Episode-623- An Interview with Jason Akers “The Self Sufficient Gardener” — 10 Comments

  1. This is awesome! A couple of my two favorite podcasts! Now if we could just get Jack Spirko Jason ackers, Paul Wheaton , Tom gresham, and maybe, throw in Glenn Beck, all on one podcast! That would be the ultimate in learning!
    Great Job Jack! Thanks for all the time you put in to bring us these interviews. How about an interview with Tom Gresham?

  2. I’ve heard people have success against sq.vine borers by mixing DE in the dirt around the vine. Also crumbled dry bay leaves. I know DE takes out beneficials, too, but I’m thinking about trying it this yr.

    Also, my DH made me a few PVC frames w/plastic windowscreen to put over brassicas to keep off the moths. I wonder if just keeping a zucchini/winter squash under the frame until the plants get too big for it would be long enough to keep the evil moth away??

    • @Emily the screens will help but unfortunately there is no such things as “to big” for borers. You would need to manually pollinate your squash. That said this is exactly what I plant to do long term to have squash in my garden again.

    • This is where you can really use phenology to a positive effect. If you keep some chicory around your garden you will know that when it blooms the adult squash vine borers (the moths) emerge. Once they emerge they will quickly get down to business followed by laying eggs at you vine bases. For those without chicory, a 95 degree day is the indication (although they usually don’t emerge until 100 degrees).

      So either of those two signs is an indication of when you need to start covering your plants. My plan is to use a row cover this year or just plant butternuts like Jack suggested. Also he is right about the pollination. Unless you have as many squash bugs as I do. They keep my plants pollinated too I think 🙂 (that’s a joke).

  3. Good to hear someone else not a fan of raised beds for all things. Had a discussion with a friend a couple weeks ago on raised beds, vs not raised beds.

    I’m planting various herbs, perennials, fruit trees on a hillside (not a steep slope). We had to cut down some of the existing trees to get more light into the area. Soil is sandy loam, drains well, had years of leaf litter building up.

    My friend says grow my herbs in raised beds only. To me it seems a waste to bury what seems to be good dirt (if somewhat acidic) with raised beds. Not to mention the extra expense of finding stuff to fill in the raised beds. Nor would they catch the run off rainfall from up hill.

    We planted a few fruit trees already. After fighting rocks and roots I may rethink the raised bed idea. Got to be a better way other. My son with a pick ax did wonders, but don’t know if I could have done it by myself.

    I imagine we’ll try various things, see what works best.

  4. Interviewing guests such as these has raised your podcasts to a new level. It is a good example of synergy: One Jack plus One guest equals 3 or more great minds. Thanks for getting Paul Wheaton to do his podcasts as well.

  5. You guys are terribly entertaining! LOL And yes, my chickens absolutely LOVE Japanese beetles.. but they will eat just about anything. My big black cat loves to eat water frogs, but he only eats the legs. My chickens would find the leftovers and literally fight over them.

    We are lovers of pecan trees~ and don’t think for a minute that it will take 10 years to get a pecan~ with proper management, you will see pecans much sooner.. 🙂 Our neighbor is in his 70s and he will sometimes make comments about not living long enough to see his small orchard produce pecans.. but my husband always tells him, ‘maybe.. or maybe not…but you’ll enjoy your orchard NOW..’

    Do what you love today… NONE of us are promised a tomorrow.

    Great show! Thanks to both of you for all you do.