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Podcast title Roots and All
Website URL https://rootsandall.co.uk
Description Do you want to know how to grow plants and get the best out of your outdoor space? Do you find traditional gardening media baffling and/or boring? Then you’re in the right place, because the Roots and All podcast is here to dig deep into how to create a successful garden. If you want honest information and insider knowledge about how to get results, join irreverent horticulturist Sarah Wilson as she chats to the best people from the world of plants and gardens. Sarah is on a mission to help you create your own beautiful green environment, with a focus on saving resources and working with nature. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you don’t miss an episode.
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Episodes

1. Budcast - Native and Non-native Plants - Part 2
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Description:

Join Sarah for a brief recap of why native plants are better than non-native, before a delve into the more positive impact gardeners can have in ensuring wildlife has a future in our landscape. 

Part 2 of this exploration of native vs. non-native plants looks at the reality of what happens when natural and human habitats collide. Sarah discusses Darwin Comes to Town, a book by Menno Schilthuizen, which explores how nature is adapting to fit in with our urban landscapes but as in Part One, the conclusions she comes to about the future of our wildlife aren't pretty! However, the second half of the episode looks at how we as gardeners and growers can help make a difference, no matter how big or small our plot. 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



2. Bonus Episode - Wild Food Tasting Session
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Rough & Ready Audio Alert!

This is a bonus episode recording of the wild food tasting session that took place before the main interview with forager Michael Wachter, which aired in Episode 18.

A supporting blog post featuring a photo and names of the plants that were sampled can be found on the Roots and All blog. As with the main episode, this episode and the blog post are not to be used as guides to foraging. Please do not attempt to eat any wild plants unless you are capable of correctly identifying them or you are accompanied by someone who can. 

Please note, there is much giggling, background noise and chewing audible throughout, which is not standard for there Roots and All podcast which is usually impeccably produced and edited!

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



3. EP 18 - Foraging with Michael Wachter
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In this episode, I’m talking foraging with expert forager Michael Wachter. Michael has masses of experience when it comes to living outdoors sustainably and being self-sufficient, having lived on a remote island off the North Coast of Germany. He also regularly treks across the landscape both in the UK and abroad, with nothing but a sleeping bag and his survival kit, foraging for food along the way.  

Michael currently lives and works in East Sussex, where he indulges his passion for plants at every opportunity. We only scratched the surface of his experiences and if you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, I urge you to do so, you will be spellbound as he recounts his adventures!

We cover:

The best places to find wild food How to forage in your own garden, however limited you are on space Michael’s trek along the South Coast of England The philosophy of foraging

 

About Michael Wachter

Born in the rolling hills of North Bavaria along a river in Bamberg, Michael studied landscape architecture near Frankfurt. After a short stint working in an office, he went to work for the protection of mainly seabirds on the North Coast of Germany, before coming to England in 2014.

He currently works as a gardener in East Sussex and indulges his passion for wild plants on a daily basis.

 

Links:

Michael Wachter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/michael_wachter/?hl=en

Robin Harford’s site provides great information, plus he produces a podcast on the topic: https://www.eatweeds.co.uk

The Woodland Trust’s guide to foraging sustainably: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/things-to-do/foraging/ 

Wild Food & Foraging UK Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/WildFoodUK/

The website of Samuel Thayer, a foraging resource for listeners in the US: https://www.foragersharvest.com 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



4. Budcast - Native and Non-native Plants
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Description:

Sarah explores the reasons we all need to go native in our gardens.

From declining insects and struggling bird populations to invasive species and plants for pollinators, Sarah looks at the impact planting non-native species in our gardens can have. Acknowledgement to Douglas W Tallamy for the excellent research presented in his book Bringing Nature Home.

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



5. EP 17 - Hedgehogs with Hugh Warwick
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UK HEDGEHOGS NEED YOU! Since 2000, UK populations of hedgehogs have declined 30% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas. Today’s guest, Hugh Warwick, estimates hedgehog populations have dropped by 90% or more since the second world war. Based on these horrendous figures, we can deduce if we don’t start helping them right away, these beautiful animals could be facing extinction. 

That’s where we, as gardeners, come in. Hugh talks about how we can encourage hedgehogs into our gardens and how we can best look after those who decide to share our space.

We cover:

Encouraging hedgehogs into your garden Supplemental feeding and watering Ensuring hedgehog safety in the garden The importance of creating a network to facilitate hedgehogs’ movements How to identify and deal with poorly hedgehogs

 

About Hugh Warwick

Hugh is an ecologist and author with a particular interest in hedgehogs. He is a spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, runs the Oxfordshire campaign, HedgeOX and is a regular contributor to radio and television. He has written two books about hedgehogs … and much to the distress of his family, has plans for more!

 

Links:

https://www.hughwarwick.com

Hugh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hedgehoghugh

Link to the video we discussed, where Hugh drills through a perfectly good wall in aid of helping our hedgehogs, a worthy sacrifice! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8joMexoVo38&feature=youtu.be

 

Hedgehog Street: https://www.hedgehogstreet.org 

 

British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Website: https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hedgehogsociety

Telephone 01584 890801

Email info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk

 

State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 Report: https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/state-britains-hedgehogs-2018/ 

Hugh’s project the HedgeOX campaign aims to help Oxfordshire’s hedgehogs:

Website: https://www.hedgeox.org/?fbclid=IwAR2FJwEaBz4Wejdl5PRWn5R-hFq9b8yUCqWrCSwSOes8_HjMpxTqj3Z4S3E 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hedgeox/ 



6. Budcast - Allotments Part 2
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Description:

Back by popular demand, it's Part 2 of taking on and managing an allotment. With Louise Bell.

