Epic Gardening: Daily Growing Tips and Advice

By Kevin Espiritu | Urban Gardener, Hydroponics Enthusiast, Plant Lover

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The Epic Gardening podcast is a daily gardening tips and advice show brought to you by Kevin Espiritu, an urban gardener, hydroponics enthusiast, and all-around plant lover. Every day, a gardening question from YOU will be answered in a fun and informative way in under 10 minutes!

Episode Date
How to Have Blooms All Season Long
08:14

Even if you're living in a climate with extreme seasons, it's possible to have beautiful blooms almost all year long by picking the right flowers and caring for them the right way! Learn which in today's show.

Learn More: Listen to the Verdant North Podcast

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Jun 21, 2018
Creating an Aromatic Garden
09:17

Today we learn all about cultivating a garden that smells AMAZING. You're sure to learn about a lot of plants you wouldn't normally grow, so enjoy!

Learn More: Listen to the Verdant North Podcast

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Jun 20, 2018
Preventing Pathogenic Fungi
09:11

Today we have the folks from The Verdant North on the podcast! Caroline and Dan are HILARIOUS and chock-full of gardening knowledge. You're sure to laugh a lot in this episode on pathogenic fungi and how to prevent it!

Learn More: Check out The Verdant North Podcast!

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Jun 19, 2018
Quick Cucumber Growing Tips
04:14

Once the warmth of summer comes on, cucumbers are a favorite addition to summer salads and sandwiches. Growing cucumbers at home is surprisingly easy, and you’ll find that the ones you grow are far superior to anything you can buy at the store.

Whether used to make pickles, eaten fresh from the garden, or used for their juice, cucumber is a great source of vitamins and micronutrients. They’re packed with water and fiber, two things essential to our health. And they’re low-calorie, making them a favorite food of the diet-conscious.

Learn More: Growing Cucumbers: The Ultimate Guide To Cucumis Sativus

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Jun 18, 2018
Shade AND Heat Loving Plant Ideas
05:41

Today's question comes from a listener in Vegas, who doesn't get much sun on her balcony AND lives in that devilish Vegas heat. What can she do?!

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Jun 17, 2018
Squash Vine Borer Madness
09:07

The squash vine borer is not common along the west coast, but for the majority of the United States it’s a common pest. The larvae burrow deep into the soft vines of zucchini or summer squash and kill off the plant.

Today I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the lifecycle of these red and black moths and their offspring, and how to get rid of them when they appear!

Learn More: Squash Vine Borer: Protecting Your Food Crops From These Pests

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Jun 16, 2018
In Ground Square Foot Gardening
04:16

Today's question comes in from a reader, who wonders if you can still use the Square Foot Gardening method if you're not growing in a raised bed!

Learn More: Square Foot Gardens: Where Efficiency Meets Beauty

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Jun 15, 2018
Fertilizing Citrus and Figs
04:32

Today's question comes from Dan. He wonders how, when, and what to fertilize his container citrus and fig trees with!

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Jun 14, 2018
3 Year Clay Soil Remediation Experiment
04:22

Today's question is more of a story from Farmer Phyl on how she drastically improved her heavy clay soil in just three short years.

Learn More: Clay Soil Got You Down? Top Tips For Amending Clay Soil

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Jun 13, 2018
Selling Veggies to Neighbors?
21:00

On today's show, I talk with Sam and Mark of Vinder, a cool app that allows gardeners to connect with their neighbors to buy and sell produce.

Learn More: Check Out the Vinder App

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Jun 12, 2018
Growing Algae at Home
06:38

If you've been convinced of the power of soil algae like me, you might want to know how to cultivate it at home. Well...that's what this episode will walk you through ;)

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 11, 2018
When is Algae BAD For Your Garden?
05:10

This whole week has been singing the praises of algae...so let's look at the opposite side of the coin. When is it bad to have algae in the garden, and what can you do about it?

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 10, 2018
Soil Microbiology 101
04:15

Today's episode is a quick refresher course on basic soil microbiology :)

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 09, 2018
Benefits of Soil Algae
08:46

The benefits of cultivating a strong soil food web are unparalleled, but many of us don't realize that algae plays a crucial part! Find out what it does for your soil in today's show.

