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The Epic Gardening podcast is a daily gardening tips and advice show brought to you by Kevin Espiritu, an urban gardener, hydroponics enthusiast, and all-around plant lover. Every day, a gardening question from YOU will be answered in a fun and informative way in under 10 minutes!
 
Bloom and Grow Radio is a weekly Podcast designed for the Urban Jungle Dweller, Houseplant Enthusiast and Succulent Killer alike. Maria Failla, a "plant killer turned plant lady" interviews different Plant People in the Urban Gardening community to source houseplant care tips, stories and lessons they’ve learned from caring for their plants along the way. Each episode has practical and spiritual tips and stories that empower and inspire the listener to have their own houseplant collection an ...
 
Bloom and Grow Radio is a weekly Podcast designed for the Urban Jungle Dweller, Houseplant Enthusiast and Succulent Killer alike. Maria Failla, a "plant killer turned plant lady" interviews different Plant People in the Urban Gardening community to source houseplant care tips, stories and lessons they’ve learned from caring for their plants along the way. Each episode has practical and spiritual tips and stories that empower and inspire the listener to have their own houseplant collection an ...
 
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Instead of treating diseases on your plants, how about not getting them in the first place? Try out these prevention tips this season. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of ...…
 
A few EPIC tips to get the most out of your onion crop this season. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from one of my favorite seed suppliers! Ord ...…
 
If you're struggling with your onions, it may be that you're just not growing the right type for your region! Learn the 3 different categories of onions in today's show. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening ...…
 
One of the best hacks for 100% pest prevention, floating row covers are a must in my fall garden. Are you using them? Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic ...…
 
Are coffee grounds safe to use in compost? And if so, how do you use them best? Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from one of my favorite seed su ...…
 
Some plants require cold periods in order to develop properly. This process is known as vernalization. Learn all about it and why it's important in today's show. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I' ...…
 
Today’s episode is exciting for me to share with you because the topic was something I was completely confused and bewildered by: this “semi-hydro” craze. Semi Hydro- (which is not a correct term, it’s actually called “passive hydro” standing for “passive hydroponics”) is the growing practice of using LECA balls, which are puffed clay balls tha ...…
 
Today’s episode is exciting for me to share with you because the topic was something I was completely confused and bewildered by: this “semi-hydro” craze. Semi Hydro- (which is not a correct term, it’s actually called “passive hydro” standing for “passive hydroponics”) is the growing practice of using LECA balls, which are puffed clay balls tha ...…
 
Less common but still an issue in the garden is overly sandy soil. Here is the "one-two" punch to fix your soil and get growing. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirlo ...…
 
Certain plants like certain soil pH conditions, so what do we need to know about pH in general and how to raise/lower it. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, org ...…
 
Spinach is a perfect spring/fall crop, so start some now with these epic tips to maximize the health and yield of your plant. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, ...…
 
Carrots. Super fun to harvest, super annoying to actually grow sometimes. Here are my top reasons you're struggling with your carrot crop. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack ...…
 
Cabbage is a fantastic but frustrating crop to grow, so here are a few of my tips to make the process even easier. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic se ...…
 
Planting garlic is where most growers make the biggest mistakes. Learn what to avoid when growing this delicious, aromatic root crop. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of h ...…
 
Epsom salts are so often recommended in the garden...but why? What's in them that makes them so magical? Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from o ...…
 
Very excited to welcome Rob from Farm.One to the podcast today for a conversation about beginners Hydroponics. Rob is doing Hydroponic Gardening at an incredibly high level at Farm.One- a hydroponic, vertical farm that grows rare and exotic produce indoors, year-round, pesticide- free in a basement in NYC. I met Rob last year when I was fortuna ...…
 
Very excited to welcome Rob from Farm.One to the podcast today for a conversation about beginners Hydroponics. Rob is doing Hydroponic Gardening at an incredibly high level at Farm.One- a hydroponic, vertical farm that grows rare and exotic produce indoors, year-round, pesticide- free in a basement in NYC. I met Rob last year when I was fortuna ...…
 
