226. Bonus Earth Day Episode with Joe Lamp’l | The Joe Gardener Show | Atlanta, GA

Sorry folks, I edited this on the road so the show notes are incomplete and only come in at the last half but most important links we talk about are there. Thanks always for listening. This Bonus Episode with Joe Lamp’l is awesome full of tons of golden seeds and most of all inspiration on this Earth Day! This weeks episode with Larry Tse from Dig Inns is one you won’t want to miss either. Two amazing gardeners and stewards of our planet you will love both of these episodes about sustainable living and caring for our planet!

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I edited this on the road this weekend so the show notes start out at Getting to the Root of Things this morning!

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Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden?

kind of weird


so much out there to harvest

figure out what to do with it if I haven’t planned for it

clock of

peak of freshness

where I’m gonna go

whos’ coming to get it

love to grow it

harvesting you


ample harvest.org

what to do with that produce

don’t want it to go bad

online search

food pantries in your area

take in that produce

only have so many hours

take it in

made available to those who need it

fresh produce

food pantry


ample harvest

Gary Oppenhower has dedicated 

make sure people don’t grow hungry that are unnecessarily, that are your neighbors.

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden?

I like planting and watching it grow


it’s not like you see it happen before your eyes

healthy garden every day is different

in the early morning


just us out there with the plants

there’s so much to see to me that’s how you really learn how plants work

see the water droplets coming off the margins of your tomato leaves

why is that

that’s the water pumping up

through the margins of the leaves

that’s a phenonomenom

take the time to understand

good sign there’s enough moisture in the soil 

telling me the plant is healthy

morning walks with my coffee time to commune with your plants

my favorite thing

everyday opportunity to spend time in the garden

make those observational 

I swear sometime before your eyes. There’s some days in the heat of the day I feel like it grows 3″ in a day. We have really long days, in June on the equinox June 22, the sun is out til like 11pm and it drives me crazy.

What is the best gardening advice you have ever received?

feed the soil let the soil feed the plants!

It just plants

  • the health of the plants
  • pest disease resistance
  • vigor
  • productivity

is all related to how healthy your soil is

super star gardeners

make our soil healthier

compost make it yourself

so many things beyond making great soil your also taking waste out of the waste stream

It’s the best soil input make at home

why wouldn’t you want to do it?! Oh by the way it keeps it out of the landfill and reduces carbon dioxide

we aren’t all doing that

It’s a little bit of work and extra things to do on your to do list

do it with compost

it’s the best

in fact people don’t compost because they think its too complicated

happens in nature

IDK, I just don’t know that it’s extra work. In my apartment there’s probably 2 month’s worth of garbage there, but what’s in there, nothing but paper? I don’t throw anything away that’s gonna smell or rot. It drives me crazy to me it’s not extra work it’s just sorting. 

It’s gonna make it lighter. To say nothing of I have the brownest thumb anywhere but it’s so easy! I can make compost and you never go wrong… I just feel like you do, it can just be an extension of your life. It drives me crazy at school… I almost got the ok if we could get it growing. 

IT’s the key!

So easy to make!

Incredibly easy to make, people think it’s complicated but it’s not!

It happens in nature with no intervention

It’s forgiving, you can stir it once a week or once a month, sometimes it get’s moldy, mike will say stir that but its pretty easy!

A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be.

my tool

3 parts

my holster on my belt that

holds my garden knife

basically a hori hori

don’t like the wooden flat handle

option hard rubber orange handle

serrated stainless steal knife.



A.M. Leonard Knife and Sheath

so many ones that looks the same

same design

they also sell the holster

dual sheath

holds my pruners

soil knife or pruners using all the time whenever I step outside

there were a fire

grab that sheaf


I wanted to ask you about landscaping? My brother’s episode he talked about landscaping has been really popular for people aren’t gonna grow vegetables, only interested  in their yard, they live by the farmer’s market.

