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Garden Maintenance, on-line resources and Dutch influence are all topics of this podcast

Episode 47: Garden Maintenance, Online resources and Dutch Terms

This episode of the podcast, Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley , contains a potpourri of interesting topics.

Jean Thomas (It’s All Greek to Me) returns with a discussion of the Dutch influence on the Hudson Valley, including the wide variety of terms we use today that find their origins to the Netherlands. We all know that bulbs come from Holland, but are you aware of other common vocabulary terms like gherkin, coleslaw and cookie are derived from the Dutch? The Dutch influence on the Hudson Valley continues today.

Plant trials are the focus on Tools of the Trade with Tim Kennelty. Have you wondered how botanists evaluate which plant varieties perform best under certain conditions? Which cultivars are pollinator favorites? What one are the most disease resistant? Which native plant species will work best in your garden? On-line resources from the Mount Cuba Center in Delaware and the Chicago Botanic Garden are discussed which provides the answers.

Garden maintenance is the focus of this latest episode of the Veggie Patch with Teresa Golden. Watering, weeding and fertilizing are discussed as key elements to keep a vegetable garden thriving. Get answers to: How much water is needed? Does mulch really help to suppress weeds? What’s the value of fertilizer? In addition, she’ll cover some common garden tools that will make caring for your veggie patch easier.

Thanks for listening to Nature Calls: Conversations from the Hudson Valley.

Hosts: Tim Kennelty and Jean Thomas

Guests: Jean Thomas, Time Kennelty and Teresa Golden

Photo by: Tim Kennelty

Production Support: Linda Aydlett, Annie Scibienski, and Teresa Golden


It’s All Greek to Me (Dutch)

The Legacy of Language - New Netherland Institute :: The Legacy of Language

When Lincoln was thanked by Sojourner Truth - When Lincoln was thanked by Sojourner Truth - Farm and Dairy

How We Chose the 2021 World's Greatest Places - How We Chose the World's Greatest Places of 2021 | Time

“Island at the Center of the World”, by Russell Shorto -  Mid-Hudson Library System -- The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America / Russell Shorto. (

Tools of the Trade (Mt Cuba and Chicago Botanic Garden)

Mt Cuba Center - Mt. Cuba Center | Trial Garden - Mt. Cuba Center (

Chicago Botanic Garden - Plant Evaluation | Chicago Botanic Garden

The Veggie Patch (Garden Maintenance and Tools)

Sustaining the Garden - Sustaining the Garden | Cornell Garden-Based Learning

Garden Tool Maintenance (University of Illinois Extension) -  garden_tool_maintenance.pdf (

Last updated December 16, 2022