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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  • M1k0
    I’ve learned so much
    I look forward every week to Jill’s new podcast. As a beginner who has longed to succeed, I have learned so much from her. She shares freely of her experiments and lessons learned in the garden. Even though she is far more skilled and advanced, I can relate to her on my level. When I finish listening, I always end feeling encouraged.
  • hashtagsarah
    Excellent for newbies like me
    If you’re looking to start gardening or add to your knowledge, this is where you want to start. I got into gardening during the COVID lockdowns like many. I have scoured the interwebs for good podcasts and this one is the best. No one in my family is a gardener but Jill’s podcast gave me the knowledge and confidence to transition from a few raised beds to a 800 square foot in ground garden this year.
  • gardening newbie
    Love this podcast
    I look forward to the new episodes each Tuesday! Jill’s voice is so calming and easy to understand. Her episodes are so engaging she makes gardening so exciting! . She’s already taught me so much! Thanks Jill
  • Tuml
    Informative Podcast
    Thank you for all the information you’ve learned and sharing it with us beginners. Love the show.
  • Adela2109
    Good but
    The gardening information is helpful but the more I listen the less I look forward to the religious aspect of this podcast. I choose to listen to this as a gardening podcast not for religion. I wish these podcasts would just stick to that. Bummer.
  • Jennbrown13
    Beginner gardener 5-years going and her material is still relevant
    I’ve tried starting a garden since I was a little girl, and one thing or another has lead to it’s demise, the last 5 years I’ve tried patio gardens to great success and this spring I’m starting my first raised garden beds. Jill’s upbeat podcasts, highly relevant material, and encouraging approach is so enjoyable! I’ve loved binging on her material over this quarantine! Thanks Jill!
  • plsys in dirt
    Garden planning
    Gardening content useful but I don’t want a bible lesson. Will unsubscribe .
  • MCSHughes
    I appreciate your expressions of faith.
    I’m a Master Gardener and enjoy the podcast. I learn things as well. I also enjoy Jill’s expression of her faith in her gardening. Thanks Jill!
    Gardening Good. Devotion forced
    Stick w the gardening. If I want your religious views Ill listen to that podcast. Science and my religion are separate get out of the business. I can’t listen anymore to this.
  • SamMusic23
    LOVE this podcast!
    This podcast is SO helpful and is hardly ever just over my head. I started gardening with this podcast and with each podcast I learn so much! And she introduces me to other gardeners that I’m learning from. If you’re new or just want to learn more, this podcast is for you!
  • Co.RD
    Super religious
    Thought this was a gardening podcast not a Jesus podcast.
  • lil miss sip
    Wonderful and helpful
    This podcast is amazing! So helpful for a new gardener. I’ve been binging since I discovered the podcast!
  • happieoiler
    Loving every episode
    I am learning so much from you Jill and the Beginner GardenPodcasts. I am so grateful for all you share and so happy I found this podcast in my search.
  • 1988KC
    Timely garden info
    My first gardening podcast ever. Great place to help start my gardening journey.
  • productiondesignering
    Practical information for EVERY gardener
    This is the most practical gardening show out there I think! I was raised in the garden, but love Jill’s fresh perspective. It is fun and I’ve learned something I can use immediately in every show so far.
  • mooseman190
    Not just for the ladies
    I’ve been listening to Jill for about 8 months now. Her insight on gardening is invaluable as well as that of her guests. Ive learned much about my own garden from her.
  • gardening juju
    Made me know I AM a gardener
    I found this podcast after hearing Jill on another podcast talking about her book. I immediately ordered the book and found this podcast. It has been life-changing for me. I absorb all of the information like a sponge and am learning so much! And I love how Jill shares her faith and God’s word-after all, He designed the original garden!! All of that aside, it has been life-changing for me because I had always said I couldn’t grow vegetables, my thumb was brown, etc. However, Jill has given me the greatest gift-she told me that I AM a gardener because I plant things and am learning about the things I plant. Just because something didn’t work like I thought doesn’t mean I’m not a gardener, it just means I need to try something different. (I don’t know why I ever had this black/white idea of gardening!) I think of Jill as a friend who’s guiding me along my gardening journey, sharing her wisdom, and I couldn’t thank her enough. If you’re looking for easy to understand gardening information, this podcast is for you!!
  • SprtnUp2019
    Would be a PERFECT show...
    ...but I don’t want to hear about your religious views.
  • Gable&Garden
    Beginning Gardener
    I learn so much from each and every episode! This is the most thorough and easily understood podcast, as well as Jill’s content in her website and shop!
  • blessingsandblossoms
    Great! Plus...