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 08, 2018
Types of Algae in Soil
06:18

Now that we know the difference between algae and plants, what types of algae will we find in our soil...and what effects do they have on our plants?

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 07, 2018
Algae vs. Plants
05:05

In today's algae episode, Matt and I look at the difference between algae and plants, and what it means for the garden.

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 06, 2018
Crazy Photosynthesis Facts
12:49

Today we kick off ALGAE WEEK on the podcast with my friend Matt Huber of Soil Algae. Matt's an oceanographer and algae researcher who's got a TON to say about algae's relationship to soil and our gardens.

In this episode, we talk about the different types of plant pigments and their effect on photosynthesis. It's a must-listen.

Learn More: Soil Algae on Kickstarter

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Jun 05, 2018
Floating Seeds = Bad?!
03:27

Today's question comes from Phil Koster, a long-time listener of the podcast. He wants to know if it's truth or myth that floating seeds won't germinate.

As with most things...the answer depends on a few factors! Find out which in today's show :)

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Jun 05, 2018
Killer Insecticidal Soap Recipe
05:08

Insecticidal soaps are a great 'all purpose' pest destroyer, and for good reason: they make short work of soft-bodied insects. Things like aphids, thrips, whiteflies, and so on.

Here's how to make it at home.

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Jun 04, 2018
How to Get Hummingbirds In Your Garden
06:29

Hummingbirds are wonderful garden-dwellers. Not only are they adorably cute with their super-fast blur of wings and tiny bodies, but they can be great pollinators. Often, we want to encourage them to stay by buying the best hummingbird feeder we can find and providing extra food.

But what really works to draw hummingbirds? Do you know where to place a hummingbird feeder for the best chance of drawing birds? How to clean a hummingbird feeder? What should you put in it to keep your birds healthy and safe?

I’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t work, and whether glass hummingbird feeders are better than plastic ones. But more than that, I’ll help you learn how to care for your hummingbird feeder, how to maintain it and clean it, and how to encourage these cute little birds to visit.

Learn More: Best Hummingbird Feeder: Enticing Hummingbirds To Stay In Your Garden

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Jun 03, 2018
Toads In The Garden!
03:29

Toads are some of the most powerful pest preventing creatures in a garden. Unless you're in an area where they're invasive, you should be thinking about how to attract them to your garden. And what better way than a little toad house!

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Jun 02, 2018
Attract More Birds With Heated Bird Baths
07:14

It’s never too early to think about upcoming needs, and for many of us, a heated bird bath is on that list. Some are stylish and have tons of visual appeal. Others are a bit more sedate and merely do exactly as advertised: they keep the water from freezing.

Let’s explore all of the important details of bird bath heaters, and go over everything you could ever need to know before buying one. I’ll make suggestions for some of the best that are out there, and you can prepare in advance for the fall and winter months!

Unlike other devices, there is not a best heated bird bath. It really depends on your personal needs and your available space and preferences. But there are a lot of high-quality options available, and I’ll talk a little about each.

Learn More: Heated Bird Bath: Give Wildlife Access To Water All Winter Long

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Jun 01, 2018
Espalier Fruit Trees for Creative Harvests
05:49

Have you ever wanted to grow fruit, but didn’t want to give up space in the yard for one of those heirloom apple trees? Even a crab apple might be too large? Then you will want to know about espalier fruit trees and how they’re grown!

This old technique has been used on grape vines, fruit and flowering trees, and even large shrubs.

Pronounced “ess-PAUL-yay”, the term originates with the French word “aspau”, meaning “a prop”, referencing the trellis that supports branches. It may also have been partially derived from the Italian term “spalliera”, which means “something to lean the shoulder against”.

Espalier has been used to create low walls, lattice-pattern foliage, and best of all, flat-growing fruit trees that can live along a fenceline. It can take many years of training a tree or shrub to create the effect that you’re aiming for, but it’s so rewarding once it takes shape.

