The Beginner's Garden with Jill McSheehy

By Jill McSheehy

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shannon
 Nov 11, 2019
I am so addicted to this podcast. I feel like she is a friend sitting on my back porch, drinking tea and talking. I love how she will talk about her failures along with her success. She is truly a God send! She has gotten me out of the house and back in my garden after 7 years. Thank you Jill!!

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Welcome to the Beginner's Garden Podcast! This is the podcast with easy-to-understand resources, tips, and information to help beginning gardeners get the most out of their gardening adventure -- big or small. When I began gardening in 2013, I scoured books and Internet resources to find all the information I could. Although good information was abundant, I had trouble understanding all the gardening lingo and sifting through the information to figure out what would work for me. In this podcast, my aim is to provide helpful information while explaining the gardening lingo as we go. I want to equip YOU to have the best start ever this gardening season!

Episode Date
148- 9+ Fall Crops for the Beginning Gardener
32:45

I know that starting a fall garden can feel a little overwhelming. I didn't have a fall garden my first year, but I wish that I had. So I wanted to share with you the very best crops for a beginning gardener in the fall.

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

Garlic:

How to Harvest, Cure, and Store: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/06/18/how-to-harvest-cure-and-store-garlic/

Should you grow garlic? https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/08/28/reasons-grow-garlic/

When to Plant Garlic: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/08/28/reasons-grow-garlic/

Garlic Cheat Sheet: https://journeywithjill.net/garliccheatsheet

 

Jill’s book, Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: https://amzn.to/3ghVI2W

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Aug 11, 2020
Q&A: One Way to Transition a Bed from Summer to Fall
06:31

How do you transition your raised beds from your summer crops to your fall crops? I have some time between my summer determinate Roma tomatoes and my fall crops for that bed. This year I’m using buckwheat as a cover crop. Listen in to hear why!

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Aug 07, 2020
147- Saving Seeds for Your Next Garden with Phil Kauth of Seed Savers Exchange
01:01:07

Saving your own seeds is a wonderful way to save money in the garden. It is so rewarding to save your own seeds to be able to use in your garden the next year.

In this episode I talk with Philip Kauth of the Seed Savers Exchange about how to get started saving seeds from what you are already growing in your garden.

 

*slinks below contain affiliate slinks

 

Seed Savers: https://www.seedsavers.org/

 

Seed Savers Resources: https://www.seedsavers.org/learn

 

Community Seed Network: https://www.communityseednetwork.org/

 

The Seed Garden: https://amzn.to/2WNNacr

 

Citizen Science Program: https://www.seedsavers.org/citizen-science-corps

 

Virtual Seed School and Online Conference: https://www.seedsavers.org/seed-school

 

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Aug 04, 2020
Q&A: When to pick okra and how to save its seeds
05:41

When should you pick okra? And should you save the seeds? I’m sharing my best tips on when to harvest your okra. And of course I’m sharing tips on how to save okra seeds. What is your favorite part about okra?

 

 

More on Okra: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/05/28/how-to-grow-okra-in-your-garden-or-raised-bed/

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

Jul 31, 2020
146- Mid-Summer To Do List
29:25

Hopefully you are deep into your summer harvest! If you’re keeping up with it all, do you know what you should be doing in your garden? I’ve created a summer To Do list with 7 things that all gardeners should think about in the middle of the summer.

 

Squash Vine Borer: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2016/08/05/squash-zucchini-wilting-squash-vine-borer/

 

Fall Garden Prep: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/07/14/6-steps-to-fall-garden-prep/

 

Start Saving Seeds: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/08/29/free-produce-seed-saving-hobby-gardener-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 28, 2020
Q&A: Drip Lines Above or Below Mulch?
03:57

When you use drip line irrigation, should you place them above or below your mulch? Well, it depends! If you’re trying to decide, I’d love for you to hear what has worked best for me and what I recommend to others.

 

Garden Irrigation Best Practices with Joe Lamp’l: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/09/garden-irrigation-best-practices-with-joe-lampl/

 

4 Mulch Options: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2016/05/16/4-types-mulch-can-use-garden/

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 24, 2020
145- Empty Garden Space in the Summer
28:16

In the middle of the summer, there’s a time when your spring crops have finished producing but your fall crops aren’t ready to go into the ground. What should you do with the empty space? If you have any energy left from your summer garden, I have some ideas for what you can do in that space and why.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 21, 2020
Q&A: Tomato Hornworms
06:12

What to do about tomato hornworms? Any tomato grower seems to have to deal with hornworms. If you find evidence of this pest, what should you do about them? I share my experience today.

 

 

Why I don’t prune my tomatoes: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/05/14/is-pruning-tomato-plants-necessary/

 

Organic Pesticides with Joe Lamp’l: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/06/08/organic-pesticides-how-to-use/

 

Organic Cabbage Worm Control: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/04/09/5-organic-cabbage-worm-pest-control-methods/

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 17, 2020
144- Fall Garden Prep
35:21

One of the biggest mistakes I see in fall gardening is planning and getting started too late. It's a good idea to start thinking about the fall as early as July! I know you may be worn out from gardening in the middle of summer, but a fall garden is absolutely worth it.

 

But before you get started planting, there are steps you will want to take in the planning process to get your fall garden started out right.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Top Crops for Your Fall Garden: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/08/01/top-5-crops-for-a-fall-garden-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

5 Superfoods for Fall: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/11/14/5-superfoods-to-plant-in-your-garden/

 

Fall Gardening with Stacey Murphy: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/08/06/fall-gardening-when-and-how-to-plant-vegetables-for-autumn-and-winter-harvest/

 

Calculate Your Persephone Period Here: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/grad/solcalc/

 

Garlic: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/08/28/reasons-grow-garlic/

https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/10/09/how-to-plant-garlic-3-most-frequently-asked-questions-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

Chasing Vines by Beth Moore: https://amzn.to/31snVQ0

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 14, 2020
Q&A - Is it too late to plant beans?
04:13

The short answer is probably not! Listen to this quick episode to hear what you should consider when it comes to planting beans in the summer. Depending on where you live and what you want to grow, this could be the perfect time for beans.

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

Jul 10, 2020
143- Gardening in the Heat
46:34

No matter where you live, you will most likely have to deal with hot weather throughout the summer. Your hot season might be shorter than mine in the southeastern US, but you likely have one. It was a surprise to me when I first started gardening that not all of my crops handle the hot summer well.

 

How do you make the most of your summer gardening in the highest heat? Nicole Burke of Gardenary joins me today on the Beginner’s Garden Podcast to discuss how to best handle our gardens in the heat. Click below to listen or continue reading.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Watering Your Garden: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/09/garden-irrigation-best-practices-with-joe-lampl/

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 07, 2020
Q&A - How Do I Fertilize Container Vegetables?
05:19

Today’s question is one that I asked someone! I don’t usually grow a lot in containers, but this year I’m trying it out. I asked my friend about what it looks like to fertilize my crops in containers. Listen to his advice for me.

 

 

12 Garden Rules: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/04/16/12-garden-rules-from-one-generation-to-the-next/

 

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jul 03, 2020
142- Spring Garden Lessons Learned
41:09

Every season, I like to give an update on what I’ve been doing in my garden. In this episode, I share what has been going well and what hasn’t worked out. I love testing and learning from my garden every season. I’d love to hear what you’ve though about in your garden so far this year!

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

2019 Spring Garden Lessons: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/06/25/spring-garden-lessons-learned/

 

 

 

For gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 30, 2020
Q&A - Why aren't my vertical plants climbing?
07:03

Why aren’t my vertical plants climbing? You built the trellis, but your crops aren’t climbing. Beyond making sure you have the right variety, what can you do? I have some tips for you to try!

 

 

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 26, 2020
141 - What to Do with the Harvest
39:28

As the time to harvest approaches, it’s time to think about what to do with all of our produce. Maybe you have just enough to eat fresh, but maybe you have enough to preserve. How do you plan what to preserve and how to get it all done? Listen to my 4 steps today!

 

 

My new preservation course: https://journeywithjill.net/harvesttokitchen

 

Complete Garden Planner: https://journeywithjill.net/complete

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

Foolproof Preserving: https://amzn.to/37yrpSb

For canning and other gardening supplies: https://journeywithjill.net/amazon

 

My new preservation course: https://journeywithjill.net/harvesttokitchen

 

Complete Garden Planner: https://journeywithjill.net/complete

 

Beginner’s Guide to Freezing, Canning, and Dehydrating: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/16/preserving-the-harvest-beginners-guide-to-freezing-canning-and-dehydrating-supply-list/

 

Get Started with Home Canning: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/07/17/get-started-with-home-canning/

 

Preserving Tomatoes: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/07/04/preserving-tomatoes-making-harvest-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

Process Tomatoes FAST: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/use-kitchen-aid-mixer-prepare-tomatoes-canning-using-fruit-vegetable-strainer-attachment/

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 23, 2020
Q&A: Squash flowers but no fruit? (How to hand-pollinate)
05:39

Do you have flowers on your squash a zucchini plants but no fruit? This has happened in my garden and I’ve heard from several of you that it’s happened to you as well. Listen here to find out why and what you can do about it!

 

 

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Jill’s In the Garden Emails: journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 19, 2020
140 - Early Summer To Do List
35:54

As we approach the first official day of summer here in the northern hemisphere, our gardens start to make a shift. Listen in to hear what I’m doing in my garden in the early summer. I hope it gives you something to think about for yours! What are you working on in your garden?

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

Chasing Vines by Beth Moore: https://amzn.to/2AIETOL

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

PROMO CODE: JILL10 for 10% off

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 16, 2020
Q&A: My Herbs are Flowering! Now What?
06:57

What do I do when my herbs start to flower? This is a great question from many beginning gardeners. Since this happens in every garden, here’s my advice whether you have annual or perennial herbs.

 

 

Annual Herbs: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/05/23/herb-basics-part-1-basil-dill-cilantro-and-parsley-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

Perennial Herbs: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/05/30/herb-basics-part-2-rosemary-oregano-thyme-sage-chives/

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Jill’s In the Garden Emails: journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 12, 2020
139- Organic Pesticides and their Uses with Joe Lamp'l
50:56

 

Most of us set out to do just that. But what happens when you see pests munching on your crops? Do you ignore them? Look up a homemade "organic" pesticide? Purchase one from the store? Or are you tempted to throw in the towel and find the strongest pesticide on the home market?

 

We all want a healthy garden but are faced with those questions when insects come to our gardens. It always helps to talk to successful organic gardeners and ask what works. But I wanted to go a step further.

