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Come along with horticulturist Daniel Fuller as we enter a hidden world of horticultural, ecological and landscape gardening knowledge with featured experts, industry professionals and enthusiasts. We inform and inspire you with weekly episodes to help you become an unstoppable plant whisperer.
 
If you are a grower or owner looking to optimize your existing or new cultivation facility or anyone looking to cultivate more in less space, then this is the show for you. Each week, join Host Michael Williamson as he travels across the country, to explore the world of vertical farming and the future of cannabis and food production through his conversations with leading industry operators, growers and executives who are demonstrating success and resilience as growers and cultivators. Each e ...
 
Homegrown Horticulture podcast helps solve your gardening dilemmas with a focus on growing plants in the Intermountain West. We offer tips on everything from great heirloom tomatoes to awesome trees and shrubs for the yard that do well in our unique climate. For the latest researched based information relevant to you, listen to the Homegrown Horticulture Podcast, a production of Utah State University Extension.
 
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Grafting is a wonderful horticultural skill that lets us combine the benefits of one plant with the benefits of another. For example, we can use the resilient roots of one type of apple tree, and also gain the benefits of a spectacular fruiting apple that may not have the same resilience beneath the ground genetically. In this episode, Scott Smith …
 
As Apprenticeship Week (6-12 February) approaches, Rachael Forsyth talks to two landscape maintenance apprentices who work for idverde in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Adam James is extra works team leader' and Mark Skinner, South park team leader as part of idverde's apprentice program. [Both have worked for idverde for a number of years but d…
 
Chemicals are a part of modern life. But should we be concerned with the modern use of pesticides and other types of chemicals? Frank Von Hippel is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Arizona and the author of The Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with t…
 
Slugs are some of the worst plant pests around. Not only do they cause damage to our plants, but they're also just gross... or are they? Learn about how closely they're related to insects, the conditions they thrive in,and control methods with and without using chemicals. This is the third Bug Bites episode with entomologist Dr Ian Smith on the Pla…
 
This week head of masterplanning Julian Tollast and David Hughes, estate landscape manager tell us about the transformation of Wembley Park which has given the area around the eponymous stadium an ''urban arboretum" and includes far more extensive and varied green space than people may realise. One of London’s largest development schemes of recent …
 
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live and work in the UK? Scott Smith is a regular guest on the Plants Grow Here podcast, and is a head gardener at Beechgrove gardens near Aberdeen in Scotland. Tyler Howard and Ash Walker both won a sponsorship to work in some of the most prestigious gardens in the world, including at Kew, Chelsea and Monet…
 
Kew's Joe Richomme on popularising botanical words, career changing, how to get into the industry, what peonies and alternative grasses to plant, Richomme is a botanical horticulturist based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Working primarily with temperate plants, he is responsible for Kew’s living collections of grasses and peonies. With Emma To…
 
Have you ever been asked by a client to order mulch or gravel to fill a particular garden bed? Sure, it's easy when it's a small, flat rectangular bed. But what about irregular shapes and larger, sloped areas? In this episode of Hort Skills, Scott Smith explores some of the theory around measuring garden beds so that you can confidently order the c…
 
I love growing leafy greens. You get a yield faster than root and fruit crops, they don't require as much sunlight as other crops, and best of all you can use them in a variety of dishes, from salads to broths. In this episode, Instagram gardener Michael Homan comes on the show to teach us his tricks of the trade to grow abundant leafy green veg ea…
 
Signify's commercial leader horticulture UK and Ireland Nathanael Dannenberg talks about coping with the energy crisis and how to use light strategy to keep lights shining when prices are at their lowest. Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, says growers who go with innovation will thrive more. Government funds and grants are explained as m…
 
Thrips: tiny but devastating. How can we be sure plant damage is due to thrips? What are some ways to control them without using chemical pesticides? How do we apply pesticides when it really is necessary? This is the second Bug Bites episode with entomologist Dr Ian Smith on the Plants Grow Here podcast, where he explores one horticulturally relev…
 
What a year! In this episode, we reflect on 2022 with the Hort Journal's editor Karen Smith's pick of her favourite articles throughout the year from all 11 issues. Hear about articles from guests of the Plants Grow Here podcast who also write for the magazine, including Denis Crawford, Michael Casey, Gabby Stannus and many more. This episode is sp…
 
Horticulturist and garden writer Barbara Segall, editor of The Horticulturist, the quarterly journal of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture and a well-known gardening author, is the guest on this HortWeek podcast. Segall talks about the importance of networking, particularly post-lockdown. She discusses her new book Secret Gardens of the South …
 
📺 Watch this episode on YouTube ============ Drew Nowak is an Alumni of Western Michigan University with a degree in Engineering Management Technology. He is also a former NFL offensive/defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. He is currently the Founder/CEO of an Adult Use cannabis grow facility in …
 
