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Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.
 
A houseplant meets personal growth podcast by Dusty Hegge (that's me!). There are such beautiful parallels between plant growth and human growth and I KNOW that is by God’s design. So, on Grow Well, we talk about both! Everything from soulful personal growth to how to keep your fiddle leaf fig alive - we’ll talk about it all!
 
Got Houseplants? Like houseplants but continue to kill them? Interested in growing you own herbs or veggies? Developing your "green thumb" and looking to expand your plant care knowledge? Bloom and Grow Radio is here to help! Host Maria Failla, a "plant killer turned plant lady" interviews different "Plant People" and experts to source houseplant care tips, stories and lessons to help our community of "plant friends". Each episode has practical and spiritual tips and stories that empower and ...
 
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C.L. and Ellen explain that succulents are easy to propagate, and talk about why we should care about the life cycle of insects. The episode ends with a discussion about collecting rainwater for houseplants. :30 Plant Noob: How to propagate succulents 9:41 Eat/Drink/Grow: Life cycle of most insects… 18:42 Love Letters and Questions: Paul writes: “A…
 
For better or worse, in this episode Ellen and C.L. are delving into Pumpkin Spice. We start talking about allspice, and then do a deep dive into the plants that produce the flavors in the most popular seasonal latte offered at local coffee shops. :30 True or False: Allspice is a mix of several spices. 3:44 Eat/Drink/Grow: Where do real pumpkin spi…
 
Today we invite Dr Elle Barnes back to the show after our very successful conversation after I took Intro to Plant Science with her at NYBG. Elle is a scientist and teacher for NYBG and in addition to Intro to Plant Science, I recently took The Science of Tree Communication class with as well. It was WILD to learn about the underground “wood wide w…
 
We’re celebrating fall with autumnal beverages, talking about applying fertilizer in the fall, and discussing cleaning up houseplants when you bring them back indoors. :31 True or False: Winter is a good time to fertilize gardens. 4:38 Eat/Drink/Grow: Fall Cocktails and other garden or plant-based beverages. 17:58 The Plant Noob: Cleaning up housep…
 
It’s time to take stock of the vegetable garden and consider what thrived and which crops were a bust. Ellen and C.L. discuss why Ellen loves to forage for chestnuts, and how she cooks them, plus we answer a question about dandelion foliage in the lawn. :35 What’s For Dinner: Chestnuts! 8:02 Eat/Drink/Grow: Veggie Garden Wrap Up 22:35 Love Letters …
 
"You can't reach the brain till you go through the heart" - Joe Dombrowski I'm thrilled to welcome back Joe Dombrowski (@mrDtimes3) to the show after our wonderful episode on Plants in the Classroom a couple of years ago. Since then a lot has changed, Joe and I have become IRL friends (I was able to visit him in 2019 and we took an amazing trip to …
 
Hear what plant people mean when they talk about “the canopy,” learn about a must-have book if you grow perennials, and find out what you can do in perennial gardens in the fall. Plus a look at what’s growing in C.L.’s “bunny bin.” :40 Plant Noob: What is “the canopy?” 2:26 Insider Information: the “bunny bin” 5:54 Book Review: Herbaceous Perennial…
 
In this episode we talk about foraged silverberries, cherry tomatoes, saving seeds, and whether fall is the best time for planting. Ellen and C.L. end with a question from Jenna about possible uses for carrot tops. :27 What’s for dinner: Silverberry and Cherry Tomatoes 7:27 Eat/Drink/Grow: Saving Seeds. When to do so, how to save, pros and cons. 16…
 
So thrilled to welcome Chris Satch back to the show for an UNBELIEVABLE, comprehensive conversation on all things WATERING! We cover everything from top watering, bottom watering, troubleshooting, how to identify root rot and many listener questions. This is not an episode to miss if you have any questions around watering your plants! Have you take…
 
Ellen and C.L. give you ideas for using all of that mint that has exploded in your gardens over the summer. We explain how to keep container plants through the winter without pot or plant death, and answer a listener’s question about transplanting in the fall. :42 What’s For Dinner: What Can You Do With Mint? 7:43 Eat/Drink/Grow: Keeping Plants in …
 
