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Come along with horticulturist Daniel Fuller as we enter a hidden world of horticultural, ecological and landscape gardening knowledge with featured experts, industry professionals and enthusiasts. We inform and inspire you with weekly episodes to help you become an unstoppable plant whisperer.
 
Homegrown Horticulture podcast helps solve your gardening dilemmas with a focus on growing plants in the Intermountain West. We offer tips on everything from great heirloom tomatoes to awesome trees and shrubs for the yard that do well in our unique climate. For the latest researched based information relevant to you, listen to the Homegrown Horticulture Podcast, a production of Utah State University Extension.
 
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Sales is a massive career opportunity within the horticulture industry, especially for people that need to get off the tools for whatever reason. It's not for everybody, but the right person can make a nice income when you factor in a base wage plus commissions. And sales skills aren't just for professional salespeople either! They're an incredibly…
 
"Frustrated farmer", environmental scientist and Amenity Forum executive officer Peter Corbett is working on the frontline of the crop protection industry "hoping making sure politicians legislate in a way that you still have freedom to operate". From glyphosate to neonicotinoids, battles are being waged worldwide in courtrooms, governments and in …
 
KITCHEN GARDENLeaf Celery Scientific Name:Apium graveolens var. secalinum Plant family: ApiaceaeCommon Name: Parcel A relatively uncommon or even unkown herb or vegetable. Parcel stems from the idea that it looks like parsley but tastes like celery. Leaf celery is a biennial plant growing to 60cm in height. Biennial simply means that leaf celery gr…
 
Australian estuaries have a problem. Well, they have several, but one of the major threats to the ecosystem is undoubtedly the European carp which outcompete our native fauna, overgraze on flora and cause further destruction. This episode's sponsor is Charlie Carp, a fish fertiliser company that's helping to keep populations down, even though my gu…
 
Sally Drury's lifelong journey in horticulture began in tragic circumstances when she took on the family garden after her father died in a road traffic accident. After studying at Reading University and a dissertation on horticulture and the Common Market, she got the attention of judge and HortWeek editor Jim Deen who asked her to work for the tit…
 
What's it like to work in conservation in the Blue Mountains? In this episode, Ian Allen from the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mount Tomah, NSW, comes on the show to speak about the important work he and his team are doing in the UNESCO World Heritage listed ecosystem. The star of this episode, of course, is the critically endangered Wollemi p…
 
The big idea for this week's guest, Natural England chair Tony Juniper, is 'nature recovery'. His remit covers promoting the benefits of green corridors including adaptation to climate change and flood risk as well as public well-being and carbon capture. "One of the most important shifts in the discussion over the last ten years has been a move aw…
 
SPICE IT UPKnow Your Cardamoms. There are many budding chefs and cooks that use heaps of spices in their recipes going by the success of cooking shows on television. Green and brown cardamom podsIndian, Asian and Mexican cooking particularly calls for a wide selection of these different spices. Some spices though come in a variety of grades, colour…
 
TALKING FLOWERS Tips on Choosing the Freshest Flowers Do you regularly buy a bunch of fresh flowers to brighten up your home? Do you find that no matter which ones you buy, you just can't seem to get them to last past a few days, but friends regularly boast about how their flowers last for over a week? Sometimes I cringe when I see a bunch of flowe…
 
Imagine growing flowers as your job. In this episode, Alana Reeves gives us an insight into what it's like to own and operate a small flower farm outside of Bathurst, NSW. We talk about the struggles (if there are any) when it comes to growing flowers, the different tasks for each season when you're growing annual flowers, and the importance of the…
 
On its way to net zero, Nurture Group’s head of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Criteria – Gordon Whyte speaks about the company's journey on this week’s podcast. Speaking about how Nurture’s grounds maintenance teams balance the needs of the clients against the needs of the planet, Whyte explains that though they are governed by their …
 
Have you ever wondered what goes into creating this podcast, and what I want to achieve with every episode? Scott Smith interviews me in this special episode as we take a peek behind the podcast. Towards the end of the episode we talk a lot about our industry as a whole, and our wish to see wages go up across the board EPISODE LINKS Search for hort…
 
