Tea Jay's Garden

Tea Jay's Garden

Lets dig into the Art and Science of gardening. The garden of your dreams can start today. Let a lifelong gardener help you learn how to cultivate plants, gain a greater understanding of our worlds biodiversity, and dig into the rich hobby of making the world a better place.... Show More

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July 29, 2020 23 min

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Hello Gardeners! This week I thought I’d talk about Bitterness in Cucumbers. Cucumbers can become bitter as a response to literally any stressors of the plant. In this episode I talk about the different types of cucumbers, why they go bitter, how to deal with it, resistant varietie...

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July 21, 2020 32 min

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Its 102 Degrees here today (Pics), which is pretty typical of my summers here in Bakersfield. It got me thinking about gardening in extreme heat. In this episode I’ll explain why amaranth does just fine in high heat, why your wilting plants are probably fine, a bit about the wonderful world of Photosynthesis, and why you should pour beer on your plants. 

The “Greek Cucumber” I mentioned several times in the...

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July 14, 2020 24 min

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Welcome back for episode 25. Not episode 52 as i say on the show.

Sorry I’ve been away for so long, alot has happened. I mean aside from the obvious things we’ve all been going through. I hope this episode finds you well.

I’m pivoting yet again. I’ve decided, for now, to just talk about Gardening and leave any other plans of...

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January 28, 2020 50 min

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An interview with Hedi Baxter Lauffer Director of Teaching & Learning with the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We talk about Fast Plants and their educational applications. Specifically using them to teach plant biology, and different projects and activities you can use them for. 

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  • Wisconsin Fast Plants
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    December 31, 2019 13 min
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    November 26, 2019 17 min


    Hey folks, 

    This is just a short episode I felt that I needed to put out after the Tomato episode and my talk with Sebastian Cocioba. I wanted to do an introduction to the Open Source methodology/philosophy for gardeners. I’ll cover what “Open Source”‌ is, as well as my history with it and its intersection with gardening.

    Open Source Links

  • What is Open Source
  • Overview of the GNU‌ system.
  • SDF.org
  • Open Source Gardening Links

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    November 12, 2019 28 min


    In this episode I review Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling What You Grow by Andy W Lee and Patricia L Foreman. It is a primer and basic instruction manual to small scale market gardening. Its, yet another, used book I’m reviewing, this is the 11th printing. I also talk a little bit about what I’m doing with the show. 

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    November 6, 2019 7 min

    Sorry folks, I came down with a stomach bug this week and wasn't able to get out a decent episode Setbacks, no matter how unavoidable, do tend to make you feel as if you've failed though, so I thought I could talk about that a bit. So here is a short discussion on the role of failure in gardening, it happens to everybody, and if you can't work past it you'll never become the gardener you can be. 

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    For week 44 of the gardening year I’m interviewing a longtime friend of mine Sebastian Cocioba owner of New York Botanics LLC and atinygreencell on Instagram. Sebastian is a “bio hacker” who’s goal is to increase the general level of education about Genetics technologies. 

    A few things. First, I’ve tweaked the show format, moving to a single segment a week. Trying to squeeze in three segments every...

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    I apologize in advance for the audio quality of this episode. I‌ was dealing with a dodgy microphone and some parts of my audio has static, but this is only here and there during the interview and its otherwise acceptable. I have it fixed, it won't continue into future episodes. 

    In this episode I give an overview of the domesticated tomato, my feelings on the term "Heirloom", I have a talk with Patrina Nuske Small and C...

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    This week I get into my year at the Learning Garden, have a great chat with Suzy Buttress of The Casual Birder Podcast, and I review a couple of books on Straw Bale Gardening. I have to apologize, near the end of the Podcast accidentally called Patrina Small by the name Patricia. 

    After speaking with Suzy Buttress I was still unable to work out the hawk that made an unscheduled appearance in the podcast, but in the process I did stu...

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    September 22, 2019 3 min

    Sorry guys, now podcast this week. Things got chaotic. I'm going to regroup and reboot the podcast for the better next week. Keep an eye out.

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    September 19, 2019 12 min

    Wrapping up Seed Saving Week we are talking about plant breeding experiments you can do provided you have the space and time. And I Cover the University of Wisconsin's Fast Plants, which don’t require much time or space.

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  • Saving Sun Gold Pg. 151 Epic Tomatoes
  • Dwarf Tomato Project
  • BREEDING NEW DWARF TOMATOES craiglehoullier.com
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants of the University of Wisconsin: Homepage




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    September 18, 2019 10 min

    In this episode we get into the realm of Self Fertile Fruits and Vegetables. Self Fertile crops rarely deviate from the mother plant since it is often usually the father crop as well. Crosses of self fertile crops often have to be done manually  and as such they are great plants to get started with Seed Saving. 

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  • Pollination of Vegetable Crops
  • What are Self-Pollinating Vegetables?
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    September 17, 2019 12 min

    Landrace Gardening is gaining some traction. As part of Seed Saving Week we’ll dive into the world of landrace breeding and seed saving, and why it might be the easiest way to save seed. 

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  • Landrace Gardening: Survival of the Fittest
  • SECTION B. LANDRACES B.1. Introduction fao.org        
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    September 16, 2019 16 min

    In this episode I’m going to shed some light on the world of Heirloom Fruit and Vegetable cultivars. I will also stumble excessively on the distinction between a Variety and a Cultivar. Heirloom and open pollinated varieties are perhaps the best choices for saving seed and amateur breeding experiments so I wanted to hit them early on. 

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    September 15, 2019 18 min

    This week I’m going to tackle plant breeding and seed saving. I’m sure in future episodes I’ll dig into these topics alot more, but for now I wanted to dive into the basics. This episode covers some preliminary plant genetics to serve as a primer for what I’ll be talking about the rest of the week. 

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    September 12, 2019 17 min

    A review of the 1998 edition of Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza. Lasagna gardening is essentially a sheet mulching/composting method designed to turn a patch of turf into a garden bed nearly instantly. Because these gardens don’t require building raised beds, do not rely on the local soil, and only require materials that can be made or sourced cheaply its a great way to start a garden. Although I’m not sure where to get that ma...

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    September 11, 2019 21 min

    A review of the 2005 edition of The All New Square Foot Garden by Mel Bartholomew with a particular focus on using it to start community and school gardens. You can find more at his Square Foot Gardening Website. The Truth About Peat at In Defense of Plants breaks down the issues with Peat Moss.

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    September 10, 2019 17 min

    A brief and realistic introduction to starting a school garden. There will be alot more from me on this topic, but for now I just wanted to give some quick “getting started” advice to educators and administrators interested in starting or restarting a school garden. These tips apply equally well to anyone wanting to start a garden with or without children being involved. 

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  • School Garden Sustainability
  • When a School Garden Doe...
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