Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Extreme Composting

Here's an interesting article about some of our friends across the pond. It seems they're encouraging folks to do "no-dig, compost gardening." Seems like you'd have to have a lot of compost for that!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nosy Neighbors - Felder's latest CL column

In this week's Clarion Ledger column, Felder recounts the story of his neighbor who received a scathing rebuke from a nearby somebody who would undoubtedly be better off minding their own ornery business! Read all about it HERE.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Strength Gardening???

Everybody knows that exercise is good for the body as well as the soul. Most of us, though, have some trouble translating that bit of knowledge into action. Well, if you can't seem to find that healthy activity you've been searching for, why not try gardening? A recent column in the Evansville Courier Press says, "The variety of moves required in gardening can tone your muscles; help you maintain balance and burn from 250 to 350 calories an hour, depending on your size and how strenuously you work." Did that pique your interest? Read the whole article HERE.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Felder's Nov. 7th Column

Felder's column this week reminds me of someone I knew growing up. She lived - still does, actually - next to my parents and has a beautiful, beautiful yard, all of which - front and back - is one big garden. She was kind, too, passing along plants to the neighbors and other friends. But she had one uncontrolable impulse: pulling weeds! I would watch every time she wandered into our yard to speak to somebody. Mid-sentence her eye would catch a weed, a little patch of dead grass, something she thought shouldn't be there. She always tried to resist, but it usually wasn't 10 minutes before she would calmly say, as she bent to pick or pull whatever had been stealing an ever-increasing measure of her attention: "Excuse me. I just can't leave that be." I think, somehow, she must live on Felder's street, too. Click here for his most recent Clarion Ledger column.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Felder's Halloween Article

If you'd like to read the column Felder wrote in the Clarion Ledger this Halloween, click here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Felder's Oct. 26th article

If you'd like to read Felder's latest article for the paper, click here. He has some really good comments about reminding retailers why they are in business. As always, the tips are invaluable, too!

Friday, October 26, 2007

What is "gestalt," anyway?

That's the second-most often asked question I get when I'm out sharing the good word about The Gestalt Gardener. Most recently, it came in the form of an email from Nelva, who wrote:

"I am argueing with my husband.What does gestalt mean? Listen to your program all the time we both enjoy it very much.Thank you."

On this week's show Felder addressed Nelva's email directly with some description of his Gestalt philosophy, as well as some poignant remarks. Here's a copy of Felder's notes on the subject of 'Gestalt':

"Gestalt is a German word that means both 'pattern' and 'whole.' The word is used in English to refer to a completed cycle, something that is finished. I see the concept relating to gardening by how it:
  • takes into account the whole garden (or gardener - body, mind, and spirit)

  • uses an experiential approach to gardening

  • assesses what is happening in the present (the here-and-now)
  • emphasizes self-awareness

  • encourages personal (garden) responsibility
  • acknowledges the integrity, sensitivity, and creativity of the gardener
  • recognizes that the gardener is central to the gardening process.

There is a lot of whimsy and humor in gardens, relief valves for the anxiety that comes from uptight people trying to do as we please. The Gestalt approach helps find common ground, and peace between the organized 'left brain' of horticulture science and the free-form 'right brain' of gardening for the love of it. It includes ways to get more gardeners 'into the fold' by relaxing - or even outright mocking - some of our cherished gardening rules, and allows a garden to be seen as a whole, instead of a lot of details."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Time-Lapsed flower video

I saw this on YouTube. It didn't shake up my life or anything, but it made me go "Awe. Cute."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Gestalt Gardener Calendar

Sometimes I think Felder's creative process never stops. When he's not growing things, he's taking pictures of growing things, or anything else at all. Just check out his website, the Gestalt Gardener page on MPB's website, or the Radio Garden for more evidence!
The newest collection of Felder's photographs is a calendar chock full of pictures of yard art from throughout the Gestalt Gardener listening area. This calendar is the "Thank You" gift associated with the Gestalt Gardener radio show during Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio's "Drive Time." To offer your support to what we do, click here or call 1-800-390-4388.

Plant Swap Group on Yahoo!

Here's an interesting email from one of our Alabama listeners:

"Dear Felder -

I am one of your regulart listeners from Mobile. One day I heard you suggest to a lady that if she needed her over crowded perrienials cleaned out, to post a notice on the church bullitin board. Well, like they say, one idea often leads to another.
Recently I created a new group on Yahoo for people in the Mobile area who might need to thin out plants by offering them on a plant swap site - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MobilePlantSwap/.
Needless to say, not too many people know about it (only 8 in the group so far) but I thought if you would mention it on your program, perhaps more people would want to join - or create similar swap groups in their own cities. I just think it's such a shame that we often throw away perfectly nice plants that others might be able to use.... and only because we don't know anyone to give them to.
Thank you for your interest.... and thank you so much for the good advise you offer each week. Enjoy your show.

Joyce (last name withheld)"

Friday, October 12, 2007

Felder Vs. Felder

As always, this week's pictures are up on the Gestalt Gardener page. To see the most recent progress in the Radio Garden, click here. And last, but not least, a little fun with a web poll:

Monday, October 08, 2007

No, we haven't forgotten you!

The new guy just took a month and a half to figure out how to sign in! Thanks so much for visiting the GG blog. Many of you follow the progress of Felder's Radio Garden on our website. This is the latest picture of the radio garden. I personally like the pumpkins. They bring back memories of childhood Autumn evenings digging seeds out on the kitchen counter.

If you'd like to see how the Radio Garden got here from where it was in July, simply click here.

Happy Gardening!

Friday, July 20, 2007

**The Radio Garden** New Feature with photos from Felder!

Hi guys, this week Felder is starting something a little new - a real garden (very small), called The Radio Garden, that will be planted or dealt with one way or another every week of the year, with updates posted weekly.This week he's starting it out with a short series of planting tomatoes. This weeks theme on the radio. SO if you have a tomato question, leave a comment and we'll get it answered.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Where is Dr. Dirt?

Upon earning his coveted “senior citizen” status and beginning to receive pension checks from nearly 30 years of work in Canada, Dr. Dirt - longtime friend, fellow “garden traveler” and popular Gestalt Gardener co-host for the past three years - has decided to “take it to the garden” by retiring from public broadcasting and appearances. Along with tens of thousands of loyal listeners (including many self-proclaimed “non-gardeners”), Felder will dearly miss “Dirt” and his down-to-earth wisdom, affable repartee, delicious recipes, small-town “shout-outs” and weekly fresh-cut flower bouquets. And of course that deep, mellifluous chuckle! Happy gardening trails, friend!


Felder will continue his call-in gardening program, now in its 25th year, with some slight changes, including more guests and a website-featured “Felder’s Favorite” plant of the week.