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Growing Joy with Plants (formerly Bloom & Grow Radio)

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Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration.
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Hydrangea Care

Hydrangeas are beautiful flowers, and they represent a wide range of emotions in different cultures. Yes, they can be tricky to grow, but they are relatively low-maintenance with the right care! In this episode, you will learn everything you need to know about hydrangeas from Ryan McEnaney aka @ryanplantsplants, your new best plant friend. I bumped into him in Seattle during the Northwestern Flower Show a few weeks back. We grabbed dinner and it was crazy how much we clicked!Ryan is a fifth-generation member of Bailey Nurseries, which is known for their Endless Summer hydrangeas, Easy Elegance Roses, and First Edition shrubs. His lifetime spent with hydrangeas has given him a strong grasp on their care, and he’s willing to share these tips with us!In this episode, we learn:[06:13] What has Ryan’s plant parent journey looked like?[09:54] What are the 4 main species of hydrangea?[13:42] Understanding bloom cycles for pruning[16:56] Say goodbye to balcony watering stress this summer with self-watering planters![17:23] Learn how to create the perfect cutting garden for bouquets with The Cut Flower Handbook[18:25] What is the blooming cycle of hydrangeas?[20:09] When should you prune hydrangeas?[22:40] How does soil affect the color of Hydrangea macrophylla blooms?[28:58] What should you know about planting hydrangeas in the ground?[30:12] What’s the general light guideline?[30:42] Common mistakes people make with planting hydrangea[31:23] Get everything you need, from containers to raised beds, with Gardener's Supply Company[32:40] Check your hydrangeas’ soil acidity with Espoma Organics[34:30] Why is it important to choose hydrangeas with flower buds?[42:42] How to extend the length of hydrangea blooms[48:26] Where can you find Ryan on social media?[48:43] Where can you get Ryan’s book ‘Field Guide to Outside Style’?Mentioned in our conversation:Northwest Flower and Garden ShowBailey NurseriesFirst EditionsYoutube: 210 How to Grow Citrus IndoorsPop Star® Reblooming HydrangeaEndless Summer HydrangeasEspoma Organic Soil AcidifierEspoma Organic Garden LimeEspoma Organic Holly-tone Organic FertilizerEspoma Organic Rose-tone Organic Fertilizer'Limelight' - Panicle Hydrangea - Hydrangea paniculataVanilla Strawberry™ Panicle HydrangeaFor Ryan's professional and proven hydrangea-growing tips,check out the full show notes here!Follow Ryan:WebsiteInstagramBookThank you to our episode sponsors:Gardener's SupplyDiscover your garden favorites and exclusive innovations at gardeners.com and use code GROWINGJOY for free shipping.Quarto: The Cut Flower Handbook by Lisa M ZieglerPick up The Cut Flower Handbook at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.Crescent GardenFor a limited time only, head to growingjoywithmaria.com/crescentgarden and use code GROWJOY15 to curate your dream garden today.Espoma OrganicVisit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/21/202454 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Water Your Houseplants: Everything You Need to Know About Watering

Did you know that watering is one of the most common causes of houseplant death? You saw a gorgeous new plant baby from a store, and then you brought it home full of excitement and good intentions. In fact, you wanted to do your best, so you read the watering instructions in the packet and tried to follow them as closely as possible… And then tragedy happens. The once vibrant leaves start to wilt, turn yellow, or fall off entirely.It’s a rookie mistake! But I’m here to share my hard-earned watering technique so you can keep your plants happy (and your plant parent pride intact). We’ve all been there, plant friends.In this episode, we learn:[02:27] Why, when, and how of watering houseplants[04:12] Why do our houseplants need water?[06:04] How do houseplants absorb water?[09:04] When should we water our houseplants?[10:54] Frequency errors in watering[15:00] How to determine soil moisture[16:00] What is top watering?[20:20] Grow your garden with the highest quality houseplants from Proven Winners leafjoy™[21:52] What is bottom watering?[24:08] What are self-watering pots?[25:29] Why you shouldn’t use freezing water[26:18] Knowing when your plant needs water by weight[29:45] Why is drainage important in houseplant care?Mentioned in our conversation:Soil Moisture MeterModern Sprout Watering CanPlant MisterPump SprayerSoil ProbeWallyGrow Loop Hanging Wall PlanterTERRAPOT TRCOT 10Growing Joy Ep 219: How to Care for AlocasiasGrowing Joy Ep 228: Everything You Need to Know About CalatheaGrowing Joy Ep 232: Everything You Need to Know About PhilodendronWhat's Your Plant Parent Personality?For my foolproof watering tips,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaSaveOur Sponsors:* Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/14/202434 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Use Nature to Improve Your Mindset

How can you use plants to promote more mindful thinking? In this episode, I had the most amazing chat with my longtime plant friend Brittany Gowan (@brittanygowan). Brittany and I go way back to our NYC plant mom days when we used to have plant swaps and brunches together. It is pretty wild how plants can bring people together like that.Brittany is one of a kind—she blends her skills in psychology and coaching with her deep love of nature. On the show, we discussed how plants can reduce stress, foster compassion, and increase joy.In this episode, we learn:[03:06] Who is Brittany Gowan? (one of my OG plant friends!)[06:16] Finding peace in a stressful job[10:12] What are some ways that city people can connect with nature?[12:59] Importance of noticing and appreciating “little things” in urban areas[16:03] Celebrate special moments and create lasting memories with Wind River Chimes[17:51] Discover fun, plant-filled projects that add joy to your life with '¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life' by Perla Sofía Curbelo Santiago[19:07] How has our ability to focus changed in a multitasking-driven society?[21:53] What are the metaphorical ways light/darkness can be interpreted?[28:20] How to develop compassion through plant care[30:09] Add a touch of spring to your home with Soltech's stylish grow lights[33:42] Finding joy in unexpected, small moments[39:32] How can plants and nature help with anxiety?[43:38] Returning to the wild and reconnecting with our roots[47:06] Meditation and mindfulnessMentioned in our conversation:Pause With Plants PodcastBrittany’s book: Turn to the Sun: Your Guide to Release Stress and Cultivate Better Health Through NatureSeattle SpheresFor Brittany's mindful tips on growing joy through nature,check out the full show notes and blog here!Follow Brittany:WebsiteInstagramLinkedIn1-on-1 CoachingThank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesVisit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.Quarto: ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life by Perla Sofía Curbelo-SantiagoGrab ¡Verdura! at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, bookshop.org, Barnes and Noble or amazon.com.Soltech SolutionsCheck them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15". Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/7/202452 minutes, 1 second
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How to Care for A Lot of Plants (AKA Have a Large Plant Collection)

If you have 250 plants in your home, what would you do? That seems like WAY too many plants to care for, right? But for Samantha Hermann, better known as @houseplusplant on Instagram, this is her second nature. She’s my newest plant friend, and I’m so excited to have a casual conversation with her on this episode (let me know if you want more episodes like this). Samantha has been successfully keeping that many plants alive and happy for years, and I’m sure it’s a lot of work. But she’s here to share her best tips for managing a large indoor plant collection without stressing out!In this episode, we learn:[04:46] Meet Samantha, the houseplant expert with over 250+ plant babies[05:37] What happened at the recent Tropical Plant International Expo?[11:22] When did Samantha start collecting houseplants?[15:09] Grow healthy plants in any corner of your home with Soltech’s stylish grow lights[17:26] Make your houseplants happy with Espoma Organic's high-quality, premium potting mixes[21:39] Why you should try new methods/species to avoid boredom and burnout[25:30] How Samantha’s plant collection has evolved over the years[30:51] What does Samantha’s research process look like for a plant? [32:30] Why is trial and error in plant care important?[36:25] How does she take care of her plants every day?[39:24] What is her approach to controlling pests?[45:44] How does she care for her plants while she is away? (and smart home gadgets!)[51:25] Tips for maximizing your plant space through styling and organization[57:23] What are the challenges she faced having to take care of a large plant collection?[01:03:03] Why you shouldn’t let plant care become a source of stress (dark side of plant care)[01:03:59] Tips for moms on how to manage both children and plants[01:08:35] Starting her Instagram plant account[01:11:20] When did she realize that she wanted to be a full-time plant content creator?[01:14:37] Where can you find Samantha on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE)Foliage FocusFoliage ProProp Drops | Market BotanyMarket Botany (@marketbotany) | TikTokMossify46th IAS Annual Show and Sale InformationCultivate'23Sol SoilsPocket Wall Planters | WallyGrowGrowing Joy Ep 219: How to Care for AlocasiasYouTube: Make Your Own Moss Pole for Indoor Climbing PlantsFor Samantha's simplified plant care routine,check out the full show notes and blog here! Follow Samantha:WebsiteInstagramYouTubeTikTokFacebookThank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsCheck them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Espoma OrganicVisit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora: manukora.com/BLOOM* Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/30/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 42 seconds
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Eco Anxiety

Have you ever felt a sense of worry, fear, or anger when you think about climate change and the state of our planet? If so, you may be experiencing what's called "eco-anxiety." As plant lovers who are so connected to nature through our gardens and houseplants, it makes total sense that eco-anxiety could affect us. We care deeply about the Earth because we are part of it. So, let us spend some time with my dearest friend and resident green witch, Rachael Cohen, to better understand this concept.In this episode, we learn:[03:33] What is eco-anxiety?[07:14] Rachael’s personal story of identifying/managing eco-anxiety[09:45] Coping with eco-anxiety[11:21] How perspective affects happiness[12:16] What is the environmental impact of our actions, and how does it relate to our well-being?[15:21] Fill your homes with the most ethereal sounds with the new Wind River Eclipse Collection (use code GROWINGJOY)[17:26] Discover gardening tips, kitchen tricks, and family activities to reduce waste and save money with ‘Simple Country Living’ by Annette Thurmon[18:39] What is Rachael's book, Self-Care for Eco-Anxiety, all about?[20:01] Is corporate responsibility being misdirected, with consumers unfairly blamed?[22:30] How to shift from fight/flight to parasympathetic rest and digest mode[24:18] Somatic practices to release severe negative feelings associated with eco-anxiety[29:01] Finding neutrality and managing anxiety[30:10] What is the concept of “the mother tree” in Rachael’s book?[32:25] What is the mycelium network?[36:42] What are some ways we can give back to Mother Nature?[41:37] Rachael’s favorite strategy for bringing oneself back from an eco-anxiety spiral[43:23] How is the book constructed?[46:55] Where can you get the book?Mentioned in our conversation:Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, book by Suzanne SimardThe Overstory: A Novel, book by Richard PowersGrowing Joy Ep 229: Why You Should Care About the Spring EquinoxSelf-care for Eco-Anxiety: 52 Weekly Practices for Positive, Personal Change Through the Power of Nature, book by Rachael CohenGrowing Joy Ep 223: Cultivating Intuition with Nature with Rachael of Our Infinite NatureGrowing Joy Episode 209: Plant Magic: How to Be a Green Witch with Rachael from Infinite SucculentFor a list of simple ways that you can give back to Mother Nature,check out the full show notes and blogs here!Follow Rachael:WebsiteInstagramTikTokFacebookYouTubeThank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesVisit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.Quarto: Simple Country Living by Annette ThurmonGrab Simple Country Living: Techniques, Recipes, and Wisdom for the Garden, Kitchen, and Beyond by Annette Thurmon at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora: manukora.com/BLOOM* Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/23/202450 minutes, 40 seconds
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Composting Basics

You may have heard that compost is the key to a healthy garden, and feeding the soil is more important than feeding your plants. And if you don't garden, you've probably heard about composting as an eco-friendly way to live more sustainably and support the planet. That is why I dedicate an entire episode explaining what composting is and how it works.My guest, Michelle Balz, is a true composting guru who has written, not one, but two incredible books solely focused on this amazing soil amendment. By the end of our conversation, you'll understand exactly what compost is made of, how it benefits your garden's soil, why it's so great for the environment, and best of all—how to successfully compost both indoors and out.In this episode, we learn:[06:49] What has Michelle’s journey been in composting?[09:24] How many different composting systems does Michelle have in her home?[10:20] Compost vs soil vs potting mix[12:02] What makes compost so special?[13:53] How does composting benefit the environment, ourselves, and our gardens?[14:31] Carbon sequestration[15:40] Discover the secrets to attracting birds to your garden with 'Bird Friendly Gardening'![17:44] Skip the hassle of making your own compost with this organic Compost Blend![20:51] How does composting impact gardeners?[26:42] How does compost help support the mycorrhizae?[27:20] What can and cannot be composted?[29:52] Is the composting ratio important?[32:18] What do we need to know about anaerobic/aerobic composting?[34:17] Indoor composting[35:07] How does vermicomposting work?[36:55] How can compost be extracted without worms?[40:30] Bokashi composting[42:57] Terracotta pot composting[45:22] What are the best composting options for outdoor gardeners? (bin and in-garden systems)[49:27] How do you know when the compost is finished/ready?[50:13] What is the life cycle of composting, how long until the first batch, and how can you nurture it effectively?[01:01:23] What is Hügelkultur?[01:02:45] What is an African keyhole garden?[01:05:14] Where can you find Michelle's books and social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Lomi tabletop composterNo-Waste Composting: Small-Space Waste Recycling, Indoors and Out. Plus, 10 projects to repurpose household items into compost-making machines (No-Waste Gardening), book by Michelle BalzComposting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond, book by Michelle BalzFor Michelle's recommended composting methods,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Quarto: Bird-Friendly Gardening by Jen McGuinnessBring more wildlife and nature into your life with Jen McGuinness' Bird-Friendly Gardening: Guidance and Projects for Supporting Birds in Your Landscape. This book is an authoritative guide to planting a wildlife-welcoming home landscape filled with a diversity of native plants that feed, shelter, and support birds. With hundreds of North American bird species facing population decline or at risk of extinction, today is the perfect time to create a home-based habitat garden that offers birds the resources they need to safely feed, migrate, breed, and thrive.Grab the book at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.Espoma OrganicMake composting easier with Espoma Organic's Mushroom Compost Blend! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Michelle:LinkedInInstagramXAmazonFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora: manukora.com/BLOOM* Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/16/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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Everything You Need to Know About Philodendron

If you're a houseplant lover like me, chances are you already have a philodendron or two in your collection. These awesome tropical plants are some of the most popular and beloved houseplants for good reason—they come in tons of different shapes, colors and sizes, and they're relatively easy to care for too! In this episode, I'm going to give you the full rundown of everything you need to know about growing these amazing plants at home. We'll cover the basics of their natural habitat and key care requirements, and I'll introduce you to some of my current favorite philodendron varieties.In this episode, we learn:[03:50] Philodendron high-level overview[09:38] Care #1: Light[13:43] Care #2: Water[15:38] Care #3: Soil[16:05] Care #4: Humidity[17:08] Care #5: Fertilizer [17:39] Troubleshooting philodendron issues[19:10] Thank you Proven Winners leafjoy™ for sponsoring this episode![21:01] Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)[22:21] Philodendron 'Brasil'[22:37] Philodendron 'Lemon Lime' (as seen on my podcast art!)[24:13] Prismacolor™ Brandtianum[25:16] Philodendron atabapoense[26:05] Philodendron 'Silver Sword' (Philodendron hastatum)[27:11] Prismacolor™ Philodendron Fozzie™[28:38] Philodendron 'White Wizard' (Philodendron erubescens)[30:18] 'Prince of Orange' Philodendron[32:08] Prismacolor™ Sun Red Philodendron[32:33] Philodendron 'Pink Princess'Mentioned in our conversation:Prismacolor™ Sun Red - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ Atabapoense - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ Brandtianum - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ Florida Green - Climbing PhilodendronPrismacolor™ Fozzie - Fuzzy Petiole PhilodendronPrismacolor™ Gloriosum - Creeping PhilodendronPrismacolor™ Hastatum - Silver Sword PhilodendronPrismacolor™ Pink Princess - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ Rojo Congo - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ Sun Red - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ White Wizard - Philodendron hybridPrismacolor™ Lemon Lime - Philodendron hybridFor a list of my current Philodendron favorites,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora: manukora.com/BLOOM* Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefinedAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/9/202438 minutes, 52 seconds
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How She Grew The Sill: Plantrepreneur Eliza Blank

If you interact with the houseplant community online at all, you've definitely felt the impact of The Sill on our plant niche. I honestly can't believe that it took me a whopping 230 episodes to finally have Eliza Blank, founder of The Sill, grace the Growing Joy with Plants podcast! Her female founder story of recognizing a need for a houseplant brand and building it into a million-dollar company would make you feel empowered, as it did me.In case you didn’t know, The Sill was one of the OG plant brands that helped start the houseplant craze before the pandemic. And when I first started my podcast, they were also the first to reach out and show their support! So I want to take this opportunity to show you the story behind the success of The Sill live on stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle.In this episode, we learn:[00:30] The Sill and its impact on the houseplant community[05:23] How did Eliza get into houseplants?[07:28] How exciting/challenging is it to launch a houseplant brand early on?[11:20] How did The Sill come about?[13:13] How Eliza built a multimillion-dollar brand[14:25] Why “fake it till you make it” mindset works WONDERS![15:47] Create the perfect Danish hygge atmosphere with Wind River Chimes[18:57] What was the struggle for The Sill during COVID? [20:34] Navigating challenges in the plant industry[22:23] What’s the process of sourcing and acquiring plants?[24:14] What’s Eliza’s definition of success (and has it changed over the years?)[25:10] What it feels like being a woman in a male-dominated industry[26:56] Trends and customer preferences in 2024[29:01] What’s next for The Sill? [30:01] Eliza’s personal life and hobbies beyond plants[32:30] Eliza’s favorite client story!Mentioned in our conversation:Northwest Flower and Garden FestivalTropical Plant International Expo (TPIE)Growing Joy Ep 18: Prepping Your Houseplant For Spring and the Science Behind Fertilizer With Chris Satch from The SillGrowing Joy Ep 30 Orchid 101 with Chris from The SillGrowing Joy Ep 38: Transitioning Your Plants Back Indoors for Winter with Chris from The SillFor a deeper dive into The Sill's story,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Wind River ChimesTurn your home into a relaxation oasis with chimes! Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. They are launching a new collection of chimes called Eclipse, which are Corinthian bells uniquely tuned to the Lydian mode, a scale that creates an ethereal atmosphere of enchantment that matches the mystery and wonder of the solar eclipse and of outer space. Plus, these chimes make for amazing personal gifts to your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.Follow Eliza:WebsiteFacebookInstagramXYouTubeLinkedInFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out undefined: manukora.com/BLOOMAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/2/202437 minutes, 59 seconds
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Climate Proof Your Garden

Climate change is real, plant friends—and it’s impacting our world too fast! Because of that, it’s becoming extremely important for us plant parents/gardeners to adapt our practices to ensure our gardens can withstand the challenges that lie ahead. In fact, it’s already impacting our gardens in SO many ways—from unpredictable weather to increased pest infestations. So in this episode, I invited a new plant friend, Kim Stoddart, who is a passionate gardener, climate advocate, and author of "The Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden," to discuss strategies for building a climate-resilient garden.In this episode, we learn:[03:39] How Kim became a passionate climate activist and gardener[11:44] The Resilient Gardener vs. The Resilient Garden[15:06] Deepen your meditation practice with the Wind River Meditation Chime[16:49] Grow a thriving, climate-resistant vegetable garden with Espoma Organic![19:03] What are the climate issues to consider when building a resilient garden? (doom & gloom)[20:44] What are the effects of soil erosion and flooding on gardens?[22:56] What does “no-till” gardening mean?[24:59] What helps the soil become more resilient?[33:52] What is rainwater harvesting and what are the strategies for building water resiliency?[38:45] What is the importance of seed sovereignty in creating a more secure and sustainable garden?[44:01] What specific steps can you take to strengthen your garden's pest resistance?[46:08] What is polyculture?[49:57] What is Kim’s current garden practice? (aka what her homestead looks like)[52:12] Where can you find Kim on social media?[52:55] Where can you get her book, Climate Change Resilient Vegetable Garden?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep 227: Homesteading Basics with Kevin of Epic GardeningGrowing Joy Ep 191: The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Mushrooms IndoorsGrowing Joy Ep 189: Companion Planting Basics with the Garden Managers of The Lodge at Woodloch, Ep 189Growing Joy Ep 183: The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Functional Mushrooms in Your GardenGrowing Joy Ep 178: The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101 Plus the Answer to "What is the Mushroom Growing in My Houseplant!"Growing Joy Ep 123: How to Manage Deer, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Moles, Voles and Other Animals in Your Garden with Brie The Plant LadyThe Woodchip Handbook: A Complete Guide for Farmers, Gardeners and Landscapers, book by Ben RaskinThe Climate Change Garden, UPDATED EDITION: Down to Earth Advice for Growing a Resilient Garden, book by Kim StoddartThe Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden: How to Grow Food in a Changing Climate, book by Kim StoddartFor a more detailed list of Kim's resilient gardening tips,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesTurn your home into a relaxation oasis with chimes! Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. They are launching a new collection of chimes called Eclipse, which are Corinthian bells uniquely tuned to the Lydian mode, a scale that creates an ethereal atmosphere of enchantment that matches the mystery and wonder of the solar eclipse and of outer space. Plus, these chimes make for amazing personal gifts to your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.Espoma OrganicIf you want a garden that provides, set it up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Kim:WebsiteInstagramXKim Stoddart | The GuardianThe Climate Change GardenFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: https://manukora.com* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/26/202457 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why You Should Care About the Spring Equinox

What are your plans this Spring Equinox? Spring equinox is like a special day when light and dark are balanced just right. As it draws closer, it comes with a reminder that nature has its own patterns that repeat over and over, and this particular event shows us that winter is ending and spring is starting… bringing new life and growth. Tuning into the Earth's frequencies during this season can help us grow and feel refreshed too. In this episode, I’m so happy to welcome back our residential green witch and my dear plant friend, Rachael of Our Infinite Nature! She’s here to celebrate the upcoming Spring Equinox, share her insights on what's happening in the earth, sky, and ourselves during spring, and offer practices for connecting deeply with the powerful changes that happen in spring.In this episode, we learn:[01:58] Connecting with nature and the seasons[04:18] Cultivating intuition with plants[05:58] Why “awe” is a spiritual emotion[09:15] The importance of “seasonal living”[12:16] What is happening to the earth during Spring Equinox?[15:48] Brighten up your plants this spring with Soltech's grow lights![18:01] Learn modern, low-maintenance approach to home food gardening with "The Layered Edible Garden" by Christina Chung[20:34] How external stimuli trigger personal growth/development[25:15] What are the astrological insights for the Spring Equinox?[29:33] In case you don’t know, I’m an Aries baby![30:15] Why new moon in Aries = start of the new year (astrologically)[32:34] What are the positive aspects of the eclipse season?[35:09] Gardening tips for different moon phases[37:52] What are the best practices to nurture growth and vitality during spring?[45:51] Plants that embody spring energy[55:25] How to create your own seasonal bowl/altar[58:10] Spring awakening (a guided meditation)[01:08:10] Where can you find Rachael?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep 265 Everyday Plant Magic with Rachael of Infinite SucculentGrowing Joy Ep 225 Indoor Plant Projects for Stress Relief with Perla Sofía Curbelo-SantiagoGrowing Joy Ep 223 Cultivating Intuition with Nature with Rachael of Our Infinite NatureGrowing Joy Ep 219 How to Care for AlocasiasGrowing Joy Ep 209 Plant Magic: How to Be a Green Witch with Rachael from Infinite SucculentGrowing Joy Eo 182 Spring Houseplant Care, Ep 182Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, book by Robin Wall Kimmerer ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life: 30 Projects to Nurture Your Passion for Plants and Find Your Bliss, book by Perla Sofía Curbelo-SantiagoPre-order Rachael’s new book Self-care for Eco-Anxiety: 52 Weekly Practices for Positive, Personal Change Through the Power of Nature by Rachael CohenFor a deeper dive into Rachael's guided spring meditation,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsEnsure your plants are ready for the spring sun when you supply them with enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Quarto: The Layered Edible Garden by Christina ChungSay goodbye to long, straight rows of vegetable plants lined up and prone to pests and diseases, and say hello to taking your cues from nature and creating a garden filled with layers of food-producing plants with the new book The Layered Edible Garden. Food gardening pro Christina Chung of @fluent.garden introduces a modern approach to home food gardening that follows nature’s lead by growing plants in mixed communities, instead of in agriculture-centric monocultures. Learn how to build a mini “food forest” of 8 different layers that will produce food for years to come and require less work and fewer resources.Grab the book at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, quarto.com, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.Follow Rachael:WebsiteInstagramTikTokFacebookYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: https://manukora.com* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/19/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 32 seconds
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Everything You Need to Know About Calathea

Calatheas have a bit of a reputation among plant parents for being dramatic "divas." And I'm not going to lie—they can be particular about their care. But don't let that scare you off! If you try to understand their preferences, you can totally grow lush, vibrant prayer plants at home. That’s what we’re going to talk about in this episode!In this episode, we learn:[01:44] Understanding calathea (now also called Goeppertia)[02:21] Why calathea isn’t for everyone (so set your expectations)[05:46] Why calatheas are the perfect statement plant![06:17] Understanding the natural habitat of Calathea[06:51] Why calatheas are called “prayer plants”[07:41] High-level overview of Calathea[08:41] Calathea Care #1: Lighting[11:10] Calathea Care #2: Watering[14:42] Top tip: Calathea enjoy filtered water [15:28] Enjoy superior quality and a variety of plants from Proven Winners Leaf Joy![17:14] Mindful goal reflection through daily plant check-ins[18:13] Calathea Care #3: Humidity[21:04] How do you create a microclimate for your plants?[22:02] Why Calathea are resilient[23:42] Calathea Care #4: Fertilizing[24:08] Calathea Care #5: Troubleshooting[24:46] Tip: Trim the brown edges off your Calathea![28:20] Different Calathea species[28:43] #1 Rattlesnake plant (Calathea lancifolia or Goeppertia insignis) = low maintenance[30:01] #2 Calathea majestica Diamond Dazzler White Star[31:30] #3 Calathea picturata = drama queen[32:38] #4 Calathea orbifolia = Instagram favoriteMentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Episode 224: Everything You Need to Know About FicusGrowing Joy Episode 219: How to Care for AlocasiasUnderstanding Natural Light WorksheetPotting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicTerracotta PotsCeramic PotsPlastic PotsFor my personal ranking of popular calathea varieties,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: https://manukora.com* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/12/202437 minutes, 34 seconds
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Homesteading Basics

Is homesteading your ultimate dream? Because mine too, plant friends! Like most gardeners, I've always dreamed of someday creating a homestead and being more self-sufficient. I very much enjoy growing my own fruits, veggies, and herbs, but starting homesteading seemed a little scary. That’s why I was so excited to speak with gardening influencer Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening, who has spent the last few years turning his suburban property into an enviable homestead. Kevin shared his advice for transitioning from gardener to homesteader, one step at a time.In this episode, we learn:[04:43] Managing multiple projects and Kevin’s homestead building[04:51] What got Kevin interested in homesteading?[07:59] Homesteading vs gardening[09:14] What are the aspects/elements of homesteading?[11:15] What is “greywater” and its potential for water recycling?[14:17] Different uses of rainwater (and why you should start collecting them!)[15:22] Experience cozy mindfulness with Wind River Chimes![16:53] Learn actionable steps to build resilience in your garden with ‘The Climate Change Resilient Vegetable Garden’ by Kim Stoddart[18:40] Kevin’s rainwater harvesting system (which gauges the amount of rainfall one can capture over a year)[21:59] How solar energy works and how the net metering system operates[26:47] What is the role of a pond in homesteading?[28:53] Creating an aquaponic system[31:30] Switch to Espoma Organic's soil, compost, and plant food for a healthier homestead garden.[33:24] How has Kevin's experience raising chickens been?[36:51] Chicken care tips![39:12] Can you do homesteading indoors?[40:53] What was the inspiration for Kevin's orchard?[42:30] What are the various fruits grown by Kevin?[43:47] What is the food forest approach to growing food?[45:47] What is Kevin’s favorite way of preserving food?[46:55] What’s next for Kevin?[48:08] Check out Kevin’s book, Epic HomesteadingMentioned in our conversation:Book by Kevin Espiritu, Epic HomesteadingDr. Bronner's SoapBAR SOAP – OasisAquascapeCarolina CoopsChickenGuardGrowing Joy Episode 210: How to Grow Citrus Indoors With Danny of via CitrusGrowing Joy Episode 206: The History of Italian Gardens and Italian Citrus With Helena AttleeFor a list of homestead components that you can start with,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Quarto: The Climate Change-Resilient Vegetable Garden by Kim StoddartOur gardens can face a lot of concerns with this changing climate, from water-usage restrictions, extended heat waves, disastrous flooding, “super weeds,” or prolonged pest life cycles, there’s daunting challenges ahead for food growers around the world. Author Kim Stoddart outlines a clear path toward building resilience in your vegetable plants, your soil, and yourself with their new book The Climate Change-Resilient Vegetable Garden. With actionable tasks that reduce resource use, stabilize the garden’s ecosystem, and offer regenerative solutions to the most challenging issues faced by gardeners, this book provides advice to help you weather these storms with ease. Grab the book at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.Espoma OrganicIf you want a garden that provides, set it up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Kevin:Personal WebsiteEpic GardeningShopFacebookYouTubePodcastInstagramTikTokTwitterDiscordFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Manukora and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: https://manukora.com* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/5/202452 minutes, 3 seconds
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How to Repot Houseplants

