Growing Together – December 2022

It’s December and a new tree plantation is taking root at the Adhurst Estate allotments, garlic and onion sets are sown and Susanna Jarrett from Flowers by the Bridge gives expert Christmas wreath tips.  Steve and Claire also share their top 3 Christmas gardening...

Growing Together – November 2022

After an unusually mild October, a bumper crop of apples and still-flowering dahlias, it’s time to get on with autumnal garden jobs including looking after the soil in your garden, cleaning greenhouses and pots and planting out garlic. Wildlife is thriving at...

Growing Together – October 2022

Claire and Steve meet at the Adhurst Estate Allotments to enjoy the autumnal sun and the last of the year’s blooms as they discuss their gardening year. There’s still work to be done in the garden with gathering dahlias and protecting the tubers, preparing...

Growing Together – September 2022

Enjoying their harvest, Claire and Steve discuss how challenging this gardening year has been. Steve’s passion for dahlias shines through as he gives advice for how to look after these late summer blooms and Claire preps her plots for the autumn with plans to...

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...