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The Best Covid Move Is A Garden, With Cary Baker

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Photo credit: Michael Isasbell

This episode comes with a list of Beacon area garden resources as well as a reading list, included at the bottom of this post.

This week on the podcast, Cary Baker offers inspiration and advice to those of us trapped at home who may want to use the time to grow our own food. There are many reasons that’s a good idea in this season of the outbreak. Gardening gets you and your family outside, saves money, and reduces the need for shopping (i.e. crowding). Besides, fresh veggies are healthy and delicious.

Cary is a lifelong gardener and garden designer. Clients of her garden and landscape design business Wild Pistil are a mix of New York City and Hudson Valley property owners.

“There’s a huge groundswell right now as far as interest,” she says in this episode. “People are at home, so they have time they never had before. People are discovering their yards can really serve as a refuge, and they’re appreciating them on a whole new level.”

Listen to the whole thing:

BEACON GARDENING RESOURCES AND READING LIST (Compiled by Cary)

SEEDS

High Mowing Organic Seeds
Hudson Valley Seed Co.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Select Seeds
Everwilde Farms
Siskiyou Seeds

ONLINE / MAIL ORDER PLANTS (4”-1 GAL CONTAINERS (some with free shipping)

Brushwood Nursery (vines)
Annies Annuals & Perennials
Bluestone Perennials
Prairie Nursery
Digging Dog
Broken Arrow

LOCAL FARMS, REGIONAL GROWERS & NURSERIES OFFERING PRE-ORDER VEGGIE STARTS AND OTHER EDIBLES AND ORNAMENTALS

One Nature: (Beacon) 845-202-3468
Stony Kill Foundation: (Wappingers Falls) 845-831-3800
Common Ground Farm: (Wappingers Falls) 845-231-4424
Obercreek Farm: (Wappingers Falls) 845-218-9262
Four Winds Farm: (Gardiner) 845-255-3088
Clove Valley Community Farm: (High Falls)
Catskill Native Nursery: 845-626-2758 (Kerhonkson NY)
Sunny Gardens: 845-297-4400 (Wappingers Falls)
Adams: (4 locations: Newburgh, Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Wappingers)

BULK COMPOST / SOIL / MULCH DELIVERY: (*Both of these sources supply “Sweet Peet” by the yard which is a great multi-purpose, (mulch/compost) soil amender)

Pidala Landscape Material: (Philipstown) 845-265-3088
Red Barn Farm & Nursery: (Wappingers Falls) 845-298-1825

BLOGS/PODCASTS/WEBSITES: There are countless options here- this is just a very short list of some favorites that provide inspiring, educational and often fun reading and listening on a wide range of garden-related topics.

Margaret Roach: A Way to Garden
EcoBeneficial with Kim Eirman
Native Plant Trust
Gayla Trail: You Grow Girl
The High Line (Check out their plant lists)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
The Garden Conservancy (Check out their Open Days program)
KenDruse.com

(TINY) BOOK LIST OF COMFORTING & INSPIRING READS ROOTED IN A DEEP CONNECTION TO THE NATURAL WORLD

“The Wild Braid-Stanley Kunitz” with Genine Lentine [memoir/selected essays and poems]
“Plant Dreaming Deep” by May Sarton [autobiography/memoir]. See also: “The House by The Sea” and “Journal of a Solitude”
“String Too Short to be Saved” by Donald Hall [autobiography/memoir]
“Upstream” by Mary Oliver [memoir/selected essays and poems]
“Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville West” by Victoria Glendinning [biography]
“Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St.Vincent Millay” by Nancy Milford [biography]
“Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants” by Catherine Horwood [biography]
“Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas Tallamy [non-fiction]

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