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Gardens, weeds and words

May 21, 2020

A blend of slow radio, gardening advice and conversation, and readings from the best garden and wildlife writing.
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Garden soundtrack
Gardening without Chelsea.
The RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show
Lockdown gardening interest
The Independent Plant Nursery Guide
Should we look for a silver lining?
Reading 03:20
Extract from The Five Minute Garden by Laetitia Maklouf, read by Emma Jo Real Davies.
Interview with the Laetitia Maklouf 05:15 
05:44 Standard Laetitia Lore and the Sweet Pea Seeds
07:29 Sharing online
08:44 How Laetitia has changed as a gardener
09:28 Gardening in small spaces – the benefits of limits
10:03 Moving to real earth – option paralysis
10:36 Prescriptive approach vs you do you
11:08 Trust in your gardening instinct
12:13 Being ruthless. Or… not…! (Hotbin Darling)
13:10 Lockdown sourdough progress
14:24 Teaching the children through gardening 
20:34 Being politely steely
22:00 Gardening overwhelm
26:10 The Five Minute Gardener
31:37 Gardening as a transactional relationship
33:25 On the decision not to have photographs in the new book 
36:44 What is Laetitia going to do when she grows up?
Lockdown gardening communicators on Instagram
Just some of the folk who have really taken the opportunity to bring people into their own gardens (particularly encouraging and inspiring when some of them are multi award-winning designers) over the past couple of months. Don’t miss Ann-Marie Powell’s lunchtime talks at, or Jo Thompson’s daily morning dog rambles through the Sussex countryside in the company of birds and her lovely labrador Rush And of course, past friends of the podcast Alice Vincent and Caro Langton at RoCo, teaching us about small space gardening and houseplants in their stories. All incredibly generous, and remarkably accessible. 
Thank you to Laetitia for joining me on this episode. Laetitia's book The Five Minute Garden, published by National Trust Books, 2020, is available here
Laetitia's website:
Laetitia on Instagram
And to Emma Jo Real Davies for reading from Laetitia’s book. Emma Jo’s brilliant podcast, The Female Struggle is Real is here or you can find her on Instagram here, or on the airwaves here
I’m ever grateful to all my listeners for your continued support and reviews, I really do appreciate them. You can support the podcast by buying its producer a virtual cup of coffee for three quid, at Proceeds will go towards equipment, software and the monthly podcast hosting fees. 
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