RHS gardening podcasts

Gardening with the RHS is here to help you grow. Each week we talk to RHS experts, along with garden designers, scientists, growers, and the movers and shakers of the horticultural world

Our award-winning Gardening with the RHS podcast offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems.

Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried-and-tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden.

What should I do about ants in my garden? (30 June)

It's a design of creature that has been crawling around the earth's surface since the time of the dinosaurs. There are estimated to be more than a million of them for every human on earth. But what do they actually do? Dr Andy Salisbury, Principal RHS Entomologist delves into the fascinating world of ants and their effect on our gardens.

Meanwhile in Hackney, Clair Battaglino welcomes us to Rainbow Grow, an LGBTQ+ community gardening project that brings multiple generations together. Plus professional wildlife gardener and fellow podcaster Ellie Mitchell from The Wildlife Garden Podcast offers tips on how to welcome invertebrates great and small to your plot.

Useful links: Hilltop Live - scroll to find wildlife talks at RHS Garden Wisley ►Rainbow GrowThe Wildlife Garden PodcastRHS wildlife gardening hub

Meeting a wasp whisperer and growing your own spices (23 June)

What have wasps ever done for us? The answer might surprise you, as we meet entomologist Dr Seirian Sumner, author of Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps. Food and garden writer Rekha Mistry offers advice on growing turmeric and ginger at home, while RHS Garden Hyde Hall's very own veg growing guru Matthew Oliver gives tips on growing chilli peppers.

Useful links:  Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps by Seirian SumnerRekha's Garden & KitchenRHS Garden Hyde HallFruit and veg growing advice from the RHS

Image by johannaschen, pixabay.comBritish summertime in the garden (16 June)

As summer hits its stride we head into the orchards at RHS Garden Wisley to meet Sheila Das and Liz Mooney. They explain how the garden is greening up its act, bringing wildlife and wildflowers into the heart of the productive growing spaces. Then we head to Alresford in Hampshire, to meet watercress maestro Tom Amery who shares the secrets of growing this uniquely healthy British favourite.

Plus author Sandra Lawrence tells the tale of an unsung hero of horticulture, the mysterious Miss Willmott – a gun-carrying Edwardian plant collector with a complex personal life.

Useful links:Visit RHS Garden Wisley  ►Grow your own fruit and veg  ►The Watercress Company  ►Miss Willmott's Ghosts: The extraordinary life and gardens of a forgotten genius by Sandra Lawrence

New ways of growing and a fond farewell (9 June)

This week we visit the World Food Garden at RHS Wisley to see how new eco-friendly ways of growing are taking shape. Guy Barter gives his expert guide to brassica growing for bumper crops of Brussels sprouts, kale and kalettes next winter. Plus a fond farewell to Sue Biggs CBE, who's been Director General of the RHS for the last 12 years – hear her reminisce about some personal highlights and a close encounter of the royal kind...

Useful links: ►Discover the World Food Garden at RHS Garden Wisley ►See our RHS Grow Your Own for advice on growing all kinds of fruit and veg ►Join the RHS for fabulous days out, free gardening advice and more

Wicked plants (1 June)

Are plants passive green things, just waiting for the next passing mouth to munch on them? Or do they sometimes fight back? This week's programme is devoted to the botanical poisoners, the tricksters and the carnivores that turn the tables and seek revenge on the animal kingdom.  Featuring Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants – The A-Z of Plants That Kill, Maim, Intoxicate and Otherwise Offend; RHS Editor and flytrap fan Gareth Richards; and Dr Chris Thorogood, Deputy Director of Oxford Botanic Garden.

Useful links: Wicked Plants [book] ►RHS advice on potentially harmful plants ►Learn more about carnivorous plants ►Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum 

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