Mid-American Gardener

Making Vegetable Gardening Easy and a Fried Floral Treat


It has been a while since we’ve seen Jennifer Nelson and Jennifer Fishburn on the show, but they came prepared with all the tips and tricks to start an easy vegetable garden and even gave us a cooking demonstration!

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Jennifer Nelson brought in daylily buds from her garden and fried them up for us. While each flower only lasts a day in the yard, these buds can be enjoyed throughout the plant’s long summer blooming season!

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Just whisk some flour, baking powder, salt, and a carbonated beverage of your choice to create a batter, and pop them in some oil until they turn golden brown. An easy, tasty snack that tastes just like tempura vegetables. If you want to give it a try, Jen’s recipe is linked here! Make sure you send us a review of how yours turn out!


Speaking of veggies, Jennifer Fishburn talks us through the ins and outs of grow bags. For small spaces and easy care, grow bags are a low-maintenance and weed-free gardening solution. Jennifer suggests purchasing a bag based on how it looks in regard to size rather than what it is labeled as because sometimes it can be a bit misleading, and the bags aren’t quite big enough. For tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, look for a grow bag similar to the size of a five-gallon bucket. You can even repurpose an old reusable shopping bag, as long as it’s fabric'

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If you have questions (Be sure to send photos if you have them!), we’ve got you covered. Send questions to yourgarden@gmail.com, or check out our Facebook page and feel free to leave your questions there! We will try to get it answered on an upcoming show or web segment!

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Episode 1202 - July 14 2022


Air Dates and Times

Channel Day Time
WILL-TV, Urbana Thursday 7 pm (live)
  Saturday 11 am (repeat)
WTVP-TV, Peoria Saturday 11:30 am
WEIU-TV, Charleston Sunday 1:30 pm
WSEC-TV, Springfield Saturday 11 am
WQEC-TV, Quincy Saturday 11 am
WMEC-TV, Macomb Saturday 11 am
Lakeshore PBS, Chicago/Northwest Indiana Friday 1 pm

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