• Roots and All - Gardening Podcast

  • By: Sarah Wilson
  • Podcast
  • Summary

  • 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.
    2020 Sarah Wilson
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Episodes
  • 30 mins
  • Sep 26 2022

    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

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    25 mins
  • Sep 19 2022

    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

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    29 mins

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