Nest In Style on Horticulture Radio: Episode Six: Maintaining the Garden

Want to keep your garden looking great all summer long?

Don’t miss these garden maintenance tips from co-hosts Jayme Jenkins and Teresa O’Connor of Nest In Style. They share summer garden advice on some of the best methods and products to deal with weeding, deadheading, fertilizing, staking and fighting pests. Plus, there’s a great Garden Care Contest to enter with exciting prizes!

Enter to Win the July’s Garden Care Contest

The prizes in the Garden Care Contest will help one lucky winner keep his/her garden looking terrific the rest of the growing season:

It’s Easy To Enter Our Garden Care Contest:

Simply leave us a comment below and tell us how you keep up with your garden chores. How do you keep motivated with less enjoyable garden tasks? Do you have a time-saving technique to share? Just want to wax poetically about weeds? That’s fine too. We’re all ears. Good luck in this random drawing.

Last Month’s Winner: Congratulations to Laura for winning an autographed copy of Our Shadow Garden, and a Kid’s Garden Tool Set from aHa! Modern Living. And to Kim for winning a copy of How to Grow A School Garden. Thanks to everyone who participated in the June drawing. We loved hearing why you thought it was important for kids to garden. Let’s all work to get more children playing outdoors.

Podcast Resources:

Managing Weeds by N.C. State University Extension

Killing Weeds with Solarization by Oregon State University

Preventing Weeds With Corn Gluten (Research) from Iowa State University

Insect Control: Soaps and Detergents from Colorado State University

Winchester Gardens Organic Vegetable and Berry Fertilizer Spikes

Authentic Haven Brand Manure Teas

Poopeas Organic Pellitized Manure Compost

Jobes Organic Fertilizer with BioZome

Ross Tree Netting

Row Covers at Johnny Seeds

Tune in next month for another episode of Nest In Style on Horticulture Radio! Have an idea for a future podcast? Let us know.

Don’t forget … you can always find more gardening information at Teresa O’Connor’s Seasonal Wisdom and Jayme Jenkins’s aHa! Modern Living. Meanwhile, go grow something.

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About Nest In Style

Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio is a monthly podcast series that introduces gardeners to innovative tools and products, while sharing valuable horticulture information at the same time. Along with the latest tools, plants and products for your garden, Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio also examines time-tested solutions that keep on performing. You’ll find plenty of product tips and gardening advice in these podcasts, whether you are a beginner or have gardened for years. Your co-hosts include Jayme Jenkins, who recently co-authored “Garden Rules” (Cool Springs Press, 2011). As an OSU-trained Home Horticulturalist, do-it-yourselfer and social media enthusiast, Jayme is the owner of aHa! Modern Living, a design-oriented home and garden store based in Eugene, Oregon. Find Jayme on Twitter, Facebook and her blog at Joining her is Teresa O’Connor, co-author of “Grocery Gardening” (Cool Springs Press, 2010). Trained as a Master Gardener in California and Idaho, Teresa is a writer and speaker, who shares gardening, seasonal folklore and local food information as Seasonal Wisdom to thousands on Twitter, Facebook and her blog Do you have a story to share with Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio? Contact Past episodes of Nest in Style can be found on

28 thoughts on “Nest In Style on Horticulture Radio: Episode Six: Maintaining the Garden

  1. Every time I walk by an area of the garden I pull a few weeds. I always go for ones that are blooming first, and there are almost always a couple. Beyond that I just work in sections, making sure I don’t let the garden as a whole become too intimidating.
    Sometimes that is practically impossible!

  2. I work on the garden when my little girl is napping… I find that having limited windows of opportunity make me really motivated and effective. I have an ongoing battle with morning glory in my veggie garden that keeps me challenged. Any tips for getting rid of those suckers would be awesome.

  3. I don’t like to use mulch because I love to see the surprising volunteers that pop up, but that does mean that I need to do a lot of weeding. I have found that weeding is a quiet, private activity that allows my mind to wander freely. It almost like transcendental meditation.

    • I heavily mulched with straw and have had no weeds. I did discover this morning that my two squash plants in my small home garden have squash borers. I slit the stem and removed the larvae and then covered the stems with dirt as recommended online. i hope this will allow my squash plants to recover. thank you so much for the very informative pod cast and all the great links. i am a new gardener so need all the help i can get. glad to know everyone else planted late this year due to the weather. i planted late this year due to the death of my father. thank you again.

  4. I finally have found the trick that works for me. I mulch around my plants and I hoe the rest of the area to keep the weeds in control. Living in the country even with mulch I was having a problem so my husband suggested that I try this and kudos to him it has worked so far. The ones that are in a dry sunny area I do mulch the whole garden and keep a close eye on it. It is easy to forget a garden so I keep a calendar with which day a particular garden is to be touched up. I have a few acres of gardens so this helps. It also helps me to know which weeds sprout when which helps me to pay closer attention to not allowing an area to get out of control. My thistle is almost gone but it has taken many years. It was called a bad mix of straw that someone added hay to that didn’t know the difference.

  5. We too in SD had a very wet & cool spring. Now its been very hot & humid. Weeds are rampant. Just weed a little every day to keep up. Planted most of annuals late in June because of wet conditions. Turned hot immediately after planting… petunias seem to be stunted. Any ideas to get them growing?

  6. Every time I take a load of kitchen scraps to the compost which at the back of the yard, I use the same container to collect weeds on my way back to the house. I try to vary my route so all corners are covered.

    • Thanks, Jeannie. Glad you found it helpful. Jayme and I have a lot of fun putting together the podcasts. Good luck in the drawing.

  7. We get a lot of rain where I live so it makes it easy to weed when the ground is wet. I use one of those colorful garden tubs to corral my pulled weeds and provide some cheerful color while I weed. I also weed and deadhead while letting my inside cats out in the yard for an evening treat. Have to keep an eye on them though as they love to jump on the fence!

    • Opps, somehow my response to Karen went underneath Rosemary. So, I’ll reply to Rosemary here … I love the way your lab helps you weed dandelions. And how clever that she gets out the roots too. Good luck!

  8. My vegetable garden is heavily mulched with leaves and rarely has a weed. As for the rest of the yard, I have a helper, my yellow lab. She absolutely loves dandelions, especially the roots. If she gets tired of waiting for me to dig one for her, she digs her own.

  9. I keep weeds down in the garden paths by laying down several layers of newspaper then wetting this followed by laying landscape fabric. This provides a neat appearance. I have raised beds and so this makes a tidy garden look. At the end of the season I pick up the cloth and store it. the newsprint is usually degraded and need little attention.

  10. Being fairly new to gardening, I love all the information and tips I can find online, whether figuring out what to do when the new roses are attacked by japanese beetles, or identifying a plant passed on by a neighbor. Weeding is my least favorite chore, but if I do it a little at a time, it gets done, and its always so much easier after a good rain.

    • Good luck with your gardening, Catherine. The cooperative extension services have great online garden resources that are written by horticultural experts. I’m with you about weeding … a little at a time gets it done. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. thank you. Winning made my week, Love to win! I will get lots of use out of the book with our kids at library garden class. Really enjoying the timely topics of podcasts. Thanks again, now off to put my weeding time in for today!

    • Kim, we are delighted that last month’s prize is going to a good home. How exciting that you will share the book with the library garden class. Let us know how it goes. Thanks for participating!

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