With more time at home than ever before, people are turning to gardening, many for the first time. Some are using their gardens to heal their mind and bodies and feed their families. Others are finding ways to use their gardens to nourish neighbors and their community in unique and powerful ways. Meet some of the team of Growing a Greener World in their own gardens, and see what others are doing across the country to serve their communities through gardening.
It's always fun to visit a perfectly-manicured botanical garden, but the best learning often comes in everyday gardens grown by regular folks just like us. Today we travel to the Pacific Northwest to visit the personal garden of Susan Mulvihill, a Master gardener, author, and blogger whose beautiful blooms and smart improvisations just might inspire you, too.
When Growing a Greener World creator and host, Joe Lamp'l, isn't on the road to capture the stories of other gardeners in their gardens, he's busy keeping up with his own large, organically maintained raised bed garden and 5-acre hobby farm. But with a lot more time at home this year, come behind the scenes to experience what a real day in the life at Joe's personal and TV garden is really like.
This tiny Georgia town was one of many that never fully recovered after the boll weevil decimated the cotton industry in the South. But the future is looking brighter after one couple provided an unlikely spark, and accidentally started an urban farming revolution smack in the middle of downtown... from front yard gardens to a mushroom-growing warehouse.
Mingling food crops with your front yard ornamental garden is not only practical, it can add more visual appeal too. Limitations on where to create a designated food garden is often an obstacle in urban settings, so foodscaping - or landscaping to include edibles - is rapidly growing in popularity. Brie Arthur provides guidelines and examples for success and beauty, all from her personal foodscape garden.
The decisions you're making in the garden as this growing season winds down are already affecting next season's success! Joe invites viewers to tag along as he puts the Garden Farm to bed in the fall and demonstrates the simple steps you can take now that will pay off with bigger, better results when next spring's planting season rolls around!
Where a seed comes from - and how it was grown - can play a big role in how we source and grow our food crops and ornamental plants in our future. Not all seeds are created equal, nor should we be treating them as if they are. These days, more gardeners than ever are growing their own food. The seeds they choose to purchase and plant can impact a lot more than their own backyard garden.
Gardeners tend to go with what's tried and true. A growing season is too precious to roll the dice on some wacky experimental technique that may or may not work. In this episode, foodscape correspondent Brie Arthur- basically a rocket scientist when it comes to growing things- thinks outside the pot to show unorthodox methods that can produce big results in the home garden.
When Jason Brown walked away from a multi-million-dollar NFL contract to be a farmer, he didn't even know how to farm. Yet, two things were certain. He would learn to farm, and as he did, he'd give away the first fruits of every harvest to those in need.
Sprucing up a corner of your yard is one thing. It's quite another, though, to totally transform a property and compensate for years of neglect. "Redeeming the ground" is what one amazing family set out to do when they moved into a home no one wanted. They changed their landscape into something truly special. And in the process, they changed their whole life.
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