 

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I asked Joe Lamp'l about not only his personal practices but also which organic pesticides he recommends and how to use them.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Other Episodes with Joe Lamp’l:

 

Tomato Troubleshooting: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/02/troubleshooting-tomato-plant-problems-with-joe-lampl/

 

Irrigation Best Practices: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/09/garden-irrigation-best-practices-with-joe-lampl/

 

Organic Fertilizer Options:

 

Find Joe here: https://joegardener.com/

 

Joe’s Podcast: Joe Gardener Show

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joegardener/

 

Online Gardening Academy including his new course: Mastering Pests, Diseases, and Weeds https://organicgardeningacademy.com/p/master-pests-diseases-weeds

 

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*slinks below contain affiliate slinks, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 09, 2020
Q&A: Why is my lettuce growing really tall?
05:01

Why is my lettuce growing really tall? When your lettuce starts to grow tall instead of out, it means it’s trying to bolt. This means it’s ready to produce flowers and seeds. When it grows tall like this, it means the end of your harvest is near and the plant is starting to switch from producing lettuce to producing seed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Jill’s In the Garden Emails: journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

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Jun 05, 2020
138- Organic Fertilizer Options with Joe Lamp'l
43:52

You've probably heard it said that soil quality and fertility is paramount for a successful garden. You probably even know that compost is one of the best amendments you can add to your soil. But what about organic fertilizers?

 

I frequently get questions about organic fertilizers -- specifically, what to use and when to use it. For this topic, I turned to Joe Lamp'l and in this episode of the Beginners' Garden Podcast, we talk about organic fertilizer options.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Other Episodes with Joe Lamp’l:

 

Tomato Troubleshooting: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/02/troubleshooting-tomato-plant-problems-with-joe-lampl/

 

Irrigation Best Practices: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/09/garden-irrigation-best-practices-with-joe-lampl/

 

Find Joe here: https://joegardener.com/

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Jun 02, 2020
Q&A: Pests in an Organic Garden: when do I step in?
06:05

This is the time of year where we start to find a lot of pests in the garden. How should you react when you start to see harmful insects? When should you wait and when should you act? I have some thoughts for you today!

 

 

3 Organic Aphid Control Methods: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/05/21/3-organic-aphid-control-methods-tested/

 

Prevent and Control Aphids Naturally: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/06/20/how-to-control-aphids-naturally-and-effectively-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

Pest Control without Pesticides: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/08/27/pest-control-without-pesticides-for-a-healthy-organic-garden/

 

 

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

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Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Jill’s In the Garden Emails: journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

May 29, 2020
137- Compost Piles vs. Tumblers
30:48

Homemade compost is one of the best things you can have as a gardener. The nutrients it adds to your soil are amazing and when you make it at home it is very inexpensive. But many new gardeners are scared to get started. Today, I want to share how I've made compost and compare a using a compost pile or a compost tumbler. I hope you'll feel ready to start composting for your garden!

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Composting for Beginners: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/02/14/composting-for-the-beginner/

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

May 26, 2020
Q&A: What if I'm behind in planting? (or lost crops already?)
05:51

What can you do if you feel like you’re already behind? Every climate will be different but I have some thoughts and considerations if you think you’re already behind. Whether you want to try transplants or you’re now able to direct sow, I’ll give you some things to think about.

 

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

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Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

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May 22, 2020
136- Protecting Your Garden from Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, and Other Wildlife
35:15

If you've ever walked out to your newly-planted garden (or your just-ripe tomatoes) and your heart fell at the sight of your missing plants, you know the pain of losing your hard work to wildlife.

 

This has happened to me more times than I can count. But every gardener has a different situation (and different wildlife threats). To help you evaluate your options on protecting your garden from the animals that want it as much as you do, Jennifer Smith from Deerbusters, Inc. is sharing what she knows about how to keep wildlife out of your garden.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Deerbusters: https://Deerbusters.com

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

May 19, 2020
Q&A: Composting or Worm Composting? Which to Start With?
04:33

If you’re just getting started composting, you may be wondering how to get set up and even what type of compost is best. Jill talks about the benefits of regular and worm composting and where you should start. Especially if you have a small space, you will want to check this episode out.

 

 

Worm Composting with the Crazy Worm Lady: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/03/05/worm-composting-step-by-step-guide-beginners/

 

Composting for Beginners: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/02/14/composting-for-the-beginner/

 

 

 

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

 

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Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

May 15, 2020
135- Favorite Herbs to Grow for Health, Body, and Home
38:05

When I first started gardening, I did grow herbs, but they were only to use in my kitchen like basil and mint. As I've learned about gardening, I have begun to learn about how I could use herbs in my home for cleaning, in body products, and for our overall health. I'm excited to share what I've learned so far.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

All-purpose cleaner with peppermint: https://livesimply.me/herb-infused-diy-all-purpose-cleaner/

 

Getting Started with Medicinal Herbs: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/09/10/medicinal-herb-gardening-for-beginners/

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

May 12, 2020
Q&A - How to get or grow sweet potato slips?
06:34

Q&A

 

I had a GREAT sweet potato harvest last year so I’ve been getting a lot of questions. I’m not ready to do a full episode about sweet potatoes because I’m still new at them, but I answer some of your common questions here today! Come learn how to get started with sweet potatoes!

 

 

My sweet potatoes from last year: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/09/23/summer-garden-lessons/

 

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

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May 08, 2020
134- Garden Hacks with Joey Baird
54:08

You've started your garden and you've tried to do the research, but you don't know where to look! Do you stick to peer reviewed studies? What about your neighbor that has gardened for 30 years? How do you know if any of it will work in your garden? I am excited to hear from Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener radio show as they share 10 garden hacks that actually work!

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Find Joey Baird: thewisconsinvegetablegardnener.com

 

 

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

May 05, 2020
Q&A: What are must-have crops for your first garden?
04:37

What are must-have crops for your first garden? I won’t give you a list because it depends on many different things. But I’ll give you things to think about when you choose crops for YOUR first garden!

 

 

Crisis Garden Choices: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/03/31/9-crops-to-grow-in-a-crisis/

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Jill’s In the Garden Emails: journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/2SYe4wy

 

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

PROMO CODE FOR 20% OFF through May 31, 2020: 202020

 

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

May 01, 2020
133- Mid Spring To Dos
38:12

I love this time of year in the garden. I've spent the winter planning and the early spring preparing and now my last frost has passed and I get to start spending more time planting. I've learned a lot about what to do after my last frost and today I'm sharing my list of things you shouldn't forget!

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Early Spring Checklist: https://www.journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/03/17/early-spring-garden-checklist/

 

Trellis Options: https://www.journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/02/07/plants-that-climb-sprawl-choose-the-best-trellis-option-for-your-garden-big-or-small/

 

Tomato Trellises: https://www.journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/04/10/tomato-trellising-deciding-which-method-is-right-for-you/

 

Other Vertical Growing Options: https://www.journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/04/02/vertical-vegetables-unique-diy-ideas-for-any-space/

 

Cabbage Worms: https://www.journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/04/09/5-organic-cabbage-worm-pest-control-methods/

 

Earlier podcast episodes: https://journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Apr 28, 2020
Q&A: Where do I start?
08:12

So you want to start a garden, but where do you begin? I started in the fall and I was able to read all the books on gardening. But if you’re listening to this in the Spring, you may not have time for that! In this Q&A, I have some great resources for you!

 

 

Plan Your Garden in 7 Days: https://journeywithjill.lpages.co/plan-your-garden-in-7-days/

 

Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes: journeywithjill.net/podcast

 

Jill’s In the Garden Emails: journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

 

Apr 24, 2020
132 - Straw Bale Gardening with Joel Karsten
01:02:01

I love trying new things in the garden. Every year, I get to pick something new to try! This year, I am trying straw bale gardening, but it almost didn't happen. Thankfully, I was able to connect with Joel Karsten, the pioneer of the Straw Bale Gardening method, who gave me some great tips for getting started. Today, I get to share my interview with Joel and I know you'll love it as much as I did.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Find Joel Karsten

 

Joel’s book Straw Bale Gardens Complete: https://amzn.to/2wLOgLX

 

Joel’s free club: https://strawbalegardenclub.com

 

You can also find him on social media by searching Joel Karsten

 

 

 

Dream to Garden Course Waitlist: https://journeywithjill.net/dream2garden

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Apr 21, 2020
Q&A - Staying at Home and Need Garden Supplies? 10 Ways to Get What You Need
11:06

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all of us, more people have become interested in gardening. But many new gardeners are encountering unforeseen struggles as they seek to start planting -- namely in acquiring garden supplies.

 

We are all trying to avoid stores as much as possible, but many online sources are back-ordered or not even accepting orders right now. If you've run into these struggles in finding much-needed garden supplies, here are options to consider.

 

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

Apr 17, 2020
131 - Caring for Adolescent Plants
30:12

If you’re a gardener, you’ve heard a lot about what to do when you start seeds and with your seedlings. You’ve also heard about how to handle harvesting when your plants mature. But you might not have heard about how to handle adolescent plants. You know, when they’re in the awkward growing stage before they’re mature. So today that’s what we’ll discuss!

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Dream to Garden Course Waitlist: https://journeywithjill.net/dream2garden

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

https://goodideasinc.com/

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

Join the Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden/

 

Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Apr 14, 2020
Q&A - Should You Plant Seeds by Date or Soil Temperature?
05:59

When you look at your soil packets, you’ll notice two different types of timelines for planting. One is a based on your average last frost and one is based on soil temperature. Which is better for your garden? Listen to my answer here!

 

 

For more on when to plant what: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/03/27/plant-guide-getting-crops-ground-right-time/

 

Soil thermometer I use: https://amzn.to/3d7i1ax (*affiliate link)

 

 

Connect with Jill:

 

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Apr 10, 2020
130 - Hardening Off - Transitioning to the Outdoor Garden
32:01

After you've started your seeds, how do you transition them to the outdoor garden? Also known as hardening off plants, this is a critical step to get your seedlings ready to go outside. In this post, I'll share what you need to know to successfully transition your seedlings to the garden.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Seeds vs Transplants: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2017/01/24/seeds-or-transplants-which-to-grow-when-to-plant/

 

When to Plant: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/03/27/plant-guide-getting-crops-ground-right-time/

 

Dream to Garden Course Waitlist: https://journeywithjill.net/dream2garden

 

Raised Bed Templates: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

 

 

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Good Ideas, Inc. Home of the best-selling rain barrel, Good Ideas also offers self-watering raised beds, compost tumblers, and more pre-built options for the busy gardener. Get 10% off your purchase by entering the code JILL10 at checkout.

 

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Connect with Jill:

 

Get Jill’s “In the Garden” Weekly Emails + Free Printable Resources Here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

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Connect with Jill on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeginnersgarden/

 

Apr 07, 2020
Q&A: What If You Have a Black Thumb?
06:12

What if you have a black thumb? I know a lot of people who want to start a garden for the first time, but they are scared. Maybe you have tried to grow something before and it just didn’t work out. Well, I want to give you some hope! Even YOU can garden! I have some tips just for you.

