The Kitchen Garden Magazine Podcast

Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden is Britain’s best guide to on how to grow your own food. It offers down-to-earth advice from the finest minds in gardening to make sure you get the tastiest produce from your plot. There are tips on how to grow your own wide range of fruit and vegetable crops and how to control troublesome pests plus what to do on your plot each month. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

All Episodes

The three Mudketeers have come in from the cold to discuss the jobs you can be doing on the plot in December. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 30

21 min 42 sec

Garlic is a must-grow crop for staff writer Tony Flanagan. Here he answers some of the most frequent questions asked by those growing garlic for the first time. (Written by Tony Flanagan, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 16

11 min 47 sec

This week on the Kitchen Garden Magazine Podcast, we're delving into onions, garlic and shallots. Steve, Emma and Tony catch each other up on which varieties they've chosen to grow this year and give their best advice for growing! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 29

21 min 51 sec

Aubergines have become an important ingredient of a vegetarian and vegan diet. Listen to our top growing and cooking tips in this podcast narrated by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 18

11 min 34 sec

Steve, Emma and Tony have a catch-up about what they've been up to in the garden and answer your burning gardening questions in this live-streamed edition of the podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 8

33 min 4 sec

Emma, Tony and Steve answer your burning gardening questions in this special live-streamed edition of the podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 8

30 min 16 sec

In this episode we're sitting down with Dave Goulson, a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. Goulson specialises in the ecology and conservation of insects, particularly bumblebees, and is the author of several books, including Bumblebees: Their Behaviour and Ecology. Dan Heighes from On The Grapevine sits down with Professor Dave Goulson on Zoom for this fascinating horticultural chat. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 27

36 min 25 sec

Long days, summery sunshine and the dream of delicious home-grown crops coming to fruition. This special full-length audio edition of the July issue of Kitchen Garden Magazine is jam-packed full of our top jobs for July and how-to guides. In this issue we focus on Raspberries, Lettuce and much more! Listen to the full audio edition now in this podcast... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 26

1 hr 13 min

This week on the Kitchen Garden Magazine Podcast we're talking all things green with Terry Walton! If you're a keen Radio 2 listener then you'll have heard Terry broadcasting live from his allotment on the Jeremy Vine Show. Today, Terry sits down with Daniel Heighes from on the Grapevine in this interesting and light-hearted chat. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 16

34 min 22 sec

Gerald Stratford is a seasoned big veg grower who gained worldwide attention when a photo of him and his potatoes went viral during lockdown. His amazing online success has even lead him to be scouted by Gucci and model their 'Off the Grid' collection. Daniel Heighes from On the Grapevine sits down with Gerald over zoom to discuss how he went viral, Gucci and big veg. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 29

41 min 24 sec

This week we're joined by Chelsea gold-winning designer and TV gardening expert Chris Beardshaw. Chris is a garden designer, author lecturer who you’ll have seen appear on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Gardener’s World and BBC 2’s the Flying Gardener. Chris is appearing on behalf of Readly, the digital subscription service that offers unlimited, "all-you-can-read" access to thousands of magazines (including Kitchen Garden Magazine) in one app. Readly are offering 2 months of unlimited reading 17-31 May 2021, £7.99 a month thereafter at www.readly.com/gardening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 27

1 hr 17 min

It's a big milestone episode this week as we hit our 100th podcast! So to celebrate we have a special episode featuring a fascinating discussion of the last 100 years of gardening as well as interviews with Radio 2's Terry Walton and the lockdown sensation that is Gerald Stratford. Here's to the next 100 podcasts! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 14

40 min 2 sec

Frances Tophill is a British horticulturist known for appearing on the BBC's Gardeners' World and as a host on ITV's Love Your Garden. She is also a published author with excellent works such as The First-Time Gardener, Container Gardener and her most recent book called Rewild Your Garden. Daniel Heighes from On the Grapevine sits down with Frances over zoom to discuss all things green in this hour long interview. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 15

1 hr 14 min

Things are looking up in the natural world... and the world in general! So with spring and summer thoughts in mind, let's delve into the audio edition of the April KG for some well-deserved gardening therapy to see us through. April is a wonderful time in the garden, when conditions for many of us are perfect for sowing seeds. True, some of our northern readers may still have to be content with sowing indoors in seed trays for a little while yet, but many of us will sow the bulk of our hardy crops over the coming weeks. So as you’d expect this issue is packed with great advice to help you get the best from your seed sowing and as always we have lots of growing guides to help you along; this month for celery, cauliflowers, and courgettes, plus a lesser-known, but worthwhile veg called celtuce or stem lettuce. Do give it a go if you can. Find all that and more in this audio edition of the April 2021 issue of Kitchen Garden Magazine! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 5

1 hr 13 min

This week the team discusses the best ways to start a new plot, whether it be in your back garden or an allotment! The podcast is jam-packed full of tips and tricks in everything from starting from scratch on a lawn, managing weeds, double digging, and much more. Towards the end of the podcast, the team also discusses jobs you can be doing on the plot in March. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 15

