The Plant Based Podcast

By Michael Perry & Ellen Mary

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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!

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The Plant Based Podcast: RHS Hampton Court Preview
01:04:10

In a special bonus episode, Ellen and Michael have been to the Hampton Court Flower Show. Like the true plantspeople they are, they spent most of the time in the floral marquee, marvelling at how many retro plants seem to be back on trend. From previously disdained Heathers to mumsy Chrysanthemums, the tide has changed. New breeding, new innovation, and new attitudes mean that lots of plants are being re-invigorated for new and old gardeners alike.

We speak to Andy’s Airplants, Chrysanthemums Direct, Ottershaw Cacti, The Hebe Society, Calamazag Nursery and Forest Edge Nursery.

Plus, we also had a chat with Hayley‘s Lottie Haven (a gardening Instagram luvvie!) who is much younger than Ellen and Michael, and gives an interesting viewpoint. She has largely been gardening without judgment, although she did raise a few eyebrows on the allotment..

Lastly, we find out what happens to all of those plants when the flower show closes. We chat to Wayward Plants about their fantastic plant recycling scheme, filling community gardens with colour and wildlife across the UK.

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Jul 02, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Chelsea Flower Show Special: Behind The Scenes At The Chelsea Flower Show 2019!
44:53

Ever wondered what goes into being an exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show?

It’s the most prestigious gardening show in the world and unites plant lovers from every corner but just what goes into producing a Chelsea exhibit?

In this special episode of the Plant Based Podcast recorded at the show, Michael Perry and Ellen Mary meet some of the people behind these show stopping displays, who are true plant experts dedicated to producing the very best plants in the world.

They chat to the fantastic Medwyn Williams from Medwyn’s of Anglesey who returns to Chelsea after a nine year break with his amazingly huge vegetables. This year, to grow the vegetables, Medwyn has been using a new method and has used nutrients from CANNA, the leading brand in plant nutrients.

Then they head across the Great Pavilion to chat to Peter from Thorncroft Clematis, home of the new Clematis Meghan variety which was cultivated to celebrate The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s marriage last May.

And then on to the Hampshire Carnivorous display to meet Matt Soper, who won more than 100 RHS gold medals for his fantastic varieties of carnivorous plants, including Venus Flytraps and Sarrancenias.

If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s show (or even if you were but can’t get enough of all things Chelsea!) then this episode gives you the perfect behind the scenes Chelsea sneak peek!

 

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May 21, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Chelsea Flower Show Special: Introducing THE PLANT OF THE YEAR!
22:20

Chelsea Flower Show special: Introducing THE PLANT OF THE YEAR!

It’s Chelsea time! One of the most exciting weeks in any gardeners’ diary where horticultural experts and plant lovers from all over the world unite to celebrate gardening!

Each year, the RHS crowns one new plant its Plant of the Year and, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the Plant Based Podcast got to meet the team behind this year’s winning plant.

It just so happens it has been created by our sponsor Suttons!

Michael and Ellen go behind the scenes at the world’s most prestigious gardening show to chat to the team at Suttons who created Sedum ‘Atlantis’, the 2019 Plant of the Year which is the first time a sedum has won.

They meet managing director, David Robinson, who talks about Suttons and recent changes for the company. Suttons has over 200 years of gardening knowledge and expertise and built an enviable reputation for supplying only the very best quality seeds so it’s no surprise that they won Plant of the Year. Gavin Johns, a buyer for Suttons, also joins to discuss how to identify a Plant of the Year and what to look out for at the show.

Later in the episode, Peter van Rijssen joins the podcast. He is an international plant hunter who is responsible for bringing Sedum Atlantis to market and talks through the story behind this year’s Plant of the Year.

 

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May 21, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Ten - Grow Your Own Tea With Hackney Herbal
50:02

Put your feet up, put the kettle on and find out how to brew up a plant based tea in the latest episode of The Plant Based Podcast.

Hackney Herbal is a social enterprise promoting health and wellbeing through herbs. Business has been booming since the recent increase in interest for health and wellbeing, and Michael and Ellen meet Nat from Hackney Herbal to discuss how herbal teas can help!

Not just for the Hackney hipsters wanting an alternative brew, Hackney Herbal focuses on educating people as well as selling tea to bring awareness about natural remedies. They run courses on herbs, remedies and even cosmetics, teaching people what to grow and how to make your own plant based concoctions.

From blends to help digestion to the best tea to stop a caffeine addiction whilst still getting an afternoon boost, and even the best cure from stress and anxiety - Hackney Herbal has it all!

 

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May 19, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Nine - The Tasty World Of Edible Flowers
38:22

Looking for a way to jazz up your dinner plate? Look no further, plants are here!

This tasty episode of The Plant Based Podcast takes plant-based diets to new levels by exploring the world of edible flowers.

Nurtured in Norfolk is a 4 acre nursery that supplies micro cress, pea shoots, micro herbs and edible flowers to wholesalers and Michelin star restaurants to help add something extra special to their dishes.

