberries: their health benefits, how to harvest and clean them, and what to do with these wonderful wild fruits.
Hugelkultur Bed Maintenance; When the Wood Starts Breaking Down
By dave, August 3, 2013
In this video, Trish shows our hugelkultur swales beds, and how she manages them as the woody material starts breaking down, creating empty pockets in the bed.
Solving the Mystery of the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Series
By dave, August 2, 2013
This newly introduced Crepe Myrtle exploded onto the scene last year and had everyone talking about it. But is this really a new variety, or an older, already existing variety that has been repackaged and rebranded? I investigated the situation, and what I found will surprise you.
In today's episode, Dave and Trish talk all about sweet potatoes. How to plant them, how to grow them, when to harvest, how to cure, and some ideas of how to eat them!
We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast where we discuss our recent beehive adventure, discuss the challenges of fall gardening, and Trish shares her secrets about drying flowers. We are also having a contest in this week's podcast!
ATP Podcast #27: A Double Header - Squash and Vermicomposting
By dave, July 18, 2013
In today's episode of the ATP podcast, Dave and Trish discuss at length the wonderful world of growing winter squash. We'll discuss our favorite varieties, how to store them, and how to eat them. We also talk all about composting with worms.
This month's raffle features huge prizes from Faraway Flowers, B&D Lilies and the member magnolialover. Come on in to read more and to get your tickets.
In this episode of the All Things Plants podcast, Dave and Trish go through their list of the most heat resistant plants. Tropicals, cacti, succulents, tough-as-nails perennials, annuals, wildflowers and much more!
In the face of country-wide heat waves, we thought this would be a good time to review the best tips on how to keep your garden growing through the hottest part of the summer.
In this special edition of the All Things Plants podcast, Dave interviews his four oldest children. We discuss gardening from the point of view of young people, and also talk about farming and raising livestock and cattle.
ATP Podcast #23: Perennials Week with Charlie Nardozzi
By dave, June 20, 2013
In this week's episode we are joined by Charlie Nardozzi, a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. We'll discuss his favorite perennials and much more.
Our biggest raffle ever! Eight different companies have provided prizes for this month's raffle. How exciting! Come on in and take a look, and buy your tickets.
In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about the new features added to ATP this week, and hold the drawing for the recent contest. They also discuss a good variety of gardening topics, including a rant about some specific pins on pinterest.
We're having a contest for our new listeners! Additionally, we discuss everything you need to know about tomatoes, how to grow them, how to care for them, and how to deal with their problems.
When the bottom few leaves are dried and brown, the garlic is ready for harvest. I will show you photos of the ready plants, along with tips on how to lift them from the ground and how to cure them for long term storage.
In this week's podcast, Dave and Trish cover a lot of ground with a huge variety of miscellaneous gardening thoughts. We discuss harvesting, curing, and storing onions, dealing with problems with roses, praises for the daylilies, and Trish gives a presentation on boston ferns.
In today's podcast we are joined with everyone's favorite vines and climber guy: Dan Long! You are in for a real treat as Dan shares his favorite tips and ideas for growing these great plants.
This month's raffle is, of course, all about vines and climbers, sponsored by our friends at Brushwood Nursery.
ATP Podcast #18: A Checklist of May Gardening Chores
By dave, May 15, 2013
It's mid May and most of the country is hopefully in the middle of springtime, and that means it's time to review what's happened so far and contemplate those important springtime tasks that need doing.
In this special edition of the ATP podcast, we are so excited to be joined today by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg. Who's that? Well, he's a permaculture designer in Vermont, and he is a permaculture expert. What's permaculture? Well, it's hard to describe in a sentence or two, but I promise you're going to find it fascinating and educational.
In this week's episode, Dave and Trish discuss gardening with children, including the how's and the why's.
Harden Off Your Vegetable Starts Before Transplanting
By dave, April 27, 2013
Harden your vegetable transplants before installing them in the garden. Do this by giving them a little bit more time outside in the sunshine every day until they are finally ready to be outside 24/7.
In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!
Hugelkultur with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.com
By dave, April 23, 2013
The highly popular gardening author, radio personality, and blogger at AWayToGarden.com interviewed Dave recently about hugelkultur, the raised bed technique that involves using whole logs of wood in your beds.
In today's episode we discuss the usual updates from our farm, including an impromptu discussion about Vidalia and Noonday Onions. Our main topic is irises, where Trish tells us what she knows about these beautiful perennial flowers.
Irises are favorites for most of us. These stunningly beautiful blooms deserve a place in any garden. Come join us in our raffle and compete for a chance to win some great cultivars!
ATP Podcast #13: Easy Peasy Culinary Herbs for Everyone
By dave, April 10, 2013
In this week's episode, Trish and Dave share their favorite culinary herbs, how to grow them, and what uses they have in the kitchen. Even experienced gardeners will enjoy the interesting anecdotes about the old favorites.
ATP Podcast #12: Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
By dave, April 3, 2013
Join us for an exciting episode where we talk all about birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. We discuss how to attract and take care of these wonderful creatures, including what plants to grow. We also include a collection of tips and ideas for your flying friends.
It seems like the whole country is currently dealing with an extremely long winter and late frosts and freezes, and we in Texas are not being spared. Today's episode we discuss ideas, tips and techniques for dealing with frost.