 

 
Soil thermometer I use: https://amzn.to/3d7i1ax (*affiliate link)

 

Connect with Jill:

 

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Apr 03, 2020
129 - Preparedness Gardening in Uncertain Times with Kevin Espiritu and Melissa K Norris
58:02

I’m sure you’re like me and the last couple of weeks have turned your world upside down. I’ve heard from a lot of you that you’re thinking about your garden a little differently this year. So I had the opportunity to visit with my friends Melissa K Norris and Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening about the crops we would grow in a preparedness garden. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

For more, visit: https://journeywithjill.net/129

 

Visit Kevin at: www.epicgardening.com

And check out his video of 9 survival crops here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysKFLtixxlc

 

Visit Melissa at: www.melissaknorris.com

And her video of planning your garden to feed your family for a year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e28Yhm1aY_s

 

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Mar 31, 2020
Q&A: Is treated wood safe for raised garden beds?
06:39

Is treated lumber safe for raised bed gardens? I have always used pressure treated lumber in my raised beds. I just built a new bed and wanted to make sure the lumber I had always used was safe. After looking at the research, I feel safe with it. Listen in as I explain and check out the links below to learn more!

 

 

Links for reference:

 

https://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/toxicity-concerns-about-raised-bed-construction-materials

 

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/raised-bed-lumber-pressure-treated-safe

 

https://extension.psu.edu/environmental-soil-issues-garden-use-of-treated-lumber

 

 

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Mar 27, 2020
128 - Sacrifices of Gardening
27:18

I know that we can all talk about the benefits of gardening! We can share about the fresh produce, the home canned goodies, and the beauty that our gardens bring. But are we ready for the sacrifices? Yes, they’re real! For me, they are VERY worth it but I still think we should talk about them. What do you sacrifice for your garden?

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

 

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Mar 24, 2020
Q&A: What's the point of a summer cover crop?
04:40

What’s the point of a summer cover crop? Last year, I used buckwheat as a cover crop in the middle of my season because I had to pull out some diseased squash. I didn’t want my garden to be empty and at risk of more weeds and I wanted to keep my soil healthy. Listen here to find out even more benefits to a summer cover crop!

 

 

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Mar 20, 2020
127 - Early Spring To-Do List
27:50

Do you have an early spring garden checklist? As I've learned to extend my growing season and plan my garden in more efficient way, I've begun getting ready well before my average last frost date. Today I'm sharing all about what I do in my garden approximately one month before my average last frost date.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

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Mar 17, 2020
Q&A: Is it necessary to fertilize seedlings?
06:31

For the most part, if you’ll be getting your plants in the ground fairly quickly, you won’t need to fertilize your seedlings. Check out this episode to hear more!

 

Soil Blocks: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/01/29/soil-blocking-pros-and-cons-to-using-soil-blocks-in-indoor-seed-starting/

 

 

 

 

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Mar 13, 2020
126 - 3 Raised Bed Soil Mixes Compared
41:41

Have you ever wondered what kind of raised bed soil mix is the best?

I have been growing in raised beds from the very beginning of my garden journey. Up until last year, I used native soil on my property to fill them. But when I needed to find soil outside my property for three new raised beds last season, I decided to conduct an experiment. I tested three different raised bed soil mixes and today I'm sharing the results of my year-long test.

 

SHOW NOTES:

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Mel's Mix: https://amzn.to/2T5QhLx

Perfect Soil Recipe: https://joegardener.com/podcast/raised-bed-gardening-pt-2/

 

For the blog post: https://journeywithjill.net/126

 

 

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Mar 10, 2020
Q&A: Should You Line the Bottom of Raised Beds?
03:55

Many people ask me about lining the bottom of your raised beds, especially if you have a problem with ground dwelling pests. Make sure you avoid anything impermeable, like plastic or landscape fabric. Organic material such as cardboard or newspaper could be an option but isn’t always necessary. Listen for more help deciding if you should line the bottom of your raised beds!

 

 

 

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Mar 06, 2020
125- Bees, Caterpillars, and the Importance of Insects with Dr Tallamy
45:23

Today, I’m joined by Dr. Douglas Tallamy and have a great conversation about bees, caterpillars, and how important insects are for our gardens and the world around us. He has a new book, Nature’s Best Hope, that will help us to think about our gardens in a holistic way.

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Plants Good for Pollinators:

Sunflowers

Goldenrods

Willows

Asters

Black Cherry

Plums

Maples

Fringe Tree

Native Holly

Button Bush

Clethra

Bottle Brush Buckeye

Oak Trees

 

Find plants in your area: https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder

 

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Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard https://amzn.to/2T5QhLx

 

 

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Mar 03, 2020
Q&A: How can I grow cold and warm season crops in the same bed?
03:35

Can you grow cool weather and warm season crops in the same bed? Short answer, yes! With succession and relay planting, this is totally possible. Listen to this Q&A to hear more.

 

 

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Feb 28, 2020
124 - 9 Simple Succession Planting Combinations
24:07

If you're looking to get more harvest from the same space, succession planting is one of the top ways to do it. But where do you start to understand which succession planting combinations might work for your garden? 

SHOW NOTES:

Full Season Garden Masterclass Feb 25th: https://journeywithjill.net/class

Dream to Garden Online Course: https://journeywithjill.net/dream

 

More Succession Planting Ideas: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/05/01/succession-planting-ideas-to-keep-your-garden-producing-all-season/

 

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Feb 25, 2020
Q&A - What item should a beginning canner start with, and what pressure canner is a good choice?
05:41

I have loved canning the past few years. It was fun to get a question about canning supplies and what I would pick to can first. If you love to can your garden produce, what would you recommend?

 

 

Full Season Garden Masterclass: https://journeywithjill.net/class

Dream to Garden Online Course: https://journeywithjill.net/dream

 

Canning Resources:

https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/07/16/preserving-the-harvest-beginners-guide-to-freezing-canning-and-dehydrating-supply-list/

 

https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/07/17/get-started-with-home-canning/

 

https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/use-kitchen-aid-mixer-prepare-tomatoes-canning-using-fruit-vegetable-strainer-attachment/

 

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Feb 21, 2020
123 - 5 Ways to Make Efficient Use of Garden Space
27:40

Are you ready to plan your garden efficiently? What are the best ways to maximize your harvest in a small space? Don’t we all want the best harvest out of our space? Today I’m sharing 5 ways we can efficiently plan our garden spaces.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Full Season Garden Masterclass Feb 18th: https://journeywithjill.net/class

 

Dream to Garden Online Course: https://journeywithjill.net/dream

 

How to Use Soil Blocks for Indoor Seed Starting: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2020/01/29/soil-blocking-pros-and-cons-to-using-soil-blocks-in-indoor-seed-starting/

 

Companion Planting: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/02/26/companion-planting-pest-control/

 

Succession Planting: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/05/01/succession-planting-ideas-to-keep-your-garden-producing-all-season/

 

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Feb 18, 2020
Q&A - How can I avoid massive crop loss due to diseases or pests?
05:17

In the last few years, I’ve had more of a problem with powdery mildew than I have in the past. Maybe you’ve struggled with a certain disease or pest destroying your crops. Today I’m sharing how I try to avoid massive crop loss due to diseases, like powdery mildew, or pests.

 

Full Season Garden Masterclass: https://journeywithjill.net/class

 

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Feb 14, 2020
122 - 5 Ideas for Planting Edibles Outside the Garden
25:59

Have you thought about planting edible plants outside of your regular garden space? Whether fruit trees won’t fit in your garden, you want herbs near your kitchen, or want beautiful and edible plants in your flower gardens, I have thoughts for you. Today, I’m sharing 5 ideas for planting edibles outside your garden space.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Full Season Garden Masterclass Feb 18th: https://journeywithjill.net/class

 

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Feb 11, 2020
Q&A: When Should You Apply Mulch?
06:02

When should you apply mulch in relation to when you plant? There are a few things to consider! From soil temperature to the size of the plants, I share some of my thoughts about mulch and when to apply.

Learn more about mulch:  4 types of mulch

Sign up for the Full Season Garden Masterclass: journeywithjill.net/class

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Feb 07, 2020
121 - Dependable Varieties for Beginners
29:07

Sometimes it’s overwhelming trying to decide not only what vegetables to plant but what varieties are best! Today I’m sharing the best varieties of different vegetables for beginners. Get started with dependable varieties of your favorite crops this year.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Full Season Garden Masterclass Feb 18th: https://journeywithjill.net/class

 

The Dream to Garden course is coming! Sign up to be the first to know more! https://journeywithjill.net/gardensignup

 

FREE PRINTABLE! Vegetable Variety for Beginners https://journeywithjill.net/121

 

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Feb 04, 2020
Q&A: Where Can I Buy Bushes, Trees, and Other Live Plants?
07:41

Q&A Where can I buy bushes, trees, and other live plants?

 

3 online nurseries I would recommend:

Stark Brothers: https://www.starkbros.com/

Nourse Farms: https://www.noursefarms.com/

Dixondale Farms: https://www.dixondalefarms.com/

 

 

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Jan 31, 2020
120 - Garden To-Don't List
34:21

By now you probably have started on your Garden To Do list. But what about your To Don’t list? What can you put aside for this year? What do you need to avoid all together? I’ll share my To Don’t list and I’d love to hear yours!

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

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Jan 28, 2020
Q&A: What are advantages of a 6" deep raised bed?
04:47

Q&A

 

What are the advantages of a 6” deep raised bed?

You may wonder how your garden could benefit from a raised bed that is only 6” deep when the roots may go deeper. I’m careful about where my shallow beds are and what I grow in them.

 

Learn more:

journeywithjill.net/raisedbedsoil

 

Q&A

 

What are the advantages of a 6” deep raised bed?

You may wonder how your garden could benefit from a raised bed that is only 6” deep when the roots may go deeper. I’m careful about where my shallow beds are and what I grow in them.

 

Learn more:

journeywithjill.net/raisedbedsoil

 

Q&A

 

What are the advantages of a 6” deep raised bed?

You may wonder how your garden could benefit from a raised bed that is only 6” deep when the roots may go deeper. I’m careful about where my shallow beds are and what I grow in them.

 

Learn more:

journeywithjill.net/raisedbedsoil

 

Q&A

 

What are the advantages of a 6” deep raised bed?

You may wonder how your garden could benefit from a raised bed that is only 6” deep when the roots may go deeper. I’m careful about where my shallow beds are and what I grow in them.

 

Learn more:

journeywithjill.net/raisedbedsoil

 

Raised Bed articles

More free resources and weekly garden tips

Jan 24, 2020
119 - Winter To-Do List
30:24

SHOW NOTES:

Complete Garden Planner: https://journeywithjill.net/shop

Garden Projects for the Winter: https://journeywithjill.net/105

 

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Jan 21, 2020
Q&A: Do you need a seedling heat mat?
05:16

Starting seeds indoors? You may wonder if a seedling heat mat is necessary. I've grown seedlings with and without it, and here's my take on when you might need it (and when you might not). 

From this episode:

Supplies I use: (links below are affiliate links)

Seed Starting Articles

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Jan 17, 2020
118 - 3 Ways to Change Your Garden Plan in 2020
27:28

When you think about your garden from last year, are you thinking about what went well and what you need to work on? I'm sure a lot of things were great and you will keep exactly the same. But maybe there are some things that you want to tweak. I have three ideas for you today!

Even before I'm finished with one garden season, I start thinking about the next. I want to think about what I want to change for the next year. This year, I realized that there are three areas that I really want to change for 2020. 

