'Gardening with the RHS' offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems. Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried and tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden.
Topics covered include: growing your own vegetables, flowers, garden design, lawn care and gardening with children. Plus expert masterclasses in topics ranging from cottage garden plants, growing orchids, to pest control and eco-friendly gardening.
Plus we’ll have behind the scenes reports from the country’s most prestigious flower shows. There’s something in these podcasts to interest every gardener, whatever your level of expertise.
For more info see www.rhs.org.uk/podcast
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Diving into ponds! And why you should get one
Let’s take a break from soil and jump into the world of water. With expert advice from award winning garden designer Nicola Oakey on how to introduce a pond to your space and top tips from author Martyn Cox on managing the practicalities of pond life. Plus we get the lowdown on water butts with RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor Guy Barter.
RHS advice on ponds
RHS advice on managing water in your garden
The Gardener's Yearbook by Martyn Cox
Nicola Oakey Design
How to make your front garden stand out this winter
In this week's episode we'll be hearing from a panel of experts across the country regarding the humble and often overlooked front garden. Frances Tophill will explain how to keep your small space green during even the darkest winter months. Matthew Oliver from RHS Hyde Hall, shares how to add seasonal variety with a lasagna planter of bulbs. Plus, Ben Dark will inspire us with the history and whimsy of the front garden, along with a few tips on making yours stand out.
It is also with deep sadness and respect that we mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society. Director General of the RHS, Clare Matterson CBE, shares a few words on the Queen's incredible impact on the RHS and the wider horticultural community.
To read more from Frances Tophill: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-modern-gardener/frances-tophill/9780857839435
To read more from Ben Dark: https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/ben-dark/the-grove/9781784727420/
For more info see www.rhs.org.uk/podcast
Legless lizards, lemon verbena and hugelkultur
Resident gardening guru Guy Barter gives the lowdown on slow worms, a fascinating and under-appreciated part of our garden wildlife. Organic gardener Anna Greenland sings the praises of lemon verbena, sharing some delicious and unusual recipes. Urban food grower Alessandro Vitale ('Spicy Moustache' of Instagram fame) explains hügelkultur - a low-cost and eco-friendly way to boost soil health.
Future crops and houseplants for wellbeing
Which fruit and veg thrive in heatwaves? RHS veg growing experts Guy Barter and Matthew Oliver discuss what our record-breaking summer has taught us about the fruit and veg we can grow in the UK climate. BBC Gardeners' World presenter Frances Tophill shares her advice on getting the best from your houseplants. Jenny Berger, a researcher at the University of Reading, offers insight into how houseplants can improve our wellbeing - busting a few myths along the way.
Grow your own fruit and veg (RHS website)
Houseplant hub (RHS website)
Money-saving gardening and seasonal veg tips
This week's programme is stuffed with barrowloads of seasonal kitchen gardening advice from organic grower for top chefs Anna Greenland. RHS Chief Horticulturist Guy Barter offers a guide to harvesting sweetcorn and author Alys Fowler shares some hard-won thrifty gardening wisdom.
Grow your own (RHS website)
Grow Easy by Anna Greenland
The Thrifty Gardener by Alys Fowler (eBook)
Going wild – inside and out!
Fermenting - enlisting the help of friendly microbes - is a brilliant way to preserve your homegrown harvests. Fermented foods can be great for our gut health and are easy to make, explains food writer and gourmet gardener Mark Diacono. Did you know that many herbs are great for bees too? Andrew Perry of Urban Herbs sings the praises of some of his favourites which are a real hit with pollinating insects and cooks alike. Plus Bella Lack, author of The Children of the Anthropocene offers her take on why rewilding offers hope for the future.
RHS Grow Your Own
Mark Diacono (Instagram)
How to grow herbs (RHS website)
See the 'Rewilding Britain Landscape' garden at Chelsea 2022
Bella Lack (Instagram)
I love the sound of water and digging, it makes me feel like I’m really there!
All about honeybees
Hello. I would love to be interviewed on your podcast. I make sell and promote a rather unique product and system of beekeeping. Now with over 1500 sold in the last few years. It’s no longer a total novelty. My mantra is : bees for bees sake. I believe in a better more gentle way to keep or at least host honeybees. With my low stress I have less problems well no problems with bee. All the problems beekeepers have with veroa and efb and and and. I don’t have. Now that’s very interesting. But what is also interesting is the way I harvest honey. It totally unique to me and my system. Never been done before or by anyone. And that’s unbelievable because everything has been done in beekeeping, or has it? But what is even more remarkable is this is the only system that conforms with every permaculture and forest gardening ethic!! Ok I’ll stop there. But it makes for a great conversation, if you agree with me or not. Hope to hear from you soon Kevin the Gardenersbeehive Guy
Really appreciate the RHS podcast with Guy Barter and the interesting range of guests. Love the way the horticultural info is presented, interesting to wander along with, plus pointers or refs to follow up and know more when required. Also appreciate the way issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, social & racial justice is gently included along with historical context - brilliant!