• How to Water Your Houseplants: Everything You Need to Know About Watering

    Did you know that watering is one of the most common causes of houseplant death? You saw a gorgeous new plant baby from a store, and then you brought it home full of excitement and good intentions. In fact, you wanted to do your best, so you read the watering instructions in the packet and tried to follow them as closely as possible… And then tragedy happens. The once vibrant leaves start to wilt, turn yellow, or fall off entirely.

    It’s a rookie mistake! But I’m here to share my hard-earned watering technique so you can keep your plants happy (and your plant parent pride intact). We’ve all been there, plant friends.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [02:27] Why, when, and how of watering houseplants
    • [04:12] Why do our houseplants need water?
    • [06:04] How do houseplants absorb water?
    • [09:04] When should we water our houseplants?
    • [10:54] Frequency errors in watering
    • [15:00] How to determine soil moisture
    • [16:00] What is top watering?
    • [20:20] Grow your garden with the highest quality houseplants from Proven Winners leafjoy™
    • [21:52] What is bottom watering?
    • [24:08] What are self-watering pots?
    • [25:29] Why you shouldn’t use freezing water
    • [26:18] Knowing when your plant needs water by weight
    • [29:45] Why is drainage important in houseplant care?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For my foolproof watering tips,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsor:

    Proven Winners

    If you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!

    Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    34m - May 14, 2024
  • How to Use Nature to Improve Your Mindset

    How can you use plants to promote more mindful thinking? In this episode, I had the most amazing chat with my longtime plant friend Brittany Gowan (@brittanygowan). Brittany and I go way back to our NYC plant mom days when we used to have plant swaps and brunches together. It is pretty wild how plants can bring people together like that.

    Brittany is one of a kind—she blends her skills in psychology and coaching with her deep love of nature. On the show, we discussed how plants can reduce stress, foster compassion, and increase joy.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [03:06] Who is Brittany Gowan? (one of my OG plant friends!)
    • [06:16] Finding peace in a stressful job
    • [10:12] What are some ways that city people can connect with nature?
    • [12:59] Importance of noticing and appreciating “little things” in urban areas
    • [16:03] Celebrate special moments and create lasting memories with Wind River Chimes
    • [17:51] Discover fun, plant-filled projects that add joy to your life with '¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life' by Perla Sofía Curbelo Santiago
    • [19:07] How has our ability to focus changed in a multitasking-driven society?
    • [21:53] What are the metaphorical ways light/darkness can be interpreted?
    • [28:20] How to develop compassion through plant care
    • [30:09] Add a touch of spring to your home with Soltech's stylish grow lights
    • [33:42] Finding joy in unexpected, small moments
    • [39:32] How can plants and nature help with anxiety?
    • [43:38] Returning to the wild and reconnecting with our roots
    • [47:06] Meditation and mindfulness


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For Brittany's mindful tips on growing joy through nature,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Follow Brittany:

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    LinkedIn

    1-on-1 Coaching


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.

    Quarto: ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life by Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago

    Grab ¡Verdura! at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.combookshop.orgBarnes and Noble or amazon.com.

    Soltech Solutions

    Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15". 


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    52m - May 7, 2024
  • How to Care for A Lot of Plants (AKA Have a Large Plant Collection)

    If you have 250 plants in your home, what would you do? That seems like WAY too many plants to care for, right? But for Samantha Hermann, better known as @houseplusplant on Instagram, this is her second nature. She’s my newest plant friend, and I’m so excited to have a casual conversation with her on this episode (let me know if you want more episodes like this). Samantha has been successfully keeping that many plants alive and happy for years, and I’m sure it’s a lot of work. But she’s here to share her best tips for managing a large indoor plant collection without stressing out!


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [04:46] Meet Samantha, the houseplant expert with over 250+ plant babies
    • [05:37] What happened at the recent Tropical Plant International Expo?
    • [11:22] When did Samantha start collecting houseplants?
    • [15:09] Grow healthy plants in any corner of your home with Soltech’s stylish grow lights
    • [17:26] Make your houseplants happy with Espoma Organic's high-quality, premium potting mixes
    • [21:39] Why you should try new methods/species to avoid boredom and burnout
    • [25:30] How Samantha’s plant collection has evolved over the years
    • [30:51] What does Samantha’s research process look like for a plant? 
    • [32:30] Why is trial and error in plant care important?
    • [36:25] How does she take care of her plants every day?
    • [39:24] What is her approach to controlling pests?
    • [45:44] How does she care for her plants while she is away? (and smart home gadgets!)
    • [51:25] Tips for maximizing your plant space through styling and organization
    • [57:23] What are the challenges she faced having to take care of a large plant collection?
    • [01:03:03] Why you shouldn’t let plant care become a source of stress (dark side of plant care)
    • [01:03:59] Tips for moms on how to manage both children and plants
    • [01:08:35] Starting her Instagram plant account
    • [01:11:20] When did she realize that she wanted to be a full-time plant content creator?
    • [01:14:37] Where can you find Samantha on social media?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For Samantha's simplified plant care routine,

    check out the full show notes and blog here! 


    Follow Samantha:

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    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Soltech Solutions

    Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".

