I just got back from Kansas City, where I went to film the pilot for a new show called Garden Earth™. The concept is unique to TV: essentially, we’ll be telling the stories behind gardening: the fascinating history of the plants we take so for granted; the why’s and wherefore’s about how we garden; new trends in growing; spectacular new introductions for the home garden; green landscape practices; the latest in edible gardening – all thrown in with a hefty dose of practical information that you can translate right into your own backyard.
Here’s an example of what we’re planning: in the photo to the right, I’m standing over a cow pie in the middle of Kansas, filming a segment of a future show entitled “One Man’s Weed…” Sounds enticing, right? Actually, I’m explaining how many of the weeds we think of as natives are really imports, brought to our shores in the bellies of the Pilgrims’ first cows. Dandelion, feverfew, wild garlic, tansy, and a host of other plants were either accidentally transported in the fodder for the cattle, or, like tansy, were deliberately sown here by the first European settlers for culinary or medical use. The list of imported invasives goes on and on: kudzu, bittersweet, knotweed, loosestrife, and even that most allergen producing of plants, ragweed. As you’re sneezing your way through this summer and fall, you can contemplate the sad fact that in 1620, there wasn’t a single ragweed plant in all of North America… In other segments of this program, we’ll be talking about environmentally friendly ways to turn the tide on weeds in your own garden; interesting new uses for problem plants; green methods of weed removal; and the latest scientific efforts to combat some of these pests.
So over the next few months as we’re developing and marketing the show, feel free to drop me a line, and let me know what topics you might like to see covered – the possibilities are almost endless, because on Garden Earth™, the world is our garden!