Just Grow It: The Podcast

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The Just Grow It podcast is for anyone who wants to learn more about gardening. Learn how to transform your garden dream into a reality with quick & direct knowledge in each episode. Hosted by Big City Gardener, each episode will help you become a better gardener by breaking down different topics and removing any fears or reservations associated with gardening. Whether you have a balcony garden or a homestead, this podcast will help you JUST GROW IT.

Episode Date
How to recharge your soil
07:23

 Check out this episode of Just Grow it, where we talk about the importance of recharging your soil after every season.  

May 17, 2022
How to vermicompost
13:19

Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to break down organic matter.  While it may seem intimidating, getting started is not difficult.

 

In this episode, we discuss tips to improve your vermicomposting experience.  

 

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Apr 29, 2022
What is vermicomposting?
11:40

Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to break down organic matter.  Not the same worms that you find in your garden.  No, these here are basically super worms.  These worms have a voracious appetite, like the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, and they love to eat.  Red Wiggler, or composting worms, can eat up to half their body weight in organic material daily.  

 

Today, lets talk vermicomposting 

Apr 25, 2022
Native plants
09:27

Native plants are unique. They are built to withstand the local conditions and made to succeed. They are region-specific and have adapted and naturalized over time.

 

In this episode, we discuss the importance of growing native plants.  

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Apr 22, 2022
How to divide perennials
08:45

This episode is one of the podcast episodes where you may want to watch the video version on youtube instead.

 

As perennials grow and establish themselves in an area, they begin to naturalize.  If you notice plant production levels dropping, it may be time to divide the root mass. 

 

Today's episode talks about the proper way to divide perennials.  

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Apr 18, 2022
Top perennials for the urban garden
10:47

When selecting what to grow, having an open mind helps. The field of edible perennials is large, and I do not think it is only plants like asparagus or rhubarb. Edible perennials include fruit trees, berries, tubers, herbs, and medicinal flowers.   

 

This episode discusses some of my favorite edible perennials for an urban garden.

 

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Apr 15, 2022
What are perennials
13:40

What if you could plant something once and receive a harvest yearly? If that sounds interesting to you, then you should investigate perennials. Perennials are plants that re-grow every year from the same rootstock that you planted once. 

 

In this episode, we discuss perennials and how to add them to your garden.

 

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Apr 12, 2022
Common KNF inputs
11:55

Following up on our last episode where we discussed what KNF is.  In this episode, we will discuss the most common KNF inputs and how to use them in your garden.  

Mar 24, 2022
What is KNF
09:19

Started by Master Cho in Korea, KNF will help you strengthen your soil food web by increasing the amount and strength of your microbes. Natural farming is a low-cost agriculture model where you use everyday ingredients to create ferments and other inputs for your garden. One of the main goals of KNF is to put the power of agriculture back into the hand of the growers and out of large corporations.

 

In this episode, we discuss a brief overview of Knf and the benefits associated with this growing style.

Mar 20, 2022
Organic Nitrogen Sources for the garden
08:30

There is nothing more vital than an excellent nitrogen source during the vegetative state.  If you are growing synthetically, you can grab any fertilizer and apply it with no extra thought.  But, if you are growing organically, which I hope everyone is, you have a more difficult choice for organic nitrogen sources. 

 

In this episode, we discuss the three categories of organic nitrogen sources; Animal-based, plant-based, and manure-based

Mar 17, 2022
Benefits of keeping a garden journal
06:23

Keeping a garden journal is vital to gardening success.  Everyone thinks they can remember everything or don’t see the point in keeping records. 

  • Do you remember all of the varieties you planted?
  • Do you remember which plants did better than others?
  • Why was it their location in the garden?
  • Do you remember the last time you applied fertilizer or neem oil?
  • Do you remember when you waters
  • Do you remember the pests you dealt with

 

Instead of guessing, keeping a garden journal will give you a place to record all of this information so that you can go back and revisit it later. 

Mar 13, 2022
Determinate vs Indeterminate
07:12

This episode discusses the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomato varieties.  

Mar 03, 2022
Tomato Growing Tips
10:22

In this episode, we discuss tips to ensure this is your most fantastic tomato growing season as of yet. 

Every gardener loves to grow tomatoes.  Learn how to do it properly

Feb 27, 2022
How to use Coffee Grounds in the garden
08:12

In this episode, we discuss how to properly use coffee grounds in your garden.

