Designed to help the beginning gardener learn the tools of successful vegetable and herb gardening.

Digging and Dividing Perennials

Did you know many perennials need a little disruption to thrive? After a few years in the same space, herbaceous perennials benefit from being dug up out of the ground, divided and planted with more space to grow.

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GREETINGS FROM THE GARDEN. Hosted by gardeners Ben Futa and Qwantese Winters, Let’s Grow Stuff is designed to help the beginning gardener learn the tools of successful vegetable and herb gardening. Each episode provides quick and easy techniques to make growing fun!

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02/09/24

Interview: PBS Wisconsin’s Let’s Grow Stuff summer “on set” at Eagle Heights Community Gardens

Greetings from the . . . winter! It’s me, Sig, your occasional PBS Wisconsin Let’s Grow Stuff blogger (and garden-curious,...

02/09/24

Let’s Grow Stuff Interview: Lata and Tilak grow seeds of India in Eagle Heights Community Gardens

Greetings from the 2024 PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo! It’s Sig, again, sharing a second conversation from my summer...

08/10/23

Let’s Grow Stuff: Designing your turf-free landscape

Note: This is Part Two of a 3-part blog series explaining how to “Replace your lawn with something better, a...

07/13/23

Learn more about the new season of ‘Let’s Grow Stuff’ – read a Q&A with series co-host Ben Futa

Throughout the 2023 season of Let’s Grow Stuff, co-host Ben Futa is leading a sustained conversation, both in videos and...

07/07/23

Let’s Grow Stuff … in a community garden!

Greetings from the garden! I’m Sig, one of Let’s Grow Stuff’s green-ish thumb enthusiasts here at PBS Wisconsin. You might...

05/03/23

Let’s Grow Stuff: Replace your lawn with something better, a beginner’s guide

Throughout the 2023 season of Let’s Grow Stuff — our videos and the blog — we’ll be following a sustained...

03/23/23

Let’s Grow Stuff: The case for going peat-free

Potting soils and peat Gardeners everywhere are at a moment of pent-up anticipation as winter breathes its final breath. Early...

12/01/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: Gifts for gardeners

When it comes to thinking of gifts for gardeners, I always put practicality first. Is this something a gardener can...

10/20/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: A proximity to plants on the balcony

Greetings from the balcony garden! Sig, here, one final time this season with some reflections on my foray into small-space...

10/07/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: Ben’s weekend wins for autumn

One of my favorite things about gardening is that it’s an endless form of job security; it’s a hobby that...

08/04/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: Feasts, failures and futures of Sig’s balcony garden

Greetings from the balcony garden! It’s Sig, here, crawling my way through the hot n’ heavy months of summer and...

06/15/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: From planning to planting a balcony garden

Greetings from the balcony garden! It’s me, again, Sig — beginning gardener, budding grower and blog contributor for the new...

06/08/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: Mulling over ‘No Mow May’

Pros, cons and tips & tricks for rewilding our own outdoors for May and beyond. I first heard about No...

04/13/22

Let’s Grow Stuff: You, me and a balcony!

Greetings from the (balcony) garden! I’m Sig, resident blogger and amateur gardener for PBS Wisconsin’s Let’s Grow Stuff. I’m here...

02/10/22

We’re growing! Introducing the new voices of ‘Let’s Grow Stuff’

Greetings from the garden and welcome back to the Let’s Grow Stuff blog. One of my absolute favorite elements of...

02/02/22

‘Let’s Grow Stuff’ host Ben Futa looks ahead to Garden & Landscape Expo

PBS Wisconsin’s Garden & Landscape Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands...

01/31/22

Explore the educational schedule for the 2022 Garden & Landscape Expo

The 29th annual PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo provides attendees with a lush, midwinter oasis Feb. 11-13 at the...

08/24/21

Let’s Grow Stuff: How to Order Fall Bulbs

I find gardening is often like a time travel episode of Star Trek, one of those where the timeline splits...

06/02/21

Let’s Grow Stuff: What’s the Dirt on Soil

What’s the Dirt on Soil?  Confession: I love a good plant and garden pun, perhaps a little too much (if...

05/06/21

Let’s Grow Stuff: Get Ready to Grow Amazing Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a favorite bounty of high summer, with flavors and colors ranging from the highly acidic and sultry to...

03/11/21

Let’s Grow Stuff: Spring Inventory for Gardening

The first day of spring is moments away – March 20, for those keeping track! Before long, warm temperatures and...

02/10/21

Let’s Grow Stuff: Let’s Order Seeds… ASAP!

The deep doldrums of winter may be roiling outside, but indoors our hearts and minds are full of dreams and...

02/01/21

Q&A: Ben Futa, host of ‘Let’s Grow Stuff,’ talks Garden & Landscape Expo

Gardeners looking for a respite from Wisconsin’s winter will find it online Feb. 20-21 with PBS Wisconsin’s Virtual Garden &...

01/25/21

Let’s Grow Stuff: Get Your Season Started Right

The PBS Wisconsin blog greets a new author this week — Ben Futa, host of Let’s Grow Stuff. This is...

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Meet the Gardeners

Co-host Ben Futa sits on a garden bench next to a weathered watering can with green shrubs and trees behind and around him

Ben Futa is the co-host of Let’s Grow Stuff and a professional gardener and horticulturist. He is passionate about connecting people to plants — and to one another — through public gardens. Ben grew up gardening on 5.5 acres in northern Indiana. For more than 20 years, he cultivated his green thumb under the enabling influence of his parents. A childhood hobby for gardening evolved into a professional passion for public horticulture through internships with the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Fernwood Botanical Garden in southwest Michigan. Ben’s experience shaped his outlook that public gardens are more than the sum of their plants: they must also embrace the “culture” of horticulture, creating gardens and programs with, rather than for, diverse audiences. He believes that gardeners, through their gardens, will save the world.

Co-host Qwantese Winters holds a house plant while standing in front of a vibrant pink and orange wall

Qwantese Winters is the co-host of Let’s Grow Stuff as well as a doula, urban gardener, herbalist and home cook. Her work aims to create space for diverse communities in the world of food growing — through education and accessibility, and the empowerment these two crucial elements bring. Qwantese was born in the suburbs of Chicago but grew up on the West side of Madison in Middleton, Wisconsin. After learning about her grandfather’s Gullah Geechee roots, she was inspired to bring her ancestral history of food growing, herbalism and medicine to her community. She joined the Troy Farms Urban Farmer Trainee program in 2019 to build growing skills. It was at Troy that she discovered her love of helping others see the connection between their culture and the land. Qwantese believes nature and its bounty are home to us all, and seeks to help diverse communities overcome the barriers that prevent the development of a healthy relationship with the land.

Funding for Let’s Grow Stuff is provided by American Transmission Company, Ganshert Nursery and Landscapes, Willy Street Co-op, the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programming, and Friends of PBS Wisconsin.

Learn how easy it is to get started growing.
—Ben Futa