Episode #34 Soil Will Save US, part 2

There is a divergence of opinion over whether modern agriculture will be able to provide enough food for the billions more people who will be living on the planet in the coming decades. Is there a food crisis, or a distribution crisis? Should farmers embrace GMO’s that offer disease resistant and herbicide resistant crops- for a price? Could the ancient practices of soil conservation be wedded to new discoveries about soil microorganisms to increase yields on farms and rangelands?

“The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers And Foodies Are Healing The Soil To Save The Planet, “ looks at the latest developments in the field of soil science and what is being called regenerative agriculture. Writer Kristin Ohlson reports modern science is taking a deeper look at the connections between plants and soil microorganisms.
Conventional farming and grazing practices have depleted soils worldwide. Yet, in fields where no-till planting, cover cropping and – in a controversial discovery- grazing practices that mimic the natural behaviors of herds are employed, topsoil improves quickly. However, Kristin Ohlson tells Steve Scher in part two of their interview that there is resistance within the agricultural industry and from Congress to funding more research into these practices.

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Episode #33: Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Sure, Pot is legal in Washington now, and regulated. That means growers are choosing how to grow their pot for the retail market. Which raises the question, do you know where your marijuana comes from? Greg takes us around a Maury Island farm where the farmer is growing his crop outside, naturally. Not many threats to worry about, except for the occasional mole, vole and fungus. And maybe the occasional human trespasser.

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Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
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Episode #32: Grow Smart, Grow Safe and Summer Lettuce

Your roses are struggling and you just want to spray something. But just what do the many lettered chemicals listed on the back of the can actually do to plants and insects and people?

Grow Smart, Grow Safe” is a new app to help consumers navigate the pesticide and herbicide aisles of your local gardening supply store and choose a safer product.

Herbicides, fungicides and pesticides have sales in the billions. Tons are regularly applied to lawns and gardens. A Dry Rain is an organic gardening concern, but we understand that many gardeners are not, yet. If you are going to use these products, Grow Smart, Grow Safe, will help you determine the impact they actually have on the environment and on your family.
Metro, the elected regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Seattle, WA and Thurston County Environmental Health, in Olympia, WA. developed “Grow Smart, Grow Safe.” They have a website as well.

Marty Wingate headed over to the aisles at Greenwood Hardware to talk about this tool with King County’s Mary Rabourn (full disclosure, she is also Greg Rabourn’s spouse.)

Then, Willi Galloway answers a listener’s request for tips on growing lettuce in the summer.

For a great source of information about gardening, check out The Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline at 206 633-0224 The folks who answer know a lot about about products, pesticides, organic alternatives and plants.

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Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
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Episode #31: The Soil Will Save Us”

Healthy soil might be able to capture and hold enough greenhouse gases to slow climate change. Soil contains vast amounts of stored carbon. Human practice, from plowing fields to cutting forests to burning coal, has released tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Some scientists are proposing that smarter farming and grazing will replenish the damaged topsoil around the world. Rebuilding the bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms that make up healthy soil will lock up more carbon in the ground where it won’t do the damage it is doing in the atmosphere. There is an added benefit as well. Improved rangeland and higher yields on farmland could bring costs down for farmers, ranchers and consumers.
Steve Scher talks to writer Kristin Ohlson about the latest developments in the field of soil science. Ohlson’s book is “the soil will save us: How Scientists, Farmers And Foodies Are Healing The Soil To Save The Planet. “

We’ll have part two of their conversation later from A Dry Rain.

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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
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Episode #30 Part Two: Willi Galloway’s Edible Gardening Talk

Here is part two of Willi Galloway’s talk on helping you get the best harvest from what you are growing in your garden. She was at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle,Wa. Here is the audio portion of the lecture, chock full of great tips about edible pods, edible seeds, edible parts of your plant you may never have suspected of being edible.

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Episode #30 Part 1: Willi Galloway’s Edible Gardening Talk

Willi delivered a great lecture on helping you get the best harvest from what you are growing in your garden. She has some surprising tips for recognizing and using all the edible parts of the vegetable in gardening. She was at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle,Wa. Here is the audio portion of the lecture, chock full of great tips about carrot pesto, edible flowers and much more.

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Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
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Episode #29 Part 2: A Dry Rain Q and A at Swanson’s

We had a great time answering questions at Swanson’s Nursery in Ballard. A fine group of folks made up the audience. They had some fun questions about trees and roses and whether or not to tear out an unloved grove of rhododendrons. Hope you enjoy the episode. If you missed part 1, download it. And next time, we hope to see you at our Q and A session.

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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:

Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
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Episode #29 Part 1: A Dry Rain Q and A at Swanson’s Nursery

The good folks at Swanson’s Nursery in Ballard invited us for a Question and Answer session. We had a fine group of folks who had interesting questions. If you weren’t there this time, we will be out and about again. I do hope you’ll join us.
As this was a question and answer session, the episode is a little longer than usual. But no longer than our old radio show used to be. And in this case, you can pause it when you have to.It’s broken up into two parts too, for easier listening. So don’t forget to download part 2.

Thanks for listening. Don’t forget to write us with your own questions.

A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:
Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com

Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, @sscher.

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Episode #28: Cucumbers

Willi and Steve chat about cucumbers via Skype. Willi has a few different varieties growing, including one that produces cukes that look like baby watermelons.

Willi will be at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle Saturday July 19th at 1 pm to talk about food and gardening. The whole crew will be back there on Sunday the 20th at 2 pm for A Dry Rain Question Time. Hope to see you there.

A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:
Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com

Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, @sscher.

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Episode #27 : Kale, Carrots And Cannabis

Marijuana is legal in Washington State and growers are starting to talk more freely about their work as gardeners. What are the best techniques for growing pot? How can marijuana best be grown alongside snow peas, kale and carrots? Greg Rabourn tours a food and marijuana garden after talking with Shango Los of Vimea, the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance, the legal trade organization on Vashon. Their goal is to encourage food growers to compliment their food crops with cannabis, easing pressure on early food harvest and using the pot to enhance their income. Los feels there will be higher quality food production on Vashon/Maury Island while farmers will find it easier to sustain their efforts through marijuana sales. Over at Scott’s garden, Greg sees how the ideas play out in practice. Scott is a food and medical marijuana grower. He grows pot outside and in a greenhouse while teaching himself the ins and outs of successfully growing marijuana amidst food crops.

A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:
Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com

Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, @sscher.

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