Feb 24, 2022
Spring Garden Prep
07:17

Here are some tips to help ensure your spring garden season is your best.  

 

 

Feb 20, 2022
Which material should I use to build raised beds?
06:40

 

Check out this episode of Just Grow It where we discuss different options for building raised beds

 

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Feb 17, 2022
Raised Bed Gardening
14:15

Now a days everyone is in love with raised beds. Whats not to love about them?  They are aesthetically pleasing and offer a variety of other benefits for the garden.  But they are not always your best option.

Check out this episode of Just Grow It where we discuss the pros and cons of raised bed gardening.

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Feb 13, 2022
Fall Flowers for Pollinators
05:49

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Before I started keeping bees, I only partially paid attention to flowers and the needs of pollinators.  Well ever since I started keeping bees, that has all changed.  I make sure that no matter the season I have pollen-rich plants for the pollinators.

I know it is easy to associate flowers with warmer temperatures, but don’t be mistaken; there are still pollinator-friendly plants for the fall.

Feb 11, 2022
Common Medicinal plants for any garden
12:15

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If you wanted to get started with herbal medicine, or growing medicinal plants, it is not difficult.  You probably have some of these plants already growing in your garden.  You would be surprised by some of the medicinal properties of the common herbs that most gardeners have.  Here is a list of some of my favorite medicinal plants to grow in any garden.  Hopefully, this information gets you interested in growing your medicinal garden or even just adding a few of these plants to your garden.  Before you begin your garden, know that some of these plants can spread quickly throughout the planting area. 

Feb 07, 2022
Community Gardens
14:09

I love community gardens for many different reasons.  They are great places for link-minded individuals to meet and learn about gardening.  Also they have the potential to address food insecurity issues if placed in a proper location and ran properly.

Check out this episode of Just Grow It and learn more about these fantastic places.

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*Bokashi Composting system*

* Favorite Gardening Gear

 

Feb 04, 2022
5 easy houseplants for beginners
12:14

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the interest in houseplants has skyrocketed. Everyone wants to become a plant parent. But sometimes, people don't know which plants are the best to begin their journey.  Don't worry, I have you covered. 

In this episode, we discuss the 5 easiest houseplants for beginners.  

Jan 27, 2022
5 ways to use mushroom blocks in your garden
10:29

Spent mushroom substrate is gold.  If you can get your hands on some you should.  This substrate is a blend of natural products that work wonders on a garden.  There are still nutrients in this substrate even though it is being thrown away.  What’s funny is most urban mushroom farmers do not have the necessary space to properly compost the spent mushroom blocks and are looking to get rid of them. They will often give it to you for free.  It’s crazy you’re doing them a favor by taking it.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss 5 ways to use mushroom blocks in your garden.

 

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The views and opinions expressed on the "Just Grow it" podcast are solely those of the author and guests and should not be attributed to any other individual or entity. This podcast is an independent production of Big City Gardener, and the podcast production is an original work of the author. All rights of ownership and reproduction are retained—copyright 2021.

Jan 16, 2022
Urban Agriculture: The future of food production
14:37

What is urban agriculture or urban gardening? When you look online you see definitions that say urban gardening is the practice of growing plants or farming or cultivating processing and distributing food in or around urban areas. That seems all-encompassing.

When I think of urban gardening, I think of growing food in limited spaces in areas of cities that are developing at an extremely high rate. Every time I look around, people are building more homes in the cities. And while I love farming on a larger scale, I think urban agriculture can play an important part in the growth of cities.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss urban agriculture.

 

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The views and opinions expressed on the "Just Grow it" podcast are solely those of the author and guests and should not be attributed to any other individual or entity. This podcast is an independent production of Big City Gardener, and the podcast production is an original work of the author. All rights of ownership and reproduction are retained—copyright 2022.

Jan 13, 2022
What is topdressing?
07:21

There are many different ways to apply fertilizer and amendments to the soil, and one of the easiest and most effective ways is simply topdressing the soil with your fertilizer or amendment.  

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss why everyone should apply their fertilizers this way.

Jan 09, 2022
Soil Testing
08:05

Do you know what is in your soil? Not the generic answer: Earthworms, water, sand, silt, clay. I am talking about the specific amounts of each nutrient. The microbiological life that is teaming or suffering within the soil?   Without a soil test, it is impossible to know these answers.