As well as being decorative, edible flowers add extra crunch to a salad and introduce new textures and flavours whilst also boosting the nutritional goodness. The real power of plants!

In this episode, Alex Drane talks about the company and how they work with the top chefs to meet the demand for something different by delivering unusual tastes and strong, distinctive flavours that go way beyond the everyday garnish!

You can also learn the best edible flowers to grow at home yourself – there may already be some growing in your garden that you don’t yet know about!


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May 05, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast National Gardening Week Special: Fruit Breeding
47:44

Get fruity!!

Markus Kobelt is a true plant fanatic. He is the founder of Lubera, a company that specialises in the breeding of unique and wonderful fruit plants.

In this special National Gardening Week episode of The Plant Based Podcast, Michael and Ellen chat to Markus about how the only way to truly get the best, brightest colours in fruit is to grow them yourself.

Markus talks about the seedless fruits he has developed, how he is changing the world of apples and the difference between breeding plants for home use vs. commercial.

His passion for finding something different in plants is inspiring, as is his patience and dedication to the fruit plant breeding process which can take over 20 years to see the first results! That’s quite the plantsman!

Learn the most surprising exotic fruits you can grow at home, as well the benefits of GYO and the most space effective plants you can grow at home in containers.



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Apr 28, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast National Gardening Week Special: Organic Vegetable Growing
58:06

“Organic is the new normal”. But hasn’t it always been?!

This episode of The Plant Based Podcast celebrates National Gardening Week by heading to the polytunnel and meeting Hannah Claxton from the fantastic Eves Hill Veg Co.

Eves Hill in Norfolk is a two acre market garden with a fabulous ethos. Hannah and her team champion enabling access to land projects and skills, which they do through volunteer programmes and a strong focus on community and education - all based around connecting people with where their food comes from.

Hannah goes beyond organic farming and discusses building a rural economy, encouraging people to know their local area and to find out about local land based work near them.

She is passionate about organic techniques and educating others so have a listen to find out what organic techniques you can implement at home!


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Apr 28, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Eight - The Current Trend Of Houseplants
38:10

Houseplants are one of the biggest trends in gardening at the moment - they’re taking over! One place that is certainly true is The Plant Den in Norwich.

In this episode of The Plant Based Podcast, Michael Perry and Ellen Mary meet Roscoe Gibson-Denney a true ambassador for plants. Roscoe, and his partner Michelle, started The Plant Den, as a tiny treasure chest of a shop in Norwich that is the same size as a garden shed but packed to the ceiling with a huge variety of plants. Since recording the podcast, The Plant Den has become so popular they’ve already had to expand premises! People travel from far and wide to visit their shop, and have even been known to queue down the street when he has an unusual delivery arriving. Roscoe chats about the houseplant trend and discusses his favourite varieties.

Good News! The Plant Den can now be found in larger premises on Upper St Giles Street in Norwich.

 

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net where Roscoe reveals 5 houseplants you may not have heard of.

 

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Apr 21, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Seven - Medicinal Plants And Remedies You Can Make At Home
45:13

Sitting on the banks of the River Thames is a four acre site that is home to more than 5,000 species of plants from around the world.

The Chelsea Physic Garden in London is a secret garden originally established by the Apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants. Nowadays, it’s bursting with edible and useful medicinal plants, and the gardens are open to the public to explore.

In this episode of The Plant Based Podcast, Michael Perry and Ellen Mary meet Michael Holland, head of education at the garden, to find out more about the history of the site and to discover the amazing uses of plants for medicinal purposes. Michael talks about how plants can be used in our lives for good, as well as shedding light on plants for herbal medicines and what plants you can use at home to create your own, safe remedies.

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net where Michael reveals 5 of the best plants for home remedies.

 

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Apr 07, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Six - Wildflower Growing For Biodiversity
41:04

Seedball is on a mission to fill the world with wildflowers whilst saving bees and butterflies! And, they’re starting with your garden.

The Plant Based Podcast meets Emily Lambert, co-founder of Seedball, a product that has become incredibly popular in recent years. Emily estimates there are now 2 million Seedballs growing out there! The concept is simple. A ball is made up of a variety of wildflower seed surrounded by clay to protect it, simply scatter the balls and wait for them to grow!

Emily talks to The Plant Based Podcast about her love of plants and wildflowers, and how simple steps in the garden can increase biodiversity and help pollinators like bees and butterflies survive.

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net where Emily has chosen 5 of her favourite wildflowers for small spaces.

 

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Mar 24, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Five - Plant Based Dishes To Tickle The Taste Buds
46:19

“Don’t you miss meat?”

It’s probably the most common question vegans face. But one London restaurant is changing that by incorporating creativity, art and technical culinary skill to replicate the tastes and textures of meat but in plant based dishes!

In this episode, The Plant Based Podcast visits Plates London, a plant-based restaurant in Shoreditch and our bellies were rumbling!