Do you know that repotting and potting up mean different things? As our houseplants grow happily under our care, eventually they will outgrow their current pots. Determining whether your plant needs to simply have its soil refreshed (repotting) or be shifted to a larger container (potting up) can be challenging for new plant parents. In this episode, I will walk you through when to pot up versus repot, proper techniques for both, tips to avoid issues, and how to turn repotting into an uplifting self-care ritual by really tuning into your plants' needs and creating an environment that allows them to thrive.In this episode, we learn:[02:30] Things I learned about repotting in the last couple of years[03:34] Some personal plant care routines[04:59] Do some spring cleaning![06:28] Repotting vs potting up vs potting up water-rooted cuttings[09:04] Some rules to remember in potting up[10:43] Do the two-inch “bump up” rule when potting up[11:59] When should you pot up?[13:08] What is repotting and why is it important?[14:36] How do you repot a plant?[15:03] Get stylish, minimalist grow lights your plants will love with Soltech![17:16] Give your plants the love they deserve with Espoma's organic, eco-friendly potting mixes![19:08] Common mistake people make when repotting/potting up[19:30] How do you pot up water-rooted cuttings?[21:02] General steps for repotting/potting up/potting up water-rooted cuttings[27:31] The best time to repot or pot up houseplants[29:05] Why you should not pot your houseplants in dirt from outside[32:00] Make sure that you saturate the soil![32:35] Pay attention to the type of container or pot you are using[34:08] Use repotting as an opportunity for mindfulness[37:16] A letter to my pepper plant going into transplant shockMentioned in our conversation:How to Repot Plants // A Step By Step GuideGrowing Joy Ep 182: Spring Houseplant CareGrowing Joy Ep 192: How To Overcome Burnout Through The Healing Power Of NatureGrowing Joy Ep 200: Common Houseplant Pest Identification And How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies And Mealybugs: Grow BetterPotting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicCactus Potting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicAfrican Violet Potting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicOrchid Mix - Coarse Bark Mix by Espoma OrganicFor repotting dos and don'ts,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsWith shorter days and colder days upon us, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Espoma OrganicIf you want plants that thrive, set them up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: https://www.hellofresh.com/* Check out Manukora and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: https://manukora.com* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/27/202441 minutes, 14 seconds
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Indoor Plant Projects for Stress Relief

Do you feel a little sad or bored being stuck inside this winter (at least those in the northern hemisphere)? I hope the winter months haven’t got you down too much because I know we’re all feeling a bit cooped up lately. That’s why I brought on a new plant friend, Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago, a gardening expert and horticultural therapist, to share some of her favorite simple DIY indoor plant projects to spark joy during these months. Note that these are all featured in her new book ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life, which celebrates little plant-inspired passion projects to nurture our creativity!In this episode, we learn:[01:53] Rebranding of my YouTube Channel[02:43] Introducing Perla Sofia Curbelo-Santiago aka Agrochic![04:24] How did Perla develop her passion for gardening and plants?[07:05] How did Agrochic start?[09:38] How did Perla balance Spanish and English content?[11:32] What does her plant collection and garden look like?[15:08] Make meditation more relaxing and meaningful with Wind River’s Meditation Chimes![16:51] Learn how to grow cut flowers with The Cut Flower Handbook’s beautiful illustrations![18:41] Why are people drawn to nature and plants right now? [21:08] Seeking simplicity to escape social media overstimulation[22:08] Perla’s interesting success stories about bringing plants into clients' lives[29:17] What is nature’s role in mood and healing?[30:42] Concept of gardening as a means to reconnect with one's inner child[34:18] Rediscover a sense of "awe" and childlike wonder[38:21] What is Perla’s barefoot garden project all about?[45:02] How do you create a miniature garden for yourself?[50:34] Get Perla’s book and follow her on social media!Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Perla ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life: 30 Projects to Nurture Your Passion for Plants and Find Your BlissBook by Florence Williams The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More CreativeGardenCommMy Garden BreakKidsGardeningFor step-by-step tutorials on these indoor plant projects,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Quarto: The Cut Flower Handbook by Lisa M ZieglerOne of the most joyful things you can do in the garden is to grow flowers! If you are interested in upping your cut flower game, make sure to grab The Cut Flower Handbook by professional flower farmer Lisa M Ziegler. It is the bouquet-building bible gardeners have been waiting for! Included in The Cut Flower Handbook are 50 extensive flower profiles, planting tips, instructions, and images on how to pinch plants, how to make your cuts, how to dig a planting bed, and more. Plus, there are over 200 photos of the best cut flowers for home gardeners to grow and advice on caring for a cutting garden.Pre-order now online or in-store, and if you're checking out this episode after February 27th, pick it up at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, bookshop.org, Barnes &Noble or amazon.com.Follow Perla:Website - SpanishWebsite - EnglishInstagramFacebookTwitter/XFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: https://www.hellofresh.com/* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/20/202455 minutes, 32 seconds
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Everything You Need to Know About Ficus Care

I am completely obsessed with ficus! Over the last few months, I've been slowly collecting different ficus varieties and learning how to help them thrive. There's just something about the colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and tree-like growth that makes me love this plant genus. I love my ficus collection and feel like this genus has been overlooked, with the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) getting most of the hype. But there are so many gorgeous, easy-to-grow ficus species that make excellent houseplants. I have spent the last few months cultivating a variety of ficus so you can grow these beautiful plants at home.This episode is made in partnership with Proven Winners leafjoy houseplants.In this episode, we learn:[00:43] We’re all about ficus today![02:49] Reasons to love ficus[04:03] Did you know Michael Scott from The Office has a Ficus benjamina in his office?[05:06] How about a Boston fern in Will & Grace?[05:48] Why Ficus elastica is a good beginner plant[07:08] How do you care for ficus?[08:09] Ficus care #1: Light[09:11] Story about Figaro, my Ficus lyrata, before and after grow lights[11:11] Variegated/color = more light[12:27] Ficus care #2: Water[13:40] Why it’s important to make sure their leaves are clean[14:58] Ficus care #3: Humidity[15:56] Ficus care #4: Fertilizer[16:34] Ficus care #5: Pruning[17:52] Why you should wear gloves when pruning ficus[18:07] How to troubleshoot your ficus[18:15] Troubleshoot #1: Leaf drop[19:35] Troubleshoot #2: If it's not growing, it needs more sun[20:12] Get quality ficus plants that are resistant to leaf drop from Proven Winner Leafjoy![22:37] Ficus lyrata[23:09] Ficus benjamina[24:00] Ficus benjamina ‘Twilight’[24:27] Ficus benjamina ‘Anastasia’[24:40] Ficus cyanthistipula[26:07] Ficus elastica[26:32] Ficus elastica ‘Abidjan’[27:22] Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’[27:50] Ficus elastica ‘Chloe’Mentioned in our conversation:Office Ladies PodcastGrowing Joy Episode 51: How To Live With A “Crazy Plant Person”Growing Joy Episode 125: Palm Care 101 With Chris SatchSoltech Aspect™ LED GrowlightCling-On® Anastasia - Weeping Fig - Ficus benjamina | Proven WinnersPlant Tour of Mickey Hargitay PlantsFor a list of my favorite ficus species,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Proven Winners leafjoyIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: https://www.hellofresh.com/* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/13/202432 minutes, 38 seconds
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Cultivating Intuition with Nature

How can we use plants to connect with intuitive energy? If you're anything like me, simply being around plants makes you feel happier, calmer, and more like your true self. I've always felt plants have some extra special magic that goes beyond their pretty leaves. That's why I was so excited to welcome back our resident “green witch" Rachael from Our Infinite Nature (formerly Infinite Succulent—yes, she just rebranded!) on the podcast this week to talk about how plant care can open up our intuition and help us reconnect with our own inner magic!In this episode, we learn:[02:46] Infinite Succulent just rebranded to Our Infinite Nature![03:27] Check out Rachael’s Intuitive Magic Group Coaching[07:57] A little bit about Rachael’s background + certifications[08:53] When did she discover her mediumship and intuitive talent?[09:31] Reiki certification and intuitive coaching[10:53] What is intuition?[11:30] Understanding energy, spirit, and nature[12:35] Why is learning intuition similar to learning a language?[15:13] Experience mindfulness and coziness with personalized Wind River wind chimes![16:54] Make gardening easy with Tony O'Neill's Simplify Vegetable Gardening book![18:19] What is the symbiosis that happens when we get in tune with nature and with plants?[19:25] What is the importance of cultivating intuition in harmony with nature?[20:05] Impact of nervous system on intuition[21:20] Is instinct similar to intuition?[22:57] Take your Human Design personality![24:50] How can we use plants to connect with intuitive energy?[26:17] Intuition is figuring out one's next step, not predicting the future[27:36] How to recognize subtle communication with nature[30:14] Get high quality potting mixes, fertilizers, and more at Espoma Organic[33:41] It's your choice to live life through magical lens or see it as trivial[34:50] What is the role of energy in our lives?[35:56] How working with plants allowed Rachael to experience life force energy[38:34] What are some activities that can help you connect with plants and your intuition?[44:12] How to connect with a tree? (a step-by-step guide)[50:34] Where can you sign up for Rachael’s Intuitive Magic course?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep 209: Plant Magic: How To Be A Green WitchGrowing Joy Ep 165: Everyday Plant MagicGrowing Joy Ep 60: DIY Succulent CrownsRachael’s BooksRachael's Intuitive Magic Course: A 10-session Group CoachingHuman Design Personality TestFor a closer look into magic and nature,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Quarto: Simplify Vegetable Gardening by Tony O'NeillSimplify Vegetable Gardening by Tony O'Neill of YouTube's Simplify Gardening is a plant nerd's dream: integrating botany, biology, and earth science concepts into the subject of food gardening. Read through an exciting approach that uses science to grow more food and utilizes the interconnectedness of Earth’s many systems to help your plants thrive. This book offers a deep dive into the science of growing a robust and sustainable home garden that will empower you to have your best garden yet.Pick Simplify Vegetable Gardening up at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble, quarto.com, or amazon.com.Espoma OrganicIf you want plants that thrive, set them up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Rachael:WebsiteInstagramTikTokFacebookYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: https://www.hellofresh.com/* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/6/202458 minutes, 13 seconds
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Humidity and Houseplants

Do I really need a humidifier? Why do my plants get crispy leaves when I crank the heat? When it comes to houseplant care, humidity is right up there with water and light as one of the most important factors. I’ve spent years stressing about humidity levels. Fortunately, I invited my dear plant friend and humidity expert, Leslie Halleck, for another session of Grow Better. Understanding the science behind humidity has helped me stop freaking out and keep my plant collection happy.In this episode, we learn:[04:44] Beware of random blogs you find online![05:43] Why is humidity important and how does it affect the plants?[08:57] Important role of transpiration in a plant's health[13:32] The three terms you need to know (relative humidity, absolute humidity, vapor pressure deficit)[14:49] Grow your indoor garden like never before with Soltech's grow lights![17:10] Cold air vs warm air[20:54] Is your hygrometer relative or absolute humidity?[22:45] Why is it so much drier in the winter?[25:18] How elevation affects vapor pressure deficit[31:00] Methods for increasing humidity[31:48] Why misting doesn’t work[33:36] Why pebble trays also don’t work[35:04] Why grouping plants together work[37:40] Is growing plants under glass effective?[40:25] Leslie’s obsession with glassware and mushrooms[41:26] What is burping?[42:07] What are Wardian cases?[42:50] What are Orchidariums?[49:13] How Leslie maintains the humidity in her house[51:01] Check out Leslie’s Tiny Plants[52:14] Sign up for Leslie’s courses![54:37] Where can you find Leslie on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Botany for Gardeners Course, UCLA ExtensionIndoor Plants: Care and Maintenance Course, UCLA ExtensionLeslie’s Book Tiny PlantsGrowing Joy Ep 169: How To Prep Your Houseplants For WinterGrowing Joy Ep 107: How To Care For A Large Plant CollectionHow to Care for Alocasia // My Favorite Alocasia Varieties! // Alocasia Care GuideLeslie’s Architectural Digest interviewFor a deeper dive into humidity basics and light principles,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsWith shorter days and colder days upon us, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Follow Leslie: WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
1/30/202457 minutes, 56 seconds
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Top 5 Seed Starting Mistakes with Joe Gardener

It’s almost that glorious time of year again...seed starting season! I don’t know about you, but this is hands-down one of my favorite times in the garden. There’s just something touching about growing those tiny pieces of potential life into healthy plants and vegetables. However, I’d be lying if I said I’ve had perfect success right off the bat. Seed starting has a bit of a learning curve, but making mistakes is all part of the fun and learning in the garden! As long as you don’t lose an entire flat of precious tomato seeds (guilty!), then it’s fair game.To help you avoid disappointment and heartache in your seed starting endeavors, I brought back renowned gardener Joe Lamp’l to share the top mistakes he sees people make. With years of seed starting expertise, including creating his online Master Seed Starting Course that I absolutely love, he’s seen it all.Get $100 off Joe’s Master Seed Starting Digital Course!Discount only applies through January 29th, 2024 so grab it while it’s live!In this episode, we learn:[05:13] Joe’s OVG Course and adding flowers to his garden[08:25] How long has Joe been growing his garden from seed?[08:51] Understanding the nuances of seed starting[09:17] What is the educational value of the seed-to-plant process?[11:56] What are the challenges and differences in seed starting compared to caring for houseplants?[12:49] How did Joe come up with the top 5 seed starting mistakes?[14:09] Misconceptions people have when it comes to starting seeds[15:35] Seed starting mistake #1: Your seeds don’t germinate![15:53] #1.a Soil temperature is not appropriate [16:37] #1.b You plant them too deep or too shallow[19:05] #1.c They’re getting either too much or too little water[22:52] Seed starting mistake #2: Maintaining proper soil moisture (weigh your soil!)[26:47] You can use a moisture meter![29:12] Seed starting mistake #3 Light requirements[30:42] Blue and red light frequencies promote growth more than other light frequencies[34:18] Why Joe recommends investing in a grow light[35:24] Seed starting mistake #4 Gardeners often don’t read seed planting guidelines[40:08] Older seeds may not be viable for planting (so check the sell date!)[41:25] #5 Process of “hardening off” (preparing seedlings for outdoor life)[48:21] Where can you enroll in Joe’s seed starting class?[53:18] Sign up for Joe's Master Seed Starting Course before January 29 and get $100 off![54:01] Where can you find Joe on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Joe's Master Seed Starting Course -- Get $100 off with this link!Online Gardening AcademyOrganic Vegetable Gardening WaitlistBook by Joe Lamp’l The Vegetable Gardening BookGrowing Joy Ep 173: Seed Starting Basics With Joe Lamp’lGrowing Joy Ep 114: Seed Starting 101 With Joe Lamp’lSoltech Aspect LED GrowlightFor a more detailed look into seed starting fixes,check out the full show notes and blog here!Follow Joe: WebsiteInstagramFacebookPodcastTwitterPinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: https://www.hellofresh.com* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
1/23/202457 minutes, 48 seconds
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Attract Pollinators with a Tiny Meadow in Your Yard

When I think of the word “meadow,” I imagine a glorious landscape filled with grasses and wildflowers swaying in the breeze. While beautiful, these meadows also seem completely out of reach for most home gardeners. But in this episode, meadow expert Graham Laird Gardner, author of ‘Tiny and Wild: Build a Small Scale Meadow Anywhere,’ is here to show us that we can recreate tiny meadows, even on the smallest scale.In this episode, we learn:[03:40] How Graham became the “meadow man”[06:27] Living off-grid in Puerto Rico[07:54] Why did he write a book about meadows?[11:34] We are nature![13:22] What makes a meadow a “meadow”? (and why it’s better than cut flower garden)[15:31] Treat yourself to a comforting, soothing moment with Wind River Chimes[17:01] Learn self-sufficiency and homesteading with Kevin Espiritu's book: Epic Homesteading[18:27] What are the benefits of adding a meadow to your yard or local community garden?[21:10] What makes a native plant native, and how much of your meadow should be native plants?[24:11] Are all native plants perennials?[26:10] Are shrubs and trees what distinguish a meadow from a forest?[26:27] How little of a lawn could be converted without significantly affecting the overall effect?[27:52] What are the components of a meadow?[31:30] Consider seasons and species when planning your planting[32:26] Understanding meadow maintenance[35:04] What are the basic design elements that you need to think about in a meadow?[35:23] Site Selection[36:17] Layering and plant selection[38:40] Is there an ideal sun exposure for a meadow?[39:56] How do you balance the wild and the chaotic when designing a native plant meadow?[43:18] Seeds vs plants[48:08] Why should you have a meadow?[50:04] Where can you find Graham on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Douglas W. Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native PlantsBook by Graham Laird Gardner, Tiny and Wild: Build a Small-Scale Meadow AnywhereBook by Kevin Espiritu, Epic Homesteading: Your Guide to Self-Sufficiency on a Modern, High-Tech, Backyard HomesteadHomegrown National ParkCatskill Native NurseryFor a complete list of meadow gardening basics,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesThis new year, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Quarto: Epic Homesteading by Kevin EspirituTake the first step towards self-sufficiency with Epic Homesteading, an accessible, beginner-friendly guide to starting a modern, high-tech homestead with advice on growing and preserving food, raising chickens and bees, utilizing solar power, harvesting rainwater, and so much more. Follow large and small step-by-step DIY projects to power up your homestead quickly, as well as advice on more complex subjects, such as investigating local zoning regulations and permitting requirements, staying organized, understanding your limitations, and designing your homestead for efficiency and beauty.Grab Epic Homesteading at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, quarto.com, Barnes & Noble, or amazon.com. Follow Graham:InstagramLinkedInLinktr.eeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: https://www.hellofresh.com* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
1/16/202454 minutes, 27 seconds
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I killed a bunch of plants this year, here's what happened: How to Do a Plant Audit

Happy almost New Year, plant friends! For my last episode of 2023, I wanted to get a little reflective about the joy and growing parts of “Growing Joy.” This year, I bravely held a funeral for many of my houseplants that were no longer bringing me joy. Yes—I lost a LOT of houseplants this year. Some of the plants I said goodbye to weren’t even fully dead yet. They just weren’t happy in my home anymore, and I took it upon myself to consciously let them go in a ritualized way that released me from guilt.This is a taboo subject for some plant parents. But I believe we need to openly discuss “plant loss” to release guilt and make space for more plant joy. So I’ll be walking you through my plant funeral experience, and how you can perform your own plant audit to grow even more joy in 2024!In this episode, we learn:[00:00] I recently held a funeral for my dead houseplants this year[01:21] Why I performed a plant audit of my entire collection![03:47] Let’s celebrate plant loss together[04:09] An excerpt from my book about plant death[04:41] Two options when a plant dies[04:52] Option A: Let it confirm you're a failure, then give up[05:21] Option B: Allow it to make you more curious and a better plant parent[06:33] Why I had such dramatic plant loss this year (I was diagnosed with melanoma!!)[08:52] Allow your plant collection to grow and change as much as you will in your lifetime[09:40] Why I felt guilty about failing to care for the Hoya plants Marcia gave me[10:25] Learn 30 simple and budget-friendly gardening projects with ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life[11:45] Find your perfect houseplant with Proven Winners LeafJoy's high-quality, diverse selection[13:53] Steps for performing your own plant audit[14:26] #1 Give yourself a nice amount of time, play music, clear table space[15:33] #2 Walk through your entire collection and assess its state[17:09] #3 Revisit neutral plants - do they spark joy or not?[18:20] #4 Gratitude ritual[19:20] #5 Figure out the highest vibe way to discard your plants[19:56] #6 Donate your healthy plants[20:19] You’re still a good person![20:56] Consider "life audit" too - are aspects that need culling?[22:05] Where can you find me on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Maria Failla Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)Book by Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden LifeBook by Marie Kondō Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)Lomi’s tabletop composterFor a detailed list of ways to do a plant audit,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Quarto: ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life by Perla Sofía Curbelo-SantiagoCelebrates the power of adding more green to your life with 30 simple and budget-friendly gardening projects that promote well-being through plants. Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago of Agrochic.com has put together 30 projects found in ¡Verdura! to transform the initial spark of joy from plants into a healthy habit that enhances your life in many ways.¡Verdura! is available January 2nd so preorder at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, bookshop.org, Barnes and Noble or amazon.com.Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/26/202324 minutes, 58 seconds
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Being Organic Before Organic Was Cool: The Story of Espoma Organic

I still clearly remember the first time I used an Espoma product—their liquid indoor plant food to be exact. I had struggled so much with trying to find the right fertilizer for my houseplant collection, leading to a huge mess all over my kitchen from failed mixing attempts. But when I tried their simple liquid formula, I finally had the answer to my search, and healthy, thriving plants with gorgeous growth. And I became a lifelong Espoma convert!Little did I know then about the impressive 95-year history behind this organic garden brand. Espoma has been family-owned for four generations, starting way back in 1929. As my passion for gardening expanded over the years, Espoma continued to be my go-to for quality potting mixes, organic fertilizers and magical “tones” to feed all my container plants and garden beds.I’ve loved learning more behind the scenes over the past several years while partnering with Espoma on the Growing Joy podcast. The Brunner family leading this company today truly feels like family themselves in how they’ve supported my own budding planty business. In this episode, I wanted to highlight their heritage, expertise, and products that have nourished gardens for nearly a century.In this episode, we learn:[04:48] An overview of what four generations of Espoma’s 95 year-history looked like![18:03] How was Jeremy's first 10 years at the company after he graduated?[18:25] How they address each other at work[20:07] How has the family business influenced their company culture and relationships with employees?[22:51] Where can you find the best-quality cultivated indoor plants?[24:49] What does being “keepers” of the company mean for Jeremy? (Stewardship model)[27:02] What is the Bank of Espoma?[29:27] What's the history of their famous Holly Tone?[33:19] How do they approach Espoma’s product development?[38:43] On expanding and building a new facility![44:07] Why Espoma hid its sustainability approach? (organic before organic was cool!)[49:10] How do they navigate the complexity of different certifications?[52:05] On solar-powered facilities and sustainability commitments![53:50] Their greatest accomplishments as a family-run company[01:00:40] How the Espoma brand has evolved on social media[01:05:43] What does Jaime enjoy most about the business and working with her family?[01:08:11] The story of how my lime tree Limey was successfully shipped to Florida![01:09:38] Where can you find Espoma?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Episode 193: War Gardens, Victory Gardens Or Pandemic Gardens: The History Behind Why People Grow Plants In Hard Times With Maggie StuckyGrowing Joy Episode 205: Houseplant Styling Tips, How To Be A Professional Houseplant Stylist And All Things Maryah GreeneSoltech Grow LightsSummer Rayne OaksHolly Society of AmericaEspoma Product LinesCDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture)For a deeper dive into Espoma's sustainability commitment,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Espoma Organic:WebsiteInstagramTwitter/XFacebookYouTubePinterestTikTokFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/19/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
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4 Things You Need to Know about Winter and Houseplants

The winter can be challenging for indoor tropical houseplants that thrive in hot, humid environments. While our houseplants do not experience the true dormancy of outdoor deciduous plants (plants that drop all their leaves at some point in the year), they can enter a period of slowed growth known as “quiescence.” During this time, they require adjusted care to stay happy and healthy. After keeping houseplants for many winters and making my share of mistakes, I want to share the knowledge I’ve gained about their winter care needs in this episode.In this episode, we learn:[04:05] Dormancy vs quiescence[05:47] Why winter is a great time to explore your inner quiescence[06:25] #1 The light levels are going to change[07:14] Why some plants might have more light availability during winter (exception to the rule)[08:29] Few things to do to help your plants survive the winter when there is less light available[10:13] #2 Your houseplants are going to hate your heaters[12:18] Tips for dealing with dry heat[15:05] Where can you find quality products for your indoor and outdoor planting needs?[16:43] Looking for unique and soothing chimes as a holiday gift?[18:48] #3 Winter is the time that pests like to show up[19:51] How to deal with plant pests[21:41] #4 Fertilize if you see new growth[23:28] I just got a Monstera Thai constellation![24:26] Bonus Tip #1: Don't freak out that much about dropping leaves[25:36] Bonus Tip #2: If you’re dying, force bulbs inside![27:14] Key insights you can learn to experience quiescence in your life!Mentioned in our conversation:GJ Ep 158: Grow and Make Essential Oils With Chris SatchGJ Ep 200: Identification And How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies And Mealybugs: Grow Better With LeslieGJ Ep 208: Diy Houseplant First Aid Kit With Leslie HalleckSoltech Aspect™ LED GrowlightEspoma Liquid FertilizersPainters TapeFor additional tips on winter plant care,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Wind River ChimesThis holiday season, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones this holiday season!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/12/202331 minutes, 7 seconds
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9 Jobs in Horticulture

Have you ever wondered, “Could working with plants really be my full-time job?” Well, dear plant friend, the answer is a resounding yes! There is a whole world of opportunities waiting for you in the horticulture industry should you decide to turn your plant passion into a career. In this episode, we’ll dig into 9 jobs in horticulture with my dear friend, Daniel Fuller. Daniel is a national council member for the Australian Institute of Horticulture, host of the “Plants Grow Here” podcast, and a writer for publications like the Hort Journal Australia. With over a decade of experience as a maintenance gardener, he offers a valuable perspective on helping people find meaningful careers in horticulture.In this episode, we learn:[04:06] How Daniel built his career in horticulture[09:32] What's the easiest way to quickly enter the horticulture industry and gain experience?[09:49] #1 Maintenance gardening[10:11] #2 Retail nurseries[13:14] What's the best way to learn maintenance skills when you're just getting started?[15:28] Where can you find sleek, minimalist grow lights that complement your home decor?[17:22] Looking for unique and soothing chimes as a holiday gift?[18:50] #3 Production nurseries[20:47] Why Cert 3 is important in Australia[21:33] #4 Plant breeding[24:06] What’s the difference between breeding and production?[28:37] What’s the difference between garden designers and landscape designers?[30:18] Where can you find quality products for your indoor and outdoor planting needs?[36:26] #5 Landscape construction[38:34] #6 Leadership and management[43:50] #7 Sales[46:02] #8 Education[47:26] #9 Media and content creation[55:41] Where can you follow Daniel Fuller?Mentioned in our conversation:TAFE NSWAustralian Institute of HorticultureNew York Botanical GardenHort Journal AustraliaHort PeopleGrowing Joy Ep. 208: DIY Houseplant First Aid Kit With Leslie HalleckGrowing Joy Ep. 80: Plant Laws And Plant PatentsCrimes Against Horticulture on FacebookBook by Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat LastPlants Grow Here Episode 160 with Bruce DurantPlants Grow Here Episode 178 with Scott SmithHort People BlogsFor a complete list of plant-based jobs you can explore,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsWith winter just around the corner, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Wind River ChimesThis holiday season, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones this holiday season!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Daniel:Website/PodcastInstagramX/TwitterFacebookLinkedInJob BoardFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/5/20231 hour, 59 seconds
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How Much Lights Do My Houseplants Need?

