‘Teaming With Microbes’ podcast: Preparing your soil for healthy plants

This week, Jeff and Jonathan talk about how to prepare greenhouse soil to ensure it can support healthy plants.

Welcome to our weekly podcast with longtime Anchorage Daily News garden writer and author Jeff Lowenfels and co-host Jonathan White. Think of it as a companion to Jeff’s weekly ADN gardening columns and his popular series of books.

This week, Jonathan is collecting birch water from his property, an early form of spring gardening as Jeff mentions.

Later, they discuss how to prepare agreenhouse soil to ensure it can support healthy plants. Jeff suggests adding things like fertilizer, compost and warm water to the soil.

Finally, they address listener questions about Korean Natural Farming (KNF) and the use of coffee in gardening.

Have a question? Ask Jeff and Jonathan at teamingwithmicrobes@me.com

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Hosts: Jeff Lowenfels and Jonathan White. Produced by Evan Phillips.

This podcast is a collaboration between the hosts and Anchorage Daily News.

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Read Lowenfels’ weekly columns on gardening and growing at ADN.com.

Read Jeff’s books: “Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web,” “Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition,” “Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae,” among others.

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Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels has written a weekly gardening column for the ADN for more than 45 years. His columns won the 2022 gold medal at the Garden Communicators International conference. He is the author of a series of books on organic gardening available at Amazon and elsewhere. He co-hosts the "Teaming With Microbes" podcast.

Jonathan White

Jonathan White is the co-host, with Jeff Lowenfels, of the "Teaming with Microbes" podcast. He's an Anchorage small business owner, gardener and former journalist.