Does artifical light at night affect the growth of plants? Turns out we have to go deeper (as always) to understand the answer. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloo ...…
 
Leaf wilt = underwatering...or does it? There are many causes, so let's dive a bit deeper to understand what causes leaf wilt. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom ...…
 
Do plants respond to touch? If so, how? This is what we're discovering together in today's show. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from one of my ...…
 
Today we finish our series by discussing ways that you can both improve and destroy the mycorrhizal fungi present within your soil. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of hei ...…
 
Plant Friends- I'm so happy to have brought you the wonderful conversation this week on The Science of Soil. It's important for us to understand what makes our soils our plant babies grow so happily (or unhappily) in. I realize in this conversation, I stumbled upon a hot topic that I was unaware of: whether or not peat moss is sustainable. I've ...…
 
Plant Friends- I'm so happy to have brought you the wonderful conversation this week on The Science of Soil. It's important for us to understand what makes our soils our plant babies grow so happily (or unhappily) in. I realize in this conversation, I stumbled upon a hot topic that I was unaware of: whether or not peat moss is sustainable. I've ...…
 
In part two of the mycorrhizae series, we learn about the function of mycorrhizal fungi, as well as how to cultivate this relationship in your soil. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a ...…
 
What are mycorrhizal fungi and how do they work? Welcome to the mycorrhizae series, a 3 part podcast adventure into this wonderful symbiotic partnership of plants and fungi. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgarde ...…
 
Today we take a question from a listener about the best type of LED grow lights and if they're a better option than HID or high intensity discharge lights for growing fruiting crops as we move into fall and winter. Learn More: The Best Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, wi ...…
 
So excited about this highly request episode on the science of soil. Finding a “soil expert” was kind of tough, but when I met Dr Mark Yelanich on a recent visit to Metrolina Greenhouse, I knew I had found the answers to my prayers. Dr. Mark has been the Director of Research at Metrolina Greenhouses for the past 14 years. Metrolina Greenhouse i ...…
 
So excited about this highly request episode on the science of soil. Finding a “soil expert” was kind of tough, but when I met Dr Mark Yelanich on a recent visit to Metrolina Greenhouse, I knew I had found the answers to my prayers. Dr. Mark has been the Director of Research at Metrolina Greenhouses for the past 14 years. Metrolina Greenhouse i ...…
 
For drought-prone areas, xeriscaping is a fantastic way to have a beautiful landscape without a massive water bill. And it doesn't have to look like a desert! Learn More: Xeriscape Plants: 35 Drought-Resistant Options Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book ...…
 
Today we take a question from a listener about options for a shadier section of his lawn. Lawns in general love sun, so we talk about ideas for shade-loving ground covers. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardeni ...…
 
It's the perfect time for many of us to get our broccoli going, but what type to choose? Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from one of my favorit ...…
 
Instead of giving a stock answer for watering questions, today we look at all of the factors that affect watering your plants so you gain a deeper understanding. Learn More: When is the Best Time to Water Your Garden? Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book ...…
 
Fall is the perfect time to experiment with rare and delicious asian greens. Here are some of my favorites. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds fro ...…
 
A few things to make sure you're NOT doing as we transition into fall. Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from one of my favorite seed suppliers! ...…
 
Few announcements on potential upcoming Epic Gardening meetups, as well as a restock of the store! Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a free pack of heirloom, organic seeds from one of ...…
 
Thrilled as always to welcome Leslie Halleck back on the show. You will remember Leslie from our two part series on Understanding Natural Light and Propagation 101. She has two books, Plant Parenting- a guide to plant propagation and Gardening Under Lights. Today Leslie joins me to discuss everything we need to know about grow lights. Winter is ...…
 
Thrilled as always to welcome Leslie Halleck back on the show. You will remember Leslie from our two part series on Understanding Natural Light and Propagation 101. She has two books, Plant Parenting- a guide to plant propagation and Gardening Under Lights. Today Leslie joins me to discuss everything we need to know about grow lights. Winter is ...…
 
