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Gardening Collection

Wake up and smell the roses

The  popularity of gardening is positively blooming! Fun, fruitful and family friendly, with well known therapeutic benefits for all.  In recent years, research has shown that millennials now are spending more on their gardens than their parents and garden centre popularity is on the up. The huge number of podcasts devoted to all aspects of gardening is a testament to this.

If you’re new to gardening, gardening podcasts or both, here are a few to chose from.  There is a bit of variety but with a common theme – Get Growing!  We hope that at least one of these will become a regular fixture, but if we’ve missed one of your favourites, please let us know via the Contact section of our website or via our Facebook page.

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The Dirt

(25 mins)

The Dirt from Grow Your Own is the podcast that tells you it’s OK that your carrots have five legs, or that the slugs got more of your veg than you did!  The weekly podcast will see Grow Your Own magazine editor, Laura Hiller and the rest of the Grow Your Own team chat to gardeners about their growing journeys, as well as discussing the latest news stories, giving listeners a checklist of the top jobs for the week to keep their garden healthy and productive.

In this episode, they talk to Instagram sensation Rachel Bull who is on hand with some tried and tested tips for keeping things simple when you’re growing.


Fresh From the Pod

(48 mins)

Join Tamsin Westhorpe as she travels throughput the UK on gardening adventures meeting inspirational people  Tamsin is a RHS judge, co-chair of the Garden Media Guild, writer and juggles most of the spades at Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire.  Here she talks to Chris Beardshaw, garden designer, winner of 12 RHS Gold Medals, author, speaker and broadcaster and finds out what makes him tick.


On The Ledge

(45 mins)

On The Ledge is a podcast all about indoor gardening – helping you to grow everything from Aloe vera to the ZZ plant.  Presenter Jane Perrone has been nuts about houseplants since she was knee high to a Swiss cheese plant. She quizzes the experts, helps you find cool new stuff to grow and figures out how to fix your plant problems.

Here she  joins up with houseplant stylist Hilton Carter about his book Wild at Home, his plants and why indoor gardening is the perfect escape from the stresses of modern life.


Skinny Jean Gardener

(33 mins)

This podcast, hosted by Blue Peter’s in-house gardener, Lee Connelly, is a great guide for parents who want their children to learn about the outdoors. Connelly is passionate about involving children in the gardening process but the podcast also features chats with horticultural greats such as Monty Don and Adam Frost.   Here Lee talks to Adam and John from Roots to Fruit, an incredible organisation getting kids gardening


Growing Wild

(42 mins)

This podcast isn’t strictly about gardening, but covers all kinds of ground that gardeners will love, from the impact of neonics on pollinators to foraging.

The presenter, Charlotte Petts, shows you the wonderful opportunities for connecting with nature in both the countryside and urban space.  Unusually this show also goes out on the radio too, as it’s a part of Brighton’s Radio Reverb, a not-for-profit radio station.

Here Charlotte  meets up with story gatherer and teller, Marcus Pibworth of Ministry of Change; She goes exploring with Fergus the forager for birch trees to drink some sap from and hangs out with gardener Sophie Eliades on her allotment to talk about spuds and mouse pee in cups.


In Defense of Plants

(50 mins)

In Defense of Plants started as a blog by Matt and morphed into a podcast with fascinating interviews and insights about plants of all kinds. He finds people to interview that are as excited about plants as he is – some are friends, some are research scientists, and some are people otherwise involved in botany or horticulture. All have interesting things to say about the world of plants and plant ecology.

In this episode he talks to Dr Lee French about invasive earthworms.  They are changing entire ecosystems from the bottom up and it’s not all good.  Trust me, this is fascinating!


Lives in a Landscape: The Allotment

(30 mins)

Lives in a Landscape is a Radio 4 Documentary Series telling original stories about real lives in Britain today.  Here, Alan Dein visits a Hastings allotment and finds that a plot of land means a lot more to people than a place to grow vegetables. He joins various allotmenteers as they tend their plot and hears how differently they use it. A young family have created a haven where the children learn about nature; a teacher who tended the land as a means of combatting depression and two friends meet under a full moon to await the wild original inhabitants of the allotment.


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