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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature, Houseplants, Gardening and Plant Care

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101 Plus the Answer to "What is the Mushroom Growing in My Houseplant!"

• 66 min

Are you ready to dive into the magical world of mushrooms? We're excited to introduce the Mushroom Miniseries, our four-part exploration into the incredible, functional world of mushrooms. From learning about their adaptogenic nature to understanding how they grow, we're here to take you on a journey of discovery! Join me and my husband Billy as we partner with mushroom expert Louis Giller from North Spore to explore everything from how to grow mushrooms outdoors and indoors to discovering the incredible benefits mushrooms can offer our health and wellbeing. Our journey began with a simple walk in a nature preserve, and now we're bringing this passion project to you! Welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms! In this episode, we learn:[00:56] This episode’s special guest![02:02] Billy and I started exploring mushrooms after watching ‘Fantastic Fungi’[05:57] An overview of our four-part mushroom miniseries![07:57] Who is Louis Giller and why is he so crazy about mushrooms?[11:31] Mushroom appreciation![12:36] How we started this passion project[16:42] What is the difference between mushrooms and fungi?[19:00] Are you looking for a product that improves plant growth while reducing water usage?[20:40] Where can you get high-quality potato seeds this summer?[22:50] What differentiates fungi from flora?[25:21] What is the main purpose of mushrooms?[27:08] Let’s explore the Wood Wide Web![30:54] What determines the fungus' fruiting body structure?[35:38] Do potting mixes and composts with mycorrhizae help plants absorb water and nutrients faster, and how does this work?[37:05] What are the little yellow mushrooms growing in your houseplant soils?[39:36] What are adaptogenic mushrooms?[40:40] Chaga and Reishi mushrooms: their anti-inflammatory benefits and unknown mechanisms[43:43] Why mushroom have high-end protein content[48:56] Ready to prioritize your health by investing in your sleep with the comfiest bedsheets[51:07] Are the Cordyceps from The Last of Us TV show real?[53:21] Louis’ best mushroom-related books for beginners![57:37] What are the mushrooms that Loius regularly consumes?[59:31] What are some affordable ways to grow mushrooms at home? Mentioned in our conversation:Champs Trade ShowsPaul Stamets’s film Fantastic FungiPizza ai FunghiGiuliana FurciFunDiSHBO TV Series The Last of UsNetflix TV Series How to Change Your MindTero Isokauppila’s book Healing MushroomsTero Isokauppila’s book Healing AdaptogensDavid L. Spahr’s book Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada Merlin Sheldrake’ book Entangled LifeFour Sigmatic For a more comprehensive look into the world of mushrooms,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. Visit to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront. Territorial Seed CompanyThere is nothing like snacking on fresh berries, so why not grow them in your garden? With a wide variety of berries to have in spring, Territorial Seed Company has your back. Skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. Whether you are looking for berries, flowers or edible plants in either seed or seedling form, Territorial Seed Company has your back. Get 10% off by visiting - discount applied at checkout. Cozy EarthSleep is foundational for optimum health, like having quality soil for our plants to thrive in, so doesn't it make sen

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