In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with award winning garden author, Carol Michel, about her new book, "Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening a Life", about adding humor to garden education is a great way for people to relate.
I know I have been there when it comes to my gardening adventures. Something funny happens, whether it's the rabbits laughing at the fence I put up, or watching a squirrel run off with a ghost pepper, we all have funny gardening stories.
Award winning author Carol Michel tells her own funny gardening stories in her new book and she comes on to share some of those gardening stories with us and how they relate to making you a better gardener.
She'll tell us what she likes to grow, share with us some of her favorite gardening tips, as well as fill us in on her journey from horticulture degree, to computer specialist to now garden writer.
I love to garden and I love most everything about gardening... good soil, plants, flowers, books, tools, and other gardeners. I consider myself a Gardenangelist, an evangelist for gardening who loves gardening and wants others to love it, too.
I've been gardening in some capacity my whole life, starting as a toddler following behind my Dad as he planted peas every spring. I wore out the gardening books at my local library by checking them out over and over again. And there still might be a soup spoon or two—my childhood digging tool of choice—buried in the backyard.
I'm a long time garden blogger, probably most notable for coming up with Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. For the past ten years and still going, gardeners around the world post on their own blogs about what's blooming in their gardens on the 15th of every month and then leave a link on my blog post about what's blooming in my garden. Keeping that record has really helped my garden. I have planted many flowers through the last ten years so I can have "perpetual spring" nearly all year long in my Zone 6a garden in central Indiana.
I am the author of the book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (2017), which won a 2018 Silver Award of Merit from GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators and Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life (2018) My blog is huge with well over 2,500 posts going back to 2004. Both books are compilations of some of the best of those posts plus some new essays. I potted them up, pruned them a bit, and made otherwise cleaned them up for the books. Do buy them! They make great gifts for any gardener.