    I am not necessarily a beginner but still so much to learn and this is great not just for the beginner gardener, the bonus of each episode is her sharing Gods word! Thank you for the encouragement in gardening and in Gods word!
  • akb131224
    Awesome! Learned so much!!!
    I just started a garden this year and was super unorganized and inexperienced. I didn’t know anything about planting times and caring for crops. I couldn’t sleep one night and stumbled upon this podcast, and then I definitely didn’t fall asleep! I was so inspired and comforted by the down to earth and easy to understand advice! I’ve already learned tons, and I can’t wait to start my fall garden with all the support from this podcast!
  • Jand1907
    New favorite podcast
    I love the mix of gardening information with the little devotional type bits too..I wasn’t expecting it and it was such a pleasant surprise. I’ve been binge listening at work and I’m so glad I found this. Thank you for sharing your voice!
  • Married 18 yrs happily
    Great for beginner gardener!
    Enjoy her and her guests. I am also a beginner with veggies, so this one is perfect for me. I am a lifelong gardener with flowers.
  • mommajran
    Mature lady but infant gardener!
    Excellent information for the new gardener. I’m getting knowledge and encouragement!
  • 2xen
    New Gardner
    I enjoyed the composted show. Also the show about seeds. I try to propagate plants and shrubs to save on adding to my perennial garden. Easiest are native hybiscus,hydrangeas also. Thank you for the down to earth show.
  • langfordcr
    Great content!
    I’m new to Jill’s podcast and as a new gardener I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot! I binge listen while working in the garden and learn something new every time! So helpful! I highly recommend you subscribe!
  • 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. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 5 MILLION stars!
  • srbrueske
    Practical and easy enough for beginners!
    I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast! Jill is helpful for a beginner like me as I try to do more this year besides gardening out of two Earthboxes. She is cheerful, honest, and inspirational. I love how she has episodes on “what I learned from this season” as she approaches every encounter with her garden as a learning opportunity instead of being afraid to learn from mistakes or assumptions. Her “digging deeper” sections also mean a lot to me personally as a fellow Christian who enjoys seeing nature bring us closer to our Creator in awe of Him and what He has done for us. Thank you so much for a wonderful and practical podcast!
  • snillies
    I’m a Georgia gardener and this is a great podcast!! I could understand if you were a gardener in another ecosystem this podcast wouldn’t be helpful. But there are so many great tips on here that can be used for any planting zone.
  • Nebraskamom424
    Thank you!
    Very encouraging podcast with lots of helpful tips! I love the tie in at the end with a gospel message. I always feel very uplifted and excited to garden when I listen!
  • rhiannondelore
    Love to hear about the plants
    I am just starting to garden and thought this would be fun to listen to. Most of it is useful and great tips but she is very Quick to interweave with the Jesus stuff. Skip the last five minutes if you don’t want to listen about how good god is and has gotten people to start gardening during this Covid season while forgetting about if a god existed, s/he is the creator of disease (alpha and omega) and the cause of suffering. 👎🏻✌🏻Dogma debate is the only spot I want to listen about religion.
  • Christina H from Indy
    So many great tips, great format
    I’ve been enjoying this podcast as I re-learn about gardening. I have had vegetable gardens in the past but it’s been years since I’ve done it and I never had consistently good results, so I am soaking up all the great information in The Beginner’s Garden podcast.
  • Burned by this
    The Absolute Best Garden Podcast
    I listen to a lot of garden podcasts and yours is my favorite! Your topics are relatable to many types of gardeners. I have a small yard but thanks to you I am making the best use of my space to grow a good variety of foods. Im now composting as well! I’m also a aspiring Master Gardener hopefully will be able to be accepted this Fall if things open up. I especially appreciate and enjoy the scripture you add at the end of your podcasts. Thank you! Debbie from Roseville, California
  • veggiekari
    Addictive and inspiring for gardening beginners
    I listen to this whenever I can and make little notes to myself. Jill is a great communicator with her guests and makes the best out of each conversations. She is great at predicting what listeners are thinking and elaborating in ways that don’t require prior experience.
  • Betwat12345
    Love it!
    I recently discovered this podcast & I can’t stop listening! I feel like there is a podcast answering every question I have. My favorite part is how she shares helpful & basic gardening tips without assuming you know anything. I love knowing the “why” behind gardening and this is a great podcast for that!
  • Celtic mama 107
    NOT just for beginners!
    I have gardened for about 10 years but am learning so much from this show, especially ideas for replacing cool season crops with warm season ones. I have to admit I’m very biased as I also live in Arkansas so I find her suggestions very on point for my region- but she is just so informative yet down to earth! Love it!
  • Rebecca Jane-NOLA
    Jill speaks in a way that is welcoming and she has such a kind spirit and demeanor. Also-I don’t consider myself a very religious person, but when she speaks about her faith (in relation to nature), she makes me want to know more. Absolutely excellent, and I can’t wait to get her new book. She’s such an inspiration.
  • Daphne Dee A
    Awesome podcast
    This podcast is a must for all gardeners, beginners especially. I enjoy listening and learning new things every week!
  • Mooselips1213
    Gardening tips for everyone
    This has become my most favorite podcast! I am not a beginner gardener, but I still find something in each episode. I’ve been gardening in some form or fashion for over 40 years. My dad always told me to never stop learning and to learn something new every day. With Jill I can say I do get to learn something new! Thanks for your knowledge Jill!
  • Ilydavid
    My favorite podcast
    I absolutely love listening to Jill. She has great tips and speaks in a clear and easy to understand voice. She really takes her time to explain everything. This is great resource for someone wanting to get into gardening.
  • awildone
    Worm lady
    I love love love how simply you break everything down. You hit every nail. I ordered worms immediately after hearing your interview with the crazy worm lady. You inspire me so much for the spring. I feel much less daunted.
  • Jamie D. M.
    LOVE this podcast
    This is probably my favorite gardening podcast and one of my favorite podcasts overall. Jill is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable without pretending she has ALL the answers or making you feel incompetent for not knowing something about gardening. It’s fun and easy to listen to but you still feel like you’re learning. Plus, the audio quality is typically very good.
  • Dillon__S
    Binge worthy!
    This is my first year gardening and what started off as a small interest has grown into a much larger obsession. I stumbled upon your podcast simply googling something I had questions about and one episode lead to the next which lead to me listening to everyone of them 2 or 3 times over and still gathering information. My plans for next year extend beyond a second year gardener and these podcast gave me the tools to prepare.
  • bellydancingwitch
    I enjoyed this podcast it was full of useful information. Thank you 😃
  • Spy_Hunter
    Best Podcast for any Gardener
    Jill is a delightful person and this podcast helps me hold a desk job and get equipped for having a garden outside at the same time! The information is so helpful and while a little fast for me, I know as I get better it will all make sense. I listen to these over and over and pick up new information every time. She is active in her Facebook group and surprisingly will respond even with all the things she must have going on. Thank you!
  • MountainGardenAmma
    Glad I found this podcast!
    I love listening to podcasts, especially when I drive (and sometimes in the garden). I’ve had a hard time finding podcasts that I really like. The first podcast of yours that I listened to was about your favorite podcasts- I already listen to most of them but I found a couple new ones, including yours! So far, great information with actual science behind it. I also love the end of your podcasts- gardening and God- yay!
  • Lively71
    First year gardening
    My husband and I put in a raised bed this year. Got started late and finished after everybody else’s gardens were well under way. So didn’t have big plans for this year and were holding out for next next Spring. However, while looking for things to plant in July in Arkansas I found another Arkansas native telling me it was ok to plant this time of year. And you know what I planted those tomatoes and plucked off those bottom leaves as they turned yellow. Now while everyone else’s tomatoes are gone mine look great with tomatoes coming off of them every day. AND I have peas and lettuce in the ground. Next year will be better but this year wouldn’t have been this great without your guidance. Keep up the great podcast.
  • krismasmom
    Homegrown tastes better
    So glad I listen to this podcast. It was eye-opening, but such common sense. I have a very small garden and have thoroughly enjoyed our tomatoes and jalapeños this year. I’m looking to expand it for next year. Understanding the difference in taste for homegrown versus store-bought really makes me enthusiastic about growing more. Thanks for the information!
  • Rhonda Gross
    So glad I found this podcast!
    I am so glad I found this podcast. I have a newfound interest in gardening and plant to have a small raised bed ready for next season. There is so much great info on here to help me get ready. But I’m also thrilled that I finally found a podcast that interests me that includes a small application to scripture with each episode. I’m tired of looking for an interesting podcast that does not use profanity. Now, I’ve found one, and it also points others to Jesus. Thank you!!
  • pekrauz
    Good for beginners
    I came to this podcast as a novice gardener, looking to better my herbs and composting, and this podcast achieves that and more. I would have given more stars, but this podcast also frequently peddles the artist/author’s Christian-based garden philosophy book in which gardening is compared metaphorically to Jesus’ love etcetc. I have no problem with this, it’s just not what I’m looking for in a gardening podcast. There is no mention of the Christian-based gardening philosophy in the podcast description as of this review. Cheers!
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