Listen as we talk about what to do with your allotment over winter, which crops you should be growing, when to harvest and if you only have time to do one job, which should it be. The follow up to Allotments Part 1 - Episode 5 of the podcast, published on 7th August 2018.

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



7. EP 16 - Poisonous Plants with Dr Liz Dauncey
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Have you ever wondered which are the most poisonous plants in your house and garden? Do you know how plant toxins work and how to handle poisonous plants safely? What are we, as gardeners, most at risk of when dealing with our beloved plants? And which risks are sometimes blown out of proportion?

Join me as I speak to botanist Dr Liz Dauncey about poisonous plant facts, myths and interesting cases. And if you’re particularly fascinated by the macabre and want to find out the most gruesome way to go, plus which poisons are untraceable, listen on!

 

About Dr Elizabeth A. Dauncey

Liz is a botanist with a PhD in Plant Taxonomy during which she undertook a taxonomic revision of Dendrobium section Pedilonum, a group of orchids from South-East Asia. She spent most of her career as a botanical toxicologist working for the Poisons Unit of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in London, on joint initiatives with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 

Her work involved developing strategies and products to reduce the number of poisoning incidents involving plants, and to improve the identification of plants by treatment centres. She worked with the Horticultural Trades Association on their 'Harmful?' campaign that introduced a list of 117 plants on sale in garden centres that should carry warnings on their pot labels. Liz subsequently spent four years with Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services, which enables effective communication about medicinal plants in health, regulation and research. She now works freelance, writing books, providing information and advice about plant toxicity, and undertaking poisonous plant surveys. 

 Liz is author of Poisonous Plants: A Guide for Parents and Childcare Providers (Kew Publishing, 2010) and co-author of Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants (Kew Publishing, 2018). Plants That Kill is now also available in German, Dutch, Italian and Japanese! She is currently co-authoring a follow-on book called Plants That Cure, due to be published in 2020, which looks in particular at the plants from which pharmaceutical drugs have been developed. There are also plans for a revised and updated edition of her Poisonous Plants guide that will be expanded to include plants that are poisonous to pets. 

 

Links:

Poisonous Plants: A Guide for Parents and Childcare Providers (Kew Publishing, 2010) - out of print at the publisher but still available online:

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Poisonous-Plants-Parents-Childcare-Providers/dp/184246406X/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_g8682124849?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF

Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants (Kew Publishing, 2018) - widely available 

https://shop.kew.org/plants-that-kill-a-natural-history-of-the-world-s-most-poisonous-plants  

Horticultural Trades Association - Code of practice for potentially harmful plants, downloadable list 

https://hta.org.uk/resourceLibrary/code-of-practice-for-potentially-harmful-plants.html

Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services - plant name portal 

https://mpns.science.kew.org/mpns-portal/  

 

Twitter - @liz_dauncey 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



8. Budcast - Open Source Seeds
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Description:

An episode dedicated to Esiah Levy. A short intro to seed sharing and open pollinated varieities.

Sadly, Esiah Levy who you may have heard interviewed in Episode 12 of the Podcast, passed away on the 22nd January. This episode is dedicated to sharing his passion for seed sharing and open pollinated seeds, and will hopefully inspire you to add some of these varieties to your patch this year. Please check out the GoFundMe set up to help Esiah's young family: https://www.gofundme.com/esiah-levy 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall



9. EP 15 - Super Organic Vegan Gardening with Matthew Appleby
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Matthew Appleby is a multi award-winning horticultural journalist who regularly writes for gardening magazines, national newspapers and the industry bible Horticulture Week. Matthew is a long-time vegan and organic gardener and has a wealth of growing experience upon which to base his new book, The Super Organic Gardener. The book is released on the 31st January 2019 and I spoke to Matthew about what it means to garden in this style.

 

We touched upon:

The definition of organic and vegan gardening

Why veganism is gaining so much traction

What products do and don’t qualify for use in a vegan garden

What is no-dig gardening

Vegan composts, green manures, fertilisers , seeds and plants

Matthew’s reasons for practising vegan gardening

 

Further reading:

The Super Organic Gardener - Matthew Appleby

Jan 2019 - Pen & Sword

https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Super-Organic-Gardener-Paperback/p/15572

Charles Dowding - No-Dig Gardening 

https://www.charlesdowding.co.uk

Poyntzfield Herb Nursery

https://www.poyntzfieldherbs.co.uk

Delfland Nurseries

https://www.delfland.co.uk

Walcot Organic Nursery

https://walcotnursery.co.uk

Hulme Garden Centre

https://hulmegardencentre.org.uk

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



10. Budcast - Caroline Cotton of Fertile Fibre
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Why it's good to know what goes in your compost, especially if you want to shop ethically, sustainably and/or vegan. 

"Since the 1980’s Fertile Fibre have been producing peat free coir based organic composts. Fertile Fibre have also been working closely with the Vegan Society and the Biodynamic Association to develop composts which are specifically tailored to meeting the needs of those growers. I talk with Caroline about what goes into making Fertile Fibre composts, what you should look for when making purchasing decisions about composts and fertilisers and why this is important. For more info visit www.fertilefibre.com 

 

Further contact Information;

Fertile Fibre Ltd

Withington Court

Withington

Hereford

HR1 3RJ

Tel: 01432 853111

Email:    info@fertilefibre.com

Twitter:  @fertilefibre

Facebook: fertilefibre

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall



11. EP 14 - Cleve West
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Description:

In this episode, I talk with critically acclaimed garden designer Cleve West about his journey to a vegan lifestyle and how this impacts upon his work. 

