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#189: Mike interviews Steven Biggs Author of Grow Figs Where You Think You Can`t

Steven BiggsIn this week's episode, Mike interviews Steven Biggs. Steven Biggs is a journalist and author specializing in gardening, farming, and food production.

As a life-long gardener, he has gardened wherever he’s lived, planting allotment gardens, container gardens, indoor gardens, and gardens in the overgrown backyards of rental houses. His earliest garden memory is stealing a carrot from his Baba’s prized vegetable garden. He encourages his three young children to steal as many carrots as they want from his garden.

Along with studying horticultural science at the University of Guelph, he has worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing.

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

  • Growing Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs in Canada
  • Rooftop gardening
  • Growing Figs
  • Overwintering techniques for your fig tree
  • Choosing the right container
  • Choosing the right soil mix
  • Fig varieties

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About this week's Guest, Steven Biggs:

In his garden writing and talks, he favours a practical, no-nonsense, fun approach to things. He believes that when people see how fun gardening can be, more people will garden!

As a contributing editor for the farm business magazine County Guide, he covers stories in the agricultural community and other parts of the food chain. He talks to food thinkers and chefs, visits food retailers and processors, and cruises food-related trade shows.

Examples of stories are a look at food in Toronto’s Arab Quarter and meeting a Saskatchewan farmer selling specialty oil into the health-food sector. He is especially proud of his story about an Ontario hog and wild boar producer, which won an award with the American Association of Journalists and Authors—a non-farm audience.

Steven’s book No Guff Vegetable Gardening, co-authored with Calgarian Donna Balzer, is a Canadian bestseller. It uses a fun, slightly irreverent, illustrated approach that banishes the idea growing vegetables is exotic or difficult. His most recent book, the award-winning Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t, shows people how simple it can be to grow figs in cold climates.

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