A soil test provides precise and accurate measures of the essential nutrients- nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium—the state of the soil, including the soil pH. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the importance of testing your soil.

Jan 06, 2022
What are secondary Nutrients
10:58

For a garden to thrive, it needs a combination of vital nutrients. The quantity of nutrients the plants require to thrive determine which category they fall into; Macronutrients, Secondary, and micronutrients. Macronutrients are needed in the most significant amounts, and they are also the nutrients notated on the front of the package. The secondary nutrients are vital but required in smaller quantities than the macronutrients. These secondary nutrients are calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. All these nutrients play a different role, but they all seem to share one common trait; they are easily leached from the soil.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss secondary nutrients and their deficiencies.

Jan 02, 2022
Buyingsoil from a big box store vs a nursery.
09:58

I love the concept of being able to choose in life.  When it comes to gardening, you have to make many choices.  Which seeds should I plant, do  I need to extend the garden, and where should I buy my soil?  Depending on your needs, the answer changes.  Since we know that soil is the lifeblood of a garden, let's talk about where to purchase it from?

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss purchasing soil from a big box store vs. a nursery.

Dec 30, 2021
What is No dig gardening
11:22

 This no-dig method is my favorite way of creating a new inground bed. It minimizes the amount of physical work done to make new beds. What's better than not having backaches from digging up the grass? It is a straightforward process that will aid in creating some great gardening spaces. This no-dig method also helps minimize weed and grass growth.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss some No-dig garden beds.

 

Dec 19, 2021
What is an in-ground garden bed?
12:25

There is nothing more practical than an inground bed.  You don't need any extra tools to create it; Just a shovel, some time, and a desire.  If I had the choice, I would put them everywhere.  These are my favorite types of beds. I don't know why but they just are.  Maybe it is because I feel a deeper connection to the land when using these beds.  Or perhaps it's because they transport my mind back to a time when this was the only option.  Whatever it may be, I love in-ground beds. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss gardening with inground beds.

Dec 16, 2021
Different soil types from nurseries
12:58

When you enter a gardening store or nursery for the first time, it can be overwhelming.  All the different soil varieties you see in front of you could confuse you, especially if you are a new gardener.  Making sure to pick the right soil type for your gardening application can help make or break your gardening season. There are pros and cons to each of the soil types.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the different soil types available for gardeners and their typical applications.

Dec 12, 2021
What is stratification
06:07

Seeds are powerful and impressive. They are packed with enough nutrients to start life and thrive. To get seeds to germinate, they need to go through a process known as stratification.  Stratification is the condition you expose seeds to germinate.  There are different types of stratifications; Warm, cold, dry, or moist.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss stratification and certain plants stratification preferences. 

Dec 09, 2021
What are macronutrients?
08:40

"Don't forget to drink water and get sunlight. You're basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions. The similarities and plants are endless.  Just like humans need certain macronutrients, plants are no different.  While the essential nutrients required by plants and humans differ, the concept is still the same.  These macronutrients provide plants with more than 75% of the necessary nutrients to grow and thrive.  They are the three numbers on the front of any bag of fertilizer you find, whether organic or synthetic. 

What's important is that we understand the benefit and purpose of each one and use them in the proper ratios.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the three macronutrients involved with gardening

Dec 05, 2021
Benefits of Compost
06:17

 Have you ever heard of the term black gold? Well, that is how experienced farmers and gardeners refer to compost. Compost is the by-product of composting which is a naturally occurring cycle of decomposition.  Done correctly, you can have a microbial and nutrient-rich product.  But, done incorrectly, you could end up with a smelly anaerobic pile that is more of a home to pests than a working pile. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss some of the benefits of using compost in your garden

Dec 02, 2021
How to use leaves in the garden
07:37

During the fall, we are given a gift.  This gift is leaves.  Rather than throw these leaves away, I will provide you with a few different ways to use them productively in the garden. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss how to productively use leaves in the garden.

 

Nov 28, 2021
What is Leaf Mold
07:40

We all know the benefits of compost, but a specific type of compost is magical.  This type of compost is called leaf mold.  Leaf mold is soil that consists of decayed leaves.  A fungal-rich soil amendment that can do wonders for your garden.  When added to your garden, leaf mold acts as compost, mulch, and a soil amendment.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the benefits of leaf mold in the garden.

