Dr Philip Groom, author of Plant Life of Southwestern Australia, talks about the adaptations that plant have to cope with the world's most nutrient- impoverish soils, a hot dry summer, frequent fires and the animals and birds that want to eat them!
There are over 25,000 orchid species known and many more hybrids. With just a little knowledge, orchids can be surprisingly easy to grow. Join Kaye and Jay Baylis from The Orchids Society of Western Australia as they chat everything orchids with Deryn and Steve.
Digby Growns is Kings Park's Senior Plant Breeder. Digby, leads a small team of staff and volunteers involved in the plant breeding program. This week Deryn and Steve discuss the science behind plant breeding.
Louise Clark is a horticulturist at Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia in the US, and provides advice on growing green roofs, expands on her favourite trees and gives us an insiders look at the many outstanding gardens in the Philadelphia region.
Dr Josh Byrne, television gardening presenter with ABC's Gardening Australia, talks about how his love of nature and childhood spent in the garden developed into a career developing sustainable environments.
Bob Hunter, president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of WA, talks to Steve Wood and Deryn Thorpe about succulent and cactus varieties and shares the secrets of his potting mix and cactus shadehouses.
Horticultural therapy is using plants and gardening to promote healthy bodies and minds.
Practitioners Glenice Batchelor and Jeanette Penklis talk with Steve Wood and Deryn Thorpe about how we can use our gardens to heal.
Scientists are beginning to understand that plants have abilities that we've only ever associated with animals. They can learn, have memory and decision making capabilities.
It's spring and Steve and Deryn discuss what should be planted in the veggie patch now.
Listen in to find out tips for planting tomatoes, including their favourite varieties as well as how to get the most out of your, sweetcorn, zucchini, eggplant, Ceylon spinach, capsicum and chillies.
Our celebrity guest is Costa Georgiadis, a Greek-Australian landscape architect and the host of ABC's Gardening Australia.
He is passionate about living a sustainable life and speaks to Deryn and Steve about connecting plants and people by showing them how simple it is to grow food on their verge. The wide-ranging conversation reveals Costa's rich cultural life which includes his crazy funk, disco, rock, cabaret band called the More Please Orchestra and his passion for umpiring rugby.
Natalie Woodman is a nutritionist and naturopath from Voi Clinic who speaks to Steve and Deryn about how the gut microbiome impacts health.
Natalie discusses how a diet that targets the gut microflora can improve health and conditions like digestive disorders, weight gain, depression, anxiety, eczema, psoriasis, acne, allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure and assist the management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson’s, MS and Alzheimer’s.
Check out her recipe for delicious Kimchi a naturally fermented food that aids gut health which is easy to make at home.
Dr Bob Longmore is a former pharmacy academic and herbal medicines writer who lives with wife Maggie on an 8 acre semi-rural garden in Nannup with extensive productive, native and ornamental gardens. Steve and Deryn talk to him about medicinal herbs, smoking feral fish and growing food.
Steve and Deryn are joined by Janine Mendel.
Janine Mendel founder of CultivArt Landscape Design discusses how to make your small garden work.
Janine believes that that 'at the end of the process, your house should look like it's been planted in the garden.'
Steve and Deryn are joined by Mark Tucek who talks growing bush tucker plants in your backyard. Bush tucker is being embraced by chefs all around the world and the unique flavours inspire culinary creativity. Learn how to add these special varieties to your garden, most of these Tucker Bush plants are easy to grow.
James Talijanchich is a 3rd generation wine grower from Western Australia's spectacular Swan Valley. James talks about the passion and art of producing their world acclaimed liqueurs, the value of organic techniques in the vineyard and winning gold in London 3 years running in the worlds most prestigious fortified wine competition.
Steve and Deryn are joined by Tim Kershaw. Tim has worked in leading fine dining restaurants throughout Australia and the UK and shares what really goes on in the kitchens. He discusses his new found passion for growing his own produce and talks about the wonders of fermented foods.
We talk with Alec and Jackie Hooper from one of Australia's most awarded Garden Centres Zannthorea Nursery Australian Native Plant specialists.
Our latest episode features the waste educator, Peg Davies. She believes there is no such thing as waste and that a lot of what we throw out can be used in the garden. Steve and Deryn also discuss the important winter tasks for your garden.
Araluen Botanical Park in Western Australia is famous for its Camellias, Heritage Roses and the biggest Chili Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Run by a passionate group of volunteers it is unique as it is spectacular. John Colwill is a well known horticultural identity who has played a major role in the parks success and shares his story.
Angus has been a presenter with ABC TV Gardening Australia for over a decade and worked with ABC Radio for 25 years. He is a keen plant breeder, author, and horticultural educator.
Steve and Deryn talk with Joanne Harris from Guildford Town Garden Centre about the best trees for the home garden and Toni Riccelli international judge with The Cup of Excellence talks coffee.
This Week on All the Dirt Podcast Steve and Deryn discuss the secrets to growing beautiful succulents, Sue McDougall, a much loved garden talk back host is our special guest and Audrey has a delicious baked sweet potato and baby spinach salad recipe that the family will love.
Steve and Deryn talk keeping chickens in the suburban back yard and then later are joined by special guest Linda Mitchener from the Green Life Soil Company. Audrey takes us through the perfect olive preserving recipe.
With Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project Steve and Deryn look at how our awareness of the environment will make a difference to our planet, shade plants for difficult locations and Audrey's beaked quince recipe
Building healthy soil and Microscopic soil life: If you have healthy soil it’s easy to have a good garden and Deryn and Steve are joined by ABC talk-back gardener Sabrina Hahn to discuss beneficial microbes, fungi and the diverse soil ecosystems that determine the productivity of our gardens.