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Talking all things horticulture, ecology, and design.

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September 29, 2023
This week on the Good Growing Podcast, Chris and Ken chat with state climatologist, Dr. Trent Ford. During the episode, we chat about what’s up with the weather for 2023. Soils are dry across Illinois. Is there any relief in sight? Will El Nino play a role in our weather this winter?

Good Growing Gardenbite- Scouting in the Garden

June 28, 2022
As we enter the thick of the summer growing season, you may be noticing some pests and diseases problems. Listen in as we revisit Ken Johnson's article on Scouting in the Garden to effectively identify any pests or...

Ep. 111 Tips for Pollinators & favorite plants | #goodgrowing

June 24, 2022
On this week’s Good Growing podcast we are celebrating National Pollinator Week! We give helpful tips for helping out pollinators plus our favorite pollinator plants. Plus, tons of resources if you’re looking to include pollinator habitat in your landscape. Watch us YouTube

Ep. 110 - Gardening in the heat | #GoodGrowing

June 16, 2022
It's getting hot! On this week's Good Growing podcast, we discuss gardening when the weather gets hot and tips to get you and your garden through the hot weather. Watch us on YouTube: Skip to what you want to know: 02:30 - Strawberry moon 03:20 - How are your...

Gardenbite: Be on the watch for Spotted Lanternfly

June 10, 2022
On this week's gardenbite, Katie shares a blog post written by Ken Johnson about the Spotted lanternfly. The Spotted lanternfly is an invasive species with the potential to become a serious pest in the United States. Listen in to learn how it could become an issue and how to identify this pest.

Ep. 109 Growing Tomatoes & Peppers with Nick Frillman | #GoodGrowing

June 2, 2022
On this week's Good Growing podcast we chat with small farms and local foods educator Nick Frillman about getting our tomatoes and pepper off on the right foot (root?) this growing season. We chat about best practices for getting these very popular garden veggies growing. Plus dealing with the...

Ep. 108 - Answering your weed management questions | #GoodGrowing

May 27, 2022
On this week’s Good Growing podcast, we discuss some of your questions on managing weeds! Learn about managing quackgrass, bamboo, violets, and more. Watch us on YouTube: Skip to what you want to know: 01:45 - Managing quackgrass in lawns 04:45 - How can I manage...

Gardenbite- Identifying Jumping Worms

May 19, 2022
This week's Good Growing looks back on a past blog post by University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth about jumping worms. Jumping worms is an invasive species that we are currently hearing about in the news. Listen in to learn how to identify jumping worms and what to do...

Gardenbite: Good snakes for the garden & how to attract them

May 12, 2022
This week Good Growing looks back to our interview with Dr. John Vanek all about snakes. In this clip, John talks about ways to make our yards more snake friendly and what are some good ones to have in the garden. See our smiling faces at Want to learn more about...

Gardenbite - Avoiding insect bites

May 5, 2022
This week Illinois Extension horticulture educator Ken Johnson talks about some things we can do to avoid being bitten by buffalo gnats, mosquitoes, and ticks. Check out the Good Growing Blog: Subscribe to the weekly Good Growing email:

Ep. 107 Talking All About Illinois Extension with Judy Bingman | #GoodGrowing

April 29, 2022
On this week’s podcast, we chat with University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications manager Judy Bingman. Judy shares with us all things Illinois Extension including the history, goals, and future. She also shares some personal information about what motives her. Listen in to hear...