669: Christy Wilhelmi on Garden Variety – A Novel
There’s More to Gardening Than Merely Keeping Pests at Bay.
In This Podcast:
Christy Wilhelmi returns to tell us about her latest book, Garden Variety, a novel set in a community garden. She explains why she wrote the book and shares a little bit about the process, then she introduces us to the characters and even narrates a page or two. As expected, Christy weaves some amazing gardening tips into her novel and our podcast. Don’t miss her announcement about a new gardening course and her plans for future novels!
Our Guest:Christy Wilhelmi is the founder of Gardenerd, the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes her newsletters, her popular blog, top-ranked podcasts, and YouTube videos. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design, consulting, and classes. Between 70-80 percent of her family’s produce comes from her garden of less than 300 square feet. She is author of Gardening for Geeks, 400+ Tips for Organic Gardening Success, Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden, and just released in February 2022 is her debut novel Garden Variety (William Morrow/Harper Collins).
Listen to Christy’s previous podcast here: 632: Growing Fruit in Small Spaces.
Listen in and learn about:
- Telling gardening lessons through stories
- Getting people motivated to grow something
- Walking through the whole garden cycle
- Learning lessons about gardening
- Getting the book published…. After 89 rejections!
- “Biointensive” – Growing a lot in a small space
- Battling aphids with chitinase from worm castings
- Sharing tips for community gardens
- Defining “full sun”
- Protecting trees from desert heat
- Discovering something about a character that changed the trajectory of the whole book
- Planning for a trilogy – with a mystery and a fantasy
- Creating a Healthy Garden – Christy’s new online pest control course
As well as:
Her childhood memory – Eating peas straight off the vine in the garden as a child
Books written by Christy:
How to reach Christy:
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