Gardeners always seek to get the most out of their plants, but some are finding that their plot of land doesn’t produce the way it used to because of wildly changing, extreme conditions—torrential rain, then drought, heat, then cold. We talk to two experts who explain ways to increase your garden’s productivity, and how it can help combat climate change.
Lee Reich, author, The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden
Ginny Stibolt, co-author, Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future
Speaking in public can be a very anxiety-producing experience, but why? And how can we remove some of that anxiety and do a better job in front of an audience? Our guests discuss the fear of public speaking and offer advice on how to create, prepare for and deliver a speech with confidence.
The Mysterious World of Plants
Americans love to garden. We often do it without considering the history, and sometimes the toxicity of our plants. We discuss the unusual side of gardening and find out about some very interesting plants, how they have been used as hallucinogens, medicines, or tourist attractions.
Synopsis: Many ecologists, farmers and members of the public are worried that non-native plants and animals are invading the U.S. and preventing native species from thriving. Much money and time is spent trying to rid the land of these aliens – often to no avail. But are these species present because they’re the only ones that can thrive in an area? Are they multiplying because of something bad we’re injecting into their environment? Are these aliens actually helping nature create a diverse and robust environment? And are those so-called native species of plants and animals really native? Our guests have some surprising answers to those questions.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Fred Pearce, science journalist, researcher, and author of The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation. Tao Orion, permaculture educator, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A permaculture approach to ecosystem restoration.