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Homegrown Horticulture podcast helps solve your gardening dilemmas with a focus on growing plants in the Intermountain West. We offer tips on everything from great heirloom tomatoes to awesome trees and shrubs for the yard that do well in our unique climate. For the latest researched based information relevant to you, listen to the Homegrown Horticulture Podcast, a production of Utah State University Extension.
 
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Joey Santore runs the awesome Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't YouTube channel, where he walks around describing plants in his own unique style. In this episode, he came on the show to talk about Australian plants, how they've evolved, and how they're unique compared to other plants around the world. EPISODE LINKS Start by watching Joey's Western Aust…
 
THE KITCHEN GARDENSUCCESS WITH CORIANDERScientific name: Coriandrum sativumI mentioned before that certain herbs that look alike and again I find myself talking about another herb that confuses people. Australians refer to the seeds and leaf as coriander but in the northern hemisphere, the leaf is sometimes known as 'cilantro.'Coriander is one of t…
 
Horatio’s Garden is a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading landscape designers such as Cleve West, Tom Stuart-Smith, Bunny Guinness and Sarah Price are among those who have lent their talents to design the gardens. In this podcast, Dr Olivia Chapple discusses the mission and value of the ch…
 
SPICE IT UP SAVORY VS THYME Often there’s a couple of herbs that look alike and even have similar flavour profiles. If you had them growing together in the herb garden, you may even confuse the two because of how closely they look to each other. Thyme is the better known herb in Australia, which from the 1950's was commonly used in soups, stews, sc…
 
PLANT DOCTORFUNGUS GNATS These tiny flying things can swarm around your indoor plants but other than annoyance, are they killing your plants? Those tiny little flies that hang around your fruit bowl or indoor plants aren’t always that same thing. Sometimes they’re confused with fruit flies, or even ordinary house flies, but none of those two are co…
 
Ben Sims is the Business Manager for Plants Grow Here, a landscape business owner and a board member for the Landscape Industry Association of Western Australia (LIAWA), and in this episode he's back to teach us about wildflowers, specifically in the massive Aussie state of WA. He helps us understand what a wildflower is and what it isn't, how they…
 
PLANT DEFICIENCIES:Imagine this scenario, you’ve fertilised your garden with all the right stuff, having followed the manufacturer’s instructions to a ‘t.’ But still the plants look sickly, or perhaps a bit yellow, or they’re just not putting on any growth. Does that sound familiar? So what’s the problem? The first thing you need to do is a pH test…
 
PLANT NUTRITION UNPACKEDMajor Nutrients Have you ever asked yourself "how do plants take up nutrients when you spread fertiliser around them on the ground or dilute it into liquid ?" It's something that we gardeners do quite a lot of, spreading fertiliser around that is, and probably don't give it a second thought until plants don't respond to all …
 
Peat-reduction is a big issue and with Defra's Peat Strategy consultation around the corner, demand for compost higher than ever, horticulture is facing a tricky transition to be peat-free by 2024. Southern Trident's Steve Harper talks about the challenge of creating products fit for the horticultural production market and persuading retail consume…
 
Ian Smith is an extension worker consulting with farmers in the basaltic plains just west of Melbourne. He did his PhD thesis on shelterbelts, so I thought I'd get him on the show to teach us about this interesting and important topic! We discuss what shelterbelts are, why farmers are "wasting" space putting them in, and how they can be important f…
 
Scientific name: Leptospermum lanigerumCommon Name: Woolly tea treeFamily: MyrtaceaeEtymology: leptos, meaning slender, and sperma, meaning seed. lanigerum, is named using the Latin word for wool-bearing, describing the silky hairy leaves and hairy buds, shoots and young capsules. Height: 3m by 3m wide Location: any soil in sun and will tolerate he…
 
pt 4 Scientific name Eryngium ovinumCommon Name: Blue Devil not the Sea Holly from norther EuropeEtymology: Eryngium refers to Sea Holly and ovinum refers to sheep-apparently sheep graze on these plants.Family: Apiaceae-carrot familyHeight/width: 60cm-1m by 60cm-1mDescription: Semi-evergreen perennial with green thistle-like foliage and unique feat…
 
pt3 Scientific Name: Westringia fruiticosaCommon Name: Coastal RosemaryFamily: Lamiaceae (mint family)Leaves: green, with a covering of short hairs giving the plant a silvery tint . Leaves are up to 2 centimetres long, narrow and pointed and set closely in whorls around the stem.Westringia 'Grey Box'Flowers: Appear in my garden from September onwar…
 
pt 2 Silver leafed plantsScientific name:Rhagodia spinescensCommon Name: Aussie flat bush; spiny saltbushFamily: ChenopodiaceaeHeight: 0.5-1.5m tall by 1.5-4metres wide.Flowers:January -April, tiny cream panicles, fairly insignificant. Conditions: frost and mildly drought tolerant, best suited for temperate and semi-arid regions.Location: tolerant …
 
