141-Encore Presentation: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers

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This week’s episode is an encore presentation of an episode which originally aired last summer. Leslie Halleck was a returning guest to the show, and this time around she was sharing some of the fascinating information from her new book, Plant Parenting. One thing that fascinates just about every plant lover is the process of propagation, and finding easy ways to make more houseplants, vegetables, and flowers from those plants you already have and love. Well, Leslie’s book – and this episode – provide some great guidance for that.

Like it or not, a little botanical science really is necessary to understanding plant propagation fundamentals. One example: Your propagation success rate is just as dependent on the type of plant you’re working with as on the conditions you provide or your skill level in caring for it in the early stages. There is much more to starting your own plants than most people are aware.


Leslie Halleck

Leslie is a lover of plants, both indoors and out, and she certainly knows her stuff when it comes to light science and how it relates to plant health. (photo: Stacey Jeminson)


Plants can be reproduced in many different ways – from seed to stem cutting to leaf section to a trunk or stem wound. I never cease to be amazed by all the ways in which plants reproduce.

Propagating from cuttings is a fascinating and fun way to create more of the plants you already have. Let’s face it, making more plants and seed starting is what it’s all about this time of year – before we can get out into the garden. If you’re like me and into starting seeds indoors – or starting seeds is something you’ve wanted to try but felt a little intimidated by the process – I have big news.

Today is the launch date for my brand new online course – Master Seed Starting.

This new, comprehensive online course has been designed to help gardeners through the seed starting struggles I kept hearing about time after time from the joegardener community and during my travels and speaking events.

There is a lot of bad information out there that has left a lot of want-to-be seed starters feeling frustrated. This aspect of gardening should be fun and easy – and it will be once I walk you through everything you need to know to start your own plants from seed – indoors & out.

I’ve been working on this course for about two years – growing thousands of seedlings to trial different lighting options, soil types, techniques, and other tools and options. I’ve put it all together with demonstration videos and side-by-side comparisons, so you can see for yourself what works.

From preparing, to sowing the seeds, all the way to the final steps before planting outdoors – I take you with me through this course, as I compare lots of seed starting options.

Through this course, I demystify the seed-starting process, so you can understand what works and why.

One of the benefits of an online course is that you can watch each section at your own pace and on your own schedule. Plus, I’m including lots of bonus videos and resources, three live student-exclusive Q&A webinars, an exclusive Facebook group and a course Q&A forum – so every student has the chance to ask me any follow-up questions as we all grow seedlings during the next few months.



Master Seed Starting

Join me in my newest online course – Master Seed Starting! Registration is only open for a few days. This course will help you learn how to start plants from seed – or how to prevent the frustrations and challenges that have held you back in past seasons.


The registration cost provides access to all the bonus materials, along with updates and additional bonus materials I will be adding in months to come – and it’s all for the one-time registration fee. There will never be another fee to access any of the course material or bonuses – ever. Registration provides lifetime access.

This registration window will close this Monday, February 3rd at Midnight – and so will the discounted price availability that I’ve set for this introductory launch to the joegardener audience. So, don’t miss it! This course really will prepare you to master the seed starting process.

One more thing – I’m also hosting three Free Live webinars (two on Saturday, Feb. 1st and one on Monday, Feb 3rd) as a primer for the Master Seed Starting course.

Before you start plants from seed, there are things about seeds themselves – how they work and what they need – that will help you be better prepared, and that’s what this free live webinar will cover – those important seed details most gardeners don’t know about.

At the end of each webinar, I’m hosting a live Q&A session – so you can ask me your questions – and I’ll be sharing some details about my new online course too. I invite you to join me for one of the free webinars. You can sign up for a session here.

Until then, I hope you enjoy this encore presentation with Leslie Halleck!

Links & Resources

Episode 083: Gardening Indoors: The Science of Light, with Leslie Halleck

Episode 108: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers (original broadcast and accompanying show notes)

joegardener Online Academy: Master Seed Starting – my newest online course!  Registration is open until Midnight on Monday, February 3rd for a discounted introductory price for the joegardener audience.

Seed Basics & Beyond – My Free Live Webinar teaching important aspects of the seeds themselves – how they work and what they need – that will help you be better prepared, and that’s what this class will cover – those important seed details most gardeners don’t know about.

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Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers, by Leslie Halleck

Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers, by Leslie Halleck

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About Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l is the creator and “joe” behind joe gardener®. His lifetime passion and devotion to all things horticulture has led him to a long-time career as one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in organic gardening and sustainability. That is most evident in his role as host and creator of Emmy Award-winning Growing a Greener World®, a national green-living lifestyle series on PBS currently broadcasting in its tenth season. When he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or digging something up, or spending time with his family on their organic farm just north of Atlanta, GA.

0 Responses to “141-Encore Presentation: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers”

  • Sean Tyler Frankum says:

    Is the tool you’re talking about ~21:00 to make your own peat pellets? Do you have a link to purchase?

  • Joe Lamp'l says:

    Hi Sean. It’s not peat pellets but soil blocks. I don’t have a link for that but Johnnys Seeds is a good source if you want to look into more or try them. They are really great!Thanks for listening.

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