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.
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....
27 September Finished
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!
20 September Finished
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?
13 September Finished
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.
6 September Finished
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.
30 August Finished
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'.
23 August Finished