Nov 25, 2021
Fertilizer vs Amendments
06:57

Soil amendments and fertilizers are two different things. One is meant to improve soil characteristics while one delivers specific macro and micronutrients. Unfortunately, people often confuse fertilizers and amendments.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the difference between fertilizer and amendments.

Nov 21, 2021
Fall Gardening
05:15

Fall is here, so that means it is time to start your fall crops.  Wait, you thought gardening was only a spring and summertime thing?  Where I live, you have a better chance for success with a fall garden instead of a spring garden.  Some pests that plague the garden in the spring, destroying your crops, are preparing to shut it down for the remainder of the year.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss what crops grow well in a fall garden.

Oct 24, 2021
Improve your garden soil
08:05

I don’t care what anyone says when it comes to gardening, success or failure rests on, or better yet, in your soil.  Soil is the blood of the garden. All of the interactions between the various organisms, hyphae, fungi, bacteria, and the invertebrates in the garden make up the soil food web. With more microorganisms in a teaspoon, there are people on the planet; it is easy to see why. 

The soil food web is the same as any other food web you learned in school.  Everything has a predator, so bigger organisms eat smaller organisms.  This balance achieved through this interaction is harmonious. 

In gardening, the soil is overlooked or neglected. It does not get the care and respect that is needed or deserved. Soil should be light, fluffy, and can retain moisture but not be waterlogged.  The soil should be rich and full of life and not chemicals and salts.  Keep that in mind next time you are out in the garden.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss six ways to improve your garden soil.

Oct 22, 2021
Just Mulch it
14:08

Mulching is one of the purest and most beneficial practices you can use in a garden.  It has the power to change the health of the soil over one season by protecting the ground, providing a protective layer of material on top of the soil.  Leaving soil exposed to the elements can cause erosion of topsoil and promote weed growth.  For some reason, people only seem to associate mulching with the aesthetic benefits, and they overlook all other services.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the importance of mulching your garden.

Oct 18, 2021
Are gardening zones overrated?
07:18

When you first get into gardening, you need to understand that not everything will not grow everywhere!  Despite how much you may want to grow something, most times, it is not happening.  That is because plants originated in different world areas and were then brought to America or other countries. 

To assist farmers and gardeners, the USDA recorded high and low temperatures for different areas in North America, compiled them, and created the Plant Hardiness Zones.  These zones are not only American but there are also plant hardiness zones for the world.  Nurseries and seed companies adopted this information and added it to their plant labels and descriptions.  You can use this information as a guideline of what will generally do well in your area. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss why putting so much emphasis on your gardening zone can set you up for failure. 

Oct 13, 2021
Interplanting increases yields
08:13

The idea of interplanting may be the best-kept secret of gardening. This gardening technique can help increase your yields, get a head start on an upcoming season, and decrease the amount of time spent weeding.  Are you already practicing this technique, just unaware?

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

Oct 10, 2021
What is Succession planting?
06:13

Do you want to have consistent, predictable harvests?  Well as predictable as possible, because we all know nature has a mind of its own.  To achieve this goal, you have to understand the concept of succession panting.  Learn more about succession planting and the benefits in this episode.  

Oct 05, 2021
What are frost dates?
06:15

As a beginner gardener, the term frost dates are something you will hear or see often.  Every seed catalog or website you come across will have these two terms First Frost date and last frost date. These terms are essential for gardeners.  Misinterpret or neglect this information, and you risk reduced or decreased harvest, stunted growth, or even worse, killing your plants.

Oct 01, 2021
Health benefits of gardening
12:09

There are many health benefits associated with gardening, and the actual produce you get from the plants is only one.   In this episode of JUST GROW IT, we talk about five health benefits you get from gardening.

Sep 27, 2021
Container gardening tips
08:20

Only have limited space but still want to garden?  Well, then container gardening is a perfect option for you.  It allows you to turn anywhere into a thriving garden.  But you cannot simply throw soil in a pot and expect to be successful.  No, no, no, that is a recipe for failure.  But don’t worry. This short episode will discuss five tips that can help get your container gardening experience off on the right foot.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

Sep 24, 2021
Just Grow it The podcast Featuring @Floracocina
37:30

Edible flowers and fantastic food go together.  I was unaware of that until I met Bee, an edible flower enthusiast.  Introduced to gardening when young, Bee just knew that flowers and food meshed well.  Bee’s love for edible flowers has taken her all across the map, from Thailand to Mexico and even Canada, where she owned a bakery. 

