DIRT is a GoLoud Original Podcast. Join the nation's favourite garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, along with horticultural hero Paul Smyth as they dish the dirt on everything you need to know about the gardening world. There's something for every green fingered flora fan be they a novice or a seasoned gardener, this podcast will inform and entertain.
Diarmuid and Paul visit a jungle garden in Co. Kerry. They speak to Peta O'Connor who turned a craggy outcrop of land, beside the sea in Ballinskelligs, into a tropical oasis. The lads have advice for anyone trying to garden in an exposed location. Paul won't get in the sea.
26 July Finished
Is the gardening world racist? Diarmuid and Paul believe there's a lack of diversity in horticulture, and a root and branch change is needed. Producer Aideen's pursuit of a tree is usurped by garden centre shortages. The lads answer your questions; including how to make your own nettle fertiliser. Paul recounts his amazing plant hunting expeditions in Vietnam.
19 July Finished
Diarmuid and Paul select their Top Ten Trees for Small to Medium-Sized Gardens and get Producer Aideen to choose one in a penalty shootout-style competition. The lads have a go at ‘cardening’, which is gardening in a car. Diarmuid incurs the wrath and indignation of Daily Mail readers after suggesting everyone stops mowing their lawns… and as usual, the lads are answering your gardening questions.
12 July Finished
Diarmuid and Paul have a right old rant about awards season and competitions like the Chelsea Flower Show. The lads challenge you to do the “jam jar test” to help you get to know your soil. This week’s Q&A session includes advice on dealing with those pesky slugs (and “Mary from Donegal” has been in touch again.) Diarmuid and Paul also want you to stop chasing the perfect garden because it doesn’t exist. And why do plants die even when you’ve put so much effort into them? Well sometimes… it’s just… sh*t happens!
5 July Finished
Diarmuid and Paul begin our gardening journey with some key things to keep in mind as we set out on your adventure. Everything from the importance of getting acquainted with your soil, to why there’s controversy over wildflower meadows. If you know absolutely nothing about gardening - never fear! You can't know less than Producer Aideen, who has come to the guys with a plea for help. All you virgin gardeners out there can start your journey with her. Spoiler alert: it begins with the dirt!
28 June Finished