The Beginner's Garden with Jill McSheehy


Welcome to the Beginner's Garden Podcast! This is the podcast with easy-to-understand resources, tips, and information to help beginning gardeners get the most out of their gardening adventure -- big or small. When I began gardening in 2013, I scoured books and Internet resources to find all the information I could. Although good information was abundant, I had trouble understanding all the gardening lingo and sifting through the information to figure out what would work for me. In this podcast, my aim is to provide helpful information while explaining the gardening lingo as we go. I want to equip YOU to have the best start ever this gardening season!

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  • Graysonip
    Pragmatic, Actionable and Kind
    Jill consistently delivers actionable, pragmatic and cost effective gardening advice. Her kind demeanor makes the podcast is a welcomed listen - week after week. I pray that you are healed, and thank you for sharing your faith. Although you don’t impose your belief on listeners, it’s been a blessing to know that you trust God. It encourages my faith too. The Lord cover and keep you always.
  • PrisThompsom
    Love the simplicity
    I love how simple Jill is and how she will try new ideas and items. I also love the spiritual piece at the end and how she doesn’t push it on users. If you don’t ant to listen then you just shut off.
  • sarahselahw
    Great Gardening Show
    I just discovered Jill’s show and it’s been perfect timing starting my first garden! I find the episodes so informative and enjoyable. Jill is brave enough to be vulnerable with us to share her faith and struggles. She’s a natural teacher!
  • asfghjkllhgffdssss
    Great podcast!
    I have been gardening for a large part of my life but am still learning a lot from your podcast. Your podcast is the most practical and interesting that I have found. Also thank you so much for sharing your faith. You are an encouragement and inspiration to many of the rest of us! (Just remember that … and the beatitudes Matthew 5)
  • JenArm3616
    Look forward to these podcasts
    As a fairly new gardener, I get so much out of these podcasts. I look forward to getting new episodes twice per week. Thanks, Jill.
  • Discovery recycling
    Just what I needed!!!
    Thank you Jill! I’ve listened to 10 episodes so far and they’re all what I needed to hear. Very interesting and packed full of all of the aspects of the topic.
  • mrsbeliever
    Thank you
    Thank you for everything you do! I love listening to your podcast! I am a novice in gardening and there is so much to learn! Thank you for being a great advocate!
    Jill is great!
    I always learn so much and she is like listening to a friend. When I have gotten frustrated with my garden she is there to let me know it is ok and it’s all a learning experience! Great practical information that is explained in such a way that anyone would be able to understand. Thanks Jill!
  • ecofriendlyflo
    Bible and preaching 👎🏾
    Loved the content until she started talking about religion and the Bible in the recent episode. If I wanted to hear about Christianity, I’d go to church. Unsubscribing.
  • fhshsbfs
    Perfect for beginners
    I feel like I’m talking with a friend. Thank you for your honesty and encouragement. I learn so much about gardening every time I listen! Thank you :)
  • keeptrying22
    Great informative podcast
  • Graybeard57
    Very helpful
    Jill is a pleasure to listen to and very informative without talking down to her listeners.
  • VestaMc
    My Garden Mentor
    Hey Everybody… Jill is my all things garden mentor! Dabbled with veggies n fruits but always learning so this year I kicked it in gear and have the courage to face all the challenges thanks to my mentor Jill. Living in middle Tennessee my climate is similar to Jills so It’s a win-win!! Perfect delivery both over the microphone or in a workshop!! Thank you GardenMentor!!
  • Sweetcodi
    Best home gardener help podcast out there.
    This podcast is well thought out, researched and edited. Jill is an amazing hostess, and is concise and concerned with helping you become a gardener for the long term. She’s not product hocking (well, ok- there are some sponsors) but instead offers some beautiful comprehensive courses on both getting started on your garden from the very first seed, and her harvest to kitchen series where she shows you what to do with all that stuff you just grew! She puts a lot of work into making things easily understandable for beginners, but also really does the research to give answers to questions big and small about gardening. Can I just say that as a midwesterner myself, it is so nice to hear from someone gardening here in the middle like I am and not in a subtropical climate on one of the coasts?!? Yay!!!! I recommend this podcast to any of my friends and family who want to get growing. It’s the best one out there in my opinion- and I’m very grateful for Jill’s efforts. Thank you, Jill!!!
  • PatB78
    Great information!
