Be taught extra gardening suggestions in podcasts, on-line newsletters


By Carolyn Lindell
| Especially for the American statesman

Gardeners often love to talk about their favorite pastime, but these days people may be digging in the dirt on their own. However, planters and growers can smile when tips and tidbits about garden land land in their email inbox or scroll through their earbuds.

From choosing fertilizers to pruning perennials to growing orchids, e-newsletters and podcasts in the garden often cover a range of topics. For those who subscribe, newsletters can be regularly received from various garden organizations, publications, kindergartens, and others.

Podcasts are also created by a wide variety of sources, from home gardeners to professionals. Podcasts run from a few minutes to much longer. They are available through a variety of platforms or on many of these programs’ websites. These programs can be informative and at times entertaining. As a bonus, gardeners can enjoy relationship with kindred spirits.

Here you will find a selection of the offers for plant lovers who like to read, listen or want to do both:

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac” ( Many people recognize the long-lived, familiar “Old Farmer’s Almanac”, which includes garden information, among other things. It offers several options via email, including the Companion newsletter. These contain nuggets such as poisonous plants for pets and how to grow rhubarb. In addition, a short podcast called “Garden Musings” includes episodes with titles such as “Growing Beans Can Be A Breeze” and “Flowers That Make Good Sense”.

The National Gardening Association ( The weekly newsletter contains many reading options, e.g. B. “Planting and Pruning Plums” and “All About Rosemary”. These often have beautiful, detailed photos (why not get a close look at the African blue basil?). More than 100 previous podcast episodes of “All Things Plants” are also available.

Neil Sperry’s Gardens ( Weekly newsletters contain recurring functions, e.g. B. Questions of the Week (“Why is my azalea plant losing so many leaves?”). Readers can click on in-depth stories such as “pruning trees, especially oaks”. The affable and well-known Sperry from McKinney has podcasts of his radio shows in which he distributes gardening knowledge in a congenial way.

Gardenista ( It describes its website as “the definitive guide to stylish outdoor spaces”. It offers several newsletters, such as the daily overview. Readers can learn about Japanese gardening tools, how to decode the information on plant ID tags, and much more, with stories accompanied by sharp photos.

“Texas Gardener” ( The magazine emails its weekly “Seeds” newsletter, which includes extensive articles such as “How to Plant Shade Trees in Texas,” as well as listings of events, tips, and more.

“Garden Gate” ( The magazine publishes “Garden Gate Notes” every week. The stories covered deer-resistant shrubs, ways to use conifers in the garden, and much more, as well as colorful photos.

“One to Grow On” ( This local podcast is subtitled “Understanding How Food Production Affects Us and Our World.” Led by father-daughter team Chris Casey and Hallie Casey, they discuss gardening, food science, agriculture and more. The good-natured duo recently tackled topics from apples to food rescue to xeriscaping. New episodes appear every second Tuesday.

Horticulturati ( Austin-based landscape architects Leah Churner and Colleen Dieter host this podcast. These informative, joke-filled talk shows run roughly once or twice a month, and the hosts want to discuss fresh, garden-related topics. The episode titles included “Garden Design”, “Seeds From China” and “Ammonium Nitrate”.

“Bloom and Grow Radio” ( Maria Failla describes herself as a “Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady”. For those who have ever killed their own plants, Failla is personable and carefree. Its numerous episodes covered topics such as DIY plant projects, “nerdy science” and general plant care.

Royal Horticultural Society ( The podcast “Gardening with the RHS” describes itself as “seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems”. The past few episodes talked about gardening in a changing climate, frugal gardening, ferns and mushrooms. Of course, they have loudspeakers with nice accents.

“Gardener’s tip of the week” ( “Gardenerd tip of the week” sounds tempting for entertainment and garden information from the entire menu. It’s one of the many gardening podcasts with a clever name.