The Dirt: the gardening podcast from Grow Your Own magazine
Bindweed is pure evil but you can turn it into homemade liquid feed, says Derek Daly

Bindweed is pure evil but you can turn it into homemade liquid feed, says Derek Daly

February 19, 2021

Derek Daly loves spending time on his Nottingham allotment accompanied by his young son. He joins us this week to tell us all about their plot successes, occasional fails and some handy pieces of gardening advice, too. Plus, Mike Bracegirdle from Marshalls Garden is on hand to reveal how you can grow bountiful fruit – even in the smallest of spaces. 

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Life’s too short to wait for turmeric to sprout in an airing cupboard, says Alex Mitchell

Life’s too short to wait for turmeric to sprout in an airing cupboard, says Alex Mitchell

February 11, 2021

Alex Mitchell has a few funny tales to tell from her years of gardening, including the time that her flock of sheep ate most of her apple trees, or her realisation that a quick trip to Tel Aviv to buy lemons might actually be a more cost-effective way of obtaining citrus fruits, rather than attempting to grow her own. Plus, she can give you at least 100 ways to upcycle old tights in the garden. Listen now for all of this – and more! 

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Some years I’ve sown 3,000 seeds in return for six carrots, says Liz Zorab

Some years I’ve sown 3,000 seeds in return for six carrots, says Liz Zorab

February 9, 2021

You may be familiar with Liz Zorab from her popular YouTube channel where she documents life on her homestead – Byther Farm. This week Liz joins us on The Dirt to reveal all about her gardening journey to near self-sufficiency – and the highs and lows she’s encountered along the way. 

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Get twice the yield for half the effort with this tomato hack, says Sally Nex

Get twice the yield for half the effort with this tomato hack, says Sally Nex

January 29, 2021

Garden writer Sally Nex drops by to tell us about her triumphant 8-foot tree chilli, some upside-down tulip bulbs that never gave up, and her best advice for low-carbon gardening if you’re hoping to reduce your environmental impact this year. Plus Mike Bracegirdle, Category Manager at Marshalls Garden, reveals his advice for getting your tomato crop off to a flying start. 

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I’m not a celeb, I’m just a man who loves his garden, says Gerald Stratford

I’m not a celeb, I’m just a man who loves his garden, says Gerald Stratford

January 21, 2021

Gerald Stratford has become quite the internet gardening phenomenon over the past year, captivating the Twittersphere with photos of his giant vegetable harvests. We were thrilled to get him on the line for a chat about his new-found fame, to steal some of his expertise for producing prize-winning carrots (and keeping pesky carrot fly at bay!), and to hear about that time he chopped off his marrow flowers by accident… uh oh! Plus we’re also joined by Malcom Catlin (from our sponsor Marshalls Garden) who reveals some exciting new seed varieties for 2021. We’re kicking the new year and new series off in style! 

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🌱 Marshalls Garden also has a fantastic offer exclusively for The Dirt podcast listeners. Buy ANY 10 packets of seed across the range and receive an interactive vegetable seed wheel growing guide (worth £4.99) for free! To claim this offer simply add ANY 10 packets of seed, along with the seed wheel (product code 1090-3500) to your basket and then use code GYO10 when you check out. Hurry offer expires on the 27th January 2021. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply, and full details can be found on our website at marshallsgarden.com. 

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Simon says: Use companion plants to distract unwanted pests

Simon says: Use companion plants to distract unwanted pests

December 23, 2020

For one final time, Simon Toomer of The National Trust joins Laura and Blake to unpick your gardening problems and offer his expertise to overcome them. Plus, with Christmas nearly upon us, the GYO team is here to spread some much-needed festive joy in this strange year! Take care and we’ll see you all in 2021. 

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Simon says: Get practical jobs done now to hit the ground running in spring

Simon says: Get practical jobs done now to hit the ground running in spring

November 26, 2020

The National Trust’s Simon Toomer returns to shed some light on some of your biggest gardening problems right now, including planting sweetcorn, combatting canker in fruit trees and the tasks you should be finding time for on the plot during winter. 

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Simon says: These simple tweaks will help to boost your garden

Simon says: These simple tweaks will help to boost your garden

November 12, 2020

Simon Toomer from the National Trust is back again to answer your gardening questions. In this episode, he’s giving his advice for improving sandy soils, getting more bang for your buck from strawberry plants and looking after cucumber crops to make sure you enjoy a bumper harvest! 

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Simon says: Be persistent, be determined, and keep at it

Simon says: Be persistent, be determined, and keep at it

October 29, 2020

The GYO team chat to Simon Toomer from the National Trust about ‘first attempts in learning’, why horsetail appealed to him as a youngster, and his proudest moment at the National Trust. As well as this, Simon answers your burning gardening questions, the team chat plot sabotage, surprise harvests, and why you should never throw a brick on a string into a tree... yes, really! 

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Best bits: our favourite moments from series 2

Best bits: our favourite moments from series 2

October 1, 2020

We’ve had a total blast recording series 2. It has been jam-packed with gardening successes, funny failures, useful hacks and inspiring lessons... so, this week, Laura and Blake sit down to choose some of their highlights from all 14 episodes! We hope you’ve loved listening – don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe and we’ll see you all soon for more The Dirt antics. 

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