    Espoma Organic

    Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    1h 21m - Apr 30, 2024
  • Eco Anxiety

    Have you ever felt a sense of worry, fear, or anger when you think about climate change and the state of our planet? If so, you may be experiencing what's called "eco-anxiety." As plant lovers who are so connected to nature through our gardens and houseplants, it makes total sense that eco-anxiety could affect us. We care deeply about the Earth because we are part of it. So, let us spend some time with my dearest friend and resident green witch, Rachael Cohen, to better understand this concept.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [03:33] What is eco-anxiety?
    • [07:14] Rachael’s personal story of identifying/managing eco-anxiety
    • [09:45] Coping with eco-anxiety
    • [11:21] How perspective affects happiness
    • [12:16] What is the environmental impact of our actions, and how does it relate to our well-being?
    • [15:21] Fill your homes with the most ethereal sounds with the new Wind River Eclipse Collection (use code GROWINGJOY)
    • [17:26] Discover gardening tips, kitchen tricks, and family activities to reduce waste and save money with ‘Simple Country Living’ by Annette Thurmon
    • [18:39] What is Rachael's book, Self-Care for Eco-Anxiety, all about?
    • [20:01] Is corporate responsibility being misdirected, with consumers unfairly blamed?
    • [22:30] How to shift from fight/flight to parasympathetic rest and digest mode
    • [24:18] Somatic practices to release severe negative feelings associated with eco-anxiety
    • [29:01] Finding neutrality and managing anxiety
    • [30:10] What is the concept of “the mother tree” in Rachael’s book?
    • [32:25] What is the mycelium network?
    • [36:42] What are some ways we can give back to Mother Nature?
    • [41:37] Rachael’s favorite strategy for bringing oneself back from an eco-anxiety spiral
    • [43:23] How is the book constructed?
    • [46:55] Where can you get the book?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a list of simple ways that you can give back to Mother Nature,

    check out the full show notes and blogs here!


    Follow Rachael:

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    TikTok

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    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.

    Quarto: Simple Country Living by Annette Thurmon

    Grab Simple Country Living: Techniques, Recipes, and Wisdom for the Garden, Kitchen, and Beyond by Annette Thurmon at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    50m - Apr 23, 2024
  • Composting Basics

    You may have heard that compost is the key to a healthy garden, and feeding the soil is more important than feeding your plants. And if you don't garden, you've probably heard about composting as an eco-friendly way to live more sustainably and support the planet. That is why I dedicate an entire episode explaining what composting is and how it works.

    My guest, Michelle Balz, is a true composting guru who has written, not one, but two incredible books solely focused on this amazing soil amendment. By the end of our conversation, you'll understand exactly what compost is made of, how it benefits your garden's soil, why it's so great for the environment, and best of all—how to successfully compost both indoors and out.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [06:49] What has Michelle’s journey been in composting?
    • [09:24] How many different composting systems does Michelle have in her home?
    • [10:20] Compost vs soil vs potting mix
    • [12:02] What makes compost so special?
    • [13:53] How does composting benefit the environment, ourselves, and our gardens?
    • [14:31] Carbon sequestration
    • [15:40] Discover the secrets to attracting birds to your garden with 'Bird Friendly Gardening'!
    • [17:44] Skip the hassle of making your own compost with this organic Compost Blend!
    • [20:51] How does composting impact gardeners?
    • [26:42] How does compost help support the mycorrhizae?
    • [27:20] What can and cannot be composted?
    • [29:52] Is the composting ratio important?
    • [32:18] What do we need to know about anaerobic/aerobic composting?
    • [34:17] Indoor composting
    • [35:07] How does vermicomposting work?
    • [36:55] How can compost be extracted without worms?
    • [40:30] Bokashi composting
    • [42:57] Terracotta pot composting
    • [45:22] What are the best composting options for outdoor gardeners? (bin and in-garden systems)
    • [49:27] How do you know when the compost is finished/ready?
    • [50:13] What is the life cycle of composting, how long until the first batch, and how can you nurture it effectively?
    • [01:01:23] What is Hügelkultur?
    • [01:02:45] What is an African keyhole garden?
    • [01:05:14] Where can you find Michelle's books and social media?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For Michelle's recommended composting methods,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


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    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Quarto: Bird-Friendly Gardening by Jen McGuinness

    Grab the book at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.

    Espoma Organic

    Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

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    1h 9m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Everything You Need to Know About Philodendron

    If you're a houseplant lover like me, chances are you already have a philodendron or two in your collection. These awesome tropical plants are some of the most popular and beloved houseplants for good reason—they come in tons of different shapes, colors and sizes, and they're relatively easy to care for too! In this episode, I'm going to give you the full rundown of everything you need to know about growing these amazing plants at home. We'll cover the basics of their natural habitat and key care requirements, and I'll introduce you to some of my current favorite philodendron varieties.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [03:50] Philodendron high-level overview
    • [09:38] Care #1: Light
    • [13:43] Care #2: Water
    • [15:38] Care #3: Soil
    • [16:05] Care #4: Humidity
    • [17:08] Care #5: Fertilizer 
    • [17:39] Troubleshooting philodendron issues
    • [19:10] Thank you Proven Winners leafjoy™ for sponsoring this episode!
    • [21:01] Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
    • [22:21] Philodendron 'Brasil'
    • [22:37] Philodendron 'Lemon Lime' (as seen on my podcast art!)
    • [24:13] Prismacolor™ Brandtianum
    • [25:16] Philodendron atabapoense
    • [26:05] Philodendron 'Silver Sword' (Philodendron hastatum)
    • [27:11] Prismacolor™ Philodendron Fozzie™
    • [28:38] Philodendron 'White Wizard' (Philodendron erubescens)
    • [30:18] 'Prince of Orange' Philodendron
    • [32:08] Prismacolor™ Sun Red Philodendron
    • [32:33] Philodendron 'Pink Princess'


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a list of my current Philodendron favorites,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsor:

    Proven Winners

    If you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!

    Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

    Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria

    Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria

    Website: www.growingjoywithmaria.com

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    38m - Apr 9, 2024
  • How She Grew The Sill: Plantrepreneur Eliza Blank

    If you interact with the houseplant community online at all, you've definitely felt the impact of The Sill on our plant niche. I honestly can't believe that it took me a whopping 230 episodes to finally have Eliza Blank, founder of The Sill, grace the Growing Joy with Plants podcast! Her female founder story of recognizing a need for a houseplant brand and building it into a million-dollar company would make you feel empowered, as it did me.

    In case you didn’t know, The Sill was one of the OG plant brands that helped start the houseplant craze before the pandemic. And when I first started my podcast, they were also the first to reach out and show their support! So I want to take this opportunity to show you the story behind the success of The Sill live on stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [00:30] The Sill and its impact on the houseplant community
    • [05:23] How did Eliza get into houseplants?
    • [07:28] How exciting/challenging is it to launch a houseplant brand early on?
    • [11:20] How did The Sill come about?
    • [13:13] How Eliza built a multimillion-dollar brand
    • [14:25] Why “fake it till you make it” mindset works WONDERS!
    • [15:47] Create the perfect Danish hygge atmosphere with Wind River Chimes
    • [18:57] What was the struggle for The Sill during COVID? 
    • [20:34] Navigating challenges in the plant industry
    • [22:23] What’s the process of sourcing and acquiring plants?
    • [24:14] What’s Eliza’s definition of success (and has it changed over the years?)
    • [25:10] What it feels like being a woman in a male-dominated industry
    • [26:56] Trends and customer preferences in 2024
    • [29:01] What’s next for The Sill? 
    • [30:01] Eliza’s personal life and hobbies beyond plants
    • [32:30] Eliza’s favorite client story!


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a deeper dive into The Sill's story,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsor:

    Wind River Chimes

    Turn your home into a relaxation oasis with chimes! Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. They are launching a new collection of chimes called Eclipse, which are Corinthian bells uniquely tuned to the Lydian mode, a scale that creates an ethereal atmosphere of enchantment that matches the mystery and wonder of the solar eclipse and of outer space. Plus, these chimes make for amazing personal gifts to your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.


    Follow Eliza:

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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

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    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    37m - Apr 2, 2024
  • Climate Proof Your Garden

    Climate change is real, plant friends—and it’s impacting our world too fast! Because of that, it’s becoming extremely important for us plant parents/gardeners to adapt our practices to ensure our gardens can withstand the challenges that lie ahead. In fact, it’s already impacting our gardens in SO many ways—from unpredictable weather to increased pest infestations. So in this episode, I invited a new plant friend, Kim Stoddart, who is a passionate gardener, climate advocate, and author of "The Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden," to discuss strategies for building a climate-resilient garden.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [03:39] How Kim became a passionate climate activist and gardener
    • [11:44] The Resilient Gardener vs. The Resilient Garden
    • [15:06] Deepen your meditation practice with the Wind River Meditation Chime
    • [16:49] Grow a thriving, climate-resistant vegetable garden with Espoma Organic!
    • [19:03] What are the climate issues to consider when building a resilient garden? (doom & gloom)
    • [20:44] What are the effects of soil erosion and flooding on gardens?
    • [22:56] What does “no-till” gardening mean?
    • [24:59] What helps the soil become more resilient?
    • [33:52] What is rainwater harvesting and what are the strategies for building water resiliency?
    • [38:45] What is the importance of seed sovereignty in creating a more secure and sustainable garden?
    • [44:01] What specific steps can you take to strengthen your garden's pest resistance?
    • [46:08] What is polyculture?
    • [49:57] What is Kim’s current garden practice? (aka what her homestead looks like)
    • [52:12] Where can you find Kim on social media?
    • [52:55] Where can you get her book, Climate Change Resilient Vegetable Garden?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a more detailed list of Kim's resilient gardening tips,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    Turn your home into a relaxation oasis with chimes! Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. They are launching a new collection of chimes called Eclipse, which are Corinthian bells uniquely tuned to the Lydian mode, a scale that creates an ethereal atmosphere of enchantment that matches the mystery and wonder of the solar eclipse and of outer space. Plus, these chimes make for amazing personal gifts to your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes.

    Espoma Organic

    If you want a garden that provides, set it up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma 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 top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.

    Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.


    Follow Kim:

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    Kim Stoddart | The Guardian

    The Climate Change Garden


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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    57m - Mar 26, 2024
  • Why You Should Care About the Spring Equinox

    What are your plans this Spring Equinox? Spring equinox is like a special day when light and dark are balanced just right. As it draws closer, it comes with a reminder that nature has its own patterns that repeat over and over, and this particular event shows us that winter is ending and spring is starting… bringing new life and growth. Tuning into the Earth's frequencies during this season can help us grow and feel refreshed too. In this episode, I’m so happy to welcome back our residential green witch and my dear plant friend, Rachael of Our Infinite Nature! She’s here to celebrate the upcoming Spring Equinox, share her insights on what's happening in the earth, sky, and ourselves during spring, and offer practices for connecting deeply with the powerful changes that happen in spring.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [01:58] Connecting with nature and the seasons
    • [04:18] Cultivating intuition with plants
    • [05:58] Why “awe” is a spiritual emotion
    • [09:15] The importance of “seasonal living”
    • [12:16] What is happening to the earth during Spring Equinox?
    • [15:48] Brighten up your plants this spring with Soltech's grow lights!
    • [18:01] Learn modern, low-maintenance approach to home food gardening with "The Layered Edible Garden" by Christina Chung
    • [20:34] How external stimuli trigger personal growth/development
    • [25:15] What are the astrological insights for the Spring Equinox?
    • [29:33] In case you don’t know, I’m an Aries baby!
    • [30:15] Why new moon in Aries = start of the new year (astrologically)
    • [32:34] What are the positive aspects of the eclipse season?
    • [35:09] Gardening tips for different moon phases
    • [37:52] What are the best practices to nurture growth and vitality during spring?
    • [45:51] Plants that embody spring energy
    • [55:25] How to create your own seasonal bowl/altar
    • [58:10] Spring awakening (a guided meditation)
    • [01:08:10] Where can you find Rachael?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a deeper dive into Rachael's guided spring meditation,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Soltech Solutions

    Ensure your plants are ready for the spring sun when you supply them with enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.

    Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".

    Quarto: The Layered Edible Garden by Christina Chung

    Say goodbye to long, straight rows of vegetable plants lined up and prone to pests and diseases, and say hello to taking your cues from nature and creating a garden filled with layers of food-producing plants with the new book The Layered Edible Garden. Food gardening pro Christina Chung of @fluent.garden introduces a modern approach to home food gardening that follows nature’s lead by growing plants in mixed communities, instead of in agriculture-centric monocultures. Learn how to build a mini “food forest” of 8 different layers that will produce food for years to come and require less work and fewer resources.

    Grab the book at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, quarto.com, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.


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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

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    1h 12m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Everything You Need to Know About Calathea

    Calatheas have a bit of a reputation among plant parents for being dramatic "divas." And I'm not going to lie—they can be particular about their care. But don't let that scare you off! If you try to understand their preferences, you can totally grow lush, vibrant prayer plants at home. That’s what we’re going to talk about in this episode!


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [01:44] Understanding calathea (now also called Goeppertia)
    • [02:21] Why calathea isn’t for everyone (so set your expectations)
    • [05:46] Why calatheas are the perfect statement plant!
    • [06:17] Understanding the natural habitat of Calathea
    • [06:51] Why calatheas are called “prayer plants”
    • [07:41] High-level overview of Calathea
    • [08:41] Calathea Care #1: Lighting
    • [11:10] Calathea Care #2: Watering
    • [14:42] Top tip: Calathea enjoy filtered water 
    • [15:28] Enjoy superior quality and a variety of plants from Proven Winners Leaf Joy!
    • [17:14] Mindful goal reflection through daily plant check-ins
    • [18:13] Calathea Care #3: Humidity
    • [21:04] How do you create a microclimate for your plants?
    • [22:02] Why Calathea are resilient
    • [23:42] Calathea Care #4: Fertilizing
    • [24:08] Calathea Care #5: Troubleshooting
    • [24:46] Tip: Trim the brown edges off your Calathea!
    • [28:20] Different Calathea species
    • [28:43] #1 Rattlesnake plant (Calathea lancifolia or Goeppertia insignis) = low maintenance
    • [30:01] #2 Calathea majestica Diamond Dazzler White Star
    • [31:30] #3 Calathea picturata = drama queen
    • [32:38] #4 Calathea orbifolia = Instagram favorite


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For my personal ranking of popular calathea varieties,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsor:

    Proven Winners

    If you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!

    Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    37m - Mar 12, 2024
  • Homesteading Basics

    Is homesteading your ultimate dream? Because mine too, plant friends! Like most gardeners, I've always dreamed of someday creating a homestead and being more self-sufficient. I very much enjoy growing my own fruits, veggies, and herbs, but starting homesteading seemed a little scary. That’s why I was so excited to speak with gardening influencer Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening, who has spent the last few years turning his suburban property into an enviable homestead. Kevin shared his advice for transitioning from gardener to homesteader, one step at a time.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [04:43] Managing multiple projects and Kevin’s homestead building
    • [04:51] What got Kevin interested in homesteading?
    • [07:59] Homesteading vs gardening
    • [09:14] What are the aspects/elements of homesteading?
    • [11:15] What is “greywater” and its potential for water recycling?
    • [14:17] Different uses of rainwater (and why you should start collecting them!)
    • [15:22] Experience cozy mindfulness with Wind River Chimes!
    • [16:53] Learn actionable steps to build resilience in your garden with ‘The Climate Change Resilient Vegetable Garden’ by Kim Stoddart
    • [18:40] Kevin’s rainwater harvesting system (which gauges the amount of rainfall one can capture over a year)
    • [21:59] How solar energy works and how the net metering system operates
    • [26:47] What is the role of a pond in homesteading?
    • [28:53] Creating an aquaponic system
    • [31:30] Switch to Espoma Organic's soil, compost, and plant food for a healthier homestead garden.
    • [33:24] How has Kevin's experience raising chickens been?
    • [36:51] Chicken care tips!
    • [39:12] Can you do homesteading indoors?
    • [40:53] What was the inspiration for Kevin's orchard?
    • [42:30] What are the various fruits grown by Kevin?
    • [43:47] What is the food forest approach to growing food?
    • [45:47] What is Kevin’s favorite way of preserving food?
    • [46:55] What’s next for Kevin?
    • [48:08] Check out Kevin’s book, Epic Homesteading


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a list of homestead components that you can start with,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    Bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.

    Quarto: The Climate Change-Resilient Vegetable Garden by Kim Stoddart

    Our gardens can face a lot of concerns with this changing climate, from water-usage restrictions, extended heat waves, disastrous flooding, “super weeds,” or prolonged pest life cycles, there’s daunting challenges ahead for food growers around the world. Author Kim Stoddart outlines a clear path toward building resilience in your vegetable plants, your soil, and yourself with their new book The Climate Change-Resilient Vegetable Garden. With actionable tasks that reduce resource use, stabilize the garden’s ecosystem, and offer regenerative solutions to the most challenging issues faced by gardeners, this book provides advice to help you weather these storms with ease. 

