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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

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



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Top 5 Seed Starting Mistakes with Joe Gardener

• 57 min

It’s almost that glorious time of year again...seed starting season! I don’t know about you, but this is hands-down one of my favorite times in the garden. There’s just something touching about growing those tiny pieces of potential life into healthy plants and vegetables. However, I’d be lying if I said I’ve had perfect success right off the bat. Seed starting has a bit of a learning curve, but making mistakes is all part of the fun and learning in the garden! As long as you don’t lose an entire flat of precious tomato seeds (guilty!), then it’s fair game. To help you avoid disappointment and heartache in your seed starting endeavors, I brought back renowned gardener Joe Lamp’l to share the top mistakes he sees people make. With years of seed starting expertise, including creating his online Master Seed Starting Course that I absolutely love, he’s seen it all. Get $100 off Joe’s Master Seed Starting Digital Course!Discount only applies through January 29th, 2024 so grab it while it’s live! In this episode, we learn:[05:13] Joe’s OVG Course and adding flowers to his garden[08:25] How long has Joe been growing his garden from seed?[08:51] Understanding the nuances of seed starting[09:17] What is the educational value of the seed-to-plant process?[11:56] What are the challenges and differences in seed starting compared to caring for houseplants?[12:49] How did Joe come up with the top 5 seed starting mistakes?[14:09] Misconceptions people have when it comes to starting seeds[15:35] Seed starting mistake #1: Your seeds don’t germinate![15:53] #1.a Soil temperature is not appropriate [16:37] #1.b You plant them too deep or too shallow[19:05] #1.c They’re getting either too much or too little water[22:52] Seed starting mistake #2: Maintaining proper soil moisture (weigh your soil!)[26:47] You can use a moisture meter![29:12] Seed starting mistake #3 Light requirements[30:42] Blue and red light frequencies promote growth more than other light frequencies[34:18] Why Joe recommends investing in a grow light[35:24] Seed starting mistake #4 Gardeners often don’t read seed planting guidelines[40:08] Older seeds may not be viable for planting (so check the sell date!)[41:25] #5 Process of “hardening off” (preparing seedlings for outdoor life)[48:21] Where can you enroll in Joe’s seed starting class?[53:18] Sign up for Joe's Master Seed Starting Course before January 29 and get $100 off![54:01] Where can you find Joe on social media? Mentioned in our conversation:Joe's Master Seed Starting Course -- Get $100 off with this link!Online Gardening AcademyOrganic Vegetable Gardening WaitlistBook by Joe Lamp’l The Vegetable Gardening BookGrowing Joy Ep 173: Seed Starting Basics With Joe Lamp’lGrowing Joy Ep 114: Seed Starting 101 With Joe Lamp’lSoltech Aspect LED Growlight For a more detailed look into seed starting fixes,check out the full show notes and blog here! Follow Joe:  Website Instagram Facebook Podcast Twitter Pinterest Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here! Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria Website: Pinterest: @growingjoywithmaria Our Sponsors: * Check out Manukora: * Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined * Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefined Advertising Inquiries:

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