Do you ever look around your home and wonder if your houseplants are getting enough light to thrive? Without the right amount and type of light, even the most pampered plant will struggle to survive. Yet many of us wing it when it comes to taking care of our houseplants. We stick that new fiddle leaf fig in a corner and wonder why its leaves droop. Or we assume a windowsill equals “bright indirect light” without really knowing what that means.I know it’s time to bring attention to this overlooked aspect of being a plant parent! That’s why I invited my OG plant friend, Darryl Cheng of House Plant Journal, to explore an engineer's approach to understanding light for houseplants.In this episode, we learn:[05:50] Check out Darryl’s previous and upcoming books![08:51] Why is light so important for houseplants?[12:18] What does it mean to have an “engineering mindset on a plant”?[14:00] What are the different types of lights?[16:41] Why it’s hard to measure light with your eyes[18:43] Discover the best seeds for your 2024 garden at Territorial Seed Company[20:05] Find easy-care and quality plants perfect for any room from Proven Winners Leaf Joy[23:15] How can beginners assess their light situation without using a meter?[25:00] How to differentiate between direct light and indirect light?[27:12] How does understanding and measuring light exposure affect the care of houseplants?[30:38] Difference between foot candles, lux, and lumens[34:26] How do houseplants adjust to indoor light from natural light, and what are the challenges?[36:56] What is the first step that you should take in measuring light?[43:16] What was Darryl's motivation for creating his LTH meter?[44:22] How has Darryl’s light meter been inspired by more complex light meters?[50:26] How to gather the best data using your light meter[55:27] Darryl's light meter development process[01:02:46] Where can you find Darryl on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:How to Make a Living Succulent Wreath - Succulents and SunshineMichaels Greenery Terrarium17" Living Wreath Sphagnum Moss FormGreening PinsGrowing Joy Ep 168 Grow Your Own Tea: Intro to Herbalism With Juliet of Chestnut School of Herbal MedicineGrowing Joy Ep 178 The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101Growing Joy Ep 183 The Mushroom Miniseries: How To Grow Functional Mushrooms In Your GardenGrowing Joy Ep 191 The Mushroom Miniseries: How To Grow Mushrooms IndoorsWant an easy and comprehensive guide on all things light?Check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyIt's never too early to start thinking about your 2024 garden! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow DarrylWebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubePinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/28/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 51 seconds
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5 Houseplant Crafts that Make Amazing DIY Holiday Gifts

The holiday season is officially here! As much as I love this festive time of year, gift-giving can be stressful for me. I always struggle to find meaningful, budget-friendly presents that make my loved ones happy. But this year, I'm spreading holiday cheer by gifting my friends and family homemade plant-inspired presents. Not only is this a budget-friendly idea—it also allows me to share my plant passion with the special people in my life. Plus, don’t you agree that plants make wonderful gifts, plant friends?In this episode, I'm sharing 5 DIY planty holiday gift ideas from simple to more advanced. Of course, I’m going to make sure there’s something for every skill level and budget. Let's get crafting!In this episode, we learn:[00:00] What are some affordable DIY plant-themed holiday gift ideas?[04:58] #1 Thrifted propagation station[08:10] #2 Windowsill herb garden[10:30] #3 Stylish Kokedama[15:07] Looking for unique and soothing chimes as a holiday gift?[16:35] Looking for the best plant genetics and tailored care for your garden?[18:52] #4 Succulent Wreath[25:06] #5 Personalized Terrarium[31:20] Accompany your DIY crafts with my book!Mentioned in our conversation:How to Make a Living Succulent Wreath - Succulents and SunshineMichaels Greenery Terrarium17" Living Wreath Sphagnum Moss FormGreening PinsGrowing Joy Ep 168 Grow Your Own Tea: Intro to Herbalism With Juliet of Chestnut School of Herbal MedicineGrowing Joy Ep 178 The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101Growing Joy Ep 183 The Mushroom Miniseries: How To Grow Functional Mushrooms In Your GardenGrowing Joy Ep 191 The Mushroom Miniseries: How To Grow Mushrooms IndoorsFor a more detailed description of each DIY gift,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones this holiday season!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/21/202335 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to Put Your Garden to Bed for Winter

The peak gardening season may be over, but there are still important tasks to do in the garden before winter arrives. As we enter fall and approach winter, it's time to start prepping our garden beds to go dormant. Properly putting your beds to rest sets your garden up for success when it awakens refreshed in spring. In this episode, gardening expert Resh Gala (@reshgala) tells us everything you need to know to properly put your garden to bed for the winter! This episode is a bit of a plant geek fest, so prepare yourselves, plant friends!In this episode, we learn:[05:19] Resh's gardening journey and how understanding soil quality led to her success[07:53] How does Resh balance gardening, extending the growing season, and self-care in her small backyard garden?[09:37] Creating a greenhouse effect in snowy conditions with bent metal or PVC pipes[11:24] Why preparing and "putting to bed" gardens for winter is important[13:20] What are the sustainable gardening practices for winter that you should know about?[16:57] Importance of adding compost to garden beds before winter to improve soil health[19:13] What should be done in spring to prepare the soil for planting?[20:18] Nourish your garden with Espoma Organic's diverse range of organic composts[22:19] Gift a touch of harmony this holiday with Wind River Wind Chimes[25:10] Why cover crops are a valuable addition to regenerative gardening and soil enrichment[28:54] Why it’s easy to grow garlic during winter (keeps pests away, resilient, and is a gardener’s favorite!)[32:09] Why is it important to reflect on the gardening season as part of self-care in plant care?[34:09] Resh’s favorite list of what to grow in preparation for the next garden season (tomatoes and cucumber varieties)[39:59] What kinds of flowers does Resh like to grow in her garden to attract pollinators?[48:19] Pre-order Resh's upcoming book Vegetable Gardening Made Easy later this year[50:52] Where can you find Resh on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Building and Installing a Low Tunnel Hoop House — Resh GalaGrowing Joy Ep 168 Grow Your Own Tea: Intro To Herbalism With Juliet Of Chestnut School Of Herbal MedicineGrowing Joy Ep 199 How To Grow Garlic With Jill WingerGrowing Joy Ep 200 Common Houseplant Pest Identification And How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies And MealybugsSundried Cherry Tomatoes — Instagram ReelTomato cropsCucumber cropsPre-order Resh Gala’s book, Vegetable Gardening Made EasyFor more of Resh's winter prep tips,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Resh:WebsiteInstagramYouTubeHundred TomatoesFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/14/202356 minutes, 10 seconds
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How to Grow Citrus Indoors

Have you ever wandered through the citrus section of a nursery, inhaling the sweet scent of Meyer lemons and key limes, and thought “Oh my, I want one”? As someone who impulse purchased a struggling lime tree years ago—which I named Limey, by the way—growing citrus indoors is possible with the right care and conditions. Citrus plants can be great houseplants if you set them up for success, and they present a unique opportunity to engage all five senses! In this episode, I invited my long-lost dear friend Danny Trejo from Via Citrus to share with you everything you need to know to cultivate your own indoor citrus plant, from choosing the right variety to proper care for growth and fruiting.In this episode, we learn:[00:00] What citrus varieties has Maria grown over the years? [11:59] What is Danny's background with citrus?[15:01] Try Soltech's high-quality grow lights and get 15% off with code BLOOM15[17:23] Where can you get the best citrus soil mix and citrus tone fertilizer?[19:39] What citrus varieties does Danny recommend for beginners?[21:20] Other citrus varieties Via Citrus are growing[24:13] What conditions do citrus plants need to thrive indoors?[28:01] Grow light specifications for citrus (a crash course)[31:28] Why you should have a proper watering schedule[34:09] Soil care and drainage hole for your citrus[35:52] How often should you fertilize citrus?[37:11] How to prepare your citrus in the winter[38:37] When is the best time to prune your citrus plants?[41:40] How to increase humidity for citrus in the winter[42:53] What are some common citrus troubleshooting tips?[44:08] Can you grow citrus from seeds?[45:28] What is grafting?[49:53] How to ensure that your plant's buds develop into fruit[51:52] What exciting new sustainable pot line is Danny creating?[55:06] Where can you find Danny on social media? (use code ‘GROWINGJOY' for 10% discount!)Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep 206 The History Of Italian Gardens And Italian Citrus With Helena AttleeGrowing Joy Ep 203 How To Bring Your Plants Indoors For The WinterYouTube video Limey’s Grand Adventure // Flying My Lime Tree To FloridaHelena Attlee’s book, The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus FruitWe The WildSoltech Aspect Lights CollectionEspoma Organic Citrus ToneEspoma Organic Citrus FoodFor a deep dive into Danny's expert citrus grower tips,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsEnsure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Danny:WebsiteInstagramRepotsFacebookEmailFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince and use my code joy for a great deal: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/7/20231 hour, 1 minute, 30 seconds
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Plant Magic: How to Be a Green Witch

Do you ever wish you could invite a little more magic into your life? As fall approaches and the spooky season of Halloween is upon us, many of us long to connect with something… mystical. But magic doesn’t have to be complicated or even supernatural, plant friends. The energy of nature that surrounds us every day provides plenty of opportunity for wonder, spiritual connection, and manifestation!To guide us, I’ve invited my dear friend Rachael Cohen, who is a wonderful example of a modern green witch. While terms like "witch" can carry a stigma, Rachael shows how nature offers a portal to our intuition, healing, and inner wisdom.In this episode, we learn:[07:25] Rachael’s journey to becoming the “Green Witch”[12:54] How did making art with succulents help Rachael find peace?[15:18] Get a free engraving with code 'growingjoy' at Wind River Chimes[17:08] Explore diverse, flavorful garlic varieties for your garden at Territorial Seed Company [19:29] Complex history behind the term “witch”[21:54] How does Rachael define a witch?[27:24] What is magic?[29:21] What does it look like to be a “Green Witch”?[30:30] Where can you find top-tier houseplants grown in the state-of-the-art European greenhouse?[33:09] Connection between seasons, menstrual cycles, elements, and spirituality[36:48] How do green witches use the cycles of the moon?[39:06] New moon vs full moon and the different energies they release[42:00] Try to read The Farmer’s Almanac to learn more about the moon[47:37] How does Rachael work with plants as a green witch? (active plant magic vs passive plant magic)[48:31] Different energies and creation of herbal teas[52:41] How to identify the uses of herbs[55:57] What makes people choose tinctures over teas?[57:41] Spells can include rhymes, but intention matters more than words[01:01:27] How do you create a spell bag for financial abundance?[01:04:18] Should planting intention spells align with the new or full moon?[01:05:50] Strategic plant placement impacts energy flow based on Feng Shui and yin/yang qualities (aka passive plant magic)[01:11:58] Working with seasons and elements[01:16:26] Where can you find Rachael on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Episode 60: Live Taping! DIY Succulent Crowns With Infinite SucculentGrowing Joy Episode 165: Everyday Plant Magic With Rachael Of Infinite SucculentRachael’s book Everyday Plant Magic: Change Your Life Through the Magical Energy of NatureRachael’s book Infinite Succulent: Miniature Living Art to Keep or ShareJulia Cameron’s book The Artist’s WayArin Murphy-Hiscock’s book The Green WitchJuliet Diaz's booksThe Farmers’ AlmanacFor a deeper dive into plant magic and natural energies,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Territorial Seed CompanyAre you ready for the fall gardening season? Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Follow Rachael:WebsiteInstagramTikTokFacebookSessionsFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh: https://www.hellofresh.com* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/24/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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DIY Houseplant First Aid Kit

Caring for houseplants often means dealing with pests, diseases, or cultural issues at some point. Having a houseplant first aid kit prepared allows you to quickly treat problems and nurse your plants back to health. In this episode, our favorite horticulturist Leslie Halleck shares must-have items to include in your DIY houseplant first aid kit so you can effectively treat plant problems as soon as they pop up!In this episode, we learn:[00:17] What is a Houseplant First Aid Kit?[09:46] What is horticultural oil, when is it used, and how does it differ from neem oil?[12:57] Neem vs neem oil[15:03] How to brighten up your home and keep your houseplants happy all year with high-quality grow lights[17:28] DIY houseplant first aid kit essentials: Fungus Gnats Death Drop and neem oil![19:44] Is neem oil safe as a leaf shine for plants, or does it potentially harm them by clogging stomata or pores?[22:58] Why should you include fungicide/bio-insecticide in your first aid kit for houseplants?[25:52] Does fungicide reverse leaf damage?[27:46] Sanitizing vs sterilizing (plus products you should use while pruning)[28:48] What is insecticidal soap?[30:18] What are systemics, why do they work, and when should they be used? (heavier chemical)[32:18] Where can you find the best houseplants with scientific care guides and color-coded collections?[34:15] Where can you find high-quality organic fertilizers and potting mixes?[40:50] How do hydrogen peroxide and BT work in dealing with houseplant pests?[41:43] What is a "drench" in systemic pesticide application?[44:16] Why should you have rooting hormone in your first aid kit?[45:19] Best tools/gears for your first aid kid![45:20] What are sticky traps? (monitoring tool)[47:07] Rubber gloves Leslie recommends![50:15] Why should you use separate snippers/tweezers/pruners for gardening tasks?[51:57] Folding potting mat![53:58] Hygrometers/glass domes[57:31] Grow lights[01:00:19] PAR Meter (for professionals)[01:03:36] Maria’s favorite—magnifying glass![01:16:17] Moisture meter[01:08:49] Check out Leslie’s books!Mentioned in our conversation:Amazon storefront for all products mentionedPhysanLeslie Halleck’s BooksEpisode 204 How to Identify Houseplant DiseaseEpisode 200 Common Houseplant Pest Identification and How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies and MealybugsEpisode 196 Overwatered Vs Underwatered Plants, How Much Light Do Indoor Plants Need and More Common Houseplant ProblemsEpisode 46: Understanding Natural Light: General RulesEpisode 47: Understanding Natural Light: Measuring ToolsYouTube How to Save and Revive a Dying Houseplant: Saving My Prayer Plant from the Brink of Death!Vita Grow LightFor a complete list of houseplant first aid kit must-haves,Check out the amazon storefront with links to many of the products discussed todayGrab the Fungus Gnat Death Drops and/or neem oil at happyhappyhouseplant.com and get 10% off with code GROWINGJOY at checkout!check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsEnsure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Fungus Gnats Death Drops by Happy Happy HouseplantCan't seem to get rid of fungus gnats? Happy Happy Houseplant knows how annoying it is to see fungus gnats take over your plants, so they created Fungus Gnat Death Drops! Backed by science, tested by their founder Mandi, and loved by their customers. Keep fungus gnats at bay with this microbial insecticide with the active ingredient BTI or Bacillus thuringiensis which kills fungus gnat larvae. Another product to love is Happy Happy Houseplant's Neem Oil kit which comes with a stylish glass bottle, and pre-emulsified Neem concentrate, so you don’t have to mess around with mixing it yourself. No separating or added ingredients!Grab the Fungus Gnat Death Drops and/or neem oil at happyhappyhouseplant.com and get 10% off with code GROWINGJOY at checkout!Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Leslie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh: https://www.hellofresh.com* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/17/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rooted in Generosity: Inspiring Harmony Through Wind Chimes and Why You Need Them in Your Garden

Wouldn't it be nice to wake up every morning to the hypnotic sound of wind chimes gently drifting through your bedroom window, plant friends? The delicate tones of wind chimes dancing on the breeze can turn an ordinary morning into a magical experience. In this episode, I spoke with the owners of Wind River Chimes to uncover the history, craftsmanship, and meaning behind these musical garden ornaments. If you’re a constant listener, I’m sure you know them as one of my podcast sponsors! Patty, Jamie, Luke, and I talked about the joyful art and science behind creating beautiful chimes that connect us to soothing sounds and special memories.In this episode, we learn:[00:10] Why wind chimes have become significant for Maria’s mental health[03:51] Let’s welcome Patty, Jamie, and Luke from Wind River Chimes![05:30] What are their favorite Wind River chimes?[07:39] History of Wind River Chimes[08:53] How Jamie and Patty got involved and eventually bought the company in 2005[10:54] How has the company evolved since they assumed leadership?[14:03] How the wind chimes are made (tuned pipes, specific alloys, thick walls)[15:33] Get a 10% discount at Territorial Seed Company when you plant cover crops now![17:13] How the tones and scales are designed[18:57] The emotional experience provided by chimes[19:46] The primal connection of humans to music[21:45] What is the science of sound? (alloys, testing, parts designed for optimal tone)[24:55] What are their favorite emotional customer stories involving the chimes?[31:20] Why does the company commit to donating 20% of their profits to charity?[34:04] What "harmony" means to the Wind River Chimes teamMentioned in our conversation:Corinthian Bells WindchimeFor a deep dive into the science of soothing chime sounds,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsor:Territorial Seed CompanyAre you ready for the fall gardening season? Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Follow Wind River Chimes:WebsiteFacebookInstagramTikTokPinterestYouTubeSoundCloudFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh: https://www.hellofresh.com* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/10/202341 minutes, 38 seconds
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The History of Italian Gardens and Italian Citrus

Ever heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? You bet those lemons might have come from an Italian garden, plant friends! To celebrate Italian American Heritage Month, this episode brings us all about the history of Italian gardens and citrus cultivation with Helena Attlee, an expert on Italian gardens and author of the book The Land Where Lemons Grow. We will talk about Italy's epic obsession with gardens and citrus fruits over the centuries.In this episode, we learn:[00:00] What is the deep-rooted connection between Italian culture and gardening?[07:36] How Helena became passionate about Italian gardening[11:48] Helena’s garden features and the cultural significance of citrus in Italian agriculture[13:57] Why is it not advisable to grow citrus in Britain?[15:00] Get your fall planting and feeding essentials from Espoma Organics![16:30] Gift the magic of soothing melodies this season with Wind River Wind Chimes[18:23] What recurring cultural garden themes did Helena find in all her visits?[22:05] Revival of Italian gardening[28:05] What sustains edible gardening in Italian culture, especially in lower and middle-class communities?[29:59] How volcanic ash from active volcanoes benefits plant growth, particularly in regions like Sicily and Naples[31:11] What inspired Helena to write her book, The Land Where Lemons Grow?[34:30] Importance of Italian citrus farming and its link to the mafia's rise[41:13] Health benefits of blood oranges and lemon juice, especially in preventing scurvy[44:11] What are Helena’s top favorite gardens to visit in Italy?[46:41] What would be one way to elevate your gardens in an Italian way?[47:34] Where can you find Helena on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Helena Attlee The Land Where Lemons GrowBooks by Georgina MassonRussell PageGrandi Giardini ItalianiFor a deep dive into Italian gardens you can explore up to the present,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Helena:WebsiteInstagramTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out HelloFresh: https://www.hellofresh.com* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/* Check out Rosetta Stone and use my code TODAY for a great deal: https://www.rosettastone.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/3/202351 minutes, 40 seconds
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Houseplant Styling Tips, How to Be A Professional Houseplant Stylist and All Things Maryah Greene

If you love styling your indoor plants and have an eye for design, becoming a professional plant stylist may be the perfect side hustle or full-time career for you, plant friends! Plant styling has exploded in popularity recently, as more people discover the therapeutic benefits of surrounding themselves with plants. In this episode, we'll share insights from Maryah Greene, a successful New York-based plant stylist and influencer, on how she built her brand Greene Piece. You'll learn Maryah’s tips for starting a plant styling company, calculating rates, and her new children's book, ‘Good Things.’ We'll also cover her top plant styling techniques to create cohesive, harmonious plant designs tailored to you and your space.In this episode, we learn:[03:26] Maryah on balancing plant collections and responsibilities[05:48] Why Maryah created Greene Piece and the inspiration behind it[08:09] How did Maryah's Japan experience shape her passion for plant teaching?[14:20] How did Maryah manage her first year offering plant-related services as a side hustle?[00:15:56] Enjoy homegrown garlic in your kitchen and garden for 10% off with Territorial Seed Company![17:43] How did Maryah determine her pricing strategy for her plant business?[20:43] Navigating initial business paperwork and finances[24:02] Embracing entrepreneurship and appearing on Good Morning America![28:55] What was the impact of Maryah's decision on her work and career prospects?[31:21] How does Maryah maintain balance and fulfillment in her business?[36:34] What’s the difference between plant styling and being a plant doctor?[38:14] Maryah’s journey as a content creator and influencer in the plant community[41:01] Maryah on evolving brand partnerships[44:59] Top three plant styling tips![49:13] What is the story behind Maryah's book "Good Things"?[53:53] How did the Black Lives Matter movement influence Maryah’s decision to write the book?[56:36] Emotional impact of the book on both children and adults[56:36] Working together on illustrations with Alleanna Harris[01:00:08] How does the book help parents and teachers discuss emotions and loss with children?[01:02:37] Where can you find Maryah and her book on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Maryah Greene's book Good ThingsGrowing Joy Ep 185 The Power Of Therapeutic HorticulturePlant Swaps by Summer Rayne OakesMaryah on Good Morning AmericaRazorbillAlleanna HarrisFor Maryah's expert plant styling tips,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Territorial Seed CompanyGrowing garlic for the first time does not have to be a struggle! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Follow Maryah:WebsiteInstagramTikTokLinkedInFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaOur Sponsors:* Check out Quince: https://www.quince.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/26/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to Identify Houseplant Disease

Is your houseplant suddenly dropping leaves, getting spots, or just looking sick? Plant diseases can strike fear into any plant parent's heart. One day your plant baby is thriving, and the next it's on the decline! Plant diseases happen to the best of us. Even expert growers deal with fungal, bacterial, and viral plant infections. The good news is that many common houseplant diseases are treatable if caught early. But plant friends, you need to first know how to accurately identify them.In the third episode of the Grow Better series with my dear friend, Leslie Halleck, we explore how to spot symptoms, diagnose plant illnesses, build a first aid kit, and nurse your plants back to health.In this episode, we learn:[07:00] What is a plant disease?[09:55] Why do plants get these diseases? (the disease triangle)[11:47] Factors involved when a pathogen meets a host[13:11] Difference between signs and symptoms[16:36] Challenges of identifying plant symptoms[20:17] Is it enough to know what the disease is before you start treating it?[20:51] General guidelines for identifying different types of diseases (fungal, viral, and bacterial)[24:37] What are some common misconceptions about bacterial and fungal disease infections?[28:19] Disease #1 Powdery Mildew[30:46] Enjoy a 15% discount on Soltech’s Grove LED Bar Light as a member of the Growing Joy community![32:30] Does the idea of gifting mindfulness through resonating wind chimes intrigue you?[34:30] Disease #2 Molds[38:12] Disease #3 Leaf spots[41:14] Importance of having fungicides in a houseplant care kit![43:14] Disease #4 Root rot[45:05] Considerations for propagating specific species (e.g., African violets)[48:23] Why do viruses generally have no effective treatments?[48:43] What are the go-to resources for diagnosing plant disease?[56:26] What is the best course of action for treating black rot on a Dracula or any orchid?[59:25] Keep your plants healthy by practicing prevention and environmental managementMentioned in our conversation:Leslie Halleck’s BooksDavid Gerald Hessayon BooksFor disease-specific treatment guides,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Soltech SolutionsBring the beauty of nature into your home. Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Wind River ChimesTap into the power of mindfulness and bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Leslie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/18/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to Bring Your Plants Indoors for the Winter

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, how do our plants adjust to this change? For us houseplant parents, this signals that it's time to start transitioning our outdoor summer plants back indoors. While it may seem simple to just pick up your plant pots and haul them inside, there are important steps to follow for a smooth transition.In this solo episode, I'll walk you through the entire process of bringing your houseplants indoors in 3 phases: Preparation, Transition, and Maintenance. Follow these 7 steps and you'll have healthy plants that continue thriving inside all winter long!In this episode, we learn:[03:23] Why it's essential to bring your plants indoors during the winter[05:54] Bringing plants indoors requires three distinct stages: preparation, transition, and maintenance[06:15] #1 Check your plants thoroughly for pests[07:36] How to get rid of the pests[08:59] #2 Prune or trim any abnormal or damaged leaves[10:15] #3 Check the soil and repot if necessary[11:27] Where can you get high-quality soil and plant food for the fall gardening season?[13:00] Why Kamili Bell Hill’s ‘Happy Plant, Happy You’ is your next best plant care reference[14:26] #4 Bring your plants indoors slowly or gradually[15:50] #5 Choose the best location in your home for your recently sun-exposed plants[17:24] #6 Quarantine your plants and check for pests weekly[18:55] #7 Adjust watering and fertilizer for indoor conditionsMentioned in our conversation:Indoor Houseplant FertilizerHappy Plants, Happy YouFor a step-by-step guide on winter plant prep,check our the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Quarto: Happy Plants, Happy You by Kamili Bell HillPlant care IS self-care! In this book, author Kamili Bell Hill, a beloved guest on the pod, shows how taking care of houseplants is also taking care of one's self. Learn easy houseplant care tips alongside lessons like how to use houseplants to live a stress-free and self-loving life. Check out Happy Plants, Happy You at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, Barnes and Noble, or amazon.com.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/12/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to Can and Ferment Vegetables and Fruits from Your Garden

When you grow an edible garden, you likely end up with a surplus of fresh produce at the peak of each growing season. Rather than letting those precious veggies and fruits go to waste, consider preserving them through time-tested techniques like canning and fermenting. These methods allow you to safely store your garden harvest so you can enjoy homemade jams, pickles, sauces, and more throughout the year! In this episode, you'll learn the basics of canning and fermenting from renowned homesteader, canning expert, and author Stephanie Thurow.In this episode, we learn:[06:06] How Stephanie got into canning and fermenting[07:42] What's the strategy behind the timing of canning? [09:53] Difference between canning and fermenting[11:53] Is fermentation a shelf-stable process like canning, or does it require refrigeration?[13:37] Why is it advised to consume a spoonful of fermented food each day, such as sauerkraut?[14:31] What is the storage setup for Stephanie's canned and fermented goods?[15:22] Materials you need for water bath canning[16:43] Why is a rack required when using your 4th burner pot for canning?[19:00] Where can you find premium, handcrafted wind chimes that are perfect for gifting?[20:32] Where can you find potting mixes, composts, and fertilizers for indoor and outdoor gardening?[23:05] Steps to prepare for a canning session[28:28] Common mistakes beginners make when canning[31:11] What are the basic requirements for fermenting vegetables?[32:16] Why "The Cottage Garden" is your ultimate resource for understanding the history, evolution, and stunning modern interpretations of cottage garden design[33:47] Difference between dry salting and brining in fermentation[35:44] Are there any precautions or cleanliness practices to follow during fermentation?[36:25] What do you need to know about fermenting basics?[38:31] What is the recommended timeline for fermenting different types of foods?[39:36] Common troubleshooting tips for fermenting to avoid issues like mold?[40:24] Should you follow recipes?[41:01] Where can you find trusted online recipes for fermentation and canning recipes?[42:15] What are Stephanie's favorite fermentation and canning recipes?[46:12] Unique or unusual items Stephanie has tried pickling[49:12] Where can you find Stephanie’s books online?[51:30] How do you break the seal on the tightly sealed jars?[52:35] Where can you find Stephanie on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Episode 195: Homesteading For Beginners With Michelle Bruhn And Stephanie ThurowNational Center for Home Food PreservationBall Mason Jar Lids & BandsSpritz Society Pickle by Claussen®Food Preservation Cookbooks by Stephanie Thurow:Can It & Ferment It: More Than 75 Satisfying Small-Batch Canning and Fermentation Recipes for the Whole YearWECK Home Preserving: Made-from-Scratch Recipes for Water-Bath Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and MoreWECK Small-Batch Preserving: Year-Round Recipes for Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and MoreFor Stephanie's go-to recipes,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Espoma OrganicEnsure a thriving plant paradise with the right products! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Quarto: The Cottage Garden by Claus DalbyExplore the history and draw inspiration from different cottage garden design-styles in this organically-written book filled with over 700 full-color photographs. Learn the fundamentals and the principles behind well-design cottage gardens as author Claus Dalby features famous and modern cottage gardeners and gardens from all over the world. This book is your ultimate resource for understanding and interpreting the cottage garden design, so you can create your own! Check out The Cottage Garden at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, Barnes and Noble, or amazon.com.Follow Stephanie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/5/202355 minutes, 50 seconds
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How to Forage for Healing Plants in Your Backyard

For most of us, the plants growing in our backyards and neighborhoods go overlooked. We mow them down or walk right over them without a second glance. But did you know many of these plants have been used medicinally for centuries? In this episode, we'll share fundamental tips from an expert forager, herbalist, and hiker, Heather Houskeeper. You'll learn basic plant identification skills, foraging best practices, and uses for several common medicinal "weeds."In this episode, we learn:[07:14] How Heather became a botanical hiker[09:30] Juliet’s Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine[13:14] What does sheep’s sorrel taste like?[18:54] What should you know when trying to make foraging your new hobby?[16:11] How does Heather's approach to foraging align with the concept of homesteading?[20:04] Where can you find the best chimes for your lawn and garden?[22:15] Why is plant identification key, especially specific to region, important?[25:35] Why is a magnifying loop helpful in the process of identifying plants?[26:36] Tips for your first foraging adventure[28:35] How to approach and communicate with a plant while foraging[30:51] How does sensory experience enhance plant-human connection?[31:35] What are good harvesting practices, especially if you're on public land?[36:21] General guideline for harvesting plants without causing harm to the overall population[37:38] What is the best way to identify plants while foraging?[38:34] Why is it important to use scientific names when searching for plant information?[39:47] Botanical terms and concepts that beginner foragers should understand[40:09] Radial and bilateral symmetry in flowers[42:33] Parts of a flower[44:22] Leaf arrangement and leaf shape[48:18] Herbalist terms you should know for medicinal purposes[50:44] Medicinal properties and uses of common plants[54:04] Healing properties of sorrel plant family[55:15] Healing properties of plantains[59:14] Healing properties of yarrow[01:02:37] Where can you find Heather online?Mentioned in our conversation:The Lodge at WoodlochChestnut School of Herbal MedicineGrowing Joy Episode 168 Grow Your Own Tea: Intro To Herbalism With Juliet Of Chestnut School Of Herbal MedicineLove and the Long PathA Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea TrailA Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes TrailAlone - TV showFor five of the most common backyard healing plants and their uses,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Heather:The Botanical HikerSchool of Plant and Place ConnectionInstagramFacebookYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/22/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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Check Out the Old Fashioned On Purpose Podcast

I hope you LOVED this weeks episode on How to Grow Garlic with Jill Winger!Jill was an amazing and has an incredible podcast of her own all about homesteading and slow living called Old Fashioned On PurposeI wanted to introduce you to in, incase you dream of a homestead or slower way of living.Type in "Old Fashioned On Purpose" into the podcast player search bar and go subscribe or click this link!https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/old-fashioned-on-purpose-podcastAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/10/20232 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to Grow Garlic

