The Helpful Gardeners

The Helpful Gardeners

Welcome to the Helpful Gardeners, a weekly podcast diving into the home and garden topics you want to learn more about. We hope to inform, inspire, and bring the fun as two friends who work together and go wild over gardening. Colin is a certified horticulturist with decades of experience working in landscaping, gardening and houseplants in various climactic zones. Brandi is a beginner with a passion to ask questions. Subscribe to catch new episodes every Sunday!

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July 22, 2024 29 mins

Looking for inspiration in your garden? Kitchen gardening can be done inside your home or out in your garden. It involves growing plants that will be used in your everyday cooking. Inspire healthy eating and easy meal planning.

 

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Today is the day. If you've been with us for a while, you may know a little fun fact about Brandi... she has never mowed a lawn. I know, many of you must be in disbelief! It seems like a chore most kids would do growing up. However, there's also a percentage of you that are in the same boat and can relate. We're going to talk about when to mow, the equipment you'll need, and proper technique. Let's mow a lawn!

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Where do botanical names come from? How do plants take on different common names? How do you pronounce plant names? This episode dives into all that and more!

Plus, Colin uncovers a list of naughty plant names which is why this episode is explicit. Enjoy!

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There are so many benefits associated with gardening whether you're a kid or an adult or a pet. We're going to explore some of those benefits, some activities and then.... get your glue and googly eyes ready because we're crafting!

 

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Shoutout to all the #PlantDaddies this Father's Day!

Do you have a Plant Dad in your life? We love and adore them. Listen in to learn more about some of the father's of horticulture in Canada!

 

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Gardening is a personal journey. There's so many ways to approach it, including the organic approach. A decade ago, much like with gluten free and vegan options, there wasn't much on the market for organic options. In recent years, there has been a push toward offering more ecofriendly products to aid every part of the growing process. Let's dive into some of those options today.

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May 31, 2024 31 mins

Gardening is an investment of your time and money so here's 4 easy ways you can protect that investment from challenges like weather, bugs and more.

 

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Heading into the highly anticipated planting season, the Helpful Gardeners wanted to send out a little PSA on 8 common planting errors and how to avoid them. 

 

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This week is a very special week because we’re giving some extra love and appreciation to Garden Mums! We'll spotlight two special ladies in gardening and bring it home with memories about mum in the garden.


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There has been a word drifting around the greenhouse lately, and it's "acclimatizing". What does that mean and how does it benefit your plants especially at transplanting time? Plus, when it does come time to transplant your annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, what is the best way to go about it? We'll talk about water, fertilizer, and more this week on the Helpful Gardeners Podcast!


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This week, we're visited by two of the coolest ladies gardening in Southern Alberta; Sheryl Normandeau and Janet Melrose! They are the coauthors of the popular "Prairie Gardeners How To" series! In a digital world full of general information, their books provide specific knowledge for gardening in climates like Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Plus, everything they write about is based on their own experience inclu...

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We've got a lot of ground to cover this week... ha ha ha

All kidding aside, there's a lot of benefits to utilizing ground cover in your garden! Together, lets explore mulch, fabric, rock, and straw. We'll talk about how you can use it, how much to buy, and how to maintain it. Plus, Colin has a great garden hack for soaker hoses in your garden to actually conserve water!

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Are you a moving into a new home and not sure how to approach the garden? One of the helpful gardeners just bought a home and is not sure how to approach their new garden! Learn how to tackle lawn, existing structures/plants, and where to begin. Visit the shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! ************************* CONNECT WITH US

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If you build it, nature will come. No matter what type of garden you have, whether it's in an established neighbourhood or newly built in the suburbs, you can enjoy nature from your very own backyard. Learn how to attract birds, including hummingbirds, to your garden!

Myrna is a biologist, author and nature photographer living on the south shore of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. She was born in Rymbey, Alberta and developed a love of ...

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March 31, 2024 44 mins
Rounding out our Seed Starting Mini Series is a look into growing flowers from seed! In many ways, this will be a total 180 degree shift from growing veggies and fruit. Flowers aren’t targeted as much by bugs and disease, they benefit from deadheading, and they’re grown more for aesthetic purposes rather than consumption. Visit the shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! *********************...
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This week, we're crouching down to explore all those fruits and veggies that grow close to the ground. These ground dwellers include Broccoli, squash, kohlrabi, and even strawberries! Learn more about how use the entire squash plant in cooking, a hack to protect pumpkins from pests, and we have a surprise melon taste test! Visit the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! TIMEC...
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This week, we're exploring fresh leafy greens and flavourful herbs. Learn more about flexibility of growing lettuce and why you should livehead your herbs when they go to flower.   Visit the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! TIMECODES 01:55 Herb or 'erb?

05:34 Seed Varieties

11:34 Leafy Greens & Herbs - General Care

13:35 Growing Mint

14:18 Companion Planting ...

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March 10, 2024 47 mins
This week, we 'rooting' around the subject of root vegetables! How do we start them from seed, maintain them, and harvest them!  Visit the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! TIMECODES 00:00 Introduction 04:00 Sweet like a Beet 05:08 Seed Varieties 11:00 Growing Veggie Flowers 13:44 Companion Planting CONNECT WITH US Thank you so much for supporting our podcast and for making ...
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What will your garden grow in 2024? This week, the gardeners explore how to cultivate the juiciest tomatoes, the spicy kick of peppers, the sweet crunch of corn, and the wholesome goodness of peas and beans.

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TIMECODES 00:00 Introduction

03:50 Seed Varieties

06:30 Seed Starting Methods

07:00 Companion Planting - The Three Sister...

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February 25, 2024 30 mins

What's the one thing we're seeing in every basket and cart at the greenhouse this week? SEEDS! We are buzzing with excitement! Before you settle on your seed haul, listen to this weeks episode outlining what you should be thinking about this time of year.

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