HTA president Boyd Douglas-Davies and chairman James Barnes speak about the upcoming HTA conference on 13 September at Birmingham ICC. The conference will look at future trends and present the challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s horticulture industry by exploring areas such as the retail revolution, consumer insights, what garden design wi…
 
Green infrastructure are living, ecological systems that provide urban infrastructure benefits, such as rainwater mitigation and filtration and health benefits. This episode is sponsored by the Australian Institute of Horticulture, and features the AIH president Michael Casey, who also runs a couple of businesses including EverGreen Infrastructure.…
 
What if there was a better job out there for you? The new job board I've created for the industry is officially live today (Sunday the 21st of August, 2022). I believe this job board will reduce the impacts of the staff shortage crisis in green industries around the world. Check it out at HortPeople.com.…
 
Do you think the global green industry needs a job board of its own? I do. That's why I created HortPeople.com, the new job board that launches next weekend. In this episode, my mentor Karen Smith interviews me about why I started it, why it matters for our industry, and why anybody should even care. You'll learn about the features, the 42 job cate…
 
Paolo Arrigo of Seeds of Italy, London-based importer of Franchi Seeds for more than 20 years, has been outspoken on Brexit and has been a pioneer in bringing aid to Ukraine. Here he tells HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby about his views on importing in the post-Brexit and Covid era as well as his mission to the warzone in Ukraine, putting them in t…
 
TALKING FLOWERSDried Flowers and How To Do ThemDid you know that dried flowers are back in fashion?Perhaps, like me you thought that never went out of fashion, but do you dry your own on do you buy dried flower arrangements? No prizes for guessing that those brightly coloured flowers are actually bleached in vats of bleach first, then because all t…
 
KITCHEN GARDENTricks with Horseradish My father was a big fan of this vegetable or perhaps it should be called a herb? He loved it grated on various meats, ‘clears out the sinuses' he always exclaimed. Not too many gardeners are familiar with horseradish and even though it's a perennial vegetable that's easy to grow. Perhaps because gardeners and o…
 
We all love learning about soil, but what about its dark side? In this episode, contaminated land consultant, Sheridan Chapman comes on the show to help us become aware of soil hazards, and give us some insight into the types of risk assessments she undertakes as part of her work. EPISODE LINKS No links this time! LOOKING FOR WORK? LOOKING FOR WORK…
 
Flowers From the Farm co-chair Meg Edmonds runs the the Roots Family Farm Shop with her husband Will, part of their diversified organic farm business based in Worcestershire for some 20 years. In 2017 they returned to the cut flowers market and she talks about how she is facing water storage challenges presented by climate change as well as how to …
 
We covered amenity tree pruning in episode 96, but what about fruit tree pruning? Do the same rules apply? And do the rules that apply to apples also apply to other fruits in the rose family like pears, cherries and/or apricots? Find out in this episode with return guest Scott Smith, head gardener for the National Trust for Scotland at Haddo House …
 
Urban foresters and arborists are the heroes of the urban forest, but who's supporting them? In this episode, Ben Seamark, co-founder of the Forestree GIS application speaks on why tree businesses and councils need to think a bit more deeply about how they're managing their data if they value tree longevity, and how this app can help them do that. …
 
Garden Connect creates online solutions to connect garden centres with their customers - websites, webshops and loyalty programmes and Meijer is helping organise the International Garden Centre Association Congress, held in the Netherlands from August 28-September 2. Meijer speaks about how his business grew in lockdown as retailers moved online an…
 
Pests, diseases, and abiotic stress harm tree health. In this episode, Greg Packman introduces us to the basic categories of offender: vertebrates, invertebrates, fungus, bacteria and viral pathogens, as well as non-living causes of stress. EPISODE LINKS Greg's Twitter: https://twitter.com/GregPackman Greg's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gr…
 
Sam Rivers, ICL Technical Controls Manager and Sean Loakes, Syngenta Ornamentals Technical Manager speak about spray application in this podcast. They talk about the benefits to growers getting a spray right how to do that including the effect does pressure have on droplet size, why is boom height over the crop is important and the effect of forwar…
 
