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Lana picked up gardening in her 30s, but always had a love for plants growing up. She shares her personal story about how gardening helped her through a difficult period in her life, along with plant care tips, gardening for beginners, and more! Listening to this episode will prepare to grow your own plants, fruits, and vegetables. Come up with your game plan this winter, and be ready to grow your garden in the spring!
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- Basic plant care tips and how to get started with your own garden
- How to plan your garden for the Spring season
- Growing your own vegetables to use in the kitchen
- Gardening as a form of mental healing, anxiety relief, or meditation
- The vegetable that will make you feel like a magician
- What to take into consideration when choosing plants
- Growing conditions (i.e. soil, sun/shade, temperature)
- Time of year
- Your outdoor space (you can still grow vegetables in an apartment!)
- Garden zone (Find your zone using your zip code)
- Farmer’s Almanac – Determine your planting calendar and get helpful gardening tips.
You can throw your zip code in for the planting calendar, and for garden tasks by month. It’s a super great tool! – Lana
- Garden.org USDA Hardiness Zone Finder – Search by zip code to find your growing zone, which will tell you if certain plants can survive the weather there.
Just pay attention to the zones it says on the plants you want. If you’re zone 10+ or 2 and below, and it says the plant is for zones 3-8, your plant will not do well unless you protect it during the weather it doesn’t like. – Lana
- The Encyclopedia of Container Plants by Ray Rogers & Rob Cardillo
This is the book I mentioned with 100’s of plants and how to grow them. I’ll never part with it, and you can find hardcopy used ones on Amazon for like $4! – Lana
- Pots in the Garden by Rogers/Hartlage – Great for potted plant gardening with design tips
- Small Plot Big Harvest by Lucy Halsali – Small space gardening (and when you first start, your garden will likely be small anyway, so it’s great for beginners!)
- Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein – Her instagram and book are GORGEOUS guides on how to grow pretty flowers for yourself or for market