We touch upon vegan gardening, cooking, farming for vegan and meat based diets and why we all need to think about the mark we leave on our gardens and the wider environment. 

 

Further resources;

www.clevewest.com

Our Plot by Cleve West. Published in 2011 by Frances Lincoln

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Our-Plot-Cleve-West-2013-04-04/dp/B01K939IVO/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=X4JTJ0GQZVM0R9T860M9

Earthlings – a 2005 documentary

http://www.nationearth.com

Cowspiracy

http://www.cowspiracy.com

Forks Over Knives

https://www.forksoverknives.com

Land of Hope and Glory – Documentary

https://www.landofhopeandglory.org

Knepp Farm 

https://knepp.co.uk

Matthew Appleby – The Super Organic Gardener. Published 31st Jan 2019 by Pen and Sword.

https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Super-Organic-Gardener-Paperback/p/15572

Iain Tolhurst – Tolhurst Organic

http://www.tolhurstorganic.co.uk

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Green-Organic-Techniques-Sustainable/dp/0955222516

BOSH Cookbook

https://www.bosh.tv/book/bosh-the-cookbook

Dr Michael Greger

https://nutritionfacts.org

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



12. Budcast - The Christmas Episode
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Description:

Happy Christmas! Welcome to this special festive Budcast episode.

Join Sarah for the inaugral Roots and All Christmas Quiz. Plus, hear from two special guests about their best and worst horticultural Christmas gifts and join in with a seasonal treasure hunt. 



13. EP 13 - Ivy with Angela Tandy of Fibrex Nurseries
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Description:

Fibrex is a family run nursery, started by Hazel & Dick Key over half a century ago. The business is still run by family members; Angela works alongside her sister, brother and sister-in-law, as well as other family members, to make the nursery the success it is today. 

In addition to being respected horticultural experts, they hold two National Collections and continually attain top accolades at flower shows such as RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern and Gardeners World Live. 

The nursery is open to visit, but they also offer an excellent mail order service and you can order plants through their website. 

 

Key talking points with Angela were:

Growing ivy as a houseplant Ideal growing conditions for ivy indoors Ideal growing conditions for ivy outdoors Different growth habits and the suitability of certain species for certain garden situations Fast and slow growing varieties Pruning Benefits to wildlife Unsuitable situations for ivy Growing ivy in containers

 

If you’d like to view and shop the full range of Ivy that Fibrex Nurseries has to offer, you can visit their website:

https://www.fibrex.co.uk 

Nursery Contact Information:

Fibrex Nursery LTD
Honeybourne Road
Pebworth
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 8XP 

Telephone: 01789 720788

Email: sales@fibrex.co.uk

Opening Hours
1 Mar - 31 Aug: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
1 Sept - 28 Feb: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
1 Apr - 25 Jun: Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm

Twitter @FibrexNurseries

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Fibrex-Nurseries-Ltd-217275455080317/ 

Instagram fibrex_nurseries

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



14. Budcast - Plant Hardiness, Birds and Hand-digging
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Description:

RHS Plant Hardiness Ratings, Offering the Best Menu to Garden Birds & Why Going to the Gym is Madness.

This week is a bit more back to basics as Sarah talks about how RHS and USDA hardiness ratings help you select the right plants for your garden. Plus, Sarah talks about what food attracts which birds, why we should all be eschewing heavy machinery and a cheeky tip to fake it until you make it in your borders. 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall



15. Episode 12 – Esiah Levy’s SeedsShare Project
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Description:

Born in 1986 to Jamaican parents in South East London, Esiah Levy is a London-based creative Food Grower, Gardener Designer and the founder of SeedsShare, a project sending edible plant seeds all over the world.

SeedsShare is a project set up by Esiah in December 2016 to provide organic seeds which can be sown to produce free food and provide long-term food security for Individuals or community gardening groups, particularly in areas where organic fresh produce is at a minimum. Countries which have SeedsShare seeds growing include Japan, Canada, Peru, Indonesia, France, America, the Netherlands, Russia and more!

What makes the SeedsShare unique is all seeds are grown and harvested locally in Esiah’s own garden and various plots around London. All seeds are 100% free with only postage to pay to get your hands on them! 

 

Key talking points were:

What is an heirloom vs. a hybrid variety? Which is better and why? What are the easiest types of seed to collect and save? As a seed distributor, is the SeedsShare subject to any regulations or legislation? Can you explain the implications of legislation surrounding seeds?

 

Esiah has great social media accounts that are well worth a follow! You can find  and connect with him here:

 

twitter / instagram / facebook - @croydongardener 

Website – www.SeedsShare.co.uk 

Linkedin - Esiah Levy 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



16. Climate Change Gardening - Panel Discussion
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Description:

 

Gardening in A Changing Climate

This is a recording of a panel discussion that took place at a Designers' Day event on 27th November 2018. The sound quality is pretty raw and not up to our excellent standards, as we recorded in a polytunnel in the lashing rain! The topic up for debate was how climate change is affecting the way designers design gardens for clients. Or not, as the case may be! A straw poll at the beginning revealed that in a room full of garden designers and landscapers, about 4 said their work had been influenced by a changing climate. Which is comforting, or frightening, depending on how you look at it...