Garlic is a staple in so many savory dishes, but if you've only ever cooked with the sad grocery store bulbs, it's time to see garlic's true potential by growing your own. The depth of flavor and variety that homegrown garlic offers blows store-bought out of the water. Lucky for us, plant friends, growing our own garlic at home is so easy! In this episode, homesteader extraordinaire Jill Winger walks us through how to grow garlic step-by-step, select varieties, grow, harvest, and store your own garlic for a steady supply of flavorful garlic all year long.In this episode, we learn:[03:09] Garden Society shoutout[05:17] What led Jill to embrace homesteading?[07:01] Check out Jill’s blog and podcast![09:29] How Jill's garden has evolved over the years[11:23] Jill’s early years of homesteading and its long-term evolution[13:18] Why homesteading involves continuous trial and error[13:54] How long has Jill been growing garlic?[14:59] Homegrown vs. store-bought garlic[15:57] How to select the right garlic to grow[16:08] Choosing a reputable garlic seed source[17:24] Softneck vs. hardneck garlic[19:19] Where to find a wide variety of hardneck and softneck garlic for pre-order?[21:07] Where to get quality potting mix and soil for garlic growth over the winter? [24:05] What else is needed to grow garlic besides cloves?[25:37] When is the best time to plant garlic?[26:41] Why garlic is low maintenance[27:28] What steps should be taken to prepare garlic for planting?[28:32] How deep should you plant the clove under the soil?[29:21] Why garlic doesn't rot or freeze despite delayed stalk growth in winter[30:32] What’s the next step after planting garlic?[32:39] How does the harvest timing affect the taste and texture of garlic scapes and bulbs?[33:52] How do you know the garlic is ready to harvest?[35:03] How do you “cure” fresh garlic?[37:01] Tips for storing garlic for a long time[38:35] Common garlic growing issues and how to address them[39:36] Jill’s favorite garlic recipes[41:35] How did Jill’s homestead slowly evolve?[43:48] How reconnecting with nature and sustainable living creates a natural ecosystemMentioned in our conversation:Garlic Scape Pesto RecipeHow to Braid GarlicHow to Plant GarlicHow to Braid OnionsLomi Tabletop ComposterTerritorial Seed Garden Garlic CatalogueUpcoming Book by Jill Old-Fashioned on PurposeGrowing Joy Episode 123 How To Manage Deer, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Moles, Voles And Other Animals In Your Garden With Brie The Plant LadyFor a step-by-step guide on growing your own garlic,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyGrowing garlic for the first time does not have to be a struggle! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Espoma OrganicEnsure a thriving garden with the right products! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Jill:WebsitePodcastInstagramTwitterYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/8/202356 minutes, 1 second
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How They Built a Million Dollar Company: Plantrepreneur Profile with Soltech

Soltech has achieved remarkable success in recent years, growing from a small startup to a million-dollar business. For long-time listeners, you probably bought their grow lights already using my coupon code Bloom15, and I’m sure you love them as much as I do! And for those who haven’t, join me in this episode as we talk in-depth with Soltech’s founders and my dear plant friends—Chris, Mike, and Paul—about their remarkable journey, the challenges they overcame, and the strategies that propelled them to the pinnacle of success.In this episode, we learn:[06:13] Get to know the three people behind SolTech[09:33] What is it like to create a multi-million dollar plant brand?[11:28] Which came first, their friendship or the business?[12:19] What role did plants play in their college lives?[12:58] When did they realize the untapped potential and demand for high-quality grow lights[15:58] The tale of Soltech grow lights[19:17] Where can you find premium, handcrafted wind chimes that are perfect for gifting?[24:03] Difficult sacrifices the founders had to make[25:45] Living together and building Soltech[26:52] What was their method of accountability and reinforcement for their shared vision?[30:48] Reassuring signs of progress amid challenges and doubts[34:19] How did community development become integral to Soltech?[37:34] Low-cost strategies that resulted in significant results[44:02] House plant grow lights vs. cannabis cultivation lights[45:26] Why is manipulating the photosynthetic spectrum important in creating a full spectrum grow light?[47:02] Why different plants require different colors in the spectrum[49:12] New product launching soon: Grove LED bar light[54:27] Tips for installing a grow light and ideal plant distance[58:38] Obstacles and teachable moments[01:08:13] What were some notable moments or achievements in the past year that Soltech's founders go "holy shit"?[01:16:38] Where can you find Soltech on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Soltech Comprehensive Plant GuideSoltech Top Plant Books and GuidesAspect Grow LightsHighland Grow LightsVita Grow LightsPRE-ORDER THE GROVE GROW BAR!Curious about the ups and downs of starting a plant business?Check out the full show notes and blog here!PRE-ORDER THE GROVE GROW BAR!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Soltech Solutions:PRE-ORDER THE GROVE GROW BAR!WebsitePinterestInstagramTikTokYouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedInFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/1/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Power of a Therapeutic Garden to Help Us Feel Better

Gardening has long been known for its therapeutic advantages and as a place of calm and peace in the middle of a hectic schedule. Garden therapy can relieve stress and enhance our mental and emotional health. In this episode, we'll look at 9 gardening practices that can help you develop a deeper connection with nature—and yourself.In this episode, we learn:[05:11] Therapeutic benefits of gardening during tough times[09:40] How gardening can help you with focus and monotasking[10:55] The connection between gardening and mindfulness[12:55] 9 therapeutic garden activities for a more joyful gardening experience[13:01] #1 Turn your garden visits into a self-care reflection moment[17:08] Where can you find the best tone fertilizers for your indoor and outdoor plants?[21:09] Engage your 5 senses![21:18] #2 Sight (being fully present in the beauty of nature)[22:53] #3 Smell (enjoy aromas and incorporate them into daily routines)[24:56] #4 Sound (especially bird songs!)[26:54] #5 Touch (trace leaf outlines and feel their textures)[28:38] #6 Taste (try your homegrown produce!)[29:56] #7 Affirmations (to your plants and yourself)[33:24] #8 Grow flowers[35:39] #9 Look for plant/life parallelsMentioned in our conversation:Merlin Bird IDGJWM Episode 186 The History Of Houseplants With Jane PerroneGJWM 188 The Art Of Aromatic Gardening With Amy Of NYC AromaticaFor a closer look into these therapeutic gardening practices,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEnsure a thriving garden with the right products! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/25/202342 minutes, 39 seconds
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Overwatered vs Underwatered Plants, How Much Light Do Indoor Plants Need and More Common Houseplant Problems: Grow Better with Leslie

Do your plants get enough water and light? These questions are typically asked, and the answer is often "It depends." But this answer is more meaningful than you might think, which will be explained in today's episode of our new series, "Grow Better," featuring Leslie Halleck. As a certified horticulturist with extensive experience in plant care, Leslie is here to share her insights on the subject of overwatering and underwatering, offer valuable insights into the optimal light requirements for plants, and explore the common challenges plants encounter.In this episode, we learn:[07:04] Who is Leslie Halleck and what is her background in plant care?[08:24] How has social media impacted plant parenthood and gardening? (aka green guilt)[10:32] Why losing plants is normal even for horticulturalists[12:06] Why do plants need time to adapt when moving from a greenhouse to our homes?[16:51] How are watering and light related in plant care?[20:39] Where can you find stylish grow lights with full spectrum warm white light?[25:04] How relative humidity affects houseplants[27:24] Other key challenges that gardeners face with outdoor plants[31:52] How can you tell if a plant is dying?[38:10] How does excessive light affect plants? What is phytotoxicity?[41:18] Other effects of low light on plants[41:54] Signs and symptoms of overwatering and underwatering in plants[48:10] What causes leaf drop?[51:35] What are the key indicators and signs of nutrient deficiency in both houseplants and garden plants[57:06] How can you distinguish between healthy and unhealthy yellow or pink foliage on plants like Cissus discolor that lack green leaves?[01:00:05] Why it is important to know the plant's environment and care habits[01:03:03] When is the right time to dispose of a plant?[01:10:30] Where can you find Leslie Halleck on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Grow lightsHygrometerBooks by Leslie Halleck:Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor GrowersPlant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and FlowersTiny Plants: Discover the joys of growing and collecting itty-bitty houseplantsFor an in-depth look on overwatering vs underwatering,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsor:Soltech SolutionsBring the beauty of nature into your home. Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Follow Leslie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/18/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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Homesteading for Beginners with Michelle Bruhn and Stephanie Thurow

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a homesteader? A growing number of people are turning to self-sufficiency and sustainability in their way of living. However, homesteading can seem intimidating, especially when social media portrays it as an exclusive lifestyle requiring acres of land and living off the grid. The good news is that it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing lifestyle! In this episode, learn how Stephanie Thurow and Michelle Bruhn, co-authors of the book Small Scale Homesteading and absolute BFFs, are making homesteading accessible to everyone—no matter how much land you have. They share their experiences with gardening, chicken keeping, maple sugaring, and more, all while living on less than an acre in the suburbs of Minneapolis.In this episode, we learn:[06:43] Stephanie & Michelle’s homesteading journey[13:08] The challenges of gardening in different regions (know your last frost date)[16:24] How Stephanie & Michelle’s friendship and shared interests led to their book “Small-Scale Homesteading”[17:55] Where can you find a range of cold-tolerant crops for your fall and winter gardens?[19:58] Where can you find the perfect wind chimes to add a touch of beauty and mindfulness to your surroundings?[17:51] What is the role of community in their homesteading journeys?[24:32] What is the difference between gardening and homesteading?[26:40] What inspired Michelle and Stephanie’s move from gardening to homesteading[30:50] Tips for transitioning from gardening to homesteading[40:21] Michelle on seed starting[43:36] What are the easiest seeds to save?[44:59] How can you preserve your homegrown food?[46:45] Fermentation vs pickling[48:36] What is water bath canning?[51:21] Things you should know about raising chickens![01:01:13] Further homesteading stories and experiences from Michelle & StephanieMentioned in our conversation:Book by Stephanie Thurow & Michelle Bruhn Small-Scale Homesteading: A Sustainable Guide to Gardening, Keeping Chickens, Maple Sugaring, Preserving the Harvest, and MoreCan It & Ferment It: More Than 75 Satisfying Small-Batch Canning and Fermentation Recipes for the Whole YearWECK Home Preserving: Made-from-Scratch Recipes for Water-Bath Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and MoreWECK Small-Batch Preserving: Year-Round Recipes for Canning, Fermenting, Pickling, and MoreFood Preservation Cookbooks by Stephanie Thurow: Chicken Pens at Tractor Supply Co.For honest tips and recommendations on raising your own chickens,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyGrowing your own food does not have to be difficult! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Stephanie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookYouTubeFollow Michelle:WebsiteFacebookInstagramFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/11/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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The History of Flowers with Noel Kingsbury

Flowers have totally mesmerized people for ages with their awesome colors, shapes, and smells. We're totally obsessed with them, and they've been a huge part of our cultures, traditions, and personal bonds for as long as we can remember. In this episode, we're going to talk about the history of flowers with a celebrated garden writer, Noel Kingsbury. We'll explore the history and meanings behind flowers, how they've evolved alongside pollinators, and the special relationships we have with these amazing plants.In this episode, we learn:[05:22] When did Noel’s passion for plants and flowers start?[07:41] Noel shares his earliest plant memory[08:47] The inspiration behind Noel's book “The Story of Flowers”?[11:19] What is cultivation and how has it changed throughout the centuries?[12:43] Similarities and differences observed in the various human civilizations[15:37] Difference between high and low culture in plant profiles[16:32] Why is dahlia considered a low-brow flower in old British history?[18:36] Where can you find handcrafted wind chimes perfect for wedding and housewarming gifts?[20:13] Where can you find all your potting mix, planting soil, and fertilizer needs for gardening?[22:18] Are orchids considered high-class flowers?[23:54] What is the significance of flowers' affordability and accessibility throughout history?[25:30] Symbolism of the Iris flower in different cultures and civilizations[28:16] How flowers create a sense of identification and long-term connections with people[31:08] Why flowers and pollinators are in a lockstep co-evolutionary relationship.[33:47] What fact surprised Noel the most in his research about flowers?[36:17] Interesting facts about common flowers found in your garden[39:15] What brought Noel to Portugal? [39:29] Opium poppies have a complicated history with varying legalities[40:48] What lotus flowers symbolize[42:06] What is Noel’s favorite flower?[43:25] Where can you find Noel on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Noel Kingsbury The Story of Flowers: And How They Changed the Way We LiveThursday Garden Chat for Garden MasterclassBook by Jane Perrone Legends of the LeafFor a full list of flowers and their symbolism,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Espoma OrganicGrow an abundance of flowers with the right products! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Noel:WebsiteGarden MasterclassInstagramTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/4/202347 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to Overcome Burnout Through The Healing Power of Nature

How do you handle burnout? We have all asked that question at some point because modern society has a lot of demands, and it's become too easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if there was a free and accessible tool that could help you turn towards yourself again, away from overstimulation and crazy schedules? In this episode, I will share with you my own experience with deep depression and severe burnout, and how I found healing through making major life shifts centered around spending more time in and with nature.In this episode, we learn:[00:24] Maria shares her experience with depression and severe burnout over the past three years[01:54] Plants are a great way to reconnect with a part of ourselves that modern society ignores[10:24] How is burnout defined?[12:27] How do you recover from burnout?[13:25] What is Attention Restoration Theory?[14:23] First type of attention: Directed Attention[14:37] Second type of attention: Involuntary Attention (aka fascination)[16:10] Involuntary attention practices to help you find balance in life[16:14] Look at a plant before you look at your screen[18:00] Thank the trees[18:36] Pair it with gratitude[19:25] Ritualize engaging with nature[22:54] Go outside[23:02] Forest bathing and its benefits[25:51] Mental health walks[26:44] Get your bare feet on the earth (aka grounding/earthing)[28:36] Practice mindfulness through plant care[30:53] Lean into scent[33:24] Two different types of plants for healing purposes[33:38] Slow burn plants[35:57] Quick win plants[38:23] Pruning back to inspire growthMentioned in our conversation:My Neighbor Totoro (1988) - IMDbHigherDOSE Infrared PEMF MatGrowing Joy Episode 188 The Art Of Aromatic Gardening With Amy Of NYC AromaticaPocket Wall Planters | WallyGrowWe Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle on Apple PodcastsFor a detailed list of Maria's recommended practices,check out the full show notes and blog here!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/20/202344 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors

Do you want to learn how to grow mushrooms at home? In the third episode of our Mushroom Mini-series, Billy and I share how you can enjoy the process of growing mushrooms indoors. Our relationship as co-hosts, and more importantly, as life partners, has made this journey more delightful. We enjoy our time together as self-proclaimed “mushroom farmers,” learning and growing together. In this episode, we are grateful to welcome back Louis from North Spore who shares his mushroom expertise and beginner-friendly tips!In this episode, we learn:[05:42] What is it like being a mushroom farmer?[06:40] Multiple harvests from the grow kits through proper moisture management[08:51] Debunking magic mushroom misconceptions[2:44] Billy and Maria’s positive experiences with Lion's mane mushroom[14:34] How do you grow mushrooms indoors?[14:44] #1 Spray & Grow Kits (The perfect beginner species!)[18:02] #2 Fruiting Blocks[19:17] Where can you get premium quality growlights?[21:05] Where can you find delightful wind chimes that make for a perfect gift choice?[22:23] #3 Martha Tents (aka North Spore’s Boom Room)[25:36] How do you avoid mold with a Martha tent?[28:18] What's the ideal humidity level on the humidistat for the fruiting blocks?[30:39] What comprises a fruiting block and what goes into making it?[32:17] How do you distinguish spawns versus spores?[37:13] How do you pasteurize something?[37:58] What would be three great beginner mushrooms to start in a grow tent?[40:09] Economics of mushroom cultivation[42:26] Can a Martha tent enable a wider range of mushroom growth compared to a mono tub?[43:21] #3 Mono tub[50:22] What are the two substrates of Nameko mushrooms?[54:23] Who is North Spore?Mentioned in our conversation:How to Make a Martha Tent Mushroom Fruiting Chamber‘BoomRoom’ Automated Mushroom Martha Tent Grow KitHow to Make a Monotub: The Complete Monotub Tek GuideUsing a Spray & Grow KitFruiting Block KitsSpray & Grow KitsMonotub KitsMonotub Set Up & Grow GuideHow to Grow Mushrooms in Buckets & ContainersFor a list of beginner-friendly indoor mushrooms,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsBring the beauty of nature into your home. Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow North Spore:Louis' LinkedInWebsiteInstagramYouTubeFacebookTikTokPinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/13/20231 hour, 9 seconds
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Check out the Bad Seeds Podcast!

Introducing the Bad Seeds Podcast, by our dear friend, Summer Rayne Oakes!Bad Seeds is a new podcast from School of Humans and iHeart Podcasts that investigates a growing area of crime that you might have never heard of: plant crime. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, plant crime has been on the rise. From timber poaching in Zambia to cactus smuggling in the US' national parks, Bad Seeds explores a variety of cases where people have stolen plants - having huge repercussions on our environment and in turn...us.  All of Bad Seeds' episodes are out now. You can listen on the iHeartRadio app, Apple podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Head over to subscribe and binge! iHeart: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-bad-seeds-112229352/Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bad-seeds/id1680791653Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1MsbtuahueZqPiGa5SA9YnAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/8/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to Stop Killing Succulents: Succulent Care and Propagation Guide

Succulents are beautiful, low-maintenance plants that are perfect for us busy plant parents. They're also total badasses. However, they can be quite tricky to care for if you don't know what you're doing. In this episode, I have invited my “succy” friend Andrea from Justsuccit.com to shed some light on the facts and fiction surrounding succulent care!In this episode, we learn:[00:17] Why succulents can mislead and frustrate people[07:34] How did Andrea become the expert succulent plant lady she is[08:48] Fascinating geometry of echeveria and other rosette-type succulents[11:25] How Andrea’s multifaceted business operates[12:13] Carefully tending to succulents is important due to their specific care needs[14:09] 3 reasons why you’re killing your succulents[14:51] Where can you find a fast-draining potting mix for succulents, cacti, and citrus plants?[17:01] Where can you pre-order garlic to grow your own bulbs and scapes?[19:26] Why you should try succulents[19:59] Are lithops considered succulents?[22:44] How do you stop killing your succulents? (aka succulent care!)[23:27] #1 Before watering, check the soil[25:09] Adaptations in succulent leaves that are affected by watering[26:36] #2 Place your succulents in direct sunlight[31:23] #3 Beware when your succulents start stretching[33:46] #4 Place your succulents in fast-draining soil[35:56] #5 Keeping airflow in check[38:00] Few ways to propagate your succulent[38:09] #1 Leaf propagation[41:13] #2 Stem propagation[44:20] What are the best practices for removing a fully withered leaf?[44:44] Plant life parallel: a poetic act of a mother plant nourishing offspring[48:17] How can you “embrace the succ” and ensure you and your succulent thrive?[50:54] Most powerful lesson Andrea learned from her succulentsMentioned in our conversation:Soltech Grow lightsEspoma Organic Cacti Potting MixPlant-Life Parallel ReelAbraham HicksFor Andrea's recommended succ care,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicMake sure your succulents have the right soil and nutrients! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Territorial Seed CompanyGrow your own garlic! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Follow Andrea and JustSuccIt:WebsiteFacebookInstagramTikTokFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/6/202358 minutes, 18 seconds
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Companion Planting Basics with the Garden Managers of The Lodge at Woodloch

Did you know that plants can also be friends? If you’ve followed me on Instagram this year, you will know about the love affair I am having at The Lodge at Woodloch, a luxury resort and spa, about an hour from where I live. A very interesting aspect of the Lodge at Woodloch is the Blackmore Farm, their regenerative organic farm that grew 9500 lbs of produce for the Lodge’s Restaurant last year! And it is run by only two guys, Sam and Derrick, whom I’ve invited to share their passion for soil biology and sustainable gardening… and to spill all the beans (pun intended) on their companion planting secrets!In this episode, we learn:[08:09] How The Lodge at Woodloch’s farm developed over the years[12:20] What is the significance and meaning of companion planting?[13:10] The "fruit, root, leaf, aromatic herb, and flower" formula for companion planting[14:05] The relationship between plant taste and companion planting[14:46] Borage, Borage, Borage![16:46] Where can you get a huge selection of flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits this winter?[18:15] Philosophy behind The Lodge’s motto and how it can be applied to small-scale gardens[26:04] How did Sam and Derrick begin their journey into gardening without formal degrees in agriculture?[28:59] Gardening's growing popularity and valuable lessons from experienced gardeners[30:03] Benefits of using borage as a trap crop in the garden[34:26] Why it’s important to harvest companion plants as they mature[37:01] How companion planting helps you to stay on top of pests and diseases[38:42] When planting potatoes, are you supposed to remove the roots along with the greens of shallow-rooted greens?[39:12] What to do if the roots of the greens and onions become intertwined[39:21] Is it harmful to remove roots from the soil?[42:18] How often does The Lodge use natural pesticides?[45:10] Direct sow or pot-start: which is best for planting established seedlings?[46:43] What should you plant withA annual flowers like zinnias or sunflowers?[49:36] What’s a good companion plant for roses?[52:08] Best way to plant potato leeks[53:43] What does “blanching” mean?[55:26] A few tips for succession planning[59:32] Where can you find Sam and Derrick work on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:The Biggest Little FarmGrow bagThe Lodge at Woodloch Passion ClassesFor Sam and Derrick's fave companion planting combos,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyDon't let the winter blues stop you from gardening! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Follow The Lodge at Woodloch:WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/23/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mini Episode: 5 Ways to Use Scented Plants to Reduce Stress and Increase Joy

Plant friends, we are changing things up. We're taking a detour from our typical long-form content to introduce a new format — mini-episodes — taken from our rich conversations. These episodes are meant to be your bite-sized lessons about how to use nature to bring joy into your life. And in this first episode, inspired by our recent interview on aromatic gardening, we’re going to talk about 5 practical steps to incorporate scent into our daily routines.In this episode, we learn:[00:26] What these mini-episodes are about[01:18] Why smell is important for memory and stress relief[02:39] #1 Going for a restorative post-rain walk[03:21] #2 Utilizing essential oils[03:59] Different ways to diffuse essential oils[04:43] Some essential oils and plants you can use![06:04] #3 Growing scented plants (if you’re not into oils)[08:06] #4 Interplanting aromatic plants with edible plants[08:39] #5 Making yourself a mini bouquetCheck out the 5 tips in detail,read the full show notes and blog here!Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/19/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Art of Aromatic Gardening with Amy of NYC Aromatica

Do you love the smell of fresh flowers or the aroma that wafts through your home as you cook with herbs? Smell might not be the first thing we think of when it comes to gardening, but it's actually a super powerful way to bring joy to our gardens! In fact, our sense of smell has strong associations with our long-term memories and emotions. Today, we're chatting with my friend Amy Anthony, a certified clinical aromatherapist and aromatic gardener, who will share her expertise on how aromatic gardening can cultivate joy, calm, and memories through scent.In this episode, we learn:[05:08] How Amy's passion for plants led to her expertise in aromatherapy[06:46] How the process of obtaining an aromatherapy certification works[09:33] How scents can trigger memories through the olfactory system[14:28] Is the connection between the olfactory system and the brain due to the nose's proximity?[16:57] Where can you find high-quality potting mix and fertilizer for your garden?[19:06] Are you searching for personalized and premium wind chimes for Mother's Day?[22:37] What is aromatic gardening and which plants are its focus?[24:54] Various plants that repel pests or deer[26:26] Can you easily grow aromatic plants, distill their oil, and use it at home?[27:41] Why you should add aromatic plants to your garden [30:57] Amy grows aromatic plants to make tea, hydrosols, and tinctures[34:51] What are the recommended methods for brewing lemon balm tea?[36:56] What’s your go-to resource for identifying plant diseases, preventing animal damage, and setting up a successful garden?[37:52] Amy's recommended plants to promote relaxation[40:09] Which plants are ideal for an afternoon energy boost?[42:31] Which plants promote connection with oneself or others in the context of aromatherapy or sensuality?[45:50] What non-culinary herbs should you try growing?[49:20] Which staple plant is recommended for aromatic gardening?[53:04] Where can you find Amy on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Dr. Qing Li Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and HappinessPoem by Twyla M. Hansen The Other WomanNYC Aromatica Plant TalksNYC Aromatica Online ClassesFor a list of herbs, flowers, and their benefits,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Espoma OrganicMake sure your aromatic herbs and plants are getting the right nutrients! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook by Susan MulvihillThis gardening season, arm yourself with The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook by veggie-growing guru Susan Mulvihill of YouTube Susans in the Garden!This book will become your go-to resource for all natural pesticide free solutions and troubleshooting for the gardening woes that will inevitably arise in your garden. The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook will help you properly identify over 28 bacterial and fungal diseases like powdery mildew, leaf spot, and potato scab, limit damage from plant eating animals and most importantly, it'll help you set your garden up for success to actually prevent these problems from ever happening.Check out The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, Barnes and Noble, or amazon.com.Follow Amy:WebsitePodcastInstagramLinkedInFacebookFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/16/202359 minutes, 45 seconds
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Check out the Decorating Tips and Tricks Podcast!

Did you love this weeks episode with Kelly from Decorating Tips and Tricks on Interior Design Trends for your Garden? If so, listen to her trailer, and go check out the Decorating Tips and Tricks Podcast and subscribe!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/11/20233 minutes, 2 seconds
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9 Interior Design Tips to Apply to Your Garden

Interior design principles are not limited to our indoor spaces! For us plant parents, interior design and gardening may initially appear as separate domains, but there are numerous similarities between the two—so much so that the principles of one can be applied to the other. In this episode, we'll learn from Kelly Wilkniss of Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast as she shares nine valuable interior design tips that can be applied to transform your garden into a stunning, cohesive, and joyful space.In this episode, we learn:[04:50] How has Kelly’s gardening passion intersected with her interior design career?[07:16] What inspired Kelly to do an all-white garden[08:45] What is Kelly’s interior design style?[10:30] Kelly’s opinion on modernizing antiques[12:01] How did she transition from being a lawyer to an interior designer?[14:08] Where can you find stylish lights for upgrading indoor plant environments?[16:04] Where to find a personalized Mother's Day gift that includes handcrafted wind chimes[20:31] Tip #1 Take a photo of interior and exterior spaces (it promotes a cohesive design flow!)[21:56] Tip #2 Limit your color palette[25:18] Tip #3 Create a flow[33:49] A must-have book for outdoor living area design ideas with mix-and-match suggestions and before-and-after pictures[35:10] Tip #4 Plant in odd numbers[37:55] Tip #5 Layering![40:44] Tip #6 Balance and scale[44:26] Tip #7 Visual noise[48:48] Tip #8 The touch of black[52:08] Tip #9 Not having ugly storage[01:00:13] Where can you find Kelly on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Episode 145 Interior Design Trends and Houseplants With Betsy From Affordable Interior DesignWayfair shedsGrowing Joy Episode 180 Minimalism and Plants With Stephanie of Sustainable MinimalistFor all of Kelly's design tips and notes,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsSoltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 90-day money-back guarantee. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Field Guide to Outside Style: Design and Plant Your Perfect Outdoor Space by Ryan McEnaneyMake your lawn look restorative, stylish, and cohesive, with Ryan McKenney's new book Field Guide to Outside Style. Ryan walks you through perzonalizing your outdoor living space with the right plants, furnishings, and other design elements. Did we mention there are a lot of options, case studies, and before and after pictures to help you really digest this concept?Check out Field Guide to Outside Style at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, Barnes and Noble, or amazon.com.Follow Kelly:WebsitePodcastBookInstagramYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/9/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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The History of Houseplants with Jane Perrone

Where did our houseplants come from and what’s the history behind them? From Babylonian gardens to the healing power of herbs, houseplants have been used for centuries to cultivate joy in our lives. In this episode, I spoke with Jane Perrone, OG planty podcaster and author of the newly released Legends of the Leaf. Jane has spent years researching and collecting stories, lore, and surprises about our beloved house plants, and is here to enlighten us about their history. Let’s learn all about the monstera, the spider plants, and more that have been in homes for generations!In this episode, we learn:[05:26] Meet Jane Perrone and learn about her latest book Legends of the Leaf[11:38] Insight into Jane's book and its structure[14:13] What was Jane’s research process in writing her book?[16:47] Was aloe vera part of Cleopatra's beauty routine?[18:19] What is the impact of plants on air quality?[20:13] Where can you find quality indoor and outdoor gardening products?[22:19] Where can you get flower and vegetable transplants to create an effortless garden?[24:13] What is the cultural significance of the Aspidistra plant throughout history?[28:37] How did Aspidistra become a popular houseplant?[30:32] History of the spider plant and its cultural significance[34:23] Are you looking for a book to start your first container garden?[36:23] What is Colonial botany and why was it an important field of study?[39:37] Dark history of Dieffenbachia[46:23] History of the Boston fern and why it became popular[51:40] Why is the monstera plant a must-have for any plant lover?[54:48] Who worked on the illustrations for Jane's book?[58:07] Where can you purchase Jane's book?[01:05:46] Where can you find Jane Perrone on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Jane Perrone’s book Legends of the LeafD.G. Hessayon’s book The House Plant ExpertBiodiversity Heritage LibraryGeorge Orwell’s book Keep the Aspidistra FlyingGracie Fields’ song The Biggest Aspidistra In The WorldNetflix film Enola HolmesGerman poet Johann Wolfgang von GoetheAmerican Sitcom Will & GraceNoel Kingsbury’s book The Story of FlowersFor a listicle of our favorite houseplants and their history,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyGardening is made easier with flower and vegetable transplants! Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door. They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for leafy veggies, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Espoma OrganicMake sure your houseplants are getting the right products! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.The First Time Gardener: Container Gardening by Pam FarleyDon't let limited space and gardening anxieties hold you back from growing your own food. Start your very first garden in containers, the easy and affordable way, with the help of Pam Farley's The First Time Gardener: Container Gardening. Learn the basics and requirements of container gardening such as size, water, fertilizer, location, and more with this comprehensive and fully-illustrated book.Check out Container Gardening at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes and Noble, or amazon.com.Follow Jane:WebsiteInstagramTikTokPodcastYouTubeBookFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/2/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Functional Mushrooms in Your Garden