Learn the truth about calcium and the black blossom end rot on your tomatoes, hear about preserving the herbs you’ve grown, discover a better way to prone large shrubs, and find out why a Cannabis plant isn’t budding. Our sponsor today is Territorial Seeds. :40 True or False: Lack of calcium in the soil causes blossom end rot in tomatoes 8:05 Eat/D…
 
The 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey is live!- Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and be a part of the future of Bloom and Grow Radio and Media! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in planning episode topics and community resources. We had 1000 people complete the survey last time, so my goal for this survey is 300…
 
C.L. and Ellen and talk about ways to prepare eggplant, protecting your fall crops from frost, taking cuttings of shrubs and tender plants, and drying white hydrangea flowers. :47 What’s for dinner: Eggplant 11:08 Insider Information: Protecting fall crops if an early freeze is predicted. 16:56 Eat/Drink/Grow: Taking cuttings of woody plants and te…
 
In this episode Ellen and C.L. give you a way to identify grasses, sedges and rushes, we discuss the mildew that you might be seeing on various plants, and answer a listener’s question about where to find unusual plants. :39 Plant Noob: Sedges, grasses and rushes. 9:19 Eat/Drink/Grow: A deep dive into MILDEW. 23:44 Love Letters and Questions: Ellen…
 
Take the Bloom and Grow Radio 2020 Listener Survey! It’s always a pleasure to have my #plantfriendIRL Danae from Folia Collective back on the show. Danae is a beloved guest of BAGR from her episode on How to Start a Plant Shop. The Folia Collective shops are in Los Angeles and she has created an epic planty brand for herself and her shops that fill…
 
Wondering if your zucchini can cross with the neighbor’s pumpkins? Want to know about planting where a tree used to grow? Ellen and C.L. talk about those topics plus finding inexpensive plants for shade and curling tomato leaves. :37 True or False: Zucchini can cross with pumpkins so that you get weird fruit. 3:11 Eat/Drink/Grow: Why a plant might …
 
Plant Friends WELCOME to the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio. Wow, I can’t believe we are here. 100 episodes over 3 years, when I really thought we might not get past episode 10. I’m humbled, proud and incredibly honored to have been through this journey alongside you. If you’ve been listening, you’ll know that this podcast was such an insane…
 
Hear about two cocktails that use edible flowers, learn about the ways vines support themselves or climb structures, and discover how to tell which flowers are male or female on your summer squash. Plus we answer a listener’s question about fall vegetable plantings. :45 What’s For Dinner: Flower Power Summer Cocktails 6:08 Eat/Drink/Grow: Vines – h…
 
So thrilled to welcome back Lisa from the Houseplant Guru for an EXTENSIVE chat about the wonderful world of ferns. We discuss why and how they are finicky and how to successfully care for them. We also discuss a fun variety of ferns to try for different personalities and answer a whole bunch of listener questions! Lisa has just published her FOURT…
 
Hi Plant Friends! I cant believe the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio is around the corner! Many of you have been around since episode 1, and I'm so honored to have learned alongside you in this three year journey! The 100th episode will be my top 10 lessons learned from 100 episodes! I want this episode to be all about our community and these…
 
Ellen and C.L. give ideas for making your outdoor office (or Zoom Room) greener. We talk about the maintenance of daylilies, and answer a listener’s question about controlling mosquitos. :32 Your Outdoor Office: Still working from home? You need greenery. 4:47 Eat/Drink/Grow: A Deep Dive into Daylilies. 16:58 Love Letters and Questions: Paul asks i…
 
Plant friends: big announcement, WE’VE MOVED. I’ve been returning to the concept of pruning as I go through many unforeseen changes in life these days, the biggest being that Billy and I have moved out of our tiny NYC apartment in search of adventure and more space. Today I share the science behind pruning, and how it’s been helping me stay present…
 
Hear how to use all the summer squash from your garden, learn about the new foraging calendar from Amber Lotus Publishing, and listen to Ellen give her top plants for foraging in the Midwest and Northeast. In our main segment we’ll talk about why a plant might change growth habits, or develop different foliage and flower colors. 1:30 What’s for din…
 