Although the debate was intended to be heard by designers, there are definitely words of wisdom that can be applied in gardens or all shapes and sizes, and by gardeners at all levels.

The panel is chaired by Jack Wallington. The designers taking part are your host Sarah Wilson, Emma Page and Nic Howard. 

The event was held at How Green Nursery in Hever, Kent. How Green Nursery is a trade nursery supplying plants to retailers, landscapers, designers, local authorities and historic gardens. They also supply plants for show gardens, including the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. Thanks to the guys at the nursery for hosting an informative and thought-provoking event. 

Further Information

The Roots and All website - https://rootsandall.co.uk

https://twitter.com/rootsandall

https://www.facebook.com/rootsandalluk/

https://www.instagram.com/rootsandallpod/

Email: podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

How Green Nursery - 01732 700382 - www.howgreennursery.co.uk

Jack Wallington www.jackwallington.com

Emma Page www.natureredsigned.co.uk

Nic Howard www.we-love-plants.co.uk



17. Budcast - Plant Life Cycles
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Description:

Decoding plant categories so you can tell how long your plant will live.

This episode sees the introduction of a new segment, 'Getting to the Roots of...' and this week we're going back to basics to find out the differences between annuals, biennials, perennials etc. so you know how long to expect your plant to live.

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall



18. EP 11 - BioChar with Craig Sams of Carbon Gold
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Description:

This episode, I’m talking BioChar with Craig Sams, the co-founder of Carbon Gold, a company that produces a range of BioChar products for the garden but also for agricultural use. I interviewed Craig in his beautiful garden in Hastings, so please excuse the cries of the seagulls who tried to get in on the act around halfway through the interview.

 

We discuss:

- What is biochar?

- Why did people start to produce biochar? What are its origins?

- How is it produced?

- Does it matter what kind of biomass goes into the kiln to make the biochar? Do the end results vary depending on the input?

- What is the difference between biochar and simple BBQ charcoal? Won’t BBQ charcoal be almost as good?

- What does it actually ‘do’ – how does it help plants?

- Is there a rule of thumb regarding which soils and which types of crops it works best on? 

- How is it best to apply?

- Can you apply too much?

- Is it for application on new plantings only – or is it also good for mature specimens?

 

About Craig: Before this interview, I probably knew more about Craig than about his product, because he’s a legend in many fields, not least in food and growing. He founded the first macrobiotic restaurant in London in 1967 and went on to start Harmony Foods, which later became Whole Earth Foods. He and his friends provided the food for the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1972. In 1991, he and his wife Josephine Fairley founded Green and Black’s. He was Chair of the Soil Association from 2001-2007 and is the author of four books, including the seminal text ‘About Macrobiotics’. 

 

Craig’s website is www.craigsams.com

 

To read more about/buy BioChar products, go to www.carbongold.com

 

To read more about the CarbonGold Tree Rescue and to nominate a tree, visit https://www.carbongold.com/save-a-veteran-tree-for-free/ 

 

Follow CarbonGold on Twitter: @carbongold

Like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarbonGold 

 

Further Resources

 

The Greenhouse Gas Removal Report https://royalsociety.org/~/media/policy/projects/greenhouse-gas-removal/royal-society-greenhouse-gas-removal-report-2018.pdf 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk 

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall 



19. Budcast - Garden Jobs
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Sarah shares tips from 3 experts about what you can be doing in the garden this week

If you want to find out the best early flowering narcissus, which raspberries varieties taste the sweetest and how to look after your terracotta pots, then listen in...

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

Help us keep the podcast free & independent! Donate as much or as little as you like at https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall



20. EP 10 - Aesthetic Ecology with Toby Diggens
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Have you ever noticed how natural landscapes always seem to work? The colours, shapes, scale and textures of a natural landscape appear pleasing to the eye despite little or no human input. It’s this sense of innate beauty in nature, speaking to us on an almost subconscious level, that interests today’s guest Toby Diggens. 

We speak about naturalistic and ecological gardens which incorporate elements of nature that gardeners have traditionally sought to keep out. Key talking points were:

Naturalistic planting and designing – elaborating on what Toby refers to as Aesthetic Ecology  The importance of plants as food for invertebrates Unpopular plants that are actually good for wildlife The best wildflowers/weeds for wildlife Wildflowers that are too badly behaved for the garden Ornamentals that work well in naturalistic gardens Resources for those interested in practicing wild gardening Toby’s top tips for wild gardeners

About Toby: Toby Diggens runs Digg & Co., a design studio focussing on ecological landscape design and architecture. His style is one which brings ecological science into the design process, and marries this with the aesthetic and artistic practice of design. Toby studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire and received distinctions in both Post Graduate Diploma and Masters. His masters work, entitled Second Nature explores how wild life can be brought back into our cities and towns through the understanding of ecology as a function rather than only an aesthetic. A great lover of plants, he sees the opportunity of beautiful landscape design, touched by a hint of the wild, as a moving way to rekindle the human passion for the natural world, and hopes that his work, regardless of scale, adds both drama and beauty, but importantly nature back into the gardens and parks of the UK and beyond. 