Learn More: Espalier Fruit Trees: Ideas To Pack Big Fruit Harvests Into Small Spaces

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May 31, 2018
Permaculture...Wine?!
06:09

Welcome back to reality my gardening friends! Hope you had an awesome weekend. Today's episode is a riff on permaculture wine and beer techniques from the head farmer at Jester King brewery in Austin, Texas. 

Learn More: Jester King Brewery

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May 30, 2018
80lb of Tomatoes On One Plant?
03:29

Most gardeners get around 10lb of tomatoes off of a single plant. And that's great! But what if you want MORE? Here are some tips to maximize yield on your tomatoes this season.

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Epic Soil Starter

I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 29, 2018
Frugal Gardening Tips
03:24

Not all of us have boatloads of cash to throw into the garden. If you're like me, you want creative solutions to make the gardening experience a little easier that don't break the bank. Well, you're in luck - here are 5 you can use today.

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Kevin

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I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 28, 2018
12 Great Patio Container Plants
05:45

Here's an episode for you patio gardeners out there! 12 ornamental plants that you can grow well in containers on patio. Now there are NO excuses to getting something green and colorful on your property :)

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May 27, 2018
Composting Old Tomatoes?
03:53

Quick one today for you all - common question of what to do with your tomato vines and other garden debris at the end of the season. Can you compost, should you compost? The answer lies within this episode.

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Kevin

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I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 26, 2018
How to Use Epsom Salts In The Garden
03:53

If you're like me, you've probably heard of Epsom salts as a "gardening hack." But...why? Why does everyone seem to love using them in the garden? In today's episode we'll go over a few different ways to creatively use Epsom salts and boost the flavor and health of your plants.

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Kevin

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I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 25, 2018
Top Tips for Amending Clay Soil
07:14

When I was growing up my Mom always complained to my Dad about her garden and flower beds. She would say things like “Nothing grows in this red dirt!”, or “I’m not planting anything this year, it never grows!”

I always thought Mom just didn’t have a green thumb.

Fast forward about twenty years, and now I understand her struggle.

Digging in my flower beds and garden used to be like playing in a big mud pie that was left out in the sun to dry. The flowers and vegetable plants I planted always showed signs of being over-watered. Because yes, I have clay soil.

I’ve figured out a few ways that have improved the quality of my garden and flower bed soil. These tips have made my efforts in the garden more fruitful and less back-breaking.

Learn More: Clay Soil Got You Down? Top Tips For Amending Clay Soil

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Kevin

Epic Soil Starter

I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 24, 2018
Growing Tomatillos Start to Finish
08:31

Have you ever tried growing tomatillos? Often used as part of salsa or Mexican cuisine, this relative of the cape gooseberry is a popular fruit. But what are tomatillos, really?

The Mexican husk tomato, sometimes called jamberry but more commonly called tomatillo, is a strange little plant. Its fruit grows within a natural papery lantern-like husk. Once ripe, the husk splits open and the fruit of your labor is ready to use.

While most tomatillo varieties have origins in Mexico, these fruits are common throughout the Americas in the wild. There are two species, Physalis ixocarpa and Physalis philadelphica, but there’s many cultivars.

The greenish or purple tomatillo fruit is used in an ever-increasing number of dishes, not to mention the salsa verde we all love. Let’s talk about all of the requirements for growing tomatillos so that you can enjoy them yourself!

Learn More: Growing Tomatillos: Enjoy Salsa Verde All Summer Long

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Kevin

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I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 23, 2018
Controlling Fusarium Wilt (Damping Off Disease)
09:57

Anyone who’s been gardening for a while is familiar with the dreaded fusarium wilt. Also called damping off, this fungal disease causes newly-sprouted seedling stems to collapse. It’s frustrating, but it’s certainly not unknown.

But did you know that fusarium itself is a widespread genus of multiple species which can also cause a number of blights and rots? In fact, fusarium species create a number of dangers for not just your plants, but even directly for you.

Let’s go over some information on what fusarium is and learn about how and what it does. Then, we’ll go into ways to prevent against it and newly-developing information on how to fight back!

