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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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Climate Proof Your Garden

• 57 min

Climate change is real, plant friends—and it’s impacting our world too fast! Because of that, it’s becoming extremely important for us plant parents/gardeners to adapt our practices to ensure our gardens can withstand the challenges that lie ahead. In fact, it’s already impacting our gardens in SO many ways—from unpredictable weather to increased pest infestations. So in this episode, I invited a new plant friend, Kim Stoddart, who is a passionate gardener, climate advocate, and author of "The Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden," to discuss strategies for building a climate-resilient garden. In this episode, we learn:[03:39] How Kim became a passionate climate activist and gardener[11:44] The Resilient Gardener vs. The Resilient Garden[15:06] Deepen your meditation practice with the Wind River Meditation Chime[16:49] Grow a thriving, climate-resistant vegetable garden with Espoma Organic![19:03] What are the climate issues to consider when building a resilient garden? (doom & gloom)[20:44] What are the effects of soil erosion and flooding on gardens?[22:56] What does “no-till” gardening mean?[24:59] What helps the soil become more resilient?[33:52] What is rainwater harvesting and what are the strategies for building water resiliency?[38:45] What is the importance of seed sovereignty in creating a more secure and sustainable garden?[44:01] What specific steps can you take to strengthen your garden's pest resistance?[46:08] What is polyculture?[49:57] What is Kim’s current garden practice? (aka what her homestead looks like)[52:12] Where can you find Kim on social media?[52:55] Where can you get her book, Climate Change Resilient Vegetable Garden? Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep 227: Homesteading Basics with Kevin of Epic GardeningGrowing Joy Ep 191: The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Mushrooms IndoorsGrowing Joy Ep 189: Companion Planting Basics with the Garden Managers of The Lodge at Woodloch, Ep 189Growing Joy Ep 183: The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Functional Mushrooms in Your GardenGrowing Joy Ep 178: The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101 Plus the Answer to "What is the Mushroom Growing in My Houseplant!"Growing Joy Ep 123: How to Manage Deer, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Moles, Voles and Other Animals in Your Garden with Brie The Plant LadyThe Woodchip Handbook: A Complete Guide for Farmers, Gardeners and Landscapers, book by Ben RaskinThe Climate Change Garden, UPDATED EDITION: Down to Earth Advice for Growing a Resilient Garden, book by Kim StoddartThe Climate Change–Resilient Vegetable Garden: How to Grow Food in a Changing Climate, book by Kim Stoddart For a more detailed list of Kim's resilient gardening tips,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Wind River ChimesTurn your home into a relaxation oasis with chimes! Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. They are launching a new collection of chimes called Eclipse, which are Corinthian bells uniquely tuned to the Lydian mode, a scale that creates an ethereal atmosphere of enchantment that matches the mystery and wonder of the solar eclipse and of outer space. Plus, these chimes make for amazing personal gifts to your loved ones! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes. Espoma OrganicIf you want a garden that provides, set it up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma 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. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging. Visit to find

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