‘WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES,’ public-TV host Joe Lamp’l of “Growing a Greener World” said this week when we chatted on my radio show. Oh, isn’t that the truth. Thankfully the misstep Joe revealed—how he fell prey to “killer compost” that contained persistent herbicides—was offset by a look at the most enviable of vegetable-garden designs. How to build the ultimate raised-bed garden (wait until you see Joe’s new layout!) and how to avoid inadvertently bringing in compost or compost ingredients that can do more harm than good. A hint: Animal manures can be tricky business. [read more…]
Gardening and nature videos.
I’M WORKING UP to watching it myself, but I didn’t want to delay a moment in sharing the link with you to the “Growing a Greener World” public-television episode I’m featured on this week. Yes, I still get nervous watching myself on TV, if you can believe it (radio’s more in my comfort zone), but no reason for you to hesitate. Executive Producer and host Joe Lamp’l (above) and his colleague, Director of Photography Carl Pennington, spent two days here in August with me and Jack (who has a walk-on and even earned himself a “field producer” credit, apparently). Watch now (and then be sure to find your local public-television station for future viewing of “Growing a Greener World”). Joe’s behind-the-scenes blog post on his visit is at this link.
THERESA LOE packs more into a garden—or a canning jar—than anyone else I know. A longtime gardener and city homesteader on just a tenth of an acre in Los Angeles, she manages to layer her back and even front yards much the way she layers cucumber slices and spices into canning jars for her easy, low-salt refrigerator pickles. That how-to and recipe is the second of 13 short lessons this Master Food Preserver is serving up starting this week on “Growing a Greener World,” the PBS series where she is a founding producer. [read more…]
EMERSON SAID that “unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” That’s what this video, part of a larger project for “National Geographic,” says to me. Dare! That, and this: We are tiny, and nature is vast. (Details of the project on the jump.)