Learn More: Fusarium Wilt, Blight, And Rot: How To Handle These Fungal Problems

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Kevin

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I've partnered with Garden Maker Naturals to formulate a custom organic fertilizer designed to take standard raised bed soil to the next level. I use it in all of my beds and containers. Order your Epic Soil Starter now.

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May 22, 2018
Upside Down Peppers?
04:49

We've all heard of the "Topsy Turvy" tomato planters that allow you to grow tomatoes upside down, but what about other plants. Specifically peppers? Would they work? In today's show I outline how to grow these spicy veggies upside down!

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May 21, 2018
Fresh Manure = Good or Bad?
03:35

Manure is a great source of organic matter and fertility in the garden...but does it make sense to use it fresh? Find out the pros and cons in today's show.

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May 20, 2018
Caring For Calatheas!
06:50

Have you ever grown a rattlesnake plant? How about a peacock plant? A zebra plant? All of these are forms of calathea!

Let’s explore the delightful and fun world of this gorgeous and popular houseplant. With many vivid variations, this leafy plant can be a perfect addition to your living space.

In some areas of the world, they’re useful as well as decorative. Calathea leaves are used to wrap a specific type of tamale in Guatemala, for instance. In Thailand, calathea leaf rice containers are popular amongst the tourist trade.

But enough about the uses of calathea. Let’s get on to what it is and how to grow it!

Learn More: Calathea: Caring For The Rattlesnake Plant, Zebra Plant and More

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May 19, 2018
How to Treat Downy Mildew
08:02

Downy mildew and powdery mildew are often confused. If you’re looking for how to get rid of powdery mildew, check here. But downy mildew is a completely separate problem, even if it might look similar. Both are common issues in the garden.

Today, we’ll go over everything there is to know about downy mildew. I’ll tell you how to treat it, but more importantly, I’ll help you determine how to prevent it so you don’t get it again!

Learn More: Downy Mildew: How To Stop This Plant Disease Before It Starts

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May 18, 2018
How to Refresh Old Potting Soil
04:43

Don't throw your potting soil away once you're done growing with it for a season! It's easy to refresh or completely rejuvenate your soil using the methods in this episode.

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May 17, 2018
2 Ways to Hand Pollinate
04:16

Hand pollination is a fantastic way to increase fruit production on plants like cucumbers, zucchinis, etc. Here are two methods for both large and small-flowered plants!

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May 16, 2018
Hot Composting FAQs
07:47

I've gotten a lot of questions about how to restart a hot compost pile, so I figured I might as well do a FAQ episode about hot composting. Enjoy :)

Learn More: Composting on Epic Gardening

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May 15, 2018
Gray Mold On Your Plants?
07:08

If you’ve ever checked on your garden and found weird, grey, fuzzy looking spores on your plants, chances are you’ve run into botrytis cinerea.

This common fungal pathogen goes by many other names as well. Grey mold, ghost spot, ash mold, or botrytis bunch rot are just a few! But to most of us, it’s that cursed grey-black mold that turns fruit into mush and wreaks havoc on our plants.

You don’t have to suffer through it for much longer. I’ll walk you through what botrytis cinerea is, how it develops, and what to do if and when you find it. With good care and some preventative tactics, you can free yourself of the grey mould for good!

Learn More: Botrytis Cinerea: How to Prevent and Control It

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May 14, 2018
Ecotherapy: How Trees Make You Healthier
05:37

Arbor Day is celebrated nationally in the United States on the last Friday of April each year, although individual states celebrate it at different times. So in honor of National Arbor Day, I figured I’d share some fascinating information about ecotherapy as it relates to trees, and at the same time discuss some important aspects of tree care and stewardship!

Ecotherapy is a reasonably new term, and refers to the process of growth and healing by interacting with nature. I’ve discussed it at length before while talking about gardening for the elderly. But did you know that just being in and around trees can be a healthy addition to people of all ages?

Let’s start out by discussing some of those important health benefits that being under the living canopy can bring you!

