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Welcome to the Plants and Me podcast hosted by grower and horticulturist Alan Lodge. On this podcast you will get to learn about the people behind the plants as well as some fantastic tips from growers, gardeners, designers, product makers and everything in between. Want to learn more use #plantsandme

Welcome to the Plants and Me podcast hosted by grower and horticulturist Alan Lodge. On this podcast you will get to learn about the people behind the plants as well as some fantastic tips from growers, gardeners, designers, product makers and everything in between. Want to learn more use #plantsandme
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Welcome to the Plants and Me podcast hosted by grower and horticulturist Alan Lodge. On this podcast you will get to learn about the people behind the plants as well as some fantastic tips from growers, gardeners, designers, product makers and everything in between. Want to learn more use #plantsandme




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EP32. The Plants and Me Podcast with Simeon from Swedish Homestead

I chat to Simeon from Swedish Homestead who discusses his homesteading journey with us and shares his advice for people who want to become a homesteader. Simeon also talks about how Joel Salatin inspired him and how he even went out to Virginia to visit Joel to spend some time with him on his farm. Joel Salatin is a farmer from Polyface Farm in Virginia, and you can learn more about Joel by visiting If you’re interested in homesteading, you don’t want to miss Simeon’s tips...


Ep31. The Plants and Me Podcast with George Williams

We get all techy this week with George Williams, the CEO of SmartPlant. SmartPlant is a plant identification & care app which identifies plants with a photo and provides simple monthly care advice to ensure your plants stay green and healthy. In this episode you’ll learn how SmartPlant began, how it works, why it’s a must-have app for all plant lovers and how it is helping the plant retail ecosystem. Learn more about SmartPlant by visiting: Website: Facebook: @SmartPlantUK...


EP30. The Plants and Me Podcast with Rob Woodhouse

This week we chat about all things landscaping with Rob Woodhouse, the managing director of Solent Garden Services. The business was set up by his dad and Rob discusses the history of the business and explains his experiences in working with gardens and how they have interestingly evolved over the years. We even come onto the very controversial subject about artificial grass… Learn more about Rob and Solent Garden Services by visiting: Website: Facebook:...


EP29. The Plants and Me Podcast with Mark Valencia

Joining us on the podcast is Mark Valencia from Self Sufficient Me. Mark has always had a passion for self-sufficiency and it wasn’t until he retired from his military career that he decided to start a more self-sufficient, healthier lifestyle by growing as much produce as possible to supplement a single income. Mark encourages people to become more self-sufficient through his blog where he teaches people about organic gardening and realistic self-sufficient living and focuses on growing our...


EP28. The Plants and Me Podcast with Lizzie Dean

Lizzie Dean joins us this week to share her allotment journey and how she lives zero waste, not only throughout her home but also in her allotment. If you’re not sure what zero waste means, it’s using products that are recyclable, renewable and creates minimal waste for landfills. She also discusses about accessible gardening and shares her tips on how to make gardening possible when living with a disability. When she’s not busy in her allotment, Lizzie spends her time making how-to videos...


EP27. The Plants and Me Podcast with Michael Perry

We’re very excited to have Michael Perry, also known as Mr Plant Geek, join us this week. Michael has been in the horticultural industry for many years, previously working at Thompson and Morgan and helping them win a range of awards, as well as getting involved with TV and radio having appeared on QVC, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The One Show. Michael has introduced hundreds of plants to the UK and this has been one of his main activities during his career. Some of these...


EP26. The Plants and Me Podcast with Daniel from Home Gardens

Are you looking to optimise the size of your garden? This week we’re joined by Daniel from Home Gardens who uses his YouTube channel show you what you can achieve in a small garden. Perfect for those who are in need of some gardening inspiration! This is useful for so many of us now that gardens are unfortunately getting smaller and smaller and Daniel demonstrates what can be achieved for many gardeners with a small space, mainly focusing on fruit and vegetable growing. Learn more about...


EP25. The Plants and Me Podcast with Hellah Sidibe

Hellah Sidibe joins us on the podcast to discuss his vegan diet and how it has changed his life. Hellah is a vegan athlete who has ran every day since 13th May 2017 (and is still going!) and he explains how his plant-based diet has made this possible, as well as sharing some tips on where people should start if they want to become vegan. Hellah shares his running progress on his YouTube channel and shares many running tips where he aims to inspire and change people’s lives. Such an inspiring...


EP24. The Plants and Me Podcast with Joe Lamp'l

This week we’re joined by Joe Lamp’l, also known as Joe Gardener, all the way from Atlanta. Joe is an organic gardener and has a passion for teaching people how to garden. He has been teaching people everything you need to know about gardening as a TV host on 3 national gardening shows and is currently the host of the national television show, Growing a Greener World. As well as his TV shows, Joe enjoys teaching people how to garden through his YouTube channel where he teaches about organic...


