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Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration.

Bloom and Grow Radio Maria Failla- Plant Lady and Host of Bloom and Grow Radio

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Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration.

    Designing and Revitalizing a Garden in a New Home

    Designing and Revitalizing a Garden in a New Home

    2020 had us all looking at our homes and asking ourselves if our current lifestyles were truly working for us or if it was time for a change. Billy and I desired more space, more nature, and a new opportunity to grow, which is why we moved upstate. An interesting question rose up when we moved and stared at our new surroundings and new gardening zone with a bit of overwhelm: now what? I've heard this question from so many members of our community who also made a big move, purchased a new home, and are looking at their new landscapes with wide eyes and lots of questions.
    In this episode, I invited Stephen Orr, editor of one of my favorite magazines and a gardener going through this process himself, to join me for a conversation about his journey to rejuvenating and experimenting with his new garden, or gardens, in his new home in Cape Cod. Can't wait to learn with you!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!
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    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[00:00:57] Introducing Stephen[00:05:20] Why Maria is obsessed with Better Homes and Gardens[00:06:30] How Stephen’s parents influenced him to be a plant person[00:09:42] Popular houseplants in the 70s according to Stephen’s mom’s collection[00:15:16] Why it’s important to identify the soil type in your garden[00:17:35] Animal pressure and other factors to consider when looking for a new home with a garden[00:20:01] How to prepare your new garden for the seasons[00:22:13] Know which plants work best for your garden through your neighborhood[00:23:44] How to preserve old gardens and rejuvenate lilacs[00:25:27] Things to keep in mind when moving into a house with history[00:27:03] Where to get efficient and stylish grow lights for your home[00:28:21] How to have garlic all year round[00:29:54] How to transform a sandy area into a gravel garden[00:32:07] The best plants for seaside gardens[00:32:58] How to train plants to thrive in difficult conditions[00:35:51] Conducting your own garden research[00:37:06] Where to begin when starting a new garden in a new home[00:38:44] Common mistakes new homeowners make with their garden[00:39:41] How to avoid new home overwhelm[00:41:29] Stephen’s garden experiments: raised beds and a mini meadow[00:46:01] How to do seed sowing successfully[00:48:33] Checking your soil on your first year gardening[00:50:10] How to rejuvenate your flowering plants[00:52:33] What NOT to do on your first gardening year[00:53:47] Stephen’s recommended culinary herbs to plant in your garden[01:00:46] Stephen shares a nice little note about being Better Homes and Gardens editor[01:04:00] Maria’s BIG news!Mentioned in our conversation:The Dry Gardening Handbook : Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate, book by Olivier FilippiPlanting Design for Dry Gardens, book by Olivier FilippiThe Dry Garden, book by Beth ChattoThe New American Herbal, by Stephen OrrTomorrow's Garden, by Stephen OrrBetter Homes and Gardens Magazine
    Thank you to our episode sponsors:SolTech SolutionsSoltech Solutions recently launched the Greenfi bundle with their new Vita LED Grow Bulb: a bulb that screws into any light fixture. Greenfit your home and get four Vita Grow Light Bulbs for the price of 3, no coupon code necessary! Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up to 20% off!
    Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the ri

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Plant Parent Confessions with Members of the Garden Party Platform

    Plant Parent Confessions with Members of the Garden Party Platform

    Honestly, I've been feeling so overwhelmed and uninterested in curating my thoughts and feelings about plants and plant parenthood. It’s been a hell of a year and although I’m all about keeping it positive, I’m also all about keeping it real. And lately, social media has made it hard to share authentically. That's why when Christy, a Garden Party founding member, started this plant parent confessional in the Garden Party platform, members had space to post about things they do that wouldn’t pass the Instagram cut: plant fails and “bad” plant parent practices. So, this episode is community-based, from Garden Party members who called in and submitted their confessionals. I'm sharing them with you in hopes to just normalize the messiness of plant parenthood and tell you that no matter where you are on your plant parent journey, you’re welcome here :)
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!
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    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[01:39] What inspired Maria to have a confessional episode[04:28] Meet Christy, one of Garden Party’s Founding Plant Friends[05:23] Plant care confessions: fertilizing, repotting, disinfecting tools, and more[07:29] How imperfections are the best learning opportunities in plant parenthood[08:14] A Tradescantia zebrina "Purple Tinge" confession[09:59] Why we should normalize falling out of love with our plants[10:51] A confession about cuttings and propagation[12:33] Repotting in the fall and winter, does that make you a bad plant parent?[14:04] Where to get the best indoor and outdoor gardening products[15:40] The best seed provider for year-round harvest![17:03] A frugal plant parent confession[18:09] When you give good plant parent advice— that you don’t do yourself![19:56] Do you isolate your new plants when you bring them home?[22:12] When Maria caught Billy in a cute plant parent moment[23:22] A plant parent’s ‘lazy approach’[24:44] The pressures of Instagram and color editing your plants[26:12] How social media can affect the way we perceive our plants and our own plant journey[28:21] Maria’s reminder: take care of yourself, plant friend![29:28] Maria’s confessions[31:24] The plant parent practice that helped Maria regain her plant parent confidence and joy[33:41] Plant parenthood is messy! That’s how it’s supposed to be, and you are not alone[34:40] Exciting news for the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast!Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.
    Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.
    Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Pl

