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167. Prepare for Garden Season: Select Seeds, Learn Your Climate, Cultivate Healthy Soil | Bailey Van Tassel

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If you are a gardener (or hopeful gardener) who is eagerly browsing seed catalogs and mapping out garden plots in anticipation of the upcoming growing season, this episode is for you!  Bailey is a wealth of knowledge on backyard gardening, and our conversation was full of practical tips, especially for the suburban gardener.  Bailey tends ten raised beds on her California neighborhood lot, and she helps gardeners in every zone plan, start, and cultivate their gardens no matter their level of experience.  If you are looking for some garden inspiration as we look ahead to spring and summer, join us for this chat!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Growing a garden on a small suburban lot
  • Gardening year round in a warmer climate
  • Raised beds vs. in ground gardening
  • Finding quality soil and keeping it healthy
  • Options for composting with animal manure
  • Considering what grows well in your climate
  • Favorite plants to grow that are often overlooked
  • Why you should grow flowers and herbs
  • Five things gardeners can do in winter to prepare for the growing season
  • Top recommendations for ordering seeds
  • Starting seeds indoors vs direct sowing
  • Best advice for new gardeners
  • Making the garden part of your daily rhythm
  • Deciding what to let go when your plate is full

View full show notes and transcript on the blog + watch this episode on YouTube.

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