For the last week or so, Ryan and I have been working on a new project. It’s finally ready to launch – my new podcast about gardening on Earth… and beyond!

In the first ever episode of Gardeners of the Galaxy, you’ll learn about the NASA Scientist Over the Moon With Homegrown Radish Research. Max Coleman has set up a homemade lab devoted to growing Moon radishes – in his kitchen.

And then there’s Mike Mongo, who hatched a plan to blast seeds from a very old apple tree into space.
Mike Mongo on TwitterAlexander Meyers on Twitter
Johnny Appleseed in Space, Oct 2019
Mike’s YouTube channel

After that we take a look at the future of vertical farms, and how they can be developed into sustainable food source for the future, anywhere on Earth and maybe even in space. That’s according to some new research recently published in the New Phytologist journal. The report is called ‘Getting to the Roots of Aeroponic Indoor Farming‘. 

Those are the three main payloads. In the final section of the show we take a look at three more news stories. Our plastic problem comes first, with news that Our fruits and veggies are sucking up microplastics through their roots (Fast Company, June 2020). But on the flip side, we have confirmation that Reusable containers safe during Covid-19 pandemic, say experts. (The Guardian, June 2020.)

And how to we water our crops and make sure there’s enough clean water for people to drink? With water scarcity looming on the horizon, there are The people creating an oasis with seawater (BBC Future, July 2020).

And the show ends on a lighthearted note, with stories of what people have been unearthing in their gardens during Lockdown. You may not find a huge rock from outer space, or an unexploded WW2 bomb, but perhaps you may unearth something of interest to local historians. The British Museum is encouraging gardeners to notify their portable antiquities scheme, at finds.org.uk.

This episode uses BlastwaveFx.com’s Fast Forward sound effect, and the lovely Ryan Doughty was CapCom for Mission Control.