In The Grow Hi, I'm Rachel Boyd, amateur gardener and all-around plant enthusiast. In The Grow blossomed from my own joys and misadventures with gardening on a budget. For those of us who can't spend freely but still wish to cultivate our yard, patch of grass, or sunny window... Come join me, and let's get In The Grow.
In The Grow

In The Grow

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Hi, I'm Rachel Boyd, amateur gardener and all-around plant enthusiast. In The Grow blossomed from my own joys and misadventures with gardening on a budget. For those of us who can't spend freely but still wish to cultivate our yard, patch of grass, or sunny window... Come join me, and let's get In The Grow.

Most Recent Episodes

In the Grow - Companion Planting

In this episode of In the Grow, I am joined once again by plant expert/plant Jeeves, Dr. Vikram Baliga (Planthropology, TTU Horticultural Labs and Greenhouses, Professor, and quality human being) as we talk about companion planting! Companion planting can be a number of things: symbiotic plant relationships, spatial utilization, or visual aesthetics. Listen in to learn more! Special thanks to the Oneida tribe and various Native American tribes who have continued to pass down this tradition of companion planting through the generations. The legend of the Three Sisters: https://www.oneidaindiannation.com/the-legend-of-the-three-sisters/ More on the Three Sisters! https://www.pbs.org/native-america/blogs/native-voices/meet-the-three-sisters-who-sustain-native-america/#:~:text=The%20Three%20Sisters%20are%20represented,for%20sunlight%20from%20the%20earth.

In the Grow - Reading Leaves: What are your house plants telling you?

Stuck inside? Tired of this snowmageddon? Maybe try distracting your mind by paying attention to your house plants! Join me, Rachel Boyd, and Dr. Vikram Baliga (TTU Horticulture Lab Coordinator and Planthropology host) as we talk about an array of issues and tactics that apply to indoor plant care. Stay warm and please be safe! Take all necessary precautions and do not underestimate this winter weather we are experiencing. Sending love and plant-enthusiasm to you all! Leaf Guide: Leaf burn, scorched tips, brown or black tips - can point to a number of issues including watering issues, nutrient deficiency, cold damage, sun damage. Consider your current steps for managing your plant and address from there (i.e. do I water this plant every day vs do I water this plant every 3 weeks?) Yellowing - nitrogen deficiency, temperature, or not enough light Interveinal Chlorosis - This is when the veins in your leaves remain green but the fleshy part of the leaf yellows... this most likely means you have an iron deficiency or some other micro-nutrient deficiency such as zinc or manganese. Drooping - watering issues... this can mean over-watering as well, not just underwatering. YOU CAN WATERLOG your plant, so be attentive to your watering habits and let your plants breathe. Pruning - Do not be afraid to prune your indoor plants! They don't have normal environmental factors that would help them naturally prune and shed in the wild. If you see dead leaves or dying material on your plant, remove it immediately! It will not only look better, but your plant will be happier. :) Check your roots - Are they poking out of the bottom trying to escape? Are they wrapped around themselves circuitously? These are signs that your plant needs more room and is ready to be repotted! Many box stores habitually under-pot plants, so if you've recently bought a plant, check its roots and make sure it has enough space to grow and flourish.

In the Grow - Conversation on Compost

Join me, Rachel Boyd and resident plant expert, Dr. Vikram Baliga (Planthropology) as we have a conversation about that wonderful, rich thing we call compost! Compost Tips mentioned: Nitrogen to Carbon Ratio (3:4 Green and brown organic materials) Diversify your compost contents CHOP! CHOP! Chop things into small pieces (increased surface area means better decomposition!) Keep it TURNT! Turn your compost regularly Use compost sparingly or dilute it - IT IS STRONG STUFF!

In the Grow - BONUS: Starting Seeds Indoors - Picture Guide

Materials Gathered Rolls cut.... ......and labeled. Fill with dirt... Spray and Sun. Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKbw0X6HV34/

In the Grow - Starting Seeds Indoors

In this episode of In the Grow I start with a quick how-to on how to start your indoor seeds for your spring/summer garden, then I'll check-in with ITG's resident plant expert, Dr. Vikram Baliga, to answer my seedy questions. Dr. Baliga is not only a fully qualified Plant-Jeeves, he also teaches at Texas Tech University and runs their Horticultural Lab and Greenhouse. Check out his podcast, Planthropology, where ever you get your podcasts! Or Visit: https://www.planthropologypod.com/

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Hey, I'm Rachel Boyd, amateur gardener and all-around plant enthusiast. In the Grow blossomed from my own joys and misadventures in gardening on a budget. For those of us who can't spend freely, but still wish to cultivate your yard, patch of grass, or sunny window; Come join me and let's get in the grow!

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