#292: How to Recognize Plants that are Harmful and Plants that are Hardy with Expert Stacy Tornio
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Stacy Tornio, author of over a dozen books including her two latest, Plants You Can't Kill and Plants That Can Kill as well as the purveyor of the popular website DestinationNature.com.
Stacy is going to fill us in on the wide range of popular plant varieties that you should be knowledgeable about, because if ingested they can be harmful to kids, pets and yes even adults. She explains her 3 category listing/rating system that she uses as well as how she made sure to get the list verified by a professional master gardener.
From there she tell us all about plants that are hardy and make it easy for people to jump into gardening growing these varieties since they need very little care.
She'll tell us about her passion for getting kids outdoors and how gardening plays a role in that.
About this week's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Stacy Tornio
Stacy is a big believer in listicles because let’s face it … you’re much more likely to read it this way. So here are 7 random facts about her.
OKLAHOMIES. Stacy grew up in Oklahoma, but she now calls Wisconsin home. She still has great ties to her Oklahomies and goes back often.
#BIRDNERD. She is a total #birdnerd. Ever since she was the editor of the national magazine, Birds & Blooms, she’s has a little obsession with birds. Her faves are owls and woodpeckers.
RESILIENT AND STUBBORN. Stacy wrote for nearly 10 years before her first book was published. She attributes it to being resilient, stubborn, and lucky.
GARDEN GEEK. Take her nerdiness around birding and then double it for gardening. She ran her own veggie stand as a kid. She’s a big advocate of gardening for wildlife. And she likes to teach gardening concepts and classes to local youth. Her son, Jack, is a great gardener and will probably know more than Mom one day.
WUSSY AT TIMES. She love, love, loves nature and is a huge advocate of it. But she prefers glamping over real camping, and snakes make her shudder. Her daughter, Anna, has been known to catch snakes before, though.
NATURE GIRL. Despite her wussiness, she really tries to push herself as much as possible. One year she took a solo trip out West to hit five national parks in four days. Think Cheryl Strayed but not nearly as cool.
A BIT OF A SAP. Stacy works full-time, writes books on the side, and dreams of the day when she can reverse these two. For anyone who has contemplated writing, chasing after a dream, or trying something new, Stacy recommends becoming a doer and following the words of the wise Lorax. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”