    Grab the book at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.

    Espoma Organic

    If you want a garden that provides, set it up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma 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 top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.

    Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.


    Follow Kevin:

    Personal Website

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    Shop

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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

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    52m - Mar 5, 2024
  • How to Repot Houseplants

    Do you know that repotting and potting up mean different things? As our houseplants grow happily under our care, eventually they will outgrow their current pots. Determining whether your plant needs to simply have its soil refreshed (repotting) or be shifted to a larger container (potting up) can be challenging for new plant parents. In this episode, I will walk you through when to pot up versus repot, proper techniques for both, tips to avoid issues, and how to turn repotting into an uplifting self-care ritual by really tuning into your plants' needs and creating an environment that allows them to thrive.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [02:30] Things I learned about repotting in the last couple of years
    • [03:34] Some personal plant care routines
    • [04:59] Do some spring cleaning!
    • [06:28] Repotting vs potting up vs potting up water-rooted cuttings
    • [09:04] Some rules to remember in potting up
    • [10:43] Do the two-inch “bump up” rule when potting up
    • [11:59] When should you pot up?
    • [13:08] What is repotting and why is it important?
    • [14:36] How do you repot a plant?
    • [15:03] Get stylish, minimalist grow lights your plants will love with Soltech!
    • [17:16] Give your plants the love they deserve with Espoma's organic, eco-friendly potting mixes!
    • [19:08] Common mistake people make when repotting/potting up
    • [19:30] How do you pot up water-rooted cuttings?
    • [21:02] General steps for repotting/potting up/potting up water-rooted cuttings
    • [27:31] The best time to repot or pot up houseplants
    • [29:05] Why you should not pot your houseplants in dirt from outside
    • [32:00] Make sure that you saturate the soil!
    • [32:35] Pay attention to the type of container or pot you are using
    • [34:08] Use repotting as an opportunity for mindfulness
    • [37:16] A letter to my pepper plant going into transplant shock


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For repotting dos and don'ts,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Soltech Solutions

    With shorter days and colder days upon us, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.

    Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".

    Espoma Organic

    If you want plants that thrive, set them up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma 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 top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.

    Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

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    41m - Feb 27, 2024
  • Indoor Plant Projects for Stress Relief

    Do you feel a little sad or bored being stuck inside this winter (at least those in the northern hemisphere)? I hope the winter months haven’t got you down too much because I know we’re all feeling a bit cooped up lately. That’s why I brought on a new plant friend, Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago, a gardening expert and horticultural therapist, to share some of her favorite simple DIY indoor plant projects to spark joy during these months. Note that these are all featured in her new book ¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life, which celebrates little plant-inspired passion projects to nurture our creativity!


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [01:53] Rebranding of my YouTube Channel
    • [02:43] Introducing Perla Sofia Curbelo-Santiago aka Agrochic!
    • [04:24] How did Perla develop her passion for gardening and plants?
    • [07:05] How did Agrochic start?
    • [09:38] How did Perla balance Spanish and English content?
    • [11:32] What does her plant collection and garden look like?
    • [15:08] Make meditation more relaxing and meaningful with Wind River’s Meditation Chimes!
    • [16:51] Learn how to grow cut flowers with The Cut Flower Handbook’s beautiful illustrations!
    • [18:41] Why are people drawn to nature and plants right now? 
    • [21:08] Seeking simplicity to escape social media overstimulation
    • [22:08] Perla’s interesting success stories about bringing plants into clients' lives
    • [29:17] What is nature’s role in mood and healing?
    • [30:42] Concept of gardening as a means to reconnect with one's inner child
    • [34:18] Rediscover a sense of "awe" and childlike wonder
    • [38:21] What is Perla’s barefoot garden project all about?
    • [45:02] How do you create a miniature garden for yourself?
    • [50:34] Get Perla’s book and follow her on social media!


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For step-by-step tutorials on these indoor plant projects,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    Bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.

    Quarto: The Cut Flower Handbook by Lisa M Ziegler

    One of the most joyful things you can do in the garden is to grow flowers! If you are interested in upping your cut flower game, make sure to grab The Cut Flower Handbook by professional flower farmer Lisa M Ziegler. It is the bouquet-building bible gardeners have been waiting for! Included in The Cut Flower Handbook are 50 extensive flower profiles, planting tips, instructions, and images on how to pinch plants, how to make your cuts, how to dig a planting bed, and more. Plus, there are over 200 photos of the best cut flowers for home gardeners to grow and advice on caring for a cutting garden.

    Pre-order now online or in-store, and if you're checking out this episode after February 27th, pick it up at your favorite local bookstore, quarto.com, bookshop.org, Barnes &Noble or amazon.com.


    Follow Perla:

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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

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    55m - Feb 20, 2024
  • Everything You Need to Know About Ficus Care

    I am completely obsessed with ficus! Over the last few months, I've been slowly collecting different ficus varieties and learning how to help them thrive. There's just something about the colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and tree-like growth that makes me love this plant genus. I love my ficus collection and feel like this genus has been overlooked, with the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) getting most of the hype. But there are so many gorgeous, easy-to-grow ficus species that make excellent houseplants. I have spent the last few months cultivating a variety of ficus so you can grow these beautiful plants at home.

