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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 Fiona Taylor and Chris Collins.

The Organic Gardening Podcast Garden Organic

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    • 4.7 • 77 Ratings

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 Fiona Taylor and Chris Collins.

    July - Ditch the plastic this Plastic Free July with Sally Nex

    July - Ditch the plastic this Plastic Free July with Sally Nex

    What do bed sheets, hessian and bacteria have in common? They might help us reduce the amount of plastic we use in our veg plots! 

    Award-winning author, gardener, peat- and plastic-free advocate Sally Nex shares fascinating advice for reducing, reusing and recycling the 500 million pots, seed trays, and other bits of plastic we get through in our gardens every year in the UK.

    “When we chip a pot and it goes directly into our soil, it's going to stay there for the next 400 years,” says Sally. “Experiments have shown that earthworms, which are living in soils high in microplastics, lose weight and soil biodiversity is a fraction of what it is in clean soils.”

    Also in this episode…

    Chris and Fiona chat about the delay in germination and plant growth due to the cool start to the summer – and reassure that it’s not too late to sow now. From the postbag, Anton advises on using organic slug pellets, and the team mull over what creature might be creating ‘strawberry piles’!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    June - How to be water wise with Jo Osbourn and Sally Morgan

    June - How to be water wise with Jo Osbourn and Sally Morgan

    We’ve got a double bill this month to help you save more water in your garden over the summer.


    We’re joined by Jo Osborn from the charity Waterwise – who tells us that in England alone, we face a potential water deficit of close to 5,000 million litres of water every day by 2050. She shares how crucial it’s we conserve more of it in our homes and gardens.


    And climate change gardening guru Sally Morgan talks rainwater and grey water harvesting. She reveals ways to water plants more effectively, and the importance of soil health.


    “No dig is important because we don't want to disturb the fungi in the soil,” she says. “Most plants have a relationship with the mycorrhizal that extends beneath the plant – and it’s this fungus network that does the watering for them, finding water in the soil.”






    Also in this episode…

    We'll be answering your questions about how to deal with box hedge moth, what to do about allotment-loving ants, and how to tackle chilies that are not hot.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    May - A trip down memory lane to Barnsdale with Nick Hamilton

    May - A trip down memory lane to Barnsdale with Nick Hamilton

    In this month’s Organic Gardening Podcast, Chris Collins chats to Nick Hamilton – son of organic gardening pioneer Geoff Hamilton – and finds out more about his gardening journey and life at his beloved Barnsdale Gardens.


    We’ve always had a close relationship with the gardens and Nick, a former Garden Organic trustee, and shared many planting schemes and plant cuttings over the years. Our ‘Paradise Garden’ (now part of Coventry University), with its pergolas and pond, was built to commemorate Nick’s father and TV gardener Geoff. 

    More than 25 years ago, Nick had what seemed like an impossible task – taking over a collection of 30 or so organic gardens designed for television and turning them into a visitor attraction aimed at inspiring people to grow organically. In 2023, Barnsdale marked its 40th anniversary. 

    “I don't have any problem with people referring to me as the son of Geoff as I'm very proud to be his son. The gardens are his legacy…and still rolling on today,” says Nick. “I want to continue to show organic gardening is not complicated or difficult - it's easy! And because you're working in tandem with nature, nature helps you along the way.”

    Also in this episode…

    Chris and Fiona chat about our Every Garden Matters research paper – showing small steps in any size garden can have a positive impact on biodiversity. And from the postbag, we tackle how to safely dispose of laurel debris and old garden pesticides, and discuss whether we should feed birds all year round.

    • 1 hr
    April - How to grow pulses with Josiah Meldrum

    April - How to grow pulses with Josiah Meldrum

    Chris Collins chats to Josiah Meldrum, co-founder and owner of Hodemedods, about growing beans and pulses in the UK climate.


    Josiah explains how Hodemedods works with British farmers to supply pulses, such as lentils and chickpeas, in as sustainable way as possible and often using organic methods.


    He shares some varieties that can grow well in our gardens and how they grow more unusual crops such as chickpeas and lentils. He also shows how easy it is for British gardeners to overlook the multiple uses of beans.