To contact Toby his email is below: You can also request a copy of his Masters work.

toby@diggandco.co.uk 

Or Follow his Instagram 

@diggandco

 

Further Resources

Emorsgate Seeds – www.wildseed.co.uk 

 

Books

The Wild Garden – William Robinson

The Dynamic Landscape: Design, Ecology and Management of Naturalistic Urban Planting – Dunnett & Hitchmough

Meadows – Christopher Lloyd

Sowing Beauty – James Hitchmough

 

Get in touch;

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21. Budcast - Houseplant Update
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This week is all about plant pests and diseases, maintenance and planting. Sarah reads an excerpt from fellow Hastings plant-lover Marianne North's diary to mark Marianne's 188th birthday. 

 

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22. EP 09 - Terry Woods - Fox-A-Gon
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Do you welcome foxes into your garden or are they the bane of your life when it comes to growing plants and keeping a clean and tidy plot? Foxes can be a joy to watch but a pain when they’re digging up your plants! In this episode, I speak to animal behaviour expert and fox aficionado Terry Woods. Terry is co-founder of Fox-A-Gon, a company which offers organic and ethical solutions in situations where foxes may be unwelcome visitors. 

We discuss common problems that can occur when sharing our gardens with foxes and Terry dispels some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding these occasionally maligned animals. Terry offers a refreshing and common-sense perspective to living alongside wildlife based on his decades of experience and observation. 

The Fox-a-Gon website is a fantastic resource if you’d like to find out more about co-existing with foxes. It also provides solutions to dissuade them from visiting your plot, should you need them. Their FAQ page is comprehensive and no-nonsense; I highly recommend it as your first port of call if you need even general advice about foxes, it really does provide some brilliant information.

 

Points of interest;

The Law as it relates to fox control/removal in the UK

Feeding foxes

Why foxes dig up plants

Foxes and cats

Foxes and humans

Urban foxes

Injured foxes

 

Guest follow up;

Terry Woods founded Fox-A-Gon alongside Graham Le Blond. The company is based in the South East, however they work all over the UK.

www.fox-a-gon.co.uk

Telephone: 0208 925 9639

Mobile: 07768 903 043 / 07973 414 935

 

Further useful resources;

The Fox Project – www.foxproject.org.uk

 

Get in touch;

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Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

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23. Budcast - Listener Questions
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Sarah fields listener questions about herbaceous border maintenance in October and when to prune pieris. She reports back on her visit to the Great Dixter Plant Fair and there's a little bit of housekeeping too.

 

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24. EP 08 - Alliums with Jackie Currie
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Alliums have to be one of our most well-loved, contemporary perennials. They’re relatively pest and disease free, pollinators love them, they look good in flower and also in skeletonised form during the winter. However, if you thought growing alliums was as straightforward as bunging some bulbs in the ground and enjoying them year after year, you may be surprised…

After losing some alliums in my own garden, I was determined to find out a bit more about what these plants need to succeed in the garden. Jackie Currie has held the National Collection of Alliums for the past 4 years and I surmised that if anyone could help me on my quest to make my alliums happy, she could.

Since she started studying alliums in earnest, Jackie has learned many things that might surprise even the most seasoned grower and it appears she may be re-writing the rule book on alliums as we know it. Listen to the episode to find out which alliums truly act as perennials, coming back year after year. Also find out which alliums to treat as annuals, what to feed them, where to grow them and the answers to many other questions about alliums you didn’t even realise you should be asking!

 

Points of interest;

Ideal soil conditions for alliums 

Alliums that are easy to grow

Alliums that are tricky

Potential diseases 

What to plant them with

Feeding

How to propagate them

 

Guest follow up;

Jackie Currie has run Euphorbia Design in partnership with Lorraine Cooke for the past 15 years.

www.euphorbia-design.co.uk

info@euphorbia-design.co.uk

Jackie and her alliums can often be found exhibiting at RHS Flower Shows Hampton Court & Chelsea, where she is a multiple medal-winner.

 

Further useful research;

There is none! Jackie doesn’t recommend any books or websites as useful resources for information on Alliums and I must say that having a poke around on the internet reveals common advice mainly conflicts with Jackie’s findings. Perhaps if you have any experience of alliums that may be useful you can email them to me podcast@rootsandall.co.uk and I will can pass them on to Jackie and I will find a way to share them online with listeners. 

 

Allium names, in order of mention;

Allium

atropurpureum

‘Silver Spring’

ampeloprasum

‘Purple Sensation’

wallichii

altissimum

christophii

sphaerocephalon

senescens

lusitanicum

giganteum

‘Ambassador’

schubertii

caeruleum

caesium

‘Eros’

‘Mount Everest’

‘Mont Blanc’

‘Globemaster’

nigrum

‘Gladiotor’

paradoxum var. normale 

siculum

litvinovii

angulosum

fistulosum

‘Early Emperor’

 

Get in touch;

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Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

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25. Budcast - National Collections and Overdue Jobs
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Sarah talks about jobs she should have done two weeks ago (same old same old) and about how National Collections work and why you may be able to have one if you so desire it.

 

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26. Budcast - An Introduction to Vegan Gardening
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The first ever Vegan Garden Festival was held at Hortus Loci Plant Centre in Hampshire on Sept 15th 2018. Sarah reviews the event and her discovery that she may be more than just a vegan who gardens.

 

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27. EP 07 - Trees
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Selecting and planting trees can be a minefield. Never fear though, help is on hand as ‘legend in the world of trees’, Kew-trained, Peter Thurman is here to provide straight-forward advice about what to do and what not to do when buying a tree and planting it out.

