Gardeners often like to talk about their favorite pastime, but these days, folks might find themselves digging in the dirt alone. Still, planters and growers can smile when tips and tidbits about gardening land in their email inbox or make their way through their earbuds.
From selecting fertilizer to cutting back perennials to growing orchids, gardening e-newsletters and podcasts often cover an array of topics. For those who sign up, newsletters can be received regularly from various gardening organizations, publications, nurseries and others.
Podcasts likewise are created by numerous sources, from home gardeners to professionals. Podcasts run anywhere from just a few minutes to much longer. They are available through a variety of platforms or on many of these programs’ websites. These programs can be informative and occasionally entertaining. As a bonus, gardeners can enjoy relating to kindred spirits.
Here’s a sampling of what’s available for plant lovers who are eager to read up, listen up or both:
“The Old Farmer’s Almanac” (almanac.com): Many people recognize the long-lasting, familiar “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” which includes garden information — among other topics. It has several emailed options, including the “Companion” newsletter. These contain nuggets such as poisonous plants for pets and how to grow rhubarb. In addition, a short podcast, “Garden Musings,” has episodes with titles such as “Growing Beans Can Be a Snap” and “Flowers That Make Good Sense.”