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The Grow Guide is a weekly gardening podcast co-hosted by rookie grower, Maggie Wysocki, who asks all the questions you’re afraid to, and master grower, Dave Hanson, who answers them all with wisdom. Listen in as they chat openly about seasonal gardening topics, including the trials, tribulations and successes of growing in climates where it can feel...kind of impossible.
 
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On this week's episode, Maggie and Dave are joined by Zone 4b American grower, Meg Cowden, the blogger behind Seed to Fork. Meg shares about her inspiring approach to gardening and how to embrace a mindset that positions cold climate gardening as a strength. Topics covered in this episode: growing nuts, prepping the garden for Fall, soil blocks for…
 
Dave and Maggie are back in studio and excited to chat about garlic, the frost tolerance of figs, a beautiful little book that was shared with them and send a shoutout to a listener with amazing cold-climate grapes. Indoor baby greens are the feature topic for this episode and your hosts take a deep dive on everything you need to know about setting…
 
Award winning author and gardening educator Steven Biggs is our guest this week, here to help make the transition smoother for any plants that are coming inside for winter. Dave also takes on a listener question about growing peppers indoors and shares a "spritzy" plant of the week! Episode links: Find us on Facebook Find us on Instagram Connect wi…
 
Dave and Maggie are trilled to welcome award-winning author Niki Jabbour back to the show. Niki shares a ton of practical and insightful tips on how to keep your summer garden flourishing, navigating slugs, zucchini issues, powdery mildew hacks, tomato tantrums and more during our recent chat. Niki also becomes our first guest ever to join in on ou…
 
Maggie and Dave are back and they've missed you, Grow Guiders! It's been a few weeks since the last episode and Maggie and Dave have been spending the last few weeks enjoying their own gardens and managing COVID safely. But today we're back to chat about protecting our gardens from the extreme heat of summer that tends to hit gardeners hard at this…
 
This week's episode covers a variety of grow topics! Dave and Maggie and back together (remotely!) and start off by catching-up on what's new in their gardening lives. Dave shares about the changes he's had to make at the garden centre due to COVID and sheds some light on how this pandemic has changed the seed industry. Maggie shares how she's been…
 
This week Maggie takes on the pod alone! She shares the behind the scenes of what's been going on in her gardening life over these last few weeks. A great listener question on blossom end rot brings up a discussion around using eggshells as a soil amendment and Maggie shares a few other options for organic fertilizers to feed your tomatoes with. Th…
 
Hello Grow Guiders, this episode is coming to you right in time for Spring weather! Dave and Maggie are connecting remotely this week from their homes to practice social distancing. They catch up on what's going on in their gardening lives and Dave shares about the impact COVID has had on the greenhouse. To help support small businesses, The Grow G…
 
Hello Grow Guiders! We've missed you and wanted to say hello with this surprise episode. Season 3 isn't here just yet, but stay tuned for more surprise content over the next few months! Today we catch up on some fun upcoming events we're hosting, like the FREE "potpourri" workshops at Tokyo Smoke (at stores across Canada!) and the Saturday morning …
 
Happy Holidays, Grow Guiders! Tis' the season for festivities and for Maggie and Dave to go on their annual podcasting break for the next few weeks. But stay tuned for updates! Check social, Patreon and the Facebook community group for updates. This week, we throw back to a few top moments from 2019. See you all in 2020. Connect with The Grow Guide…
 
Organic seeds are the topic of today's episode — one of both Maggie and Dave's favourite things to chat about! Paul Feenan, a Sales Representative with High Mowing Organic Seeds, joins the pod to share about the history of the Vermont-based company and some of his favourite varieties available for 2020. Before the interview, Maggie shares another b…
 
This week is dedicated to the birds! Yes, chickens dominate as Maggie shares ten essential tips she has put into to practice raising chickens in her zone 3 backyard, full of extremes. But before getting to the coop, Dave takes his favourite thing segment in an unexpected direction and Maggie gets into the holiday spirit with her nature-inspired sea…
 
This week Dave and Maggie have a surprise guest in-studio, get giddy over gardening catalog season and inhale deep on the aromas of Dave's favourite plant! A listener asks about fungus gnats and the Grow Guide Facebook community helps answer the question of the week. Then Dave and Maggie dive deep into permaculture with author, educator and life-lo…
 
A new year is right around the corner and Maggie and Dave have tons of exciting announcements to end off 2019, including the opportunity for listeners to join the November Seed Club as well as get their hands on some new Grow Guide merch. Dave shares his "garden geek" news about rosemary officially being classified as a a sage. Maggie shares about …
 
Unusually warm temperatures in southern-Manitoba have inspired Maggie and Dave to switch things up in this week's episode. They start by shouting out a whole crew of awesome listeners. Then it's the first ever Grow Guide book club review followed by a throwback to three older episodes. Hear snippets from Season 1 content on hardy trees & shrubs, gr…
 
