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LH 101: Organic Gardening Q&A

Q & As: From seed germination tests to cover crops

This week’s episode is a Q & A episode where I wrangled together several organic gardening questions and rattled off the answers.

You will learn:

  • How long do your garden seeds really last
  • What is the best way to test seed viability
  • Should you feed your vegetables or not
  • What are the benefits of fish emulsion
  • Can backyard gardeners do cover cropping
  • What insect makes those round holes on rose leaves
  • Which herbs do best in containers
  • Can you grow coffee, allspice, or pineapple at home


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Choices on Feeding with Fish:

Theresa mentioned fish emulsion* in the podcast. You can use that or fish fertilizer which is hydrolyzed fish*. Hydrolyzed fish fertilizer is just like fish emulsion except that it uses a process that retains more of the micro nutrients and doesn’t smell as strong as regular fish emulsion.  Hydrolyzed fish fertilizer is a little more expensive due to the process involved to make it, but both will work in your garden.


Cover Crop Options Chart via Peaceful Valley

Cover crop seeds from Peaceful Valley

Cover crop seeds from Johnny Seeds

The Magic of Mason Bees – LH Episode 94

Kent Beauty Oregano from Mountain Valley Growers

Kent Beauty Oregano – from Goodwin Creek



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #101

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.