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Pick of the podcasts to inspire gardeners, by Jack Wallington

Listen and learn with a gardening podcast
Listen and learn with a gardening podcast Credit: Anouk de Maar / Getty

Gardening expert and no-dig allotmenteer Jack Wallington provides weekly advice on how to grow food yourself

With a glut of gardening podcasts these days, you’d expect lots of vegetable, fruit and herb-specific shows for allotment and kitchen growers, but let’s just say there’s a gap on the plot. That said, rummage enough and you’ll find some promising shoots to sink your teeth into.

I look for podcasts low in waffle and quick to the point, with a high proportion 
of tips and seasonal reminders. After all, gardening is a lesson that no one can ever fully learn, and no one in the world, not even the most experienced gardener, can remember everything on gardening’s perpetual to-do list.

Richard Suggett runs the Veg Grower podcast (with more than 200 episodes). Presented in Richard’s garden and allotment, he rattles through what he’s been doing that week. Open and honest about successes and problems, it’s a timely show.

Organic Gardening, by the charity Garden Organic, hosted by growers Sarah Brown and Chris Collins, is an exciting new show. I learn so much from listening to experienced gardeners, and this show feels like sitting in on a conversation.

The Kitchen Garden Magazine and RHS Gardening podcasts are, as you’d expect, full of information covering plot layouts, raised beds, specific crops and more. Gardeners’ Question Time, available as a podcast, usually has a fruit and veg focus.

I am interested in what gardeners do further afield, whether that’s in Scotland or the other side of the world. In the Kitchen Garden with Mickey Robertson is set in the presenter’s garden in Sydney, Australia. Throw British seasons out of the window and use it to plan ahead for next year.

Explore the range of podcasts on dedicated apps such as Stitcher on smartphones, Spotify or search online.