Dave is back in action this week and the co-hosts have reunited again to talk houseplants! With the colder weather outside, it's common to see your houseplants react by either dropping leaves, browning or stopping growth. This episode provides solutions to these common issues and more. Plus, for Dave's favourite thing this week, he shares about a c…
 
This week things are a little different on The Grow Guide. Filling in for Dave while he's out of studio is the wonderful Will Bergmann a.k.a. WTF (Will the Farmer) a.k.a. 'The Modern Farmer.' Will brings his own spin to the podcast, sharing about his unique farm where his family grows both conventional crops and an organic CSA market garden. Will g…
 
The winter is creeping up on us cold climate growers, and it's just about time to put the garden to rest. But before you pack up for the season, give some love to your soil! In this episode, Maggie and Dave share their top five ways to improve your soil's health. You can implement these practices starting right now up until the ground freezes. Thes…
 
This week is Part 2 of the composting discussion with a focus on indoor composting year round! Kristen Malec from Green Action Centre continues sharing her tips for success, including how to start a vermicompost bin and how to properly compost livestock. She also busts some common composting myths, like how long it really takes for compostable take…
 
Maggie is back after her week away, and her and Dave are stoked to chat composting with Kristen Malec from the Green Action Centre. Kristen shared so much amazing info that this episode has become a two-parter: this week focuses on composting basics and outdoor systems while next week the conversation picks up with a focus on composting indoors, as…
 
Dave is flying solo this week as Maggie gets caught up on some things outside the pod... but that doesn't stop Maggie from passing along her exciting "favourite" thing of the week, and its all about chickens! Dave shares a classic herb-guy fav, and also reminds everyone about the Grow Guide "garlic plant-a-thon" planned for Saturday, October 12th. …
 
Your houseplants are peaking right now, full of vitality after soaking up the energy of summer... which makes now a perfect time to make plant babies! Learn five techniques for vegetatively propagating houseplants in this week's easy-listening guide to multiplying your plants. Plus, a listener question about garlic, details on our garlic plant-a-th…
 
Happy Autumnal Equinox! This week's episode is all about embracing Fall and the flavours of harvest. Dave shares about the Tepin Pepper — a Mexican variety perfect to bring indoors at this time of year. Maggie's "Fav Thing" is her Tango Celery, a variety bred for Canadian winters. Chef at Nonsuch Brewing Co., Tyrone Welchinski then joins the pod to…
 
It's been an unpredictable Fall across Canada, starting with low night time temps, leading into heavy rains and now, hot sunshine-y days. All to say, gardening season isn't over yet! This week Maggie and Dave encourage you to get back into the garden and start thinking about the 2020 season by saving some seeds. They discuss five fun yet unusual se…
 
This exciting episode covers a whole array of topics with this week's guest, the wonderful, Kevin Espiritu from Epic Gardening. Maggie and Dave chat with Kevin about how he was able to grow enough food to survive off of in his 120 square-foot backyard garden, as well as his love for a garden challenge. PLUS, The Grow Guide Patreon page is officiall…
 
September is here and it officially feels like Fall in the garden! Maggie and Dave take some time off to enjoy the September long weekend and bring you content from last season that is perfect for this time of year. Get inspired to bring the green indoors with a herb garden. But first, it's all about this week's GIVEAWAY. The Grow Guide has teamed …
 
Time to review favourite plants from the 2019 season, so far. Hosts Dave and Maggie compare notes on ten awesome plants that have made an impact for them this growing season and it is no surprise that edible and fragrant selections are well represented... but houseplants and flowers make the list too! Dave and Maggie also get caught-up after their …
 
Love the idea of keeping your garden alive and thriving well into the cool fall? This week Dave and Maggie dive deep into the topic of succession planting, exploring techniques and strategies to help both rookie approved and more advanced gardeners get the most from outdoor gardens... even in zone 3! Dave also shares a favourite, highly unique toma…
 
It is mid-summer, a perfect time to compare notes on how Dave and Maggie's gardens are growing. Dave shares his enthusiasm for a unique, very leafy basil and Maggie dishes on her red cabbage then invites listeners to post their favourite things of the week for everyone to see. This week's listener question jumps ahead to fall with a query about how…
 
Hey Grow Guiders! Last week you learned a little bit more about your co-host, Dave and this week it's all about, Maggie. But first, we have an exciting giveaway for all of you. The Grow Guide is turning its focus to pollinators and encouraging listeners to snap a few photos, post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #growguidepollinators. You coul…
 
Maggie and Dave’s July gardens are starting to burst and the harvests have begun. Dave chats bay rum— a spicy herb perfect for a summer cocktail. Maggie talks about her mysterious morning glories from an unidentified seed packet that are putting down vines throughout her garden. A listener question about what to do with straw mulch at the end of th…
 