I am SO very excited to welcome Dr Elle Barnes, my teacher for my Intro to Plant Science with NYBG. HOLY MOLY this episode was so fun to record. I took the Intro to Plant Science Course with the NYBG virtually via Zoom during this period of social distancing and what I learned throughout the course blew my mind. Intro to Plant Science might be my m…
 
Wondering why your salad, broccoli or radishes are flowering? Thinking that the houseplants you put out for the summer aren’t looking fantastic? Learn about attractively arranging houseplants outside, summer orchid care, what “bolting” means in the veggie garden, and a good time to transplant a tree. :30 Plant Noob: Why some vegetables “bolt” 8:53 …
 
Ellen and C.L. discuss whether the use of mulch robs the soil of nitrogen, and we take a dive into the Polygonaceae family…smart weeds and knotweeds. We give you the scoop on two informative webinars for anyone interested in growing hydrangeas, and answer a question about the odd, jelly-like forms that a listener has found on some junipers. 1:42 Tr…
 
I’m thrilled to welcome Nadia of Urban Farm Sista to the show today to discuss garden pests and her mission with the Agricademy. Nadia is the plant lady behind several amazing businesses and planty projects including the Urban Farm Sista Educational Social Media Platforms, Quiwi Produce and Agricademy. She graduated from Ohio State in 2005 with a b…
 
This episode will inspire you to make an omelet using vegetables you’ve grown or foraged for. Ellen and C.L. take a deep dive into peonies and all the questions people have about them not flowering, when to move them, how to control mildew and more. Finally, we clue you in about the fascinating (and mostly harmless) round growths on oak leaves, and…
 
If you’re wondering about growing blackberries or raspberries, want to know how to use a hoe for weed control or how to pinch your cannabis plants for bushy growth, this episode will help. Plus foraging for pineapple weed and growing pineapple sage. :35 What’s for dinner: Pineapple weed, pineapple sage 6:32 Insider Information: When to use a hoe to…
 
I’m so thrilled to invite my Soil Science teacher Dr. Anna Paltseva to join us today for a nerdy conversation about soil science and drainage. I took her Soil Science 101 class virtually with the NYBG this year and learned so much. I look at soil and the earth differently after this course. What we learned is way too much to cover in one episode, s…
 
Ellen and C.L. talk about the possibility of pruning to reduce a plant’s size, plus information about milkweed. We discuss pine needles in compost and how to keep a hanging basket looking great. With thanks to our sponsor at Rainwand.com 1:15 Plant Noob: Can I make my shrub or tree smaller? 8:49 Eat/Drink/Grow: A deep dive into Milkweed. 17:15 True…
 
This episode addresses if eggshells are beneficial in a veggie garden, along with roses: fertilizing, deadheading, insects and diseases. Plus a question about the tall verbena. :30 True or False: Eggshells are good for the vegetable garden. 4:31 Eat/Drink/Grow: Roses in early summer. 25:16 Love Letters and Questions: From Billie about Verbena bonar…
 
On the heels of the #amplifymelanatedvoices initiative, we take pause to reflect on the national and international conversation happening around the Black Lives Matter movement. We hear excerpts from two episodes with two beautiful Black Plant People, Christopher from PlantKween and Colah from Black in the Garden, share inspiring stories about how …
 
If you’re wondering if you can still plant vegetables, or you’re seeing your new plants being eaten, this episode is for you. Learn what to do about holes and bites out of young plants, hear how to repot houseplants now, and find out which indoor plants should be sent “to summer camp.” :39 What’s For Dinner Planting in early June 5:00 Eat/Drink/Gro…
 
Hear about eating unripe apricots and growing the tiny, tasty cucamelons. Learn how to plant for better weed management, discover the exotic, fragrant Brugmansia plant and learn what thinning seedlings is all about. :33 What’s for dinner: Unripe Apricots and cucamelons. 7:04 Insider Information: Planting for easier weed management. 13:43 Eat/Drink/…
 
So thrilled to be welcoming Becca de la Plants and SO MANY of our favorite plant-tubers to the show today on an epic cross media collaboration! I have become very curious about the Plant-tube, the Planty corner of Youtube, and decided to do a deep dive by reaching out to YOUR favorite plant-tubers to get answers to my questions! This is a two part …
 
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