Episode fourteen: balcony gardening with Alice Vincent

Pot luck: balconies are inbetween spaces where plants can thrive. (This isn't Alice Vincent's balcony by the way, but one I am sure we both covet...) Photograph by  Abi Skipp  on  Flickr

Pot luck: balconies are inbetween spaces where plants can thrive. (This isn't Alice Vincent's balcony by the way, but one I am sure we both covet...) Photograph by Abi Skipp on Flickr

This week I want take a look at that inbetween space for plants - the balcony. It’s not quite indoors, but not really outdoors either - the spot where houseplants and herbs, bamboo and begonias meet. And who better to talk to than Alice Vincent, who describes herself as ‘gingerly treading the unlikely tightrope between plants and pop culture’ - she write about urban gardening for the Telegraph and is also the author of book How To Grow Stuff, and on Instagram where she’s known as @noughticulture. We discuss the difficulties of heaving compost several floors up, the delights of growing on balconies, and squirm our way through a chat about that most evil of pests, the vine weevil.

For more on controlling vine weevil, there's a good info page on the RHS website; you can buy the nematodes we discuss from Green Gardener.

We also mention these plants:

If you're looking for the post I mention in this week's show that lists ten houseplant Instagrammers to follow, you'll find it here.

Question of the week

This week's question is a good'un ...

You'll have to listen to find out exactly what I recommend, but brace yourself, stem cuttings are involved!

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Credits

Thanks to my guest Alice Vincent; to talented voice artist Mark Hamilton for providing the extra voices you hear in this show and our theme music Back to the Fuchsia; you also heard Government Funded Weed by Black Ant which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License and Hot Lips by Bill Brown and His Brownies.

 

 

Jane Perrone