The Dirt: the gardening podcast from Grow Your Own magazine
Don’t be a stickler for the rules and always ask questions, says Rob Smith

Don’t be a stickler for the rules and always ask questions, says Rob Smith

August 7, 2020

This week’s guest Rob Smith confesses that there are just some crops that he can’t get on with growing, plus he’s got a couple of handy gardening hacks that you’ll want to try out! Plus, the team catches up over a cuppa to brainstorm ideas for Blake’s summer glut of tomatoes! 

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Grow the crops you actually want to eat, says Joe Harrison

Grow the crops you actually want to eat, says Joe Harrison

July 31, 2020

Joe Harrison joins Blake and Rose to discuss the gardening triumphs and disasters that he’s encountered during his time growing on his Lowestoft allotment site. From trying out the straw bale technique for producing potatoes to not getting a tomato crop from some volunteer plants. Plus, GYO account manager Dan drops in to chat about the UK’s most-hated vegetables. 

 

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I’m cited as an expert but I’ve just spent longer making screw ups, says Nick Bailey

I’m cited as an expert but I’ve just spent longer making screw ups, says Nick Bailey

July 23, 2020

TV gardener Nick Bailey joins The Dirt team this week to pass on a simple trick for tackling any soil problem, reveal the unexpected garden pest that caused havoc with his apple tree bounty, and to explain exactly why a Mormon line-dancing disco has stopped him ever being able to enjoy watermelons again. We know you’ll want to hear more - so take a listen and remember to subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcasts! 

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I’m a bit of a Charles Dowding fangirl, says no-dig gardener Katelyn

I’m a bit of a Charles Dowding fangirl, says no-dig gardener Katelyn

July 16, 2020

Katelyn (from @inatinygarden) started out growing in her small back garden – and after being on an allotment waiting list for five years, she was thrilled to finally get the green light! With the extra space has come lots of exciting new growing opportunities for some of her favourite vegetables. And, of course, this wouldn’t be The Dirt without a variety of gardening fails and learning experiences along the way. 

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Use seaweed feed, invest in organic matter and make notes, says Claire Ratinon

Use seaweed feed, invest in organic matter and make notes, says Claire Ratinon

July 9, 2020

From growing produce for one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants to adapting to the clay soil of her new Sussex garden, Claire Ratinon’s varied gardening experiences make for a captivating listen on this week’s episode. Find out the important lessons she’s learned along the way and why she thinks every gardener should take some time to slow down and reflect on their efforts. 

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Distract slugs with sacrificial chard kebabs, says Alexander Thompson Byer

Distract slugs with sacrificial chard kebabs, says Alexander Thompson Byer

July 2, 2020

Alexander Thompson Byer has been gardening for 14 years – inspired by the Ruth Stout method, his allotment places a large focus on putting nature first and using permaculture techniques to great effect. Plus, he’s got some quirky tips for upcycling Facebook finds into handy garden items! Hear this and all the usual gardening banter from the GYO team by listening now. 

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Gardening should be enjoyable – not a chore, says Frances Tophill

Gardening should be enjoyable – not a chore, says Frances Tophill

June 25, 2020

The Dirt is back for series 2 – and to kick things off the team are joined by the brilliant Frances Tophill. Frances reveals how she’s fallen in love with growing herbs this summer, the importance of neighbourly spirit when deciding which crops to plant in your garden, and shares the times that things haven’t quite gone to plan on the plot... 

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Get ready for Season 2!

Get ready for Season 2!

June 18, 2020

Clear your diary for Thursday 25th June - because The Dirt is back for round two, and first up we’ve got the wonderful Frances Tophill sharing her gardening secrets. Expect another series packed with incredible garden successes, plenty of useful horticultural hacks and the odd growing failure thrown in for good measure. Hit the subscribe button to never miss an episode! 

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The Grow Show: everything you need to know

The Grow Show: everything you need to know

June 5, 2020

Step through the virtual gates of The Grow Show and you’ll find five buzzing show areas: tools and kit, home to all the essentials to make your life in the garden easier; greenhouses and builds, where you will find under cover solutions for every space, as well as brilliant back-saving raised beds; kitchen garden, for all of your edible plot must-haves; flowers and foliage for beautiful blooms and bedding plants; and wildlife, gifts and clothing, to help you attract those beneficial creatures to your plot. Hear all about it on this special episode where Laura, Blake and Rose spotlight their favourite parts of the show. 

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Re-live the best bits from series one

Re-live the best bits from series one

May 21, 2020

Use this bumper instalment of The Dirt as a chance to finally complete that big job in the garden you’ve been putting off! This week, Laura and Blake sit down to take a look back at the wonderful lineup of guests from series one and reflect on some favourite moments from the first series. Expect plenty of laughs, useful growing tips, the clumsiest of gardening moments, and a whole lot more! 

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