Gardening for wildlife; top plants, top tips & more (27 February 2020)
How do you make your garden wildlife friendly? What are the star plants for helping out the birds and the bees? Horticultural Advisors Jenny Bowden and James Lawrence discuss top tips for bringing nature to your plot.
Meanwhile Guy Barter and entomologist Andy Salisbury discuss the results of a pioneering RHS research project to discover whether native plants are better for bugs and Hayley Jones shares advice on what's hot and what's not when it comes to insect hotels. Plus an allotmenteer shares his love of bees.
Useful links ►Rewild your garden with tips from BBC Springwatch ►RHS advice on composting ►Winter plants for bees ►Gardening for health & wellbeing ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Plants for Bugs research ►Plants for Pollinators lists ►Find an RHS event near you ►Advice on wildlife ponds ►Discover firethorns (Pyracantha)
Gardening Q&A, houseplant favourites (13 Feb 2020)
What flowers can you grow for a September wedding? How do you tame a wisteria that's got a bit too involved with an apple tree? What's the best way to propagate snowdrops? Can you save climbers when replacing a rotten fence? Our team of experts gathers together to solve your gardening questions.
Plus, growing cucumbers for pickling and advice on xylella, a major new plant disease. And finally; we continue our mini-series on houseplants as Jane Perrone, Matthew Pottage and Anne Swithinbank share their personal favourites and offer tips on how to care for them.
Useful links ►How to grow wisteria ►More info on snowdrops ►Xylella ►Find a plant ►Giant Houseplant Takeover ►RHS advice and articles on houseplants
Houseplants mentioned: ►Hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) ►Parallel peperomia (Peperomia puteolata) ►String of beads (Curio rowleyanus / Senecio rowleyanus)
Houseplant takeover! (30 Jan 2020)
Wake up and smell the chlorophyll! In a special collaborative edition we're simulcasting with On the Ledge podcast
, panellists Jane Perrone, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Pottage discuss all things houseplant. From their first ever plants that sparked a love of greenery, to what they're growing now and fantasy houseplants for a fantasy house. Weird, wild and wonderful – full of interesting plant suggestions and practical tips on how to grow them.
Useful links ►On the Ledge podcast ►Giant Houseplant Takeover ►RHS advice and articles on houseplants
Selected plants mentioned: ►Senecio articulatus (candle cactus) ►Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mexican hat plant) ►Ferocactus emoreyi (barrel cactus) ►Pelargonium crispum 'Variegatum' (variegated lemon-scented geranium) ►Begonia erythrophylla (beefsteak begonia) ►Huperzia squarrosa (clubmoss) ►Sansevieria trifasciata 'Bantel's Sensation' (snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue) ►Licuala grandis (fan palm) ►Echinocactus grusonii ►Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade vine).
Gardening trends for 2020, houseplants on the rampage and gardening with sight loss (16 Jan 2020)
This week our resident gardening guru Guy Barter gazes into his crystal ball to make some predictions for the year ahead in horticulture, before heading to the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley to come face to face with some very naughty houseplants. So naughty in fact that they've taken over an entire Victorian house, elbowing the human occupants aside in a verdant invasion that's sure to delight visitors. Garden Manager Emma Allen braves the bristling bromeliads and chess-playing cacti to take Guy round this quirky new attraction.
Plus part two of our visit to gardening charity Thrive, who help people with disabilities or ill health to keep on gardening. Training, Consultancy & Education Manager Damien Newman gives useful advice on ways to garden when sight loss becomes an issue.
►New fruits on the block
►2020 gardening trends
►Giant Houseplant Takeover
at RHS Garden Wisley ►Advice for gardening with sight loss
from RNIB ►Find an RHS event near you
Selected plants mentioned:
'Charlotte Russe' mulberry (also listed as 'Matsunaga'
, dwarf raspberry 'Ruby Beauty
, parlour palm
Highlights of 2019 (2 Jan 2020)
A look back over the past year to some of the best bits of our gardening podcasts. In March we met the staff and inmates at HMP Hull to find out how an award-winning prison garden has helped transform lives behind bars. Plus garden writer Sally Nex charts her quest for a plastic-free plot, and we discover what curators, editors and other RHS staff members are most looking forward to horticulturally in 2020.
►HMP Hull wins Windlesham Trophy
►How to go plastic-free in your garden
►The Garden magazine
►The Garden Podcast
►Find an RHS event near you
►See a listing of all previous episodes
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