The Plant Based Podcast
Summary: More people than ever are appreciating the importance of plants in our day to day lives. Whether it's a plant-based diet, clothes made from plants, the wellbeing qualities of plants, or simply a fun shelf of cacti and succulents! The Plant Based Podcast is about anything that can be traced back to plants… with subjects ranging from foraging for medicinal plants and baking with edible flowers, to plant-based body builders and clothes made from bamboo... This is not just another gardening podcast.. this is The Plant Based Podcast!
In this episode, Chris Packham describes the informal but deliberate planting scheme in his garden, a haven for wildlife. He also gives listeners his top tips for attracting pollinators and birds to gardens and lets us into the secret to keeping birds in the garden year-round and setting them up to survive the winter. They talk about diets and how we should consider the foods that we eat and the impact food production has on the environment.
Michael and Ellen chat to Chris Packham in his garden, surrounded by birds and butterflies and Chris’s dogs, Sid and Nancy. They discuss biophilia and the importance of the connection between humans and nature as well as how things need to change in the future. Chris talks about The Really Wild Show and having animals in the studio. He remembers his most memorable moments on Spring and Autumnwatch, as well as his extensive charity work and campaigning to combat harmful wildlife practices
As we head towards the end of series 3, it’s time for a ‘best of’ episode covering your favourite guests across all three series so far. From wellbeing with Liz Earle to veganism with Hench Herbivore and plenty of plant talk inbetween, enjoy these clips with Ellen and Michaels behind the scenes gossip about each one.
There are so many reasons to love plants, from enjoying the fragrance of a sweet pea to watching a busy bee collecting pollen from an Echinacea. In this episode Michael and Ellen read through 50 reasons why we all love plants with suggestions from the podcast listeners to some of Michael and Ellens favourite reasons why they love plants.
In this episode, Michael and Ellen chat to Lee, AKA the Skinny Jean Gardener, about his love of sharing gardening with kids. Lee used to be an electrician but discovered a love of plants, becoming the ‘cool kid’ on the gardening scene! He has set up a vegetable garden at Jimmy Doherty’s farm, worked with Jamie Oliver and Alan Titchmarsh and appeared on Blue Peter! He combines kids’ entertainment and education together at his shows which he tours round schools and festival .
We resisted for a while, but follower pressure led us to record a whole episode around the subject everyone’s taking about; covid. We look at how lockdown affected our gardening world, and discuss some practical solutions for gardening during lockdown. From compost shortages to windowsill tomatoes, we get nifty and thrifty!
Every wondered what a Plant Geek’s plant collection is like?! This episode of The Plant Based Podcast kicks off with Michael showing Ellen around his new home, giving a tour of his extensive houseplant collection. They then interview Greg Bourke, the Curator and Manager of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Australia. Greg started his working life as an electrician but has worked in horticulture and conservation at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden for nine years now.
We've pulled out all of the gardening gags for this episode with fun gardening jokes, puns and stories along with a few extra jokes from our listeners. This episode is lighthearted, bringing some laughter to your lives as Ellen and Michael attempt to tell some jokes, have a good giggle and read out jokes provided on social media. Plus we have a gossip with Lee Connelly, the Skinny Jean Gardener about self isolation, getting back to some kind of normal life and drive through garden centres.
In this episode of the Plant Based Podcast, Ellen and Michael chat to Merryn Chilcott, Garment Technologist & Product Developer at BAM clothing. BAM create clever clothing from bamboo and celebrate all things plant-based in the clothing world. The enthusiasm for bamboo at BAM is infectious- the founder of the company has even been known to pole vault with it! Merryn explains the brilliance of bamboo and why it’s so perfect for clothing.
Do you need to confess? Seems us plant lovers have quite a lot of plant confessions hidden in the shed! In this episode Michael and Ellen confess to their plant sins and discuss listeners who answered a call to arms about what they really get up to when no one is looking. It’s an episode that will make you giggle...but will you admit to yours after you hear these? Pinching plants & cuttings...it’s all here on the plant based podcast!
Matthew Pottage has perhaps one of the most sought after jobs in horticulture. As the Curator of RHS Wisley he’s responsible for one of the most treasured gardens in the UK. Matthew reveals how hard work and commitment helped him work his way up the Wisley ranks from student to Curator, and he chats about the amazing support and passion within the gardening community that he’s witnessed through the years.
Is this week special episode, Ellen and Michael asked their followers which plants they loved, and which plants they hated. The results are, typically, controversial. Let us know if you agree with them! Find out which gold-leaved beauty Michael detests, and which fragrant summer bloom makes Ellen go weak at the knees..
Plants AND food – what could be a better combo? allplants unites both of these and brings them together in delicious, easy and convenient plant-based meals that can be delivered frozen to your door. In this mouth-watering episode of The Plant Based Podcast, Michael and Ellen meet Alex Petrides, one of the founders of allplants, and Joey O'Hare, the senior development chef who is responsible for creating all the tasty recipes for allplants’ meals.
This episode is for beginner gardeners and the more experienced to talk through common gardening terms that can seem confusing to begin with plus some easy and cool plants that anyone can grow! Ellen Mary chats through her top gardening terms that may need some explanation to newbies, then Michael picks his top plants for you to get growing with ease. There’s some great info to get anyone started in gardening plus a good reminder for everyone to help encourage more gardeners.
Natural Grower is an incredible liquid fertiliser – made by plants for plants. So it makes them the perfect partner for the Plant Based Podcast! Charlotte, one of the founders of the company, discusses how Natural Grower all started on a family farm in Leicestershire. Later in the episode, we hear from fans of the podcast who have sent in their organic and veganic gardening tips so tune in to pick up some handy pointers!