My Corner of Earth podcast is here!
I have listened to podcasts for years, and with the growth in the number of quality shows being produced now, I’m listening to them more and more. They’re perfect for a lunchtime walk, a long drive or when I’m pottering in the greenhouse or doing some weeding. I listen to a lot of gardening shows, but also current affairs, comedy, business and motivational… and that’s only scratching the surface of the huge range of podcasts now available. If you have an interest, no matter how niche, the chances are someone has made – or is about to make – a podcast about that thing.
One day, a little lightbulb switched on in my head. I could do this too, make a podcast. My background is in radio, so I’m comfy behind a microphone and I enjoy interviewing people. Editing would take a little bit of revision, but shouldn’t be a massive problem and I have a husband who’s also got sound production skills. When I really started to consider it seriously, I remembered I had actually helped produce a podcast before! Years ago (before podcasting became cool!) when I was on the production team for a BBC Scotland current affairs programme we would do a podcast de-brief of our show.
I realised that perhaps I could revisit my broadcasting roots and make my own gardening podcast. I wanted to make the sort of show that I would want to listen to myself. As I began to plan the podcast and even as I recorded the first couple of interviews, I realised I was making a show about gardens and growers in Scotland, in other words, my corner of earth. I wanted to know more about the gardeners around me and I realised that there are not many others talking about Scottish horticultural matters. The national magazines do cover some Scottish gardens, but advice and information is largely geared towards an English audience. Even local newspapers, with constrained budgets, must often rely on general, syndicated articles which don’t necessarily reflect the climate or conditions of their readership. BBC Scotland provides the excellent and informative Beechgrove Garden on TV, however if truth be told, this is aimed at an older audience and doesn’t exactly work hard to shake off the more ‘traditional’ image of gardening which many people seem move away from in order to attract young people to horticulture as a hobby or as a career choice.
And so, I’ve found my niche. I want to talk about Scotland’s gardens and gardeners. I want to meet lots of people who grow interesting plants or farm cut flowers, or support community gardens, or protect a particular species…the list is long! There are so many folks here who have something to say about gardening and plants and I hope to find them and talk to them so that others can hear what they have to say too.
I hope you enjoy listening to My Corner of Earth: a plant lover’s guide to Scotland.