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I'm not sure I am quite "edgy" enough for the Garden Rant, but here is a link to my garden blog and podcast...A Gardener's Notebook.


Alas, this show has no podcast (yet, anyway), but after digging through the Garden Rant archives on gardening TV shows and not finding it, I thought I'd post it here for your perusal.

This is a production of Oregon Public TV and I stumbled across it last night on the cable network "create" which seems to re-air programming from various public TV stations across the US (a really cool idea, IMO, since most of what we see here in Maine is produced on the East coast).

I don't watch a whole lot of TV, much less gardening shows, so maybe I'm out of touch, but this was actually interesting. Their resident expert, Allen Armitage, did a nice segment on adding interest to the garden with plants like Nigella and Baptisia that produce seedpods, roses for hips, and beautyberry and winterberry not only because they're attractive to humans but because they feed wildlife also.

They also showed a segment with Joy Creek Nursery (I caught only part of it) wherein the discussion centered on penstemon, and the owner talked about how they came up with new varieties and demonstrated how to prune the plant.

The show is 3 years old and all the episodes are listed in detail on the Web site. So as not to hijack this thread, could this show be reviewed by Garden Rant in a separate post? I'd be interested in hearing how you all think it measures up to other shows.

My husband and I have a podcast called GeekFarmLife, at It's about our life as full-time geeks who also run a small farm, including goats, sheep, rabbits, ducks, pigs, gardening, etc.

An interesting podcast that I listen to is called Downshift Me, and is found at It's about a couple who moved from London to rural Nova Scotia to simplify their lives.

My husband also loves the Wiggly Wigglers podcast at

Sorry, I do a garden tv show in the Northwest and I can't do the edgy stuff, but I do enjoy read the 'rant' to see what others are doing. You can chech out my basic how-to videos on the website. let me know what you think...

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