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Ep. 1: Take a Biscuit!

28 June - 36 mins
Podcast Series DIRT with Diarmuid Gavin and Paul Smyth

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!

36 mins

Series Episodes

Ep 14: Cork, bai (Part Two)

Ep 14: Cork, bai (Part Two)

This episode is all about the real cost of fruit and veg and why we should be consuming more locally grown food. Diarmuid and Paul visit the Cork Rooftop Farm. Literally, a fully functioning farm growing vegetables, with hens and bees and everything! And all located on a roof in the middle of Cork city. This is a fascinating look at how you can grow almost anything anywhere, and how food production doesn't have to hurt the landscape or environment. That, and Diarmuid reminisces about his time on Strictly Come Dancing. Y'know. That whole dancing/gardening connection....

53 mins

27 September Finished

Ep 13: Cork, bai. (Part one)

Ep 13: Cork, bai. (Part one)

The lads head to Cork which prompts a discussion about gardening on challenging, sloping terrains. They also take a look at the controversial 'Robo-trees' installed on Grand Parade. Conclusion? Just plant real ones! Diarmuid is bingeing on every franchise there is of The Real Housewives, to alleviate the stress of organising Garden Fest. Paul's fine!

38 mins

20 September Finished

Ep 12: Bamboom!

Ep 12: Bamboom!

Diarmuid and Paul answer their most frequently asked question - 'how to prune hydrangeas.' In this episode they're also looking at how gardening can be seriously political. From Melania Trump's overhaul of the Kennedy's rose garden to farmers planting up the Champs Élysée. And did you know that bamboo comes with its own in-built countdown clock to its demise?

40 mins

13 September Finished

Ep 11: Wildflower meadows

Ep 11: Wildflower meadows

This is the big wildflower spesh! Diarmuid and Paul always get a huge reaction when they post photos of wildflower meadows on Instagram and there's a big move towards this type of gardening. They'll tell you how to choose the right seed mix, where to sow it, how you should go about doing it and at what time of year. Do you think summer begins in May or June? Well it turns out, it doesn't matter because you shouldn't be gardening according to the calendar.

43 mins

6 September Finished

Ep 10: How hard can it be?

Ep 10: How hard can it be?

This is the big houseplants spesh! Diarmuid and Paul have chosen some great entry level plants, as well as some slightly challenging ones for the more experienced plant mom/dad. Many of them are almost indestructible, so if you're prone to killing your plants, these are the species for you. Chances are you are over-watering, so there's advice on how to care for them. There are also tips on how to choose the right spot in your home and how to cut through the marketing jargon. Plants featured: Aspidistra (cast-iron plant), spider plant, Aloe vera, Schefflera (umbrella plant), Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen), Alocasia (Yucatan Princess), Tillandsia (airplants) and a Phlaenopsis orchid.

51 mins

30 August Finished

Ep 9: Fucksia

Ep 9: Fucksia

Diarmuid's been commissioned to create a massive garden for a Moroccan aircraft lessor outside Marrakech. 500 people have been invited to a party in the garden next year. The lads reveal their gardening pet peeves. Paul helps Diarmuid with a parenting conundrum. Oh and by the way, we've all been pronouncing fuschia wrong. It should be 'fucksia' not 'few-sha'.

31 mins

23 August Finished

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