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Just Grow It: The Podcast
8 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Improve your garden soil
I don’t care what anyone says when it comes to gardening, success or failure rests on, or better yet, in your soil. Soil is the blood of the garden. All of the interactions between the various organisms, hyphae, fungi, bacteria, and the invertebrates in the garden make up the soil food web. With more microorganisms in a teaspoon, there are people on the planet; it is easy to see why. The soil food web is the same as any other food web you learned in school. Everything has a predator, so bigger organisms eat smaller organisms. This balance achieved through this interaction is harmonious. In gardening, the soil is overlooked or neglected. It does not get the care and respect that is needed or deserved. Soil should be light, fluffy, and can retain moisture but not be waterlogged. The soil should be rich and full of life and not chemicals and salts. Keep that in mind next time you are out in the garden. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss six ways to improve your garden soil.
14 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Just Mulch it
Mulching is one of the purest and most beneficial practices you can use in a garden. It has the power to change the health of the soil over one season by protecting the ground, providing a protective layer of material on top of the soil. Leaving soil exposed to the elements can cause erosion of topsoil and promote weed growth. For some reason, people only seem to associate mulching with the aesthetic benefits, and they overlook all other services. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the importance of mulching your garden.
7 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Are gardening zones overrated?
When you first get into gardening, you need to understand that not everything will not grow everywhere! Despite how much you may want to grow something, most times, it is not happening. That is because plants originated in different world areas and were then brought to America or other countries. To assist farmers and gardeners, the USDA recorded high and low temperatures for different areas in North America, compiled them, and created the Plant Hardiness Zones. These zones are not only American but there are also plant hardiness zones for the world. Nurseries and seed companies adopted this information and added it to their plant labels and descriptions. You can use this information as a guideline of what will generally do well in your area. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss why putting so much emphasis on your gardening zone can set you up for failure.
8 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Interplanting increases yields
The idea of interplanting may be the best-kept secret of gardening. This gardening technique can help increase your yields, get a head start on an upcoming season, and decrease the amount of time spent weeding. Are you already practicing this technique, just unaware? Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
6 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
What is Succession planting?
Do you want to have consistent, predictable harvests? Well as predictable as possible, because we all know nature has a mind of its own. To achieve this goal, you have to understand the concept of succession panting. Learn more about succession planting and the benefits in this episode.
6 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
What are frost dates?
As a beginner gardener, the term frost dates are something you will hear or see often. Every seed catalog or website you come across will have these two terms First Frost date and last frost date. These terms are essential for gardeners. Misinterpret or neglect this information, and you risk reduced or decreased harvest, stunted growth, or even worse, killing your plants.
12 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Health benefits of gardening
There are many health benefits associated with gardening, and the actual produce you get from the plants is only one. In this episode of JUST GROW IT, we talk about five health benefits you get from gardening.
8 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Container gardening tips
Only have limited space but still want to garden? Well, then container gardening is a perfect option for you. It allows you to turn anywhere into a thriving garden. But you cannot simply throw soil in a pot and expect to be successful. No, no, no, that is a recipe for failure. But don’t worry. This short episode will discuss five tips that can help get your container gardening experience off on the right foot. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
38 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Just Grow it The podcast Featuring @Floracocina
Edible flowers and fantastic food go together. I was unaware of that until I met Bee, an edible flower enthusiast. Introduced to gardening when young, Bee just knew that flowers and food meshed well. Bee’s love for edible flowers has taken her all across the map, from Thailand to Mexico and even Canada, where she owned a bakery. Want to learn more? Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT In this episode, we talk about: How Bee began gardening The journey of Floracocina While on her journey, where she encountered the most edible flowers Which edible flowers are great for beginners Some lesser-known edible flowers
10 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Direct seeding vs. Transplanting. Which is right for me?
How do I know whether to seed my garden or grow/purchase my transplants from a nursery? Well, that depends on what you are growing and what season it is. Each method has its benefits and drawbacks. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT to learn when to use which method.
