Epic Gardening: Daily Growing Tips and Advice

Kevin Espiritu | Urban Gardener, Hydroponics Enthusiast, Plant Lover

The Epic Gardening podcast is a daily gardening tips and advice show brought to you by Kevin Espiritu, an urban gardener, hydroponics enthusiast, and all-around plant lover. Every day, a gardening question from YOU will be answered in a fun and informative way in under 10 minutes! read less

Southern California Gardening
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Southern California Gardening
Today, we bring on a long-time friend of mine, Randi from Freckled Californian. She's on the show talking about her experiences growing in SoCal, as well as some fantastic tips for gardeners of all levels of experience! Connect With Randi Rhoades: Randi is a gardening friend of mine and the gal behind FreckledCalifornian.com, where she writes about her experiences growing both food and flowers in Southern California. Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Growing Rudbeckia
2d ago
Growing Rudbeckia
Rudbeckia grows abundantly and easily in Kevin’s climate, and it’s a bit more challenging for Milli. She shares her approach as a professional cut flower grower. Connect With Milli Proust: Milli Proust is a sustainable flower grower and designer, she uses her flowers for weddings, events, and private clients. She has a book called From Seed to Bloom, coming out June 12 in the USA. Milli Proust’s WebsiteFrom Seed to Bloom Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Growing Snapdragons
3d ago
Growing Snapdragons
Kevin saw a gorgeous snapdragon garden on a tour a few years ago and hasn’t stopped thinking about them since. Milli grows them for her private events, weddings, and clients, and shares some growing tips from a cut flower grower’s perspective. Connect With Milli Proust: Milli Proust is a sustainable flower grower and designer, she uses her flowers for weddings, events, and private clients. She has a book called From Seed to Bloom, coming out June 12 in the USA. Milli Proust’s WebsiteFrom Seed to Bloom Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Growing Cosmos
4d ago
Growing Cosmos
One of the easiest beginner flowers, cosmos was Kevin’s first “real flower” he grew in his garden. Milli shares a few tips on getting them to grow well and last longer in a cut flower vase. Connect With Milli Proust: Milli Proust is a sustainable flower grower and designer, she uses her flowers for weddings, events, and private clients. She has a book called From Seed to Bloom, coming out June 12 in the USA. Milli Proust’s WebsiteFrom Seed to Bloom Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Growing Dahlias
5d ago
Growing Dahlias
Kevin experimented successfully with dahlias last year, and wants to expand this year. Milli shares her favorite varieties as well as strategies for harvesting them as cut flowers. Connect With Milli Proust: Milli Proust is a sustainable flower grower and designer, she uses her flowers for weddings, events, and private clients. She has a book called From Seed to Bloom, coming out June 12 in the USA. Milli Proust’s WebsiteFrom Seed to Bloom Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Growing Sweet Peas
6d ago
Growing Sweet Peas
Kevin’s friend Supannee grows sweet peas for her Thai restaurant in San Diego, prompting Kevin to want to grow his own. Milli shares how she approaches them in her UK garden. Connect With Milli Proust: Milli Proust is a sustainable flower grower and designer, she uses her flowers for weddings, events, and private clients. She has a book called From Seed to Bloom, coming out June 12 in the USA. Milli Proust’s WebsiteFrom Seed to Bloom Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Orchards as Succession Planting
25-01-2023
Orchards as Succession Planting
Growing a thriving orchard is the way to get perennial successive harvests of produce, specifically fruit, from your yard. Meg and Kevin share their unique orchard strategies. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Perennials as Succession Planting
24-01-2023
Perennials as Succession Planting
Using perennials as “succession plantings” seems a bit of a cop-out, but they are a fantastic way to spread harvest over longer periods of time, and get a reliable yield year after year. Meg shares her strategies. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Fall Succession Planting
23-01-2023
Fall Succession Planting
Kevin and Meg riff on the differences in how they approach fall succession sowing and the fall season in general, comparing notes on plants they can / can’t grow in their respective climates. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Summer Succession Planting
22-01-2023
Summer Succession Planting
Summer is the season most of us are focused on growing what we have, not planting more - but Meg shares why focusing on succession during summer pays huge dividends. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Spring Succession Planting
21-01-2023
Spring Succession Planting
In spring, the entire palate of succession planting options is available to you - but plant selection still matters. Meg shares how she approaches it in this timely episode. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
How Nature Inspires Succession Planting
20-01-2023
How Nature Inspires Succession Planting
Like many areas of life, paying attention to natural trends and patterns tends to pay dividends in the garden. Meg shares some ideas she’s adapted from nature that inform her succession planning strategies. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Succession Planting Why It Matters
19-01-2023
Succession Planting Why It Matters
Often talked about, and often looked over, succession planting is the best way to smooth out your harvests over the course of the seasons and prevent gardening overwhelm. Meg Cowden comes on this week to chat all things succession. Connect With Meg Cowden: Meg Cowden is the founder of Seed to Fork and the newly launched Modern Garden Guild. She’s the author of the upcoming book Plant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat which is out March 15th. Seed to ForkPlant, Grow, Harvest, Repeat  Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Companion Planting to Improve Pollination
18-01-2023
Companion Planting to Improve Pollination
The idea of planting specifically to draw in pollinators isn’t a new one, but Jessica brings some fresh ideas and a solid framework to understand this strategy from. Connect With Jessica Walliser: Jessica Walliser is a horticulturist, founding partner at Savvy Gardening, and the author of multiple books including the upcoming Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden. Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Companion Planting for Biological Control
17-01-2023
Companion Planting for Biological Control
Last time Jessica Walliser was on the show, she talked about biological controls, or allowing the ecosystem to “pest control” itself. Today, she talks about how you can use companion planting to bring in beneficials. Connect With Jessica Walliser: Jessica Walliser is a horticulturist, founding partner at Savvy Gardening, and the author of multiple books including the upcoming Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden. Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server
Companion Planting for Pest Management
15-01-2023
Companion Planting for Pest Management
The most popular request for companion planting has to do with pest management. Marigolds top the list...but today Jessica explains why the REASON marigolds are a good idea isn’t quite what you might think. Connect With Jessica Walliser: Jessica Walliser is a horticulturist, founding partner at Savvy Gardening, and the author of multiple books including the upcoming Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden. Shop the Store As an exclusive for listeners, use code EPICPODCAST for 5% off your entire first order on our store, featuring our flagship Birdies Raised Beds. These are the original metal raised beds, lasting up to 5-10x longer than wooden beds, are ethically made in Australia, and have a customizable modular design.   Shop now and get 5% off your first order. Get Our Books Looking for a beginner's guide to growing food in small spaces? Kevin’s book, Field Guide to Urban Gardening, explains the core, essential information that you'll need to grow plants, no matter where you live! He also wrote Grow Bag Gardening to provide you with specialized knowledge that can bring you success when growing in fabric pots. Order signed copies of Kevin’s books, plus more of his favorite titles in our store. More Resources Looking for more information? Follow us: Our BlogYouTube (Including our Epic Homesteading and Jacques in the Garden channels)Instagram (Including Epic Homesteading, Jacques, and Chris)TikTokFacebookFacebook GroupDiscord Server