How to Adjust to Moving to a Different Garden Zone with Mama Failla
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How do you tackle a different garden zone than what you’re used to? Moving can be a tremendous and significant change in our lives, with so much excitement and opportunities awaiting us in new places. However, for gardeners like us, it can mean a scary and stressful time starting from scratch with our gardens, especially in a completely different gardening zone. This is what Mama Failla, an expert gardener in Zone 7, had to learn and adapt to when she and Father Failla moved to a Zone 10, which is in tropical Florida. In this episode, Mama Failla imparts practical gardening and motherly advice on moving and facing the different seasons of life with optimism and resilience.

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In this episode, we learn:

  • [01:36] Maria’s updates from sunny Florida
  • [03:06] A gift idea for yourself and for your other plant friends
  • [06:03] How moving can influence one’s self and gardener identity
  • [11:22] What has moving from New York to Florida been like for Mama Failla?
  • [13:42] How long does it take to adjust to a new garden zone?
  • [17:09] The difference between New York soil and Florida soil
  • [20:22] The best plant accessories for gifting this holiday season
  • [23:43] What are practical ways to prepare for a new garden zone and climate?
  • [28:34] On the importance of determining sun exposure in your new garden
  • [31:40] Why you need to consider growing in pots or container gardens
  • [33:52] Where to get the best advice on your new garden zone
  • [37:48] The best gardening products to set your garden up for success
  • [40:17] Why gardening should be fun and experimental!
  • [43:49] Mama Failla shares how she deals with the current season of life she’s in
  • [49:29] What are Mama Failla’s plans for her garden next year?
  • [52:51] Maria’s reflections on transitions and her gardening journey

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To see Mama Failla's new gardening zone checklist,

check out the full show notes and blog here!

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