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Amanda's flaming Felco pruner tattoo is part of our conversation.

Podcast: Backyard Adventure with Amanda Thomsen

Amanda Thomsen was one of the early bloggers on the gardening scene, and her attitude is best explained by the title of her blog and first book: Kiss My Aster. Amanda is our guest this week on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast, where she shares her philosophy along with some great tips for garden design, planting success, and more. 

We chat about her use of unconventional decorative materials in the garden, her book, Backyard Adventure, and why she got Felco pruners tattooed on her arm. Listen in for a fun and lively conversation.  

Amanda Thomsen
Amanda’s bold statements show up in her garden.

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Mannequin Amanda Thomsen
A naked mannequin is part of Amanda’s arsenal of solutions to garden problems.


Visit Kiss My Aster for access to Amanda’s blog, one-woman show and more.

Find her books: Kiss My Aster and Backyard Adventure (these links help support Gardenerd a wee bit)

Follow Amanda on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook

Listen to her podcast The Garden Girls

Some of the flowers mentioned in the podcast:

  • Cinnamon basil (also known as Mexican basil, and in some cases, Thai basil)
  • Sorghum – a grain that you can press for syrup or eaten straight
  • Safflower – usually mixed into bird seed, but try growing them for their colorful flowers
  • Zinnea – available in many colors and heights

Amanda mentioned The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater – a great book for kids (grown ups could learn a thing or two from it as well)

Get more design ideas for your veggie garden with this search.

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