    Although I wouldn’t classify myself as a “beginner gardener”, I still listen to Jill’s podcast on a weekly basis because she gives a lot of great information that I can apply to my gardening skills. I also appreciate the small Bible devotion she sometimes gives at the end of her podcasts. Keep up the good work, Jill!
  • bikerbird2
    Thanks 🙏 for kindness
    Yea finally I got a person who care to take the time to explain. How to garden a great way. Bless you and family
  • Jkuisel
    I’ve been listening for about 6mo. Really great info in every episode. I appreciate the step-by-step instructions often given. And Jill is not only knowledgeable but easy to listen to. I really like the deeper contemplation at the end of the episodes, too!
  • momoffourMT
    Easy to follow
    This podcast has great information, in an easy to follow presentation. I like to go to the nerds for gardening advice, and I think she does her research well and finds helpful information to share, while not claiming to know everything. Best of all, she loves Jesus, which is important to me because it affects how we view everything in life, even gardening.
  • a ronan fan
    Gardening info but not Jesus stuff please
    Good info for gardeners but not interested in the jesus stuff she preaches. If I wanted that I’d go to church. A complete turnoff
  • FMJ88
    Long winded. She takes forever to make her point.
    Skip this podcast
  • Bookworm84074
    Love this show!
    Full of awesome info. Especially loved the tomato trellis podcast today. I use hogwire fence panel and wind my tomato leaves around the wire to help the stay on the trellis and that episode really struck home.
  • Vic-A
    Love how Jill connects God’s word to gardening
    As long as I can remember, I’ve loved growing flowers and plants, but only became interested in vegetable gardening a couple of years ago. Now that I’m retired and have the time, I want to learn as much as I can. In just the short time that I’ve been listening to Jill’s podcast, I have learned so much and really enjoy her teaching. Jill is a great communicator and interviewer. I feel as if she and my love for gardening are a gift from the Lord.
  • Nougatwuerfel
    Gardening with God
    I love Jill‘s podcast. She is very thorough, well organized and i always learn tons of things. Especially I enjoy her going deeper by sharing her faith. It is very edifying in uncertain times like this.
  • yellikeh
    Good info but unfollowed after religious reference
    Interested in learning about gardening, which the host provides, but turned off by religious euphemisms.
  • EngrNPR
    Great gardening tips!
    I absolutely love this podcast! I have learned so much, and really enjoy Jill’s podcast style. She is always well prepared with great information, and shared about pertinent gardening topics. Love this podcast! Highly recommend!
  • ChristianMamaBear1989
    Great gardening tips!
    I am excited to start gardening and I appreciate all the tips to get started. God bless you!
  • cindymae80
    Love it!
    So many helpful tips & really gets into the basics if you are new (me!) It’s help from ground zero which is exactly what I need & the free (right now) courses are AWESOME! Thank you Jill!!
  • Ashleigh Rutland
    New Gardener’s Best Friend!
    This podcast has truly inspired & guided me into starting my very first garden this year! Jill is extremely informative, candid & I am SO grateful for your podcast! I just finished your mini course “before you sow” and it was fantastic.
  • Portland first-time gardener
    Love, love, love!
    Your podcast has quite simply changed my life. You gave me the confidence to try to be a first-time gardener (even if I’m the very beginner variety!!) and a very practical way to define success, which includes expecting things to be imperfect and celebrating problems as learning opportunities. I love your garden journal and am SO glad you recommended recording details that I would never has remembered but now rely on daily. I really appreciate how you translate things into 101-level and provide so much detail on your experiences. I look forward to binge-listening to old episodes and starting new ones the day they’re available. I could go on and on. And as for the negative reviews on religious elements, I can honestly say that as a person who does not necessarily share the same belief system as you, I’m so confused about why that would bother anyone since it’s limited to the very end of the episode to make it an optional listening component. And more often than not, I choose to listen because it’s lovely to hear why gardening is so deeply meaningful to you personally—something I’m certain many gardeners can relate to no matter their particular belief or non-belief variety. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jill!!! 5 MILLION stars!
  • GoCubd
    Don’t want church a garden podcast -unsubscribe
    Church or Dirt? This podcaster needs to make a decision. I’m not sticking around for an answer.
  • screwedtoo
    good show
    if that sticky sweet voice wasn't so annoying
  • happieoiler
    episode 209 is great
    I am learning so much and I am so grateful for your podcasts. I just got done listening to episode 209 Small Space Kitchen Gardening with Nicole Burke. It is amazing. I’ve been thinking I have to keep up with all the amazing big gardeners out there but this just put me so at ease and took off SO much pressure I put on myself. A big THANK YOU to both you and Nicole.