 

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Blog Post for this Episode: https://journeywithjill.net/118

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Jan 14, 2020
117 - Family Garden Plan with Melissa K Norris
01:01:47

Are you ready to make a plan for your garden? How do you know how much you will need from your garden? How many plants should you plant? Thankfully, to get the answers to these questions, you don't have to start from scratch. Instead, take a few cues from someone who has the years of experience and research to provide you a starting point.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

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Blog Post for this Episode: https://journeywithjill.net/117

 

Connect with Melissa:

https://melissaknorris.com/

 

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Jan 07, 2020
116 - Weedless Gardening with Lee Reich
53:46

One of the most common struggles for gardeners is how to deal with weeds. There are different strategies that we can try, but what really works? We may not ever have a weedless garden, but we can certainly strive for having to weed less.

I had the opportunity to talk with a renowned horticulturist, Dr. Lee Reich, about his book Weedless Gardening and he shared a few of his best tips for protecting your garden from being overcome by weeds. You may recognize Dr. Reich from my conversation with him about growing blueberries. He is a wealth of knowledge on so many topics.

 

SHOW NOTES:

(*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.)

 

Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich: https://amzn.to/2Eogvk2

 

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Blog Post for this Episode: https://journeywithjill.net/116

 

Connect with Dr Reich: https://leereich.com

 

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Dec 31, 2019
115 - Organic Gardening for Everyone with CaliKim
48:16

Is it possible that organic gardening can actually be an option for everyone? We all know the high prices of organic food at the grocery store. But what if you could grow your own organic vegetables where you live?

A common misconception is that you have to have a lot of land to grow a garden. But that's just not true! CaliKim has been growing her own organic fruits and vegetables in a small California backyard for years.

And she has become so passionate about making sure others know how doable this is -- as you might have seen in her YouTube channel -- that she has written a book to equip new gardeners in this fun and exciting venture of home organic gardening.

Kim's new book, Organic Gardening for Everyone, walks you through every step to preparing, planting, and harvesting your garden. She focuses on the big picture of why you would want to grow you own food and what it can mean for your family and your community.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, Kim answers some of your common questions about organic gardening and gardening in a small space. Then, make sure and grab a copy of Organic Gardening for Everyone!

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Dec 17, 2019
114 - The Autopilot Garden with Luke Marion
01:00:55

How does a garden that requires minimal input and maximum harvest sound to you? Instead of you working for it, your garden works for you. It's almost like the garden runs on autopilot. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Not according to MI Gardener's Luke Marion. Luke spends 15 minutes a WEEK in his 5,000 sq ft garden, outside of the busy planting time. So, how does he do it?

Luke shares his methods in his book, The AutoPilot Garden, but in today's post and episode on the Beginner's Garden Podcast, he gives a bit of insight into some of the primary methods he has put in place in his garden: core gardening and high-intensity spacing.

 

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Blog Post for this Episode: https://journeywithjill.net/113

 

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Dec 10, 2019
113 - Urban Gardening with Kevin Espiritu
47:52

Gardening with limited space? Even if you don't practice urban gardening, most gardeners can use tips to maximize the space they have.

Kevin Espritu of Epic Gardening understands the challenges of gardening in a small area. That's what compelled him to write a book full of tips and how-to's for gardeners in small spaces, Field Guide to Urban Gardening.

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Blog Post for this Episode: https://journeywithjill.net/113

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EpicGardening.com

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Dec 03, 2019
112 - Confusing Garden Terminology
46:20

When you're a beginning gardener, there are all these garden terms that I had to look up. When I was getting started, I got several things wrong because I misunderstood some of these terms.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, we'll walk through some of the most common misunderstood gardening terms. Click below to listen or continue reading.

 

Show Notes: https://journeywithjill.net/112

 

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Nov 26, 2019
111- 5 Superfoods to Plant in Your Garden
46:36

I'm sure you've heard of superfoods, but what exactly are they? And why would they matter to the home gardener?

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, my friend Stacey Murphy joined me to talk about 5 superfoods we can grow in our gardens. 

 

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/111

 

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Nov 19, 2019
110 - A Gardener's Guide to Getting Started with Chickens, with Nicole Gennetta
58:13

Have you ever wondered why gardeners so often have chickens? My family brought in our first flock of chickens six years ago and added a second a few years later. I love them. They do wonderful things for my garden and the eggs are just a bonus.

If you've ever considered adding a couple of hens (or more) to your garden, it may seem overwhelming to know how to get started.

I had the opportunity of interviewing Nicole from the Backyard Bounty Podcast and Heritage Acre Markets about raising chickens. She has been raising chickens her whole life so she had a lot to offer beginners looking to add a small flock. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, we explore what it looks like to introduce chickens to your garden endeavor.

 

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/110

 

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Nov 12, 2019
109 - 13 Fall to Winter Garden Tasks
37:19

Now that your garden season is coming to a close, what fall and winter garden tasks can you do now to set you up for success in your next garden?

When spring arrives, you want to hit the ground running and not have to fuss with tasks that could have been done in the off-season.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, you'll find 13 Fall to Winter Garden Tasks I'm doing right now to set up next year's garden for success. 

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/109

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Nov 05, 2019
108- Crop Rotation Simplified
40:14

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, crop rotation? Maybe it's something you think you have a basic understanding of, but when it comes to actually putting it into practice in your garden, you come up with more questions than answers.

Is it necessary to rotate your crops from year to year, especially if you grow in a small space? Do all crops need rotation? What does it mean to rotate by plant families, and how are you supposed to know which plants are in which families anyway? What if your garden consists of more of one plant family than another? What about companion planting and succession planting with crop rotation?

I have to be honest -- at this point I usually throw my hands in the air wondering how I'll ever figure out this impossible puzzle.

If you've ever wondered any of those things, in this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, we'll talk about crop rotation at a non-phD agricultural level.

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/108

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Oct 29, 2019
107 - 23 Things Gardeners Wish They'd Known, Part 2
36:42

When we begin dreaming of our first garden, we get anxious, wondering if we'll ever learn everything there is to know. (Short answer: no, because in gardening, learning never stops!) But what if we could ask other gardeners just a few seasons ahead of us what they wish they'd known before they started their first gardens?

This is Part 2 of 23 Things Gardeners Wish They'd Known. You can hear part 1 here: journeywithjill.net/106

 

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/107

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Oct 22, 2019
106 - 23 Things Gardeners Wish They'd Known, part 1
37:15

When we begin dreaming of our first garden, we get anxious, wondering if we'll ever learn everything there is to know. (Short answer: no, because in gardening, learning never stops!) But what if we could ask other gardeners just a few seasons ahead of us what they wish they'd known before they started their first gardens?

When I started the Beginner's Garden Podcast in 2017, my sole purpose was to provide resources for beginning gardeners. When I started my first garden in 2013, I struggled to find resources that catered toward true beginners. So I created what I wished I had.

Show notes: journeywithjill.net/106

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Oct 15, 2019
105 - 11 Garden Projects for Fall and Winter to Prepare for Next Season
36:11

Looking for garden projects to do during the slower time of the gardening season? I get so excited about next season's garden in the fall and winter. There is so much to learn and so many ways to think and prepare for next growing season.

 

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/105

 

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Oct 08, 2019
104- Grow Food Indoors in the Winter with Ashley Dempster of the Townhouse Homestead
38:56

After the garden season has closed, do you ever wish you could grow food indoors? Maybe it seems like a pipe dream. You think your winter food will come solely from what you've preserved and what you can buy at the grocery store.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Even if you have a small indoor space, you can add fresh vegetables and herbs to your table, even in the dead of winter.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, Ashley Dempster from the Townhouse Homestead shares her tips to get started growing food indoors. 

 

Show Notes: journeywithjill.net/104

 

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Oct 01, 2019
103 - Lessons from My Summer Garden
37:01

The end of the summer gardening season is the perfect time to reflect on the year so far -- specifically, summer garden lessons learned. Whether you're a new gardener or have had many years of experience, we can all learn from each other. This is why I love to share my gardening lessons in real-time with you!

You may have already seen my lessons from this year's spring garden so now it's time for lessons from my summer garden. 

journeywithjill.net/103

 

Sep 24, 2019
102 -7 Garden Tasks to Transition from the Summer Garden
28:53

What fall garden tasks should you complete as your summer garden comes to a close? Whether you plant a fall garden or want to make sure your garden is ready for a spring planting, these 7 tasks will prepare you for your next gardening season.

journeywithjill.net/102

Sep 17, 2019
101 - Medicinal Herb Gardening for Beginners
32:17

When I began exploring medicinal herb gardening, I felt like I had walked into a foreign country. I didn't know where to start or how to navigate this new territory.

But like everything in my garden journey, I took small steps. And while I still consider myself a beginning medicinal herb gardener, I do feel like I've found my footing a bit.

Because growing a medicinal herb garden -- or simply introducing medicinal herbs into our lives -- is something many beginning gardeners explore, I wanted to give you a guide to get started in medicinal herb gardening.

journeywithjill.net/101

Sep 10, 2019
100 - My First Garden
40:27

In 2013 I planted my first garden. Looking back, I see mistakes and successes from that first year. All of them served to teach me, and they helped me grow a more successful garden each season.

Because we all can learn from each other, and because many of my mistakes are common among beginning gardeners, I wanted to share seven mistakes and eight successes from my first season.

Sep 03, 2019
99 - Pest Control without Pesticides
36:56

Is it possible to control pests in the garden without using pesticides? Many gardeners determine to use organic practices. But soon they find themselves discouraged when bad insects arrive in their gardens. How do organic gardeners keep bugs from eating their plants?

A healthy, productive, organic home garden goes beyond home remedies for pest control and organic alternatives to pesticides. Natural pesticides have their place, but I've found that natural pest control goes beyond these stop-gap measures.

Pest control without pesticides looks different than you might think. So how do you do it?

In today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share six principles to pest control without pesticides for a healthy, organic home garden. 

Aug 27, 2019
98 - Why Homegrown Tastes Better than Store Bought
28:50

If you grow a garden, you know that homegrown vegetables taste better than anything you can purchase in the produce department of your grocery store.

But why do homegrown vegetables and fruit taste better? Is it purely a mental thing -- where we naturally enjoy most what we put our hard work into growing? Or are there also scientific reasons why store-bought tomatoes don't compare to homegrown?

In today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and post below, I share with you 4 reasons why the fruits and vegetables you grow yourself taste better.

Aug 20, 2019
97- Fall Gardening FAQs with Stacey Murphy
45:46

When I asked the members of my free Facebook group, the Beginner's Garden Shortcut, what questions they had about their fall vegetable garden, I received more feedback than almost any other topic. Clearly, many beginning gardeners are interested in fall gardening. But they recognize it's not as straightforward as the spring or summer garden.

For the beginner, fall gardening isn't as simple to get started. But, it is generally easier than the summer garden. With fewer pests and weeds, we get to enjoy gardening in cooler days and eat crops that don't grow well in the heat of the summer.

