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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: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 14, 2014 9:04 AM CST
Dave & Trish, thank you for another fun, interesting and educational podcast! Thumbs up

Kudos to all gardeners who think twice when it comes to the use of chemicals; those with many acres as well as those with maybe just a 5' x 5' garden space or those who grow in only a few containers! Healthy soil means healthy plants, healthy bees and other insects that pollinate them ... meaning a healthier life for future generations!

Yeah, what is this thing about Crepe Murder??? I've never understood why people do this. I've lived in the south my entire life and had never seen this done until about fifteen years ago ... it really does make the trees look horrible. There is no good reason to commit Crepe Murder; trimming up some branches yes, but chain saw butchering makes no sense to me. I rather enjoy the natural look of the trees in winter without the foliage, much more so than streets lined with a bunch of butchered trees.

Dave, I didn't get the joke but I'm Rolling on the floor laughing at Trish's response!

Regarding the styrofoam peanuts; recycling is good but I'm with Dave, I hate those styrofoam peanuts as pot fillers. I've purchased a few orchids that have those things in the bottom with the plant roots growing into the styrofoam and when I repot I have to rip the poor roots off the styrofoam peanuts. I've used broken pieces of terra cotta as pot fillers in the past but gave that up long ago and prefer twigs and branches cut into smaller pieces to fill the container bottoms. For many years now I've been mixing orchid bark mix in with my potting medium for help with drainage. I used to just add a lot of perlite but that's like the styrofoam peanuts in minuscule pieces so I changed to orchid bark mix which has a bit of perlite but also charcoal in with the wood chips.

Interesting to hear about the Goji Berry Shrubs ... I thought about purchasing one recently when I read that they could be kept in a container!

Thanks again for another informative podcast you two!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 14, 2014 9:18 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Thanks Lin - lots of great advice you're giving there!

The goji berries can get VERY big. I suppose they could do okay in a large container but they are a big mounding shrub in the ground. In a container I think you'd have to do a lot of pruning to keep it small, and you'd need a large container.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Aug 14, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Dave, I figured I'd need a large container since I read that the roots grow fairly deep and the plants can grow to 8' in height; looks like I'll have to be pruning to keep it at a manageable size. I saw this on the Garden Harvest Supply blog: http://blog.gardenharvestsupply.com/2011/05/20/how-to-grow-g... and I also read at Proven Winners site that they can be grown in containers. I just need to find a large container before I order the plant. Green Grin!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Aug 14, 2014 10:03 AM CST

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Looks like you've got a good plan! Thumbs up
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Aug 14, 2014 2:18 PM CST
I got the joke and I am just waiting for the right place to share it.

*likes bad jokes especially puns*

I was really interested in your experience with straw bale gardening. It's something I've been tempted to try but never managed to get it together. Now I'm less likely to fool with it. (Though it seems some people get fabulous results that way.)
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 17, 2014 6:06 AM CST
Really enjoyed listening to the podcast! You guys always have a good, common sense approach to gardening which I admire.

Loved hearing about no-till gardening. We have not had a vegetable garden for many years, but did have a tiller when we did. So many farmers around here use no-till, but I didn't understand the full concept until your podcast.

Got a kick out of the peanut story Smiling
Vickie
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