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Susan Appleget HurstIn this week's episode, Mike heads west to America's heartland to the State of Iowa to have an in depth conversation with one of the gardening industry's leading experts, Susan Appleget Hurst.

Susan is going to get you excited about growing fresh, tasty herbs in your own home, and tempt your taste buds with some great recipes so you know how to use the herbs that you are growing.

From there, Susan is going to tell you about how she took an early 20th century Iowa jail and, with the help of her husband, turned it into her own home as well as her successful business location, Applehurst.

That, and so much more on this week's Vegetable Gardening Podcast!

In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Growing herbs
  • Tasty herb recipes
  • Applehurst
  • An Iowa jail as home?
  • Fairy Gardens
  • Using your creativity in the garden

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About this week's Guest, Susan Appleget Hurst:

[pic1] Susan Appleget Hurst is an experienced speaker and writer on home and garden topics. A former garden editor at the Meredith Corporation, she produced, wrote, and edited garden stories for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Country Gardens magazine, and Garden Shed magazine. Susan was also the publisher and editor of, the first online subscription-based resource for gardening hobbyists in the state. The success of that website lead her to create and publish the perfect garden calendars for her home state’s gardeners, The Iowa Gardener’s Guide, and she also wrote a weekly garden advice column for The Des Moines Register.

A Certified Master Gardener in Iowa, and a graduate of the Introductory Sommelier Course at the Court of Master Sommeliers, Susan manages to find fun in her work every day.

Susan and her husband Jerry live at the former Madison County Jail in Winterset, Iowa. Their college-age sons sometimes come home to spend the night in jail—with their parents’ approval.

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About Mike the Gardener
I am the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.
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