Growing seeds is a core horticultural skill, and yet many of us have never successfully done it before! And even if we have done it successfully, there's a good chance that we've not done it as successfully as we possibly could have. In this episode of Hort Skills, Scott Smith explores some of the theory around seed propagation off the back of his …
 
Are you sure the plants you're installing aren't breaking free from the garden and naturalising in your closest national park? There are several examples of cultivated plants that have escaped into the wild and continue to cause significant ecological damage in Australia. In this episode, Aimee Freimanis from Gardening Responsibly tells us how plan…
 
Citrus gall wasps: where do they come from, and how do we manage them or even get rid of them completely? This is the first Bug Bites episode with entomologist Dr Ian Smith on the Plants Grow Here podcast, where he explores one horticulturally relevant insect each episode, whether it's a pest or predator. Follow Ian on Twitter: @Ecologian Follow th…
 
Do you think that we can talk about plants for very long without speaking about animals? We can't, because they are entangled within the web of life together and so this episode is a reflection upon the importance of biodiversity. Particularly the importance of animals, and how the work we perform as horticulturists and natural resource managers is…
 
Having grown up exploring the Scottish countryside, Carol Adams’ interest in forestry grew into a horticulture qualification. Around eight years ago, this brought her to Trentham, a 725 acres estate in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. With influence from Capability Brown, the gardens have seen many evolutions over the years, most recently, the like…
 
📺 Watch this episode on YouTube ============ Ronnie Richardson is a Cultivation Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the alternative medicine industry. Ronnie works at Curaleaf, a leading international provider of consumer products in cannabis with a mission to improve lives by providing clarity around cannabis and confidence around co…
 
Learn how to propagate plants by cutting, which is a way of cloning plants that are identical to their mother plant. Scott Smith discusses why we propagate by cutting, different times of the year to take cuttings, and how to pot them up and grow them into a new plant. This is the first episode in a new series on the Plants Grow Here podcast! We'll …
 
Tim Entwisle is the Executive Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria, and he's the creator of the Talking Plants blog and podcast. He's also written a brand new memoir. In this episode, we discuss the benefits of botanic gardens (and gardens in general), his experiences working in several botanic gardens throughout his life, and much more…
 
Provender Nurseries MD Richard McKenna has more than 20 years expereince supplying nursery stock to landscapers. After a couple of rollercoaster years he looks into his crystal ball to predict trade in 2023. On the big issue of biosecurity, he worries that the Government is becoming more detached from the industry and he wonders why nurseries aren;…
 
Do you dream of a permaculture career, working in a food forest? In this episode, Jamie Sweetman, head horticulturist at Yarra Valley Estate's one acre edible forest comes on the show to explain what, why and h ow they do what they do in their hugelkultur-inspired garden, and how she got into this line of work after over a decade's experience worki…
 
Julian Ives, of Dragonfli, supplier of natural pest control, pollination and microbial based horticultural products to retail, amenity and professional horticulture, has written a new book Biologocal Pest Control, published by Crowood, taking his profeessional knowledge and giving it to the consumer. Ives, formerly of Koppert, talks about the effic…
 
📺 Watch this episode on YouTube ============ Buckeye Relief is an Ohio owned and operated cannabis cultivator and processor. Today, members of the Buckeye Relief team, including VP of Cultivation, Matthew Kispert, and Director of Cultivation, Tyler Bracken, join the show to discuss the evolution of the cannabis industry in Ohio, what the role of a …
 
It's coming up to Xmas, so here's a non-sponsored gift recommendation for your family, especially if their thumbs aren't quite as green as yours. The Vegepod is a raised garden bed that comes in multiple sizes, which is designed to retain moisture and nutrients in the potting medium, create a humid micro climate, and repel pests using a physical ba…
 
Horticulture charity Perennial - the UK's only charity dedicated to helping all those working in or retired from horticulture and their families - has released the latest of its ever-popular Naked Gardening Calendar, back after a two-year hiatus. Two of its 'stars' join Rachael Forsyth on this week's podcast. Baring all for the cause is Paul Greeny…
 
Victoria's native Aussie botanic gardens at Cranbourne, just South-East of Melbourne, are the best place to view our native plants in the state. Listen to head horticulturist Russell and horticulturist Marie as they take us on an audio tour around the site. Whether or not you're planning to visit the gardens any time soon, this episode is pure plan…
 
Nick Hamilton, of Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland, has written an autobiography, The Right Genes, about his relationship with his father Geoff Hamiton, the pioneer in peat-free organic gardening, who presented BBC Gardeners World for 17 years. They worked together for several years before Geoff’s untimely death in 1996. Nick talks about why Geoff is s…
 
📺 Watch this episode on YouTube ============ Meg Burritt is the Leader of Business Development and Kai Misner is the Leader of Hydroponic Technology at Planted Detroit, a beyond-organic farm that grows nutrient-packed greens and micros in a sustainable & controlled environment. Today, Meg and Kai join the show to discuss the vertical farming indust…
 
