Get started with On The Ledge podcast
If you’re new to On The Ledge, where do you start listening? Sure, you can just binge your way through 70+ shows from episode 1, but if that isn’t for you, this guide will help you find episodes that cover the stuff you want to know. If you have suggestions for changes or additions, drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to find out more about me? Check out my about page, and hear me on other gardening podcasts - Gardens, Weeds and Words, Mike the Gardener, A Way to Garden, The Grow Guide Podcast and The Sod Show.
Complete beginners, start here…
If you’re just starting out, these episodes offer great advice on how to take care of your plants (and what mistakes to avoid!) and which plants are good for beginners.
Hints, tips, questions and answers
If you’re a complete beginner when it comes to growing houseplants or want to take your growing skills to the next level, this is a great place to start. Whether you want to bring your plant killing streak to an end or you want to try your hand at a new plant project, here’s where you’ll find a plethora of information to help you on your journey to a harmonious relationship with your plants.
Established growers can pick up plenty of info here too, so there is something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a happier, healthier relationship with your plants, read on …
PESTS AND DISEASES
Just when it’s all going so well, suddenly your houseplant starts looking a bit peaky, and you realise something has gone wrong. These episodes will help you diagnose the problem and devise a treatment.
Lovely leaves in every shape, size and colour have enchanted houseplant lovers for centuries. Find the ones that you love in the list below.
Although they don’t set Instagram alight in the same way foliage plants do, I adore flowering houseplants. From the ubiquitous moth orchid to the teacup African violet, these plants reward your care with beautiful blooms.
Succulents and Cacti
These plants have adapted their leaves and stems to store water and need very specific conditions. Generally they require plenty of sunlight and not too much water, but there are some exceptions to these rules (epiphytic jungle dwellers such as the Christmas cactus). Generally they’re easy care and quite forgiving, if a few simple rules are followed. They’re ideal gateway plants to start you on the road to plant obsession.
Dramatic and dangerous: plants that eat animals can’t fail to intrigue us plant lovers. From the tiniest sundew to huge Nepenthes pitchers, carnivorous plants come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all!
93. Peter D’Amato of California Carnivores (Part One)
Here’s my chats with other growers (some of the nicest folks around!), we talk about their plant obsessions, and hear their expert tips and thoughts on growing plants indoors.
So you’ve progressed to the stage where you can not only keep a plant alive, but it’s actually thriving and you now want to try your hand at propagating. There are many potential ways to increase your plants, seeds, cuttings, division are the normal methods, however some will even sprout new plants from a single leaf. Here you’ll get the lowdown on what’s required and pretty soon you’ll have loads of houseplant babies to share and give away.
On The Ledge field trips and shows
Sometimes I manage to escape my podcast desk and get out into the wider world to speak to houseplant growers in their natural habitat (their homes). I also take part in Q&A sessions, visit gardens and attend flower shows, where I get to see what’s new in plant development, spot upcoming trends and speak to expert growers.
Houseplants and wellbeing
Indoor greenery is good for us: that’s the message we’re hearing all over the place these days, but is it true, and how do houseplants impact our mental and physical wellbeing?