26 min 40 sec

Sit back and relax whilst listening to the audio edition of the March 2021 issue of Kitchen Garden Magazine!The days are getting longer, the birds are singing and there are snowdrops peeping through the cold earth. Yes, spring is finally on its way! Join the KG crew for more fun, handy growing tips and delicious recipes in the March issue. Read by Rachel Atkins from the Archers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 23

1 hr 23 min

This week we've had the pleasure to interview Martin Fish, one of the UK's most well loved and respected horticulturalists. For over thirty years he's been a regular on TV and radio and has passed on his gardening advice in books and gardening publications. Daniel Heighes interviews Martin about his career, his love of gardening and his plans for the future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 19

39 min 42 sec

On your marks, get set, SOW! This week, Steve, Emma and Tony are busy preparing for what they're going to grow this season. So they've gathered together online to discuss which seed varieties they're going to sow. This includes Machu Picchu, Green Nutmeg and and Ernie's Big Eye (seriously). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 5

17 min 30 sec

This week we're discussing all thing allotments with gardening expert, Rob Smith. In recent years Rob's gone from gliding high as a member of cabin crew in the airline business to winning the BBC's Big Allotment Challenge. He is now more used to working below ground level on his new plot in Sheffield, introducing us all to the wonderful world of heritage vegetables. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 14

44 min 33 sec

Steve, Tony and Emma are back for a special holiday edition of the podcast to discuss how you can grow your own Christmas dinner. There's nothing more satisfying than growing your own vegetables for your festive meal and the gang are here to give you their best advice on how to do it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

24 min 22 sec

Do you love your Brussels sprouts or are they confined to Christmas dinners? Heritage veg enthusiast Rob Smith loves them and highlights some of his favourite old varieties. (Written by Rob Smith, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

10 min 36 sec

Stephanie Hafferty is an award-winning author and no dig organic kitchen gardener who has lent her hand to some of the best kitchen gardens in the country. She has a strong social media presence and has written for many popular publications. In this podcast, Daniel Heighes interviews her as part of his On The Grapevine series. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

55 min 42 sec

Planting a nut tree in your garden may not be your first choice, but are you overlooking something? Sue Stickland visits a nut grower in Devon and is impressed by the attractiveness of nut trees and how easy they are to grow. (Written by Sue Stickland, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

13 min 30 sec

In this episode of the podcast, the topics are in your hands as today we're answering your questions! Join Steve, Emma and Tony as we dive into everything from apple scab to splitting rhubarb. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

24 min 14 sec

Hopefully the growing season blessed you with a weighty harvest. The priority now is to ensure none of it’s wasted. Benedict Vanheems has some tips on how to safely store your hard-won produce for longer. (Read by Rachel Atkins, written by Benedict Vanheems). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

16 min 37 sec

It's late August and Steve, Emma and Tony have gathered to discuss the fruits of their labour. Literal fruit in Steve's case as he's brought along his recent crop of apples and pears. They also reveal the winner of the Runner Bean Competition! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

21 min 51 sec

Spinach is one of the most nutritious of crops and if you're clever with what varieties you grow and where you grow it, spinach can be cropped on the plot for 12 months of the year! Rob Smith offers his top advice on sowing, growing and choosing the right varieties for your needs. (Written by Rob Smith, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

12 min 18 sec

Emma, Tony and Steve gather together online to discuss who could win their longest runner bean competition! They discuss their progress in the challenge and share some tips and advice on growing them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

20 min 4 sec

This week's Kitchen Garden Magazine podcast is a guide to common pests, diseases and other problems that could affect plums and damsons. Sit back and listen to the expertise of Guy Barter, chief horticultural adviser for the RHS, read by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

5 min

The Kitchen Garden team are back to discuss fruit and vegetables that you can grow in small spaces. The gang discuss beans, growing carrots in pots, Steve's plan for some pea pod wine and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

19 min 55 sec

Watery iceberg lettuce and under-ripe tomatoes, anyone? Not on your nelly! Grow your own salad bar and give the limp and lacklustre the heave-ho. Written by Benedict Vanheems, read by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 2020

13 min 57 sec

This week the team are back with another video call catch up and have a chat about what they've been sowing recently and their runner bean competition! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 2020

17 min 41 sec

Corn ranges from savoury to super sweet, yellow to blue, giant growers to hip high minis – it’s not just sweetcorn! It has always been a staple of native Indians in the United States, with most corn varieties actually being more savoury in flavour and used as a ‘starch’ – like potatoes – for many meals. Many have a richer, rounder flavour, almost like chestnuts. This is totally different to some modern, one dimensional sweetcorns which are just sweet with little flavour. Written by Rob Smith, read by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

