This episode of the Healthy Family Project podcast is all about how to get started with gardening. Heather Manzo gives us a crash course on different types of gardening and what to consider before deciding which style best suits your space and lifestyle.

Gardening is a relaxing hobby that requires a decent time commitment but offers big rewards and positively impacts the environment. Whether you have a small balcony or large backyard, you can work with your space and choose plants that can thrive in your environment.

From edible landscapes and container gardens to flower beds and indoor gardens, it’s all about balancing your goals with your limitations. Heather gives us a crash course on different types of gardens and their benefits, plus useful tips to help you succeed and work on your green thumb.

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What We Cover:

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  • 2:45 Get to know Heather
  • 4:47 How can beginners get started with gardening?
  • 6:23 Limitations to consider when deciding what to do with your space
  • 8:06 Beginner-friendly plants
  • 11:05 What are companion plants?
  • 12:46 How to select native plants for your garden?
  • 14:08 What is a plant palette?
  • 16:20 What are the benefits of container gardening?
  • 20:20 How to attract bees and butterflies?
  • 27:07 What you need to know about soil and composting?
  • 32:33 What can the act of nurturing a seed do for us?
  • 35:40 Hot takes

About Our Guest, Heather Manzo

Heather Manzo is the executive director at the Allegheny County Conservation District. Heather is passionate about preserving the world around her and helping others discover how they can make a difference in our current environment. She practices permaculture and urban ag at her home, tends to grow pumpkin patches in her front yard, and in her free time documents the plants and people of wild places armed with hiking boots, a camera and plenty of trail mix.

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