Learn More: Ecotherapy: How Trees Make You Healthier

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May 13, 2018
Kale: How to Grow Your Own Superfood
10:01

In recent years, it’s gotten a reputation as a superfood. Leaf cabbage, also called kale, is a brassica species which really packs a punch. But growing kale isn’t something a lot of people consider doing.

They should! Vitamin-packed kale (Brassica oleracea) is considered to be among the world’s healthiest foods. Rich in Vitamins A, C, and K, it’s also mineral-rich, packing a good calcium and potassium punch. For a leafy green, it’s protein-rich as well. One cup of kale will give you 2.2 grams of protein.

We’re going to go over everything you’ll ever need for growing kale, including information about the various types and a good number of planting tips. By the time we’re done, you’ll be a kale growing expert.

Learn More: Growing Kale: The Ultimate Guide To Growing Your Own Superfood

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May 12, 2018
Choosing The Right Pruning Shears
07:53

Getting the best pruning shears is a necessity. Your pruning shears are one of your best tools as a gardener. How else do you get rid of excess growth or keep your plants trimmed to an appropriate size?

But choosing the best pruning shears for your task can be a matter of personal preference, or it can be job-specific. Most of us have a few different types available depending on what we’re doing.

Today, I’ll help you break down the various components of a quality pair of pruning shears and decide what, exactly, you’ll need to get your job done. With a quality pair of pruning shears, you’ll have no problem keeping everything properly trimmed!

Learn More: Best Pruning Shears: Different Snips For Your Pruning Needs

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May 11, 2018
Dealing With Fungus Gnats
06:46

One of the most frustrating pests in many indoor gardens is the dreaded fungus gnat and its young, the fungus gnat larvae. These little buggers can absolutely destroy your plants if you’re not vigilant — and they can do it quickly.

The primary way that fungus gnats affect your plants is through their larvae. They lay eggs in your growing medium. Once they hatch, the larvae will attach to the roots of your plants and drain them of nutrients.

Although the larvae are the main negative actors, adult fungus gnats can carry disease, especially fungal diseases.​ These can be deadly on their own, but that’s not all. They also lay hundreds of eggs fast, which will devour plant roots!

It’s absolutely essential that you stop these pests before they can take hold, whether indoors or out. The last thing you need is for your plants to succumb to a horrible fate.

I’ll help you to overcome your fungus gnat woes, though. Let’s go into detail about fungus gnats and their larvae, and learn how to demolish them before they can take over!

Learn More: Fungus Gnat Larvae: How To Kill Them Off Quickly

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May 10, 2018
The Many Uses of Comfrey
06:03

Comfrey is a super-plant for your garden. You can use it in a million different ways, and in today's episode I'll go over four different ways.

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May 09, 2018
Soil Testing: Which To Do And When To Do It
05:59

Most people know what their plants need to thrive. But how will you know if your garden has everything it really needs? Test the soil, of course! And yet there’s so many test types available. How should you choose? I’ll help you sort through the different types of soil test kits that are on the market today and find the best soil test kit for your needs. Better yet, I’ll explain all about testing your soil and how to do it.

Learn More: Best Soil Test Kit For 2018: Which To Get And What To Know

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May 08, 2018
Important Beneficial Insects
05:10

In our last episode with McKay Joice, we're looking at some other beneficial insects besides bees. There's an entire network of insects that are helpful in the garden...it's not ALL about bees ;)

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May 07, 2018
How to Save the Bees
09:48

We hear all about saving the bees...but how serious of an issue is really? And how do we do our part as home gardeners?

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May 06, 2018
Attracting Bees To Your Garden
07:39

We're learning a lot about bees this week...but what about how to get them IN our garden in the first place? That's what today's show is ALL about.

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May 05, 2018
All About Honey!
06:50

Ah, honey. The magical, delicious elixir that we know and love. Let's learn all about it in today's show :)

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May 04, 2018
How Does a Beehive Work?
07:43

We don't know everything about bees, but we do have a pretty good idea of how a beehive operates...and it's fascinating. Learn all about it in today's show.

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May 03, 2018
Pollen, Honey, Propolis, Royal Jelly...
06:13

Today we learn all about the different types of products bees produce...and what we can use them for in the garden and kitchen!

