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March Podcast: Starting from Seed, Heirlooms and Garden Design

March 16, 2010

Have questions about seed starting? Want to learn more about heirloom and hybrid seeds? Or, just eager to hear some great tips from a nationally recognized landscape designer?

If so, put your feet up and listen up. In this episode of Nest in Style, Teresa O’Connor and Jayme Jenkins turn to the experts to give you the dirt on these garden topics and more.

Nest in Style Guests

No time to listen to the whole podcast? We won’t take it personally.  Click on the orange buttons below to listen to our individual interviews with Nest In Style guests:  Nan Sterman, Christine McLaughlin and Rebecca Sweet.

Nan Sterman provides expert tips to Jayme for starting plants from seeds. A leading authority on growing organic produce, Nan authored California Gardener’s Guide and currently writes for Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Sunset Magazine and Pacific Horticulture.  Follow Nan on Twitter @NanGrowsGardens or check out her website Plant Soup.

Christine McLaughlin sheds light on heirloom and hybrid seeds with Teresa. Listen to fun histories about several heirlooms, and learn why heirlooms are so important for protecting our food heritage. Christine authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting (Alpha/Penguin; May 2010) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables (Alpha/Penguin; December 2010).  Find her on Twitter @Suburban_Farmer or at her blog A Suburban Farmer.

Rebecca Sweet shares expert garden design secrets with Teresa from her San Francisco-area landscape design company, Harmony in the Garden. Those lucky enough to attend the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2010 Tweetup will see Rebecca’s lovely garden for themselves. Or, perhaps you have already seen her garden or her clients’ landscapes on the pages of Fine Gardening Magazine. Find Rebecca on Twitter @SweetRebecca or at her blog Gossip in the Garden.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2010 8:25 am

    Thanks Jayme and Teresa – I had so much fun doing this podcast and love the fact that I’m sharing the stage with such fabulous women!
    Nan – thanks for the tip about sterilizing the pots first…I bet this is why half of my little seedlings always seem to die!
    And the timing is perfect for hearing all about the heirloom veggies out there, as there’s always lots to choose from at the SF Garden Show next week! Thanks, Christine for the tips!

    • March 17, 2010 7:53 am

      I tell you, that Nan has a lot of great advice. I loved all the helpful tips you offered our listeners as well, particularly, the tip about taking pictures of your yard. I do that all the time but on my iPhone! Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise. Can’t wait to meet you next week!

  2. March 16, 2010 5:37 pm

    Hi Rebecca: Thank YOU! It was a pleasure to hear all your great gardening advice. And you can bet I’ll be thinking about you next week during the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Tweetup. Have a wonderful time… Teresa

  3. Auntie Jo Jo permalink
    March 16, 2010 8:41 pm


    This is awesome! This exactly what I needed. You said it perfectly, we need a little confidence and know how. I went out this week to gather some things for my seed starting and I was just a bit confused on what to get, even after reading several gardening books. This podcast was simple, clear, and so informational! I definitely feel a huge boost of confidence to get myself going this week! The timing was perfect. Thanks again! A special thanks to Nan Sterman!

    • March 17, 2010 7:51 am

      I am so glad you found Nan’s talk helpful! I bet you had the same reaction I did when I first heard Nan speak. I thought to myself, “I can totally do this!” Please share your progress throughout the season. Best of luck!

  4. March 17, 2010 12:09 am

    nice article, very usefull for me thanks…
    go green…

  5. March 17, 2010 5:06 pm

    Yea Rebecca–get that soil ready–I have clay too. I also go nuts in the nursery but this year it was seeds. I do need to get evergreens–I’ve thought that for quite some time…I need good bones. Excellent podcast.

    Teresa, you really do a good job interviewing. I enjoy your comments.

    Chris–I want your books! I’m doing heirloom tomatoes this year. Fascinating information about heirlooms. I love the rich stories. I like hybrids and cultivars but it’s the science I appreciate as much as the disease resistance–but good point about seed saving. Good debate–and you have an excellent radio voice.

    Teresa—I love your plant history lesson and now I want to find something relating to my heritage. Love that you suggested we look at the seed catalogs to learn what is sustainable. Stringless bean???? woa–got to read more on that. I’m lazy! I saw that new round carrot—I want to see that in a salad. Ok, I have to get those seeds–will you send me that link on the round carrots you purchased. Not too late for me to plant now.

    Chris –we here in NC have lost most of our apple varieties–very sad. You have a fabulous grasp of the genetic working in the industry. Love your comments.*** Sewing seeds in the hems of their dresses—and the stamp story–what a great podcast. Radiator tomatoes…..oh how fun. Outhouse hollyhock!!!! Hoot!!! My husband is laughing.

    Way to much good info in that podcast with Chris to listen once–got to come back.

    Nan and Jayme—I’m doing seed staring now. It is overwhelming. Good job interviewing Jayme.

  6. March 18, 2010 10:14 am

    Nicegirl and Flowergardengirl – Thanks very much for the comments. We’re delighted you liked the podcast, and we always welcome feedback.

    Hope to see you again. Meanwhile, have fun growing fresh foods! Teresa O’Connor

  7. December 7, 2010 9:55 am

    I, for one, will not be attending the show this year in protest. And I will certainly let them know.

    landscape gardening company

  8. April 6, 2011 5:06 pm

    Many people who even consider a garden often have more than enough land to spare, but for those who are required to work with limited space in their yard – make sure you have an accurate understanding of where your property line lies. Often gardens are planted and fences constructed, only to find that they encroach or even overrun the neighbors yard and have to be uprooted and removed. Do your homework, verify your plot boundaries, or at least hope your neighbor is the understanding/forgiving type should any mistakes come to light.

  9. April 22, 2013 1:17 am

    Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m
    absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to
    new posts.


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