    This episode is made in partnership with Proven Winners leafjoy houseplants.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [00:43] We’re all about ficus today!
    • [02:49] Reasons to love ficus
    • [04:03] Did you know Michael Scott from The Office has a Ficus benjamina in his office?
    • [05:06] How about a Boston fern in Will & Grace?
    • [05:48] Why Ficus elastica is a good beginner plant
    • [07:08] How do you care for ficus?
    • [08:09] Ficus care #1: Light
    • [09:11] Story about Figaro, my Ficus lyrata, before and after grow lights
    • [11:11] Variegated/color = more light
    • [12:27] Ficus care #2: Water
    • [13:40] Why it’s important to make sure their leaves are clean
    • [14:58] Ficus care #3: Humidity
    • [15:56] Ficus care #4: Fertilizer
    • [16:34] Ficus care #5: Pruning
    • [17:52] Why you should wear gloves when pruning ficus
    • [18:07] How to troubleshoot your ficus
    • [18:15] Troubleshoot #1: Leaf drop
    • [19:35] Troubleshoot #2: If it's not growing, it needs more sun
    • [20:12] Get quality ficus plants that are resistant to leaf drop from Proven Winner Leafjoy!
    • [22:37] Ficus lyrata
    • [23:09] Ficus benjamina
    • [24:00] Ficus benjamina ‘Twilight’
    • [24:27] Ficus benjamina ‘Anastasia’
    • [24:40] Ficus cyanthistipula
    • [26:07] Ficus elastica
    • [26:32] Ficus elastica ‘Abidjan’
    • [27:22] Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’
    • [27:50] Ficus elastica ‘Chloe’


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a list of my favorite ficus species,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Proven Winners leafjoy

    If you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!

    Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

    Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria

    Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria

    Website: www.growingjoywithmaria.com

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    32m - Feb 13, 2024
  • Cultivating Intuition with Nature

    How can we use plants to connect with intuitive energy? If you're anything like me, simply being around plants makes you feel happier, calmer, and more like your true self. I've always felt plants have some extra special magic that goes beyond their pretty leaves. That's why I was so excited to welcome back our resident “green witch" Rachael from Our Infinite Nature (formerly Infinite Succulent—yes, she just rebranded!) on the podcast this week to talk about how plant care can open up our intuition and help us reconnect with our own inner magic!


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [02:46] Infinite Succulent just rebranded to Our Infinite Nature!
    • [03:27] Check out Rachael’s Intuitive Magic Group Coaching
    • [07:57] A little bit about Rachael’s background + certifications
    • [08:53] When did she discover her mediumship and intuitive talent?
    • [09:31] Reiki certification and intuitive coaching
    • [10:53] What is intuition?
    • [11:30] Understanding energy, spirit, and nature
    • [12:35] Why is learning intuition similar to learning a language?
    • [15:13] Experience mindfulness and coziness with personalized Wind River wind chimes!
    • [16:54] Make gardening easy with Tony O'Neill's Simplify Vegetable Gardening book!
    • [18:19] What is the symbiosis that happens when we get in tune with nature and with plants?
    • [19:25] What is the importance of cultivating intuition in harmony with nature?
    • [20:05] Impact of nervous system on intuition
    • [21:20] Is instinct similar to intuition?
    • [22:57] Take your Human Design personality!
    • [24:50] How can we use plants to connect with intuitive energy?
    • [26:17] Intuition is figuring out one's next step, not predicting the future
    • [27:36] How to recognize subtle communication with nature
    • [30:14] Get high quality potting mixes, fertilizers, and more at Espoma Organic
    • [33:41] It's your choice to live life through magical lens or see it as trivial
    • [34:50] What is the role of energy in our lives?
    • [35:56] How working with plants allowed Rachael to experience life force energy
    • [38:34] What are some activities that can help you connect with plants and your intuition?
    • [44:12] How to connect with a tree? (a step-by-step guide)
    • [50:34] Where can you sign up for Rachael’s Intuitive Magic course?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a closer look into magic and nature,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    Bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.

    Quarto: Simplify Vegetable Gardening by Tony O'Neill

    Simplify Vegetable Gardening by Tony O'Neill of YouTube's Simplify Gardening is a plant nerd's dream: integrating botany, biology, and earth science concepts into the subject of food gardening. Read through an exciting approach that uses science to grow more food and utilizes the interconnectedness of Earth’s many systems to help your plants thrive. This book offers a deep dive into the science of growing a robust and sustainable home garden that will empower you to have your best garden yet.

    Pick Simplify Vegetable Gardening up at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.orgBarnes & Noblequarto.com, or amazon.com.

    Espoma Organic

    If you want plants that thrive, set them up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma 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 top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging.

    Visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.


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    58m - Feb 6, 2024
  • Humidity and Houseplants

    Do I really need a humidifier? Why do my plants get crispy leaves when I crank the heat? When it comes to houseplant care, humidity is right up there with water and light as one of the most important factors. I’ve spent years stressing about humidity levels. Fortunately, I invited my dear plant friend and humidity expert, Leslie Halleck, for another session of Grow Better. Understanding the science behind humidity has helped me stop freaking out and keep my plant collection happy.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [04:44] Beware of random blogs you find online!
    • [05:43] Why is humidity important and how does it affect the plants?
    • [08:57] Important role of transpiration in a plant's health
    • [13:32] The three terms you need to know (relative humidity, absolute humidity, vapor pressure deficit)
    • [14:49] Grow your indoor garden like never before with Soltech's grow lights!
    • [17:10] Cold air vs warm air
    • [20:54] Is your hygrometer relative or absolute humidity?
    • [22:45] Why is it so much drier in the winter?
    • [25:18] How elevation affects vapor pressure deficit
    • [31:00] Methods for increasing humidity
    • [31:48] Why misting doesn’t work
    • [33:36] Why pebble trays also don’t work
    • [35:04] Why grouping plants together work
    • [37:40] Is growing plants under glass effective?
    • [40:25] Leslie’s obsession with glassware and mushrooms
    • [41:26] What is burping?
    • [42:07] What are Wardian cases?
    • [42:50] What are Orchidariums?
    • [49:13] How Leslie maintains the humidity in her house
    • [51:01] Check out Leslie’s Tiny Plants
    • [52:14] Sign up for Leslie’s courses!
    • [54:37] Where can you find Leslie on social media?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a deeper dive into humidity basics and light principles,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!