If you’re growing kale for the first time, you may have some questions about the best way to maximize your kale harvest. The great news is that you don’t have to devote a large amount of space or even grow a large number of plants to produce an impressive amount of this superfood. With proper care and harvesting, you can enjoy this annual leafy ...…
 
You’ve seen these succulents everywhere. Their captivating rosettes have been a constant in garden stores for years. Graptosedum is a classic that’s fun and easy to grow. Yes, the name sounds like grapes, but this succulent actually resembles Echeveria. Graptosedum’s compact leaves spiral around the stem and create rosettes at the top. It comes ...…
 
Today we talk about bokashi, a fantastic way to create anaerobic compost that doesn't smell, breaks down quickly in the soil, and is dead-simple to use. Plus, an additional technique you may want to try. Learn More: Bokashi Compost Buckets: An Easy DIY Method Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be ...…
 
Pothos, also known by the names devil’s ivy, silver vine, money plant, etc., is arguably the most popular houseplant of all time. With its attractive, heart-shaped leaves (not to be confused with a heartleaf philodendron), trailing vine-like appearance, and its ability to purify indoor air, pothos plants are an ideal choice for your home or off ...…
 
What is biochar and how do you use it in the garden? That's the topic for today, so buckle in! Learn More: What Is Biochar? Charcoal In Gardening Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, will be out May 7, 2019. If you pre-order the book and forward your receipt to kevin@epicgardening.com, I'll send you a fr ...…
 
Growing dragonfruit but not getting flowers? Try this method. I was able to induce flowering in 5 days...pretty crazy experiment in the garden that actually worked out! Order Field Guide to Urban Gardening My book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, is available for sale! It's a complete guide to growing plants, no matter where you live. Here's ho ...…
 
Today I bring on Rochelle Greayer of Pith + Vigor. She's a garden and landscape designer, TV host, and the creator of two incredible garden and planting design bootcamps. In this episode, we dive into Rochelle's bootcamps - why she created them, what's in them, and some fun stories from past attendees. Connect With Rochelle Garden Design Bootca ...…
 
Plant friends this is an excited episode for two reasons, #1 we hear from you! This is a community episode in response to it being National Indoor Plant Appreication week and I asked you to call in with a story of you and your plants. We have tales of plant wins, plant heirlooms, crazy plant person moments and even some fails. We we learn from ...…
 
Plant friends this is an excited episode for two reasons, #1 we hear from you! This is a community episode in response to it being National Indoor Plant Appreication week and I asked you to call in with a story of you and your plants. We have tales of plant wins, plant heirlooms, crazy plant person moments and even some fails. We we learn from ...…
 
Today I bring on Rochelle Greayer of Pith + Vigor. She's a garden and landscape designer, TV host, and the creator of two incredible garden and planting design bootcamps. In this episode, we discuss how fall is the perfect button to a growing season, and thus a fantastic time to take all of the observations you've made over spring and summer an ...…
 
Today I bring on Rochelle Greayer of Pith + Vigor. She's a garden and landscape designer, TV host, and the creator of two incredible garden and planting design bootcamps. In this episode, we discuss how going to a reputable nursery and asking them to help you filter through the laundry list of planting options is one of the best time, money, an ...…
 
Today I bring on Rochelle Greayer of Pith + Vigor. She's a garden and landscape designer, TV host, and the creator of two incredible garden and planting design bootcamps. In this episode, we talk about how to think about your plants - they do particular jobs in particular locations in the garden. Thinking of them through this lens can help your ...…
 
Today I bring on Rochelle Greayer of Pith + Vigor. She's a garden and landscape designer, TV host, and the creator of two incredible garden and planting design bootcamps. In this episode, we'll discuss how it's a big design mistake to think about the plants you want in your garden FIRST, and how that's about step #8 out of 10 in your design pla ...…
 
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