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Author: Tea Jay Truchon

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Lets dig into the Art and Science of gardening. The garden of your dreams can start today. Let a lifelong gardener help you learn how to cultivate plants, gain a greater understanding of our worlds biodiversity, and dig into the rich hobby of making the world a better place.
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==========Call the Show 661-368-5177Review on Podchaser https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/tea-jays-garden-940560Hello Gardeners! Sorry I didn’t get an episode out to you last week, I have an infant who’s usual bed time has been a thing of contention between us. Since she hasn’t been sleeping, I haven’t had my usual block of time at night to get things done. The joys of Parenting and Podcasting. This is just a short episode giving a quick update on my own patch, and some information about the mysterious seeds from china. Spoiler alert, its not likely an act of bio-terrorism. ==========Further ReadingUnited States Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/home/Aphis assessment of seed varieties: https://www.usda.gov/media/radio/daily-newsline/2020-07-29/actuality-unsolicited-seeds-are-several-plant-speciesThose Mystery Seeds from China? https://amp.indystar.com/amp/5542556002Seed Born Illness: https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/IND43861564/PDFSupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
==========Call the Show 661-368-5177Review on Podchaser https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/tea-jays-garden-940560Hello Gardeners! This week I thought I’d talk about Bitterness in Cucumbers. Cucumbers can become bitter as a response to literally any stressors of the plant. In this episode I talk about the different types of cucumbers, why they go bitter, how to deal with it, resistant varieties, and a wonderful alternative I’ve taken to using.==========Products Mentioned20 pack of 5-Gallon grow bags on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YR96PZZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=16 pack of 20-Gallon grow bags on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QLXTH52/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1Mary’s Fall Garden Seed Starter Kit https://www.marysheirloomseeds.com/collections/seed-pack-combos/products/fall-garden-seed-satrter-kitArmenian Cucumber from San Diego Seed Company https://sandiegoseedcompany.com/shop/warm-season-crops/cucumber-armenian/Xylangouro Cucumber Melon (Greek Cucumber) from Baker Creek Seed Company https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/new-items-2020/xylangouro-cucumber-melonFurther ReadingSeedless Cucumbers are a Different Pickle from the MSU Extension website https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/seedless_cucumbers_are_a_different_pickleBeit Alpha cucumber Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWr6QMPqm_ASupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Heatwaves

Heatwaves

2020-07-2232:25

Call the show 661-368-5177Its 102 Degrees here today (Pics), which is pretty typical of my summers here in Bakersfield. It got me thinking about gardening in extreme heat. In this episode I’ll explain why amaranth does just fine in high heat, why your wilting plants are probably fine, a bit about the wonderful world of Photosynthesis, and why you should pour beer on your plants. The “Greek Cucumber” I mentioned several times in the episode is XYLANGOURO CUCUMBER MELON, which I picked up at Baker Creek Seeds https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/new-items-2020/xylangouro-cucumber-melon. The Red Amaranth was Red Leaf Vegetable Amaranth which I got from Johnny’s Selected Seeds https://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/greens/specialty-greens/red-leaf-vegetable-amaranth-specialty-green-seed-516.html. You can find my interview with Craig Lehoulier at https://www.buzzsprout.com/501553/episodes/1870285-craig-lehoullier-and-patrina-small-the-tomato-episode-introduction-dwarfs-and-epic-tomatoes. If you want to learn a bit more about Photosynthesis this is a decent primer on the different types https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/photosynthesis-in-plants/photorespiration--c3-c4-cam-plants/a/c3-c4-and-cam-plants-agricultureSupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Late Starts

