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NPR's All Songs considered - if you're a music lover.

I have listened to a podcast called "Good Enough Gardening" a few times on iTunes. The hosts are Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Amanda Thompsen (I believe I have heard other hosts on there as well).

I haven't listened to Ken Druse nor Margret Roach. Thanks for mentioning them, I will have more gardening podcasts to listen to.

Radio Lab! Absolutely the best thing NPR has EVER done. Addictive, in the very best possible way.

I love to listen to gardening podcasts while watering my garden, while sitting on the back porch looking at my garden, while going to sleep at night (My wife has informed me that while possibly entertaining and informative, gardening podcasts are not what she would call romantic atmospherics to go to sleep by)....Here are a few I really like: 'Central Texas Gardener' with Tom Spencer......'Garden Success' with Doug Welsh......'The Gestalt Gardener' with Felder Rushing....'Master Gardener'....a podcast from a couple of Sandy Springs, Georgia Master gardeners......and the ones already mentioned, Ken Druse's and the one with Margaret Roach. I can think of several bloggers that I have seen contributing to Garden Rant that I wish had podcasts of their own.

I haven't listened to this, but here's one that hasn't been mentioned: Dig It Magazine Audio Garden

Susan, I recently started a WebTalkRadio show at™/. I plan to recored some shows while in Buffa10.

Keep those recommendations coming, and Helen, can we act crazy on your podcast from Buffa10?

Also, I didn't know where to say this in the post but I love the juxtaposition of driving to visit one gardenblogger I met in Austin at a meet-up with hearing on the radio from another blogger I hadn't even met yet. This will sound sappy, but I was struck by the friendliness and friend-making potential of our gardenblogger community.

I don't listen to any gardening podcasts, but since you said on Twitter it was okay to recommend non-gardening ones...our two favorites are Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and Kevin Smith's smodcasts. The smodcasts in particular are great for long drives. But if you're not into raunchy humor and pop culture, don't bother, you won't like them.

Thank you for this, I like Big Blend Garden Gossip.
I am not digging Mike McGrath lately, he jokes too much and not enough info. anyone down with that.

I also was trying to compile more podcast links, it's a great way to pass the time on my train commute! I have been enjoying Margaret Roach's immensely, and her hosts on the show are very endearing. Before I knew it I had listened to all of them. Groundworks, Inc. has the We Dig Plants podcasts, which I like very much because of the guests they manage to wrangle onto their show. I also have been listening to Brent and Becky's Bulbs' podcasts, some of which are very fascinating, but other times it is hard for me to get into. I assume that it is because my actual experience with bulbs and bulb varieties is quite limited.

I did not know Ken Druse had a podcast - I love his books, especially Making More Plants!

Hi Susan,

I've recorded about 70 gardening and green issues podcasts, but have taken a break during my year-long book tour. I'll get back to doing more in the fall. Here's the link:

Good Enough Gardening and Nest In Style are both good new podcasts.

Ken Druse and Margaret Roach both are producing their podcasts for radio (I believe) and then being kind enough to make them available to the general public for download.

That is awesome and I like to listen to both, but I might make the distinction that actual podcasts offer a greater chance that you'll find something you LOVE rather than just like.

Radio demographics are wider - they have to appeal to a wider audience, which means they can't really dig in to deep gardening info that average home gardeners wouldn't understand, or say anything that might risk offending anyone.

Online-only podcasts are usually self-published and so they can be rougher and more amateur, but at the same time they have leeway to discuss anything they like in any way they like.

Of the individual podcast episodes that really made me think or taught me something new, it has been the online-only ones.

Even when I'm annoyed by the occasional misinformation (which is actually fairly common on the slickly produced ones too), there are enough strong opinions and new takes on things that I stay actively engaged in listening. Some of the slicker podcasts/ radio shows out there are very fun to listen to but maybe aren't aimed at the pro or really passionate gardener.

As for non-gardening podcasts, I haven't found many that I like, but I love to download audiobooks from audible, and I also purchase a lot of information products online that come in MP3 format. Seth Godin is particularly good at reading his own work, and I loved Animal Vegetable Miracle on audio.

It's not exactly gardening, but Zan Asha over at, does really great interviews with farmers and cool people on her radio show.

Other Podcasts for listening while gardening:
The Moth--live telling of true stories.
Desert Island Discs--famous people tell their life stories through the songs they'd like to be stranded with on a desert island.
TBTL daily pop culture from former radio host and current "wait, wait don't tell me" personality.

I love Tales from Terry's Allotment, a BBC entry. It only appears every 4-6 weeks, though.

For non-gardening, try A Way with Words. It's linguistics at their best!

There aren't many gardening podcasts that I would recommend. That's one of the reasons Amanda and I started Good Enough Gardening. That said, I like Felder's show (Gestalt Gardener), Nest in Style, GardenFork TV and GardenFork Radio and Coopette.

Non gardening casts, my fave is Stuff You Should Know.

The good news here is that I moved up in your estimation from "known troublemaker" to a slightly better description (tee hee).

I thank you for your fun and provocative nudges, as ever. It isn't everyone that gets me out into the night on a garden search and rescue mission.

Just have to say that Amy will be on Central Texas Gardener starting 7/10/10!

The garden podcast I won't miss:
Garden Conversations with Amy Ivy via NCPR. I agree with Craig Cramer, who calls it "the meatiest gardening podcast around".

Also, must listen to podcasts of "Wait, Wait,Don't Tell Me" and Leonard Lopate.

There is just too much noise going on 24/7.
When I have the opportunity for quiet I embrace it and savory it.
Hence I don't have an Ipod and when working in the garden it as a meditative experience or blissful quiet ,... well as quiet as it can be when you live right in down town suburbia.
I just don't get all this chatter or the need to hear someone chatter or the need for that chatterer hear themselves chatter so much all the time.

GardenFork on Itunes or online at

I like Southern Gardening, from Mississippi State University. It used to be Norman Winter, now it's Gary Bachman.

I just have to jump in here and staunchly defend Wiggly Wigglers. They're speaking English, not Chinese. Sure, they use a few different terms and may have different issues (or have a different perspective on the same issues) but they are smart and scathingly funny, as are most things British.

Check out Geek.Farm.Life for hipster homesteader talk.

I don't listen to anything, ever. And, I rarely watch videos unless they are really funny.

I like to read. period.

I haven't had as much time to listen to anything this summer! But when I do it's often TED You can listen to speakers on subjects important to gardeners: like E. O. Wilson, who spoke about saving the earth and Deborah Gordon who studies ants.

...and Wiggly Wigglers is a funny and delightful podcast.


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