163 episodes

The Grow Guide is Canada's #1 gardening podcast co-hosted by rookie grower, Maggie Wysocki and master grower, Dave Hanson. Listen in to honest conversations about seasonal gardening topics, including the trials, tribulations and successes of growing in climates where it can feel...kind of impossible.

Join the community of fellow Grow Guiders in our Facebook group. Have an idea for a guest or upcoming episode topic? Send us an email — thegrowguidepod@gmail.com

The Grow Guide The Grow Guide

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 296 Ratings

The Grow Guide is Canada's #1 gardening podcast co-hosted by rookie grower, Maggie Wysocki and master grower, Dave Hanson. Listen in to honest conversations about seasonal gardening topics, including the trials, tribulations and successes of growing in climates where it can feel...kind of impossible.

Join the community of fellow Grow Guiders in our Facebook group. Have an idea for a guest or upcoming episode topic? Send us an email — thegrowguidepod@gmail.com

    We’re Moving To Patreon (!) + Maggie & Dave Life Updates + What’s Trending In Gardening

    We’re Moving To Patreon (!) + Maggie & Dave Life Updates + What’s Trending In Gardening

    Hi Grow Guiders, we’re back at last and have missed you dearly! 
    To subscribe to our next full-length episode head over to our new Patreon page linked here. The first 100 subscribers will be sent a free pack of organic seeds.
    You can find the full episode show notes with time stamps on topics discussed here on our website 
    To keep up with Dave and his business, head over to the Sage Garden Greenhouses website linked here.
    To keep up with Maggie and her blog, head over to the From Soil to Soul website linked here.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Honouring Earth Day, with Melanie Mercier

    Honouring Earth Day, with Melanie Mercier

    With Maggie's baby due date literally days away, this is the last episode of our official spring season... and we've packed this week's pod full of awesome Earth-honouring gardening info! First up, we get a glimpse under the mulch in Dave and Maggie's gardens after our start-and-stop spring. Then we get to hear about a little season-extending experiment in Maggie's greenhouse and a mini potato planting tutorial from Dave, as part of our favourite things segment. Our listener question of the week addresses timing when it comes to transplanting community-sown seedlings, a topic that a number of people have been asking about. Then, our guest Melanie Mercier from Araucaria Gardening Services shares a deep dive into how she tackles transforming manicured urban lawns into flourishing gardens that are not only gorgeous but specifically designed to host and support the diverse organisms that make up a healthy ecosystem. 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Gardening on a Budget

    Gardening on a Budget

    Gardening can be a big investment of both time and money, so this week Dave and Maggie brainstorm practical ideas to extend the gardening budget, while also making planting simpler and easier-care. Before the thrift-minded back and forth, your hosts note what they see in their zone 3 gardens now that the snow has melted, Maggie gets real about the imminent arrival of her baby and we learn about when to pull back mulch as Dave and Maggie answer this week’s listener question. 

    • 59 min
    Growing Backyard Grains, with Dan and Fran DeRuyck

    Growing Backyard Grains, with Dan and Fran DeRuyck

    Ever wonder if you could grow grains in your home garden? This week we are joined by certified organic grain farmers Dan and Fran DeRuyck who walk us through the many questions that come up as we contemplate a world full of backyard micro-farms. The conversation takes us to many interesting places, with lessons on cover cropping, the value of regionally adapted seeds and heirlooms, companion planting, the strengths of an organic approach and ultimately the challenge of yields and processing of grains.  

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Planning Your Best Garden Yet with Sharon Murphy

    Planning Your Best Garden Yet with Sharon Murphy

    For gardeners in northern climates, April is the in-betweener month: not quite time to get into the outdoor dirt, but it feels so close! Our guest today is Alberta-based garden coach Sharon Murphy, who is here to help us take advantage of this final opportunity to plan and prepare for our best gardens yet. Sharon has “chlorophyll” in her blood, having grown up in a family greenhouse business and then later operated a cut flower farm on a tropical island. Needless to say, she is a fearless garden problem solver and here to share a wide range of tips with Grow Guide listeners. 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Growing Exotic Fruits in Cold Climates with Annette Clarke

    Growing Exotic Fruits in Cold Climates with Annette Clarke

    With colder weather hanging on in Manitoba, it feels all the more compelling to dream about the incredible range of edible plants that can be grown across Canada. Our guest, Annette Clarke, from Exotic Fruit Nursery in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, takes us on a virtual field trip to her farm and greenhouse where we learn about remarkable fruits and how we can grow them in colder zones. Some of the topics covered include Chocolate Vines, Blue Sausage Fruit, Persimmons, Mulberries and Pawpaw!

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
296 Ratings

296 Ratings

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Life happens, baby, Covid, unexpected personal things…but where are you? Nothing for a year. Hope all is well. Take care. Grateful for the work you’ve done. Relisten often

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Wow - I am new to gardening - and I am learning so much from your show! Love that it is Canadian and you’re sharing things that work in our climate and products we can buy that are available here. You’ve got a new fan! 🙌🇨🇦

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