Peter’s CV is suitably impressive. He is a landscape designer and plantsman and holds chartered status in arboriculture, horticulture, forestry and the environment. He is a fellow of both the Arboricultural Association and the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and it doesn’t end there. Find out more about Peter and his passion for all things tree related in this episode. 

Discover how to select the right tree for your garden’s soil type and which species of tree will help you create the effect you are targeting. Learn how pleached trees can become an attractive alternative to fencing, just beware of the High Hedges Act! Does it pay to have patience when growing your tree, or is it easier to have instant impact? 

Pick up some valuable tips and tricks on the planting process. From deciding which food you should feed your prized specimen with, to mulching and watering, your questions are sure to be addressed in this informative episode. 

 

Points of interest; 

Soil conditions when planting a tree 

Choosing the right trees for your garden 

The process of planting a tree

Round vs square hole 

Tree food

How to deal with planting a tree in clay soil

Watering your tree

Staking your tree

The importance of mulching

Ideal trees for small or large gardens

Trees for; privacy/scent/flowers/autumn colours/the ultimate seaside garden 

 

FAQs answered; 

When is the best time of year to plant a tree?

Should I take the hessian off a field grown tree before planting?

When shopping for my tree, should I buy the biggest one possible?

Are soil Testing kits a good idea?

What do I need to put at the base of my newly planted tree?

How do I deal with leaders?

Which type of stake should I use? 

 

Guest follow up; 

Peter Thurman 

Email: ThurmanConsultancy@btinternet.com 

www.thurmanconsultancy.co.uk  - Peter Thurman Consultancy, Landscape

www.lcgd.org.co.uk  - London College of Garden Design 

 

Further useful research; 

www.kew.org - Visit The Royal Botanical Grades at Kew 

www.reading.ac.uk - Dr Glynn Percival

www.biochar.co.uk - Tree food

Rigel-G - Tree food product 

 

Trees in order of mention, Botanical name followed by UK common name;

Kolreuteria paniculata fastigiata – Pride of India

Quercos phellos – Willow Oak

Lime trees AKA Tilia species:

Tilia tomentosa – Silver Lime

Tilia T. henryana – Henry’s Lime

Taxus baccata – Yew 

Ginkgo biloba – Maidenhair Tree

Cordyline australis – Cabbage Palm

Pterostyrax hispida – Epaulette Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip Tree

Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweetgum 

Parrotia persica – Persian Ironwood

Tamarix species - Tamarisk

Quercus ilex - Holm Oak

Acer pseudoplatanus – Sycamore

Cedrus libani – Cedar of Lebanon

 

Get in touch;

Email: podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website: www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter: @rootsandall

Instagram: rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

https://www.patreon.com/rootsandall

 

 

 

 



28. Budcast - Carnivorous Plants
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If you want to know the answers to why your carnivorous plant may look dead but isn't and why none of them can eat greenfly, listen in... 

 

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29. Budcast - August? Meh!
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Sarah is surprised to find that August is not the most popular month with gardeners and explores some ways in which the month can be made a little more bearable. She also talks about thrips on houseplants.

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30. EP 06 - Houseplants
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Houseplants have come a long way since your mum’s Swiss cheese plant from the 1970s. However, successfully cultivating one of the myriad of varieties available today, is not as simple as wedging your chosen species into the barren corner of the living room in a once redundant terracotta pot. From nurturing your first cactus at university to transforming your home into an indoor sanctuary full of orchids, bringing the outside in has always had its challenges but also its benefits.

Discover why, as Sarah places her partner Jason Stevens in the hot seat to grill him on his knowledge and passion for houseplants. Jason served 16 years in the Army leaving in 2016 for medical reasons, after which he undertook a period of rehabilitation. During his recovery he noticed what a positive effect gardening had and chose to follow this up by embarking on a garden design diploma. Eventually he narrowed his focus to sourcing and caring for indoor houseplants.

Jason chats about numerous varieties of houseplants, from easy care perennials such as ferns and aspidistra to trickier specimens such as selaginella. He discusses the potential health benefits some may provide and offers some great tips on general plant care. Whether you know your bonsai from your begonia, there is plenty of useful information to ensure you can achieve your indoor zen.

*Listen today to find out the winner of the review competition.

 

Points of interest;

Easiest and most difficult houseplants

Sunny spots and shady spots

Bathroom plants

Bedroom plants

Hanging pots

Tips on the procedure of buying plants

General plant maintenance

Rain water Vs distilled water

Top 5 common pests and diseases

 

FAQs answered;

Do I need to repot a plant once I get it home?

How do I tell if my plant needs watering?

How often should I water my plants?

Should I give my plants food?

Which plants need misting?

Should I use leaf shine?

 

Guest follow up;

www.simplygarden.org 

Jason Stephens Instagram simply_garden

Facebook @simplygardensw 

 

Further useful research;

Plant names mentioned:

Aspidistra elatior

Sansevieria trifasciata – Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Calathea

Nephrolepis exaltata – Boston Fern 

Ficus elastica – Rubber Plant

Ficus benjamina – Weeping Fig

Spathiphyllum – Peace Lily

Ceropegia woodii – String of Hearts

Selaginella species

Echinocactus grusonii – Mother-in-Law’s Seat

 

Brand names:

House Plant Focus

SB Plant Invigorator

 

Pests:

Aphids

Fungus gnats

Mealy bugs

Spider mites

Thrips

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

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31. Budcast - Terrariums and Tulips
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Beth Otway AKA Pumpkin Beth has turned terrarium gardening into a perfectly balanced combination of science and art. Sarah reads excerpts from her interview with Beth and also talks about when to order your tulips and offers some suggestions for ones to look out for.