EP23. The Plants and Me Podcast with Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson from Any Pond joins us this week to discuss all things pond related and shares more about his passion for ponds and wildlife, specifically aquatic wildlife. Any Pond is a water garden design specialist company based in the Midlands and Mark and his team have travelled across the globe to help other pond contractors, including Europe, North America and Mexico. Mark is also internationally recognised as The Pond Adviser and he shares his knowledge of freshwater ecosystems on his...


EP22. The Plants and Me Podcast with Kaye Kittrell

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Kaye Kittrell, an actress, photographer and gardener. Kaye has performed in theatre, film and TV including Cheers, Gilmore Girls and Saturday Night Live. As well as featuring in over 100 commercials, Kaye has also written and directed two award-winning short films. In 2012 Kaye created Late Bloomer, which is an award-winning urban garden web show where you can learn how to grow food from her Los Angeles garden, as well as learn some useful organic...


EP21. The Plants and Me Podcast with Gary Pilarchik

This week we’re joined by Gary Pilarchik from The Rusted Garden all the way from Maryland, America. Gary is a keen tomato and vegetable gardener, which he dedicates his YouTube channel to. For the past 6 years Gary has also been using his YouTube channel to teach gardening to people. Not only will you learn about vegetable growing, you can also learn about the construction of the whole garden, which consists of planting, seed starting, harvesting, disease and pest management, as well as...


Ep20. The Plants and Me Podcast with Mark Lang

Mark Lang from Thrive joins us on the podcast this week to talk about how Thrive uses gardening to help bring positive change to people’s lives. Thrive is a charity and for 40 years they have been using social therapeutic horticulture and gardening to support and work with a range of people, such as people with ill health and disabilities, by using plants and gardens to improve their physical and mental health, communication and thinking skills. Thrive work across their three sites in...


EP19. The Plants and Me Podcast with Gary the Gardener

This week we’re joined by Sharon from Gary the Gardener, which is a children’s entertainment, and inspirational and educational YouTube channel. Sharon and her brother, John come from an entertaining background and they both created the Gary the Gardener character when they were touring around schools to promote healthy eating to children. Last month, Sharon and John launched the Gary the Gardener YouTube channel to continue to promote healthy eating and educate children about fruit and...


EP18. The Plants and Me Podcast with Kevin Dutton

Joining us this week is Kevin Dutton, a photographer who produces photographic prints of plants and flowers grown in his garden and allotment. This week Kevin won a gold medal at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show at the RHS Lindley Hall in London. He also recently displayed his work at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and has had his work displayed at art shows in Stockholm, Manchester, London and New York. During his photography career Kevin has worked for The RHS, Observer,...


EP17. The Plants and Me Podcast with Alexandra Campbell

An author, journalist and an avid blogger for The Middle-Sized Garden. An award-winning UK top 10 Garden Blog, The Middle-Sized Garden blog provides useful information and inspiration for other middle-size garden owners and writes about everything from low maintenance garden pots to garden trends. Alexandra also provides blogging/writing coaching by providing one-to-ones and workshops. She has also helped people get started as authors and in the last year, three of the people who Alexandra...


EP16. The Plants and Me Podcast with Tanya Anderson

Tanya Anderson is an organic gardener; soap maker and beekeeper and she joins us on the podcast this week to discuss all things skincare with her soap making and plant-based beauty products she makes. Born in America but now living in the Isle of Man, Tanya runs a blog called Lovely Greens where she shares gardening tips, plant-based beauty and soap recipes and DIY projects you can do at home. She sells her products direct as well to various local shops on the Isle of Man and has a very...


EP15. The Plants and Me podcast with Charles Dowding

This week we’re joined by Charles Dowding, an author, vegetable grower and the guru of no dig gardening. Charles’ gardening journey began when he left university in 1981 and by 1982, he was creating a 6000m2 market garden and since then has established and run four market gardens in two countries, all of which use the no dig approach. Charles has featured on the Gardeners’ World programme and frequently provides talks to individuals and groups, as well as providing courses where you can...


EP14. The Plants and Me Podcast with Chillichump

Joining us this week is chilli grower Shaun, AKA Chillichump. Shaun first started growing chillies in his home country in South Africa and his craze started in 2006 when the ghost pepper was making headlines. Shaun also makes his own chilli sauces and is always experimenting with different recipes, which he shares on his YouTube channel by recording the process. Shaun combines his love of technology with his gardening and you’ll learn all about how he automates the drip irrigation, air...


Ep13. The Plants and Me Podcast with Lisa Cutcliffe

Lisa runs Edulis Wild Food (which means edible in Latin) where she runs wild food walks and a range of foraging courses including identifying, using, fermenting, preserving and cooking. With 15 years’ experience of picking wild fungi, fruits, flowers and foliage, Lisa has impressively taught herself all her foraging knowledge. Her whole journey as a wild food specialist started by finding out one tiny fact… porcini mushrooms grow in the UK. Lisa was totally amazed as she had bought a pack...