Five Gardening Podcasts To Get You Through the Winter


Christmas is over and now starts the time I most despise as a gardener in the midwest —  the rest of the winter. Over are the celebrations, the Christmas trees have been put away and now I just wait.  I eagerly wait for spring to wake up from its long winter slumber. 

The time after the holidays is when I do most of my planning for spring and summer.  And one of the things I love doing is listening to podcasts to learn from other gardeners. And today I am sharing with you my favorite five gardening podcasts.

#1 A Way to Garden - Margaret Roach. Many know her as the first garden editor at Martha Stewart, but to me she is the proverbial “The Woman”! I started really following her after I read her book ‘And I Shall Have Some Peace There’ which I highly recommend. The I started following her blog and naturally the next transition was listening to her podcast, A Way to Garden. I just love listening to her, all her gardening expertise, and she always has the most amazing guests.

#2 Slow Flowers - Debra Prinzing. This one is near and dear to my heart as one day my dream is to be a flower farmer. Debra is the host and creator of Slow Flowers. She is the face behind the movement in 2008 to bring attention to the responsible US flower farmers. You can tell she has a story to tell herself, but also about hardworking flower farmers, and educating the public about the US flower market. You can just tell she is very passionate about this topic.

#3 Still Growing - Master Gardner Jennifer Ebeling — aka 6ftmama. Ok, so I first starteed listening to her because she is from Minnesota… and tall like me! :) But soon I was captivated by her passion for sharing her knowledge about gardening. As she puts it, her mission is to bring attention to the “joys of digging in the dirt” and helping people have success in the garden. I love her dedication to really answering questions from her listeners especially in her Facebook group, ans she also has fantastic guests.

#4 The Gardenangelists – Carol Michel from May Dreams Garden & Dee Nash from Red Dirt Ramblings. Each week, join Carol Michel and Dee Nash, both passionate gardeners, authors, and long-time bloggers, as they chat over the garden fence about flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt on gardening. This one is a new one for me, which I learned about from Dee Nash via Twitter and so glad I followed that link because I have enjoyed it so much! It is like sitting at the table with two friends having coffee and talking garden! Pure bliss!

#5 Cultivate Simple - Susy & Mr. Chiots (Brian) discuss their lives, home & garden, and philosophy on living a more simple life and how complex that can really be. Each week a new topics is discussed along with updates from around the run and other features. Future plans include interviews with authors and experts. While gardening is not the specific theme, I love how thy intertwine their lives with the earth in an honest and real discussion about living a simple life.

So, grab a cup of tea or coffee, relax and enjoy these wonderful podcasts. You won’t regret it!


Joining I may be found on one of these link-ups: In a Vase on Monday, Mosaic Monday, Home Sweet Home, Friday Bliss, Home and Garden Thursday, End of Month View(31st of the Month), Blooming Friday, Pink Saturday, Nature Notes, Dishing It & Digging It.

Old & New ~ A Vintage Holiday Inspiration


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Can you believe that Christmas is only ten days away! Time is flying by and I am trying to hold on to this feeling as much as I can! I have always loved Christmas— and yes, I am that EXTRA person (as youngings say these days). To me, Christmas is about the birth of Baby Jesus, the most important even in humanity so why not celebrate it BIG!

Decorating for Christmas has always been a “Martha Stewart” affair for me keeping it sophisticated and usually in metallic tones— gold, silver, rose gold, etc. But for some reason, this year, I needed red. I think it is because I associate RED with HAPPY. And I think we can all agree with need more happy in the world. Not only that but my husband is of Norwegian descent and I really wanted a tree with a Nordic flavor. And with that in mind, I set out for the past few months to scout for ornaments that had that vibe. I also wanted to do a little vignette in our front porch, which is oddly shaped. but I made it work. For this décor I wanted a few elements:

  • Plaid

  • Rustic

  • Vintage

  • LOTS of red

And I think I accomplished everything I wanted. Since fall I had been looking for a few elements for my porch vignette that included Skotch plaid and wood elements especially wooden skis and a sled. I visited a few vintage stored in my areas and they were scouting for me. They even found me a pair of original 1950s Sears ice skates I did not know I needed! And they go perfectly! I love those ladies! And the finish look is truly everything I wanted! I added some natural greenery and

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Indoors. our house is still going through a identity crisis since we got married three years ago. It is definitely not my style, but we agreed not to do anything to it because we will be building a new house next year, Lord willing. But we make it work. Which is why most of the indoor decorations are in the foyer which is where we place our Christmas tree.

When I was single, I always had a natural tree but a few years ago I wanted a flocked tree, and here we are :) As mentioned, red and Nordic was my initial inspiration, but with a twist of plaid, and I LOVE the final result.

The past two years we had a second tree with all the stuff my husband and the kids collected over the years, but after last year we decided not to put it up because the stepkids did not want to help. And last year after we put it up, nobody even turned it on but me. Thankfully, they loved this one. :)

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Every Norwegian home must have a “nisse” or Norwegian gnome, and so we do! We also love the angel chimes, that are so traditional in Nordic homes. I just love listening to the sweet chimes.

One of the funniest thing about Christmas that my husband has discovered about me, is that I like my wrapping paper with a the same theme as the tree (I know— somebody stop me! lol). He is still learning about my nuances. lol.

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But I think, this year what I am most excited about, is our Nativity. You see, three years ago I lost everything, including all the Christmas ornaments and decorations I amassed while I was stationed in Germany. It breaks my heart to think about it. But with our marriage we have started creating our own traditions and what will be heirloom ornaments some day. And we started this year with our family Nativity set from Willow Tree. We decided to with this one as we will be able to keep adding every year to it. And I really love how it has become the center of our Christmas this year. It truly is the perfect way to wrap up my little Christmas tour.

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