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#171: Mike talks Gardening with Shawna Coronado
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shawna_coronadoIn this week's episode Mike talks with gardening expert Shawna Coronado. A finalist for the Better Homes & Gardens top 5 gardening bloggers and key note speaker at the Chicago Home & Garden Show, Shawna will share all kinds of great tips, tricks and techniques on gardening.

Shawna will cover the various beneficial plants that can attract pollinators and how to arrange them in such a way to not not only make the garden productive but attractive. Shawna refers to this type as an ornamental edible garden.

Shawna will also talk about front yard gardens and the proper steps to take to make sure they are done right and not intrusive to your neighbors. Finally, Shawna and Mike will finish off the podcast talking about how you can take your many extra vegetables that you are growing and help those in need right in your area.

In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Plants that attract pollinators
  • Front Yard Gardens
  • Ornamental Edibles
  • Benefits of Beneficials
  • Vegetables that are a top nutrition source
  • Getting your community involved in gardening
  • Donating a portion of your harvest
  • Shawna's fence struggle

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About this week's Guest, Shawna Coronado:

Shawna Coronado is an author and professional photographer. She is also an on-camera spokesperson, newspaper columnist, internationally recognized keynote speaker, environmental and health correspondent with over eighteen years of experience with sales, marketing and public relations.

Shawna speaks internationally on building community, simple living, and green lifestyle tips for the everyday person as well as social media development. Most recently, she has lectured at TEDx and Google, discussing the benefits of green living for community. Shawna Coronado educates the online community on eco-travel, green-living tips, sustainable gardening, inexpensive cooking, home vegetable production, and techniques for every day homeowners to save money by being green and feed the hungry during a down-economy – all this right from her very own home and ornamental front lawn vegetable garden. Her goal with the blogs and online presence is to better the world through community involvement and simple green living.

Currently, Shawna has over 15,000+ followers on Twitter, over 50,000 followers on Google+, and over 5,000+ followers and subscribers on Facebook. She has more than 170 videos on YouTube and her videos have had more than a half million uploaded views on YouTube and continue to grow daily. Shawna is a CitySearch Guide and has written for dozens of online magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and ChicagoNow. She has been ghost blogging, tweeting, and writing for over five years for corporations and individuals across the internet.

Shawna appears regularly on national American TV. She has been featured on many news channels, including ABC News, WGN 9 News (Chicago), PBS TV – Growing A Greener World Episode 126, PBS TV – P. Allen Smith’s Garden To Table, WCIU TV, NBC News Dallas/Fort Worth, FOX News Albuquerque New Mexico, KOB TV New Mexico, Lawrence Media TV- LJWorld.com, Oklahoma Gardening TV, Local Access 10 TV, WGN Radio, The Mike Nowak Radio Show, The Chicken Whisperer Radio Show, Garden Life Radio, and More Hip Than Hippie. Ireland radio show features include Marty Whelan/RTE Lyric FM Radio Show, and Tom Dunne Morning Show on Newstalk 106 and is a regular guest on The Sodcast with Peter Donegan out of Dublin, Ireland. Special written features on Shawna can be found on CNN Health, Chicago Tribune Local, The Daily Herald, and other media spots all over the internet.

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