I was featured on the Green Industry Perspectives podcast to speak to their landscape industry business owner audience about staff. I tried to bring my experiences as a horticulturist of 10 years and remind business owners of what it's like to be a staff member. EPISODE LINKS Connect or follow Jay Worth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-…
 
Sam Rivers of ICL and Sean Loakes of Syngenta talk to HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby about the new launch Mainspring, a broad spectrum insecticide for the ornamentals industry. They describe what this major new product is, the pests it controls, considerations for use and how to build Mainspring into an IPM programme. The insecticide has proven ef…
 
Parks and gardens jobs are fun. You get paid to garden with your buddies in the sunshine. But how do we enter the industry, or advance our careers once we're already in a parks and gardens job? In this episode, Troy Mansell, CEO of GreenLife Group (GLG) and Heath Appleton, operations manager for Urban Maintenance Systems (UMS) come on the show to s…
 
Rose expert Daniel Myhill is treasurer of the 350-member Rose Society and national collection holder for persica roses. Unusually for a HortWeek podcast, he's not a professional horticulturist, but he is an example of a new passion for roses among younger people. The geotechnical engineer says myths about roses being difficult to look after need sc…
 
Drones are a handy piece of tech in any large scale outdoor production horticulture or agricultural operation. Sure, they're great for taking photos from above. But what are some of the other applications, and how can somebody incorporate drones into their career or business? In this episode, drone educator Fiona Lake discusses why she rolls her ey…
 
LUC managing director Jon Grantham is clear about the two biggest challenges facing his firm. "We need more people with the right skills" he says adding the skills shortage is a huge challenge for LUC and most horticultural businesses. But the second and "overriding priority" is "the role we play in tackling the climate and ecological crisis". Gran…
 
Have you ever wondered how to prune a plant that seems "too far gone"? Maybe you wanted to make a hedge smaller, but all the foliage was on the outside and only woody stems can be found in the middle of the shrub, where you want to prune to. Or maybe you've got a caney plant with multiple leaders coming from a common base, and you're wondering how …
 
THE GOOD EARTHHow to Grow and Use Yacon: Peruvian Ground Apple Scientific Name: Smallanthus sonchifolius Common Name: Yacon, Peruvian ground apple Family: Asteraceae-same as daisies and sunflowers. Plant Height & Width: 1.5m x 0.5m If you look at the flowers they are like much smaller versions of sunflowers. Here’s a tuber that tastes similar to a …
 
TALKING FLOWERSSeasonality of Flowers Vegetables have their season when they’re available fresh and not just out of the cold room where they’ve been for 6 months or more. What about flowers? Many people forget that flowers have their seasons too, after all there are plenty of flowers available all year round. Hellebores-a winter flower Why is that …
 
SPICE IT UPFurikake: Japanese seasoning Isn't it time you enlivened your tastes buds with something you've never tried before? This next spice isn’t just one spice on it’s on but several spices or a blend of spices that are just right for Japanese food or any other food for that matter. Furikake is a traditional Japanese seasoning that is sprinkled…
 
📺 Watch this episode on YouTube ============ Owners of Indico, Josh Foley and Owen Miller are known as some of the best craft cannabis growers in Colorado. Their old school approach to cultivation allows them to give every plant the close attention it needs, and has resulted in them producing top shelf cannabis that features potent aromas and flavo…
 
We've covered intro to soil, soil carbon, soil hazards, and other soil-related episodes. But in this chat between my mentor Karen Smith and soil scientist and author Alisa Bryce, you'll learn about some different aspects of soil that you may not have ever heard before. EPISODE LINKS Alisa Bryce's website: https://alisabryce.com.au/ Buy a signed cop…
 
Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, is one of the best known names in gardening. He spent a decade at Thompson & Morgan in product development and is now ubiqutuous on TV, social media and at conferences promoting new plants. Michael talks about his new book Hortus Curious, with it's catfishing plants, how he broke out of the trade into TV-land and h…
 
Recently, I was invited to speak about podcast with Monika Ruzicka and Lisa Davidson on their podcast Straight To Business. I advised them during their planning and creation of the show, and I'm really impressed with the quality of the show they've created together. Seeing as a fair few of you liked the behind the scenes episode I did recently, I'm…
 
HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby speaks to Jeff Colegrave, Nicole Higginson and Neil Gow, all trustees of the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation. The former David Colegrave Foundation was set up in 1993, in memory of seedsman David Colegrave. During his career, David took a keen interest in supporting and promoting the development of young people, and it…
 
📺 Watch this episode on YouTube ============ Daniel Craveiro is the Director of Research & Development at Camaraderie Group, an organization that includes such brands as Mayflower Farms and Sirona Cultivated. Today, Michael and Daniel engage in a deep discussion on the cannabis industry, fertigation systems, and the difference between traditional c…
 
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