 

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32. Budcast - Letting You in on a Secret
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Sarah starts by pondering how come the roses seem to be having 2 distinct flushes this year and gets no nearer to an answer. She also discusses when to trim your box bushes and talks about the intriguing houseplant du jour, the Crocodile Fern. The Budcast finishes with an unexpected confession... 

 

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33. EP 05 - Allotments Part 1
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Lacking the space but certainly not the enthusiasm? Taking on an allotment has fast become a popular solution to keeping those green fingers satisfied and the benefits are endless. Not only is it environmentally friendly, working an allotment can be seen as therapeutic, sociable and an all round healthy discipline, which can promote a healthier lifestyle. 

In the first part of this episode, Sarah chats to Louise Bell, an accomplished writer and editor and co founder of Sunny Creative. Louise also happens to be a sympathetic gardener and was on the committee for the Marina Allotment and Horticulture Association in Hastings.

Having worked on her own allotment for 10 years, Louise is armed with knowledge to enlighten us on how best to go about finding an allotment. Whether it’s run by the local council or independently managed, she presents a number of key pointers to take into account before committing to a plot and those you will need to consider once you are the proud owner. 

With first hand practical advice on various topics, from restrictions on what you are allowed to grow, to how to clear a plot previously owned, there’s enough to get the ball rolling if you are thinking of investing your time and energy into growing your own produce. 

Nevertheless don’t forget to follow up soon with part 2 of this episode to discover more about allotments and how to manage expectations on what you grow. Alongside self sowing plants, difficult crops and suggestions on plot structure, you can be sure to pick up many more helpful tips to ensure you have a productive plot.

Please take the time to rate this podcast and you could be in with a chance to win a copy of the Great Dixter cookbook (2017) which contains a delightful concoction of seasonal recipes and is a book Louise was involved with creating.

 

Points of interest;

Associate members.

Generic allotment rules and regulations.

Choosing your allotment plot.

Practical issues, such as water, electricity and toilet.

Visitors allowed onto the premises.

Time restrictions.

Recommended tools.

Taking over someone else’s allotment patch.

 

FAQs answered;

Are all allotments run by the local council?

Do I specifically need to choose an allotment near to where I live?

Do allotments have waiting lists?

Will I have to pay for my allotment?

How do I know if having an allotment is the right thing for me?

Do I need planning permission for a shed?

Will I be allowed bonfires?

Who is responsible for any waste?

Are there restrictions on what I can grow in an allotment?

 

Further useful research;

www.marinallotments.org.uk 

www.gov.uk/apply-allotment 

sunnycreative.co.uk

www.greatdixtershop.co.uk   The Great Dixter Cookbook 2017

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk 

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

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34. Budcast - How to Cope in a Dastardly Drought
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If you're flagging in the hot weather, chances are your plants are too. Listen in to find out if you should be watering your outdoor plants in a drought and if so, how often. Also, Sarah shares a nifty trick to keep your indoor plants happy if you're going away on holiday. Share your watering successes and woes;

 

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35. EP 04 - Hiring a garden designer
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You’ve got the space, you’ve got a budget, but where to begin? It can be difficult and sometimes daunting to know how to set about transforming and making the most of your outdoor space. For those of us who aren’t blessed with a green-fingered talent, the best option may be to bring in the professionals and hire the services of a garden designer.

Fortunately, Sarah Wilson is here with another essential episode to help  guide you down the path alongside her special guest and Chartered Horticulturalist, Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Barely in need of introduction, Andrew is renowned for his incredible gardens and landscapes for which he has won many awards and is on tap in this episode as a never-ending fount of knowledge on the subject. As Director of the London College of Garden Design and Partner of Fisher Tomlin and Bowyer in London, Andrew has a stellar career. Therefore, you can expect to pick up some constructive and reliable advice and tips, from how to choose the right garden designer for you, to the perennial question of how much you should expect to pay. Find out why it’s imperative that you communicate with your garden designer in order to achieve a productive relationship. As with most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. From consultation to final horticultural glory, let Sarah and Andrew reassure you, that you can achieve the garden of your dreams!

 

Points of interest;

What to consider when thinking about hiring a garden designer.

Qualifications and experience of a garden designer.

References, testimonials and insurance of a garden designer.

Choosing the right garden designer for your style.

The design process you can expect to go through from start to finish.

How to communicate with your garden designer and get the outcome you’ve always dreamed of.

Things to look out for during the process.

Why a garden designer can help you save money.

Hourly rate and fees. 

Working around your budget.

 

FAQs answered;

Why do I need a garden designer?

What can I expect a garden designer to bring to a project?

Where do I begin searching for a good garden designer?

Is it beneficial to choose a local garden designer?

What’s the difference between a landscape architect and a garden designer?

Do I need both a landscape architect and garden designer for the job?

How involved should my garden designer be throughout the project?

 

Guest follow up;

www.andrewfishertomlin.com

Fisher Tomlin and Bowyer garden designers and landscapers, London.