What if you could grow functional mushrooms next to your tomato plants? In this episode 2 of the Mushroom Miniseries, Billy and I continue our exploration of the world of mushrooms in partnership with North Spore and their expert mycologist, Louis Giller. Today's episode focuses on growing mushrooms in your garden and covers topics such as integrating mushrooms into a traditional garden and the benefits of cultivating mushrooms alongside your plant babies!Enjoy an exclusive 10% off your mushrooms,use code 'GROWINGJOY' at northspore.com!In this episode, we learn:[05:35] Benefits of Lion's Mane mushroom supplements for improved focus and energy[09:15] Why should you grow mushrooms in your garden?[10:45] Specific vocabulary in mushroom cultivation[12:43] Is mushroom DNA diverse or uniform across different areas?[15:30] Why you can't simply grow any mushrooms in soil alone[17:15] Are mushrooms annuals or perennials?[20:14] Where can you find full spectrum plant lights to bring the beauty of outdoors inside this April?[22:16] Where can you find a healthy meal delivery program?[24:52] What protections exist for preventing other mushroom species from colonizing a bed of ripe food and confusing the farmer?[26:29] Can you harvest mushrooms immediately after inoculating your garden beds?[27:35] What mushrooms are best for beginners to grow in the garden?[29:30] Do you need a lot of space to grow a good harvest?[30:29] Do worms compete or work with mycorrhizal? [32:25] What materials do you need for growing mushrooms in your garden?[34:44] Where can you find a wind chime that would make the perfect gift these holidays?[36:21] How can you grow mushrooms in your mulch? [41:04] Does a denser, ground-level plant provide better shade for the mushrooms??[44:00] Is there a general rule for spacing the insertion points when inoculating a bale of hay?[44:49] How do mycorrhizal networks and mold coexist in nature, particularly in damp and dark environments?[48:09] How to create a mushroom container for small gardening spaces[52:49] What are the required maintenance tasks for growing mushrooms during the season?[57:03] What is the difference between cutting and pulling mushrooms during harvesting?[58:23] Best beginner mushroom varieties that are resilient to temperature and humidity changes[59:40] Different mushrooms that you can grow in different garden zones or different climates[01:00:56] What is the process of inoculating logs for growing mushrooms?[01:03:48] What's the purpose of wax capping your mushrooms?[01:05:29] Can mushroom inoculation be done before or after the frost date?[01:10:12] Where can you find mushroom spawns and learn more about mushroom growing?Mentioned in our conversation:North Spore 'Spray & Grow' Mushroom Growing KitsPink Oyster ‘Spray & Grow’ Mushroom Growing KitYouTube video North Spore Test garden in Portland, MaineLion’s Mane tinctureHow to Grow Mushrooms in Buckets & ContainersWhich Species of Log is Best?How to Make Outdoor Mushroom BedsHow to Grow Mushrooms on Logs, Totems & StumpsMushroom Spores vs. Spawn: What is the Difference?YouTube video How to Grow Mushrooms on Logs | Complete Inoculation Walkthrough!For a complete checklist of mushroom gardening necessities,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsSoltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".SakaraMake eating healthier easier with science-backed, plant-rich nutrition programs and wellness essentials right to your door! Sakara provides ready-to-eat meals that are nutritionally designed to deliver results — from weight management and eased bloat, to boosted energy and clearer skin. Enjoy delicious meals that have a perfect balance of plants,protein and fats, while also taking control of your physical health.Get 20% off your first order when you use code "GROWINGJOY" at sakara.com.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow North Spore:Louis' LinkedInWebsiteInstagramYouTubeFacebookTikTokPinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/11/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 8 seconds
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Spring Houseplant Care

Are you ready to give your house plants the love and care they deserve this spring? It's that time of year again where we shed our winter blues and embrace the sunshine and fresh air of a new season. And what better way to welcome the change than by spring cleaning for your plant babies? In this episode, we've got you covered with a checklist of things to do to set your plants up for success this season, while also cultivating joy and mindfulness in the process!In this episode, we learn:[02:42] What is spring cleaning for your houseplants[03:45] How the health of your plants can reflect your mental state[04:00] Spring Houseplant Care Checklist [04:09] 1. Understanding how the change in daylight affects plant care[05:09] 1.a. How to adjust watering frequency during spring[08:10] 1.b. More light equals more photosynthesis (Ensure your plants are getting enough light!)[10:18] 2. Mind your temperature (Keep your plants in a comfortable environment!)[11:20] 3. Spring cleaning![13:10] 3.a. Prune brown and yellow leaves to promote growth[16:45] 3.b. Why you need to wipe your leaves[19:30] Where can you get plant-rich meals delivered to your door?[22:22] The best place to get safe and easy-to-use gardening products for your houseplants[24:17] 4. Refresh soil if necessary[25:45] 4.a. Repot or pot up your plants[29:41] 5. Fertilize if your plant is growing[31:23] 6. Consider the pros and cons of moving plants outside in the spring[36:06] 7. Why it is important to assess your plant collection[38:18] How tending to your plants can reveal interesting parallels between them and your lifeMentioned in our conversation:HygrometerHumidifiersSoltech Grow LightsLomi composterEspoma Insect ControlCurio cabinetsFor the full houseplant spring cleaning checklist,check our the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:SakaraMake eating healthier easier with science-backed, plant-rich nutrition programs and wellness essentials right to your door! Sakara provides ready-to-eat meals that are nutritionally designed to deliver results — from weight management and eased bloat, to boosted energy and clearer skin. Enjoy delicious meals that have a perfect balance of plants,protein and fats, while also taking control of your physical health.Get 20% off your first order when you use code "GROWINGJOY" at sakara.com.Espoma OrganicSpring cleaning is less complicated when you have the right products on hand! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/4/202343 minutes, 21 seconds
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Top Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in your 2023 Garden with Joe Lamp'l

Are you ready to take your gardening skills to the next level and avoid common pitfalls? Spring is finally here, and it's time to get ready for gardening season! But before you start planting, it's important to know what not to do in your garden. That's why we've brought back Joe Lamp'l of joegardener.com to share his expertise on common gardening mistakes and how to avoid them. From beginners to seasoned gardeners, there's something for everyone in this fun and informative discussion!In this episode, we learn:[03:41] Why you shouldn’t fear mistakes when starting a garden![06:05] How gardening mistakes can lead to unexpected positive results and help you improve[08:00] What is the guideline for seed sowing density in intense planting method?[08:43] How often should you check on your seedlings to prevent legginess and promote growth?[10:15] Why seedlings need special care to grow properly[11:01] What are the biggest gardening mistakes?[12:23] #1 Forgetting to plan![15:15] What is the definition of garden planning and how should you do it?[16:13] What is necessary for successful gardening planning?[17:39] Plan your balcony garden with a diagram and use garden planners to organize your planting[20:00] How did Joe feel about starting gardening with two rose bushes?[21:07] What's the order for planning tasks (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly) when planting for spring, summer, and fall?[24:00] Where can you find container varieties of plants specifically bred for limited-space gardening?[27:35] #2 Overdoing it![28:54] Why does gardening make us feel optimistic and ambitious?[32:34] #3 Improper spacing![35:27] Why are plants forgiving?[36:07] #4 Leaving your soil bare![38:50] How can one mitigate the negative consequences of bare soil?[40:31] Joe’s favorite type of mulch![42:37] #5 Planting too early or too late! Oopsies![44:20] How fix the problem if you started gardening either too early or too late?[47:23] Where can you find a personalized gift with a variety of colors, sizes, and sounds available?[49:35] List of garden hurdles you might face![49:34] #1 What if you have an apartment?[50:38] #2 What should you do if you have a garden with space but has low light or shade?[51:50] What if you don’t have a budget for gardening?[54:55] #3 What if you’re overwhelmed?[56:13] How to avoid weed overwhelm[59:18] What is Joe’s new course Organic Vegetable Gardening all about?[01:03:20] Joe explains what a single module in the OVG course would entail[01:06:55] The OVG course is on sale for $100 less during its launch week!Mentioned in our conversation:Territorial Seed Company’s Garden PlannersGrow Bag GardeningJoe’s BooksJoe’s newest course Organic Vegetable GardeningFor a list of Joe's gardening tips and tricks,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyFor this garden season, Territorial Seed Company is making sure no one is left behind. Grow plants that have been tested and bred specifically for container gardening, so you can maximize your limited space. Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for berries, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Joe:WebsiteInstagramYouTubeTwitterPinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/28/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 24 seconds
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Minimalism and Plants with Stephanie of Sustainable Minimalist

As plant parents, we love our green babies, but sometimes we can get carried away with our collections. With life returning to normal, we might feel like it's time to simplify our spaces and make room for new experiences. Today's episode is all about embracing the joy of living with less. We're joined by Stephanie, the host of the Sustainable Minimalism podcast, to talk about how the principles of minimalism can bring positivity and happiness into our plant parenthood journeys. So get ready to enjoy some uplifting conversation on how to create a healthy and balanced plant collection!In this episode, we learn:[03:04] Maria’s recent trip to Florida and her experience with outdoor plants[05:58] How did Stephanie become a sustainable minimalist and what journey did she take to get there?[08:57] How can regret and shame be used as a tool for positive change?[10:23] Do you throw your stuff away, give it away, or return it?[13:01] Why you should not let the “investment shame” hold you back from letting go of items that no longer serve you[15:15] Where to get a variety of edible flowers that can add beauty to your garden and unique flavors to your dishes[17:41] Are there any hidden signs of overwhelm people should watch out for when deciding to go minimalist?[21:13] What tools can you use to resist the urge to buy something new when trying to declutter?[25:01] Books and resources Stephanie recommends for those interested in minimalism![26:33] What are the first steps you should take toward decluttering?[31:51] How wind chimes can be a beneficial addition to a mindfulness practice[34:28] Where can you find high-quality, safe, and eco-friendly indoor and outdoor gardening products?[36:13] Stephanie’s top minimalist takeaways that could inspire anyone interested in minimalism, and how it could apply to your plant collection[36:56] #1 Using cost per use as a metric![38:19] #2 Space is more valuable than your belongings![38:51] #3 Memories do not reside in items![39:47] #4 Multiples of an item keep us cluttered![42:04] How do you know if it's time to celebrate getting a new plant and be more intentional about what you buy?[43:07] #5 Pair your next purchase with something wonderful going on in your life![45:29] Follow Stephanie and Sustainable Minimalist!Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Episode 111: The Art of the Plant Pause and Managing Plant Parent OverwhelmGrowing Joy Episode 86: Pause With Plants to Release Stress and Increase Calm With Brittany From the Pause With Plants PodcastMarie KondoJoshua Becker’s Becoming MinimalistSustainable Minimalist Episode 341: When Minimalism Feels OverwhelmingFolia CollectiveFor a detailed list of tips and tools for your minimalism journey,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyFor this garden season, Territorial Seed Company is telling you: eat your flowers! Edible flowers are not only beautiful, but they are also good for your body, and this company has your back. Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for berries, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden.Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.Follow Stephanie:WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/21/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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Living Soil, Planttok and Creativity Through Plants with Dirty Roots Berlin

Have you ever wondered about the fascinating world of soil biology and the joy of creativity through plants? In this episode, we're joined by Adam from @dirty_roots_berlin to learn all about the importance of living soil, growing your own soil, and using nature to combat nature. Plus, we'll dive into how TikTok offers a refreshing and diverse platform for sharing your love for plants and exploring your unique personality! We'll also discuss how plants can help us reconnect with our sense of awe and wonder and inspire us to embrace creativity and curiosity in unexpected ways. So get ready to join us for an inspiring and enlightening discussion about all things green!In this episode, we learn:[00:05] How caring for plants helps us reconnect with our inner child and inner student[02:49] TikTok is teeming with creators sharing their plant expertise![05:13] Adam, creator of Dirty Roots Berlin, talks about his unique approach to plant care[07:24] The best way to take care of plants may not be what you think it is[08:24] Why Adam likes collecting large plants and those that serve a function (featuring Bee Baths!)[10:03] What inspired his bee garden and how did the idea of using a 3D printer for set pieces lead to the bee bath design?[11:50] How Adam's curiosity about plant nutrients and microbes led to an innovative approach to indoor gardening[16:10] Why did Adam move to Berlin and how has his plant collection changed?[18:56] Why is it important to have the best bedding for a good night's sleep?[21:24] On the importance of replicating natural conditions for successful houseplant care[24:26] What are those “globes” and what makes them different?[28:17] What is soil biology, or living soil, and how does it contribute to nutrient cycling for plants?[37:52] How can plants help people reconnect with their inner creativity and awe?[39:51] Should you sanitize your houseplant scissors?[43:41] What are some cost-effective ways to propagate plants, and why is failure important?[46:59] What's different about the plants in Berlin's grocery stores and garden centers?[48:00] How can grow lights help bring spring and summer indoors year-round?[49:55] Adam's distinct method of engaging with his audience on TikTok.[55:32] How do TikTok and Instagram engagement differ?[58:32] Have you seen Adam’s planty bathroom?[01:00:09] Who are Adam's favorite TikTok creators?[01:01:19] Where can you follow Adam on social media?Mentioned in our conversation:Bee BathsGrowing Joy Episode 04: Summer Rayne Oakes: Plants for the Advanced Plant Parent and Practicing PatienceChristopher DurangThe Plant ProfFor a deeper dive into soil biology and the fun world of PlantTok,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Cozy EarthSleep is foundational for optimum health, like having quality soil for our plants to thrive in, so doesn't it make sense to have bedding that reflects that? Cozy Earth's best-selling bamboo sheet set is temperature-regulating and incredibly soft, and it's made from 100% premium viscose from bamboo which makes it not only feel like silk but actually truly cooling to touch. Plus, they have a lengthy warranty and everything you need for bedding with a variety of luxury pillows, sheets, blankets and even PJS!Check out cozyearth.com and enjoy an exclusive offer of 35% off site wide when you use the code “GROWINGJOY".Soltech SolutionsSoltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code bloom15.Follow Adam:WebsiteFacebookInstagramTikTokYouTubeFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/14/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101 Plus the Answer to "What is the Mushroom Growing in My Houseplant!"

Are you ready to dive into the magical world of mushrooms? We're excited to introduce the Mushroom Miniseries, our four-part exploration into the incredible, functional world of mushrooms. From learning about their adaptogenic nature to understanding how they grow, we're here to take you on a journey of discovery! Join me and my husband Billy as we partner with mushroom expert Louis Giller from North Spore to explore everything from how to grow mushrooms outdoors and indoors to discovering the incredible benefits mushrooms can offer our health and wellbeing. Our journey began with a simple walk in a nature preserve, and now we're bringing this passion project to you! Welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms!In this episode, we learn:[00:56] This episode’s special guest![02:02] Billy and I started exploring mushrooms after watching ‘Fantastic Fungi’[05:57] An overview of our four-part mushroom miniseries![07:57] Who is Louis Giller and why is he so crazy about mushrooms?[11:31] Mushroom appreciation![12:36] How we started this passion project[16:42] What is the difference between mushrooms and fungi?[19:00] Are you looking for a product that improves plant growth while reducing water usage?[20:40] Where can you get high-quality potato seeds this summer?[22:50] What differentiates fungi from flora?[25:21] What is the main purpose of mushrooms?[27:08] Let’s explore the Wood Wide Web![30:54] What determines the fungus' fruiting body structure?[35:38] Do potting mixes and composts with mycorrhizae help plants absorb water and nutrients faster, and how does this work?[37:05] What are the little yellow mushrooms growing in your houseplant soils?[39:36] What are adaptogenic mushrooms?[40:40] Chaga and Reishi mushrooms: their anti-inflammatory benefits and unknown mechanisms[43:43] Why mushroom have high-end protein content[48:56] Ready to prioritize your health by investing in your sleep with the comfiest bedsheets[51:07] Are the Cordyceps from The Last of Us TV show real?[53:21] Louis’ best mushroom-related books for beginners![57:37] What are the mushrooms that Loius regularly consumes?[59:31] What are some affordable ways to grow mushrooms at home?Mentioned in our conversation:Champs Trade ShowsPaul Stamets’s film Fantastic FungiPizza ai FunghiGiuliana FurciFunDiSHBO TV Series The Last of UsNetflix TV Series How to Change Your MindTero Isokauppila’s book Healing MushroomsTero Isokauppila’s book Healing AdaptogensDavid L. Spahr’s book Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada Merlin Sheldrake’ book Entangled LifeFour SigmaticFor a more comprehensive look into the world of mushrooms,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Territorial Seed CompanyThere is nothing like snacking on fresh berries, so why not grow them in your garden? With a wide variety of berries to have in spring, Territorial Seed Company has your back. Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for berries, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Cozy EarthSleep is foundational for optimum health, like having quality soil for our plants to thrive in, so doesn't it make sense to have bedding that reflects that? Cozy Earth's best-selling bamboo sheet set is temperature-regulating and incredibly soft, and it's made from 100% premium viscose from bamboo which makes it not only feel like silk but actually truly cooling to touch. Plus, they have a lengthy warranty and everything you need for bedding with a variety of luxury pillows, sheets, blankets and even PJS!Check out cozyearth.com and enjoy an exclusive offer of 35% off site wide when you use the code “GROWINGJOY".Follow North Spore:Louis' LinkedInWebsiteInstagramYouTubeFacebookTikTokPinterestFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/7/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Evolution of Plant Parenthood with Adam, Becca and Nicole from Potted Together

Are you always seeking out new plant friends to swap plant care tips and experiences with? This episode is perfect for new plant parents looking to learn from experienced plant lovers or anyone who wants to be part of a community of plant enthusiasts. Join me as I chat with the Potted Together trio Adam, Nicole, and Becca about the evolution of plant parenthood, the different seasons of plant care, and all the topics that only true plant friends would discuss. So grab a cup of tea and listen to the conversation!In this episode, we learn:[02:28] Meet my new budgie, Frankie![02:53] Plant Friend Hangs[03:12] Meet Adam, Becca, and Nicole from Potted Together![13:30] How their friendship started[17:55] What made the three decide to start a podcast together[20:02] Difference and advantage of podcast vs youtube[22:22] How have Adam's feelings about plants changed over time?[26:00] Nicole's experience as a plant parent[27:32] Where can you find Oprah's favorite bed sheets?[29:45] Safe and high-quality potting mix and fertilizer for your houseplants[32:27] Becca's plant parenthood journey![35:56] Which plants did they regret buying and which ones did they love?[36:09] Nicole's Philodendron Florida vs glosorium[37:35] Adam's Hoya carnosa ‘Grey Ghost’ vs Monstera Thai Constellation[40:05] Becca's variegated alocasia vs Pilea peperomioides[43:40] Why Maria thinks Rhaphidophora tetrasperma should never go out of style[44:13] Which plant would you choose if you had to keep only one houseplant and get rid of everything else?[49:48] Adjusting your plant care approach through the seasons[54:09] Unforeseen consequences of being a plant parent[59:51] How the online plant community has evolved and grown, especially during the pandemic[01:05:15] What changes have they seen in Plant-Tube, and what the trends will be for the community in 2023 and 2024[01:11:25] What are Adam, Becca and Nicole’s favorite plant memories?Mentioned in our conversation:Nicole’s YouTube video My Clean LeavesSummer Rayne Oakes’ YouTube channelHilton Carter’s InstagramNick Pileggi’s YouTube channelLet's Talk Hoya podcastThe Green Plant InstagramGrowing Joy Episode 51: How to Live with a “Crazy Plant Person”Growing Joy Episode 109: Passive Hydroponics: Pon and LECAFor Good from Wicked YouTube channelBecca De La PlantsBecca De La CreationsFor an in-depth look at the the trio's fave plants and plant 'regrets',check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Cozy EarthSleep is foundational for optimum health, like having quality soil for our plants to thrive in, so doesn't it make sense to have bedding that reflects that? Cozy Earth's best-selling bamboo sheet set is temperature-regulating and incredibly soft, and it's made from 100% premium viscose from bamboo which makes it not only feel like silk but actually truly cooling to touch. Plus, they have a lengthy warranty and everything you need for bedding with a variety of luxury pillows, sheets, blankets and even PJS!Check out cozyearth.com and enjoy an exclusive offer of 35% off site wide when you use the code “GROWINGJOY".Follow Potted Together:Potted Together PodcastBecca's YouTubeBecca's InstagramBecca’s WebsiteAdam's YoutubeAdam's InstagramNicole's YoutubeNicole's InstagramFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/28/20231 hour, 20 minutes
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How Seeds are Produced: Behind the Scenes of How Our Seeds are Selected, Grown, Tested and Multiplied with Territorial Seed Company

How are seeds produced, manufactured, and make it to our gardens? Every gardener knows the joy of going through seed catalogs and visiting garden centers to select the perfect mix of herbs, vegetables, and flowers to grow in their own garden. But what we might not often consider is the journey of those seeds—from the years-long process of selection, cultivation, and production to the moment when we lovingly plant those tiny specs of potential into the ground. In this episode, Andrew Billing and Kat Barlow from Territorial Seed Company take you on the journey of the seeds from the minds of passionate seed growers to the hands of gardeners!In this episode, we learn:[03:33] Are you taking seed packets for granted? (Territorial Seed Company’s purpose!)[06:08] Who is Andrew Billing? [06:28] Who is Kat Barlow? [07:48] Understanding Territorial Seed beyond the advertisements[08:48] What makes the climate at Territorial Seed and the plants grown and tested there so hardy? [10:35] What is gardener's itch?[12:28] Territorial Seed introduces new dahlia varieties[13:52] Territorial Seed's different approaches to sourcing seeds[15:42] How does farm sourcing work?[16:27] How does Territorial Seed preserve seed genetics using seed vaults?[19:00] How does Territorial Seed decide what seeds to grow in-house? [21:10] How does trend forecasting play a role in the sourcing and selection of seeds?[23:57] What is shishito pepper and how did it become popular? [25:21] Where can you find quality-built grow lights?[26:52] How wind chimes can enhance your mindfulness practice[29:28] What are some tried and true favorite seed varieties at Territorial Seed? [32:44] The seed trialing process at Territorial Seed[37:39] What is the timeline for developing marketing materials before sourcing seeds at Territorial Seeds? [39:17] How many years does it take to trial a seed and bring it to market? [39:55] What criteria determine if a seed is selectable or not? [40:49] What are the reasons seeds are cut back or not offered?[42:33] Determining when seeds are ready for market[43:57] Differences in trialing edibles vs flowers[46:10] Where can you find quality weighted blankets for overall better sleep? [48:38] What is the process of breeding better seeds?[52:15] How does Territorial Seed collaborate with other seed companies and outside farmers? [53:40] From mass production to nationwide sales: the seed distribution process[56:24] How does Territorial Seed pack and produce seeds?[1:04:20] Kat and Andrew's favorite seeds to grow[1:08:22] What new seed varieties do Territorial Seed look forward to?[1:13:32] Territorial Seed's upcoming products that can grow seeds in small containers[1:15:15] Essential tips for beginner gardeners in small space gardeningMentioned in our conversation:Shishito PeppersBridge to ParisCollaretteKitchen Counter CollectionFor a closer look at the seed production process,check out the full show notes and blog here!Learn more about Territorial Seed Company by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - and get a 10% discount applied at checkout.Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsSoltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code bloom15.Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden.Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving to add a special message on your wind chimes.BearabyWeighted blankets have been proven to improve sleep, ease anxiety, and relieve stress through the therapeutic power of deep touch pressure (DTP), and Bearaby has completely changed the game. Bearaby takes a design-focused approach to bringing medically beneficial products into people’s lives by creating products in different sizes and variety that you'll be proud to display throughout your home. Treat yourself to a weighted blanket because everyone deserves good sleep!Use code GROWINGJOY for free, faster shipping at bearaby.com.Follow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/14/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 28 seconds
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Can Plants Feel? Unmasking Plant Intelligence with Paco Calvo and Natalie Lawrence

Have you ever wondered if plants have intelligence and emotions in the same way that humans do? Plant intelligence is a topic that has been gaining more attention in recent years. The idea that plants are not just passive organisms, but actively respond to their environment and make decisions, is fascinating. To delve deeper into this subject, we are joined by two experts in the field: Paco Calvo, a professor of philosophy of science and the principal investigator at the MINT Lab, and Natalie Lawrence, a writer and illustrator with a Ph.D. and MSc in the history and philosophy of zoology. Together, they will share their knowledge and insights on plant intelligence and explore the ways in which plants communicate, learn, and make decisions. Whether you're a gardener, a scientist, or simply curious about the natural world, this episode will give you a new perspective on the intelligence of plants.In this episode, we learn:[06:32] Who is Professor Paco Palvo?[07:01] Why is MINT Lab in the philosophy department instead of the plant science department?[09:28] Who is Natalie Lawrence? [10:00] The relationship between animals and plants: biophilia[13:34] What is anthropophilia?[16:26] What role do houseplants play in our relationship with nature?[18:04] How humans have shaped the phenotype, or characteristics, of plants through agriculture[20:09] What special message would you engrave on your wind chime?[22:40] The best way to sleep better and feel calmer naturally in no time![25:58] Different types of intelligence displayed by plants[26:39] How do we see from a plant’s perspective?[27:27] Tip 1: Observe the plants’ behavior through time-lapse photography[27:45] Tip 2: Monitor the plants’ electrophysiological states[28:14] Tip 3: Observe the plant holistically through naked eyes (the most important!)[32:41] Melatonin synthesis in plants: what we can learn [34:57] How vines (climbing plants) have evolved to locate host trees through senses like "sniffing"[36:59] Where to get the best quality and variety of seeds for ease of planting experience this year![38:35] Sourcing a wide variety of high-quality soil, fertilizer, potty mix, and more![40:24] What are some of the ways vines (climbing plants) can find their host trees?[42:04] Are plants smarter? (Hint: It’s not what you think!)[44:07] What are the limits of technology when it comes to understanding plant intelligence?[46:56] Do plants have feelings? [50:24] Do plants understand music?[53:35] What is plant blindness?Mentioned in our conversation:Planta Sapiens: The New Science of Plant Intelligence, book by Paco Calvo and Natalie LawrenceMINT Lab / Minimal Intelligence LabHow society makes monsters, TEDx talk by Natalie LawrenceBBC Wildlife - Natalie Lawrence BBC Woman's Hour "The unicorn - a symbol of our times?" with Natalie LawrenceNatalie Lawrence on Aeon MagazineFor a deeper dive into biophilia and lesser-known plant abilities,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden.Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving to add a special message on your wind chimes.BearabyWeighted blankets have been proven to improve sleep, ease anxiety, and relieve stress through the therapeutic power of deep touch pressure (DTP), and Bearaby has completely changed the game. Bearaby takes a design-focused approach to bringing medically beneficial products into people’s lives by creating products in different sizes and variety that you'll be proud to display throughout your home. Treat yourself to a weighted blanket because everyone deserves good sleep!Use code GROWINGJOY for free, faster shipping at bearaby.com.Territorial Seed CompanyIt's time to start planning for growing season 2023! If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden.Get 10% off by visiting territorialseed.com/growingjoy - discount applied at checkout.Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Follow Paco:MINT LabFollow Natalie:WebsiteTwitterLinkedinFollow Maria and Growing Joy:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram: @growingjoywithmariaTiktok: @growingjoywithmariaSubscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmariaWebsite: www.growingjoywithmaria.comPinterest: @growingjoywithmariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/7/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 25 seconds
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Growing Joy with Plants Podcast Trailer

The answer to a happier, more connected life could be simpler than you think: learning to care for plants and connect with nature. Houseplants and gardening do more than beautify our homes and lawns, the act of caring for them helps us reduce stress, increase joy and cultivate connections with ourselves, others and the earth. Deep, right?  On the Growing Joy Podcast, learn alongside host and author Maria Failla to not only care for plants, but how to simply and affordably use plants to manage your overwhelm, anxiety and stress and live a happier, more connected and calm life. Plant care is self care. Come grow some joy with us. Follow along on socials @growingjoywithmariaTake the Plant Parent Personality Test https://growingjoywithmaria.com/personalityGrab our free downloads: https://growingjoywithmaria.com/freebiesVisit the website! https://growingjoywithmaria.com/Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
1/5/20231 minute, 30 seconds
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We changed our name! Bloom & Grow Radio is now Growing Joy with Maria!

