222 episodes

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.

Roots and All - Gardening Podcast Sarah Wilson

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    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

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.

    Ecological Gardens with Sid Hill

    Ecological Gardens with Sid Hill

    • 30 min
    Podcast 178 - Alternative Allotments

    Podcast 178 - Alternative Allotments

    This week, I’m speaking to co-founder of Roots Allotments Ed Morrison. Along with Christian, Will & Josh, Ed set up Roots Allotments on a site in Bath as an alternative to traditional allotments with their long waiting lists, large and often difficult to manage plots and set up a low carbon footprint, no dig and wildlife-friendly site where people could lease some space and join the grow your own food movement.
    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Harvestmen
    What We Talk About
    How Roots Allotments came about
    How they are different to conventional allotments
    The costs of a plot, waiting lists, term of lease, facilities and support offered
    What can be grown on a Roots Allotment? 
    Why no dig?
    Links
    Roots Allotments 
    Other episodes if you liked this one:
    No Dig with Charles Dowding
    Sharing & Borrowing Gardens with Joyce Veheary of Lend and Tend
    Patreon Membership

    • 24 min
    Episode 177: Propagating Plants

    Episode 177: Propagating Plants

    This week, my guest is Nikki Barker. Nikki’s long career in horticulture has seen her work across many sectors of the industry and she is now the Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS.
    She’s just had a book published called ‘A Gardener’s Guide to Propagation Techniques’ and I spoke to Nikki to get some general tips on propagation and to find out what we can be propagating at this time of year. 
    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Allium leaf miners
    What We Talk About
    With peat being phased out, what are good alternative proprietary growing media for propagation? 
    Some common seeds that require light to germinate
    Seeds that can be particularly tricky to germinate
    Good ways of propagating plants at this time of the year
    Dahlias - good ways to propagate them
    The easiest methods and plants to try propagating if you don’t have a lot of space or equipment
    Links
    Gardener’s Guide to Propagation Techniques: The essential guide to producing plants by Nikki Barker - The Crowood Press Ltd, September 2022
    Other episodes if you liked this one:
    Young Propagators’ Society
    Growing Under Protection with Guy Deakins
    Patreon Membership

    • 28 min
    Episode 176: Gardening on a Gradient

    Episode 176: Gardening on a Gradient

    This week’s guest is Carol Smith, garden designer, lecturer and author of the book ‘Gardening on a Gradient: Designing and Establishing Sloping Gardens’. Interestingly, the book is relevant to home gardeners and professional designers and covers everything from the initial garden site assessment and survey, right through the design process to the final stages of planting, as well as inspiration and ideas from sloping gardens around the UK. If you’ve ever faced the challenge of a sloping site, you’ll know how tricky they can be but fear not, Carol is here to help you tackle them.
    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Large hairy house spiders
    What We Talk About
    Main drawbacks to gardening on a gradient and any advantages
    Is it more expensive than gardening on the flat?
    Gardens that slope back towards the house and drainage issues
    Making changes to levels and water run off
    Soil moisture and temperature ranges across a slope
    Surveying a sloping site
    Retaining soil
    More naturalistic ways to deal with a sloping site
    About Carol Smith
    Carol Smith is a professional garden designer and freelance lecturer. She has worked on several award-winning show gardens and teaches on all aspects of garden and planting design. 
    Links
    Gardener’s Guide to Gardening on a Gradient: Designing and Establishing Sloping Gardens by Carol Smith
    Other episodes if you liked this one:
    I Want to Like My Garden with Rachel McCartain 
    Natural Stone with Giles Heap of CED
    Patreon Membership

    • 22 min
    Episode 175: No Dig with Charles Dowding

    Episode 175: No Dig with Charles Dowding

    This week, making his second appearance on the podcast, is my guest Charles Dowding. Charles is the leading proponent worldwide of No Dig gardening. He’s authored and co-authored many books and articles on the subject, including his latest book No Dig which is the result of 40 years experience and looks set to become the definitive text on the subject.
    He produces enough food to sell to local restaurants and inhabitants, to feed all his course attendees and visitors and also his own household from his plot which until recently has only been a quarter of an acre in size, proving categorically that no-dig equals maximum productivity. He is a prolific generator of media content, his YouTube channel has over 55 million views and he’s bought the no-dig technique to a worldwide audience. 
    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Spider silk
    What We Talk About
    How Charles got started out in gardening
    Why do we need compost for no-dig and is it essential to create our own?
    No dig techniques on different types of soils
    Giving the beds a year off (or not) and crop rotation
    No-dig and plant pests and diseases
    Why every last gardener in the UK hasn’t adopted no-dig!
    About Charles Dowding
    Charles Dowding is the leading proponent of no-dig gardening. Not only does he have a huge following, but his advice is born out of more than 40 years of growing, analysing, comparing, and recommending. He has been growing veg since 1981, having gardened in four different locations and grown hundreds of thousands of crops.
    Charles currently gardens his modestly sized plot Homeacres, in Somerset, from which he produces enough food to sell to local restaurants and inhabitants, to feed all his course attendees and visitors and also his own household. He is a prolific generator of media content and has bought the no-dig technique to a worldwide audience. 
    Links
    No Dig: Nurture Your Soil to Grow Better Veg with Less Effort by Charles Dowding - Dorling Kindersley, September 2022 
    www.charlesdowding.co.uk
    Other episodes if you liked this one:
    Feeding your Soil with Humanure with Joseph Jenkins
    Growing Food with Stephanie Hafferty
    Patreon Membership

    • 27 min
    Episode 174: Gardening for Your Senses

    Episode 174: Gardening for Your Senses

    This week I’m chatting with writer Kendra Wilson. Kendra has written a vast amount about gardening but I was particularly interested in speaking to her about her book Garden for the Senses. Engaging all your senses can lead to a deeper connection with the landscape and it can be an unusual and transformative experience. I wanted to find out how we can all learn to better use our senses and firstly, what prompted Kendra to write the book. 
    Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: The blue butterflies
    What We Talk About
    How catering to the senses can lend another dimension to the garden
    How many senses should we aim to stimulate in a garden?
    One good plant that will engage with each of our five senses
    How you can learn to engage your senses more when in the garden
    About Kendra Wilson
    Kendra has contributed to The Sunday Times, Gardens Illustrated, Guardian Weekend, Garden Design Journal, RHS The Garden,  and Vogue. She is a longstanding correspondent for Gardenista online and contributed a chapter 'The Gardenista 100' to the 2016 book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces.
    Kendra has worked on numerous projects including a limited-edition book for Mulberry and other books including My Garden is a Car Park and The Book of the Flower.
    Links
    Garden for the Senses by Kendra Wilson - Dorling Kindersley, February 2022 
    www.kendrapagewilson.com

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Dfsteed ,

Great show

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.

Kurt in NWCT ,

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.

Agatha Fan! ,

Fantastic!

Especially enjoyed the episode on wildflower meadows! Topics are very timely! Wonderful listening.

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