The Helpful Gardeners

Golden Acre Home and Garden

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! read less
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Gardening from Seed: Ground Dwellers - Squash, strawberries, and more.
24-03-2024
Gardening from Seed: Ground Dwellers - Squash, strawberries, and more.
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! TIMECODES 08:20 Seed Varieties 24:20 Importance of Spacing 26:46 Start inside? 32:37 Soil and Amendments 36:22 Fertilizer 37:40 Cold Hardy? 38:53 Equipment Requirements 41:32 Bugs, Disease, Predators 43:02 Harvest Options 45:00 Surprise Melon Taste Test! ************************* CONNECT WITH US Thank you so much for supporting our podcast and for making the world a more planty place. Please subscribe, leave a rating or review and listen in for new gardening discussions every week! Subscribe to our show on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Apple⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Google⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠info@goldenacre.ca⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (SUBJECT: PODCAST)
Gardening from Seed: Leafy Greens and Herbs
17-03-2024
Gardening from Seed: Leafy Greens and Herbs
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 and Themed Planters 17:00 Starting from Seed 18:40 Spacing requirements 21:30 Succession planting 22:20 Why we "live-head" Herbs 27:30 Soil Preferences 29:00 Propagation 32:03 Bugs, Diseases, Predators 35:00 Harvesting Tips & Drying Herbs ************************* CONNECT WITH US Thank you so much for supporting our podcast and for making the world a more planty place. Please subscribe, leave a rating or review and listen in for new gardening discussions every week! Subscribe to our show on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Apple⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Google⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Leave an anonymous voicemail ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and be featured on the show! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠info@goldenacre.ca⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (SUBJECT: PODCAST)
Gardening from Seed: Root Vegetables
11-03-2024
Gardening from Seed: Root Vegetables
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 the world a more planty place. Please subscribe, leave a rating or review and listen in for new gardening discussions every week! Subscribe to our show on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Apple⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Google⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Leave an anonymous voicemail ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and be featured on the show! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠info@goldenacre.ca⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (SUBJECT: PODCAST
Gardening from Seed: Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn, Peas and Beans
03-03-2024
Gardening from Seed: Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn, Peas and Beans
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. Visit the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! TIMECODES 00:00 Introduction 03:50 Seed Varieties 06:30 Seed Starting Methods 07:00 Companion Planting - The Three Sisters 11:11 Environment Requirements 13:11 Start Inside or Outside? 15:17 Vessel Options 18:04 Soil Amending - Options, Soil Activator, Inoculant 20:30 The Last Frost 22:19 Structures and Equipment Check List 25:45 Garden Care Instructions 31:00 Diseases: Prevention, Treatment, Blossom End Rot 40:00 Bugs: Prevention and Treatment 45:25 Predators: Birds, Deer, etc CONNECT WITH US Thank you so much for supporting our podcast and for making the world a more planty place. Please subscribe, leave a rating or review and listen in for new gardening discussions every week! Subscribe to our show on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Apple⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Google⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Leave an anonymous voicemail ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and be featured on the show! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠info@goldenacre.ca⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (SUBJECT: PODCAST
Before you Buy Seeds, Listen to This
25-02-2024
Before you Buy Seeds, Listen to This
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. Visit the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! TIMECODES 00:00 Introduction 04:00 Look back - what changed in your life? 06:30 Calgary Horticultural Society 09:18 What you should grow and how much 13:55 Prepare for bugs and disease now? 19:52 Consider the vessel and consider starting seeds in that 23:58 Is crop rotation feasible? 26:03 Hypothetical Question of the Week CONNECT WITH US Thank you so much for supporting our podcast and for making the world a more planty place. Please subscribe, leave a rating or review and listen in for new gardening discussions every week! Subscribe to our show on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Apple⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Google⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Leave an anonymous voicemail ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and be featured on the show! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠info@goldenacre.ca⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (SUBJECT: PODCAST
Floral Symbology – Flowers to Celebrate LIFE
18-02-2024
Floral Symbology – Flowers to Celebrate LIFE
This week, we celebrated Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day which got us thinking about all the ways flowers help up mark life’s big moments. Colours and varieties play into floral symbology, and we're even going to find out which flower represents Colin's soul! Visit the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠shownotes ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠for links from today's episode, and other fun extras! TIMECODES 00:00 Introduction 01:53 Colour Language 15:41 Floral Language 26:45 Hypothetical Question of the Week CONNECT WITH US Thank you so much for supporting our podcast and for making the world a more planty place. Please subscribe, leave a rating or review and listen in for new gardening discussions every week! Subscribe to our show on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Apple⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Google⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Leave an anonymous voicemail ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and be featured on the show! ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠info@goldenacre.ca⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (SUBJECT: PODCAST