Garden Variety Whether you're a master gardener, just getting started or somewhere in between — there's always something new to learn in your garden and landscape. That's where Garden Variety comes in. On each episode we'll talk with horticulturists, foresters and other experts. We'll learn about vegetable gardens, lawns, native plants, trees and more. Garden Variety is the podcast for all the things you'd like to grow or grow better.
Garden Variety

Garden Variety

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Whether you're a master gardener, just getting started or somewhere in between — there's always something new to learn in your garden and landscape. That's where Garden Variety comes in. On each episode we'll talk with horticulturists, foresters and other experts. We'll learn about vegetable gardens, lawns, native plants, trees and more. Garden Variety is the podcast for all the things you'd like to grow or grow better.

Most Recent Episodes

Happy little trees

On this episode of Garden Variety we provide guidance on selecting saplings and caring for newly planted trees.

Stalk talk: caring for broccoli and cauliflower

It's harvest time for broccoli and cauliflower. On this episode of Garden Variety, all the best advice on caring for and harvesting these cool season crops.

Stalk talk: caring for broccoli and cauliflower

Ch-ch-changes: talking about growth and how landscapes evolve

Just gonna have to be a different plant — Brenton Arboretum's Melissa Burdick discusses the how to deal with the change of the landscape over time.

Ch-ch-changes: talking about growth and how landscapes evolve

Find the best groundcovers for your yard

Ed Lyon, director of Reiman Gardens in Ames, helps you find the right groundcover plants for you.

Bonus episode: gardening and native plants

On this bonus episode of the Garden Variety podcast, Charity Nebbe speaks with Doug Tallamy about the landscapes we've created, what the cost may be to many species and how each one of us can make a difference.

Bonus episode: gardening and native plants

Ants in your plants

ISU entomologist Donald Lewis joins Garden Variety to talk solutions to your ant problems.

Late bloomers: it's not too late to plant sweet potatoes

On this episode of Garden Variety, Charity speaks with ISU Extension horticulture specialist Dan Fillius about growing sweet potatoes.

Late bloomers: it's not too late to plant sweet potatoes

Peony for your thoughts

On this episode of Garden Variety, Charity and ISU horticulturists Aaron Steil and Cindy Haynes discuss best practices for caring for peonies, irises and other spring-blooming perennials.

How to care for apple trees

On this episode of Garden Variety, Charity speaks with Suzanne Slack of Iowa State University Extension about how to get your orchard off to a good growing season and handle all the problems that can leave you stumped.

Hunting morels with a real fun guy

(Get it? like fungi?) On this Garden Variety bonus episode, Charity heads into the woods with master mushroom hunter Mark Vitosh.