Late Starts

2020-07-1524:53

Call the show 661-368-5177Leave a Review on Podchaser https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/tea-jays-garden-940560Welcome back for episode 25. Not episode 52 as i say on the show.Sorry I’ve been away for so long, alot has happened. I mean aside from the obvious things we’ve all been going through. I hope this episode finds you well.I’m pivoting yet again. I’ve decided, for now, to just talk about Gardening and leave any other plans off for the time being. From now on this will be a show where I share my gardening experiences, knowledge, and whats going on in Tea Jay’s actual Garden. In this episode I talk about:The pitfalls of trying to Grow Your Own to survive the pandemicSome actually great reasons you should be gardeningWhy I GardenAnd some of the interesting plants gracing my garden this year.For a start I’m groing alot of Bushing and Dwarf Varieties, and looking into getting involved with growing out Micro-Dwarf Tomatoes from https://www.tomato-talk.com/. I’m also trialing Tepary Beans from https://store.experimentalfarmnetwork.org/collections/legumes/products/lofthouse-landrace-tepary-beans . The Experimental Farm Network is a great place to pickup experimental varieties and unfinished hybrids to play around with. Also an update, since I recorded this there have, in fact, been some food shortages affecting the US. But, every case I’ve heard of so far has been processed foods and beverages. There is a shortage of some Diet sodas, and some brands of Beer. I still feel that my statements in the podcast are substantially correct. Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Full Show Notes at http://teajaysgarden.com/?p=476Call the show 661-368-5177An interview with Hedi Baxter Lauffer Director of Teaching & Learning with the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We talk about Fast Plants and their educational applications. Specifically using them to teach plant biology, and different projects and activities you can use them for. LinksWisconsin Fast PlantsBottle BiologyCarolina Biological SupplyMy First Experience Teaching with Fast Plants by Julie LaConteSignup for their Blog Mailing ListSupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Full Show Notes and Blog Post at http://teajaysgarden.com/?p=468Call the show 661-368-5177Dwarf Tomatoes My Interview with Craig LeHoullier and Patrina SmallMicro-dwarf TomatoesGold Nugget SquashGold Nugget Squash Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Open Source Gardening

Open Source Gardening

2019-11-2617:19

Hey folks, This is just a short episode I felt that I needed to put out after the Tomato episode and my talk with Sebastian Cocioba. I wanted to do an introduction to the Open Source methodology/philosophy for gardeners. I’ll cover what “Open Source”‌ is, as well as my history with it and its intersection with gardening.Open Source LinksWhat is Open SourceOverview of the GNU‌ system.SDF.orgOpen Source Gardening LinksOpen Source Seed InitiativeOSSI‌ PledgeFarm.BotThe Grow RoomIssues with Plant Utility PatentsThanks for listening, you can contact the show at http://www.teajaysgarden.com/ or call the show at 661-368-5177Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/TJsGarden)
In this episode I review Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling What You Grow by Andy W Lee and Patricia L Foreman. It is a primer and basic instruction manual to small scale market gardening. Its, yet another, used book I’m reviewing, this is the 11th printing. I also talk a little bit about what I’m doing with the show. Please follow the show on Mastodon https://mastodon.social/@troyjoeTwitter https://twitter.com/teajaysgardenAnd you can contact the show at http://www.teajaysgarden.com/ or call the show at 661-368-5177Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Gardening Failures

Gardening Failures

2019-11-0607:58

Sorry folks, I came down with a stomach bug this week and wasn't able to get out a decent episode Setbacks, no matter how unavoidable, do tend to make you feel as if you've failed though, so I thought I could talk about that a bit. So here is a short discussion on the role of failure in gardening, it happens to everybody, and if you can't work past it you'll never become the gardener you can be. Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Leave Feedback @ (661) 368-5177For week 44 of the gardening year I’m interviewing a longtime friend of mine Sebastian Cocioba owner of New York Botanics LLC and atinygreencell on Instagram. Sebastian is a “bio hacker” who’s goal is to increase the general level of education about Genetics technologies. A few things. First, I’ve tweaked the show format, moving to a single segment a week. Trying to squeeze in three segments every episode just wasn’t possible with the current demands on my time. I also apologize that there was no Week 43, I had been out with a minor back injury and producing that week was clobbered by my return to work. The audio quality bounces around just a little bit, I have to replace a piece of equipment so hopefully I’ll have this resolved in time for the next show. CrisprAgrobacteriumGene GunSpermadineMyo TomatoSchool of Visual ArtscreloxCommunity LabsGhost OrchidSupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
I apologize in advance for the audio quality of this episode. I‌ was dealing with a dodgy microphone and some parts of my audio has static, but this is only here and there during the interview and its otherwise acceptable. I have it fixed, it won't continue into future episodes. In this episode I give an overview of the domesticated tomato, my feelings on the term "Heirloom", I have a talk with Patrina Nuske Small and Craig LeHoullier about Dwarf Tomatoes, and I review Craigs book Epic Tomatoes. Here are some tomato varieties mentioned in the Interview PortionWherokowhai pronounced fer-dow-co-fiUluru OchreKangaroo Paw RedSweet Scarlet DwarfDwarf Golden GypsyDwarf Firebird SweetDwarf Wild FredCraig LeHoullier and Patrina Small linksEpic TomatoesDwarf Tomato ProjectS2E4 THE DWARF TOMATO PROJECT -- FREE THE SEED! PODCASTTomato grower Petrina Nuske Small, from south-east NSW, talks about the new tomato variety she has bred.General Links  Seed Savers ExchangeTomatovilleOpen Source Seed InitiativeFather of modern tomato breedingPFAF‌ Entry on TomatoesSeed Suppliers who carry Dwarf Tomatoes in the USVictory Seed CompanyHeritage Seed MarketTatianas Tomato BaseSample Seed ShopTomatofestFruition SeedsThanks for listening, you can contact the show at http://www.teajaysgarden.com/ or call the show at 661-368-5177Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
This week I get into my year at the Learning Garden, have a great chat with Suzy Buttress of The Casual Birder Podcast, and I review a couple of books on Straw Bale Gardening. I have to apologize, near the end of the Podcast accidentally called Patrina Small by the name Patricia. After speaking with Suzy Buttress I was still unable to work out the hawk that made an unscheduled appearance in the podcast, but in the process I did stumble onto All About Birds. Its linked to the Cornell Universities Merlin App database.  Here is a link to her appearance on the Hummingbirds Episode of the Varmints Podcast. Here are the birds mentioned in the interview care of All About Birds.Collared DovesWhite Winged PigeonsSharp Shinned HawkCoopers HawkMorning DoveBlack PhoebeCalifornian TowheeAnd here are some links to other things mentioned in the interview.Humming Bird CallsStructural ColorAotearoa's extinct bird callsThousands Of Feral Lime Green Parakeets Call Bakersfield HomeSilent SpringWrapping up the podcast I review the following books.Straw Bale Gardens Complete, Updated Edition: Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding 2nd Edition by Joel KarstenGrowing Vegetables in Straw Bales: Easy Planting, Less Weeding, Early Harvests. A Storey BASICS® Title Paperback by Craig LeHoullierThanks for listening, you can contact the show at http://www.teajaysgarden.com/ or call the show at 661-368-5177Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Reboot