    “People miss a trick in the UK when it comes to runner beans. We tend to think of them as something you harvest green, but the rest of the world don't do that: they also dry them,” says Josiah. 

    “In Poland, they've got a fantastic tradition of growing and harvesting these delicious white runner bean seeds…and in Greece, you'll have giant ‘Gigantes’. I would encourage everyone to save beans and eat them. The scarlet runners and the white seeded beans are absolutely delicious!”

    Also in this episode…

    Anton reveals how to grow ‘green chickpeas’, and whether it’s worth growing a crop of lentils. From the postbag, he discusses how to deal with moss on vegetable plots, and Chris and Fiona chat about the effects of the wet and windy spring.

    Many thanks to our sponsor Andermatt Garden, which offers high quality environmentally-sustainable products for the home and garden at andermattgarden.co.uk.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    March - The ultimate guide to composting with David Garrett

    March - The ultimate guide to composting with David Garrett

    To celebrate Food Waste Action Week (18-24 March), Chris Collins and David Garrett join Fiona to bust the myths around composting. If you want to know how, why and what to compost this is a must-listen.


    David, our head of knowledge transfer at Garden Organic, shares the reasons he loves compost, and talks through the different composting systems at our organic demonstration garden, and how to use them.


    “We're producing kitchen waste at home so why not process it ourselves and produce compost? It's a circular economy in our own homes,” says David. “We're taking ownership of the waste and not relying on someone else to deal with it for us.”



    Also in this episode…

    Chris and Fiona chat about what to sow and plant now and how to care for winter ponds. 

    • 55 min
    February - The wonders of wetlands with Simon Rose from the WWT

    February - The wonders of wetlands with Simon Rose from the WWT

    Our CEO Fiona Taylor visits Slimbridge to chat to Simon Rose from the  Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) about ways to create similar habitats in your growing space. 


    With 75 per cent of wetlands in the UK lost in the last 300 years, Fiona explores the importance of urban bluescapes and bogs as a homes for wildlife.


    “Wetlands are really rich in wildlife – in fact 40 per cent of the world's species are reliant in some way on wetlands,” says Simon, who is Head of Experience Development at the WWT, which is based at Slimbridge Wetlands Centre in Gloucestershire. “But they also help prevent flooding and reduce carbon emissions. Wetlands are actually faster than rainforests at locking up carbon.”

    Simon and Fiona discuss ways you can mimic these diverse habitats in your own growing space.


    “Whenever you introduce water into the garden it's one of the best biodiversity boosters, and that could be anything from a bucket to half a barrel. Dig a hole, fill it with water, put some rocks and some plants in it and I guarantee that within weeks you’ll attract wildlife,” says Simon. “The sediment that settles on the bottom of a pond is another opportunity for carbon sequestration, even in a back garden setting.”



    Also in this episode…

    Chris Collins and Fiona chat about jobs you can be getting with this month, and Anton Rosenfeld delves into the postbag to help answer your questions. This month, they chew over using woodchip as a mulch, how to tackle rats, and ways to save money in the garden.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

#lovehistory ,

Wonderful podcast!

I love the passion the gardeners share.

bug🍀 ,

The best gardening podcast out there!

I love this podcast so much I have listened to some episodes more than once. Also the British climate is very similar to what we have here in the Pacific Northwest so their tips are particularly useful to me. I’ve been gardening for decades but there’s still so much to learn and that’s what I love about this podcast a wealth of knowledge here!

anitajorg ,

My new favorite podcast

Hello. I stumbled upon this podcast last week and was immediately hooked. Why listen to tiresome news when amazing topics about organic gardening are a click away? I particularly enjoyed the non dig soil episode. Last fall/winter I covered my little garden with manure and peat moss thinking I was cheating. Now I know the good stuff filters down into the soil beneath with no digging required and is preferred. In my NYC fire escape pots where I had grown blazing sunflowers from seed sadly succumbed to the insurance police. Now I have a little garden in the country for weekend gardening. And a fabulous lawn full of all sorts of broadleaf and other weeds which a Welch friend calls a “lettuce lawn”. Love this podcast!!

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