Want to learn more?  Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

 

In this episode, we talk about:

  1. How Bee began gardening
  2. The journey of Floracocina
  3. While on her journey, where she encountered the most edible flowers
  4. Which edible flowers are great for beginners
  5. Some lesser-known edible flowers
Sep 21, 2021
Direct seeding vs. Transplanting. Which is right for me?
09:51

How do I know whether to seed my garden or grow/purchase my transplants from a nursery?  Well, that depends on what you are growing and what season it is.  Each method has its benefits and drawbacks. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT to learn when to use which method.

Sep 16, 2021
How to properly water your garden
07:52

One of the most critical factors that can make or break a garden is access to water.  A newly planted garden cannot grow or thrive without water.  Did you know that there was a proper way to water a garden?  I mean, you could just grab a hose and begin making it rain on the plants, but this could lead to problems down the road.  Following these tips will help increase the productivity of your garden and watering efficiency.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

Sep 12, 2021
Just Grow It Setting up a new garden
08:34

Are you looking to set up a new garden?  People often hop into gardening without doing enough thinking and research. They just start gardening.  The motivation is impressive, but the lack of research and preparation is a recipe for failure. You know the saying failing to plan is like planning to fail.  Well, a garden is no different.   Have you thought about garden orientation, a water source, or lighting?  If not, take a listen to this episode and help your new gardening adventure get started properly.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

 

Sep 06, 2021
Just Grow it The podcast Featuring Eric Holsten @smartpots
16:59

Just Grow It Featuring Eric Holsten @smartpots

In 1980 a tree farmer had the idea to sew together containers from fabric. He hoped to make his trees easier to harvest. Little did he know he had just started a whole new way to grow trees and plants of all kinds. These fabric pots would later become known as Smart Pots and a revolution to the growing industry.

Want to learn more?  Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

Aug 26, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Derek Haynes @thechocolatebotanist
01:08:17

From the time he was a child, Derek Haynes always had a “ thing “ for plants.  This love and passion for plants led him to NC State, where he studied and became a botanist.  As a “planty” person, Derek always wanted to share his love and passion for plants with the world.  He started sharing this passion by working in community gardens and realized he could do more. This realization led him to create, @thechocolotebotanist aka @thecrazybotanist.  An online personality has allowed him to use his creativity to share his passion for the plant world.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

Aug 20, 2021
Just Grow it Featuring@ellenmarygardening
01:06:38

“Follow your passion because you never know where it can take you.”  These words are especially true from Ellen Mary, better known as Ellen Mary gardening.  An author, cohost of a number 1 podcast in the UK, radio host, and tv personality.  From the home of Colman’s mustard, Mary Ellen has built a gardening empire, all from being a self-proclaimed plant addict who followed her passion.  I love the term, self-proclaimed plant addict, by the way.  I think everyone who goes down the gardening path and stays with it eventually becomes a plant addict on some level.  Inspired to begin gardening from her experiences as a youth in her parents and other family members kitchen gardens, Ellen Mary is an example of what happens when you go all-in.

Want to learn more?  Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

Aug 05, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Resh Gala @reshgala
48:31

“Grow your own food and live your best life.”  This is the motto of Resh Gala, a self-taught gardener.  Residing in New Jersey and gardening in zone 6b, Resh began gardening with two tomato plants from a big box store. Early in her gardening journey, Resh learned the health of your plants depends on the soil in your garden.  Resh’s love for gardening led her to create Hundred Tomatoes, a  gardening company that focuses on creating unique, organic kitchen gardens.  For tips on growing in small spaces, gardening knowledge and motivation, and pictures of breathtaking gardens, make sure to follow @reshgala on Instagram.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

 

In this episode, we talk about:

