Homegrown Goodness (podcast)

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
Garden Herbs, photo by Judy Barrett

Garden Herbs, photo by Judy Barrett

This show is a rebroadcast from 2011

Cultivating a homegrown vegetable garden isn’t exactly a new idea. Back when most people grew some of their own food, they did so not because it was trendy, but because it was necessary for survival.

It lost it’s necessity and mainstream appeal somewhere around the middle of the twentieth century thanks to a robust economy and lots of newfangled convenience foods. Why get dirty growing food when you could pop an inexpensive TV dinner–that came in a in a shiny aluminum container–into the oven?

Everything old is new again. People nationwide are planting food in containers, in backyard garden plots, and in community spaces. For some it’s about being trendy, hip and cool, but for most, it’s about offsetting the rising cost of food in the grocery stores.

Despite a strong desire to grow food, there’s also a lot of trepidation.  But, as long-time organic vegetable gardener, author and home cook, Judy Barrett says, “Gardening isn’t as hard as some people might have you believe. Just start small and continue to add vegetables to your repertoire as you gain comfort and confidence.”

Judy has written four gardening books, published by Texas A & M Press, including Recipes From and for the Garden. She also curates the website, Judy Barrett’s Homegrown.

If you’re a cook, Judy recommends starting with some herbs in pots. “They basically grow themselves, and once you see how much fun it is to cook with the herbs you grew, you’ll be ready to move on to the next crop.”

Judy is all about helping take the intimidation out of gardening, and maybe after listening to this week’s show, you’ll be ready to break ground on a little food plot of your own.

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  1. Hello, Today (Feb. 18 2012) I heard the great NPR radio broadcast with Judy Barrett however, I missed the information regarding a March 3rd sale of herbs and flowers. I do not have speakers on my computer. I need the date, time and location of the event.

    Thanks Deborah

  2. Hi Deborah,

    In case anyone else is curious about the plant sale I mentioned on the show, it is the Sunshine Community Gardens Annual Plant Sale. They sell primarily herbs and vegetable plants. It’s a great sale, but you have to get there early: It is March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [THIS COMMENT WAS UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2015 DATE AND TIME]

    The following link will take you to all the information and a plant list of what’s available: