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LH 170: Creating A Garden Sanctuary

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.

I brought on my friend Jessi Bloom, who gives us her 5 steps for creating a sanctuary so you can recharge and reconnect to nature. She 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…


Jessi Bloom:Jesse Bloom -

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker.

She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media.

She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.


Resources & Links Mentioned

Jessi’s Websitecreating sanctuary -

Creating Sanctuary *- Jessi’s new book

Free Range Chicken Gardens*

Practical Permaculture*


Related Episodes:

Gardening With Chickens

Permaculture 101



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.