The backyard Gardens podcast was created for gardeners by gardeners in 2018. With the sole intent to help new and experienced gardeners grow the most productive gardens they can. The show is hosted by Ben Gardner and Batavia Choctaw. Collectively gardening for over 20 years. We discuss gardening techniques, real world gardening news, interviews with experts in their fields, and recipes to help people use their harvests in different ways.
Ben Gardner has been gardening for 15 years in zone 8a and 6a . He is a filmmaker/ director by trade, former Marine Biologist, and founder of the backyard Gardens TV. Currently he has a cooking show to be released in the spring of 2021 called The Backyard Kitchen which is centered around cooking with produce from his garden and giving gardening tips while cooking. He also has a documentary called grow for change that is set to be released in 2021 as well. He is dedicated to producing enough food to supplement his families needs through out the year which requires him to preserve food during the growing season. As the host of the Backyard Gardens Podcast he has come to realize that there is a need for people to learn about gardening in a way that is relatable by someone who focuses on gardening in a small manageable garden using techniques that are attainable by the average gardener.
Batavia Choctaw has been gardening in zone 6b for over 12 years. While house hunting for her first home, she saw a muddy 30 by 4 foot space on the side of the property and immediately knew the space would be the home to her first garden. She has since transitioned her backyard and front yard spaces into an urban fruit, herb and vegetable garden. Batavia commonly leans on her experience in project management, training and managing customer relationships to design garden spaces, create garden planting schedules and engage gardeners near and far.