TALKING FLOWERSSustainable Floristry Have you ever thought about what happens to the tons of flowers that are sold around Australia for weddings, funerals, special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries? Hydrangea flowers for sale Perhaps some of the lucky recipients might compost them when they're finished or at least throw in the in the green…
 
Plants Grow Here & Branch Out are doing a swapcast! That means we're each playing an episode of each others' show. The Branch Out episode we're featuring this week is about the witchcraft revival, and how herbs are a large part of the movement. Vanessa Fuchs interviews a modern witch Christina Oakley-Harrington about her beliefs, her practices and …
 
This week director of garden products show SOLEX Gina Hinde tells us what we can expect from the show and how the industry is dealing with inflation, oversupply, and setting prices. Numbers for SOLEX are at similar levels to 2019, SOLEX’s last in-person exhibition and this year features include a BBQ masterclass with Marcus Bawdon who will be joine…
 
Root Knot Nematodes:Control So if you have correctly identified that your plants are affected by root knot nematodes, what can be done about it? Remember, they look different to nitrogen fixing nodules on roots of plants. tomato nematode Controlling nematodes1.Cultural Control by rotating your plants-nematodes only survive 1 year in the soil. 2.Gro…
 
PLANT DOCTORNematodes part 1: the backstory Did you know that there are 1,000,000 species of nematodes that have been identified? Nematodes live in our environment and although microscopic, unsurprisingly, are related to earthworms The majority of nematodes aren't plant or crop destructors. However, the few that attack the cell walls of plants can …
 
Have you ever noticed that certain plants do better in certain parts of the garden? In this episode, Guy Deakins, author of Gardener's Guide To Protected Growing, comes on the show to tell us about different factors that affect micro climates within our gardens, and how we can create our own micro climates to protect our plants. EPISODE LINKS Buy G…
 
Have you ever worked in a heritage formal garden? Scott Smith is head gardener for National Trust for Scotland at Pitmedden Garden and Haddo House Gardens, and in this episode we take a peek into the sort of work that he oversees. Including removing 6km of English box hedge, the logistics of moving bulky materials around a large site, and maintaini…
 
British Summer Fruits has rebranded as British Berry Growers and chairman Nick Marston tells the HortWeek podcast why there could be record consumption this year. Wimbledon tennis and campaigns for raspberries and Love Fresh Berries month will help boost sales in July. British berries remain an affordable treat, with sales doubling in a decade, he …
 
PLANT DOCTOR Germinating Native Seed Australian plants have evolved over thousands of years to respond to a variety of climatic extremes, from fires, to droughts to floods as well as being grazed by native animals. Wattle seeds need boiling water treatmentSuch a long, long time for plants to evolve as well as being isolated from the rest of the wor…
 
PLANT DOCTORPruning Native Plants For some reason, many gardeners have been reluctant to prune their native plants, thinking that if they did, those plants might never recover or worse, just drop dead. Then there’s the gardener that’s reluctant to prune something that they’ve just planted because after all, they paid good money for that plant, so w…
 
TALKING FLOWERSTips For Longer Lasting Flowers in the Vase Flowers are so uplifting and whilst they’re lovely in the garden, in the home, you’ve got them to enjoy for longer. After all, you’re not watching your flowers that are in the garden for very long. There are plenty of 'old wives tales', and just plain outright myths about what to do to your…
 
Succulents are awesome. They're easy to propagate, they're easy to care for and they're easy to love. But what's going on internally to lead so many unrelated plants to all use the same strategy? Jackie Warburton is a maintenance horticulturist and business owner at Terra Solarus, and in this episode she explains how succulents photosynthesise diff…
 
Interior landscaper and plant stylist Ian Drummond has been at the forefront of the indoor plants revival in recent years. He was one of the owners who sold Indoor Garden Design to Nurture Landscapes in 2021. He's now set up on his own as Ian Drummond Botanical Design and is also consulting for Nurture. He discusses Elton John's parties and his neo…
 
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