In this episode Hilary and guest expert Niki Jabbour discuss some of the unusual vegetable crops featured in Niki's new book, Veggie Garden Remix! If you're looking to add some variety to your garden this year or you've found yourself frustrated with some of the more traditional vegetable crops, this episode is packed with inspiration.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- Fun and unusual plants that you can grow to add variety to your annual vegetable garden
- Experimenting with unusual and exotic crops can be a way to diversify your garden, extend your growing season, and find substitutes for crops that you might find difficult or frustrating to grow.
- Crops discussed in this episode include:
- Snake gourd
- Sugar Magnolia snow peas
- Yard long beans: start indoors if you're growing in climate with a shorter, milder season
- Magenta spreen
- Burr gherkins
- Ground cherries
- Hosta shoots
- Mexican sour gherkins
Left to right: Garden peas, Snake gourd, Amaranth, Magenta spreen. The following photos are from Niki's new book, Veggie Garden Remix.
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Guest Expert Feature:
Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens.
Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America.
She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show.
She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
About the Host:
Hello, I’m Hilary Dahl. Outside of this podcast, my job is to help beginning and experienced growers create beautiful and productive gardens. I have the unique experience of working in on a wide range of projects, from small backyard garden plots to multi-acre vegetable farms. I also work in my own garden every day when I get home. This podcast is an opportunity to discuss seasonal garden topics and share the the joy of growing your own food.