Growing Together – August 2022

With the recent heatwave in July, Claire and Steve discuss the effect the hotter weather is having on the garden and gardeners alike. Claire has a mystery muncher in her garden, Steve muses over his rambling runner beans and they inspire each other with plans for...

For The Love of Lavender

Paul Abbott at Durleighmarsh Farm used to run the Isle of Wight lavender farm to much success, winning an RHS gold medal.  He still has a passion for lavender and is cultivating new varieties as he explained to Shine Radio’s Claire Vennis.   With...

Growing Together – July 2022

Steve and Claire dodge the rain as they enjoy the growing surroundings at the Adhurst Estate Allotment on a summer’s evening. This month there’s advice on how to ‘stop’ dahlias to gain more flowers, what you can still plant to harvest later in...

Growing Together – June 2022

This month, Claire and Steve are at the Adhurst Estate Allotment early in the morning along with lots of singing birds. Steve has so many dahlia plants he doesn’t know what to do with them and is even trying out Claire’s more ‘relaxed’ approach...

Growing Together – May 2022

From their sunny spot on the Adhurst Estate Allotment, Claire and Steve update on what they’ve been growing, hardening off and planting out as the gardening season picks up pace. In this episode, there’s dahlia advice, successional sowing to avoid a glut...

Growing Together – mid April 2022

Steve and Claire are back for a second time this month as the growing season hots up – and so does the weather! From their sunny spot on Steve’s Adhurst Estate Allotment, they update on what to sow now and what to pot on, various ways to get rid of slugs,...

Growing Together – April 2022

April is a busy gardening month. Join Claire and Steve as they catch up on Project Carrot, share what they’ve sown and give advice on what to grow in pots. They also talk about enjoying lots of sunflowers, admit to their failings in growing brassicas and take...

Growing Together – March 2022

With luckily only a few casualties from February’s storms, the Adhurst Estate Allotment is starting to come to life with vegetable and flower seeds sprouting – and the odd weed too. Claire plans to encourage more pollinators into her garden this year,...

Growing Together – February 2022

As the first signs of Spring colour start to emerge, Claire and Steve head to the Adhurst Estate Allotments to record February’s Growing Together from the comfort of Steve’s allotment shed. There’s lots of excitement as preparations start for the...

Growing Together – January 2022

As a new year begins, we bid a fond farewell to the amazing Ann-Marie Powell and welcome a new Growing Together co-presenter – Adhurst Estate Allotment chair Steve Amos joins Claire for gardening chat, ideas and advice. We’re optimistic for the 2022...

Growing Together – December 2021

How are you planning to decorate your house this Christmas?  Ann-Marie and Claire have lots of great ideas for how to bring the outside in this season. With gardening chat and advice – as well as a bulb-planting confession – this month’s Growing...

Growing Together – November 2021

After a short break, Ann-Marie Powell and Claire Vennis are back with seasonal gardening tips and chat.   This month they re-cap September’s Chelsea Flower Show – including celebrating all of Ann-Marie’s recent awards, amazing! –...

Growing Together – September 2021

We have a lot to celebrate in this month’s Growing Together – it’s our first birthday, a special birthday for Ann-Marie and we’ve been chosen as one of the top 12 gardening podcasts in the UK. Thank you so much for listening! With the RHS...

Growing Together – August 2021

It’s been a strange gardening year – freezing cold, soaking wet and then hot hot hot! This month, Ann-Marie and Claire talk about what can still be grown in the garden, collecting seeds for next year’s growing or as gifts for friends, and keeping...

Growing Together – July 2021

This month Growing Together comes from the magical Petersfield Community Garden.  Chair Sue Edberg and volunteers Alex and Linda warmly welcome Ann-Marie and Claire back to this amazing community space, even though it’s raining! With a new pond, plans afoot for a...