  1. How Resh got started gardening
  2. The journey of Hundred tomatoes
  3. Why she says containers are your friends
  4. Her thoughts on the Instagram gardening community
  5. Tips for small space and new gardeners
Jul 10, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Christa Barfield @farmerjawnphilly
46:35
Who would have thought that a trip to clear your mind could end up changing your life?  Or on second thought, maybe that’s what trips when you need an escape are supposed to be.  A way to open your eyes and mind to see and think differently about something new: that’s how it all started for Christa Barfield. After spending her entire career in the health care field, Christa decided she needed a change.  She took a trip to Martinique and was introduced to herbal teas, farming and gardening and found her calling. These experiences made her think about her hometown.  Do things like urban farming and organic local tea blends exist in Philadelphia?  Upon returning to the city, she quickly started @farmerjawn, a 100% organically dope way to address food insecurity in marginalized communities, and @vivaleaftea, a farm-to-cup experience with your wellness in mind. Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT   In this episode, we talk about: 1.Why Christa left the healthcare field 2.The adventure in Martinique 3.How she crafts some of her tea blends 4.Her idea to redefine corner stores 5.What is in the future for @farmerjawn
Jul 04, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Stephanie Baker @readygrowgardens
52:59
There is nothing more impactful than working with the youth. Now find a way to connect gardening to the youth, and you have something with the potential to be unique, but it takes the right person to make it work.  Stephanie Baker is the right person.  With a passion for gardening and teaching, Stephanie Baker started Ready to grow gardens.  A gardening program with an engaging curriculum that focuses on being an extension of the science classroom outside in the garden.  Can you imagine how the world would look if this type of program exited everywhere?  Well, Stephanie Baker is working on that idea, starting in Houston, TX. Want to learn more?  Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT
Jun 24, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Joshua Rosas @Farm_and_Forage
45:01
Have you heard of the term, Agrihood?  An Agrihood is a community or neighborhood that makes a farm and edible landscapes the focal points for residents.  With all the attention on eating locally, urban farming, and CSA programs, an agrihood is a combination and progression of these ideas.  Joshua Rosas is the lead farmer for the agrihood, Jordan Ranch, just outside of Katy, TX in Brookshire, Tx.  Farming on 1.5 acres, Joshua and one assistant can maintain this market garden.  Besides providing farm-fresh produce to the residents, Joshua also sells their produce to local restaurants.  Can you believe that Joshuas has only been farming for a few years?
Jun 12, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Rick Carr @rodaleinstitute
50:05

Who would have known that a phrase on a hat could impact someone's life so much?  While in college, Rick Carr was working on a project with a friend.  The friend was wearing a hat that read " Master Composter."  Intrigued by the title, Rick Carr got the information behind the hat and began his journey to become a master composter. Now Rick Carr is the Farm Director and master composter for the Rodale Institute.  

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to growing the organic movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and consumer education. Widely recognized as a founder of the modern organic movement, Rodale Institute has been a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years.

Jun 05, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Rebecca Verm @sownandgrownwithlove @sownandgrownwithmicrobes
50:07

Sometimes you have to follow your gut instincts. I genuinely believe that if you follow your instincts, they won’t let you down. Rebecca Verm from LBJ community farm did just that. She had some experience related to gardening and farming from her grandparents’,  but it wasn’t until she decided to skip law school to travel to South America and farm that she found her true calling. And her true calling was to be a biodiverse, permaculture practicing farmer. Learn more about Rebecca Verm’s farming adventure and how she ended up as the lead farmer at LBJ community farms in Northeast Houston, Tx. 

May 01, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring @Veggiepromo
01:11:39

Have you ever watched a documentary and all of a sudden become inspired to take action?  Well, a documentary about food deserts had that effect on Jerry Curry.  He decided to pivot from his career in the music industry into the urban farming world.  What started in Richmond, Virginia, as an urban backyard farm, has grown into @annslovingacres,  a homestead located in Hume, Va.  Here they focus on sustainable and regenerative natural farming.  Listen to learn more about the edible activist @veggiepromo.

Apr 17, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Ben Page @Benpagedc
52:56

Dr. Ben Page is a chiropractor.  An author of two books,  Playing in the dirt and The four pillars of health.  With his patients, Dr. Page spreads the importance of consuming nutrient-dense food.  Dr. Page’s practice has taken him worldwide, which has allowed him to grow in various climates.  From Utah to Iowa, Las Vegas, and even Argentina, one thing that has remained, regardless of his location, is his love for gardening. 