Reboot

2019-09-2203:44

Sorry guys, now podcast this week. Things got chaotic. I'm going to regroup and reboot the podcast for the better next week. Keep an eye out.Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules

2019-09-2012:03

Wrapping up Seed Saving Week we are talking about plant breeding experiments you can do provided you have the space and time. And I Cover the University of Wisconsin's Fast Plants, which don’t require much time or space.ResourcesSaving Sun Gold Pg. 151 Epic TomatoesDwarf Tomato ProjectBREEDING NEW DWARF TOMATOES craiglehoullier.comWisconsin Fast Plants of the University of Wisconsin: HomepageSupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Self Fertile Crops

Self Fertile Crops

2019-09-1910:07

In this episode we get into the realm of Self Fertile Fruits and Vegetables. Self Fertile crops rarely deviate from the mother plant since it is often usually the father crop as well. Crosses of self fertile crops often have to be done manually  and as such they are great plants to get started with Seed Saving. ResourcesPollination of Vegetable CropsWhat are Self-Pollinating Vegetables?This Bee Gets Punched by Flowers For Your Ice Cream | Deep LookHermaphroditic Flower Performs Gravity Defying Dance to Fertilize ItselfGoogle Doodle celebrates Mexican-American botanist and explorer Ynés MexíaSupport the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Landrace Gardening

Landrace Gardening

2019-09-1812:53

Landrace Gardening is gaining some traction. As part of Seed Saving Week we’ll dive into the world of landrace breeding and seed saving, and why it might be the easiest way to save seed. ResourcesLandrace Gardening: Survival of the FittestSECTION B. LANDRACES B.1. Introduction fao.org        Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Heirlooms

Heirlooms

2019-09-1716:43

In this episode I’m going to shed some light on the world of Heirloom Fruit and Vegetable cultivars. I will also stumble excessively on the distinction between a Variety and a Cultivar. Heirloom and open pollinated varieties are perhaps the best choices for saving seed and amateur breeding experiments so I wanted to hit them early on. Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Intro to Genetics

Intro to Genetics

2019-09-1618:20

This week I’m going to tackle plant breeding and seed saving. I’m sure in future episodes I’ll dig into these topics alot more, but for now I wanted to dive into the basics. This episode covers some preliminary plant genetics to serve as a primer for what I’ll be talking about the rest of the week. Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna Gardening

2019-09-1317:03

A review of the 1998 edition of Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza. Lasagna gardening is essentially a sheet mulching/composting method designed to turn a patch of turf into a garden bed nearly instantly. Because these gardens don’t require building raised beds, do not rely on the local soil, and only require materials that can be made or sourced cheaply its a great way to start a garden. Although I’m not sure where to get that many newspapers these days. Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
A review of the 2005 edition of The All New Square Foot Garden by Mel Bartholomew with a particular focus on using it to start community and school gardens. You can find more at his Square Foot Gardening Website. The Truth About Peat at In Defense of Plants breaks down the issues with Peat Moss.Support the show (https://liberapay.com/capheind/)
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