  • Southern Ice
    Informative and humble
    Jill is a delightful and personable host. Her podcasts are well organized, thoughtful, and informative while being humble regarding her mistakes. Really glad I found this one!
  • JaKs7283
    Dig A Lil Deeper!!!
    I absolutely love listening to you, especially when you dig a little deeper! You’re absolutely amazing, very motivating & being so sweet & inspirational is a GREAT BONUS!!! Keep up the Greatness! May you be Blessed!!!
  • cali life 🐚
    The Best Beginners Garden Podcast
    I’ve listened to Jill over the past three years, and each podcast I learn something new. She got me hooked. And her approach of taking it slow, learning from mistakes, and weaving in science just when you need it. I really recommend this as the first place to go if you want to learn about gardening. And as other reviewers have mentioned, Jill’s very down to earth and very clear. Could not say enough about this podcast, and the many great speakers she enlists to help!
  • Saucysaurus
    Informative Gardening tips
    Love this garden podcast and the variety of content that is seasonally timed! From the short questions answered to the longer in depth guest sessions - all are great to learn new things about vegetable gardening.
  • Erin0223
    Very kind and humble speaker. Jill does a great job of sharing the information she learns in her garden. One of my favorite podcasts to listen to!
  • langfordcr
    Highly recommend!
    I discovered Jill’s podcast last summer as a new gardener and was immediately a fan. I binge-listened all summer long. She’s truly a teacher and you’ll feel like she’s your new best friend. You won’t regret becoming a regular listener! Check out her courses, too!
  • Smg7
    Excellent and Easy To Understand
    I love the grounded easy to understand way she teaches. I want to hear from gardeners that share a similar approach to organic practices and appreciate the value that insects bring to the garden. Lots of good science here! Do not be turned off by a few negative reviews on the religious content sometimes shared in the last five minutes of the podcast. Just don’t listen to that. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! You’ll be missing out!
  • Gin gin24
    Useful and approachable
    This is such an unpretentious look at gardening. Lots of helpful tidbits for many levels of gardeners. I so appreciate the honesty of both gardening successes but also failures! On another note, there is sometimes a religious aspect every now and then, but it’s not at all overwhelming. Normally this would be a turn off for me but I can appreciate making that connection to the awesomeness of nature even though I’m not a religious person.
  • cest tout
    Stop with the gospel
    I respect your beliefs. However, what does that have to do your audience’s beliefs? Please don’t make gardening an excuse to evangelize. Respect that people have many different beliefs, and that we could still come together and care for one another and the planet. You are already sharing your love, you don’t need to get preachy.
  • cnw1954
    Gardening is great. Not everyone wants a sermon.
    I find religious material snuck into informative podcasts so obnoxious.
  • ParentTeacherL
    Religion again
    I am so tired of people and their religious evangelizing every topic on earth. If I wanted to listen to a podcast on religion, I would subscribe to that. Let’s get back to gardening and leave the politics and religion to their topics. I listen to gardening podcasts for an escape.
  • CopaseticPirate
    Unexpected religiosity
    I’m an atheist, so was put off by the christian content. You had me until the bible study discussion.
  • Su in MA
    Filled with great info!
    Each show is packed with great info! I especially love the new 101 in depth series. Jill is a fantastic teacher and is down to earth and relatable!
  • Ericablu
    A lot of Jesus-talk
    Beware, the podcaster talks about Jesus for a third of the episode. If you’re like me and not interested, there are other gardening podcasts.
  • Setnomacor
    So personable
    Jill could be your neighbor who turned out to be a great friend . I gardened in years past in containers but I moved to the Utah high desert and my first time on my own property. I’ll be able to start my first one here next summer so I’m getting a head start. She gives good guidance and is open to learning from listeners and her experience each year. So relaxing to listen and a very kind southern voice will make you feel at home.
  • Angela the over weight
    I excellent show on onions, very informative.
    My favorite podcast
    I’ve been gardening on a small scale for over 20 years—containers, in ground, and raised beds. I love listening to Jill’s podcast because she breaks things down in such a simple, doable way. I always learn something new.
  • MS923
    Great podcast.
    I have learned so much and I enjoy many of the topics on the podcast. Worth a listen! I just skip the last few minutes of the show where she starts talking about religion. Simple as that!
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