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Welcome to the Beginner’s Garden Podcast! This is the podcast with easy-to-understand resources, tips, and information to help beginning gardeners get the most out of their gardening adventure — big or small.

Apr 28, 2017

I can vividly remember my very first year as a gardener desperately searching for gardening resources and podcasts. Sadly I didn't find many that helped me at the most basic level I needed. But there was one I listened to faithfully, and that was the Pioneering Today Podcast by Melissa K. Norris.

After connecting online four years ago, I consider Melissa a friend, and I'm thrilled to share our conversation with you today.

This episode is full of great tips and ideas for gardeners of all skill levels and you'll want to make a point to listen from beginning until the end. But in case you're short on time today and want to catch the highlights, here is where we talk specific topics:

  • 13:53 - Don't miss the story of Melissa's "famous" pole beans. We talk for over 10 minutes just on growing beans!
    • 18:15 - tips to make your green beans more tasty when you cook them
    • 21:08 - what is happening when your beans suddenly stop producing in the summer
    • 22:12 - will different varieties of beans cross-pollinate? And when it matters.
  • 27:00 - Find out how Melissa keeps pests and weeds under control in her natural garden without using insecticides and herbicides.
    • 30:00 - how she deals with slugs
    • 31:00 - her trick to eradicate unwanted weeds
  • 35:00 - Listen to Melissa's answers to the most common garden questions she receives:
    • Where do I start?
    • What if I don't have enough land for a garden?
  • 37:25 - If Melissa had to choose only 3 crops to grow in her garden, which would they be?
  • 39:45 - Discover what Melissa has found to be the most common misconception in home gardening

And those are just the highlights! You won't want to miss a single word Melissa shares today.

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