69 episodes

This is the place to learn to grow! Grow your garden, grow your relationship with food, grow your community. No matter where you live there is empowerment in self-reliance. Everyone should know what it means to look down on their plate and see even one thing they grew themselves. This gardening podcast aims to help you have fresh, nutritious food within your reach, regardless of the size of your growing space.

We dig deep into all things gardening and talk specifics about individual crops and cover topics ranging from food insecurity to homesteading and everything in between.

Just Grow Something Karin Velez

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

This is the place to learn to grow! Grow your garden, grow your relationship with food, grow your community. No matter where you live there is empowerment in self-reliance. Everyone should know what it means to look down on their plate and see even one thing they grew themselves. This gardening podcast aims to help you have fresh, nutritious food within your reach, regardless of the size of your growing space.

We dig deep into all things gardening and talk specifics about individual crops and cover topics ranging from food insecurity to homesteading and everything in between.

    Ep. 69 - What is a CSA? And how is it different from a subscription service?

    Ep. 69 - What is a CSA? And how is it different from a subscription service?

    Way back in episode one, the introduction episode, I briefly mentioned that my love of gardening, and my naivety of how easy it was, was partly responsible for the beginnings of our farming adventures. During that episode I mentioned we started selling to the public through a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture program. I also mentioned I would eventually do an entire episode on what that is and, well, here we are 68 episodes later and I’m finally getting there!

    So, what is a CSA? How is it different from a subscription box shipped to you from a company you found online or that found you through some data tracking algorithm? And why is a CSA a great way to support your local food system? We’re digging into all that and more on today’s episode.

    Just Grow Something Gardening Friends Facebook Group

    Check out how you can become a patron on Patreon



    Episode One – The Introduction

    The History of Community Supported Agriculture

    The Untold History of CSA

    LocalHarvest.org


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/justgrowsomething/message

    • 18 min
    Ep. 68 - Invasive Plant Species in the Garden, Plus Five Plants to Avoid in Your Landscape

    Ep. 68 - Invasive Plant Species in the Garden, Plus Five Plants to Avoid in Your Landscape

    As we start thinking about our gardens for next season, we may not just be looking at fruits and veggies and herbs. Many of us like to plant our landscape and the areas surrounding our vegetable gardens with plants that are beautiful to look at. Maybe they’re for cutting flowers and bringing into the house or maybe they’re just for some added color and beauty while we spend our time outside. It may also be for curb appeal.

    Unfortunately, there are many species that get planted that are considered invasive in areas. No matter where you are, it’s likely that your region has plants that were introduced from another continent or even another area of your country that have escaped cultivation and gone on to propagate almost uncontrolled in the wild. We regard these plants as invasive species and today I’m going to dig in to what defines an invasive plant species, why they are a problem, and what we can do to prevent the spread of them. Then, I’ll talk about five of the most popular ones here in North America that are STILL being sold at nurseries and what alternatives you can choose to plant instead.

    Just Grow Something Gardening Friends Facebook Group

    Check out how you can become a patron on Patreon

    Bradford Pear fact sheet – Clemson Univ. Extension

    Invasive Plants – National Park Service

    Invasive Plants – U.S. Forest Service

    12 Common Invasive Plants

    Native American National Day of Mourning – Live Stream


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/justgrowsomething/message

    • 21 min
    Ep. 67 - When and How to Plant Your Garlic, Plus Tips for Warmer Climates

    Ep. 67 - When and How to Plant Your Garlic, Plus Tips for Warmer Climates

    It’s that time of year! This evening I will be binge watching whatever show the Mean Farmer and I decide upon while maniacally separating clove after clove of garlic. We’re planting close to 15 pounds of garlic this year, a combination of both hard neck and soft neck varieties. Depending on the variety, that’s anywhere from 25 to 40 cloves per pound. Which all need to be separated from their heads to get ready to plant. So, we will be enjoying the smell of the stinking rose this evening while we partake of a few glasses of wine and some sci fi.

    Because of that, I thought it would be the perfect time to give you a little refresher on planting your own garlic. In most regions the timing is perfect and even if you think you’ve missed the window of opportunity in your area, you’d be surprised at how flexible garlic can be. We'll cover soil conditions and timing, plus I'll share some tips and tricks for those of you planting garlic in the Southern U.S. and other warm-weather climates. So, let’s dig in to when and how to plant your garlic!

    Just Grow Something Gardening Friends Facebook Group

    Check out how you can become a patron on Patreon

    Episode 40 – Growing Garlic

    Soil Temperature Maps

    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/justgrowsomething/message

    • 29 min
    Ep. 66 - Three Tasks You Should Not Skip to End the Gardening Season, plus one bonus task

    Ep. 66 - Three Tasks You Should Not Skip to End the Gardening Season, plus one bonus task

    The past few weeks we've talked about the fall garden and overwintering in the garden. Some of our gardens have already seen a hard freeze or snow, some a killing freeze but still have plants going strong, and some don't see a freeze at all but simply go dormant.

    This week we’re going to talk about the three things to do at the end of your garden season to get you off to the best start NEXT year. These things are going to help you better prevent and manage pests and disease in the garden as well as helping build a better soil microbiome to improve your yield. And, I’ll finish up with one more thing I do here that many home gardeners don’t realize they can and should be doing in their own spaces, weather it’s in ground or in beds. So, let’s dig in to my three tasks you should not skip at the end of your garden season. 

    Just Grow Something Gardening Friends Facebook Group

    Check out how you can become a patron on Patreon

    Positively Farming Media playlist

    Cover crop seeds:

    True Leaf Market

    Johnny’s Selected Seeds


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/justgrowsomething/message

    • 25 min
    Ep. 65 - Overwintering Plants Indoors: Production or Dormancy?

    Ep. 65 - Overwintering Plants Indoors: Production or Dormancy?

    We’ve talked about cloning plants by taking cuttings to save our favorite garden specimens over the winter while taking very little space. But, what about bringing plants in to overwinter in a dormant state or even keeping them productive?

    If you’ve got the space, there are several techniques for overwintering your most productive garden plants to either continue the bounty all winter long or to keep them alive and ready to go back outside in the spring to get a jump on the season and start producing all over again.

    Karin also has a challenge for you if you want to try this over the winter. Let’s dig in!

    Just Grow Something Gardening Friends Facebook Group

    Check out how you can become a patron on Patreon

    Winter Growing Tomatoes

    Overwintering Pepper Plants


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/justgrowsomething/message

    • 49 min
    Ep. 64 - Cloning Your Most Productive Garden Plants

    Ep. 64 - Cloning Your Most Productive Garden Plants

    So, we talked last week all about saving seeds from your best garden specimens to use in your garden next season. But, what about that big, beautiful, healthy plant that's just produced loads of veggies for you all season long? Don't you wish you could bring it inside and then bring it back out next year? Well, you can! And you can do it without taking up the entirety of your window space indoors and without having a greenhouse.

    The process of taking cuttings from a healthy, productive plant and propagating a new plant is called cloning and it's much easier than you think. You may have actually done it before by accident. So, let's figure out which plants are best for this type of propagation and talk about the different ways it can be done.

    Just Grow Something Gardening Friends Facebook Group

    Check out how you can become a patron on Patreon


    ---

    This episode is sponsored by
    · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/justgrowsomething/message

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Kkhvfdfdsfgvfdf ,

A friend in the garden

Karin has kept me company in my garden all season long with a wide range of topics that have helped me continue to grow my new love of gardening. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, wisdom, and humour with us all. - Katelyn @WildRoseFarmer

Top Podcasts In Leisure

You Might Also Like