8 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
How to properly water your garden
One of the most critical factors that can make or break a garden is access to water. A newly planted garden cannot grow or thrive without water. Did you know that there was a proper way to water a garden? I mean, you could just grab a hose and begin making it rain on the plants, but this could lead to problems down the road. Following these tips will help increase the productivity of your garden and watering efficiency. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
9 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Just Grow It Setting up a new garden
Are you looking to set up a new garden? People often hop into gardening without doing enough thinking and research. They just start gardening. The motivation is impressive, but the lack of research and preparation is a recipe for failure. You know the saying failing to plan is like planning to fail. Well, a garden is no different. Have you thought about garden orientation, a water source, or lighting? If not, take a listen to this episode and help your new gardening adventure get started properly. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
17 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Just Grow it The podcast Featuring Eric Holsten @smartpots
Just Grow It Featuring Eric Holsten @smartpots In 1980 a tree farmer had the idea to sew together containers from fabric. He hoped to make his trees easier to harvest. Little did he know he had just started a whole new way to grow trees and plants of all kinds. These fabric pots would later become known as Smart Pots and a revolution to the growing industry. Want to learn more? Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
68 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Derek Haynes @thechocolatebotanist
From the time he was a child, Derek Haynes always had a “ thing “ for plants. This love and passion for plants led him to NC State, where he studied and became a botanist. As a “planty” person, Derek always wanted to share his love and passion for plants with the world. He started sharing this passion by working in community gardens and realized he could do more. This realization led him to create, @thechocolotebotanist aka @thecrazybotanist. An online personality has allowed him to use his creativity to share his passion for the plant world. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
67 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Just Grow it Featuring@ellenmarygardening
“Follow your passion because you never know where it can take you.” These words are especially true from Ellen Mary, better known as Ellen Mary gardening. An author, cohost of a number 1 podcast in the UK, radio host, and tv personality. From the home of Colman’s mustard, Mary Ellen has built a gardening empire, all from being a self-proclaimed plant addict who followed her passion. I love the term, self-proclaimed plant addict, by the way. I think everyone who goes down the gardening path and stays with it eventually becomes a plant addict on some level. Inspired to begin gardening from her experiences as a youth in her parents and other family members kitchen gardens, Ellen Mary is an example of what happens when you go all-in. Want to learn more? Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
49 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Resh Gala @reshgala
“Grow your own food and live your best life.” This is the motto of Resh Gala, a self-taught gardener. Residing in New Jersey and gardening in zone 6b, Resh began gardening with two tomato plants from a big box store. Early in her gardening journey, Resh learned the health of your plants depends on the soil in your garden. Resh’s love for gardening led her to create Hundred Tomatoes, a gardening company that focuses on creating unique, organic kitchen gardens. For tips on growing in small spaces, gardening knowledge and motivation, and pictures of breathtaking gardens, make sure to follow @reshgala on Instagram. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT In this episode, we talk about: How Resh got started gardening The journey of Hundred tomatoes Why she says containers are your friends Her thoughts on the Instagram gardening community Tips for small space and new gardeners
47 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Christa Barfield @farmerjawnphilly
Who would have thought that a trip to clear your mind could end up changing your life? Or on second thought, maybe that’s what trips when you need an escape are supposed to be. A way to open your eyes and mind to see and think differently about something new: that’s how it all started for Christa Barfield. After spending her entire career in the health care field, Christa decided she needed a change. She took a trip to Martinique and was introduced to herbal teas, farming and gardening and found her calling. These experiences made her think about her hometown. Do things like urban farming and organic local tea blends exist in Philadelphia? Upon returning to the city, she quickly started @farmerjawn, a 100% organically dope way to address food insecurity in marginalized communities, and @vivaleaftea, a farm-to-cup experience with your wellness in mind. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT In this episode, we talk about: 1.Why Christa left the healthcare field 2.The adventure in Martinique 3.How she crafts some of her tea blends 4.Her idea to redefine corner stores 5.What is in the future for @farmerjawn
53 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Stephanie Baker @readygrowgardens
There is nothing more impactful than working with the youth. Now find a way to connect gardening to the youth, and you have something with the potential to be unique, but it takes the right person to make it work. Stephanie Baker is the right person. With a passion for gardening and teaching, Stephanie Baker started Ready to grow gardens. A gardening program with an engaging curriculum that focuses on being an extension of the science classroom outside in the garden. Can you imagine how the world would look if this type of program exited everywhere? Well, Stephanie Baker is working on that idea, starting in Houston, TX. Want to learn more? Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
45 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Joshua Rosas @Farm_and_Forage
Have you heard of the term, Agrihood? An Agrihood is a community or neighborhood that makes a farm and edible landscapes the focal points for residents. With all the attention on eating locally, urban farming, and CSA programs, an agrihood is a combination and progression of these ideas. Joshua Rosas is the lead farmer for the agrihood, Jordan Ranch, just outside of Katy, TX in Brookshire, Tx. Farming on 1.5 acres, Joshua and one assistant can maintain this market garden. Besides providing farm-fresh produce to the residents, Joshua also sells their produce to local restaurants. Can you believe that Joshuas has only been farming for a few years?
50 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Rick Carr @rodaleinstitute
Who would have known that a phrase on a hat could impact someone's life so much? While in college, Rick Carr was working on a project with a friend. The friend was wearing a hat that read " Master Composter." Intrigued by the title, Rick Carr got the information behind the hat and began his journey to become a master composter. Now Rick Carr is the Farm Director and master composter for the Rodale Institute. Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to growing the organic movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and consumer education. Widely recognized as a founder of the modern organic movement, Rodale Institute has been a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years.
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