We changed our name! Bloom & Grow Radio is now Growing Joy with Maria! This is just a mini episode reminding you that this week you’ll see our name and podcast art change. But don’t worry: it's the same Maria, same planty heart and inspiration, just a new upgraded look inspired by my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness. I feel like this rebrand is like a juvenile Monstera that has grown into a fenestrated one!Last week’s episode titled “We’re Growing” is a deep dive on the motivations behind this rebrand. My business coach actually interviews ME about everything that’s gone on behind the scenes since I took this podcast full time. Here are the improvements you’ll enjoy this year because of this rebrand:Weekly episodes instead of every other week2 episodes about plant care per month (which is what B&GR currently delivered) and then two MORE episodes that can be community panels about plants/gardening or interviews with wellness experts who specialize in nature based therapies like forest bathing, horticultural therapy, biophilia, plant intelligence and more. So we’ve DOUBLED the content!On this mini episode, I take you behind the scenes of the audio design and inspiration for our new theme song. Get excited to explore how to build a rich, beautiful, joyful life alongside your plants. This year is going to be filled with so much UNBELIEVABLE educational content to help you1) care for your plants successfully but then2) take it to the next level and explore just why plants make us happy and how plant care can be the most effective form of self care.Let’s keep blooming and keep growing JOY, Plant Friends!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
1/3/20237 minutes, 49 seconds
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We’re Growing: How Embracing Life and Mental Health Challenges Can Positively Affect a Business with Callie, my Business Coach

I have been hard at work over the past years to grow my business and bring you better content and experience. We want to thank you for being a part of our journey and sharing your love for plants with us. This 2023, we are so excited to announce that we are rebranding into Growing Joy With Maria! In this episode, I’m joined by my friend and business coach, Callie England, to share with you the behind-the-scenes of my business, life, mental health challenges, the lessons I have learned, and why I’m rebranding.In this episode, we learn:[01:46] We are growing: Bloom & Grow is rebranding![03:02] Here's what's upcoming![04:13] Exploring wellness through the lens of plants[05:32] Growing Joy with Maria: Keep Blooming and Growing Joy![06:48] Meet Maria’s business coach and friend, Callie England[09:44] Maria and Callie's friendship history[11:03] How Callie went from WallyGrow to coaching creative entrepreneurs[11:47] Callie’s battle with cancer[13:25] Maria and Callie’s first phone call – and the beginning of everything[14:26] What makes entrepreneurship lonely?[15:38] Women empowerment in business[18:21] Bloom & Grow’s evolution from a passion project to a full-time career[20:49] Securing sponsorships for your business[22:19] Getting recognized in a plant shop![23:57] Getting through the pandemic as an entrepreneur[26:22] Maria's concern about monetizing Bloom & Grow[28:14] What Maria learned from working with ad agencies[30:27] Keeping business and brand reputation in balance[34:17] Maria's mental health journey through Bloom & Grow[38:37] Healing your mind through plant care[45:10] Authenticity and toxic positivity[47:13] What can we expect from Growing Joy in 2023?[52:10] Callie's creative process behind Growing Joy's rebranding[54:12] The drawback of doing many things all at once[54:42] Knowing when to say “No”[57:18] How to get in touch with Callie![1:00:20] Sneak peek of the next Growing Joy With Maria’s episodes!Mentioned in our conversation:WallyGrowCatsBloom and Grow Radio's first 10 episodes:Episode 1: The Story Behind Bloom And Grow Radio!Episode 2: Top 5 Houseplants For Beginners And Learning Kindness With The Sill’s Christopher SatchEpisode 3: How To Not Kill Your Succulent And Learning Resilience With Diana Zarins Of How To SucculentsEpisode 4: Summer Rayne Oakes: Plants For The Advanced Plant Parent And Practicing PatienceEpisode 5: Cut Christmas Tree Care And Supporting Local Businesses With Mary Jeanne Packer Of The Christmas Tree Farmers AssociationEpisode 6: Enjoy A Living, Potted Christmas Tree For The Holiday Season! With Joe Lamp’l Of Growing A Greener World And The Joe Gardener Show Podcast.Episode 7: The Operating System: Plant Propagation 101 And Using Plants To DisconnectEpisode 8: Dirty Talk And The Creation Of Houseplant Journal With Darryl ChengEpisode 9: Double Joy: Plants And Cats And Poisonous Plants To Avoid With @Plant_Lady_is_the_New_Cat_LadyEpisode 10: Plant Side Chat #1: Bloom And Grow At Your Own RateFor more info on Growing Joy with Maria,check out the full show notes and blog here!Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/27/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to Prep Your Houseplants for Winter

How do you prep your houseplants for winter? Winter is coming, and for some of you plant friends, it’s already here! Plant parents tend to fear winter, but as long as you understand the changes your plants are experiencing, it doesn’t need to be nerve-wracking. After living through multiple winters with my plant babies, specifically in small apartments and large homes, I’ve definitely learned a lot through trial and error. In this episode, we will go through as many tips and insights as possible to help set you and your plants up for success through the winter. So, plant friends, let's dive in and learn how winter impacts our plants and some actionable steps to take to ensure their health and happiness!Give the gift of Growing Joy!Gift your loved ones copies of Growing Joy and get a free personalized bookplate and month to the Garden Party!Visit bit.ly/giftgrowingjoy to redeem!In this episode, we learn:[05:28] The effect of light on the growth of plants[06:52] How winter impacts your plants[07:34] Why leaf drop isn’t necessarily bad[07:55] Do some people experience more light in winter?[09:15] What is quiescence and how does it affect plants?[10:09] Are all plants dormant during the winter season?[10:50] Is preemptive pruning really necessary?[11:30] Supplementing high-light plants with grow lights during the winter[13:14] How should you water your plants during winter?[14:29] Which is better? Watering routine or plant care routine?[15:47] Beware of the one-size fits all suggestions on plant care[16:41] Why you shouldn’t assume your plant is dead[18:19] Things to keep in mind with plant shopping during winter[21:30] Where to get seeds for your spring garden[22:52] The best gardening products that are safe for you, for your pets, and for the planet[24:21] How your plants get affected by humidity [26:03] Using a humidifier in your household[29:03] How to protect your plants from drafty windows during winter[30:40] How to clean your humidifiers[31:46] When can you stop watering your plants?[32:42] How to deal with pest outbreaks during winter[34:21] How can you apply this concept of quiescence to yourself?[37:08] The rule of 10% less in adapting acquiesce in your lifeMentioned in our conversation:YouTube video My Home Grow light Tour!YouTube video Moisture Meter and Hygrometer ReviewGrow LightsHygrometersRadiatorsHumidifiersFor a detailed summary and extra winter tips,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyIt's time to start planning for growing season 2023! If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden.Get an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Radio, use code GROW10 to get 10% off your first order at territorialseed.com.Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Give the gift of Growing Joy!Gift your loved ones copies of Growing Joy and get a free personalized bookplate and month to the Garden Party!Visit bit.ly/giftgrowingjoy to redeem!Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/20/202244 minutes, 52 seconds
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Grow Your Own Tea: Intro to Herbalism with Juliet of Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

How can we use plants medicinally in our lives? Plants heal us in more ways than one, and one of the less-known practices is herbalism. Most of the plants and herbs we use today were used for medicinal purposes in ancient times and are, in fact, still used in many cultures around the world as natural remedies. In this episode, Juliet Blankespoor, the founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, will teach us many different and easy ways that we can use plants as medicine so we can expand our knowledge on this whole field of plant benefits.In this episode, we learn:[04:58] What led Juliet Blankenspoor to become interested in herbalism[08:52] What makes plants medicinal, and have they been proven by doctors?[11:51] Energetics of plants and how to complement their energies with people's[15:49] How do you determine your own energy constitution?[16:45] Who is Wim Hoff and what are the possible benefits of cold showers?[19:16] What's the best way to get started with this completely new field of medicinal benefits?[22:22] Where to get the best seeds for your spring garden[23:38] The right choice for safe indoor and outdoor gardening products[27:03] What are the properties of Mint?[28:30] Some of the commonly used herbs that we might not be aware of[30:01] What tonic means in the context of herbal medicine[32:36] What are the medicinal properties of chives?[33:58] How we can prepare tea from fresh and dried herbs[38:16] Is there any medicinal value to the mint stem?[39:43] What other herbs can you grow to make your own tea?[44:13] Your next favorite kitchen appliance![47:19] What are some of the most versatile medicinal plants Juliet recommends exploring that aren't found in a traditional culinary garden?[48:19] What plants should you add to your culinary garden for medical benefits?[52:38] Juliet Blankespoor’s favorite herbs that you can add to your cooking recipes[57:39] What can you learn from the book 'The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies'?Mentioned in our conversation:The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies, book by Juliet BlankespoorTea strainersWim Hof MethodSPECIAL OFFER: Juliet is offering the Bloom & Grow Audience 10% off all her courses. Email [email protected] to get the special coupon code to redeem your discount.For a list of recipes and remedies of Juliet's recommended herbs,check out the full show notes and blog here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyIt's time to start planning for growing season 2023! If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden.Get an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Radio, use code GROW10 to get 10% off your first order at territorialseed.com.Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly.Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.LomiLomi is a small countertop composter that is the perfect solution to reducing your garbage footprint and food waste. This sleek composter enables you to compost hassle-free: just take your food scraps and put it in the Lomi, press a button, and you're set! Lomi is giving a rare discount $50 off with code BLOOM at checkout!Go to pela.com and redeem your special gift and use code BLOOM at checkout!Follow Juliet:Chestnut School of Herbal MedicineHealing Garden Gateway, personal website of Juliet BlankespoorSPECIAL OFFER: Juliet is offering the Bloom & Grow Audience 10% off all her courses. Email [email protected] to get the special coupon code to redeem your discount.Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/13/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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Everyday Plant Magic with Rachael of Infinite Succulent

Do you believe in magic? When we were kids, it was so easy—almost natural—for us to believe in magic. There was a certain charm to casting spells, making potions, or even wishing on a random star on a starry night. For many of us, as we grew older and we found ourselves in different unexpected directions, we started to let go of our belief in magic. Fortunately, our plants are the best bridge to reconnecting us with this magic, with ourselves, with our curiosity, and even with things yet to be known, and here’s Rachael of Infinite Succulent to tell us more about plant magic.In this episode, we learn:[01:19] Have you been to the kindest and plantiest corner of the internet?[02:49] What this episode is about[06:29] Who is Rachael and what does she do?[07:44] Maria shares a heartwarming story about Rachael[09:11] Rachael’s academic background, her professional journey, and how she ultimately became the nature connector she is today[16:09] How Rachael got started with energy work[18:18] What Rachael’s new book is about[18:50] How does Rachael define magic?[21:36] On the divine timing and trusting the universe to take you where you need to go[24:32] Why has connecting with nature never been more important than today?[27:33] How can plants help us move energy more intentionally? [30:16] What do negative ions in plants do for our health?[31:41] Where to get the best seeds for your 2023 garden[32:36] How to combat the low humidity in your home[34:37] Why biophilia is becoming a necessity, especially in workplaces[36:40] On green witchcraft and connecting with nature through different ways[39:22] Why connecting with plants is an inherent trait and experience in all of us[43:33] On worshipping nature, religions, and finding spirituality in nature[46:25] Different ways to connect with plant magic[50:57] How do we know which plants have which energies?[53:12] On connecting with the moon and our emotions[57:36] Rachael’s magical experience that resulted from her ritual on abundance[01:00:34] How plants teach us to be more open to new information and ideas[01:03:05] Maria’s current definition of magic[01:04:33] Where to find Rachael and her book online[01:05:39] What is sacred reciprocity? What is true magic?[01:07:12] Maria’s reflections on magic, plant magic, and spiritualityMentioned in our conversation:Everyday Plant Magic: Change Your Life Through the Magical Energy of Nature, book by Rachael CohenInfinite Succulent: Miniature Living Art to Keep or Share, book by Rachael CohenThe Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, book by Julia CameronBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, book by Elizabeth GilbertThe Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More, book by Arin Murphy-HiscockBraiding Sweetgrass, book by Robin Wall KimmererThe Moon BookBAGR Episode 60: Live Taping! DIY Succulent Crowns With Infinite SucculentFor tips on recreating plant magic at home,visit the full blog and show notes here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Modern SproutWhen you think of planty products and accessories, you need to think Modern Sprout. With gorgeous different lines of planty products and accessories from grow lights to watering cans to the cutest gift sets, Modern Sprout has got you covered for this holiday season.Visit modernsprout.com/growingjoy to see my top gift picks for the holidays and use code GROWINGJOY at checkout for 20% off sitewide.Territorial Seed CompanyIt's time to start planning for growing season 2023! If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden.Get an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Radio, use code GROW10 to get 10% off your first order at territorialseed.com.AIRCARETake care of your health while maintaining your indoor jungle aesthetic with AIRCARE's latest line of 27 different stylish and smart humidifiers to humidify your home and life. AIRCARE has been producing quality humidifiers for over 70 years for all types of homes, with cool features like a digital screen that shows you the humidity level and time, multiple LED light colors, and even warm and cool mist settings!Visit aircareproducts.com and use code bloom20 a checkout for 20% off sitewide.Follow Rachael: WebsiteInstagramTikTokSessionsFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/1/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 33 seconds
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Plant Care for Earth Care with Farmer Nick

How can our plant hobby make this world a better place? For me, learning to care for plants was the gateway drug for becoming more aware of how much growth opportunity I had when it came to caring for the earth. I've discovered that there are so many ways to lead a sustainable life, especially with our plant care journey. In this episode, I invited back Nick Cutsumpas, aka Farmer Nick, to further guide us in making small shifts that have a big impact on our planet’s wellbeing.In this episode, we learn:[00:52] Maria’s fall updates[01:56] What today’s episode is about[05:53] Who is Farmer Nick?[08:04] Nick shares his plant journey from backyard gardener to plant coach and landscaper[13:42] The most important value to your plant number[15:22] Applying approachability and relatability to our plant care[18:05] Why houseplants as a hobby encourages us to keep learning[19:42] Dealing with plant death and adjusting your plant care[24:28] What is the concept behind ‘mindful neglect’?[26:42] Where to get the best grow lights to get your plants through winter[27:57] How to reduce your food waste and garbage footprint[29:45] On the misconception that plants can be stressful and take up a lot of your time[34:47] Tips for a more sustainable and eco-focused plant parenthood[39:43] Nick’s plant setup in his new home[42:30] How houseplants can jumpstart our journey to sustainability[45:46] How growing plants lessened Maria’s meat consumption[47:24] Why every step for a sustainable lifestyle matters[50:10] Where to find Nick and his book online[51:33] A thank you to new Garden Party membersMentioned in our conversation:Plant Coach: The Beginner's Guide to Caring for Plants and the Planet, book by Nick CutsumpasBAGR Episode 110: Low Waste Plant Parenthood with Farmer NickInstant Dream Home, series by NetflixFor a deep dive into our conversation on sustainable plant parenthood,check out the full show notes, blog, and tips here!Thank you to our episode sponsors:AIRCARETake care of your health while maintaining your indoor jungle aesthetic with AIRCARE's latest line of 27 different stylish and smart humidifiers to humidify your home and life. AIRCARE has been producing quality humidifiers for over 70 years for all types of homes, with cool features like a digital screen that shows you the humidity level and time, multiple LED light colors, and even warm and cool mist settings!Visit aircareproducts.com and use code bloom20 a checkout for 20% off sitewide.Soltech SolutionsSoltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code bloom15.LomiLomi is a small countertop composter that is the perfect solution to reducing your garbage footprint and food waste. This sleek composter enables you to compost hassle-free: just take your food scraps and put it in the Lomi, press a button, and you're set! Lomi is offering us $50 off with code BLOOM at checkout. Go to pela.com and use code Bloom at checkout!Follow Nick: WebsiteInstagramFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/18/202255 minutes, 58 seconds
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Heart Centered Gardening with Danielle LaPorte

Taking care of plants is putting our love into practice. Even if it’s not something we actively think about or do, this hobby of ours revolves around kindness, care, and deepening our love for ourselves, other people, and our planet. We lead with love when it comes to our plant collection, and there is no one else more perfect to talk about love than bestselling author, spiritual leader, fellow plant lady, and an inspiration to thousands of people everywhere, Danielle LaPorte.In this episode, we learn:[00:34] Life updates from Maria[02:03] What to expect from this plant-parallel episode[03:54] How to avoid sad-looking indoor plants[05:33] Caring for a Buddhist pine according to Danielle![06:54] How plants help us through our limiting beliefs[09:28] Danielle shares her plant parenthood journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way[15:45] Who is Danielle and what are the core values that she lives by?[20:16] How can personal development be unproductive to living our best lives?[23:40] Why are plants and love deeply connected? How does Danielle see the relationship between nature and the self?[28:03] How to keep your home, your plants, and yourself hydrated[30:03] Where to get the best fertilizers, potting mixes, and more[31:28] The healing benefits of Hinoki essential oil[32:35] Different works of art that show gratitude to nature[33:40] In what ways has Mother Nature helped Danielle heal?[37:55] On turning inward and shifting perspectives on the things we identify as[40:47] What is the difference between embodiment and feeling?[43:06] How does Danielle define love? How can we embody love in everything we do?[44:20] What is the practice of weeding thoughts? How do negative thoughts influence the way we move in the world?[45:50] How powerful self-talk can be and why we need to avoid negative mindset[49:35] Overcoming body image issues and honoring your body[53:29] What is the heart center? Where do we start with feeling into our heart center? [56:17] What does Danielle hope people take away from her newest book How To Be Loving?[58:00] Why our love for plants can expand into love for everything[58:50] How to join Danielle’s book launch[01:00:22] Maria on why you should add Danielle to your following list!Mentioned in our conversation:How to Be Loving: As Your Heart Is Breaking Open and Our World Is Waking Up, book by Danielle LaPorteThe Desire Map Experience: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, book by Danielle LaPorteThe Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms, book by Danielle LaPorteWC JungleMy Neighbor Totoro, 1988 film by Studio GhibliBraiding Sweetgrass, book by Robin Wall KimmererFor an in-depth look at our conversation,visit the full show notes and blog here!Follow Danielle: WebsiteInstagramFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/4/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 22 seconds
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3 Easy DIY Houseplant Projects to Utilize Vertical Space

Are you running out of space for your plants? Growing your plant collection can be quite the challenge when all your countertops, tablespace and even floorspace have been populated with your plant babies. Don’t fret any longer, plant friends, as we got the most beautiful and mess-free DIY projects for you to make the most out of your vertical space at home! In this episode, learn alongside me as Erin Harding of @houseplantclub and @cleverbloom gives us step-by-step tutorials on three amazing yet easy DIYs for your vertical garden.In this episode, we learn:[00:25] Maria’s eureka moment for this episode![01:53] Updates on country living and hummingbirds[05:06] Welcome, new Garden Party members![06:57] The easiest way to compost your food scraps[11:06] Who is Erin and how did Clever Bloom and Houseplant Club get started?[15:14] On the importance of evolving with your plant collection[18:26] Erin and Morgan’s brilliant first and second books[22:12] How Erin curated her personal aesthetic and developed her passion for DIY[24:56] Why accessibility and variety encourage people to DIY[27:22] Why you should use vertical space for your plants[31:40] How to make a modern beaded macrame plant hanger[35:15] The best and most stylish grow lights for your home[37:14] Where to get humidifiers for your home and for your health![39:37] Different ways to customize your macrame plant hanger[44:41] Step-by-step tutorial of DIY air plant driftwood piece[48:03] Watering your air plants in your DIY driftwood plant accessory[50:09] What is a kokedama and how does it work?[52:04] What are ideal plants to use in a kokedama?[53:38] How to make your own kokedama[55:59] Bringing natural beauty into your home through DIY projects[01:00:12] Erin’s favorite DIY project in her latest book[01:03:20] Where to find Erin (and Morgan!) online[01:04:53] A friendly reminder for this fall seasonMentioned in our conversation:How to plant a room: and grow a happy home, by Morgan Doane and Erin HardingBAGR Episode 16: Mounting Epiphytes And The Creation Of Cleverbloom.ComFor the step-by-step tutorials of these 3 DIY projects...visit the full show notes and blog here!Follow Erin: House Plant Club InstagramClever Bloom websiteClever Bloom InstagramPlanting Pink EtsyPlanting Pink websitePlanting Pink InstagramFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/20/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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What is Transpiration and Why is it Important for Our Plants? // Knowledge Nugget #6

As we are in the hottest month of the year for us northern hemisphere folk, I thought it was just fitting to share this little nugget of knowledge with you on transpiration and how water moves through our plants as we are likely watering our plants more than we ever have. In this Nugget of Knowledge, Garden Society's resident horticulturist Leslie Halleck gives a little more insight on a familiar yet essential aspect of caring for plants - understanding how they use and move water. I'm sure I'm not the only one noticing the effects of transpiration on our plants as we move through this heat, so let's dive in!Order my book!Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungDon't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:02] Are you overwatering your plants?[00:36] What is a nugget of knowledge?[01:51] What you’ll get when you join the Garden Society[02:16] What is transpiration in plants?[02:49] What does transpiration do for plants?[04:58] Your open invitation to horticulturist-led plant lectures!Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/16/20226 minutes
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How Often Should I Change My Propagation Vessel Water? // Knowledge Nugget #5

As plant parents, I'm sure you can agree with me when I say that propagation water situations can bring about SO many questions: Does it need to be changed? Why is it cloudy? Can I just leave it and reuse it? That is why I am so excited to bring this Ask our Horticulturist Anything, or AHA, snippet to you where Leslie Halleck, Garden Society's resident horticulturist, answers common propagation questions, including the best time to take cuttings off your mother plants. Learn along!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:46] What are nuggets of knowledge?[01:46] How to level up your plant education[03:26] How often should you change your propagation water?[04:07] What factors affect water propagation?[05:34] When is the best time to take plant cuttings?[06:16] How to host a plant swap and share cuttings with other plant friends![06:45] Where to get horticulturist coaching for your personal collectionFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/18/20227 minutes, 58 seconds
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NYC Plant Swap this Tuesday 6/28!!!

Join my Plant Swap & Book Launch Party at Greenery Unlimited!Tuesday 6/28 June 28thGreenery Unlimited in Brooklyn7-8 Plant Swap8-9 Cocktails by JuneShine and a book signing!It's totally free, just RSVP here Order my book! Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/26/20222 minutes, 21 seconds
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LIVE NY & Philly Events PLUS an AMAZING Giveaway!

Lots of free online and IRL events happening in the world of Bloom & Grow! The Cultivating Happiness Giveaway happening on IG through June 16thDetails to enter at @bloomandgrowmaria on IG Urban Jungle PHILLY Event THIS FRIDAY June 17th at 6 pm RSVP HERENYC Plant Swap and Launch Party at Greenery Unlimited June 28th at 7 pmRSVP HEREPre-order your copy of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) Here! - hitting bookstores on June 28th! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/15/20226 minutes, 13 seconds
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Does Isolating Plants and Castile Soap Actually Work? // Knowledge Nugget #5

There is so much confusion on the internet and so many different contrasting practices around how to treat fungus gnats and what to do with a plant when you bring it home. Some people insist on isolating plants for two weeks, some people dismiss that practice. Some people say to sprinkle cinnamon on the soil surface to combat fungus gnats, some say completely swap new soil. One of our Society members, Barbara, asked about whether or not castile soap works and if we really need to isolate our plants - and our Horticulturist in Residence, Leslie Halleck, enlightens us about how these insecticidal soaps actually work to eradicate pests. So in this ep, I gift you this small nugget of knowledge to give you some answers to this common question! Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[01:49] What it’s like to have a horticulturist in residence![02:15] The plantiest and kindest corner of the internet for YOU[03:43] What is castile soap made of?[04:26] How does castile soap work on pests?[04:45] The most effective way to get rid of fungus gnats[05:44] Does isolating plants work? How do you quarantine plants?[07:20] How to check plants for pests[08:42] How to join the Bloom & Grow Garden Party and Garden SocietyFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:PRE-ORDER LINK: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/14/202210 minutes, 4 seconds
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I Want to Hear YOUR Story: Join the #GrowingJoyChallenge

Plant friends, in celebration of the launch of my new book, Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants), which is about my personal journey with plants, I want to celebrate YOUR stories on launch day.  Growing Joy is not just about my personal journey with my plants, it's about the thousands of stories I have heard from listeners about how plants have helped them heal, grow and find more joy. This is your official invitation to join the #GrowingJoyChallenge and share YOUR story with the world. Tune in for the details!Submit your stories here by April 30th!In this episode:[00:37] What plants mean to Maria[00:57] Why Growing Joy is about YOU[01:57] How you can share your story with the world![04:36] In-depth tutorials for the #GrowingJoyChallenge[00:57] How to pre-order Growing Joy[05:39] Let’s cultivate more joy in the world!Submit your stories here by April 30th!Growing Joy Pre-Order LinkGrowing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/17/20226 minutes, 9 seconds
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What is Seed Scarification? // Knowledge Nugget #3

Growing your own plants from seeds is one of the most gratifying experiences in the garden. Watching a tiny seed become a full-grown plant just gives you the most amazing feeling as a plant parent. However, seed starting is a whole different science and practice on its own and requires special soil, different care, grow lights and water monitoring, and interesting practices to make sure that your seeds actually sprout: seed scarification is one of those practices that may seem intimidating, but takes your seed starting game into a whole different level. Leslie Halleck, my plant friend and Bloom and Grow Garden Society's resident horticulturist, gives us the know-how behind seed scarification in this Knowledge Nugget!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[01:29] How to access Leslie Halleck’s planty lectures[02:59] What is seed scarification for?[04:16] Different ways to scarify a seed[04:32] Mistakes to avoid when doing seed scarification[07:05] Your open invitation to the Garden Society!Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:PRE-ORDER LINK: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
4/12/20228 minutes, 30 seconds
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Limey's Grand Adventure // Flying My Lime Tree to Florida

This might be the CRAZIEST thing I’ve done with my plants but this has also been such an extraordinary experience as I fly our lime tree, Limey, from New York to Florida! I am so excited to share the experience with you and talk about the citrus alley Mama Failla and I made in their beautiful Florida home. I document the entire journey of flying with a plant including the thought process, plant modifications, legal processes and the next few days' updates in an Youtube Vlog: https://youtu.be/jtelXljM1gkLet me know which part is your fave!Pre-order Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)Join the Bloom & Grow Garden Society Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/29/202223 minutes, 5 seconds
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Do plants see brightness? What is PAR? // Knowledge Nugget #2

Has the concept of “bright indirect light” ever confused you? Or how to measure your light in your home in general? Or how to figure out when you need to supplement with grow lights, and if you get grow lights, how to set your plants up for success under them? Light is probably the most confusing topic when it comes to our plants. It was definitely my biggest pain point when I was starting out as I had so many plants in what I thought was indirect light… but it was actually extremely low light. Lucky for us, Leslie Halleck, my plant friend and Bloom and Grow Garden Society's resident horticulturist, breaks down brightness and PAR for us in this Knowledge Nugget. Let's dive in!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[00:19] Is light your biggest pain point in your plant care?[00:54] What to expect from this mini-series episode[01:25] What are Knowledge Nuggets?[03:26] Why brightness is not important[04:06] What is PAR and why is it important to your plants?[05:13] Which spectrums of light are optimal for photosynthesis?[06:22] Why do plants grow best in red light?[07:11] Where to get the best horticulturist-led plant education[08:34] What the next Node of Knowledge lecture is about Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/1/20229 minutes, 42 seconds
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New Mini-Series: Knowledge Nuggets! What is a Peperomia Inflorescence? Ep 1

Welcome to a new mini-series for Bloom & Grow Radio: Knowledge Nuggets. They will be 5-10 minute episodes that show up once a month, in addition to our regular episodes, and will highlight one "nugget" of plant nerd education taken from the Node of Knowledge Plant Science lectures Leslie Halleck gives in the Garden Society. These lectures are so good, I couldn't help sharing a teeny bit with you!Episode one is a snippet from our AHAs (Ask Our Horticulturist Anything) where members can hop on a zoom call with Leslie and troubleshoot their plant collections with her. Do you remember the first time one of your peperomia grew an inflorescence or flower? Have you ever seen one before? I remember the first time when my watermelon peperomia threw off a ton of inflorescence, these weird spikey things popped out of the plant and I had no idea what they were. In the first episode of Knowledge Nuggets, Leslie Halleck is giving you insight into what these spikey things are and more importantly, what we need to know about them when they show up in our collections. Let's get learnin'!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!Stop struggling with your plant collection and start THRIVING with he Bloom and Grow Garden Society. Expert led houseplant & gardening education with a community of plant friends… at your fingertips.When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:40] What to expect from this episode[03:54] Troubleshooting your plant problems[04:57] What is an inflorescence and why do peperomias have them?[05:27] How to prune peperomia inflorescence[06:06] How to keep variegation in plants / how to grow a fuller, bushier plant[08:05] Where to get personalized plant coaching from a horticulturistFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
2/15/20229 minutes, 52 seconds
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Finding Joy through Plants in a Season of Transition: Reflecting on 2021

When I think back on this last year, transition is the word that comes to mind. We are literally transitioning into a new year, but I'm sure everyone went through some form of transition this year: a new home, family additions and losses, job changes, and more. And as we grow through those transitions, our plant collection evolves too. I personally went through a tremendous transition this year and my plant collection and plant parent personality completely shifted. These transitions in my plant parenthood brought up a lot for me: feelings of shame, failure, or almost a rigidity to stick with what I used to do. In moving through this transition, I found some really helpful practices and concepts that helped me ebb, flow, and grow that I wanted to share with you today. So, this episode is rather different than our other episodes: it’s highly personal and I get into the nitty-gritty of some behind-the-scenes of this growing business and my life. No ads, no interviews, no guests—just checking in!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:56] Why transition is an important conversation today[02:26] How Maria’s plant parent personality and plant collection have changed this year[03:37] What to expect from this year-end episode[05:45] Maria’s questions to YOU, the listener[08:03] How the Bloom and Grow listener community inspires Maria and the podcast[11:00] Why plants improve our lives[11:30] Updates on the Bloom and Grow Radio podcast[13:40] The different transitions Maria went through this year[15:05] Planty practices to find more joy and stillness in your life[15:16] Why you should have your morning coffee with your plants[18:13] The benefits of engaging with plants during the day[20:23] Shifting how you see plant care and your plant number[22:09] Explore your plant curiosity[23:02] Use planty affirmations and some of Maria’s personal examples[25:44] Maria’s big announcement![30:27] A very special (and secret) snippetMentioned in the conversation:Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) pre-order links: Amazon | Bookshop.orgFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/28/202132 minutes
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Wedding Flower Crash Course for To Be Weds / My Botanically Inspired Wedding Series