    • 38 min
    Culinary Medicine from Our Gardens

    Culinary Medicine from Our Gardens

    Not only is growing your own food a fabulous hobby and a way to reconnect with the food chain, the earth, and yourself, it’s also a way to serve our bodies in a deeper way by feeding them with fresh, organic produce. Not to mention, a freshly picked cherry tomato or piece of lettuce tastes infinitely more delicious than a store-bought one. I’ve really enjoyed diving deep into gardening through the My First Garden Series on this podcast, and as a way to celebrate all our hard work, I've invited someone to help us make the best out of our harvest! Dr. John la Puma is a trained chef and doctor who has committed his life to culinary medicine and eco medicine. In this episode, we talk about the nutritional value of the foods we are growing, and some fun ways to prepare our harvest (we are both Italian-American and have lots of fun recipes we riff on throughout the episode!). Let's get cooking!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!
    Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!
    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[00:05:55] Maria shares her ‘fresh from the garden’ dinner of kohlrabi![00:07:24] Dr. John’s favorite kohlrabi recipe[00:09:25] How Dr. John became a culinary medicine chef and how his farming journey began[00:10:57] What is eco medicine? How can we apply this concept to our daily lives?[00:15:09] Why gardening is the gateway to reconnecting with nature[00:17:45] How umbellifers like carrots and fennels enable you to use less fertilizer in the garden[00:19:27] How the pleasure of eating can help you eat and become healthier[00:21:06] What does a more vibrant color of a fruit or vegetable mean for nutrition?[00:22:35] How to bring out the lycopene in your tomatoes (it’s good for the heart!)[00:27:00] The beneficial differences between cooking with fresh herbs versus with dried herbs[00:28:31] How to grow turmeric, its health benefits, and the best ways to use it in cooking[00:30:13] Dr. John’s fun kumquat alcohol recipe![00:31:33] The best way to keep animals from your garden[00:33:23] How to help your plants grow with lights[00:35:40] Dr. John’s gentle reminder about store-bought vs organic and home-grown food[00:37:02] How to grow and how to use Mexican oregano in your dishes[00:39:35] Maria’s favorite plant to grow and how she uses it in the kitchen[00:39:57] The health benefits of alliums, the different kinds you can grow, and the best ways to cook with them[00:43:10] Dr. John’s recommended ways to eat lightly cooked onions[00:44:31] What is the best way to eat alliums like onions and leeks raw?[00:46:34] Why cruciferous vegetables like arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are good for your liver[00:48:03] Cooking tricks to get the most nutritional benefits from your arugula and other cruciferous veggies[00:49:35] Using arugula and other ways to elevate your pesto![00:51:08] How to cook with sweet potatoes and sweet potato leaves, and keep them growing in your garden[00:53:22] Should you keep the skins on your vegetables?[00:55:30] Dr. John shares one of his inspirations when it comes to cooking[00:56:58] What is 'comfort nature' and how does it help us regain our connection to ourselves and with nature?[00:59:24] How to be in your 'comfort nature' without leaving the house[01:01:56] Help Maria win her TikTok war with Dr. John - LOL!Mentioned resources in this episode:ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine by John la Puma, M.D.Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes in The GuardianWhat is Your Comfort Nature Place? QuizThank you to our episode sponsors:DeerBustersIf you’ve got wildlife looking at your veggie garden, DeerBusters is here to help! DeerBusters strives to protect t

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Plant Care Routines: The Plant Friend Hang Series

