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The Just Grow Something podcast is all about helping you become a better gardener! Whether you're a seasoned gardener or have never grown a thing in your life, this show aims to give you the knowledge you need to get the biggest and best harvest you can. We talk all about specific plants, insects, weeds, soil health, amendments and more. Along the way, we explore the food and agriculture issues that affect us all as gardeners and as eaters.

Tune in each week to plan, learn, and grow with your friend in the garden, Karin Velez.

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The Just Grow Something podcast is all about helping you become a better gardener! Whether you're a seasoned gardener or have never grown a thing in your life, this show aims to give you the knowledge you need to get the biggest and best harvest you can. We talk all about specific plants, insects, weeds, soil health, amendments and more. Along the way, we explore the food and agriculture issues that affect us all as gardeners and as eaters.

Tune in each week to plan, learn, and grow with your friend in the garden, Karin Velez.

    Ep. 74 - How to Time Your Spring Seed Starting

    Ep. 74 - How to Time Your Spring Seed Starting

    The start of the new year in the northern hemisphere often turns us toward thoughts of our garden already. Those seed catalogs start rolling in, the days slowly start to get a little bit longer, we start to get a little restless, but it really isn’t time to start those seeds just yet in most areas. This will depend on your growing zone, of course, and when your last spring frost date is, but it will also depend on what you’re planning to grow. So, this first episode of the new year I’m going to talk a little bit about some techniques you can use to determine when the best time is for you to start your spring seedlings, and how to time them accordingly. So, let’s dig in to how to perfectly time starting your seeds indoors.

    First and Last Frost Dates – Almanac.com

    Johnny’s Seed Planting Schedule

    Free Garden Planning Primer

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    • 27 min
    All About Broccoli (Replay of Episode 12)

    All About Broccoli (Replay of Episode 12)

    Hello my gardening friends. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year thus far. Right now, I am working on all kinds of new things for the second season of the Just Grow Something podcast along with some other projects all designed to help you get the most out of your garden in 2022. Because of this, I will be taking a few weeks off from recording new episodes and, instead, will be replaying a few of the most downloaded episodes from season one. Hopefully, these episodes will get you pumped up and imagining your dream garden even while we’re still in the throes of winter here in the northern hemisphere. And I will be back in no time at all with all new episodes and other goodies to help you be the best gardener you can be. So, enjoy this replay episode and I’ll talk to you again soon!

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    Nutritionally, broccoli is a powerhouse. Just 2.8 ounces or 80 grams of broccoli counts as a full serving because it’s so nutritionally dense. It’s low in calories (35 calories per serving) and carbohydrates and provides good levels of protein, fiber, and essential minerals. The entire plant is edible, including the leaves (use like kale or spinach), and all the parts contain the antioxidants and anticancer compounds.

    The majority of broccoli cultivars are cool-weather crops that do very poorly in hot weather. This, plus its nutrient requirements and pest issues, makes broccoli one of those crops folks have a difficult time growing. So, let's dig in to everything you would ever want to know about broccoli in the garden.

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    Resources:

    https://www.herbazest.com/herbs/broccoli

    http://www.stuartxchange.org/Broccoli

    https://www.almanac.com/plant/broccoli#

    https://firstsaturdaylime.com/

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/white-rust-disease.htm#:~:text=The%20secret%20to%20how%20to,the%20disease%20the%20following%20spring.

    https://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/disandpath/oomycete/introduction/Pages/IntroOomycetes.aspx#:~:text=The%20oomycetes%2C%20also%20known%20as,foliar%20blights%20and%20downy%20mildews.

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    • 41 min
    Seed and Plant Selection (Episode 6 replay)

    Seed and Plant Selection (Episode 6 replay)

    Hello my gardening friends. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year thus far. Right now, I am working on all kinds of new things for the second season of the Just Grow Something podcast along with some other projects all designed to help you get the most out of your garden in 2022. Because of this, I will be taking a few weeks off from recording new episodes and, instead, will be replaying a few of the most downloaded episodes from season one. Hopefully, these episodes will get you pumped up and imagining your dream garden even while we’re still in the throes of winter here in the northern hemisphere. And I will be back in no time at all with all new episodes and other goodies to help you be the best gardener you can be. So, enjoy this replay episode and I’ll talk to you again soon!

