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ATP Podcast #68: Why Don't We Do What We Don't Do?

By dave
August 14, 2014

Here's a fun topic. We often talk about what we do in the garden and why we do it, but today we're going to turn that around and look at a few common gardening things that a lot of people do, but that we don't do, and we'll talk about why we don't do them.

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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Aug 13, 2014 10:39 PM CST
Just have to tell you last weeks bloopers made my day! Way too funny Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Thanks for such wonderful podcasts, for such an amazing website, and sharing so much with all of us, but mostly thank you for the cheerfulness you bring to my days Hurray!
Toni
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 14, 2014 6:52 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Thank you so much for the kind words. Now it's you who made my day! Hilarious!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 14, 2014 8:18 AM CST

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I agree Lovey dubby
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 14, 2014 8:20 AM CST
This sure was a fun podcast, thanks you two! Got a real laugh on the styro peanuts discussion, and may I say I'm with you on those evil things, Dave! I think they should be banished from the earth.

Now, hybrids . . . must admit I buy tomatoes with the most numbers and letters on the label that I can get. Here in FL we have every disease, fungus and blights out the wazoo, and I have had no luck with heirloom varieties at all. No disease resistance.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 14, 2014 10:42 AM CST

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Thank You!
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 15, 2014 4:09 PM CST
On the podcast, did you mean to say that it is MORE humane to kill the animal than to trap and release?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 15, 2014 4:13 PM CST

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That is indeed what I meant to say.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 15, 2014 6:42 PM CST
Dave and Trish - your podcast has lifted a few burdens from my shoulders. Thank you.

I was never one to believe in all the chemical foods and just hearing Trish say you do feed plants with compost and manure was music to my ears. I will no longer feel guilty for not using the products that line store shelves. Generally I will give a plant food when I am initially planting it but only compost after that...if I think of it and have the energy!

There are just the two of us so I do buy a few tomatoes and I only saved seeds once. I can understand your views on choosing not to spend on hybrid seeds. I'll probably get more tomatoes than I can use next year since I planted two tomatoes (and Jack did the same) in some of our compost piles. As of this afternoon one tomato is vying for top spot, 8' tall, with a Jackmanii clematis.

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Here are the four tomatoes growing rampantly in two compost bins. The middle compost bin is really there but just covered by the tomatoes growing towards it from both directions.

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Sorry, Trish, but I do agree with Dave about the peanuts! It's such a huge waste of time to get rid of them.

"One for the road?" Come on, Dave, you can do better than that!


Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Aug 15, 2014 7:11 PM CST

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Ya'll need to learn the art of repotting over the trash can!! Green Grin!

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Aug 15, 2014 7:28 PM CST
Or...you need to pot without those peanuts!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Aug 15, 2014 7:30 PM CST

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OK- I surrender!
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