#188: Mike interviews Joe Lamp`l of Growing a Greener World
In this week's episode, Mike interviews Joe Lamp`l of the award winning TV show Growing a Greener World. Joe joins this week`s podcast to give us a little background and history on his own gardening adventures. He`ll then "dive" in and give you some great tips on making all of the compost your garden will need to thrive and produce great tasting vegetables, fruits and herbs.
You`ll also get to hear all about the fun behind the scenes antics that go on with Growing a Greener World, as well as the hard work it takes to put together an award winning show.
All of this and much more on this week`s vegetable gardening podcast!
In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:
All about Joe Lamp`l
What should go into the compost pile
What should not go into the compost pile
Pesticides in the home garden
The affects of pesticides on birds
Tips gardeners can use for a greener planet
What it takes to put together Growing a Greener World
Passionate about all things green since childhood, Joe Lamp’l has gardened both personally and professionally for more than 30 years. Joe’s infatuation for gardening began in Miami, Florida when he stuck a broken branch from his parent’s favorite plant into the ground. A few weeks later, it had taken root and Joe was not only relieved, he was hooked for life. His vocation in gardening and horticulture also began at a young age, working in nurseries and running his own lawn care and landscaping business. After college, Joe established ScapeWise®, a design and horticultural consulting firm which is still active today.
Joe’s seasoned experience and unique ability to take complicated subjects and present them in a fresh, entertaining and easily understood style, was quickly getting noticed and his first national television opportunity soon came knocking. For three years Joe hosted Fresh from the Garden on the DIY Network. There, he was responsible for maintaining a picture-perfect garden with the premise of taking vegetables from seed to harvest in a single episode. Eventually, with no other vegetables left to profile, the show retired production 52 successful episodes later! However, Joe didn’t miss a beat as his next opportunity for national television was waiting. He immediately stepped in as host of GardenSMART on PBS television for three years where he featured spectacular gardens around the country and profiled the dedicated gardeners who nurture them. Today he is Host and Executive Producer (and creator) of Growing a Greener World®, currently in its 5th season and seen on public television stations across America. When not filming from his own scenic North Georgia farm and garden, the series travels the country to tell the stories of people and places doing great things for the planet through organic gardening, green living, and farm to table cooking. In addition, he is a contributing guest expert on shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Weather Channel.
Along the way, Joe’s passion for gardening and environmental stewardship led to the founding of The joe gardener® Company, an organization dedicated to bringing smart eco-friendly resources for gardening and outdoor living. His tireless work and dedication to growing a greener world has resulted in hundreds of articles, tool and book reviews, Joe’s blog, three podcast series, award winning photography and more. In 2011, The American Horticultural Society selected Joe as the recipient of the Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication—through print, radio, television, and online media. In 2012, the Garden Writers Association named Joe as Best On-Air Talent for Television.
In addition to a busy travel schedule, Joe pens a weekly nationally syndicated newspaper column, articles for websites and blogs, and a variety of magazines. He is also the author of two books. His first, Over the Fence with joe gardener®, devotes much of its content to the all-important “why-do” behind the “how-to” of gardening the right way. His latest book, The Green Gardener’s Guide; simple, significant actions to protect and preserve the planet, is an important resource for anyone searching for practical yet impactful ways to live a more eco-friendly life. Beyond television production and hosting, Joe stays busy as an author, syndicated columnist, presenter, podcaster, gardener, farmer, husband and dad of two teenage daughters.
Through his varied roles as a national gardening communicator, Joe is uniquely positioned to deliver important and useful information related to horticulture, sustainability and living a more eco-friendly life.