 

Further useful research;

London College of Garden Design www.lcgd.org.uk 

The Society of Garden Designers www.sgd.org.uk 

www.pinterest.co.uk 

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

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36. EP 03 - Worms
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Today, Sarah interviews Paul Hetherington, Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Buglife Invertebrate Conservation Organisation, with a particular interest in discussing worms and depending on the type, their significance in the garden.  

So dip into the world of our 2 enthusiasts for an insightful chat about the trials and tribulations of this common garden dweller and much understated invertebrate. Learn about the enormous impact they have on our ecosystems and how we can encourage and nurture these ultimate ‘friends of the earth’. However it pays to be mindful that not all worms have a positive effect on our environment!  

As ever, this episode is full of useful tips and advice to bring out the horticulturist in all of us! 

 

Points of interest;

How to identify a particular type of worm.

Importance of earthworms on the landscape and our produce.

How to encourage more earthworms and identify the ones we don't want.

Chemicals and the effects they can have on earthworms.

Worms and compost.

The implications of native and non-native species.

 

FAQs Answered;

How many species of worm are there in the uk?

How do I conduct an earthworm count?

What do worms look like when they self fertilise?

Why can we consider earthworms as natural recyclers?

Which worms are good for the garden and which ones are not?

 

Guest follow up;

Visit buglife.org.uk - Particular topic of concern is pollination and species at risk. Find out how you can help?

 

Further useful research;

www.opalexplorenature.org 

www.ispotnature.org 

www.field-studies-council.org

www.earthwormsoc.org 

Royal Entomological Society

“Formation of vegetable mould through The action of worms” by Charles Darwin 1881.

 

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Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

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37. EP 02 - Hiring a gardener
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Anyone with a modest or sizeable outdoor space will appreciate the time and effort that goes into maintaining it.  So the question professionals in the industry are often asked is, how do I get a good gardener?  

In the second episode of this series, Sarah Wilson finds out some answers as she interviews Claire Vokins a friend and fellow Horticulturist, who runs her own garden care business, Elizabeth Clare Gardening Ltd, in South West London.  With a no-nonsense approach, Claire blows the lid off this topic and reveals a wealth of knowledge and practical advice.

Learn about the benefits and pitfalls of hiring a gardener, the many variables to consider and the most important factors when deciding on your choice, especially the ever grey area of how much you can expect to pay on an hourly rate.  Adversely, pick up some helpful pointers on what to do if hiring a regular gardener is out of your budget.

So whether it’s a ‘jungle cut’ or a more detailed maintenance and care plan you have in mind for your outdoor space, there is bound to be something that will grab your attention in this episode. 

 

Points of interest;

Where to source a professional gardener.

Retaining your gardener.

Resources to teach yourself about the plants in your garden.

Guidelines on garden rubbish disposal.

Common gardening mistakes.

How to deal with inherited gardens.

How to have ownership of your outdoor space.

 

FAQs answered;

What hourly rate should I expect to pay my gardener?

Should I let my gardener use my tools or ask them to supply their own?

When are gardeners at their busiest?

When should I book a landscape gardener if I wish to have more extensive changes done to my garden?

 

Guest follow up;

Elizabeth Clare Gardening Ltd Twitter @ECGardeningLtd

Claire Vokins Twitter @CEVokins

 

Further useful research;

www.rhs.org.uk

www.shootgardening.co.uk

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

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38. EP 01 - Dahlias
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In the first episode of this insightful series, Sarah covers one of her favourite topics as she talks to two special guests about Dahlias.

Join Emma Page, Award winning Horticulturalist and Garden Designer and Dave Gillam, Chairman of the National Dahlia’s Society as well as being the General Manager for Abercorn Garden Centre in Chelmsford, as they share their extensive knowledge and experience. We discover the inspiration behind Dave Gillam’s passion for growing Dahlias competitively and find out our guests favourite type of Dahlia, and why.

So whether its growing them for the sheer pleasure of it, or you are a bit more serious about the whole affair and wish to grow these beautiful plants in order to compete, this is the place to learn more about the ‘tender’ perennial. They may not be considered low maintenance but any effort put into growing them is likely to be highly rewarded.  

 

Points of interest;

Dahlia growing routine and the ‘mystery’ of growing from seed.

Leaving Dahlias in the ground.

Planting Dahlias in beds.

Growing in tubers.

Combating the ‘danger zone’ surrounding the first shoots.

Tempting varieties of Dahlias, including the Honka Fragile.

Species vs Hybrids

 

FAQs Answered;

Where can I buy Dahlias?

What do I do with Dahlia tubers?

To stake or not to stake?

How do I go about dead-heading?

What are the well-known competitive varieties of Dahlia?

Where can I buy Dahlias for weddings or other special events?

 

Guest follow up;

Emma Page www.natureredesigned.co.uk

Email her directly at info@natureredesigned.co.uk

Emma Twitter @epgd181

Dave Gilliam - YouTube

www.dahlias-nds.co.uk National Dahlia Society -  and Facebook

Abercorn garden centre, Chelmsford

Please find Richard Ramsey’s transcribed interview on the Roots and all website.   

Find Richard at www.withypitts-dahlias.co.uk. for ideas on; Cut flowers, Dahlia seedlings, floristry, flowers for big events.

 

Further useful research;

www.hallsofheddon.com A Specialist plant nursery; Dahlias and Chrysanthemums.

 

Get in touch;

Email podcast@rootsandall.co.uk

Website www.rootsandall.co.uk

Twitter @rootsandall

Instagram rootsandallpod

 

Patreon Link;

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