Because getting started with planting the fall vegetable garden takes a bit of understanding of this unique garden season, Stacey Murphey of Grow Your Own Vegetables tackles some of the most common fall gardening questions I hear.

Aug 13, 2019
96 - Fall Gardening- When and How to Plant with Stacey Murphy
34:46

When many beginning gardeners think about fall gardening, they find themselves overwhelmed. After all, they're tired from the effort put into the summer garden, and the thought of more work seems exhausting.

Plus, they don't know when or how to get started.

The truth is, fall gardening can be the most rewarding time to grow a vegetable garden. It just takes a bit of know-how to get started.

In this week's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, master gardener and garden teacher Stacey Murphy of Grow Your Own Vegetables talks beginners through how to get started planting and growing their fall gardens. Click below to hear our conversation or keep reading.

Aug 06, 2019
95 - When to Harvest Corn
17:18

When is corn ready to pick? It's a tougher answer than you realize. Corn ripens quickly and for only a few days, so the home gardener must watch for the signs that sweet corn is ready to harvest.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about how to know when corn ripens for harvest. (For more information on growing corn, check out these posts: how to grow corn and what I learned about corn last year.) Click below to listen or continue reading.

Jul 30, 2019
94 - When to Harvest Melons
26:04

Is there anything better in summer than a fresh-picked watermelon or cantaloupe from the garden? But how do you know when melons are ripe and ready to pick?

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share my methods of knowing when to harvest cantaloupes and when to harvest watermelons -- my favorite fruit!

Jul 23, 2019
93 - Freezing, Canning, and Dehydrating Basics
38:18

Whether you grow your garden to stock up a year's worth of some foods like I do, or maybe your small space has produced more than you can eat fresh, you will want to look at options for preserving the harvest.

While most people think of canning, this is only one option when it comes to preserving your hard-earned bounty.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and article below, I share the basics of three common methods of preserving: freezing, canning, and dehydrating.

Jul 16, 2019
92- Garden Irrigation with Joe Lamp'l
59:19

You would think something as simple as watering the garden would be easy for home gardeners. But garden irrigation can actually prove tricky to master.

How much water does your garden need?

Should you hand-water, use soaker hoses, or lay drip lines?

How do you know if your vegetables are getting too much or not enough water?

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, garden expert Joe Lamp'l of the Joe Gardener Show shares his best practices for garden irrigation. Click below to listen to the conversation or continue reading.

Jul 09, 2019
91 - Tomato Troubleshooting with Joe Lamp'l
49:18

When we begin our gardens, we imagine what our tomato harvest will look like. But most of the time, we don't anticipate tomato plant problems that often arrive in mid-summer.

Beginning gardeners blame themselves and sometimes give up. But they shouldn't. Summer tomato problems are more common than you realize, and thankfully, there are steps you can take to overcome many of these tomato issues.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, gardening expert Joe Lamp'l of the Joe Gardener Show talks about common tomato problems and offers solutions for your garden.

Jul 02, 2019
90 - 10 Lessons Learned from the Spring Garden
34:39

One fun part of gardening is that we get to learn and grow in our knowledge each season. My 2019 spring garden yielded several successes and lessons learned, and I want to share those with you.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I identify ten lessons I've learned from my 2019 spring garden. Click below to listen to continue reading.

Jun 25, 2019
89 - How to Harvest, Store, and Cure Garlic
23:36

You've watched your beautiful garlic plants grow for months, and the time nears for harvest. But how do you know when to harvest garlic? And once you harvest, how do you cure and store it?

The good news is this: harvesting, curing, and storing garlic is almost as easy as growing it! You only need to know a few basics and you'll be eating garlic from your own backyard garden for months.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the post below, I show you what to do when your garlic nears harvest time. Click to listen or continue reading below.

Jun 18, 2019
88 - Tips from Rookie Gardeners
26:56

I think we'd all say experienced gardeners offer priceless garden wisdom, but there's a group of people first-time gardeners can also learn from that's often overlooked: second-time gardeners. Still with a beginner's mindset, gardeners in their sophomore year recall details experienced gardeners forget.

It's kind of like how a mom of a toddler can offer something special to a mom of a newborn that a mother of teenagers can't. It's a "been there, done that" mindset that hasn't "been there, forgotten that."

Though I still consider myself a beginning gardener in so many ways -- we're all learning no matter how many seasons we've gardened -- I asked second-time gardeners in my Facebook group to share their top suggestions with their first-time peers. Most of the suggestions fell into a few categories.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share the six best tips beginning gardeners learned after their first season. Click to listen or continue reading below.

Jun 11, 2019
87 - How to Eat Your Back Yard Year Round with Becky Porter of The Seasonal Homestead
48:37

In my first garden, I planted once. I had no aspirations for a year-round harvest. Any harvest would equal a successful garden in my mind.

But the second year I added a fall garden, and as I gained more experience I realized I could extend my garden season even further. I began growing more winter crops and I enjoyed expanding my growing season much further than the once-and-done summer harvest.

Planning for a year-round harvest is a skill I'm still working to improve. That's why I invited Becky Porter from The Seasonal Homestead to share with me her tips for year-round gardening.

Jun 04, 2019
86 - Growing Okra No Matter Where You Live
35:49

Growing okra in my garden is one of my favorite vegetables to grow! And it's not just for those of us who live in the southern US. With a little understanding of okra's basic growing requirements, this tasty vegetable can be grown in most areas of the country. Plus, its versatility offers growing options of both raised beds and in the garden.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, you'll learn how to grow okra either in your garden or raised bed -- no matter where you live.

May 28, 2019
85 - 3 Organic Aphid Controls Tested
32:47

When you discover aphids in your garden, you naturally want to get rid of them -- fast! With a host of organic aphid control solutions available online, how do you know which one to choose?

If you're like me, you want something easy. And more important, you don't want your actions to harm your garden or your plants.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share with you how I tested 3 organic aphid control methods -- homemade insecticidal soap, Neem oil, and worm castings -- side by side.

I also share a fourth organic aphid control method that is always my go-to way to keep aphids from harming my vegetable garden.

May 21, 2019
84 - Tomatoes to Prune or Not to Prune
37:44

Do tomato plants need to be pruned?

In my first years of gardening, it seemed everyone told me, "yes." But as I gained more experience and began listening to other gardening experts, I learned that the answer to this question isn't as clear as you'd think.

People get passionate about tomato pruning. But I started asking myself, "why?"

Is it because this is the way they've always done it? Because their mom or grandpa told them that's the best way to care for tomatoes? Or are people pruning tomatoes (or not pruning) based on their own experience and tests?

It seemed everywhere I turned I received conflicting information, so I did what I encourage every gardener to do. I tested it in my own garden.The results were so clear to me that I'll never look at pruning tomato plants the same way again.

May 14, 2019
83- From Ground Beds to Raised Beds - Interview with Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead
33:34

First-time gardeners must decide: "should I plant in a raised garden bed or in the ground?" Certainly, it's not always an either/or decision.

While I've always used a combination of both for many reasons, Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead converted her in-ground garden to a garden comprised entirely of raised beds.

Though a devastating experience of inadvertently poisoning her garden served as a catalyst for the switch, she shares the benefits and drawbacks of both methods in today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast. Click below to listen to our conversation or continue reading.

May 07, 2019
82- Prevent Poisoning Your Soil - Interview with Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead
35:04

There are few garden subjects I am more passionate about than mulch. It prevents weeds and regulates moisture in the soil, among its other benefits.

But which mulch should you use? Perhaps the most common is shredded leaves, but what if you're like me and you don't have access to deciduous trees? Then what are your options?

I've used wood chip mulch, hay mulch, straw mulch, and pine needle mulch, and I talk about the pros and cons of each type of mulch here. Although I prefer wood chip mulch, I have used hay mulch from time to time with good results.

But after talking to Jill Winger of the Prairie Homestead, I realized using hay as mulch isn't without its risks. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, Jill talks about how deep mulching with hay poisoned her garden. Click below to hear our conversation or read on to find out what happened, how she identified the problem, and what advice she gives to other gardeners considering using hay to mulch their gardens.

Apr 30, 2019
81- My Favorite Gardening Podcasts
23:49

On any given day in the garden, you'll find me with earbuds and my phone, listening to my favorite gardening podcasts. What better way to spend a few hours in the garden than to do the thing I love, while learning ways to do it better?

As a first-time gardener in 2013, I could not find enough gardening podcasts to fill my time or my thirst for knowledge. Since podcasting was in its infancy, I listened to the few I could find. Then, as I started teaching others how to garden, I even created my own -- the Beginner's Garden Podcast.

But now, I'm grateful to access more gardening podcasts at my fingertips, and I want to share my favorites with you.

So as I think fitting, in this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share my favorite podcasts to listen to in the garden. Click to listen or continue reading below.

Apr 23, 2019
80 - 12 Garden Rules
34:03

In the early months of my podcast, I received an email from a veteran gardener from a generation ahead of me. We traded emails frequently and formed a friendship in the years since that first email.
Several months ago, he sent me a list he had created called his "12 Garden Rules." With his permission, I share this wise man's gardening wisdom to you. No matter what your age or experience level of gardening, you are sure to find his advice valuable.

Apr 16, 2019
79 - Organic Cabbage Worm Control
28:36

If you've ever noticed the eaten leaves of your broccoli, cabbage,  or kale, you've likely encountered one of worms that attacks the brassica family of plants. Even organic gardeners struggle to find ways to control these pests that can decimate your beloved cole crops in short order. 

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, you'll learn 5 organic ways to both prevent and get rid of cabbage worms in your garden. 

Apr 09, 2019
78 - Vertical Vegetables with Amy Andrychowicz
49:36

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk to the author of Vertical Vegetables, Amy Andrychowicz. You may recognize her as the writer behind the web site Get Busy Gardening. Amy is a zone 4b gardener in Minnesota, and she uses vertical gardening to both practically make the most of her small space and aethestically beautify her backyard patio and garden.

Apr 02, 2019
77 - Raised Bed FAQs
31:53

About a year ago, I wrote a post about 7 Common Mistakes in Raised Bed Gardening.  It has since become one of the most popular posts here at the Beginner's Garden, and many readers have posted more questions about their raised bed gardens. 

So I thought I would visit this topic again and answer some of those questions. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the post below, I dive into nine of the most common questions I hear. Click below to listen to the full discussion or continue reading.

Mar 26, 2019
76- Tomato Cages vs. Stakes
36:20

My journey to the ideal tomato trellis system has not been an easy one. It started with using a flimsy round "tomato cage," which couldn't bear the weight of my vining tomato plant loaded with fruit.

Then, I turned to the Florida Weave method. This worked beautifully for my Roma tomatoes but not the vining, indeterminate varieties.

Finally, I decided to try two other popular methods -- tomato staking and a heavy duty professional tomato cage. Then I tested each method and took detailed notes on the yields of each.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, I share the results of my testing. You'll learn the benefits and drawbacks of both the single-stem tomato staking method and the heavy duty tomato cage. By the end, you'll see which one I settled on and why.

Mar 19, 2019
75 - Short term vs Long term Harvests
31:09

When beginning gardeners start planning their gardens for the first time, most do not know which vegetables will keep producing all season and which will harvest once and finish. 