This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: news about All Things Plants and what's going on in our gardens. For our main feature we discuss common new gardener mistakes. As an added bonus, Trish rants against people who refuse to grow ornamental plants.
This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums, and we discuss the lengthy winter we're having in Texas. Our main feature is a double feature: two special interviews with people in the Sempervivum world.
Such a diminutively cute plant needs to have an equally gigantic raffle, and that is exactly what we have for you this week. Come and view the table set out with prizes galore for a whole group of lucky winners!
This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a discussion about perennial vegetables you can grow.
This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a question and answer session with ATP members.
This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums, and Dave shares an interesting tip on how to take down huge trees without a chain saw. Our main feature is a special interview with Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium!
This is our biggest raffle we've ever done, with not 1, not 2, not even 3, but FOUR huge prizes for 4 lucky winners!
ATP Podcast #5: A February Gardening Checklist of Chores
By dave, February 6, 2013
Come hear Dave and Trish discuss all the news about ATP, gardening updates from Texas, and the main feature of today's show: late winter chores for the garden.
Come hear Dave and Trish discuss all the news about ATP, gardening updates from Texas, and the main feature of today's show: our favorite tips and ideas about seed starting.
ATP Podcast #3: Margaret Roach's "The Backyard Parables"
By dave, January 23, 2013
Come listen as Dave and Trish discuss the news about what's happening in ATP Land, and Dave interviews Margaret Roach about her brand new book.
ATP Podcast #2: Our Favorite Vegetables and Annuals
By dave, January 16, 2013
Come listen to Dave and Trish discuss their favorite vegetables and annuals, and find out the news about what's happening in ATP Land.
For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.
For 2013 we are going to be running special Plant Weeks each month, and to start off we have selected this week as Vegetables and Annuals week!
Planning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable Garden
By dave, January 12, 2013
It's that time of year, when freezing temperatures suddenly fade away into our distant memory and we start getting that vegetable garden itch. Let's talk about vegetables - how to grow them and how to design your vegetable gardens.
A new podcast for a new year! Join us as we begin with our first of many podcasts about All Things Plants, and more.
The November Not-A-Raffle Raffle, Hosted by Sharon
By dave, November 5, 2012
This month's raffle is another beautiful painting by our own Sharon!
Announcing a Special Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, October 8, 2012
Juli and Char are teaming up to provide prizes for a raffle this week. Come on in and read all about it!
In honor of our 50,000 photos posted to our daylilies database, this week is Daylilies Week at All Things Plants!
It's fall and that means it is time to plant bulbs for spring blooms. I'm joined by Jay Hutchins, grin-eral manager of Brent & Becky Bulbs and he's going to give us a primer on these cheerful spring blooming plants.
This month's raffle, brought to you by Joannabanana, is a beautiful and highly useful book on roses!
Join us for our 4th podcast, where we interview wholesale nursery grower and lavender expert, Cathy Slaughter from Gabriel Valley Farms.
ATP Podcast #0.3: Interview with Author Chris McLaughlin
By dave, August 20, 2012
Chris is a gardener and hobby farmer, and the author of many gardening books in the "Idiot's Guide" series. In this podcast, she joined me to talk all about gardening: heirloom vegetables, compost, worms, containers, small plants, and much more!
ATP Podcast #0.2: Interview with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.com
By dave, August 13, 2012
A gardener, author, blogger and much more, Margaret Roach is highly popular with everyone who learns about her. Come listen to our audio interview and find out why!
Jane Gates, the author of a new gardening book, has a long history in art, music and gardening. She has studied horticulture and worked in the green industry for over 30 years, propagating, hybridizing, running nurseries, designing gardens, building landscapes and managing plant stores. Come and listen to my 30 minute conversation with this fascinating personality.
Trish is hosting this month's raffle. Come on in and take a look at the box of goodies that she has prepared for one lucky winner.
This is one in a series of very short articles that will hopefully change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.
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At the Whitinger Farm, we are busy making stepping stones for a walkway between our driveway and the house. It's an ambitious project and we've already made dozens of stones. By popular request, here is the tutorial on how we're making them.
Genera, species, cultivars, synonyms, common names... what does it all mean? If this subject has you a little confused, allow me to cut through the confusion and show you the light.
Vermicomposting: Easy and Efficient Composting with Worms
By dave, August 22, 2011
Whether you live on a self-sufficient homestead or an apartment in the city, you should consider keeping a bin of worms to turn your kitchen scraps into the best compost available. Here's how to get started.
Sheet mulching is a technique of laying organic material in layers on the ground to build up a raised bed of rich soil for your plants. Hugelkultur is an extension of this technique, where a gardener builds quite tall raised beds using logs and dead branches as the first layer in this bed.
Announcing All Things Plants, a New Site by Dave Whitinger
By dave, July 11, 2011
Combining his passion for gardening with his love of web-based software development, Dave Whitinger today launched a new next-generation gardening website for the gardeners of the world.
The concept of plants guilds is an extension of the companion plants thought process. Different plants do different things and bring different benefits.
Easily grown and impossible to kill, the sunroot is an amazingly useful and beautiful plant that belongs in every garden.