    Plant Care Routines: The Plant Friend Hang Series

    Plant Routines: the crucial part of every plant parent's plant care practice that ensures that our plants (and our minds) are happy and healthy. Going from plant killer to plant lady, I found that I became as attached to my plant care routine, as I was to my plants. The act of disconnecting with a screen to reconnect with these plants and nature, is also a way to clear space to reconnect with yourself. I have learned that a plant care routine practice is so much deeper than just a soil moisture check: they let us check in with our plants, and more importantly, with ourselves. Plant care is truly self care. Everyone’s plant care routines are different, like unique snowflakes, so I brought together a fantastic group of plant friends to have a new format of podcast episode call the "Plant Friend Hang" to dive deeper on this topic. Come and meet them!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party!Join us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!
    Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!
    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
     
    In this episode we learn:[00:02:36] Maria’s personal and podcast updates![00:05:49] Who is Kamili, how her plant parent journey began, and why she won’t say her plant number![00:07:41] A little fun discussion about Hoya and their recent popularity as houseplants[00:10:17] Paul’s plant parent background, his current collection, and why he recommends pothos for everyone[00:13:35] How Tiffany became @plantmamah, how plants helped her recover from a brain injury, and why she is obsessed with Hoya[00:18:20] What’s the weirdest thing you do with your plants?[00:27:04] What does your plant care routine look like on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis?[00:35:21] Where to get the best indoor and outdoor gardening products (and plant-specific tones!)[00:37:06] The best options for all your plants’ lighting needs[00:38:24] Why you should bring your plants outside during summer[00:40:48] Maria shares how she realized that her self-care and mental well-being are connected to her plant care[00:43:46] How has your plant care evolved through time? Have you noticed personal shifts as your plant care routine changes with your collection?[00:45:45] Why killing a plant should not make you feel ashamed and guilty[00:49:00] What is your most favorite and least favorite plant chore?[00:53:17] Paul shares his mad scientist soil mix equation![00:56:42] How the Plant Friends stay organized with their plant collection - is it a good idea to try plant apps?[01:02:51] What does your plant care routine mean to you and why is it important?[01:09:44] Maria reflects on the Plant Friend hang panel and why #MentalHealthMattersThank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.
    Soltech SolutionsWhether it's simply getting your plants through a lower light environment or you’ve just got too many plants but too few windows, and you need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing, Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting options for you! Save up to $100 with no coupon necessary. Head over to soltechsolutions.com and check out their bundles of lights and lighting accessories for up 20% off!
    Follow the Plant Friend Hang Gang:Kamili: Instagram | Website | Email
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How to Root Bare Nodes or "Wet Sticks"

    How to Root Bare Nodes or "Wet Sticks"

    The first time I heard about wet stick propagation, I had no idea it even existed! That's why when I got an offer from a listener, Joey (@joey_de_la_plants), for a variegated Monstera 'Albo' wetstick (and I knew I wanted that plant but I had no idea what “wetstick” meant), I went down a research rabbit hole to know more about the process of rooting it. For the last 5 months, my node has not only rooted, but started growing!. So when I connected with Payton from Bloom Daddy Plants—who actively uses this method all the time to run his shop—I knew we had a super fun episode on our hands. And boy, did we go overboard with the cross-platform collaboration surrounding this episode! Tune in to learn all about node propagation, and join the Philodendron "Pink Princess" Wetstick Giveaway on Instagramfor the chance to win your own Philodendron 'Pink Princess' wet stick to try this method yourself!!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden PartyJoin us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!
    Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!
    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[03:35] What to expect in this cross-platform episode (and where to find them!)[04:51] How to get your own Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ wet stick![07:17] Who is Payton, how his journey as a plant parent began, and how Bloom Daddy came to be[10:05] Should we refer to plants as ‘rare’?[13:00] Breaking the myth surrounding node propagation[14:15] What is a ‘wet stick’? Its many other names and how to identify a node[18:00] Why node propagation is used in nurseries[19:33] 4 things you need for node propagation[20:53] The ideal humidity level for your nodes (and cheaper alternatives for humidity chambers!)[24:37] Where to cut a node from and how to do it[25:50] Where to get the best garlic varieties for your year-round garden[27:14] How to protect your greens and veggies from wildlife[29:08] At what angle should you cut a node?[29:54] When do you put the node in a prop box?[30:43] Why you should let your node callus over[31:02] How to activate your node (and make it happy!)[32:48] Differentiating levels of moisture, and what the best moisture level is for your node[35:23] How much space should you leave between your node and your prop box?[37:17] The ideal light situation for your node prop box[40:06] Transitioning your node after it establishes roots[45:00] Maria shares where her curiosity took her recent peperomia propagation[47:00] How to join the Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ wet stick giveawayMentioned in our conversation:Payton’s YouTube video on different Sphagnum moss moisture levelsPhilodendron 'Pink Princess' Wetstick Giveaway happening on the @bloomandgrowradio IG account
    Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your first order.
    DeerBustersIf you’ve got wildlife looking at your veggie garden, DeerBusters is here to help! DeerBusters strives to protect the gardens of companies and individuals through high-quality, easy-to-install, wildlife fencing kits that come in several different materials and sizes. No fancy hardware needed. Visit deerbuster.com today to protect your plan