I know I didn't think about that my first few seasons. But now I understand that some vegetables produce all season and some give a one-and-done harvest. With that knowledge, I am better able to plan my garden to full production all season.

Mar 12, 2019
74 - Worm Composting for Beginners
58:11

On this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and in the article below, Emily Leuba from the Crazy Worm Lady shares all you need to know about the fascinating world of composting with worms. She answers the most frequently asked questions, and in the guide you can grab at the end of the post, she'll take you step-by-step with instructions and materials you'll need to get started with vermicomposting yourself! 

Mar 05, 2019
73 - Companion Planting for Pest Control
38:02

What can I plant in my garden to keep pests away?

Doesn't every organic gardener want to know this? We don't want to use pesticides, so we want to know what herbs deter pests, what flowers deter caterpillars, and what plants repel specific insects that plague our gardens.

While scientific research on the topic of companion planting for pest management is still in its infancy, blog posts, books, and articles abound with ideas. But what suggestions are based in science and which ones are based in old wives' tales? 

In today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share 4 principles for using companion planting for organic pest control.

Feb 26, 2019
72 - 21 Tips to Save Money in the Garden
46:58

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share my top 21 money-saving tips to growing a frugal vegetable garden. Click below to listen or read the article below to learn my 21 tips to saving money gardening, and when you're finished, be sure to share your own tips so we can all benefit!

 journeywithjill.net/podcast

Feb 19, 2019
71 - 4 Tips in Choosing Raised Bed Soil
34:40

Before you go out and buy any soil or compost, here are 4 things to think about to get exactly what you need for your garden on your budget. Don't waste your money on something you don't need! If you've wondered, “How do I start a raised bed garden?” Then these tips will get you started!

 

Feb 12, 2019
70 - 5 Mistakes First-Time Gardeners Make
36:55

When we start our first gardens, we're full of excitement and hope. But there's another feeling not far behind: fear. What if we make mistakes without realizing it?

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast and the blog post below, I share five common mistakes I see first-time gardeners make. I made them all myself as a beginning gardener, and I want to prevent you from going through those failures like I and so many others have experienced.

Feb 05, 2019
69 - Low Maintenance Crops for Busy Gardeners
27:37

Today I'm going to talk to you about low maintenance crops. These are the ones that won't require a lot of baby-sitting. They're easy to grow and manage. In my opinion, they're perfect plants for the first-time gardener to start with, especially when you don't know realistically how much you will be able to manage in the height of the summer and want something low effort.

Jan 29, 2019
68- How to Start Seeds Indoors - interview with Kevin from Epic Gardening
01:00:22

Maybe you want to try to start seeds indoors for the first time. Or maybe you've tried in the past with little (or no) success. While attempting to start seeds indoors can prove intimidating, once you get the hang of the basics, it's really not as hard as you might think.

Though I have been starting seeds indoors for several years, I wanted to ask an expert to weigh in on best practices. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talked to Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening, and he shared with me what you need to start and grow your seeds inside.

Jan 22, 2019
67- Where to Buy Seeds
37:49

Once gardeners get an idea what crops they want to plant, beginning gardeners ask, "Where should I buy seeds?" With a plethora of sources -- local options, online seed companies, and seed catalogs -- it's hard to know the best places to buy your garden seeds.

One thing is for sure: quality matters. Here you'll find the benefits and drawbacks of local seed sources and online seed catalogs, along with tips to help you know how to choose your best vegetable garden crops and where to buy seeds.

journeywithjill.net/podcast

Jan 15, 2019
66 - First Steps to Planning Your 2019 Garden
27:12

Sometimes we jump into choosing our crops and designing the layout of the garden way too fast. But if we take step backward and work through these three overlooked but crucial steps in garden planning, we'll find not only will the rest of the planning go more smoothly, but we'll end up with a more successful garden overall.

Let's start our 2019 garden season off right!

Resources mentioned:

Complete Garden Planner

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course

 

Jan 08, 2019
65 - My 8 Favorite Garden Tools and Books
22:31

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just hoping to expand your garden resources, here are my top eight favorite tools and books I've used in and for my garden. 

Links to all the books and resources are found here: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/11/06/my-8-favorite-garden-tools-and-gardening-books

Nov 06, 2018
64 - Soil Testing - a Beginners Guide to Why, When, How, and What Next
30:28

Even beginning gardeners understand how critical healthy soil is to the life of their plants. But how do you know what's going on underneath your mulch? Without a soil test, you're just guessing, and you might even attempt to fix problems without knowing the root cause.

A soil test is a critical but overlooked component to understanding the home in which your plants live. In this episode, I'll go over the basics -- why you need to test your soil, when to test, how to test, and what to do after you receive your results.

Click here for the full blog post with the information presented today.

 

Oct 23, 2018
63 - Get a Head Start on Next Year's Garden
31:12

If you're on your second year of gardening or beyond, this action plan will help you get started on your garden planning so you can have your best season yet!

BONUS LIVE TRAINING! Details at http://journeywithjill.net/headstart -- Don't miss it!

Full blog post: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/10/08/how-to-get-a-head-start-on-your-garden-planning/

Oct 09, 2018
62: Why You Shouldn't Clean Up Your Garden (Mostly)
30:09

This time of year many of us are gearing up for a big garden clean-up. We want to put our gardens to bed for the winter, preparing for a fresh, blank slate in the spring. But is a fall garden clean-up really best? Today I share why you might want to skip some of those clean-up tasks, what happened in my garden when I did, and how you can decide what should stay and what should go. 

Click here for full show notes and blog post.

Sep 25, 2018
61: Lessons Learned from my Summer Garden
31:57

Gardeners are learners, and each year we are given the opportunity to learn new lessons. Here are five lessons I learned from my summer garden this year, where you'll learn the results of some neat experiments I got to perform in my garden this season.

Show Notes and Blog post: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/09/11/5-lessons-from-my-summer-garden/

Sep 11, 2018
60: Should You Grow Garlic?
21:17

Garlic isn't one of the most-talked-about crops for beginners to grow. Why is that? There are so many reasons for beginners particularly to include garlic in their garden plans, and in this episode you'll hear three of them. BUT, growing garlic isn't for everyone, and there is one reason it might not be the best fit in your garden.This episode will help you decide if planting garlic this year is right for you.

Show notes & blog post: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/08/28/reasons-grow-garlic/

Free Garlic Planting Cheat Sheet: https://journeywithjill.net/garliccheatsheet

 

Aug 28, 2018
59: Your Garden Zone - What It Tells You (and what it doesn't)
21:44

What is a Garden Zone and what purpose does it serve in the home garden? Unfortunately, garden zones are frequently misunderstood. In this episode you'll learn what a garden zone is, what it tells you, and more importantly, what it doesn't.

For show notes, the US plant hardiness map, and links to find your average last and first frost, click here. 

Aug 14, 2018
58: Planning and Planting a Fall Garden
36:01

Planting and growing a fall garden can be just as rewarding as a summer garden. You just need a bit of preparation. Here I share easy ideas and tips on how to get started, when to plant, and how to grow vegetables in the fall.

Read full blog post here. 

Jul 31, 2018
57: How to Get Started in Home Canning with Melissa K Norris
55:46

Most of us, even if we have a small garden, will harvest more than we can consume fresh. Unless you want to give it all away, you will have to decide whether to let it go bad or preserve it. In this episode, Pioneering Today's Melissa K. Norris gives us the basics on how to get started in home canning.

Get the show notes, resources and blog post here. 

Jul 17, 2018
56: 9 Lessons from My Spring Garden (2018)
28:29

We all learn our best lessons from the hits and misses from our own gardens. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share 9 lessons I've learned in my spring 2018 garden -- including the successes and disappointments. 

Click here to read the show notes/blog post including resources mentioned in this episode.

Jul 03, 2018
55: Managing Pests Organically - interview with IPM Expert Patrick Byers of the University of Missouri Extension
50:24

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) expert Patrick Byers of the University of Missouri Extension shares what the home gardener should do before you spray anything on an insect. Plus, he gives practical suggestions for how to manage aphids, squash bugs, squash vine borers, cabbage worms, slugs, and Japanese beetles -- all organically and with minimal spraying! 

View full blog post with show notes here. 

Jun 19, 2018
54: 6 Steps to Incorporate Vertical Gardening in Your Garden
27:45

You want to incorporate vertical gardening into your garden plans, but the disconnect lies between all the options and what you can actually accomplish. Here are 6 easy steps to go from dreams to reality and grow "up" in your garden.

Full blog post & show notes here.

Register for the Modern Homesteading Summit here. 

Jun 05, 2018
53: Aged-Based Ideas to Get Kids Involved in the Garden
27:42

If you are looking for creative ways to get your kids involved in the garden, these 15 age-based ideas will help you get started. From toddlers to teenagers, there are ideas here for your kids!

Full show notes and blog post, along with resources mentioned in the podcast here

May 29, 2018
52: Tomato Leaves Turning Yellow? 5 Possible Reasons
26:55

When your tomato leaves start turning yellow, it's natural to become alarmed. While there could be a myriad of causes, here are five possible culprits behind yellow leaves on tomato plants. 

Full blog post & show notes here.

May 22, 2018
51: Interview with Misti Little of the Garden Path Podcast
48:36

In today's episode, Misti Little of the Garden Path Podcast and I talk about many subjects that both southern US and organic gardeners will find interesting:

  • Misti's journey from conventional to a more-than-organic approach to her home garden
  • How she attracts beneficial insects and pollinators to her edible garden
  • Her favorite tomato varieties for her Zone 9a garden
  • Her advice to first-time gardeners
  • and more!

Full blog post with show notes here.

May 15, 2018
50: 15 Tips for First-time Gardeners from Experienced Gardeners
28:56

I asked a question in my Facebook group, the Beginner's Garden Shortcut, "What ONE piece of advice would you give to first-time gardeners?" The answers the more veteran members of the group gave were just too good to keep to myself!

That's why, on this very special 50th episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I share 15 tips that these gardeners shared with the group, along with my thoughts on each piece of advice. 

Full blog post with accompanying articles and resources can be found at https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/05/08/16-tips-for-first-time-gardeners-from-experienced-gardeners/

 

 

May 08, 2018
49: 10 Succession and Relay Planting Ideas for Your Garden
30:49

We all want to make the most of our garden space, and one of the best ways is to strategically use succession planting and relay planting to our advantage and for a more productive harvest. 

These 10 ideas will get you started on using succession and relay planting in your garden, and as you consider your growing season, crops, and climate, you can adapt using these principles to fit your unique garden situation.

Full blog post and show notes at https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/05/01/succession-planting-ideas-to-keep-your-garden-producing-all-season/

May 01, 2018
48: Vacation Plans? 5 Ways to Prep Your Garden
21:21

Maintaining a 3,000-square foot garden and enjoying a summer vacation -- at first thought, these two may seem like opposing activities, as if you have to choose one or the other. But as one who values getaways almost as much as I value my garden, I can assure you, it is possible.

