Living Homegrown Podcast with Theresa Loe

LH 171: How to Add Vintage Blooms to a Modern Garden

It's a wonderful thing to add flowers to our vegetable gardens to attract pollinators. But it's also REALLY important to feed our souls as well as the pollinators when we're gardening.

Growing heirloom flowers is a way to do just that.

What is an “heirloom” flower and why are they so special?

That’s what host Theresa Loe sets out to answer on today’s podcast episode. She explores the many benefits of adding vintage blooms to our gardens with garden author, Chris McLaughlin. 

Chris shares her insights into these treasured plants, why we need to add more flowers to our veggie gardens, and why heirlooms hold a special place in our hearts.

Plus, Chris shares her recipe for making lavender-honey simple syrup, which is awesome in SO many different drink concoctions.      

As always, you can go to to get a full transcript, other links and resources AND the printable recipe mentioned in the episode.

Direct download: 171_LivingHomegrown_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PST

LH 170: How To Create A Sacred Space To Unwind From The Busy World

Life is busy.

Life can be stressful.

It’s often too easy to get caught up in the noise of the world…which can lead to MORE stress.

As gardeners, we usually have a sense that reconnecting with nature is important, but what if you made that connection part of your regular routine?

What if you intentionally created a space that was just for you so that you could reconnect and slow down?

That’s what today’s episode is all about.

Host Theresa Loe brought on Jessi Bloom, who gives us her 5 steps for creating a sanctuary so you can recharge and reconnect to nature. Jessi also shares practical things that we can do to not only make our garden more beautiful, but to help us be better stewards of the earth.

You will learn:

  • Why creating a sanctuary is so important in our busy lifestyles
  • How to be a better steward of the earth with our gardens
  • The 5 most important steps to creating any ecological garden
  • What is smudging and why would we want to do it
  • How to sheet mulch to remove weeds or lawn
  • Why water is the most important element in any garden
  • How to create a wildlife habitat
  • What does it mean to build plant layers in a garden
  • And SO much more...

As always, you can go to to get more information, links and a full transcript of the show. 

Direct download: 170_LivingHomegrown_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44am PST