Good I’m glad you asked that, sometimes we take for granted that everybody is growing food

productive vegettable garden

getting it locally or farmers market

not going 200,000 miles get to them

all the power to them

I recommend people think closely about what you can plant that is gonna attract native wildlife

birds and pollinators

now I understand where you live

losing to urban sprawl

losing these habitats and



wildlife depends on

trees taken down

we can do no matter where we live

repopulate some of the most important flora and fauna things

the life giving sustenance

entertains us too

As we speak I’m looking out at four bird feeders

food they are taking from these

  • they’re out their getting
  • seeds
  • sources
  • insects

coming from plants out there

plant it and they will come


put those

native species

  • trees
  • shrubs
  • perennials
  • ground cover

more conscious

pick up the plants on the rack store because they are pretty

Does it really serve the greater good

Does it serve wildlife that we need?

Probably the answer is no it does

Maybe do a little educaiton online

more then one purpose

More then an productive native plant

a little bit of homework

Unfortunately the plants in don’t typically care with those

easiest to grow in the



lowest commno denominator

I’m gonna take the challenge to a listener out there who doesn’t know what kind of green business they want to start is a Native Plant nursery, where do you have access to those. You’re going to the store on the weekend. Do the person who does the research on line. 

Ask your local garden center to get native plants

create the demand if you provide the supply

typically stores don’t sell things that people don’t buy but

people aren’t gonna buy it if the store doesn’t carry it.

Ask to carry it.

support purchasing those items once they make the investment.

A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?

I love to cook

I’m not all that sophisticated


leafy crops

love the tomatoes

don’t even make it inside

  • soups
  • stews
  • sautes
  • compliments
  • soup or a stew

oh gosh

nothing more flavorful then what you just went out to your garden and harvestsed

2 teenage daughters who aren’t the craziest about vegetables unless the

not the best tasting out there


coming inside


grown from who knows where


I just love cooking stuff out of my garden

Broccoli is super super sweet

like candy

super sweet

they’ll eat it from my garden raw but not otherwise

I like to hear that 

A favorite internet resource?

browse a lot

tend to go to the academic sites


don’t feel like your getting the whole


Margaret Roach A Way to Garden


such a science based digger of info

best info out there


seeks experts

radio show

does a great job

her background

working for marhta stewart

find the info

best sources for it

applied that to her blog

if she’s written about it talked about it or the both

if I need info

first go to place

top people in all the fields

A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can recommend?

I used to love Organic Gardening Magazine

fine gardening mag

I love books

go towards books

Organic Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe

Organic Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe by Maria Rodale

taking action

buying organic why that makes sense





Silent Spring

exposing the harm chemicals

Rachel Carson

love all the books

Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time

favorite curent

craig lehouliiar

Epic Tomatoes

history of

craig lehouliar

love picking it up

the way the book is laid out

stories and

super fantastic

really put my single 

Final question-

if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the environment either in your local area or on a national or global scale?

I think IDK this but it’s just a hunch of mine

Everybody has an inate connection to the earth

never discover it

thank got it happened at 8

People may not garden but they find themselves

  • outdoors
  • in a garden a
  • public garden

peace and calm around plants around nature

take that one step further

people that garden get it

plant something get it

house plant

nurture it it’s a living thing you have some input on its survival through that process

  • your making observations
  • relationship
  • leads to greater things
  • more plants
  • gardening
  • wonder and awe

Desire to spread what you know to someone else

making that first step

bury that first seed

getting that first plant

some point in love

I was gonna ask you in the beginning did your parents take you on nature walks? Where did that love of nature come from?

born with it

in my dna

thnk I’ve always had it

respect for nature


know that things are so resilient

real fragile

especially with our impact on nature

thins to promote it

harm it


I think I was born with it.

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Quick funny side story

The man by the name Joe Gardner and he’s a CPA he is in texas

We finally connected and he forwards his websites

I wanted to buy it but he wouldn’t do it

his website forwards to my website

delta airlines once sent airlines tix and he said joe I think these are for you, and they were for the town he lives in, and he said I see your coming to Austin.

I asked my husband if he cared if we changed our name to B-u-y-e-r it’s funny this year at school they called me Breyer. It’s funny with names but you have no idea how many times I’ve had to go back and type that e in there! It just happens by typo.

Thank you soooooo much for sharing! 

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About the author, Jackie Marie

I'm an artist and educator. I live at the "Organic Oasis" with my husband Mike where we practice earth friendly techniques in our garden nestled in the mountains of Montana.

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