To get the most out of both your rest time and your harvest, though, there are some steps you can take to make it all run more smoothly.

Read full show notes and blog post, along with resources mentioned in this episode at http://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/04/24/5-ways-to-prepare-your-garden-for-going-on-vacation/

Apr 24, 2018
47: Building Healthy Soil -- Interview with Jackie Beyer of the Organic Gardener Podcast
50:30

While beginning gardeners may be most concerned with what crops to plant when to plant them, building a base of healthy soil should be top of mind as well. If you want to build your soil naturally and organically, Jackie Beyer of the Organic Gardener Podcast shares today her thoughts on doing just that.

 

Full show notes: https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/04/17/building-healthy-soil-interview-with-the-organic-gardener-podcasts-jackie-marie-beyer/

Apr 17, 2018
46: Tomato Trellising - Deciding Which Method is Right for You
21:51

How does a beginning gardener you sift through the endless ideas available for staking tomatoes? Do you even need to stake tomatoes? If so, what will work best for your garden?

Even though I had all the trellis ideas and resources at my disposal, I still didn't figure it all out, and it took learning by experience and making mistakes to start to make progress in this area.

In this podcast episode I'm talking to you -- the beginning gardener -- in hopes of helping you skip the mistakes I made. I discuss four types of tomato trellising methods. But beyond just listing the methods, I'm helping you decide which one (or ones) will work best for your garden and your needs.

Because there's no one-size-fits all approach.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/04/10/tomato-trellising-deciding-which-method-is-right-for-you/

 

Apr 10, 2018
45: 6 Crops Beginners Can Grow From Seed in the Garden (No Indoor Seed-Starting Required)
18:07

In today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about six vegetables and fruit I believe beginners should almost always grow from seed directly in the garden. No indoor seed starting. No buying transplants. With these crops, it's my experience in opinion that the seeds should go directly in the ground.

Show notes and free Seed Starting Guide: http://journeywithjill.net/2018/04/03/6-crops-beginners-can-grow-from-seed-directly-in-the-garden-no-indoor-seed-starting-required/

 

Apr 03, 2018
44: When to Plant What - Guide to Getting Your Crops in the Ground at the Right Time
20:38

It's one of the most confusing topics for beginning gardeners. "When should I plant?"  I go over the basics -- what you need to know to help you plant the most common crops in the home garden at the right time. Not only do I give you general guidelines, but we also talk about something I have never heard anyone suggest when it comes to warm season crops.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2018/03/27/plant-guide-getting-crops-ground-right-time/

 

Mar 27, 2018
43: Avoiding Mistakes in Container Gardening - Interview with Randy from FarmDaddy
43:16

Container gardening isn't as easy as it seems. In this episode, Randy from FarmDaddy shares his top tips to growing in containers, including 3 big mistakes he sees people make, the ideal growing medium, how close plants should be together, and fertilization and watering tips.

Show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/03/avoiding-beginner-mistakes-in-container-gardening-interview-with-randy-from-farmdaddy-com/

Visit Randy's web site and explore his self-watering container system at https://www.farmdaddy.com/

Mar 20, 2018
42: Strawberry Planting Basics
23:33

Most home gardeners who want to include fruit in their edible gardens want to make room for strawberries. Though they seem easy enough to grow, it's helpful to understand a few things before you get started. 

Show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/03/get-started-growing-strawberries-beginners-guide/

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

Mar 13, 2018
41: 7 Tips for Choosing Transplants at the Garden Center
15:51

Whether you buy all of your garden crops at the nursery or garden center, or if you purchase a few to supplement your seeds, choosing the right transplant can make a great difference in your harvest. 

Show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/03/7-tips-choosing-transplants-garden-center/

 

Mar 06, 2018
40: How to Grow Onions Successfully
20:04

Though easy to plant, it's not always a sure bet that you'll get huge onion bulbs each season. In fact, onions can be a bit finicky.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I go over the "long and short" (pun intended -- you'll understand after you listen to the episode) of growing onions. I talk about:

  • which onions you need to grow for your latitude
  • when to plant
  • when NOT to grow from seed
  • what triggers bulb growth
  • what causes bolting (when an onion sets seed instead of producing a bulb)
  • what to do if your onion plant does bolt 

Show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/02/grow-onions-successfully/

 

Feb 27, 2018
39: Blueberries in the Ground and Containers -- Interview with Lee Reich
46:17

If you want to plant blueberries for the first time, or if you've had struggles with growing blueberry bushes in the past, horticulturist Lee Reich answers the most common questions people have when it comes to growing blueberries. 

We talk about: 

  • 4 requirements for growing blueberries
  • How to amend your soil if it isn't ideal for blueberry growth
  • How to grow blueberries in containers
  • The ideal growing medium for container-grown blueberries
  • How you can still grow blueberries in the ground if your soil is extremely alkaline

Grab the show notes and free Blueberry Planting Notebook at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/02/growing-blueberries-interview-with-lee-reich/

Feb 20, 2018
38: 7 Common Raised Bed Gardening Mistakes
26:05

Those of us who have been raised bed gardening for years testify to how much we enjoy it! Better harvests, less weeding, sharp aesthetics -- what's not to love?

But as in any venture, there are mistakes to be made. The problem with mistakes with raised bed gardening is many times they aren't easily corrected. I know this from experience!

From my own experience and from the experiences of others, I've compiled a list of 7 common mistakes in raised bed gardening. If you're planning a garden for the first time or adding to your existing beds, this will help you avoid many of the mistakes I and others have made. And if you're already gardening in raised beds but are seeing lackluster results, you may find some reasons why here.

Show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/02/7-common-mistakes-in-raised-bed-gardening/

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: http://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course: http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

 

Feb 13, 2018
37: 10 Adjustments I'm Making in My Garden this Season
25:46

You'd think after five gardening seasons, I'd have it all figured, right? Well, that's the beauty about gardening. Each year we get to adjust. We scrap what didn't work; we try new things. The dreaming and the planning -- those are some of the most exciting parts of gardening!

This year as I've begun my garden planning, I decided to make ten specific adjustments in my gardening. Whether I am making these adjustments due to learning more or by past failure, my hope is that some of these will help you make your garden more successful this season!

Show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/02/10-adjustments-im-making-in-my-garden/

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Facebook Group: http://facebook.com/groups/beginnersgarden

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Online Course:

http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut

 

Feb 06, 2018
36: Expert Advice on Tomatoes -- Interview with Mike at White Harvest Seed Co. Pt. 2
36:08

In growing tomatoes, it's always good to have an expert's advice on-hand. That's why when I talked with Mike at the White Harvest Seed Company, I picked his brain on everything tomatoes -- from which varieties to choose to how to deal with mid-season pests and diseases. 

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, Mike and I talk about:

  • favorite tomato varieties 
  • top 3 recommendations for growing successful tomatoes
  • most common pests & diseases and how to deal with them

Grab all the show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/2018/01/expert-advice-growing-tomatoes/

Enrollment is open for the Beginner's Garden Shortcut. Details at http://journeywithjill.net/gardenshortcut.

Jan 30, 2018
35: Choosing and Growing Seeds - Interview with Mike at White Harvest Seed Company
42:16

Who better to ask about growing seeds than the owner of a reputable seed company? I met Mike a few years ago and even from our first conversation I could tell he knew his stuff. In this episode he and I talk all about seeds:

>How to choose the right seed varieties when there are so many choices

>How to start seeds indoors

>Which seeds to start indoors vs. which ones to wait and plant in the garden

>The answer to his most asked garden question

>The biggest key to seed germination

...and so much more!

Grab this week's free download -- Seed Starting Quick Reference Guide -- along with the show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/seedstarting

Jan 23, 2018
34: Grow these 5 Dirty Dozen Crops to Avoid Consuming Pesticides
17:00

Growing healthy, uncontaminated produce may be one of your top reasons for gardening. In today's episode, we'll talk about five crops listed on the Environmental Working Group's 2017 Dirty Dozen list and how you can grow them at home. 

Get your free "Dirty Dozen Alternative" download plus today's show notes at http://journeywithjill.net/dirtydozen.

Jan 16, 2018
33: 4 Crops You Can Grow that Will Cut Your Grocery Bill
20:53

Saving money on groceries was the #1 reason I started growing my own garden. Soon I realized it wasn't as simple as it seemed. But as I've found out over the years, there were 4 crops I grow that consistently save me money when I don't have to buy them from the grocery store.

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD -- my Frugal Garden Quickstart Guide plus the show notes for today's episode, at http://journeywithjill.net/frugalgarden

 

Jan 09, 2018
32: How to Plant Garlic – 3 Most Frequently Asked Questions
24:28

When should I plant my garlic?
Where can I buy garlic to plant?
(Can I use garlic at the grocery store? NO! And I explain why)
What type should I buy, hardneck or softneck?
I also go over the basics of planting garlic, and I’ll help you decide whether to plant in raised beds, containers, or in the land.

FREE GARLIC PLANTING CHEAT SHEET: http://journeywithjill.net/garliccheatsheet

FULL EPISODE SHOW NOTES: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/10/how-to-plant-garlic-3-most-frequently-asked-questions-beginners-garden-podcast/

 

Oct 09, 2017
31: End of season garden clean-up that will help get next year’s garden started out right
26:39

Your current year's spent crops hold valuable potential to get next season's crops started out with a fertile soil full of nutrients.

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, you'll learn:

  • which plants definitely need to be thrown out (and not composted)
  • what your main objective in garden clean-up should be
    why bare soil is the worst thing you can do to your dormant garden
  • 4 ways to replenish nutrients in raised beds and garden plots what to do with spent container soil
  • and more!

Get the full show notes at: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/09/end-season-garden-clean-will-help-get-next-years-garden-started-right-beginners-garden-podcast/

Sep 12, 2017
30: Free Produce! Seed Saving for the Hobby Gardener
23:22

Even a hobby gardener can benefit from seed saving. In this episode, you'll learn:

  • Which seeds you cannot save (this is HUGE)
  • How to save seeds with ZERO effort (yes, literally)
  • The easiest vegetables from which to save seeds, and how
  • The one step many fruiting vegetables require to save their seeds

You'll learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, squash, melons, lettuce, herbs, okra, and more!

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/08/free-produce-seed-saving-hobby-gardener-beginners-garden-podcast/

Aug 29, 2017
29: 6 Garden Failures Last Season and How I Overcame Them This Year
23:46

The best way to garden is to accept the failures, learn from them, and grow a better garden next year because of them (not in spite of them).