PLANT OF THE WEEKAll About Australian Native Plants with Silver Leaves.Plants with grey or silver leaves are adapted to a drier environment because the colour of the leaf better reflects the sun than green leaves regardless of the size of the leaf. This in turn means the plant uses less water for its functions. There's usually more to the story as …
 
Dr Richard Bate is a dental surgeon and botanist that works with Joshua Styles (from episode 17) at the North-West Rare Plant Initiative (NWRPI), he's involved with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) and is also active on twitter as part of the @Wildflower_Hour team and his own orchid-obsessed handle @TheNewGalaxy. EPISODE LINKS Dr…
 
GE Current offers a range of professional LED lighting fixtures and hybrid solutions for indoor and greenhouse horticultural applications, from propagation and microgreens production through to lighting for large indoor farms and commercial greenhouses. Horticulture business development manager Malcolm Yare and commercial operations manager Sally T…
 
Edna Walling and Bickleigh Vale part 2 Last week, I introduced you to Edna Walling was one of Australia’s most influential garden designers of the 20th century. The people that live in the village of about 20 homes, are all in love with Edna's design principles. In spring, the gardens are like fairlyland, with flowering wisterias, crabapples, flowe…
 
EDNA WALLING & BICKLEIGH VALE Part 1 Edna Walling was one of Australia’s most influential garden designers of the 20th century but I daresay, not too many people have heard of her. Edna was Walling was born in 1896, in Yorkshire and grew up in the village of Bickleigh Devon, England but came to Australia at 17 years of age. Edna was influenced by h…
 
The Davey Tree Expert Company is a leading tree care company in North America, and in this episode Alexandra Julius explains the athletic demands on a climbing arborist, or tree surgeon. She is an Employee Development and Safety Training Specialist within the company, and has experience in both professional and competitive climbing. EPISODE LINKS V…
 
Garden Snips vs Secateurs You would think that gardening tools would have all the same name pretty much all around the world. What else would you call a spade ? Perhaps a trowel may have a few different names, but what about secateurs and garden snips? Are they the same thing? Secateurs are sometimes called pruning shears or hand pruners .My Toolki…
 
TOOL TIMEWhat's the Difference?Dibbler or dibber vs bulbs planter Ever wondered if there’s a difference between two garden products, tools or ways of doing something? Tool time will look at some of these differences over the next few months. Today, it’s about the difference between a tool that’s used to mainly plant bulbs. Planting bulbs is a lot o…
 
PLANT DOCTORPruning Figs: Ficus carica is the edible fig that hails from the Mediterranean. Fig trees aren’t quite as ubiquitous as citrus trees are in the produce garden but they are still a firm favourite. What's not to like?They are delicious to eat fresh and or dried, plus nothing beats home grown figs. There are a few different types: 'Black G…
 
Denis Crawford is a legendary Australian entomologist, and in this episode he was generous enough to walk us through some of the biggest offenders with regards to insect pests. We discuss sucking, chewing, boring, leaf-mining and gall-producing pests as well as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the importance of biodiversity. It's a great chat, …
 
Jason Gooden is the supervisor of sales and customer service at ArborGreen, who provide a range of products for those working in the revegetation, horticultural and urban forestry industries. In this episode, he explains how the pros plant a tree for longevity and health. We go over some soil basics, what shape to dig the hole, and formative prunin…
 
Billy Goodnick is a landscape architect, horticulturist, educator, author and is also the creator of the famous Crimes Against Horticulture Facebook page. In this episode, we chat about some of the ways we can fail at horticulture, whether we're putting new plants in or maintaining old ones. Scroll through the page while you're listening to this ep…
 
Online sales doubled during the pandemic says owner Chris Smith, but changes in regulations are making some imports, such as seed potatoes, onion sets and garlic from France and Holland, impossible and could lead to significant pressures come the autumn. Shifting demographics of nursery owners and customers mean horticultural shows could decline as…
 
Amanda Brezzell from Fennigan's Farms in Detroit is back and this time she's brought her co-founder Claire! In this episode I chatted with them about the wonderful different types of pollinators out there, why they're so important, and how we can help them thrive especially in urban environments. It's more than just insects that pollinate plants yo…
 
DESIGN ELEMENTSWarm Bulbs What Are They?Spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, freesias, bluebells, to name a few are all bulbs from the northern hemisphere. They do best in cool climates and once the main spring show is over, there's nothing left to excite. It's time to changeup or simply extend the flowering season to what garden designer…
 
DESIGN ELEMENTSWarm Bulbs What Are They?Spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, freesias, bluebells, to name a few are all bulbs from the northern hemisphere. They do best in cool climates and once the main spring show is over, there's nothing left to excite. It's time to changeup or simply extend the flowering season to what garden designer…
 
Warm Bulbs pt. 2-Harsh Western Aspect Every garden has an aspect that’s hard to plant out because it’s either too shady or too harsh and dry or even spot that receives hot western sun . Today I’m focusing on bulbs that can give you a long display in the warmer months but have evolved to withstand hot and dry months. Haemanthus coccineus photo M Can…
 
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