    • 55 min
    Flower Power: How to Grow Cut Flowers All Season Long (for Beginners)

    Flower Power: How to Grow Cut Flowers All Season Long (for Beginners)

    When I first got into gardening, I got very fixated on the food I could grow for myself, but what I’m realizing is growing flowers can be as appealing as growing food — and flowers, being the pollinator magnets they are, are crucial to a healthy garden and a healthy mind. I’ve been so curious about cut flower gardening and connected with this episode's guest on Clubhouse, and started picking her brain about what cut flowers I should try as an ultra beginner. Brooklyn's passion for plants, her sensitivity, and her knowledge are things I've been wanting to share with this community! We also share heartwarming stories about our mothers and the lessons they taught us. I hope this episode brings you joy, just like flowers do!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden PartyJoin us in the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet: our private community platform and app with dedicated conversation topics, quarterly meet ups, regional groups and the ability to find plant friends near you and so much more!
    Join the Garden Party and become a Plant Friend!
    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
     
    In this episode we learn:[00:02:23] Maria’s garden update[00:05:40] Who is Brooklyn and how she became a flower farmer[00:08:31] Why everyone should have flowers in their garden[00:09:15] Brooklyn shares the personal connection she feels when growing flowers[00:12:08] Things to consider before growing flowers in your garden[00:14:06] The best flowers to grow for beginners: sunflowers, zinnias, strawflowers, and more[00:17:05] A quick recap on annuals vs perennials[00:18:32] The best perennial flowers to grow for blooms year after year[00:21:22] How to plan your flower garden so you have blooms all year long[00:25:48] Brooklyn’s favorite ‘cut and come again’ flowers[00:27:16] How to make the best soil mix for your flowers[00:29:30] When to use fertilizers on your flowers[00:31:04] Where to get the best potting mix, compost and fertilizer for your garden[00:32:41] Where to order your garlic for this season[00:35:03] Why you want to fertilize your flowers (and some signs that they need it!)[00:36:12] Determining how much light your flowers need[00:37:30] Maria shares her experience with her first garden and reading seed packets[00:41:17] How to transplant your flowers and harden them off[00:44:27] How to pinch flowers, what is it for, and when you should do it[00:48:04] What should you do with your flower’s first bud?[00:48:25] What is deadheading and how to do it properly[00:51:03] Brooklyn’s growing tips for peonies[00:52:43] How to grow flowers from corms and bulbs[00:57:33] Brooklyn’s top five favorite flowers (and greens) to grow[00:59:34] A little heartwarming story about Mama Failla and her garden gifts[01:03:22] Maria shares her newfound interest and joy in flower gardeningThank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my Amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.
    Territorial Seed CompanyTerritorial Seed Co provides high-quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75-acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! Most of us think of the gardening season as spring and summer, but with the right timing and varieties for your location, you can grow year-round! Territorial Seed Company carries lots of varieties to start in summer and harvest in late fall, winter, and even over winter. For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how-to videos and more, visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off on your

    • 1 hr 7 min

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656 Ratings

656 Ratings

ASobering ,

Such a wealth of knowledge! 🪴

This is without a doubt one of the best indoor gardening podcasts out there! Maria does such a great job of sharing her wisdom and I love how she leads meaningful conversations with guests who bring so much experience to the table. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!

Erin0223 ,

Love it

One of my main podcasts I listen to. Super positive and energetic. Always inspired!

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Loving it

I just listed to Episode #29 on Indoor Citrus with Migardener, and since I am a new owner to a Citrus, and it is currently outside, but will be having to come into my house with grow lights, or in window sill, I was able to get some great information, on how to transition it into the house.
Awaiting to get my password, so hope to be going the Garden Club and Facebook Group soon.
Keep on doing these great Podcasts.

Jeannette

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