There is so much power in flowers, plant friends. A flower is so much more than a bloom, but an expression, a connection to something deeper. Whatever our known or unknown bias for blooms is, flowers are little joy bombs just waiting to be cut or grown. It’s undeniable that flowers also can play a huge part in a wedding day: from the ceremonial bouquet and corsage to the ceremony and reception flowers can be used to enliven a wedding day, and also express a part of yourself through your choices. But as a tropical foliage lover, I was actually tremendously out of my depth when it came to understanding what went into wedding florals, or flowers in general when I was planning our wedding. As wedding florals are also a huge investment, I found myself going through a little wedding floral crash course of my own and with my florist, Corina of The Botaniste. In this episode, Corina and I share all things wedding flowers so that you know where to start come your wedding planning! Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop-shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[02:22] Introducing Corina[04:16] What to expect of the last episode of My Botanically Inspired Wedding Series[09:29] Corina shares her experiences planning wedding florals with couples[10:33] Why Pinterest is every bride’s best friend AND worst enemy[11:52] How Corina became a plant lady and how she started The Botaniste[17:29] Corina’s biggest influences in floral styling[18:18] What are current and upcoming trends for wedding flowers?[19:46] What elements are there in a tablescape?[22:28] Is there a difference between wedding flowers and event flowers?[26:14] Maria shares her decision-making process with her wedding florals[28:02] How flowers elevate any event[29:26] How to preserve your wedding flowers[31:00] What are the best and the worst flowers to have at your wedding?[34:01] Which flower is an alternative to peonies?[35:54] New rose varieties to try in your wedding flowers[39:27] How to condition cut flowers[41:23] How to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting[42:58] Where to get the best organic indoor and outdoor gardening products[44:12] Planning to grow from seeds this coming garden season?[48:15] How to work with florists and where to start with your wedding flower planning[52:33] Building a trusting relationship with your wedding florist[55:08] Corina’s advice for couples planning to DIY their wedding[58:51] Maria’s garland and greenery vision[01:00:40] How to style a wedding with greenery[01:03:38] Incorporating bud vases in your wedding[01:07:55] Adding statement greenery to your wedding venue and reception[01:12:49] What you should know about greenery[01:14:38] Corina’s ultimate tip for wedding planners and contractors[01:15:15] Corina’s current favorite flowers and combinations[01:17:00] What Maria loved about blushing bride protea[01:18:08] Where you can hire Corina as your florist[01:20:25] Maria’s Wedding Series reflectionsMentioned in the conversation:Check out Corina's video on how to arrange a big bridal bouquet!Lush Magnolia Flower Preservation artistDIY Wedding Copper Arbor blogBAGR Episode: 3 Plant Inspired DIY Wedding Ideas that Live on After the Big DayBAGR Episode: 26 Ways to Incorporate Plants Into Your WeddingBAGR Blog: 26 Ways to Incorporate Plants Into Your WeddingThank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyIt’s time to start planning your garden and placing your seed orders! Territorial Seed Company has an unbelievable selection of seeds and plants to choose from to build the garden of your dreams all year, with sustainably-grown seeds for the best-tasting, best-producing, highest-quality vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Check out their amazing variety of seeds, plants, garden planners, and more at territorialseed.com and use code BLOOM10 to get 10% off your first order.Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront. Follow Corina:The Botaniste Florida: Website | InstagramThe Botaniste East Hampton: Website | Instagram Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/14/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 33 seconds
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26 Ways to Incorporate Plants Into Your Wedding / My Botanically Inspired Wedding Series

From the moment I got engaged, and frankly, even before that, I knew that I wanted to have the plantiest wedding possible! My plants are a huge part of me and I wanted to incorporate that aspect into our wedding. I didn’t want my wedding to be houseplant-themed, but I wanted houseplants and nature to be woven into our day seamlessly, in a refined way that felt special. Katie O’Neil of Katydyd Events, our wedding planner, joins me in this episode to talk about the different ways we added plants to our wedding, and some that didn't make it but were totally great ideas! This is one of my most anticipated episodes—I literally waited two years!—and I can't wait to share everything with you.Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop-shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!Check out this episode's full blog with photos here!In this episode we learn:[00:28] Why Maria wanted a planty wedding[04:40] Introducing Katie; Maria and Billy’s wedding angel[10:36] Mama Failla’s wedding advice[11:53] How Katie became the epic wedding planner she is today[14:34] Maria’s biggest wedding advice for everyone![16:56] How plants have developed as a trend in the bridal industry[17:58] Hoya kerrii as tablescape and wedding favor[21:36] What questions to ask yourself when planning a wedding with plants[22:56] Katie’s ultimate wedding planning goal[23:45] Finding the balance between a plant-themed wedding and a you-themed wedding[26:04] How to pick your wedding venue and Katie’s professional advice[31:15] How to incorporate plants into your invitations and signages[34:19] Using seed paper for your invitations[35:25] Incorporating plants into your wedding dress and suit[40:09] ‘Something blue’, wedding shoes, and floral hairpins[43:37] Picking out your color palette and bridesmaid dresses[44:36] Where to get your seeds for the upcoming growing season![46:58] What you’ll get when you join the Garden Society[48:37] How to repurpose your bridal bouquet and your bridesmaids’ bouquet during the reception[51:04] How to incorporate plants during the ceremony[54:15] Leaf girl instead of flower girl? Yes, please![55:47] Why you should swap your rice toss for a lavender toss[58:08] Fresh ideas for garlands at your reception[01:00:05] Why it’s important to get the right florist![01:02:19] Other fun, creative ways to add plants into your wedding[01:03:40] How to make the wedding green wall of your dreams[01:07:11] What to prepare for when you have live plants as wedding favors[01:08:11] Katie’s advice when doing DIY wedding pieces[01:10:51] How to make your wedding flowers last beyond your big day[01:12:35] How to incorporate macrame into your wedding[01:16:35] Katie’s biggest advice for incorporating plants into your wedding[01:20:53] Where you can hire Katie as your dream wedding planner![01:23:03] Where to get custom wedding timelines[01:25:54] Maria’s post-wedding reflectionsMentioned in the conversation:Check out the blog for this episode for a deeper dive into all of these ideasKara R. Modliszewski watercolor artist - Mad for Mod StudioBHLDNFiber and Foliage macrame shopLush Magnolia Flower Preservation artistTwo Sturdy Oaks by Henry David ThoreauDIY Wedding Copper Arbor blogBAGR Episode: 3 Plant Inspired DIY Wedding Ideas that Live on After the Big DayThank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyIt’s time to start planning your garden and placing your seed orders! Territorial Seed Company has an unbelievable selection of seeds and plants to choose from to build the garden of your dreams all year, with sustainably-grown seeds for the best-tasting, best-producing, highest-quality vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Check out their amazing variety of seeds, plants, garden planners, and more at territorialseed.com and use code BLOOM10 to get 10% off their first order.Bloom and Grow Garden SocietyThe Bloom and Grown Garden Society is the premium tier of the Garden Party Platform, rooted in high-quality education and community. I’ve partnered with our Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck to bring monthly “Node of Knowledge” plant science lectures, monthly “Ask our Horticulturist Anything” office hours, and Growing Joy Community Calls with me. Treat yourself to an annual membership for the holidays or gift to your crazy plant friends! Learn more at jointhegardensociety.com.Follow Katie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookPinterestFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
12/7/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 18 seconds
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3 Plant Inspired DIY Wedding Ideas that Live On After the Big Day Uploaded

Plant friends, I am so excited to finally bring you this planty wedding series, after almost two years of waiting! This month, I’m bringing you the Botanically Inspired Wedding Series on Bloom and Grow Radio, where we explore all aspects and intersections of weddings and plants. We have something for everyone in this series whether you love to DIY, are curious about the floral industry and how to make a great bouquet, or just really fun ways to incorporate houseplants into your wedding in unique exciting ways! In this first episode of the series, we share DIY projects that stretch a dollar, because all three projects we discuss can be repurposed in your home to live on forever! Let's get DIY-ing!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop-shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!For a step-by-step tutorial of the DIY copper arbor, click this link!In this episode we learn:[00:20] Introducing the Planty Wedding Series[05:45] What to expect from this episode![07:13] Introducing Marianne[08:10] How to use your wedding arbor during and after your wedding[10:19] DIY wedding copper arbor level of difficulty[12:05] How to customize your own wedding arbor[14:30] Putting the arbor in place on your wedding day[15:20] How to place flowers on your wedding arbor[17:53] Where to get the plantiest gifts this holiday season![20:03] The planty home collection of your dreams[22:09] The best filler flowers and star flowers for your wedding arbor[25:56] Cheaper alternatives for copper pipes[27:49] How to transition your wedding arbor into the garden[32:30] The idea behind Maria’s wedding green wall[34:41] How to add hanging planters to your green wall[36:01] One of Maria’s favorite parts in their wedding![38:09] How to make sure your guests take home your wedding favors[39:22] Where Maria sourced their 100 hoya hearts[41:01] Maria’s tips for sourcing terracotta pots for your wedding[42:14] What to expect when adding houseplants to your wedding[45:58] Maria’s word to the wise for those looking at DIY wedding ideas[47:36] Bonus DIY wedding tips and ideas![50:16] Planty Wedding Series next episodes!Mentioned in the conversation:HGTV Obsessed episode with MariaDIY Wedding Arbor TutorialHGTV Obsessed PodcastTroubleshooting my Wedding Hoya Heart Lighting with Leslie Halleck YouTube videoLittle Prince of Oregon Nursery [discount code: BLOOM20 for 20% off]Fiber and Foliage macrame shopLush MagnoliaGridwall PanelHedge Wall Pieces (12) , (6)Faux FernsDried FernsArtificial Tropical LeavesThank you to our episode sponsors:Modern SproutModern Sprout is on a mission to connect people and plants with their amazing assortment of smart app-enabled grow lights, indoor grow kits and candle kits, and amazing planty accessories that are highly giftable. They have something for everyone this holiday season, whether it's an ultra beginner gardener or a plant enthusiast just looking to up their plant parenthood game. Check out modsprout.com for all their offerings and get 15% off with code BLOOM21.WallyGrowCheck out WallyGrow's extremely sustainable Eco Planter and their Loop Planter-- the answer to all green wall and hanging planter problems (plus they are made out of recycled plastic)! They've recently launched a home line in partnership with exclusive prints from Living Pattern, with gorgeously planty dish towels, burp cloths, swaddles, and even pillowcases! WallyGrow is offering a limited-time 15% discount to BAGR listeners from November 30-December 7th, so take advantage of it while you can at wallygrow.com with code MARIAGIFTS15 at checkout.Follow Marianne:InstagramHGTV Obsessed PodcastFollow Katie:WebsiteInstagramFacebookPinterestFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/30/202151 minutes, 44 seconds
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Snake Plants 101 with Chris Satch

Snake plants are completely underrated. These “low light-tolerant” plants are often thrown into dark corners, dusty offices, and bathrooms with no windows due to their notoriously hardy personalities, but there is so much more to this beautiful collection of plants than just their ability to survive. Their leaves come in the most mesmerizing shapes and I think they are one of the most giftable plants around because no matter who you are gifting, and what their lighting situation is, a snake plant will likely be able to handle it. That is why I'm excited to finally have a deep dive into this set of plants with no other than repeat-guest and plant friend, NYC Plant Doctor himself, Chris Satch! Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:39] Why Maria LOVES snake plants[04:55] Why snake plants are the most giftable plants[06:06] Are snake plants Dracaena or Sansevieria?[09:32] Where do you find snake plants in nature?[10:06] Are snake plants low-light plants?[11:08] The structure of a snake plant[13:43] How snake plants photosynthesize[18:02] How much light do snake plants need? Can you burn them?[19:16] How often should you water snake plants?[21:22] What your snake plant looks like when it needs watering[23:24] How do you get a snake plant to flower?[24:13] Do snake plants need fertilizer?[26:23] Where to get sustainable hanging planters[29:12] The best giftable planty products this season[32:14] Chris’ confession about the best potting media for snake plants[34:49] Maria’s confession about her first snake plants[35:57] How to divide and repot snake plant pups[38:00] How tall should a pup be before you separate them?[41:23] Why do snake plants droop? How do you strengthen their leaves?[43:33] Troubleshooting floppy snake plant leaves[46:06] How do you get snake plants to be fuller?[47:33] Chris’ favorite snake plant species[52:28] Why you should wipe the dust off your snake plant leaves[54:05] What life lessons can we learn from snake plants?Mentioned snake plant species:Sansevieria gracilisSansevieria fischeriSansevieria ‘Cleopatra’Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra. “Coppertone”Sansevieria trifasciata “Bantel’s Sensation”Sansevieria cylindricaSansevieria trifasciata “Moonshine”Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'Thank you to our episode sponsors:WallyGrowCheck out WallyGrow's extremely sustainable Eco Planter and their Loop Planter-- the answer to all green wall and hanging planter problems (plus they are made out of recycled plastic)! They've recently launched a home line in partnership with exclusive prints from Living Pattern, with gorgeously planty dish towels, burp cloths, swaddles, and even pillowcases! WallyGrow is offering a limited-time 15% discount to BAGR listeners from November 9 to 23, so take advantage of it while you can at wallygrow.com with code MARIA15 at checkout.Modern SproutModern Sprout is on a mission to connect people and plants with their amazing assortment of smart app-enabled grow lights, indoor grow kits and candle kits, and amazing planty accessories that are highly giftable. They have something for everyone, whether it's an ultra beginner gardener or a plant enthusiast just looking to up their plant parenthood game. They are offering their biggest discounts of the year this Black Friday: 30% off their gorgeous and sleek grow lights, gift sets, and that watering can I’m always talking about. Check out modsprout.com for all their offerings and snag that Black Friday 30% off or get 15% off any other day this month with code BLOOM21.Follow Chris:InstagramWebsiteClassesFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/16/202157 minutes, 11 seconds
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Plantrepreneurship, Plant Styling and Planty Tiktok with Reagan Kastner

Plantrepreneurship, or entrepreneurship in the plant space, feels like it’s at an all-time high these days. With the massive shifts our society has gone through, people are feeling more drawn to plants and so many businesses are popping up designed to serve our plant community, and many members of our community are looking to transition into the world of plants professionally! I’ve noticed more and more plant consultants popping up on my social media feeds, and when I was thinking of an inspiring plantrepreneur to bring on this show, Celebrity Plant Stylist Reagan Kastner came to mind. I’ve had my eye on Reagan since she took #planttok or planty TikTok by storm earlier in 2020. Reagan is a serial entrepreneur with a really interesting career path and has used social media to her advantage to grow her planty business as a planty stylist and consultant. Listen to her plantrepreneurship journey below! Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:34] Introducing Reagan[03:56] Don’t have a degree in horticulture? You’re welcome here![06:06] How Reagan became the plant lady she is today[07:41] Where Reagan’s plantrepreneurship began[11:11] How did Reagan come up with the idea for Stylush?[14:41] Being a plant influencer, a business owner, and a plant stylist all at the same time[17:38] Who does Reagan turn to for business advice and resources?[19:10] Reagan’s advice for your first-year plantrepreneurship[22:09] How do you get started in the plant styling business?[24:51] How to figure out your plant styling pricing[25:38] What license do you need to buy wholesale plants?[27:04] Where to get the best planty holiday gifts![30:21] How to install the green wall of your dreams (like Maria!)[33:33] How to compute your hourly rate as a plant stylist[37:59] What is Reagan’s relationship with social media regarding her brand?[40:26] The importance of having the right tools for your business[42:22] Should you keep a content calendar?[45:33] What does Reagan’s hiring process look like? How big is her current team?[47:20] How to get your first 50 clients as a plant stylist[48:57] Where Reagan gets her resources for plant care and plant styling[51:20] Why a simple business card can instantly elevate your business[52:00] 3 tips for people who want to grow on TikTok[54:44] Should you grow your plantrepreneurship on Instagram or TikTok?[55:22] What’s next for Reagan?Mentioned in our conversation:You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, book by Jen SinceroThank you to our episode sponsors:Modern SproutModern Sprout is on a mission to connect people and plants with their amazing assortment of smart app-enabled grow lights, indoor grow kits and candle kits, and amazing planty accessories that are highly giftable. They have something for everyone, whether it's an ultra beginner gardener or a plant enthusiast just looking to up their plant parenthood game, so head to modsprout.com and use code BLOOM21 at checkout for 15% off.WallyGrowCheck out WallyGrow's extremely sustainable Eco Planter and their Loop Planter-- the answer to all green wall and hanging planter problems (plus they are made out of recycled plastic)! They've recently launched a home line in partnership with exclusive prints from Living Pattern, with gorgeously planty dish towels, burp cloths, swaddles, and even pillowcases! WallyGrow is offering a limited-time 15% discount to BAGR listeners from November 9 to 23, so take advantage of it while you can at wallygrow.com with code MARIA15 at checkout.Follow Reagan:TikTokInstagramYouTube Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/9/202159 minutes, 33 seconds
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I've waited almost a year to tell you this: Why I created the Bloom & Grow Garden Society

This special mini episode of the podcast is just a little one on one with you and me: where I’m going to peel back the curtain and give you the inside scoop on why I created the Garden Society and how you, my community of listeners, where my muse. We will also dive into all the delicious goodies that are part of it’s membership and later on in the episode, I invite the Garden Society’s Horticulturist in Residence, and beloved guest of BAGR, Leslie Halleck on to talk about her reason for joining me and what she’s excited to bring to our community of Garden Society members.Plant friends, the Bloom & Grow Garden Society has been almost a year in the making. After reviewing your 2020 listener surveys, I heard that you wanted 1) a safe space for our community to grow together (The Garden Party Platform was the answer for that!) and 2) more deeper dives and opportunities to continue to dive deeper into plant parenthood. I started to think about how I, your plant friend next store, could create that for us. And it hit me: a garden society.Back in the day, plant and gardening enthusiasts would gather at local garden and community centers for garden society meet ups, where they could nerd out with fellow plant geeks to get expert level education from guest speakers, trade tips and techniques and show off their prized plants. Nowadays, meeting in real life isn’t quite as practical. Our plant community and community of listeners extends way beyond a local garden center, we are an international, world wide web of beautiful planty humans. So I’ve created a VIRTUAL Garden Society, so everyone is invited, no matter what corner of the earth you live in- especially considering that I myself live in the middle of the woods in Upstate NY! The Bloom & Grow Garden Society, in partnership with the Society’s Horticulturist in Residence, Leslie Halleck, is your new go to place for deeper, concentrated Plant Parenthood Growth. In it, we will be giving you lectures, meetings and materials to help grow your plant care knowledge, your plant collections, and yourselves. Inside the Garden Society, you’ll find:Monthly “Node of Knowledge” plant care lectures rooted in science with Horticulturist in Residence, Leslie HalleckMonthly “Ask our Horticulturalist Anything” to troubleshoot your personal plant issues with Leslie (yes that’s right, an opportunity every month, to troubleshoot your plant collection with a horticulturist, not a billion blogs or youtube videos that don’t apply to you)Private conversation space with other plant friends to discuss monthly Nodes of Knowledge topics and themes and grow togetherPriority in submitting interview questions for other Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast Episodes Access to the easy to navigate Garden Party platform and App (for both iOS and Android) - a place for our community to make new plant friends and grow more joy in their lives with regional groups, daily conversation prompts, special interest spacesand more. Support from other like-minded plant parents to connect and swap your planty knowledge withSecurity and safety through our Community Guidelines and Best Practices #kindplantfriendsonly #notrollsallowedFounding Memberships are 25% off through 11/9. Don't miss our on this amazing discount, and the opportunity to join us, and build this thing up from the ground. Or should I say earth ;)Click here to join us in the Bloom & Grow Garden SocietyIf you are already an existing member of the Garden Party Platform, you'll upgrade your existing membership through this link. See you in the Garden Society!MariaAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/3/202124 minutes, 23 seconds
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Planty Fake News/ 3 Plant Care Myths Busted with Leslie Halleck

Whether you've been around the block of plant parenthood a few times or you're just beginning your journey, you’ve likely seen some version of what I like to call "planty fake news" or plant care myths: allegedly fool-proof hacks that seem too good to be true, old wives' tales that have been translated one too many times, or plant care claims that just seem super confusing. When I started my journey from plant killer to plant lady, I fell prey to a lot of these myths, and this podcast is a testament to all of the trends and trials of my plant parenthood journey. I’m lucky to have a plant friend in Horticulturist Leslie Halleck to turn to when I now see something suspect on the internet. I'm lucky to be able to text her and ask "does this 10 plank care hack video even make sense?", so I thought I’d bring our internal text thread to the podcast and “bust” several plant care hacks and myths we’ve both seen circulating. Also, exciting news, Leslie and I have been keeping a secret from you for what feels like a year. Tune in to find out what it is!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.Founding Society Members get 25% through November 9th. Click here to join us!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[03:13] Maria and Leslie reveal their BIG secret![04:38] The goals behind Garden Society[06:02] Why the community is called Garden Society[10:04] Maria gets real about plant hacks[10:44] Plant Care Myth #1: Houseplants clean your air[12:37] NASA’s study on air-purifying plants[15:34] Where does the oxygen we consume most come from?[18:33] How many plants per square foot do you need for better air quality at home?[21:03] Do plants emit pollutants in the air?[22:19] How plants get rid of VOCs or volatile organic compounds[23:50] The psychological value of plants in our homes[24:13] The positive effects of plants on our physical state[25:12] Plant knowledge is power![26:28] Plant Care Myth #2: Potting up your plants every two years[28:07] The truth about repotting plants[30:00] The whys and whens of bumping up a plant[31:40] When is a soil refresh necessary versus repotting?[34:15] Repotting due to root decay or root overgrowth[37:05] The best organic gardening products for all types of plant parents[38:26] Maria’s favorite grow lights and planty accessories[41:53] How seasons can affect your repotting schedule[46:40] Plant Care Myth #3: Misting your plants[51:09] What is the right way to mist your plants? When do you mist your plants?[54:30] When shouldn’t you mist your plants?[58:14] How to increase the humidity around your plants[01:04:28] What you get when you join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society![01:05:56] The first topic for Nodes of Knowledge[01:07:44] Monthly AHAs or Ask Horticulturist Anything[01:10:48] Growing Joy Calls with Maria[01:12:03] Your exclusive discount for Garden Society!Mentioned in our conversation:Moisture Meter and Hygrometer Review YouTube videoJoin the Bloom and Grow Garden Society and take advantage of the Founding Member discounts!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.Modern SproutModern Sprout is on a mission to connect people and plants with their amazing assortment of smart app-enabled grow lights, indoor grow kits and candle kits, and amazing planty accessories that are highly giftable. They have something for everyone, whether it's an ultra beginner gardener or a plant enthusiast just looking to up their plant parenthood game, so head to modsprout.com and use code BLOOM21 at checkout for 15% off.Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society : where Horticulturist taught plant care education and plant community come together. We've created the one stop shop for your Plant Parenthood growth. Click here to learn moreTake the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/2/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 31 seconds
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Maria's Favorite Things 2021

I'm so excited to geek out on my favorite planty products with you, plant friends! The holiday season is just around the corner, and what perfect way to show your appreciation and love for the plant parents in your life (or for yourself) than to give them great planty gifts? The holiday season is also a great way to maybe invite our non-planty friends to try growing! I've got an amazing list of plant accessories, plant gift sets, books, and more—with exclusive coupon codes to support our beloved sponsors and the Bloom and Grow Radio podcast. Happy listening!So you know, I have an affiliate or sponsor relationship with some of the companies mentioned below. Others I have no relationship with and just love to their stuff. Regardless of my affiliation, every item on this list is something I've used, loved, or have been recommended by trusted plant friends. PS: if you're a fan of the show, supporting BAGR sponsors with our provided sponsor codes and links is a great way to support the podcast!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!Click here to join the waitlistDon't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:52] Maria’s exciting news![02:26] Why this year’s Favorite Things is different[03:52] Why Maria loves doing ‘Maria’s Favorite Things’[05:04] How Maria chose her favorite things this year[06:02] Plant Care Accessories[13:12] Gift Sets, Stocking Stuffers, Teacher Gifts, and Hostess Gifts[17:46] Planters[20:53] The best and cutest gift set for new parents[21:34] Luxurious and efficient Grow Lights[26:09] Maria’s Favorite Books[29:41] The houseplant nursery to watch out for[31:54] Monthly exclusive and educational content to subscribe to!Mentioned in our conversation:Plant Care AccessoriesModern Sprout Watering Can [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Govee Hygrometer with Bluetooth (2 pack)Thermpro Hygrometer (2 pack)Terrarium toolsSoil scoopMacro and Wide Angle Lens with LED Light and Travel CaseBotanopia Plant Stakes (set of 4)WallyGrow Placemats [MARIA15 for 15% off from November 9-23]Planty Gift Sets, Stocking Stuffers, and Hostess GiftsModern Sprout Plant Parent Box Set [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Modern Sprout Growing Gourmet Kit [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Modern Sprout Garden Party Box Set [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Modern Sprout Rooted Candles [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Modern Sprout Bright Side Seed Balls [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Hemleva PinsPlantersMichiko Shamada’s terracotta plantersWallyGrow Eco Wall Planter [MARIA15 for 15% off from November 9-23] WallyGrow Loop Hanging Planter [MARIA15 for 15% off from November 9-23]Modern Sprout Glow and Grow Kits [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Grow LightsModern Sprout Smart Growhouse [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Modern Sprout Smart Growbar [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]Modern Sprout Uplift Planter [code: BLOOM21 for 15% off]SolTech Solutions Aspect™ Pendant Grow Light [code: bloomgrow2021 for 15% off]SolTech Solutions Vita™ Grow Light [code: bloomgrow2021 for 15% off]BooksLessons from Plants by Beronda Montgomery (check out the podcast episode here!)Ross GayThe Overstory by Richard PowersBlack in the Garden Coloring Book by Colah B Tawkin (Listen to her podcast here! BAGR episode here)Plant ShopLittle Prince of Oregon [code: BLOOM20 for 20% off]SeedsTerritorial Seed Co Gift CardGet a gift card to Territorial Seed Company for the gardener in your life to get high-quality seeds and gardening supplies! [Code Bloom10 for 10% off]Potting MixEspoma StorefrontYouTube VideosFavorite Things YouTube Video Also Mentioned in the episodeMoisture Meter and Hygrometer ReviewWallygro Greenwall Update and InstallMy Favorite Planty (Plant Inspired) Book Haul from 2020For the full blog post on all Maria's favorite things check it out here! Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects, and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/29/202141 minutes, 16 seconds
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Aquatic Plants and Planted Aquariums 101

I admit it, plant friends; I was totally unaware of a total subsect of the plant community: the planted aquarium world. There is a whole corner of the plant world dedicated to elevating our common fishtanks to living, growing underwater worlds that look like art. Aquatic gardeners are using aquatic plants to aquascape insanely beautiful aquariums. It is biophilia in the highest sense because you have so many aspects of the natural world indoors, and you even get to keep cute fishies! I had many of you request this episode but, to be frank, I've only health with above-ground houseplants so I was totally out of my depths. I figured I’d turn to Karen, an avid aquatic gardener who has written a step-by-step tutorial on how to assemble planted aquariums for a chat about the basics of aquatic plants. Get ready to dive into the wild world of aquatic plants and gardening!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet-ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[01:06] Introducing Karen[03:33] What to expect from this conversation[05:20] How Karen became the plant lady she is today[07:40] The importance of knowing your plants’ natural habitat[08:42] Why are planted aquariums becoming popular again?[10:33] Basic houseplants vs. aquatic plants[12:04] How do you trade aquatic plants?[13:33] What are aquatic plants and how do they grow underwater?[15:04] The different types of aquatic plants[19:48] How are emersed and submersed aquarium plants different[21:24] The basic requirements for a planted aquarium with live plants[23:43] What does ‘cycled’ mean?[25:57] Why do you need to let your plants settle in the aquarium before introducing fish?[28:43] Where to get bacteria that your aquarium needs[30:04] Three uses of filters in your aquarium[33:07] How to prep your plants for winter[34:51] Learn from a horticulturist![37:06] What water to use in your aquarium[38:31] How to figure out the water you have at home[39:52] Troubleshooting your aquarium water[42:03] Why do you need to change the water in your aquarium?[43:17] Using fertilizer in your aquarium[45:08] What type of substrate works best for your aquarium?[50:23] Aquarium lighting and the basics[53:26] The most important lighting factor for your aquarium[56:56] Karen’s aquarium supply recommendations[58:26] How to transition to a bigger tank[01:00:11] Are CO2 systems worth it?[01:03:14] How do you select plants for your aquarium?[01:05:24] Top 5 best aquatic plants for beginners[01:11:41] Maria’s plans for her own planted aquariumMentioned in our conversation:Sunken Gardens: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Freshwater Aquariums, book by Karen RandallFlorida Aquatic NurseriesAquatic Gardeners AssociationGH Kit & KH KitFluval Plant and Shrimp StratumSafe-T-Sorb Absorbent ClayKaren Randall's ScrapScapeThank you to our episode sponsors:SolTech SolutionsSoltech Solutions recently launched the Greenfit™ bundle with their new Vita LED Grow Bulb: a bulb that screws into any light fixture. Greenfit your home and get four Vita Grow Light Bulbs for the price of 3, no coupon code necessary! Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up to 20% off!Follow Karen:Planted Aquarium WebsiteVivarium/Terrarium WebsitePlanted Nano and Betta Tank Facebook GroupFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/19/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 26 seconds
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Lessons from Plants for 2021

