Meredith Sheperd: Growing Basics, Overcoming Challenges, and Maximizing Success | Room by Room #39

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Meredith Sheperd who is an award-winning organic agriculture and environmental sustainability professional, also owner of the company Love & Carrots

Growing a garden is a daunting task for many, but it doesn’t have to be. In this podcast episode, you will learn everything you need to know to create and nurture a thriving home garden. 

Meet Meredith Shepard

Meredith is the founder of Love & Carrots, an award-winning urban farming and edible landscaping company. With over 15 years of experience in the field of organic agriculture and environmental sustainability and a deep interest in urban agriculture, Meredith is well-versed in teaching people how to create beautiful and productive vegetable gardens.

About the episode

Meredith thinks of gardening organization as a separate discipline and science from home organization. She discussed the importance of planning out your garden and learning the science of growing plants, which are distinct practices from what you might think of in home organization.

From here, the conversation then turned into the key steps in creating a well-organized home garden. Meredith talked about the importance of at least 6 hours of sunlight, designing and planning garden setup, and optimizing soil quality. She also discussed valuable tips about creating proper and productive garden beds.

One of the highlights of the conversation was the tips Meredith gave on how gardeners can effectively plan the layout of their gardens. She discussed the importance of setting a goal, learning plant groupings, and discovering the effects of seasons on your plants.

Meredith also discussed strategies for people who want to grow plants with minimal space and minimal sunlight. She talked about continual harvest plants, such as basil, salad greens, other herbs, etc. Her best tip is to plan your garden according to your goals, such as choosing plans that suit your setup and availability.

In conclusion

Growing a garden is a fulfilling experience that everyone can benefit from. It requires quite a bit of preparation and knowledge, but with this podcast episode, you’re well-equipped to get your hands dirty and start on your growing journey.

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