The Gardens, weeds & words podcast, Series 1 Episode 4

It’s not every day you get to share a podcast episode with a furry critter, which is probably what the Telegraph's Alice Vincent thought when I appeared in her Skype app. It’s definitely what I thought when squirrels began to throw themselves upon the plants on Alice’s balcony as we recorded – perfectly timed to demonstrate just some of the tribulations of gardening 60 feet up.

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When to sow chillies

Do you ever feel you’re getting buried under the weight of information and conflicting opinions on the internet? It’s as true with gardening as any other subject you might throw at Google. So in this post, I’m recommending you buy a packet of seeds and get on with sowing the contents. Then you can read the advice, contradictory or otherwise – but at least that way you’ll have avoided the procrastination hump.

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Gardening in the jeans

When your job is a physical one, the clothes you wear become more than a fashion statement – they’re part of your toolkit, and need to be up to the task. At the same time, whatever you habitually wear as a jobbing gardener becomes in effect your uniform – a part of your identity, and questions such as which material to choose for your trousers can go from minor niggle to major frustration.

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