Interview: Gareth Richards plus Nettles

This episode we host our first ever guest. Author and RHS Digital Features Editor Gareth Richards gives us a tour around his allotment and talks us through what allotmenteers can do for wildlife. We also talk about Nettles, which whether friend or foe to the gardener are great resource for the birds and the bees!

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Gareth Richards

Do Bees Need Weeds

ISBN: 9781784727147

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds – Books from the RHS Garden Design

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds | NHBS Field Guides & Natural History

Weeds: The Beauty and Uses of 50 Vagabond Plants

ISBN: 9781787394643

Weeds: Fifty untamed and beautiful vagabond plants from Summerfield Books

RHS Weeds: the beauty and uses of 50 vagabond plants – Royal Horticultural Society; Gareth Richards; | Foyles Bookstore

Plants discussed

Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta. (

Ugni molinae | Chilean guava/RHS Gardening

Phacelia tanacetifolia | fiddleneck/RHS Gardening

Claytonia perfoliata – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine (

Narcissus ‘Geranium’ (8) | daffodil ‘Geranium’/RHS Gardening

Orach, Red – Atripex hortensis – Buy plants from Norfolk Herbs

Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) (

Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’ (d) | tea tree ‘Red Damask’/RHS Gardening


Biological Flora of the British Isles: Urtica dioica L. – Taylor – 2009 – Journal of Ecology – Wiley Online Library

Urtica dioica and U. galeopsifolia | BSBI Species Accounts

Urtica dioica | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (

Stinging nettle | The Wildlife Trusts

Plantlife :: Nettle (stinging)

Five Amazing Things You May Not Know About Nettles (

BRC – Database of Insects and their Food Plants

Diglyphus isea (

Peacock (

Comma (

Small Tortoiseshell (

Red Admiral (

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