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May 02, 2018
It's BEE WEEK On The Podcast!
14:35

Today kicks off what I am calling Bee Week on the podcast. I invited my friend McKay Joice onto the show to talk bees. She's a solo beekeeper and a font of knowledge about these majestic creatures.

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May 01, 2018
Experiments in Martha's Garden
10:46

In the FINAL episode with Ryan McCallister, Martha Stewart's personal gardener, we riff on some experiments he's running in the garden right now as well as touch on the straw bale gardening method.

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 30, 2018
Tilling vs. No Till
05:54

In the 6th of 7 episodes with Ryan McCallister, Martha Stewart's personal gardener, we get into why he rototills the garden and his perspective on the no-till method.

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 29, 2018
Spring and Winter Garden Prep
04:42

In the 5th of 7 episodes with Ryan McCallister, Martha Stewart's personal gardener, we get into how he approaches the monumental task of preparing her garden for Spring, as well as tips for Winter winding down in the garden.

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 28, 2018
Crop Rotation in Martha's Garden
08:07

In the 4th of 7 episodes with Ryan McCallister, Martha Stewart's personal gardener, we talk about his approach to rotating crops in the veggie garden.

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 27, 2018
Keeping Track Of Your Garden
04:29

In the 3rd of 7 episodes with Ryan McCallister, Martha Stewart's personal gardener, we talk about just how the heck he keeps track of everything going on in the garden!

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 26, 2018
Martha Stewart's Garden in Spring
06:57

In the 2nd of 7 episodes with Ryan McCallister, Martha Stewart's personal gardener, we get into what's happening in the garden this Spring!

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 25, 2018
Martha Stewart's Personal Gardener
08:10

Today kicks off another 7-part series on the podcast, this time with Ryan McCallister, who holds the vaulted position of Martha Stewart's personal gardener. In this episode we get into his background in gardener and how the heck he got that job!

Learn More: Ryan McCallister on Instagram

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Apr 24, 2018
Bougainvillea Care Tips
04:02

Ah, bougainvillea. The plant I HATED as a kid. Well, I've seen the error of my ways and now have two large bougainvilleas on my property. Learn how to care for them in today's show.

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Apr 23, 2018
7 Ways to Supecharge Your Soil
05:55

When you're prepping a bed, it's important to know that there are a wealth of options for recharging the soil. Whether you're setting up a new bed or trying to amend after a bountiful harvest, here are 7 organic ways to get your soil filled with nutrition!

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Apr 22, 2018
Indoor Lighting Considerations
05:03

Growing indoor can be a challenge, mostly because you have to create your own sunlight by using indoor grow lights. Today I answer a question from Karen about a few things you should think about when considering growing indoors under lights.

Learn More: All of my indoor grow light content on the site

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Apr 21, 2018
How Peanuts Grow...
02:48

Did you know how peanuts grow? I didn't until a few years ago. It BLEW MY MIND.

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Apr 20, 2018
Succession Planting Tips
07:03

Succession planting can be confusing, but it's a way to squeeze a ton more produce out of the garden. In this episode, I attempt to explain the basics :)

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Apr 19, 2018
Weekly Garden Update
09:17

One episode a week, I'll update you on my learnings in the garden as well as any major happenings. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes as you grow this season!

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Apr 18, 2018
Destroying Mealybugs FOREVER
09:05

Only a tenth to a quarter of an inch long, tiny mealybugs don’t look particularly dangerous. However, these voracious plant-suckers can literally suck the life out of your plants if you’re not careful.

Today, I plan on helping you to stop the mealybug manifestation on your plants forever. Once you’ve read the information below, you should know everything you need to get rid of these little pests and keep them out!

Learn More: Mealybugs: Making Pseudococcidae Pests Go Away For Good

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Apr 17, 2018
The Cucumber Episode
17:29

Once the warmth of summer comes on, cucumbers are a favorite addition to summer salads and sandwiches. Growing cucumbers at home is surprisingly easy, and you’ll find that the ones you grow are far superior to anything you can buy at the store.

