Mid-American Gardener

Let’s Get Crafty: DIY Concrete Leaf Castings


This week, John is back in the studio, and he’s got a lot to share! We’ve been getting a few questions for him specifically these past few weeks, and he came prepared with lots to demonstrate!

A viewer also wrote in to ask for directions for John’s concrete leaf castings. So, John talked us through his entire process. 

If you decide to make your own leaf casting, please send us a picture to yourgarden@gmail.com or message us on Facebook or Instagram! We would love to see how it turned out and share with your permission!

John also talks us through how he gets his sansevierias to bloom, his best tips for winter sowing, and how to start potatoes. He says potatoes are really not that hard to grow, but you do need some good soil and some good techniques. Regardless of how to try to plant your potatoes, here are some things to that will help:

  • Very fertile, loose soil
  • Soil temperature between 45°F and 55°F
  • Full sun
  • Get your potatoes from a seed catalog or vendor because most grocery store potatoes are sprayed with a chemical that inhibits sprouting

You can plant your potatoes in your garden using the hilling technique below, in grow bags, buckets, etc. There’s a lot of freedom in how you might choose to plant depending on how much space you might have.


  • Fill a tire with soil and lay your potatoes in, placing 2-3 inches of soil on top.
  • Once they get to be about 6 inches tall, add another tire and more soil. Be careful not to break the stems. 


As always, if there’s a question you’d like to ask one of our panelists, please send us an email at yourgarden@gmail.com com, or you can find us on Facebook and Instagram. 


Episode 1222 - February 16, 2023


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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