     

    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Soltech Solutions

    With shorter days and colder days upon us, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions.

    Check them out at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code "bloom15".


    Follow Leslie: 

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    Facebook

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    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

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    Website: www.growingjoywithmaria.com

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    57m - Jan 30, 2024
  • Top 5 Seed Starting Mistakes with Joe Gardener

    It’s almost that glorious time of year again...seed starting season! I don’t know about you, but this is hands-down one of my favorite times in the garden. There’s just something touching about growing those tiny pieces of potential life into healthy plants and vegetables. However, I’d be lying if I said I’ve had perfect success right off the bat. Seed starting has a bit of a learning curve, but making mistakes is all part of the fun and learning in the garden! As long as you don’t lose an entire flat of precious tomato seeds (guilty!), then it’s fair game.

    To help you avoid disappointment and heartache in your seed starting endeavors, I brought back renowned gardener Joe Lamp’l to share the top mistakes he sees people make. With years of seed starting expertise, including creating his online Master Seed Starting Course that I absolutely love, he’s seen it all.


    Get $100 off Joe’s Master Seed Starting Digital Course!

    Discount only applies through January 29th, 2024 so grab it while it’s live!


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [05:13] Joe’s OVG Course and adding flowers to his garden
    • [08:25] How long has Joe been growing his garden from seed?
    • [08:51] Understanding the nuances of seed starting
    • [09:17] What is the educational value of the seed-to-plant process?
    • [11:56] What are the challenges and differences in seed starting compared to caring for houseplants?
    • [12:49] How did Joe come up with the top 5 seed starting mistakes?
    • [14:09] Misconceptions people have when it comes to starting seeds
    • [15:35] Seed starting mistake #1: Your seeds don’t germinate!
    • [15:53] #1.a Soil temperature is not appropriate 
    • [16:37] #1.b You plant them too deep or too shallow
    • [19:05] #1.c They’re getting either too much or too little water
    • [22:52] Seed starting mistake #2: Maintaining proper soil moisture (weigh your soil!)
    • [26:47] You can use a moisture meter!
    • [29:12] Seed starting mistake #3 Light requirements
    • [30:42] Blue and red light frequencies promote growth more than other light frequencies
    • [34:18] Why Joe recommends investing in a grow light
    • [35:24] Seed starting mistake #4 Gardeners often don’t read seed planting guidelines
    • [40:08] Older seeds may not be viable for planting (so check the sell date!)
    • [41:25] #5 Process of “hardening off” (preparing seedlings for outdoor life)
    • [48:21] Where can you enroll in Joe’s seed starting class?
    • [53:18] Sign up for Joe's Master Seed Starting Course before January 29 and get $100 off!
    • [54:01] Where can you find Joe on social media?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a more detailed look into seed starting fixes,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Follow Joe: 

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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    57m - Jan 23, 2024
  • Attract Pollinators with a Tiny Meadow in Your Yard

    When I think of the word “meadow,” I imagine a glorious landscape filled with grasses and wildflowers swaying in the breeze. While beautiful, these meadows also seem completely out of reach for most home gardeners. But in this episode, meadow expert Graham Laird Gardner, author of ‘Tiny and Wild: Build a Small Scale Meadow Anywhere,’ is here to show us that we can recreate tiny meadows, even on the smallest scale.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [03:40] How Graham became the “meadow man”
    • [06:27] Living off-grid in Puerto Rico
    • [07:54] Why did he write a book about meadows?
    • [11:34] We are nature!
    • [13:22] What makes a meadow a “meadow”? (and why it’s better than cut flower garden)
    • [15:31] Treat yourself to a comforting, soothing moment with Wind River Chimes
    • [17:01] Learn self-sufficiency and homesteading with Kevin Espiritu's book: Epic Homesteading
    • [18:27] What are the benefits of adding a meadow to your yard or local community garden?
    • [21:10] What makes a native plant native, and how much of your meadow should be native plants?
    • [24:11] Are all native plants perennials?
    • [26:10] Are shrubs and trees what distinguish a meadow from a forest?
    • [26:27] How little of a lawn could be converted without significantly affecting the overall effect?
    • [27:52] What are the components of a meadow?
    • [31:30] Consider seasons and species when planning your planting
    • [32:26] Understanding meadow maintenance
    • [35:04] What are the basic design elements that you need to think about in a meadow?
    • [35:23] Site Selection
    • [36:17] Layering and plant selection
    • [38:40] Is there an ideal sun exposure for a meadow?
    • [39:56] How do you balance the wild and the chaotic when designing a native plant meadow?
    • [43:18] Seeds vs plants
    • [48:08] Why should you have a meadow?
    • [50:04] Where can you find Graham on social media?


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a complete list of meadow gardening basics,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Wind River Chimes

    This new year, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.

    Quarto: Epic Homesteading by Kevin Espiritu

    Take the first step towards self-sufficiency with Epic Homesteading, an accessible, beginner-friendly guide to starting a modern, high-tech homestead with advice on growing and preserving food, raising chickens and bees, utilizing solar power, harvesting rainwater, and so much more. Follow large and small step-by-step DIY projects to power up your homestead quickly, as well as advice on more complex subjects, such as investigating local zoning regulations and permitting requirements, staying organized, understanding your limitations, and designing your homestead for efficiency and beauty.