Plant friends, I've been sharing with you my overwhelm, burnout, and general processing of everything that's happening in our world right now. It’s been so nice to connect with so many of you who share similar feelings. I'm also grateful to have had my plant collection to turn to and use as a tool for wellness in these trying times. Several of you had recommended Lessons from Plants by Beronda Montgomery and from page one, I felt like I had met a Plant Soul Sister in this author. Her book seemed to be the answer to my prayers about the struggles of understanding the science behind these phenomena I witness and take meaning from. Beronda has the scientific understanding to deep dive into lessons we can take away from plants. She joins me in this episode to share lessons we can learn from plants for specific scenarios many of us went through in 2021. Let's dive in!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[01:08] Introducing Beronda[02:56] Maria’s wonderful announcement![05:03] How Beronda became the plant parent she is today[07:17] Beronda shares her planty educational background[08:55] What Maria loves about Lessons from Plants[10:50] Bridging the gap in the plant community[12:46] What plants teach us about loss and pruning back[15:01] What is culling: how to apply the concept of culling in our lives[17:04] Why dormancy is important for us and our plants[18:37] How to honor the losses we’ve had[19:34] What plants teach us about transitions[20:45] Plants rest, and so should we![21:02] How to address your plants’ light needs in the winter[22:26] Where to get safe indoor and outdoor gardening products[24:48] How plants teach us to regulate our resources[26:18] How we make ourselves prone to burnout[27:37] The lessons of sensitivity and self-awareness from plants[28:27] How lack of self-reflection can lead to lack of resources for everyone[29:14] How much time do we need for self-reflection?[30:10] Maria’s small ways to interact with her plants more often[31:04] Why plants are symbols of resilience[32:27] How repotting plants and moving homes are the same[35:14] Pioneer species or pioneer plants and what they do[37:04] How we can be all pioneer plants[38:48] What are intentional disruptors?[41:37] Beronda’s personal favorite lessons from plants[44:14] How plants teach us to connect with others[45:48] Maria shares the best way to read Lessons from PlantsMentioned in our conversation:Lessons from Plants, book by Beronda L. MontgomeryThe Forest Unseen, book by David George HaskellThe Overstory, novel by Richard PowersThank you to our episode sponsors:SolTech SolutionsSoltech Solutions recently launched the Greenfit™ bundle with their new Vita LED Grow Bulb: a bulb that screws into any light fixture. Greenfit your home and get four Vita Grow Light Bulbs for the price of 3, no coupon code necessary! Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up to 20% off!Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here. Follow Beronda:InstagramTwitterWebsiteBuy Beronda's book: Lessons from Plants Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
10/5/202148 minutes, 30 seconds
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Designing and Revitalizing a Garden in a New Home

2020 had us all looking at our homes and asking ourselves if our current lifestyles were truly working for us or if it was time for a change. Billy and I desired more space, more nature, and a new opportunity to grow, which is why we moved upstate. An interesting question rose up when we moved and stared at our new surroundings and new gardening zone with a bit of overwhelm: now what? I've heard this question from so many members of our community who also made a big move, purchased a new home, and are looking at their new landscapes with wide eyes and lots of questions.In this episode, I invited Stephen Orr, editor of one of my favorite magazines and a gardener going through this process himself, to join me for a conversation about his journey to rejuvenating and experimenting with his new garden, or gardens, in his new home in Cape Cod. Can't wait to learn with you!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:00:57] Introducing Stephen[00:05:20] Why Maria is obsessed with Better Homes and Gardens[00:06:30] How Stephen’s parents influenced him to be a plant person[00:09:42] Popular houseplants in the 70s according to Stephen’s mom’s collection[00:15:16] Why it’s important to identify the soil type in your garden[00:17:35] Animal pressure and other factors to consider when looking for a new home with a garden[00:20:01] How to prepare your new garden for the seasons[00:22:13] Know which plants work best for your garden through your neighborhood[00:23:44] How to preserve old gardens and rejuvenate lilacs[00:25:27] Things to keep in mind when moving into a house with history[00:27:03] Where to get efficient and stylish grow lights for your home[00:28:21] How to have garlic all year round[00:29:54] How to transform a sandy area into a gravel garden[00:32:07] The best plants for seaside gardens[00:32:58] How to train plants to thrive in difficult conditions[00:35:51] Conducting your own garden research[00:37:06] Where to begin when starting a new garden in a new home[00:38:44] Common mistakes new homeowners make with their garden[00:39:41] How to avoid new home overwhelm[00:41:29] Stephen’s garden experiments: raised beds and a mini meadow[00:46:01] How to do seed sowing successfully[00:48:33] Checking your soil on your first year gardening[00:50:10] How to rejuvenate your flowering plants[00:52:33] What NOT to do on your first gardening year[00:53:47] Stephen’s recommended culinary herbs to plant in your garden[01:00:46] Stephen shares a nice little note about being Better Homes and Gardens editor[01:04:00] Maria’s BIG news!Mentioned in our conversation:The Dry Gardening Handbook : Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate, book by Olivier FilippiPlanting Design for Dry Gardens, book by Olivier FilippiThe Dry Garden, book by Beth ChattoThe New American Herbal, by Stephen OrrTomorrow's Garden, by Stephen OrrBetter Homes and Gardens MagazineThank you to our episode sponsors:SolTech SolutionsSoltech Solutions recently launched the Greenfi bundle with their new Vita LED Grow Bulb: a bulb that screws into any light fixture. Greenfit your home and get four Vita Grow Light Bulbs for the price of 3, no coupon code necessary! Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up to 20% off!Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.Follow Stephen:InstagramBuy Stephen's books: Tomorrow's Garden and the The New American Herbal,Check out Better Homes & GardensFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/21/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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Plant Parent Confessions with Members of the Garden Party Platform

Honestly, I've been feeling so overwhelmed and uninterested in curating my thoughts and feelings about plants and plant parenthood. It’s been a hell of a year and although I’m all about keeping it positive, I’m also all about keeping it real. And lately, social media has made it hard to share authentically. That's why when Christy, a Garden Party founding member, started this plant parent confessional in the Garden Party platform, members had space to post about things they do that wouldn’t pass the Instagram cut: plant fails and “bad” plant parent practices. So, this episode is community-based, from Garden Party members who called in and submitted their confessionals. I'm sharing them with you in hopes to just normalize the messiness of plant parenthood and tell you that no matter where you are on your plant parent journey, you’re welcome here :)Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[01:39] What inspired Maria to have a confessional episode[04:28] Meet Christy, one of Garden Party’s Founding Plant Friends[05:23] Plant care confessions: fertilizing, repotting, disinfecting tools, and more[07:29] How imperfections are the best learning opportunities in plant parenthood[08:14] A Tradescantia zebrina "Purple Tinge" confession[09:59] Why we should normalize falling out of love with our plants[10:51] A confession about cuttings and propagation[12:33] Repotting in the fall and winter, does that make you a bad plant parent?[14:04] Where to get the best indoor and outdoor gardening products[15:40] The best seed provider for year-round harvest![17:03] A frugal plant parent confession[18:09] When you give good plant parent advice— that you don’t do yourself![19:56] Do you isolate your new plants when you bring them home?[22:12] When Maria caught Billy in a cute plant parent moment[23:22] A plant parent’s ‘lazy approach’[24:44] The pressures of Instagram and color editing your plants[26:12] How social media can affect the way we perceive our plants and our own plant journey[28:21] Maria’s reminder: take care of yourself, plant friend![29:28] Maria’s confessions[31:24] The plant parent practice that helped Maria regain her plant parent confidence and joy[33:41] Plant parenthood is messy! That’s how it’s supposed to be, and you are not alone[34:40] Exciting news for the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
9/7/202137 minutes, 33 seconds
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Culinary Medicine from Our Gardens

Not only is growing your own food a fabulous hobby and a way to reconnect with the food chain, the earth, and yourself, it’s also a way to serve our bodies in a deeper way by feeding them with fresh, organic produce. Not to mention, a freshly picked cherry tomato or piece of lettuce tastes infinitely more delicious than a store-bought one. I’ve really enjoyed diving deep into gardening through the My First Garden Series on this podcast, and as a way to celebrate all our hard work, I've invited someone to help us make the best out of our harvest! Dr. John la Puma is a trained chef and doctor who has committed his life to culinary medicine and eco medicine. In this episode, we talk about the nutritional value of the foods we are growing, and some fun ways to prepare our harvest (we are both Italian-American and have lots of fun recipes we riff on throughout the episode!). Let's get cooking!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:05:55] Maria shares her ‘fresh from the garden’ dinner of kohlrabi![00:07:24] Dr. John’s favorite kohlrabi recipe[00:09:25] How Dr. John became a culinary medicine chef and how his farming journey began[00:10:57] What is eco medicine? How can we apply this concept to our daily lives?[00:15:09] Why gardening is the gateway to reconnecting with nature[00:17:45] How umbellifers like carrots and fennels enable you to use less fertilizer in the garden[00:19:27] How the pleasure of eating can help you eat and become healthier[00:21:06] What does a more vibrant color of a fruit or vegetable mean for nutrition?[00:22:35] How to bring out the lycopene in your tomatoes (it’s good for the heart!)[00:27:00] The beneficial differences between cooking with fresh herbs versus with dried herbs[00:28:31] How to grow turmeric, its health benefits, and the best ways to use it in cooking[00:30:13] Dr. John’s fun kumquat alcohol recipe![00:31:33] The best way to keep animals from your garden[00:33:23] How to help your plants grow with lights[00:35:40] Dr. John’s gentle reminder about store-bought vs organic and home-grown food[00:37:02] How to grow and how to use Mexican oregano in your dishes[00:39:35] Maria’s favorite plant to grow and how she uses it in the kitchen[00:39:57] The health benefits of alliums, the different kinds you can grow, and the best ways to cook with them[00:43:10] Dr. John’s recommended ways to eat lightly cooked onions[00:44:31] What is the best way to eat alliums like onions and leeks raw?[00:46:34] Why cruciferous vegetables like arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are good for your liver[00:48:03] Cooking tricks to get the most nutritional benefits from your arugula and other cruciferous veggies[00:49:35] Using arugula and other ways to elevate your pesto![00:51:08] How to cook with sweet potatoes and sweet potato leaves, and keep them growing in your garden[00:53:22] Should you keep the skins on your vegetables?[00:55:30] Dr. John shares one of his inspirations when it comes to cooking[00:56:58] What is 'comfort nature' and how does it help us regain our connection to ourselves and with nature?[00:59:24] How to be in your 'comfort nature' without leaving the house[01:01:56] Help Maria win her TikTok war with Dr. John - LOL!Mentioned resources in this episode:ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine by John la Puma, M.D.Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes in The GuardianWhat is Your Comfort Nature Place? QuizThank you to our episode sponsors:DeerBustersIf you’ve got wildlife looking at your veggie garden, DeerBusters is here to help! DeerBusters strives to protect the gardens of companies and individuals through high-quality, easy-to-install, wildlife fencing kits that come in several different materials and sizes. No fancy hardware needed. Visit deerbuster.com today to protect your plants tomorrow and use code BLOOM at checkout for 10% off.Soltech SolutionsWhether it's simply getting your plants through a lower light environment or you’ve just got too many plants but too few windows, and you need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing, Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting options for you! Save up to $100 with no coupon necessary. Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up 20% off!Follow John:WebsiteBlogBooksTikTokFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/24/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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Plant Care Routines: The Plant Friend Hang Series

Plant Routines: the crucial part of every plant parent's plant care practice that ensures that our plants (and our minds) are happy and healthy. Going from plant killer to plant lady, I found that I became as attached to my plant care routine, as I was to my plants. The act of disconnecting with a screen to reconnect with these plants and nature, is also a way to clear space to reconnect with yourself. I have learned that a plant care routine practice is so much deeper than just a soil moisture check: they let us check in with our plants, and more importantly, with ourselves. Plant care is truly self care. Everyone’s plant care routines are different, like unique snowflakes, so I brought together a fantastic group of plant friends to have a new format of podcast episode call the "Plant Friend Hang" to dive deeper on this topic. Come and meet them!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[00:02:36] Maria’s personal and podcast updates![00:05:49] Who is Kamili, how her plant parent journey began, and why she won’t say her plant number![00:07:41] A little fun discussion about Hoya and their recent popularity as houseplants[00:10:17] Paul’s plant parent background, his current collection, and why he recommends pothos for everyone[00:13:35] How Tiffany became @plantmamah, how plants helped her recover from a brain injury, and why she is obsessed with Hoya[00:18:20] What’s the weirdest thing you do with your plants?[00:27:04] What does your plant care routine look like on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis?[00:35:21] Where to get the best indoor and outdoor gardening products (and plant-specific tones!)[00:37:06] The best options for all your plants’ lighting needs[00:38:24] Why you should bring your plants outside during summer[00:40:48] Maria shares how she realized that her self-care and mental well-being are connected to her plant care[00:43:46] How has your plant care evolved through time? Have you noticed personal shifts as your plant care routine changes with your collection?[00:45:45] Why killing a plant should not make you feel ashamed and guilty[00:49:00] What is your most favorite and least favorite plant chore?[00:53:17] Paul shares his mad scientist soil mix equation![00:56:42] How the Plant Friends stay organized with their plant collection - is it a good idea to try plant apps?[01:02:51] What does your plant care routine mean to you and why is it important?[01:09:44] Maria reflects on the Plant Friend hang panel and why #MentalHealthMattersThank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.Soltech SolutionsWhether it's simply getting your plants through a lower light environment or you’ve just got too many plants but too few windows, and you need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing, Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting options for you! Save up to $100 with no coupon necessary. Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up 20% off!Follow the Plant Friend Hang Gang:Kamili: Instagram | Website | EmailPaul: Instagram | YouTube | EmailTiffany: Instagram | TikTok | EmailFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/10/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to Root Bare Nodes or "Wet Sticks"

The first time I heard about wet stick propagation, I had no idea it even existed! That's why when I got an offer from a listener, Joey (@joey_de_la_plants), for a variegated Monstera 'Albo' wetstick (and I knew I wanted that plant but I had no idea what “wetstick” meant), I went down a research rabbit hole to know more about the process of rooting it. For the last 5 months, my node has not only rooted, but started growing!. So when I connected with Payton from Bloom Daddy Plants—who actively uses this method all the time to run his shop—I knew we had a super fun episode on our hands. And boy, did we go overboard with the cross-platform collaboration surrounding this episode! Tune in to learn all about node propagation, and join the Philodendron "Pink Princess" Wetstick Giveaway on Instagramfor the chance to win your own Philodendron 'Pink Princess' wet stick to try this method yourself!!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden PartyJoin us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[03:35] What to expect in this cross-platform episode (and where to find them!)[04:51] How to get your own Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ wet stick![07:17] Who is Payton, how his journey as a plant parent began, and how Bloom Daddy came to be[10:05] Should we refer to plants as ‘rare’?[13:00] Breaking the myth surrounding node propagation[14:15] What is a ‘wet stick’? Its many other names and how to identify a node[18:00] Why node propagation is used in nurseries[19:33] 4 things you need for node propagation[20:53] The ideal humidity level for your nodes (and cheaper alternatives for humidity chambers!)[24:37] Where to cut a node from and how to do it[25:50] Where to get the best garlic varieties for your year-round garden[27:14] How to protect your greens and veggies from wildlife[29:08] At what angle should you cut a node?[29:54] When do you put the node in a prop box?[30:43] Why you should let your node callus over[31:02] How to activate your node (and make it happy!)[32:48] Differentiating levels of moisture, and what the best moisture level is for your node[35:23] How much space should you leave between your node and your prop box?[37:17] The ideal light situation for your node prop box[40:06] Transitioning your node after it establishes roots[45:00] Maria shares where her curiosity took her recent peperomia propagation[47:00] How to join the Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ wet stick giveawayMentioned in our conversation:Payton’s YouTube video on different Sphagnum moss moisture levelsPhilodendron 'Pink Princess' Wetstick Giveaway happening on the @bloomandgrowradio IG accountThank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.DeerBustersIf you’ve got wildlife looking at your veggie garden, DeerBusters is here to help! DeerBusters strives to protect the gardens of companies and individuals through high-quality, easy-to-install, wildlife fencing kits that come in several different materials and sizes. No fancy hardware needed. Visit deerbuster.com today to protect your plants tomorrow and use code BLOOM at checkout for 10% off.Follow Payton:InstagramWebsiteEtsyFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/27/202154 minutes, 40 seconds
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Flower Power: How to Grow Cut Flowers All Season Long (for Beginners)

When I first got into gardening, I got very fixated on the food I could grow for myself, but what I’m realizing is growing flowers can be as appealing as growing food — and flowers, being the pollinator magnets they are, are crucial to a healthy garden and a healthy mind. I’ve been so curious about cut flower gardening and connected with this episode's guest on Clubhouse, and started picking her brain about what cut flowers I should try as an ultra beginner. Brooklyn's passion for plants, her sensitivity, and her knowledge are things I've been wanting to share with this community! We also share heartwarming stories about our mothers and the lessons they taught us. I hope this episode brings you joy, just like flowers do!Join the Bloom and Grow Garden PartyJoin us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[00:02:23] Maria’s garden update[00:05:40] Who is Brooklyn and how she became a flower farmer[00:08:31] Why everyone should have flowers in their garden[00:09:15] Brooklyn shares the personal connection she feels when growing flowers[00:12:08] Things to consider before growing flowers in your garden[00:14:06] The best flowers to grow for beginners: sunflowers, zinnias, strawflowers, and more[00:17:05] A quick recap on annuals vs perennials[00:18:32] The best perennial flowers to grow for blooms year after year[00:21:22] How to plan your flower garden so you have blooms all year long[00:25:48] Brooklyn’s favorite ‘cut and come again’ flowers[00:27:16] How to make the best soil mix for your flowers[00:29:30] When to use fertilizers on your flowers[00:31:04] Where to get the best potting mix, compost and fertilizer for your garden[00:32:41] Where to order your garlic for this season[00:35:03] Why you want to fertilize your flowers (and some signs that they need it!)[00:36:12] Determining how much light your flowers need[00:37:30] Maria shares her experience with her first garden and reading seed packets[00:41:17] How to transplant your flowers and harden them off[00:44:27] How to pinch flowers, what is it for, and when you should do it[00:48:04] What should you do with your flower’s first bud?[00:48:25] What is deadheading and how to do it properly[00:51:03] Brooklyn’s growing tips for peonies[00:52:43] How to grow flowers from corms and bulbs[00:57:33] Brooklyn’s top five favorite flowers (and greens) to grow[00:59:34] A little heartwarming story about Mama Failla and her garden gifts[01:03:22] Maria shares her newfound interest and joy in flower gardeningThank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.Follow Brooklyn:Instagram: @brooklynsherriPetal and Herb FarmYa Grandma's Garden and Houseplants on Clubhouse Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
7/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 32 seconds
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I did something exciting! Welcome to the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App!!!!!!

In this mini episode, I share the why behind the creation of the Garden Party Community Platform & App and give you all the details of what’s inside! Become a Founding Plant Friend of the Garden Party (Offer expires July 1st- you can get a whole years membership for the amount of one 8 inch plant!) https://community.bloomandgrowradio.com/Check our a tour on the Youtube Channel!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/28/202110 minutes, 46 seconds
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Palm Care 101 with Chris Satch

When I look at a large gorgeous palm, outside or indoors, I immediately get tropical vibes from their huge leaves, the way they sway in the wind, and the way the leaves cascade over their delicate stems. They just have a certain something that creates an instant jungle vibe. However, palms are also notoriously tricky plants to successfully care for! Lucky for us, Chris of NYC Plant Doctor comes to the rescue with expert advice and knowledge on how to properly care for our palms, and how not to kill them as I did with my fan palm. Enjoy!Get on the waitlist for the Bloom and Grow Garden Party LaunchBe the first to gain access and founding member discounts through joining our waitlistSnag your spot on the waitlist hereDon't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[00:04:16] Chris shares his insane window setup in his new New York apartment![00:06:38] Some interesting trivia about the Arecaceae family[00:08:04] The most common palms that you probably didn’t even know you know: coconut palm, carnauba palm, date palm, and more![00:11:15] Where the Arecaceae family got its name[00:11:33] Three morphological groups of palm: rhizomatous, lianas, and arborescent[00:14:53] Where palms grow in nature, their history, and their uses over time[00:17:23] Why you won’t see rings in your palms[00:19:53] Examples of cold-hardy palms and where to find them[00:22:47] Chris gets real about palms: they are hard for beginners![00:23:16] Watering and humidity needs of your palm plants[00:25:07] How to differentiate salt damage vs humidity issues in your palms[00:26:39] Should you use distilled water or rainwater for your palms?[00:28:44] The right soil for the palm you have[00:30:38] Signs that your palm is happy, and signs that it’s not[00:31:19] How much light do palms need? Chris shares a big myth-buster about palms and light[00:32:41] Chris explains why palms can be difficult to grow: they are temperature-sensitive[00:33:48] Did you know you can extend your garden harvest through fall and even over winter?[00:35:12] The biggest threat to your garden[00:36:42] How to fertilize your palm tree - and why they don’t need much![00:40:59] Chris expert advice on repotting your palms[00:41:54] Why you should not plant your palms in terracotta pots[00:43:44] The most common pests of palms, and why Chris doesn’t have palms in his home[00:45:17] Maria talks about the one important aspect of plant parenthood: knowing what works for you and what doesn’t[00:49:33] How to propagate your palms[00:50:13] Can you really grow coconut indoors, and if yes, how?[00:51:41] How can you control a palm’s growth?[00:53:17] What to do when your palm gets pests[00:55:57] Some fast palm facts from Chris![00:58:36] The best palm to get for beginners[01:02:39] Maria’s reflections on palms and caring for themMentioned in our conversation:Bloom and Grow Radio episodesHow to Water Your Plants with Chris SatchVariegation 101 with Chris SatchPlant Latin 101 with Chris SatchPest Control With Summer Rayne OakesThank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.DeerBustersIf you’ve got wildlife looking at your veggie garden, DeerBusters is here to help! DeerBusters strives to protect the gardens of companies and individuals through high-quality, easy-to-install, wildlife fencing kits that come in several different materials and sizes. No fancy hardware needed. Visit https://www.deerbusters.com/ today to protect your plants tomorrow and use code BLOOM at checkout for 10% off.Follow Chris:Instagram: @botanictonic | @nycplantdoctorWebsiteParlor Palm Care articleFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
6/1/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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Plants and Pets: What You Need to Know // Pet Proof Your Plants

Did you know that some of our favorite houseplants are actually toxic to pets? I was able to interview Anastasia from Leaf & Paw about Pets and Plants and how to be both a pet parent and a plant parent. Anastasia has a blog dedicated to her passion for collecting plants while caring for her two cats and a hedgehog. In this episode, she walks us through what we need to know about toxicity, how to style with pets in mind, and the top 10 best and worst plants for our pets. Let's dive in!Get on the waitlist for the Bloom and Grow Garden Party LaunchBe the first to gain access and founding member discounts through joining our waitlistSnag your spot on the waitlist hereDon't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!In this episode we learn:[03:41] What this episode has in store for you, plant friend![05:13] How Anastasia became both a plant parent and a pet parent, and how Leaf and Paw came to be[07:19] Why it’s important to know how to have plants and pets together[08:37] What is toxicity in plants? How do you approach toxicity when it comes to your pets?[12:11] Are there levels of toxicity in plants? What should you do when your pet eats a toxic plant?[13:38] How to prevent your pets from eating your plant collection: utilize your home architecture[15:08] Why understanding your pet can help you keep them away from your plants[16:02] How to style with floor plants while keeping them safe from your pets[17:21] Do river stones and vinegar spray work for pet-prone plants?[18:56] The best company after a day of gardening and propagating plants![20:57] Where to get organic and pet-safe potting mixes and gardening products[22:45] What symptoms should you look out for if your pet has ingested a plant? What should you do if your pet has ingested a toxic plant?[25:14] How to use substances like fertilizer and insecticide in your plant care while being mindful of your pets[28:05] The best and most informative resources for pet care and plants[30:06] The top 10 most toxic plants for your pets: pothos, monsteras, ficus, and more[36:50] The top 10 best non-toxic plants for your pets: pepperomias, calatheas, hoyas, and more[42:20] Bonus special AND non-toxic plant: banana trees![43:47] Maria and Billy’s puppy fever and their future fur baby plansMentioned in our conversation:American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)Pet Poison HotlineThank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicFor responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays, and more, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.Allagash Brewing CompanyAllagash Brewing Company is an amazing brewery and b corporation out of Portland, Maine that has just come out with Fine Acre: an organic beer that’s the perfect accompaniment to your indoor and outdoor gardening practices this spring and summer! Fine Acre’s launch supports organic gardening and farming, so we are celebrating with the Beer Gardening with Allagash Sweepstakes! The prize is insanely planty with over $3000 of gardening goodies. Head over to allagash.com for mechanics on how to join the giveaway! Fine Acre and other Allagash beers are for drinkers 21+. Please drink responsibly.Follow Anastasia:Leaf and Paw BlogInstagramFacebookFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadioTiktok: @bloomandgrowradioSubscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /BloomandgrowradioWebsite: www.bloomandgrowradio.comJoin the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/4/202144 minutes, 53 seconds
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Be featured on the upcoming Community Episode: Indoor Plant Appreciation Community episode call to action - 81419 6.38 PM

Hi Plant Friends!   I'd love to feature you and YOUR plant stories in an upcoming community episode of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. The theme of the episode is "Indoor Plant Appreciation" for National Indoor Plant Week! Call in following the instructions below and share your favorite story about a plant of yours: it could be a plant parent win, a loss, a lesson learned, a new friendship that blossomed, a funny story or a #plantmomfail or #plantdadfail. Whatever you want! I want this episode to inspire our community to keep blooming and keep growing together :)    I can't wait to hear from you!   Instructions for being on the Indoor Plant Appreciation Episode! 1) Call (267) 478-2521 2) Please spell your name and email at the beginning of the message so I can contact you! 3) Share your story in the voicemail! Share your favorite story regarding an indoor plant: whether its a fail, a win, a humble brag, or a story of #plantfriendsIRL- your choice! **Tip: The google voice only allows for a 3 minute message, so you might want to write out your story, or jot some thoughts down on paper to allow for you to effectively tell your story without getting cut off. If your story requires more than 3 minutes, you can call back and leave back to back messages.   Deadline for submissions is September 3rd! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
8/15/20193 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to Move with Plants

Maria and members of the Bloom and Grow Radio Community give tips on how to move homes with houseplants!  In this episode we learn: - the various ways to pack plants for moving - practical tips from listeners who have moved successfully with their houseplants - suggestions from Maria for moving in a car, truck, plane or countries!   For a blog with all of the tips provided in this episode visit: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/moving   For a youtube video where Maria shows you how she packs her plants to take on the plane visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/bloomandgrowradio   Support Bloom and Grow Radio on PATREON! https://www.patreon.com/bloomandgrowradio Follow Bloom and Grow Radio: Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow YOUTUBE show! https://www.youtube.com/c/bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club Support Bloom and Grow Radio on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bloomandgrowradio Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
5/23/201932 minutes, 19 seconds
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Seattle Plant Friend Meet up announced for THIS SATURDAY!

RSVP HERE    So excited to have a "Botanicals and Brunch" Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Meet up at Cultivate Propagate in SEATTLE this Saturday March 30th from 1030-noon!   Join us for Brunch Cocktails, Coffee, Raised Doughnuts and more! It will be a wonderful way to meet your local planty community members and make new #plantfriendsIRL!   I'll be hosting informal interviews about what your favorite Seattle Planty Places are!    Chelsea (the shop owner) will be saving some Philodendron Pink Princess and Painted Lady and Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma to go on sale in shop during the event!   Please RSVP by clicking this link so we know how much stuff to get!   Botanicals and Brunch Partners: Cultivate Propagate Raised Doughnuts Marseille Food and Wine Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
3/27/20192 minutes, 52 seconds
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Getting a Christmas Tree? Listen to these episodes!

Are you getting a Christmas Tree this year? Listen to the episodes mentioned here to 1) Learn best practices for cut christmas trees and how to have a locally sourced tree that you compost after the season #responsibleplantparent 2) have a LIVING, potted indoor christmas tree that you can replant after the holiday season!    Episode 05: Cut Christmas Trees with Mary Jeanne Packer from the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY  Episode 06: Living Christmas Tree withs Joe Lampl from Growing a Greener World    Follow Bloom and Grow Radio on Instagram Join the Garden Club (for free): https://bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-clubAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
11/23/20184 minutes, 35 seconds