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The Plant Based Podcast

Aug 9, 2020

In this episode, Michael and Ellen chat to Lee, AKA the Skinny Jean Gardener, about his love of sharing gardening with kids. Lee used to be an electrician but discovered a love of plants, becoming the ‘cool kid’ on the gardening scene!

He has set up a vegetable garden at Jimmy Doherty’s farm, worked with Jamie Oliver and Alan Titchmarsh and appeared on Blue Peter! He combines kids’ entertainment and education together at his shows which he tours round schools and festival - all while sporting his glittery jacket! Over lockdown, he released his book ‘How to get kids gardening’ and has been inundated with messages from people who have discovered the endless perks of getting kids out in the garden.

They discuss how lockdown has helped families reconnect with plants and the best ways to grow edible plants at home – in the garden, on the patio or on a windowsill. Lee explains how to set up mini allotments with washing up bowls and how to use buckets to make frog ponds. There’s even a special appearance from the true star of Skinny Jean Gardening, Lees’ daughter, Olive!

Plus Ellen and Michael discuss their childhood memories from the WI to the sound of rain on the shed roof. 


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