The Organic Gardening Podcast

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Garden Organic's popular podcast - The Organic Gardening Podcast - gives you monthly tips, inspiration and advice on how to grow, the organic way. 

Hosted by former Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and Garden Organic's Chief Executive Fiona Taylor, this popular monthly podcast has been a huge hit for gardeners and growers. Winner of the Gardening Media Guild 2020 Podcast of the Year, we've also received 5* reviews from around the world. 

“A lovely new podcast focusing on everything to do with organic gardening. I love the chats between Sarah and Chris. Their passion for gardening really comes over. It’s inspiring and cheerful. I learn something new every time I listen…”

It’s easy to subscribe to The Organic Gardening Podcast via your Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your usual podcast provider.

Join Chris and Fiona in this month's episode as they talk about planting out, weeding and feeding. Chris and Fiona compare notes on their most challenging weed – horsetail for Chris, bindweed for Fiona – and share tips to keep on top of them without reaching for weedkiller.

We’re also joined by slug expert Imogen Cavadino, who shares her passion for these less-than-popular gastropods with Sarah. Did you know that each slug has thousands of tiny teeth - no wonder they make light work of our lettuces, and that they will often blow themselves from high objects using a mucus rope to avoid concussion if they fall!

Finally we answer questions on durable lawns, what to do with excessive grass clippings and planning to grow throughout autumn and winter.

We're delighted to have The Organic Gardening Catalogue as our official podcast sponsor for 2022. Whether you’re looking for information, ready to take your first step into organic gardening, or planning your next veg plot or flower bed The Organic Gardening Catalogue is the right place for you! They offer a complete range of organic gardening products, including seeds and plants, pest deterrents, feeds, compost, equipment plus much more. Garden Organic members can also take advantage of a 10% discount with any purchase from the catalogue. For this month's special offer on an amazing range of pots and plants go to organiccatalogue.com/POD5

Listen to the current episode here.

Previous episodes are available via the links below:

June 2022
It’s June – time to start seeing the fruits of our labour as all those seedlings get planted-out. Chris & Fiona chat about planting out, feeding and weeding. We learn all about slugs, plus answer questions on durable lawns, what to do with excessive grass clippings and planning to grow throughout autumn and winter. Gardening advice includes:
Extending your growing season
Blackspot on roses
What to do in the garden in June

May 2022
Marvellous May has arrived! Join new presenter, Garden Organic CEO Fiona Taylor, as she shares her love of May with Chris. Plus Chris takes a trip to the beautiful Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula to meet Gardeners World presenter and long-time Garden Organic member, Sue Kent, who shows him round her inspirational tiered organic garden. Gardening advice includes:
Update on No Mow May
Late and successional sowing
What to do in the garden in May

April 2022
Outdoor sowing – is your soil warm enough? How to create a small salad growing area, and what to do if your tomato seedlings have failed. Our special guest is Ashley Edwards, Head Gardener at Horatio’s Garden, which is attached to a hospital. Staff and patients find sanctuary there, where nature and gardening tasks help the healing process. Gardening advice includes:
Creating a small indoor salad area 
Making your own seed potting mix
What to do in the garden in April
 

March 2022
Calling all bird lovers - we hear RSPB's Adrian Thomas explain why, and how, our garden birds sing. Gardening advice includes: 
Peat free growing
Growing the organic way 
What to do in the garden in March


 

February 2022
Our helpful episode on successful seed sowing - why not get ahead of the game and start sowing indoors. Our special guest is Debs Goodenough, lifelong organic grower and former Head Gardener to the Prince of Wales. Gardening advice includes: 
Six steps to successful seed sowing
Choosing the right potting mix
Making your own seed potting mix
What to do in the garden in February

January 2022
We kick off the new year with the secret of good soil.  It's your essential guide to what makes your soil great.  Welcome to the world of springtails, microbes and rich homemade compost!  Gardening advice includes:
Managing your soil
Home compost making
No Dig
Mycorrhyzal fungi
 

December 2021
Join us for a walk around one of the country's top organic farms,  hosted by Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association.
Plus how to grow the perfect Brussel sprout.
Gardening advice includes:
Preparing for winter
Leafmould and mulches
Protecting your plants from frost

 
 
Our thanks to Kevin MacLeod who wrote the music 'Open those Bright Eyes'