As the heat and humidity start to make the prairies feel tropical Dave and Maggie revel in a tasty heirloom snap pea and inhale the sweet fragrance of an orange twist on the classic gardenia. A listener asks for help with a common problem, the Colorado potato beetle... and good news, there are some solutions! The big theme this week is houseplants …
 
After a quick hiatus for Canada Day (happy belated, Canadians!), Maggie and Dave are back and chatting all about flowers and how to keep yours blooming all season long. Dave kicks this week off by sharing about his new favourite watering tool, The Growoya — a great option for gardeners facing drought-like weather this summer. Maggie gives a recap o…
 
With Canada Day giving us all a little opportunity for R & R, Dave and Maggie are taking the week off from recording and will be back with a brand new episode next Tuesday. That said, we are excited to share one of our most popular episodes as a re-post: this is episode 26, Native Prairie Plants with Kelly Leask, manager of Prairie Originals Nurser…
 
As we head into the summer months plants can start to show a little neediness, particularly fast growing veggies. Dave and Maggie devote this episode to ten easy tips to help rookie growers (and let's admit it... veteran growers too!) find success and satisfaction in the vegetable garden. But before getting to the tips Dave has a surprising bit of …
 
With the summer solstice around the corner, Maggie and Dave start today's episode feeling nostalgic for last season as they reminisce on the podcast from one year ago. Tune into last year's summer solstice episode where The Grow Guide chats about square foot gardening! Dave then shares what he loves most about his garden at this time of year while …
 
Every gardener has good days and bad, and Dave and Maggie chat about rolling with the busy season. Along the way they stumble upon a plant "of good cheer" and talk about a cucamelon relative that might just become a new fav. The big discussion today is all about sweet potatoes, with emphasis on how to grow an edible crop organically in northern gar…
 
It’s June and Maggie and Dave are officially in their garden playgrounds! The duo shares the plants they think are perfect for summer as their favourite things of the week, including a zinnia ideal for bouquets and a plant with unique edible berries. This week Stephanie Rose, from GardenTherapy.ca joins the podcast to share botanical infusions from…
 
Unpredictable spring weather in Zone 3 has Maggie & Dave reminding listeners about the importance of protecting plants when temperatures drop over night. Be mindful, growers! Dave shares a variegated milkweed as his favourite plant of the week while Maggie shares an interesting concept to support local farmers in your community. A listener question…
 
This week we have the pleasure of chatting with Emma Biggs, a 14 year old gardening guru who just published her first book with the famous Storey publishing company. Emma brings her kid's-eye-view to help kids and adults better understand each other when it comes to enjoying gardening, but absolutely inspires gardeners of all ages with her extensiv…
 
Maggie and Dave kick off today's episode by sharing a fun article (read it here!) that ran on the podcast over the weekend. Dave shares about his fav plant of the week, a gorgeous blue perennial flower, and Maggie talks about a tropical-looking variety of tomato for hers. A listeners' question on transplanting leggy kohlrabi brings up some great ti…
 
As spring arrives slowly but surely, Dave and Maggie each have some plant experiments to share for their favourite gardening item of the week, and this sets the stage for a discussion focused on growing perennials in short season climates. Dave reveals some surprising fruit growing plans, while Maggie goes deeper with her passion for growing medici…
 
Maggie & Dave reflect on Earth Day this week and the changes they've made/challenges they've come across as gardeners trying to live more sustainably. Dave's favourite thing this week is an interesting garden product made of recycled sheep wool, while Maggie shares about her recent purchase of a few hens and how they fit into her plant-based lifest…
 
Dave and Maggie weave through a variety of seasonal topics as they share their excitement for spring, while a listener question about grass seeding generates several helpful options. The focus of today's episode is on three ways to create unique garden spaces: go vertical, plant in straw bales and discover the advantages of a keyhole garden.…
 
We're all eager to get out in the garden and the theme of this week's episode may just be the tool you need to keep those seeds warm and protected in early Spring. Tara Nolan — co-creator of https://savvygardening.com/ and author of Raised Bed Revolution — joins Maggie and Dave to chat all about the topic of her book and this recent garden craze. T…
 
This week Maggie & Dave embrace what is finally starting to feel like Spring in the prairies and dig into the seed starting topic with the podcast's first ever international guest, Lucy Start — better known as @shegrowsveg on Instagram. All the way from the UK, Lucy brings her laid-back style as a gardener to the podcast, sharing her rookie and exp…
 
It's BACK! Season 2 is here with new episodes on organic gardening practices coming out every single Tuesday. Maggie & Dave kick-off the new season with a little catch-up on their gardens and surviving the brutal Canadian winter of 2019 (we made it, folks!). Then it's back to usual business with the Favourite Plant Segment where Maggie gives away o…
 
Happy Holidays! Maggie & Dave are back in studio for a bonus episode to kick off the New Year. The duo catch up on what's going on in their own gardening lives and Maggie shares some exciting news. Then it's all about answering some of your questions about growing Christmas trees, saving houseplants in the winter and the top gardening books to read…
 
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