Apr 08, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Jeremy McGinty @Homegrownbuc
45:25

Jeremy McGinty started farming in 2007.  By 2017 His gardening and farming was booming.  He had neighbors and friends inquiring about purchasing his produce.  This sparked an idea in his head, "Why can't I be the Uber eats of fresh produce for my area in Arizona?" This was the birth of AZ grown at home.  He decided to grow and share his produce with others and an online produce delivery service, dropping off fresh, local, and organic produce.  Now, @homegrownbuc does not grow everything that is for sale. He has partnered with other local Arizona farmers and gardeners to offer his services to the masses.  Come learn more about Jeremy. The man behind  @homegrownbuc

Apr 01, 2021
Just Grow It Featuring Kyle Stenersen @Humblerootsfarm
01:09:58

Kyle Stenersen and his wife founded Humble roots farm over 13 years ago.  Located in North Carolina, Humble roots farm philosophy is that farming starts beneath the soil. Once I read that, I knew that I had to have a conversation with him.    Before starting Humble roots farm, Kyle spent two years farming and learning the industry at Sunset farms.  Now at Humble Roots, they produce pasture-raised eggs, pasture-raised poultry, pork and turkeys, seasonal produce, fresh-cut flowers, and even hemp.   But it doesn’t stop there. Kyle offers classes on how to get started with organic gardening and even sells plant starts from his website!  Come learn about how he got started and some of his agricultural beliefs

Mar 26, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Marco Thomas @Marco_is_growing
46:56

I am not one to be much of a fanboy, but Marco is one reason I wanted to start a podcast.  I had so many questions and didn’t want to keep sliding in his DMs every other day.  I loved his growing style.  It reminded me of a good friend I used to watch make his inputs in northern California a decade ago.  Marco is a walking wealth of information for everything natural farming-related.  Have you ever asked yourself what is more organic than organic?  Well, the answer is natural farming.  If you are unaware of what natural farming is, come a take a listen to this episode. 

Mar 18, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Nelson ZePequeno @blackmenwithgardens
56:05

How can you become something that you have never seen or never been exposed to?  @Blackmenwithgardens is helping to change the narrative associated with minorities and gardening.  Creating a safe space to help show minorities something other than the narrative then the agenda pushed and marketed towards them.  A man of many talents, I could have talked to Nelson for hours.  It felt as if we had been friends since kids.  Learn more about @blackmenwithgardens and the amazingly creative mind behind the page, Nelson ZePequeno.

Mar 13, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Jasmine Jefferson @blackgirlswithgardens
42:04

When you first decide to get into gardening, the information can seem overwhelming.  That is one reason why Jasmine started @blackgirlswithgardens to be an information hub for the BIPOC community.  Representation is important, and I think in the gardening space, this was previously overlooked. @Blackgirlswithgardens has grown into a fantastic platform. Come find out how Jasmine got started with BGWG and gardening in general.

Mar 06, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Chaz Daughtry @sweetwaterfarmshtx @Soulfitgrill
48:18

Sweetwater Farms is a 6-acre urban farm on the northside of Houston, TX.   Come learn about Chaz Daughtry, aka Farmer Chaz, the owner, and operator.  

Feb 25, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Ken Sparks @Farmerken
51:44

Come learn about @Farmerken—how he got started, where his passion for community gardens originates from, and also about the products and services he offers. 

Feb 12, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Ivy Walls @Ivyleaffarms
35:38

Ivy Walls is the owner and operator of Ivy Leaf Farms in Sunnyside, Houston, Texas. A community-based farm, @Ivyleaffarms grows fruits and vegetables not to meet the demand of individual restaurants and stores but to become the sustainable source of healthy and organic food that would benefit the entire community.

Feb 04, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring Jeremy Peaches
57:02

Start Small and Grow Big! Jeremy Peaches is an agriculturist based in Houston, Texas. Founder and CEO of Fresh Life Organic FLO, a farmer and very passionate about animals as well. He is an advocate of sustainable agriculture practices. It hasn’t been an easy road to be an agriculture consultant while being a farmer, especially when you don’t have the land or the working capital.  Envisioned to making Houston as the epicenter of urban agriculture. Thus, it takes a lot of grit, being resilient, and faith.

In this episode, we talk about:

  1. Various sustainable agriculture practices
  2. How people growing new varieties of plants in their backyards affect the farmers
  3. The power of aquaponics and hydroponics
  4. Jeremy’s favorite and least favorite plants to grow
  5. Urban farming movement and how the agriculture district can be established to help promote home gardening
  6. Farming awareness brought about by different events that occurred throughout history.
  7. The need for more farmers and gardeners rather than more politicians
Jan 28, 2021
Just Grow It: Featuring D.O.P.E
01:20:21

Welcome to Just Grow It: The podcast.  

 

In today's episode, we are having a candid conversation with Geoffrey Johnson, the founder of the social media platform Depend on Planet Earth, aka D.O.P.E.

Jan 17, 2021