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The Organic Gardening Podcast

46 EpisodesProduced by Garden OrganicWebsite

Inspiration to help you garden the organic way, with advice, tips and interviews from the UK's leading organic gardening organisation, Garden Organic. Hosted by Sarah Brown and Chris Collins.

46 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

S2 Ep34: December - how to grow the perfect Brussel sprout, Xmas present ideas, and an organic farm walk with Helen Browning

December 1st, 2021


Join Chief Exec of the Soil Association, Helen Browning, as she takes us round her organic farm. 

S2 Ep33: November - climate change gardening plus the wonderful world of bees

November 1st, 2021


How can gardeners can mitigate climate change? And looking at bees with new eyes, with specialist Jean Vernon.

S2 Ep32: Unpruned interview - George Anderson in his garden

October 15th, 2021


Join Chris and George as they stroll around George's much loved Edinburgh garden, full of rare varieties.  

S2 Ep31: October - joyful autumn tasks plus George Anderson, doyen of Scottish gardening

September 30th, 2021


As autumn sets in there's plenty to do.  Plus a lifetime of gardening with the irrepressible George Anderson, and what to do with all those green tomatoes!

S2 Ep30: September - Dave Goulson talks about Silent Earth: an insect apocalypse.

September 1st, 2021


What can we gardeners do to prevent insect disaster?  Plus tips on storing your harvest, bare root planting and celebrating Organic September.

S2 Ep29: Nematodes and others - our practical guide to bio controls and stimulants

August 8th, 2021


Following last week's look at biocontrols and stimulants, we now get practical.  How can gardeners use them?  And should we?

S2 Ep28: August - bio controls and stimulants, what are they?

July 31st, 2021


Sit back and join us for an in-depth discussion on this fascinating subject.

S2 Ep26: Healing herbs from the garden - how they work

June 19th, 2021


Can elderberry cure a virus? How does lemon balm make you calm? We chat with Viridian Nutrition to find out more, in this tiny goody bag episode.

S2 Ep25: June - join us for a private view of Garden Organic's new demonstration gardens

May 31st, 2021


Chris enjoys a tour of the new organic demonstration gardens at Ryton; plus growing jobs galore in the busy month of June.

S2 Ep24: Frances Tophill on Rewilding Your Garden

May 15th, 2021


Join us as Frances talks to Sarah about rewilding, and why you should bring the wild into your growing space.

S2 Ep23: May - a glorious growing month, plus special guest 'Love Your Garden' Frances Tophill

April 30th, 2021


Chris and Sarah share gardening tasks in May, and we meet the private side of TV gardener Frances Tophill.

S2 Ep22: Unpruned interview - Dr Ian Bedford on garden insects

April 10th, 2021


Ian is one of the country's top entomologists. He tells us the startling facts about insect decline, and how gardeners can help.

S2 Ep21: April - the start of an exciting new growing season! Plus extraordinary facts about garden insects, with Dr Ian Bedford.

March 31st, 2021


We celebrate getting outside with Spring growing advice. And Chris meets Dr Ian Bedford to discuss how we can help stop the devastation of garden insects.

S2 Ep20: March - simple ways to make seed sowing successful. Plus Mark Lane, an inspirational garden designer.

February 28th, 2021


We show how to make every seed-sowing successful.  Mark shares with us his design secrets and his plans to put 'ability' into 'disability'.

S2 Ep19: February - feeling good during winter lockdown, plus Danny Clarke, The Instant Gardener

January 31st, 2021


We share our tips to lift you from lockdown gloom and Chris meets Danny Clarke, a ray of welcome sunshine. 

S2 Ep18: January - planning for your growing year, plus lockdown gardening.

January 2nd, 2021


How to plan this year's veg patch. We also hear from two growers new to gardening during lockdown.

S2 Ep16: Unpruned interview - Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboriculture at Kew

November 15th, 2020


Join us for the full interview with Tony, his life in trees, and special planting and tree care advice.

S2 Ep15: November - the joy of trees with Tony Kirkham at Kew, plus this month's jobs preparing for winter.

November 1st, 2020


Organic growing tips from your favourite gardening podcasters - Chris Collins and Sarah Brown. Nominated as 2020 gardening podcast of the year.

S2 Ep14: October - the joys of autumn tasks and we get serious about pesticides.

September 30th, 2020


Practical organic gardening advice - from making leafmould, to saving seeds and planting bulbs. Plus a serious look at the dangers of pesticides.

S2 Ep13: September - Chris talks to garden historian, Caroline Holmes, & we share tips for new growers to keep the interest through the autumn

September 1st, 2020

This month, Chris and Hannah, Sarah’s colleague and presenter for this episode, chat about September in the organic garden, and take time to reflect …

S2 Ep12: August - our summer special includes a chat with Mark Diacono, of Otter Farm and River Cottage fame.

July 31st, 2020


Chris meets Mark Diacono, and the two old friends chat about the joys and frustrations of working with tv crews, how to grow pecan nuts, and Mark's …

S2 Ep11: Unpruned interview - Jekka McVicar, Queen of Herbs

July 17th, 2020


Join Chris as he and Jekka walk around her herb farm. This is for real herb lovers - with over 70 different sorts of thyme, other exotic delights, and how Jekka grows her healthy plants.