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    So, after listening to the first couple of episodes. let’s say you’ve figured out what types of plants you want to grow, how much space you’ll need to grow it, where you will grow it, whether that’s in ground, in raised beds, or in containers, and you’ve determined how many seeds or plants you’ll need.

    Time to pick out the varieties of seeds and plants you want to grow.  There is no shortage of places to get your seeds and plants and no end to the different varieties and cultivars of each.  Before you begin, it may be helpful to know some definitions. First, let’s tackle the differences in some plant terminology, specifically with regards to plant names, and then we’ll cover some other plant and seed definitions.

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    Baker Creek Heirloom: Heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.
    Botanical Interests: Heirloom seeds, some organic varieties.
    High Mowing Organic Seeds: Heirloom and hybrid seeds, all certified organic
    Johnny's Selected Seeds: Heirloom and hybrid seeds, some organic varieties
    Seed Savers Exchange: All heirloom seeds
    Seeds of Change: Heirloom and hybrid seeds and seedlings, all certified organic

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    • 28 min
    Ep. 73 – Soil Amendments to Add in Fall and Winter

    Ep. 73 – Soil Amendments to Add in Fall and Winter

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: testing your soil is the best way to find out what is lacking in your garden as far as nutrients are concerned and the earlier you test it, the better. Testing your soil in the off-season before spring rolls around gives you an earlier start toward correcting any deficiencies. Fall and winter are the best times to amend your soil with organic components because they will have a chance to break down into the soil and incorporate themselves so they are ready to be absorbed by your plants come spring. But the plethora of amendments available to the home gardener these days can be overwhelming. How do you know what to add, when to add it, and how much? I’m going to spend this episode talking about some of the most popular and easily accessible amendments you can use on your soil right now to give you a better harvest next season and talk about how to determine how much of it to use, based on your own garden circumstances. Ready? Let’s dig in.

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    • 28 min
    Ep. 72 - Garden Wins and Lessons

    Ep. 72 - Garden Wins and Lessons

    This episode let’s reflect a little bit on our gardens this past year. What went well? What didn’t? I refer to these as wins and lessons, not losses, because every activity in the garden is a learning experience. Some are just a little bit less pleasant than others. Even though they may not have been productive in the sense of producing a harvest, they will always be productive in the sense of bettering our future gardens and gardening experiences. Today I will happily review with you what went well in my gardens this year, follow up with the results of a few experiments we had going on out here, and talk a little about some of those more difficult lessons. Let’s dig in, shall we?

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    Episode 5 – Experimenting in the Garden

    Episode 65 – Overwintering Plants Indoors: Production or Dormancy?

    Johnny’s Seeds – Cegolaine, Rosaine, and Dragoon lettuces


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    • 23 min
    Ep. 71 - Modern-day Slavery on South Georgia Farms

    Ep. 71 - Modern-day Slavery on South Georgia Farms

    You’ll notice my tone is slightly different today and that’s due to the nature and seriousness of the topic I want to explore with you. Specifically, regarding the recently unsealed 54-count indictment against an organized crime syndicate in the southern U.S. relating to the horrible treatment of people they brought across the border to work on farms and who, subsequently were treated as slaves. If you saw my stories on Instagram this week you got to see my rant on this topic and, honestly, this story struck a real nerve with me, so I thought I would take the time to give it some attention here on the podcast.

    For those of you unaware of what I’m talking about, two dozen defendants have been indicted on federal conspiracy charges after a three-year investigation into a human smuggling and labor trafficking operation that brought workers from Mexico and Central America to work and live in brutal conditions on several South Georgia farms.

    Farm worker conditions is nothing new in the news. We’ve heard before of migrant workers who’ve come here illegally to work being subjected to horrible working conditions because there’s nobody to hold the employers accountable: long hours in scorching sun without breaks or enough water, no access to medical services, inability to get decent housing or a decent wage. The victims in these indictments suffered all that and more and what makes it worse is they were brought here legally, using a federal program that allows for temporary work visas for foreign agricultural workers on U.S. soil. But, no matter how they get here, the people who are responsible for harvesting much of what we eat here in this country are constantly facing brutal conditions and I want to take today’s episode to remind us all, including myself, what the unseen costs of our cheap food are and try to talk through what we can do about it.


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    • 26 min

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