Shade Gardening – The Garden Thyme Podcast

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Hello Listener,

The summer heat is here, and if you are like us, you are taking a break under the shade of a lovely tree. In this episode, we are talking all about shade — why we love it, some tips for gardening in your shady area ( 10:07 ), and a list of native plants ( 16:35 ) that enjoy the shade as much as Mikaela.

We also have our: 

  • Native Plant of the Month – Northern Maidenhair Fern- Adiantum pedatum  at 30:35
  • Bug of the Month – Eastern Beach tiger beetles at  33:50 
  • Garden Tips of the Month at  39:45

  1. If you have any garden-related questions please email us at UMEGardenPodcast@gmail.com
    or look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GardenThymePodcast.
  2. For more information about the University of Maryland Extension and these topics, please check out the UME Home and Garden Information Center website at https://extension.umd.edu/hgic.

The Garden Thyme Podcast is a monthly podcast brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel- Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County). Theme Song:  By Jason Inc.

Abiotic Disorder – The Garden Thyme Podcast

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It has been a weird spring weather wise, and that weird weather may have stressed some of your plants out.  In this months episode we are talking all about abiotic disorder in the garden.  Abiotic disorder in plants are caused by non-living factors such as weather,  and the enviroment .   We will give some examples of what we have seen so far this year,  and what you should be looking for in your garden . 

We also have our: 

  •  Native Plant of the Month  (Bottlebrush grass)at 26:45
  • Bug of the Month (Green Lacewing) at 30:15
  • Garden Tips of the Month at 36:45

 If you have any garden-related questions, please email us at UMEGardenPodcast@gmail.com or look us up on Facebook.

The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Senior Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel-Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County).

Theme Song: By Jason Inc

Container Gardening with Ashley Bachtel-Bodkins – The Garden Thyme Podcast

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In this month’s episode, we are talking about container gardening with Ashley Bachtel-Bodkins, Senior Agent Associate and Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension in Garrett County.  If you are limited on space and time, a container garden may be a perfect way to add in the garden you’ve always wanted. We talk about picking the correct size container for your plant needs, drainage tips, and growing media. 

We also have our: 

  •  Native Plant of the Month (Sweet Bay Magnolia, Magnolia virginiana ) at 26:00
  •  Bug of the Month (Spongy moth, Lymantria dispar) at  30:45
  • Garden Tips of the Month at 38:45.

If you have any garden-related questions please email us at UMEGardenPodcast@gmail.com or look us up on Facebook.

The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley, Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture; Rachel Rhodes, Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County); and Emily Zobel, Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County).

Theme Song: By Jason Inc

Spring Ephemerals – The Garden Thyme Podcast

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April is National Garden Month! So Happy National Garden Month everyone. One of the clearest signals of spring is the emergence of spring ephemerals — daffodils, crocus, tulips… these bulbs are some classic examples — but we have so many more to enjoy! Our woodland wildflowers may be more subtle, but are no less impressive and are even more rewarding. This month we take a break from our garden and all the spring chores to talk about some of our favorite woodland spring ephemerals.

Ephemerals covered in this episode include Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia bluebells, mayapples, bellworts, spring beauty, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and pink lady slipper. 

We also have our: 

  • Native Plant of the Month (Sessile trillium) at 22:15
  • Bug of the Month (Termites) at 25:35
  • Garden Tips of the Month at (36:55)

If you have any garden-related questions please email us at UMEGardenPodcast@gmail.com or look us up on Facebook.

The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley, Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture; Rachel Rhodes, Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County); and Emily Zobel, Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County).

Theme Song: By Jason Inc

Winter Pruning with Andrew Ristvey – The Garden Thyme Podcast

Although it may be cold and dreary outside, it’s the perfect time to take inventory of your deciduous trees and shrubs to see which plants would benefit the most from pruning. In this month’s episode, we’re sitting down with Extension Specialist in Commercial Horticulture, Dr. Andrew Ristvey. Dr. Ristvey is giving us the ins and outs on winter pruning. 

We also have our: 

  • Bug of the Month  (Winter Stoneflies) at 37:30
  • Garden Tips of the Month at 45:55
  • Native Plant of the Month ( American holly)  at   49:00

Here are some great resources to learn more about pruning: 

 If you have any garden-related questions please email us at  UMEGardenPodcast@gmail.com or look us up on Facebook.

The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel-Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County). Theme Song:  By Jason Inc


Save the date! On March 9, join together with fellow University of Maryland alumni, faculty and staff, students, and volunteers for an extraordinary day of giving back. Make a contribution to Home and Garden Information Center Fund for #GivingDayUMD!

Houseplants – The Garden Thyme Podcast

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Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we are already in a new year. We are kicking off our third season by sitting down with Extension Educator Ginny Rosenkranz. Like many of you, during the pandemic our acquisition of houseplants increased exponentially. Ginny guides us on caring for all of our botanical beauties.

We also have our: 

  • Native Plant of the Month, Musclewood, Ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana) at ~24:55
  • Bug of the Month, Ice crawlers or ice bug family Grylloblattidea at ~29:05
  • Garden Tips of the Month at ~31:50

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We hope you enjoy this month’s episode and tune in next month for more garden tips.

  1. If you have any garden related questions please email us at UMEGardenPodcast@gmail.com
    or look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GardenThymePodcast.
  2. For more information about University of Maryland Extension and these topics, please check out the UME Home and Garden Information Center website at https://extension.umd.edu/hgic.

The Garden Thyme Podcast is a monthly podcast brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel- Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County). Theme Song:  By Jason Inc.

Carnivorous plants – The Garden Thyme Podcast

In this episode, we keep with our October tradition of talking about spooky plants by chatting all about carnivorous plants! Carnivorous plants are predatory flowering plants that kill animals, primarily insects, to derive nutrition from their bodies.  Fun fact: Did you know that there are 19 different species of carnivorous plants found in Maryland. In this episode we cover the famous Venus flytraps, our native pitcher plants, aquatic bladderworts, and the cutest of all carnivorous plants, the dwarf sundew.

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Main article photo credit: Photo of dwarf sundew (Drosera brevifolia) by Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University, Bugwood.org.

Photo of yellow pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava) by James Henderson, Golden Delight Honey, Bugwood.org

We also have our native plant of the month (Wax myrtle) at ~23:41, bug of the month ( American Burying Beetle)  at ~ 27:54 and garden tips of the month at ~ 33:30.

Photo: Adult American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) by Doug Backlund, SD Game, Fish & Parks

We hope you enjoyed this month’s episode and will tune in next month for more garden tips.  The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel-Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County). Theme Song:  By Jason Inc