S2 Ep10: July - we have the Queen of Herbs, Jekka McVicar, plus summer fruit and how to keep that veg coming!

June 30th, 2020


Join us for a summer gardening tasks and the best organic tips on how to manage your plot. Plus Chris spends time with Jekka McVicar, the glorious doyen of herb growing.

S2 Ep9: Unpruned interview - Stephanie Hafferty on the organic home and garden

June 19th, 2020


Join writer and grower Steph Hafferty, as we explore ideas of how to use plants in the home and kitchen. Based on her book The No Dig Organic Home and Garden.

S2 Ep8: June - watering, managing summer pests, and loving your weeds. Garden designer Jack Wallington joins us.

May 31st, 2020


How to water well, summer seed sowing, and dealing with summer pests the organic way. Jack Wallington joins us to talk about his book Wild About Weeds.

S2 Ep7: Unpruned interview - Charles Dowding on No Dig

May 15th, 2020


A chance to hear the full interview with Dowding, when we explore No Dig, how plants get their nutrients, and how to get started yourself.

S2 Ep6: May - No Dig with Charles Dowding, plus more tips on lockdown gardening

April 30th, 2020


We discuss No Dig, as well as organic slug pellets, making compost and dealing with aphids. And we're here to help with your garden during lockdown.

S2 Ep5: Unpruned interview - Catherine Dawson on peat-free potting composts

April 2nd, 2020


Catherine is Technical Director at Melcourt. For over 20 years she has researched and refined their excellent peat-free growing mixes.  We learn the secrets behind what goes in the bag.

S2 Ep4: April - gardening during lockdown. Spring seed sowing, and potting composts.

March 31st, 2020


A lockdown special, with tips to help you make the veg garden productive. Plus everything you need to know about potting composts.

S2 Ep3: March - with Joe Swift; how to sow seeds; getting ready for Spring.

March 1st, 2020


A bumper episode with a seed sowing masterclass and interview with Gardeners' World presenter, Joe Swift.

S2 Ep2: February - enjoyable winter tasks plus a look at agroforestry with Ben Raskin, Soil Association

February 1st, 2020


A month for frost protection, winter pruning, planning your planting and clearing the allotment. We explore how trees can help farmers and your own plot.

S2 Ep1: January - we celebrate Veganuary, by going vegan in your garden. Plus planning for the year ahead, and enjoyable cold weather tasks.

January 1st, 2020


How to go vegan in your garden with writer Matthew Appleby.  Chris and Sarah also share ideas for the new growing season ahead, and get you inspired …

S1 Ep14: December - the world of houseplants plus a greener Christmas

December 1st, 2019


Jane Perrone joins us to discuss the huge popularity of houseplants, with tips and advice. Can you have a greener Christmas? Plus top gardening …

S1 Ep12: November - bringing wildlife into your plot, with Kate Bradbury.

November 1st, 2019


How to share your plot with wildlife, plus making a pond, protecting your plants from frost, and deciding what's safe to put on the compost heap.

S1 Ep11: 'Unpruned' interview - Lucy Start, aka 'Shegrowsveg'

October 7th, 2019


Lucy Start - best known as @shegrowsveg - has over 45000 followers on Instagram, where she aims to challenge the orthodox gardening advice, making …

S1 Ep10: October - autumn tasks and seed saving

October 1st, 2019


A bumper harvest of Autumn tasks, plus the fun of saving your own seed.  We take a special visit to the Heritage Seed Library

S1 Ep9: September - picking and storing, plus sowing nature's green manures

September 2nd, 2019


Time to enjoy your harvest and start autumn sowing. We have expert advice on blight and other diseases, and Chris meets plantsman Adam Alexander. 

S1 Ep8: August - organic food. Is it really better for you?

August 1st, 2019


We know organic food tastes better, but is it really better for you?  Chris and Sarah examine the evidence, speaking with chefs and scientists with up to date research and recipe tips.

S1 Ep7: 'Unpruned' interview - Professor Tim Lang

August 1st, 2019


Garden Organic’s President, Professor Tim Lang talks about food policy. We discuss food security, obesity and malnutrition - and the vital role food …

S1 Ep5: July - gentle summer maintenance, plus climate change gardening

June 30th, 2019


Summer is here!  Chris and Sarah help you to enjoy summer tasks in your organic growing area.  We also discuss climate change gardening, and the best plants for bees.

S1 Ep4: June - watering, pests and diseases, and healthy growing

June 3rd, 2019

The lovely month of June is for flowers, strawberries, and managing your watering.  We are joined by an expert on pests and diseases to discuss how to deal with aphids and problems in the greenhouse.  We hear about …

S1 Ep3: May - sowing outside, dealing with weeds, and No Dig

May 2nd, 2019


As the weather warms we prepare the ground for sowing outside. Weeds - love them and manage them, and we discuss the No Dig technique. Hear also how a large online seed and plant merchant is embedding organic …

S1 Ep2: April - slugs, seeds and seedlings

April 4th, 2019


Spring is here. We get excited about seed sowing, the perfect plant comfrey, and we discuss slugs and slug pellets. Listen also to the inspiring work of an organic gardener working behind prison walls, helping offenders …

S1 Ep1: March - Why organic?

March 1st, 2019


We explore why organic is important, and give advice for your own organic growing journey.

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