    Grab Epic Homesteading at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.orgquarto.comBarnes & Noble, or amazon.com


    Follow Graham:

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    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

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    54m - Jan 16, 2024
  • Everything You Need to Know about Alocasia

    If there is one genus of plants that has captured my imagination for years but repeatedly evaded me, it’s Alocasia. These tropical plants with their large, alien-esque leaves and jewel-toned undersides have long obsessed me. I’d often pick them up from the garden center, only to watch them rapidly decline in my dry, temperate home. But after lots of trial and error, I’ve finally cracked the code to make them thrive! In this episode, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about growing Alocasia houseplants, including care tips, troubleshooting, and some of my new favorite varieties that are thriving in my home.


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [00:00] Maria’s experience with Alocasia
    • [02:21] Why Alocasia is not difficult to care for—it just requires very high standards of care!
    • [02:43] Why Alocasia are called alien-like plants
    • [03:34] Characteristics and other common names of Alocasia
    • [05:02] Where do Alocasias grow naturally?
    • [06:31] Alocasia Care #1: Light requirements (bright indirect light)
    • [09:06] Light is very independent of every person's own environment!
    • [10:30] Alocasia Care #2: Soil moisture (keep them in evenly moist soil)
    • [11:58] 2 different ways that you can measure soil moisture
    • [13:34] What types of pots can you use for your Alocasia?
    • [14:47] Alocasia Care #3: Humidity
    • [15:28] Why you should use a humidifier
    • [17:20] Other tricks to increase humidity in your home
    • [18:19] Alocasia Care #4: Fertilizer (fertilize when you see growth)
    • [19:13] Alocasia Care #5: Dormancy (aka quiescence)
    • [20:11] Use plant-life parallels for your personal growth
    • [20:50] Alocasia troubleshooting tips
    • [21:24] Understanding your Alocasia's needs
    • [22:25] How to save a plant from dying
    • [24:20] Find the best Alocasia varieties for your plant collection with Proven Winners LeafJoy!
    • [26:41] What are the different Alocasia species?
    • [27:11] Alocasia 'Ninja'
    • [27:46] Alocasia cupraea
    • [28:49] Alocasia baginda 'Dragon Scale'
    • [30:08] Alocasia longiloba
    • [30:46] Alocasia watsoniana
    • [31:33] Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Stingray'


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For my favorite alocasia varieties,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Proven Winners

    If you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in!

    Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to provenwinners.com to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials!


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

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    S9 - 36m - Jan 9, 2024
  • 2024 Goals for My Houseplants and Garden

    Happy New Year, plant friends! And you know what that means—time for some serious reflection about the previous year and thinking about how we want to step into 2024! I'm all about assessing what worked and what didn't across all areas of life. But today, let's talk about plants and how you and I can use them to cultivate as much happiness as possible in the coming year.

    When we show up consistently for our plant hobby, I firmly believe it can help us feel better, more peaceful, and more grounded. So I carved out some time to get clear on my goals based on what 2023 taught me. The name of the game is joy, calm, and some nervous system regulation from our plants!


    In this episode, we learn:

    • [03:31] Let's talk about what our community aims for in 2024!
    • [05:55] Here’s a framework to help you set your own goals.
    • [06:50] #1 Look back at how 2023 treated you and your plants (what brought you joy and what didn’t?)
    • [07:53] #2 Set goals for 2024 (think about how your plants will fit into that)
    • [10:01] #3 Don't forget to write them down! (as accountability for yourself)
    • [10:59] Exciting news—Billy and I are heading south! <3
    • [13:45] Goal #1: R&D (Research & Development) year
    • [15:05] Try the new Wind River Meditation Chimes for ultimate relaxation!
    • [16:48] Grow your best vegetable garden ever with the all-in-one guidebook
    • [18:00] I want to make new plant friends (and get familiarized with the area)
    • [19:31] Goal #2 figure out sustainable routines
    • [21:08] What is habit stacking?
    • [21:42] Take a quick 3-minute break from work 
    • [22:38] Goal #3: Reconnect with the first-year plant parent Maria
    • [25:13] Follow me on my social media!
    • [25:40] Exciting new content coming your way - expect episodes on houseplants, gardening, and finding wellness through nature's lens!


    Mentioned in our conversation:


    For a deeper dive into creating sustainable routines,

    check out the full show notes and blog here!


    Thank you to our episode sponsors:

    Quarto: Gardening Know How – The Complete Guide to Vegetable Gardening

    Looking for a new gardening book to add to your collection? Snag this all-encompassing guide to growing your own food, filled with creative tips and practical advice from the editors of the world’s most-visited gardening website. Gardening Know How is an indispensable handbook for vegetable gardeners and includes not only the essential information you need to succeed but also a wealth of expert tips and real-world advice to smooth the many inevitable bumps on the road to a productive edible garden. There are detailed plant profiles with specific cultivation information and unique growing tips for each vegetable crop, allowing you to pick and choose which crops to grow based on your climate and personal preference!

    Pick it up at your favorite local bookstore, bookshop.org, quarto.com, Barnes & Noble, or amazon.com.

    Wind River Chimes

    This new year, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones!

    Visit windriverchimes.com and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes.


    Follow Maria and Growing Joy:

    Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here!

    Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)

    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!

    Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria

    Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria

    Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria

    Website: www.growingjoywithmaria.com

    Pinterest: @growingjoywithmaria



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    S9 - 28m - Jan 2, 2024
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