Executive head chef, Kirk Haworth, founded Plates with his sister Keeley to help improve the symptoms he was experiencing after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. His dishes have been refined through Michelin-star techniques, to create taste bud tantalising dishes - all made from plants!

The episode tells you how to play with plants and their flavours to help you avoid processed, convenience food and be more conscious of the food you are putting into your body.


*Warning! For maximum inspiration, listen when hungry!*

 

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net for three exclusive (and delicious) plant-based recipes that Kirk has put together for you to make at home. All made entirely from plants!

 

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Mar 10, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Four - How Plant Genetics Can Change The World
42:42

Plant genetics, boring huh? Not a chance! Emma Howard is as passionate as it gets when it comes to plant genetics and there is nothing boring about it. Did you know some of the most commonly enjoyed plants are actually genetically modified? Would you believe us if we told you that includes Daffodils? It’s true! In this episode of The Plant Based Podcast, Emma takes us on an incredibly awesome journey through plant genetics and the future of plants, it’s all rather mesmerising, especially if you love plants!

Emma will surprise you and break down some seriously awesome plant studies into language we can all understand in a relaxed and cool tone. After listening to this podcast, you may even change your view on genetically modified plants.

This was recorded at Urban Jungle Norfolk where the coffee flows amongst the plants. It’s a vibrant, busy atmosphere so absorb yourself with the clinks of cups and imagine you are sitting in the cafe with us!

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net for an exclusive article from Emma on 5 plants that are GMO but you didn't know.

 

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Feb 24, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode One - The Fascinating World Of The Bee
39:37

Bees are an incredibly important part of our day to day lives. As the world's most important pollinator of food crops, one third of the food we eat every day relies on bees but are we doing enough to help them in our gardens?

Beverley Glover of Cambridge Botanic Garden is on a quest to discover that plants that provide the most attractive colours, textures and shapes to bees. We find out which blooms are the best, and worst, at hosting that nectar buffet!

We are also surprised to find out how many different types of bees there are, and we ask that all-important question about wasps and their relevance to our gardens!

Do you consider bees when choosing plants for your garden? Let us know if this interview has made you re-think certain planting choices. Thanks to Beverley's comprehensive research, it will soon be possible to create a buzz with your planting, in whatever space you have.

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net for an exclusive article from Beverley on 5 of the very best plants for bees.

 

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Feb 10, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Two - Body Building On A Vegan Plant Based Diet
35:05

The Plant Based Podcast meets Paul Kerton, aka Hench Herbivore, a vegan bodybuilder whose muscles are now entirely plant based!

Plant based diets are going to be big in 2019, and Hench Herbivore is the influencer you’ll be seeing a lot more of this year. Paul is a vegan fitness instructor and nutritionist, pumping iron on a whole foods plant based diet. But as a vegan, where does the protein to build muscle come from and the carbohydrates for stamina? Not to mention all of the other vitamins and minerals the human body needs. In this podcast Paul tells us it’s all down to plants and his 100% plant fuelled muscles do a lot of the talking!

Hear Paul’s passion for plant based living, his reasons for being vegan, the plants he incorporates in his diet and how it has benefitted his health.

Have you considered a plant based diet? Do you want to understand the nutritional benefits that plants can provide us? Then The Plant Based Podcast is for you! It’s an emotional and fun chat all about plants and fitness.

**Ellen has fully embraced the Vegan diet since this podcast was recorded!**

 

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net for an exclusive article from Hench on 5 plants that will help your workouts

 

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Feb 10, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast Episode Three - How The Urban Jungle Trend Can Change Our Gardens
28:29

With the rise of urban living and climate change, gardeners have a lot to deal with. But, whatever your garden situation or the weather, Liz Browne from the leafy paradise at Urban Jungle Nursery in Norwich explains there are many options to create your own urban jungle. Small space? No problem! Large garden? There are so many plants to choose from! The jungle theme is a big trend in gardening right now and in this episode of The Plant Based podcast Liz suggests some great plants to grow in your own garden at home and we even chat about houseplants being pets!

Do you want to create a jungle themed patio? Are you wondering if you can plant your Monstera outside? Then The Plant Based Podcast is for you! Listen in to this interesting, educational and great fun podcast with a passionate, knowledgeable plantswomen.

Visit www.theplantbasedpodcast.net for an exclusive article from Liz on 5 plants to get that urban jungle look.

 

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Feb 10, 2019
The Plant Based Podcast - Preview
17:42

The Plant Based Podcast is about anything that can be traced back to plants. We will be chatting worldwide to companies and individuals that are working with- and being creative with- plants!

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!

We have both been plant lovers since childhood, and have a combined 35 years experience in the industry. But it's an industry that's changing, with plants very much in the spotlight right now. We shall be discussing gardening and specialist plants, but also throwing the door open much wider than the usual gardening podcasts…

…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!

 

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Feb 02, 2019