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.
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Christmas Round Up
Welcome to this pre-Christmas episode of the podcast, the final one of 2021. And what a year this has been! In this episode, I talk about what’s been happening at Roots and All and look back over some of the favourite episodes from this year.
Thank you for supporting the podcast this year and a Merry Christmas to you!
Darwin’s Garden with Dr Jude Piesse
This week’s guest is Dr Jude Piesse. Jude’s book ‘The Ghost in the Garden’ is essentially about Charles Darwin’s largely forgotten garden in Shrewsbury but the book turned out to be much more than a study of the garden, its history and the man himself. Jude tells us about how the book developed, the characters that animated the garden and how it fed into Charles Darwin’s work and life.
Bug of the Week: Winter Bumblebees
Podcast 139 - Cottage Gardens with Andrew Sankey
This episode features garden designer, grower, speaker and writer Andrew Sankey. Andrew specialises in English cottage gardens and has meticulously researched the subject for decades, becoming an expert on this style of gardening. We talk about what defines a cottage garden, both in the past and now, the plants and features most commonly found in one and tips if you’re looking to create your own.
Bug of the Week: Ivy Mining Bees
Plan, Plant & Maintain Fruit Trees with Wade Muggleton
Wade Muggleton, tree expert and author of 'The Orchard Book', looks at incorporating fruit trees into your garden. Wade's book is based on 20 years of solid experience and he’s busted a few myths along the way, not least the received wisdom around fruit tree pollination. Listen on to find out what makes an orchard, when to prune your trees, what types of tree to select, how to underplant your trees, creative tree training, what is a pitcher & what is a chequer!
Bug of the Week: Ear wigglers
Water-wise Gardening with Janet Manning
In. this week’s episode, I’m talking water-wise gardening with Janet Manning looking at strategies and techniques currently available to gardeners to help them both conserve and manage water in a way that reduces waste and protects the environment. We talk about why there’s a need to be water-wise in wet countries like the UK, what we can do to help and why gardens are an important part of the bigger environmental picture.
Bug of the Week: Harvestmen
The View From Federal Twist with James Golden
This week’s episode features James Golden, talking about the naturalistic garden he’s built around his home in New Jersey. James’s garden has been created intuitively over time and sits perfectly within the landscape, in fact is a landscape in its own right. Sometimes baffling, sometimes threatening and without utilitarian purpose, the garden is nonetheless life-affirming, vital and dramatically beautiful in different ways from one moment to the next.
Bug of the Week: Harlequins
This is a great podcast. Such a diverse range of subjects and guests. It is always filled with little gems of information. Many of the authors Sarah has had on have written really great books that I may otherwise not heard about. I look forward to listening every week.
Fascinating and practical
Sarah interviews the most diverse range of guests! Topics are useful and can be applied by home gardeners. I love this podcast.
Especially enjoyed the episode on wildflower meadows! Topics are very timely! Wonderful listening.