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Episode 165: Gardening for Wildlife

Roots and All - Gardening Podcast

Release Date: 06/27/2022

Podcast 170 - Sassy Farming show art Podcast 170 - Sassy Farming

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This week’s guest is Hawaii-based writer and grower Ja-Ne de Abreu. When the pandemic began, Ja-ne became an instant 24/7 caregiver for her hanai mother. To keep things positive, she started growing food and discovered it also grew peace and calm to their lives amid the ongoing chaos. Ja-ne had an intuition to write Sassy Food to share the inspiration that everyone can grow food at any time of year, anywhere in the world on any budget and harvest peace in the process. We talk about growing in small spaces, how growing food can foster positive connections in difficult times and...

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Episode 169: Creating Meadows with James Hewetson-Brown show art Episode 169: Creating Meadows with James Hewetson-Brown

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This week I’m speaking to Founder of Wildflower Turf Limited and author of the book ‘How to make a wildflower meadow’ James Hewetson-Brown. James has a vast amount of experience creating meadows at domestic and public scales, is passionate about creating species rich habitats which are attractive to people and wildlife and which have the added benefits of pollution mitigation and carbon sequestration. We talk about the nuts and bolts of meadow making but also about why meadows can be the solution to so many of our landscaping needs. Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Tardegrades What we...

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Podcast 168 - Britain’s Birds with Benedict Macdonald show art Podcast 168 - Britain’s Birds with Benedict Macdonald

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My guest this week is naturalist, conservationist and writer Benedict Macdonald. Benedict has recently released a new book ‘Cornerstones’, which talks about how by restoring cornerstone species we can help turn around the current impoverished state of nature in the UK. His previous book ‘Rebirding’ was how I first came to know of his work and I’ve been a great admirer of his work ever since. We talk about the numbers of UK birds, how land management needs to change in order to stop the loss of species in this country and what we can do at a garden level to make changes. Dr Ian...

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Episode 167: Hoverflies show art Episode 167: Hoverflies

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This week’s guest is Martin Harvey, an entomologist and biological recorder based at the UK CEH Biological Records Centre. His main areas of work include the iRecord online recording system, liaison with national recording schemes, and the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Martin enjoys watching and recording hoverflies and I was delighted he agreed to an interview as although I know next to nothing about them, I do love seeing them in the garden and I’m always keen to find out more. Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Beewolf What we cover The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme How hoverflies...

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Episode 166: Historic Roses show art Episode 166: Historic Roses

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This week, I’m speaking to Michael Marriott about historic roses. Micheal is an expert rosarian, Chairman of the Historic Roses Group and author of the recently published book RHS ‘Roses’. We talk about what historic roses are, some of the myths surrounding them and why they’re an excellent choice for your garden, particularly if you’re looking for something a little different. I began by asking Michael about his background and how he became interested in historic roses. Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Harebell Carpenters What we cover The Historic Roses Group and Michael’s...

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Episode 165: Gardening for Wildlife show art Episode 165: Gardening for Wildlife

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Episode 164: Growing Under Protection show art Episode 164: Growing Under Protection

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Episode 163: Garden Roots show art Episode 163: Garden Roots

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This week I’m speaking to gardener and writer Lulah Ellender about her book Grounding: Finding Home in a Garden. Lulah’s book is about tuning into the unceasing rhythms of nature in order to live with uncertainty and how they can help us become more connected to the places in which we live. We talk about how gardens can root us in time and place, even when those roots seem tenuous and liable to break. Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Sentient bugs What we cover The premise behind the book and the circumstances in which Lulah came to write it How Lulah gardened differently when she...

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Episode 161: Connecting with Plants show art Episode 161: Connecting with Plants

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Hello and welcome to this week’s episode where I’m speaking to Marion Whitehead from the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in New South Wales, Australia, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. I talk with Marion about one of her areas of speciality; the intersection of plants and human feelings, particularly in the context of 3 books as recommended by Marion; Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers. Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Venom What we cover Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway...

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Podcast 161 - Show Gardens show art Podcast 161 - Show Gardens

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