Episode 3: Flagging hostas, friendly beetles and appreciating the everyday green
This week focuses on mellow autumn tasks. I discuss moments of horticultural wonder and how give some tips on helping fruit trees 'capture' their space.
18 Oct 2017
#69 Hot tea and rainclouds: a week in an English garden
Head Gardener Ben Dark considers the dock, rejects time travel, splits bananas and plants cyclamen
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#21 How to pot dahlias, protect your orchard roses and generally be a much better gardener
In this episode we learn the arcane arts of the dahlia fancier, build a wall around the Malvern Hills and sow seeds of coming summer's army. No podcast has muddier boots
14 Mar 2018
#33 Hot rocks, head gardeners and hydrangea vines
In this hot episode of Britain's favourite horticultural podcast we labour in desperate pursuit of beauty. Also, tips on how to NOT boil your plants, which bacopa is not worth the seed price and staying safe with cycads. Have fun gardeners!
13 Jul 2018
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#55 How to take risks, unwrap ferns and apply for gardening’s most prestigious job
Welcome to Episode 55 of the garden log in which we shunt bulbs, buy trees and gossip about UK horticulture. Feel free to email me about plants you have known: firstname.lastname@example.org The National Trust’s Sissinghurst video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbm14Q-teLo&feature=youtu.be
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#56 Potting lemons, splitting day lilies, paranoia, drunkenness and burning down the Hyde Park Pagoda
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#66 The trouble with dahlias, meadow mowing and stylish underplanting for the stylish gardener
In this episode of the Garden Log we scythe the last sweet grass of summer, spread fine mulch and sings a cricket’s song. As mentioned on the podcast, to see me at the landscape show register here: http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/register
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#46 Tasteful jackets for tender plants - distasteful cocktails for dissolute gardeners
In blazing autumn Ben plants an eccentric new foliage garden and worries if he has made a huge mistake. Also, massed ranks of hellebores, planting a hula-hedge and how to wrap your tree fern.
9 Nov 2018
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#19 Designing with bulbous bedding, pricking out and dividing deciduous ferns
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28 Feb 2018
#36 Scything meadows, cutting dahlias and battling Cthulhu weed
This hottest day of the year coincides with the wildflower orchard's annual hay cut. I harvest dahlias for garish, smile-inducing vases of midsummer joy and we discuss whether its possible to imbue certain flower beds with a profound aura of cosmic dread. All in a weeks work on The Garden Log!
2 Aug 2018
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#75 How to select hardy geraniums, fake the wild look and survive two storms in a week
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