This Week's Podcast: A Replay: To Turn on the Garden, Turn on the Gardener -- with Megan Cain
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Our guest on the radio show/podcast this week is Megan Cain. Megan is a garden educator, writer and speaker with extensive front and side yard vegetable gardens in Madison, WI. She is the chief gardener over at The Creative Vegetable Gardener where she teaches people to grow great food and become passionate and successful vegetable gardeners. (I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have help – here’s Megan with her helper/husband, Mark Sundlin, below. The best tomato for the beginner? The good old ‘Sungold’!)
Megan says, “I believe in simple and elegant gardening solutions. And smart gardening. I like to deliver down-to-earth and actionable advice people can use in their gardens immediately. The goal is a beautiful garden that yields lots of food for the least amount of time and money invested. An approach I call ‘smart’ gardening.”
We talk about her philosophies and her passion for people’s success. “I focus on educating them for the long haul – a satisfying lifetime of growing their own food.” (Growing beautiful food is one way to get turned on. Dig the purple carrots – below.)
In order to have that success in spring, summer and harvest time, start with winter planning. Megan has produced a free ten-step guide to smart spring planting. Her bullet points are: “reflect, dream, prioritize, organize, order seed catalogs, add excitement, make your garden beautiful, swap with friends, start your own seeds” and “create a map.” Megan shares these tips and elaborates on most of them. And, she tells us what her favorite tool is (hint, it’s the “digging fork,” below, from Johnny’s Selected Seed, which she explains is not the same as a spading, pitch, root or hay fork.)
We’re not talking about compost, here, for instance, but “smart” planning for the future and ways to turn on people starting a vegetable garden. Listen to this incredibly enthusiastic gardener and vegetable garden teacher. And to learn more visit Megan’s website: www.creativevegetablegardener.com.