616: Tara Nolan on Revamping Raised Bed Designs.
Bringing New Life To Gardens.
In This Podcast:
Tara Nolan encourages us to grow edibles in whatever space we have and shows us how to think outside the 4 foot by 8 foot box when designing raised beds. Those who don’t have (or want) a full vegetable garden will appreciate her ideas for adding vegetables to the existing landscape. Tara also takes us along on her gardening journey and shares how she combined that passion with her passion for writing, resulting in a website and two books full of creative gardening ideas.
Tara is a co-founder of the award-winning gardening website Savvy Gardening. As a freelance writer and editor, her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, CBC Life and Garden Making, among others. Tara’s latest book, Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces was published in March 2020. Her first book, the best-selling Raised Bed Revolution: Build it, Fill it, Plant it… Garden Anywhere, came out in 2016.
Listen in and learn about:
- How the Savvy Gardening website got started
- Tara’s earliest garden experiences
- Releasing a new book during the pandemic – the pros and cons
- The many possibilities waiting in your front yard
- How neighbors respond to edibles in the front yard
- Where Tara found inspiration for her book
- The surprising theme Tara discovered while writing the book
- Tara’s favorite raised bed project
- Ways to sneak edibles into your existing garden
- Different types of raised beds
As well as:
Her failure – Planting a raised bed in an area that did not drain well enough
Her success – Completing her first book
Her drive – Being able to focus her writing on her passions
Her advice – When tackling huge projects, it’s a good idea to start small.
Books written by Tara:
Tara’s Book recommendations:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
The Pruning Answer Book by Penelope O’Sullivan
How to reach Tara:
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