Humans Growing Stuff

Humans Growing Stuff

Gardening is about more than just roots and leaves, it’s about human connection, successes and failures, moments of mindfulness and growing some good. This is the most delightfully human podcast about plants you’ll ever listen to! Hosted by Mangesh Hattikudur and collaboration between iHeartMedia and you by your friends at Miracle-Gro “Humans Growing Stuff” is a show about growing and gardening for everyone. We’ll share sweetly inspiring stories, tips and tricks to nurture your plant addiction and just enough science to make you sound like an expert! So join us as we dig into “Humans Growing Stuff.”

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May 6, 2021 51 min
It’s our last episode of the season and we’re looking back at the many lessons plants have taught us about being better humans.  Join Mango as he talks to fitness guru and garden geek Mark Peacock about the resiliency of plants. We also call up designer, lifestyle influencer and CEO of The Little Market Lauren Conrad and talk about her gardening journey and the lessons she’s taught her kids in the garden.  For more helpful tips on ...
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From micro toms (the world’s smallest tomato plant) to miniature orchids, tiny gardens and miniature plants are right up there on the trend list with tiny homes. LA Times predicts that mini plants and tiny trees will be one of the biggest gardening trends of 2021. And this isn’t surprising, because the internet loves miniatures.   Join Mangesh as he learns about why we love tiny plants so much from the person who wrote the book on ...
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April 7, 2021 49 min
If you think about it - the garden is the little sibling to the farm. Smaller in scale and generally tended by fewer parents, the garden has much to learn from the farm, especially as farming evolves from long-standing generational farms and methodologies into newer and greener growing practices led by younger, first-generation farmers. Today, we're seeing more and more millennials pick up and move out of cities and onto their ...
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Who says gardening and tending to the flowers is a gendered activity? From house plants to flowers, the plant daddies and Miracle-Bros are infusing their personality into growing culture and redefining what masculinity means.  In this episode, Mango reconnects with friend of the pod Michael “Mr. Plant Geek” Perry as they talk about living your truth among the plants. New York drag queen Missleidy The Plant Lady stops by and reads m...
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Farm-to-table restaurants have been some of our favorites dining establishments. These days, we’re doing less and less dining out, but we’re coming up with exciting new ways to use the harvest from our own gardens and finding new ways to keep the human connection through sharing food alive with garden cooking and cocktail mixing. In this episode, renowned Atlanta mixologist, Keyatta Mincey Parker tells Mango about the origins of he...
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Early spring is an important time of year; it’s when we begin to slowly shake off the chill of winter and see our first few signs of early green life. But how can we be absolutely sure when it's safe to start planting for Spring? Is there an official start date that all growers know about? And after a long and cold winter, where do we even start? Our friend Jade, The Black Plant Chick (host of "Black Plant Chick Pod"), ...
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February 17, 2021 2 min
Mango and the team are back with a brand new season of growing stuff. Join us this spring for new episodes, new interviews and new experiences as we grow and learn together. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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November 11, 2020 41 min
Have you ever come in from the yard after planting and pruning actually felt sore? It’s as if you went to a high intensity workout class, but you were actually just turning the compost. You’re not alone! Gardening does a body good. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gardening qualifies as actual exercise and just 30-45 mins tending to the plants in your backyard can burn up to 300 calories. Gardening can b...
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There’s a whole world in your backyard with multiple layers and symbiotic relationships. While we may take on the role of watering, pruning and planting, there are creatures and plants that have their own responsibilities and roles to play that are seen and unseen. Together they create an entire infrastructure and network. And while some are more helpful than others, ultimately it all works together to create a green oasis brimming...
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October 28, 2020 39 min
In the age of free two-day shipping and groceries on demand, it may still be shocking to know that many low-income residents of cities still suffer from a scarcity of affordable or quality fresh food. These are food deserts, and they still exist in thralling metropolises like New York City and Atlanta. Host Mangesh Hattikudur speaks to growers and organizations who are growing for good. These are community members and outsiders who...
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Gardening has an incredibly diverse history rooted in indigenous cultures. Host Mangesh Hattikudur speaks with growers of color and together they shed light on the multicultural community and origins of modern gardening. In this episode, Mango calls up multi-dimensional artist, activist, grower and Program Director of Soul Fire Farm, Naima Penniman to learn about the the afro-indigenous history behind growing practices in America. ...
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October 14, 2020 31 min
Did you know that planting seeds can help the youngest members of your family develop their fine motor skills? Gardening also unites the family behind a shared purpose, to see something grow. With the help of our special guest Shelly Casto form Highland Youth Garden in Columbus, Ohio, host Mangesh Hattikudur discovers the lessons and skills parents and kids can learn together by turning gardening into a family hobby. Mango also sen...
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October 7, 2020 30 min
Host Mangesh Hattikudur talks with friends and experts about how to build a vibrant and gorgeous garden in the least likely place: in the middle of a bustling city. With special guests, Ursula Chanse and Kadeesha Williams of the New York Botanical Garden’s Bronx Green-Up Program, Mangesh learns about the magic and majesty of urban community gardens. Instagram’s Plant Anna Plant tells us how she makes space for plants in her apartme...
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Fall is officially upon us which means pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced lattes and gardening. Host Mangesh Hattikudur talks with friends and experts about how to transition our gardening from summer to fall. What do we bring indoors? What herbs and vegetables can we still plant outdoors? With help from our friends the Black Plant Chick (@BlackPlantChick) and James Beard Award-Winning Chef Vivian Howard (@TheChefAndTheF...
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September 23, 2020 28 min
Did you know that gardening is actually good for your mental health? In this episode, host Mangesh (Mango) Hattikudur begins his gardening journey. With the help of special guests Baratunde Thurston (How to Citizen) and Mr. Plant Geek Michael Perry (The Plant Based Pod), Mango discovers just how much he can gain from growing his green thumb. For more helpful tips and insight on jump starting your gardening, check out the Miracle-Gr...
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September 9, 2020 3 min
Did you know that more than half of Americans are heading outside and tending to gardens? We are in a golden age of growing, but there’s more to gardening than plants and dirt. That’s why your friends at Miracle-Gro and iHeartRadio are partnering up to bring you “Humans Growing stuff;” a new series that’s just as much about humans as it is about growing stuff. Each week, along with our host Mangesh “Mango” Hattikudur, we’ll bring y...
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