In this episode I discuss 6 garden failures I had in 2016 and how I overcame them in 2017.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/08/6-garden-failures-last-season-and-how-i-overcame-them-this-year/

Aug 15, 2017
28: Top 5 Crops for a Fall Garden
11:59

A fall garden can produce astounding results with much less effort. In today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about benefits of a fall garden, my top 5 recommended crops for a fall garden, when to plant, and special considerations for each crop.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/08/top-5-crops-for-a-fall-garden-beginners-garden-podcast/

Aug 01, 2017
27: Preserving Tomatoes – Making the Most of Your Harvest
19:43

You've done it! You're harvesting a successful crop of tomatoes. Now what? If you're like me, you want to preserve them for the winter, of course! In this episode I go through my process of canning tomatoes. Be sure to visit the full show notes below:

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/07/preserving-tomatoes-making-harvest-beginners-garden-podcast/

Also, get all the details on the Kitchen Aid Fruit & Vegetable Strainer attachment and how you can use it to cut the time it takes to prepare tomatoes for canning here: http://journeywithjill.net/kitchenaid

 

Jul 04, 2017
26: Squash Bugs and Squash Vine Borers
30:33

It never fails. In early summer, just as we begin harvesting a few fresh squash and zucchini, some of the most common and menacing insects threaten our crops. 

In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about how I deal with the squash bug and squash vine borer.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/06/squash-bugs-squash-vine-borers-beginners-garden-podcast/

Jun 27, 2017
25: How to Control Aphids Naturally and Effectively
35:14

How can I get rid of aphids? It's one of the most common gardening questions I hear. But I think sometimes we jump to rash measures. Listen in on my thoughts of how to deal with aphids naturally and effectively.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/06/how-to-control-aphids-naturally-and-effectively-beginners-garden-podcast/ 

 

Jun 20, 2017
24: What I Learned – Garlic & Onions – 2017 Recap
17:58

As gardeners, sometimes the best thing we can do is reflect on what worked and what didn't. In 2017, I enjoyed my best garlic harvest ever, but I did struggle with onions. Here's a recap of what I learned. My hope is you'll take a few tips to help your own garlic and onion harvest. 

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/06/what-i-learned-garlic-onions-2017-recap-the-beginners-garden-podcast/

Jun 13, 2017
23: Advice from a True Beginning Gardener: Interview with Whitney Cromley
45:23

It's always helpful to talk to veteran gardeners -- those who have had years of hands-on experience. But I also find rich advice in talking to brand new gardeners whose successes and failures speak new and fresh. If you're a beginning gardener, you'll enjoy hearing from Whitney Cromley. She shares her experience as a brand new gardener and what, as a true beginner, she has learned her first few seasons.

Show Notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/06/advice-from-a-true-beginning-gardener-interview-with-whitney-cromley-beginners-garden-podcast/ 

Jun 06, 2017
22: Herb Basics Part 2: Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, and Chives
17:36

For much of the US, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, and chives are perennial herbs -- they return year after year. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about my experience with each one and how you can include them in your garden and kitchen.

Show Notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/05/herb-basics-part-2-rosemary-oregano-thyme-sage-chives/

May 30, 2017
21: Herb Basics Part 1: Basil, Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley
22:43

Who doesn't love fresh basil, dill, cilantro, and parsley? Even if you're only growing a small kitchen or container garden, most likely you'll want to make room for a few of these. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about my experience in growing these popular annual herbs. 

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/05/herb-basics-part-1-basil-dill-cilantro-and-parsley-beginners-garden-podcast/

May 23, 2017
20: Some Like it Hot: Growing Peppers and Okra
24:10

If there are two vegetables I can depend on in my blistering southern summers, it’s peppers and okra. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I talk about these staple vegetables in my garden and how you can grow them in yours.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/05/some-like-it-hot-growing-peppers-and-okra-the-beginners-garden-podcast/

May 16, 2017
19: The Joys and Challenges of Growing Squash and Zucchini
29:56

Most gardeners I know make room for squash or zucchini. And while it can be the ideal summer treat, it isn't without its challenges. Learn how you can successfully grow squash and zucchini in your garden this season. 

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/05/joys-challenges-growing-squash-zucchini-beginners-garde-podcast/

May 09, 2017
18: Best Gardening Tips from Real-Life Homesteader Melissa K. Norris
49:23

I can vividly remember my very first year as a gardener desperately searching for gardening resources and podcasts. Sadly I didn’t find many that helped me at the most basic level I needed. But there was one I listened to faithfully, and that was the Pioneering Today Podcast by Melissa K. Norris.

Listen to her tips for beginning gardeners, large or small.

View full show notes and visit Melissa's web site and podcast here: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/05/gardening-advice-real-life-homesteader-melissa-k-norris-beginners-garden-podcast/

May 02, 2017
17: Overcoming the Challenges of Growing Corn
18:58

It took me three seasons to finally attempt growing corn. I wish I could tell you it was easy and all went great. Unfortunately, it didn’t. But once I got past the challenges, it's now one of our most enjoyable crops. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I want to help you avoid the mistakes I made and harvest a bumper crop your first season. 

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/04/overcoming-challenges-growing-corn-beginners-garden-podcast/

Apr 25, 2017
16: Grow Green Beans to Last All Year
24:54

If there’s one plant I’d say I’ve had the most success with since I began gardening, it would be green beans. From the first season, I've grown enough to supply our family with green beans all year. Here are my top tips to never have to buy green beans from the grocery store again!

Show Notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/04/green-beans-the-beginners-garden-podcast/

Apr 18, 2017
15: Growing Cucumbers
27:31

The past few years I have found myself begging my friends to take my excess cucumbers. I’ve even been known to sneak a bag full on a table at church, hoping someone would take a few home. But growing cucumbers hasn’t always been this successful. My first year I met several challenges. From both my success and failures, my hope is that I can give you the basics you need to grow a successful harvest of cucumbers.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/04/growing-cucumbers-beginners-garden-podcast/

Apr 11, 2017
14: Planting Tomatoes
34:48

The most popular vegetable to grow, tomatoes find a spot in most home gardens. Whether we grow them for canning (like I do) or for fresh eating, a bumper crop of tomatoes can make any gardener feel like a pro. So how do we get that bumper crop?

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/04/planting-tomatoes-beginners-garden-podcast/

Apr 04, 2017
13: Growing Peas for the Beginner
26:53

Whether you want to grow snap peas, shelling peas, or snow peas, this episode will walk you through the basics -- from choosing which kind to grow to planting to harvest.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/03/growing-peas-beginner/

Mar 28, 2017
12: My Five Favorite Garden Tools
19:35

When I began gardening, I had no idea what tools I would need. Because my purpose for gardening in the first place was to save money, I had no interest in blowing cash on unneeded equipment. But as I soon realized, some tools make a huge difference. In this episode of The Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I share my five favorite garden tools with you. 

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/gardentools

Mar 21, 2017
11: Cool Weather Crops in the Southern Garden
22:44

Along with the joys of a long growing season, southern gardeners also face a unique challenge -- cool weather crops don't thrive in the summer. So how do we plant lettuce, broccoli, and spinach? In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I give tips that any gardener in a long, warm-season climate can use.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/03/cool-weather-crops-in-the-southern-garden/

Mar 14, 2017
10: Yes! Even a Beginner Can Grow Potatoes!
24:27

Potatoes are one of my most enjoyable crops to grow! They require little maintenance, and they harvest before the hot weather in my area begins to set in. Harvesting, though labor-intensive, is so much fun — and my kids enjoy it, too! If you're looking to grow potatoes in your garden, these tips will help you grow a successful crop.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/03/yes-even-a-beginner-can-grow-potatoes/

Mar 07, 2017
9: Growing Blueberries: Tips for Beginners
23:20

I had no idea what I was doing when I planted my first four blueberry bushes in the ground. Thankfully, the research I did served me well, and now I have more blueberries than I know what to do with! If you long for sweet blueberries from your own back yard, today’s episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast will give you what you need to get started!

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/02/growing-blueberries-tips-beginners/

Feb 28, 2017
8: How to Grow a Salsa Garden from Planning to Canning {FREE Download}
35:27

One of the main reasons many home gardeners grow tomatoes is to make their own salsa! So, how does one grow his or her own salsa? By planting a salsa garden! In today's episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, get the basics of how to grow a salsa garden yourself.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/02/how-to-grow-a-salsa-garden-from-planning-to-canning-free-download/

Direct link to free download: http://journeywithjill.net/salsagarden

 

Feb 21, 2017
7: Composting Basics for the Beginner
20:18

If I had to choose one topic about which I get more questions asked, it would be composting. Yes, it can get complicated, but it doesn't have to. If you're a beginner and you want to put those kitchen scraps to good use, this episode will have everything you need to know.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/02/composting-for-the-beginner/

Feb 14, 2017
6: Plants that Climb & Sprawl: Choose the Best Trellis Option for Your Garden, Big or Small
23:38

In this week’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I talk about a subject that is so much fun for me! I just love growing vegetables “up.” 

In the podcast, I discuss your best bets for beans, peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes. And because I list lots of ideas in the podcast, this week’s show notes are chock-full of ideas to get you started.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/02/07/plants-that-climb-sprawl-choose-the-best-trellis-option-for-your-garden-big-or-small/

Feb 07, 2017
5: Creating Fertile Soil: The Basis of Your Best Garden
26:33

In this episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I attempt to demystify the mysterious world of the soil. I talk about important topics like:

why you should test your soil and how to do it for free
what your soil structure means to your garden, how to identify it, and how to change it
the Big 3 nutrients plants need
2 ways I make sure nutrients are available for my crops
Bonus tip: how I prepare my raised beds for the best tomato harvest

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/01/31/creating-fertile-soil-the-basis-of-your-best-garden/

 

Jan 31, 2017
4: Seeds or Transplants? Which to Grow? When to Plant?
35:03

My very first year I planted a garden, I went to Lowe’s and bought baby tomato, squash, okra, and watermelon plants. I was so new at gardening, it didn’t even cross my mind to plant anything from seed. 

In this week’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I break down the plants that I prefer to plant as transplants, which one I plant as seeds directly in the garden, and which ones I start indoors. I explain why each plant responds better in my garden that way.

Show Notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/01/24/seeds-or-transplants-which-to-grow-when-to-plant/

Jan 24, 2017
3: Weed Control Starts Early: 4 Types of Mulch You Can Use + Other Weed Control Methods
27:55

If there is one piece of advice I give all beginning gardeners, it is to make plans to mulch your garden. Mulch controls weeds, regulates soil temperature, and maintains moisture levels. In this episode of the Beginner's Garden Podcast, I discuss 4 common types of mulch:

  • Wood Chips
  • Hay
  • Straw
  • Pine Needles

I have used all 4 types. One is my favorite, but I also talk about why some experts say you shouldn’t use it at all.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/01/18/weed-control-starts-early-4-types-of-mulch-you-can-use-other-weed-control-methods/

Jan 18, 2017
2: How to Plan Your Garden Space (Raised Beds, Containers, Plot of land, Companion Planting, Layout, & More)
32:13

In my second episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I’m talking about planning your garden space. The idea of planning a garden seems simple. Just plant in dirt, right? But before you can ever get to that point, you have to make several decisions like the type of garden and location.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/01/12/plan-garden-space/

Jan 12, 2017
1: 5 Tips to Help You Decide What to Plant in Your Garden
24:27

In my first episode of The Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I give you 5 tips to help you decide what to plant in your garden.

Show notes: http://journeywithjill.net/2017/01/02/5-tips-to-help-you-decide-what-to-plant-in-your-garden/

Jan 02, 2017