Free 8-part Docu-series on Gardening + DIY Fertilizers + Cute Video + Misleading Food Label

Growing a garden can be a fun, rewarding and health-promoting experience, and after this past year it seems like an even better idea and wiser decision than ever before. I noticed that a number of people started vegetable gardens in their yards last year, so at least that’s one good thing that the whole pandemic situation has spawned. I’ve never had room to do much planting where I’ve lived, but have enjoyed volunteering in a community garden nearby for a number of years and wouldn’t trade the experience, or access to fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, for the world.

Spending time with the plants that nourish you feels like getting a warm hug from Mother Nature, and getting some help from an expert grower can help ensure that growing your own food right now adds joy—and not stress—to this already stressful time

That’s why I’m delighted to tell you that Stacey Murphy just released a brand-new, 8-part docu-series, the Joyful Gardener Virtual Event, airing February 15th–22nd, to help you overcome any obstacles standing in the way of growing an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs for your dinner table. She has spent years providing mentorship to thousands of people of all ages, all nourishing their loved ones with homegrown, organic food, and she wants to help you do the same.

Here’s what the free series includes:

Episode 1: Airs on Feb 15
10am PT / 1pm ET 

Making the Most of Your Local Climate
  • Uncover what makes your site unique so you can partner WITH nature for easier yields
  • Use 3 key temperatures to plan your entire season
  • Save precious time and energy getting started right
  • Discover how to create microclimates to extend your growing season

Episode 2: Airs on Feb 16 
10am PT / 1pm ET

Healthy Plants Start with Healthy SOIL!
  • Transform your “dirt” into nutrient-rich SOIL 
  • Demystify what makes soil healthy
  • Three basic techniques to ensure long term fertility
  • Choose a garden style that’s right for you

Episode 3: Airs Feb 17
10am PT / 1pm ET

Making Compost & Compost Teas
  • Choosing a compost system that suits your lifestyle
  • Discover how to fix wet, dry and smelly compost piles as well as speed up the composting process
  • Brewing compost teas and applying biochar as your first line of defense against pests and diseases

Episode 4: Airs Feb 18 
10am PT / 1pm ET

Small Plot Growing & Packing In Plants
  • Seeding and transplanting densely, use every last inch of your growing space efficiently
  • Why companion planting, crop rotations and succession planting are so complicated and what to do instead
  • Simplifying the seed starting process for success every time

Episode 5: Airs Feb 19 
10am PT / 1pm ET

Fitting Gardening into Your Lifestyle
  • Simple ways to master garden efficiency and eliminate unnecessary work for MORE GARDEN JOY.
  • Discover how to move your body safely for rapid vegetable cultivation and harvest.
  • Walk step-by-step through a garden system that can cut your garden time in half… if you want (it IS fun after all!)

Episode 6: Airs Feb 20 
10am PT / 1pm ET

Simplifying Irrigation Systems
  • 3 Simple water systems: choose the one that works for your lifestyle
  • Irrigation system essentials for automatic watering
  • #1 Gadget to finally know if your soil is too wet or too dry.

Episode 7: Airs Feb 21 
10am PT / 1pm ET
 

Harvesting & Pruning to Improve Yields
  • Discover simple pruning tips to promote plant growth and increase your harvest
  • Know when your harvest is perfectly ripe so you don’t waste food
  • Picking for peak flavor… what no one tells you about harvesting.

Episode 8: Airs Feb 22 
10am PT / 1pm ET

Pests, Diseases & Weeds: Show them who’s the boss!
  • The #1 investment you can make to avoid pests, diseases and weeds
  • How to show pests, diseases and weeds they are no longer welcome
  • The best strategy to weed just ONCE each growing season
  • Which weeds are really a threat in your garden? Only a couple…

You can find out more and sign-up here. In addition, here are links to the free e-Guides Your First Step to Grow Organic Vegetables & Herbs and How to DOUBLE Your Vegetable Harvest in Half the Time.

And to add some fun to the idea of starting a garden, check out this video on Facebook about a man who had an interesting reason for increasing the size of his garden multiple times. It’s so well done and entertaining….I’ve already watched it several times.

And while we’re in gardening mode, go here for the GrowNetwork’s blog post about 15 simple homemade, inexpensive fertilizers (note: using banana peels is one of them, and I’ve read that they are not only good for rose bushes, which is mentioned in the post, but also orchids, if you soak them and then use the water on the plants.

Also, if you are an animal lover, please take a minute to read this quick article from the ASPCA about how a new misleading food labelling scheme known as One Health Certified (OHC) is exploiting consumers’ concern about animal welfare. The name may sound good (unfortunately companies/organizations/advertisers are great at this!), but there’s no substance behind it, so unaware shoppers could think they’re making a healthy choice for themselves and a humane choice for animals without that really being the case at all.

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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