Whether used to make pickles, eaten fresh from the garden, or used for their juice, cucumber is a great source of vitamins and micronutrients. They’re packed with water and fiber, two things essential to our health. And they’re low-calorie, making them a favorite food of the diet-conscious.

Let’s not forget that the plants themselves are a bright green and will enliven your garden space with a mat of dense, fat leaves. Hiding within those vines or bushes can be an abundance of delicious food if you just follow this guide!

Learn More: Growing Cucumbers: The Ultimate Guide To Cucumis Sativus

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Apr 16, 2018
The Willy Wonka Pepper
03:33

Its real name is the Chinese 5 Color Pepper, but I call it the Willy Wonka pepper because it looks like it'd be right at home in his Chocolate Factory! This is one of the wildest-colored peppers you'll ever grow.

Learn More: Buy Chinese 5 Color Pepper Seeds

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Apr 15, 2018
I Planted an Actual Tomato In The Ground...
03:47

This episode is a long time in the making. I had a rotting tomato in my kitchen and just planted it in the ground to see what would happen. It's been a few months and...guess what?

It worked! Find out exactly how well it went in today's show.

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Apr 14, 2018
5 Easy and Nutrient Dense Plants to Grow
07:06

A few of my friends are getting into gardening and wanted to know the 5 most healthy plants that are ALSO the easiest to grow. Here is what I came up with!

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Apr 13, 2018
Conditioning a Straw Bale Garden
05:29

We've talked about Straw Bale Gardening, but now I have a fresh bale in my front yard and it's time to put my money where my mouth is! But first...I have to "condition" the bale so it's ready to grow in. Here's how to do it.

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Apr 12, 2018
How Gardening Can Help You Age Gracefully
08:21

As you become older, you may feel inclined to give up your beloved gardening past time as physical activity becomes more difficult. Elderly gardening may seem to be too much effort. But don’t give up!

With the help of some very helpful tools and tips, you can continue to garden well into your golden years. While gardening can stock your kitchen with delicious vegetables and fruits, in the case of senior citizens the additional benefits of gardening become even more important.

Learn More: Elderly Gardening: Grow Gracefully Into Your Golden Years

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Apr 11, 2018
Unique Technique for Container Leeks
05:07

We've covered leeks before...but never like this! How do you grow them in containers and leave enough space for roots to grow, but also get white, straight, blanched leek stems? Find out in today's show.

Learn More: Leeks: Everything You Need To Know To Grow And Harvest Them

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Apr 10, 2018
Fruits to Grow in Containers
05:13

Growing in a small space? Fear not! You can still grow fruits at home. Here are some you should consider.

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Apr 09, 2018
How to Use Pine Needles
02:50

Got a stash of old pine needles and wondering what to do? Never fear, I'm here to riff on some ideas for using them in the garden.

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Apr 08, 2018
The Many Types of Bees
03:27

Ever wondered if there's more than the humble honey bee? The answer is a resounding YES. Here are a few common types of bees you'll find in the garden.

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Apr 07, 2018
Pruning Eggplants
02:53

To prune, or not to prune? That is the question when it comes to eggplants. Here's the 411 on when, why, and how to prune those nightshades!

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Apr 06, 2018
Fence Planter Ideas
06:19

I've got a few open fences that I'm ready to garden on, so I figured I'd share some ideas with you! Check these out for some vertical gardening inspiration.

Learn More: Fence Planters: Fantastic & Free Plans To Get More Growing Space

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Apr 05, 2018
Growing Apple Trees in Small Spaces
04:00

Listener Tony wrote in and suggested I take a look at columnar apple trees...so I did! And now I'm bringing my findings to you.

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Apr 04, 2018
Epic Gardening Headquarters
03:38

Join me as I riff on the plans for the Epic Gardening book as well as how I'm approaching the garden this year.

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Kevin

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Apr 03, 2018
Rats In The Garden
05:31

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Apr 02, 2018
Fertilizing Tomatoes: What to Know
06:15

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Apr 01, 2018
Cat Safe Houseplants
06:27

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Mar 31, 2018
NFT System Questions Answered
06:35

Learn More: The Nutrient Film Technique Explained

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Mar 30, 2018
Chipmunks in the Garden?!
03:58

Having issues with chipmunks? Try these tips to get rid of these pesky buggers!

