I spent two days at the Chelsea flower show, and managed to meet a few fellow houseplant fans, and grab interviews with some of the experts displaying their plants. What a treat!Read More
Chillies are probably one of the most popular edibles to grow on the windowsill: they're fun, fairly easy to grow and offer the excitement of a fiery harvest. This week's show talks to a newbie chilli grower who has taken the pursuit of chilli greatness almost as seriously as he takes his job as an Apache helicopter pilot, and chilli expert David Floyd, author of chilli guide book 101 Chillies To Try Before You Die.Read More
This week I find out what yellowing leaves mean in a houseplant, confess to sawing a peace lily in half and get the lowdown on plant pests from Veronica Peerless, whose new book How Not To Kill Your Houseplant (£9.99 from DK) is out now. This week's question comes from @allotmentalice who wants to know "how do you keep a Ficus from throwing a wobbly every few weeks and dropping all its leaves"?Read More
In this episode we find out about all the gross things office workers do to their plants with horticulturist Lou Nicholls; tap the expertise of Christopher Satch, plant scientist at The Sill in New York, and find out whether there's science to back up the widely-held belief that plants in the office make us happy.Read More
This week we move from the enclosed world of the terrariums of last week's show to the weird, wild world of Monstera deliciosa, aka the Swiss cheese plant or split leaf philodendron.
My first guest, the legendary organic gardener Bob Flowerdew, explains how Monstera grows in the wild and what its fruit (yes fruit) tastes like (scroll down for a picture...) while author and historian Ethne Clarke consider's the swiss cheese plant's role as an iconic plant in interior design since the 1950s onward. We also answer a question about a poorly venus flytrap and find out what to do when your Swiss cheese plant reaches the ceiling.Read More
In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table - now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office reception desks.
In this very first episode of her my podcast, On The Ledge, I find how these clever little contraptions were invented, what you can grow in them and how to get your very first terrarium set up.Read More