10 min 7 sec

We've got a special episode this week as Steve, Emma and Tony are podcasting from home! The team have a good catch up whilst discussing what they've been growing during the lockdown.This episode is sponsored by William James & Co. Protect the fruit and vegetables you are growing in your garden from all manner of garden pests with a fruit or vegetable cage from William James and Company made in the UK in Dorset. Our cages are suitable for gardens, allotments and commercial plots, and the range includes walk-in and low cages in either aluminium or steel.View the whole range and buy-online at www.wmjames.co.uk Free delivery with orders over £100. Quote POD2020 when purchasing a fruit or vegetable cage and receive 10% off. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

22 min 21 sec

Gaby Bartai visits a growing project in Perthshire that is all about community. It all started 10 years ago, when the former owner of the land, a local lady who used it for horse-grazing, was approached by a housing developer; with houses on either side, it was an obvious target. She took objection to the tone of the developer’s letter and, being an organic gardener, decided that the best way to future-proof the land for the community was to give it in trust to the Soil Association. This was just the first step in creating a thriving community project. Written by Gaby Bartai, read by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2020

17 min 4 sec

Thanks for downloading episode 76 of the Kitchen Garden podcast. This week, Tony, Steve and Emma discuss how to best maintain and weed your paths and patios. They also discuss alternative materials you could use for paths. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2020

14 min 32 sec

Thanks for downloading episode 75 of the Kitchen Garden podcast. You're more likely to get Carrot Fly than not if you don't protect your crops. Fortunately there's plenty you can do to beat Carrot Fly. (Written by Rob Smith, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2020

10 min 38 sec

Thanks for downloading episode 74 of the Kitchen Garden podcast. Join Steve, Emma and Tony as they try and figure out when spring actually starts and delve into the variety of seeds they're getting ready to sow. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2020

15 min 52 sec

Unfortunately there is wildlife that likes our fruit and veg as much as we do. In this podcast you can learn about common pests and some solutions to keep them at bay. (Written by Emma Rawlings, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2020

10 min 31 sec

Thanks for downloading episode 72 of the Kitchen Garden podcast. Steve, Emma and Tony have been bracing the cold to get some jobs done in the garden, including forcing rhubarb, fruit pruning and harvesting leeks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 2020

12 min 16 sec

Gardening writer, Wendy Pillar, violated the rule never meet your heroes when she visited veg growing legend Joy Larkcom at her home in Ireland. She was very glad that she did. (Written by Wendy Pillar, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 2020

12 min 41 sec

Thanks for downloading episode 70 of the Kitchen Garden podcast. Join Steve, Emma and Tony as they sit in front of the fire and talk about what they want for Christmas and the jobs you can be doing in the garden to escape the relatives! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

12 min 31 sec

Fruit trees, bushes and canes give so much for so little, but the winter months are the time to invest a little effort to ensure truly bumper pickings for next season (written by Benedict Vanheems, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

14 min 29 sec

If you’re looking for an apple that is easy to grow, produces an abundance of spring flowers and plenty of fruit for the kitchen, look no further than the unassuming crab apple. (Written by David Patch, read by Rachel Atkins). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

9 min 41 sec

There is so much to do in the garden and on the plot in November. Steve, Emma and Tony talk about tidying old crops, to dig or not to dig, spreading manure, replacing runners, apple pruning, sowing broad beans and much more in episode 67 of the Kitchen Garden Podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2019

11 min 43 sec

There are many vegetables that I love to grow and eat, but none is as rewarding as garlic. This simple little bulb can transform a meal from bland to bold with just one clove. Garlic has certainly become popular in the UK over the last few decades as people have become more adventurous with their food – unlike our grandparents’ time when meat and two veg was the thing. Written by Rob Smith, read by Rachel Atkins. This episode is supported by The Really Garlicky Company. The Allingham family have been growing garlic on their farm in the Scottish Highlands for 20 years. They specialise in producing their hardneck porcelain variety called ‘Doocot’, which is known for its large cloves and sweet smooth flavour. Cloves for autumn planting are available to order from their website https://www.reallygarlicky.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

7 min 1 sec

We're well into October and there's still plenty to do on the plot. Steve, Emma and Tony cover jobs to do this month including harvesting pumpkins, sowing salad leaves, winter lettuce and broad beans as well as collecting leaves for leafmould See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

12 min 21 sec

Eaten by the ancient Egyptians more than 2500 years ago, there must be something about leeks that has kept the human palate keen. It might be that it’s a tasty and nutritious crop, that once it’s planted it more or less looks after itself, or that it provides an autumn/winter crop when there’s not so much to harvest on the veg plot. Whatever the reason, this member of the onion family is well worth the initial effort. Written by Tony Flanagan, read by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

9 min 20 sec

Steve, Emma and Tony chat about the benefits of raised beds – a great way of keeping your vegetable plot contained and they can reduce the workload, making them ideal for newcomers to veggie growing. Raised beds are a popular way to grow vegetables, even though they require an initial outlay. However, if you are a new gardener and you struggle with time, a raised bed is going to be helpful to you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2019

11 min 47 sec

It’s hard to beat the flavour of sweetcorn freshly picked from the plot and cooked straight away. Once tried, forever smitten, says writer Tony Flanagan. Read by Rachel Atkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2019

8 min 59 sec