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Mar 29, 2018
The Story of Garden Maker Naturals
11:13

It didn't feel right to have Bill from Garden Maker on and not talk about the origin of the company. I always admire founders and entrepreneurs in the gardening space, being one myself! 

If you're interested in how a company starts and how problems are solved, you'll love this episode.

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Kevin

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Mar 28, 2018
Soil Microbes and More
19:20

We've talked about soil microbes before on the podcast, but never in this level of depth. Bill's back and stronger than ever with some serious knowledge on the soil food web.

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Kevin

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Mar 27, 2018
Breaking Down The Epic Soil Starter Mix
09:55

As I'm sure you know, I created a custom organic fertilizer mix designed to supercharge a new raised bed...but what exactly is in it. And more importantly, why are those ingredients in it?

Bill's back and here to explain some of the finer details of the mix.

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Kevin

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Mar 26, 2018
Make Your Own Organic Fertilizer?
09:53

How would you think about constructing your own fertilizer? Bill from Garden Maker drops his expert knowledge. I hope you enjoy this episode :)

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Kevin

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Mar 25, 2018
Alfalfa Meal: A Secret Weapon?
06:26

Today we have a very special guest on the show - Bill from Garden Maker! As you know, Garden Maker sponsors the Epic Gardening podcast and I'm very grateful for that. I thought I'd have Bill on to drop some knowledge about some commonly-found organic fertilizer ingredients.

Today is all about alfalfa meal!

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Kevin

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Mar 24, 2018
The Magic of Corn Gluten
04:51

Today we have a very special guest on the show - Bill from Garden Maker! As you know, Garden Maker sponsors the Epic Gardening podcast and I'm very grateful for that. I thought I'd have Bill on to drop some knowledge about some commonly-found organic fertilizer ingredients.

Today is all about corn gluten.

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Kevin

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Mar 23, 2018
Houseplants From Seed?
07:58

In the final houseplant episode with Jane, we'll learn how to grow houseplants from seed...yes, seed. It's a foreign concept to most gardeners, even though we grow from seed all of the time in our veggie gardens.

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Mar 22, 2018
Propagating Houseplants 101
12:20

Houseplants are expensive. Too expensive, if you ask me. That is...unless you learn how to propagate them. Then you can have an almost unlimited supply! Learn how in today's episode with Jane Perrone of On The Ledge.

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Mar 21, 2018
Flowering Houseplants?
07:24

Why do most gardeners not grow flowering houseplants? I'ts a question that's bothered Jane Perrone for a while now, and she's on a mission to help people learn how to cultivate these beautiful additions to your home.

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Mar 20, 2018
Good Houseplants For Beginners
09:40

If you're new to houseplants, you might want to avoid some of the harder plants to grow. But what are the EASY plants? Today's episode with Jane enlightens us on some basic, easy-to-care-for houseplants.

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Mar 19, 2018
How To Stop Killing Your Ferns
07:50

We're back with Jane Perrone of On The Ledge. Today we learn how to stop killing your ferns - so tune in because I guarantee you need this info!

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Kevin

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Mar 18, 2018
Basic Houseplant Mistakes
11:14

Today is episode two of seven with Jane Perrone of On The Ledge podcast. She's a houseplant expert and in today's show will drop some knowledge about how to best care for your little plant babies!

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Mar 17, 2018
Jane Perrone of On The Ledge
07:40

Jane Perrone is a good friend of mine who also happens to be a houseplant expert! Today's episode kicks off the first of seven episodes on indoor houseplant gardening with Jane - enjoy!

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Kevin

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Mar 16, 2018
Soil Rules For Veggies
05:36

There's a lot more to learn about the soil food web, but here are a few simple rules you can follow to make sure your garden is teeming with life.

Learn More: Teaming With Microbes by Jeff Lowelfels

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Kevin

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Mar 15, 2018