Posts Tagged ‘podcasts’

Our New Favourite Listener!

OMG!!  Excited or what??  I have mentioned my favourite eco-podcast before, More Hip Than Hippie.  Well in their latest episode (no. 292) they have named me their New Favourite Listener because I sent them some chocolate to review.  And they put in a link to my blog on their show notes!  They are very funny, Val attempted to do an English accent (they are from California, USA) but was swiftly stopped by Dori!  You can find the podcast on iTunes or follow the link above to the show notes which has various ways to listen at the top of their page.

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State of Mind

I’m a little concerned about my state of mind – I think they call it “obsession”!!  I am thinking about growing veg all the time, I’m reading about it – I’m even dreaming about it at night!!  I’m buying little bits and pieces all the time and am now convinced my little garden veg bed is nowhere near big enough and that it’s time to think about an allotment!  And I’ve not even really grown anything yet.

Yes I grew potatoes in a patio bag, tomatoes and French beans in containers and quite a few herbs this summer.  But now I have  a veg bed I have onions – white and red, two types of garlic, peas, broad beans and cabbages all in for overwintering.  My turnips are starting to swell nicely in their patio bag.  I’ve decided on my French and runner beans for the spring and am deciding on how many potato tubers to get.  I want carrots, leeks, tomatoes, salads, squash, and kale next year but the bed is already half full.

When I was at uni I studied zoology, animals all the way, plants didn’t do anything!  Now I’ve completely switched.  At least plants stay where you put them, they don’t wander all over the place (unless dragged there by an animal).  And they grow a lot.  How does a tiny seed have enough stuff in it to become a radish let alone a whopping great big cabbage or a massive handful of green beans??  If you stopped to think about it too long you’d go doolally.

I’m excited and concerned all at the same time.  Excited when things start to pop up through the soil, concerned when I discover something has nibbled them – like my tiny pea plants today.  I don’t know if what I’m doing is right – basically I’m winging it to be honest.

I bought a rhubarb crown today.  I have no idea where I’m going to plant it, or even if it is alive – it just looks like a dead stump at the moment.  I put my cabbage collars on and made some kind of cover for the nibbled peas.

I need to go out and walk the dog, but I’ll be listening to the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast while I’m doing it!!

More Hip Than Hippie podcast

If you have any leanings at all towards a greener lifestyle but don’t want to be a rampant eco-warrior, have a listen to More Hip Than Hippie podcast.  Dori and Val are based in Chico, California and produce a (roughly) fortnightly eco-podcast.  They have been going since 2005 so there are almost 300 episodes in the back catalogue (which I am slowly working my way through) but you can start wherever you like.  I usually listen to the latest one when it comes out and then listen to previous episodes in between.

It is a light hearted podcast which deals with serious ecological issues ranging from cutting down on the use of plastic, to biodeisel & hybrid cars, to chemical free ways to clean your home.  They also test a beer and a chocolate each week!!  They also try to answer questions posed by listeners each episode and there is also a bit of banter regarding their personal lives.

The content is predominantly US based but is very relevant wherever you live! I’ve learned quite a lot from this podcast and will probably refer to it during future posts.  There is a permanent link in the blogroll list on the right so you can easily find it once this post moves down off the page.