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The Sodcast – Episode 26

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 25 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

The above image from Bernie Goldbach listening to the garden podcast via his telephone 😉

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Recently On The Blog:

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Find out more about Kevin [left], Donal [right] & the Harrys restaurant garden project via

Harrys Restaurant is located at Bridgend, Inishowen. That’s in County Donegal for those that wouldn’t be too up on their Irish Geography – and it’s open daily From 12pm til late. I recommend daylight hours if you are going for a look at the garden 😉 further info at www.harrys.ie

Why Harrys ? I asked on twitter for anyone who had plants of any amount as part or even outside their restaurant and John Ward of  navigatour.ie responded to me. I’d have done the same for someone with a few planters being very honest.

Images For The Podcast:

The above images are Philips garden 2 weeks ago and the Sunday just gone.

This Weeks Oddities:

courtesy of Rosanne from The IIA – wearable planters

Bernie Goldbach reminds me about – making a living as a garden designer

Spains largest vertical garden cleans the air inside the office building – thanks to Angel Luis

Remember The St Brigids Cross saga ? In short, there were no reeds available to make them with. Mary never got any – but came up with an alternate.

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The Sodcast – Episode 20

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 19 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Fancy a Sodcast Mug for your cuppa…. ? There are now only 3 of these mugs in the entire world. I have one. 😀

Anything else you can contact me in the following ways

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Irish Weather Online

Jane Powers:

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This Weeks Oddities:

@DoneganGardens Our Christmas Tree is better than the Roosevelt Centre one in Elf according to our kids. Thanks for the tip. Great price too

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn announces new EU report entitled A decade of EU-funded GMO research

The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.

extract: “The introduction of such advanced processes and materials based on biotechnology and GMOs, has enormous potential not only to enhance quality of life while reducing environmental footprints, but also to improve the competitiveness of European industry.”

This email in From Alison at Pierce Communications

Loving your blog Peter. Great example of making digital comms work within a traditional industry!!

And Finally:

Choosing the right Christmas tree….

The Sodcast – Episode 17

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 16 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

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Back to life….

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This Week On The Blog:

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This Weeks Oddities:

Fellow hen fanatic Simon Kenny send me this email

Hi Peter

I don’t have a photo of bark mulch on the plastic but do have decorative pebbles on plastic in my own garden. It’s basically the same principle. The soil is blocked from sunlight and weeds push up the plastic around the edges. Attached is a photo which I took this morning.it would be great to hear what your views are on the use of the plastic stuff, and how you would go about flower bed fabrication

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Also these little trinkets 😉

I asked if anyone had a happy Garden story for me….? You replied… and I had to tell you all to stop!
  • @rauldore: Yes – my garden is happy : I haven’t had a BBq in ages 😀
  • @jkeyes: Iggle Piggle, Upsey Daisy and Makka Pakka.
  • @maryrose: I planted crocus today… at least they will bring a smile to my face come January
  • @orlamcdermott: 10 gizillion pretty red crab apples from a small tree made into 25 jars of jam 🙂
  • @maryrose: oh I couldn’t … sure I’d have to get my hair done..!!!
  • @powersflowers: Funny Hissingfirst story for you from @ArabellaSock : http://bit.ly/gmmSrh It’ll make you laugh. I promise.
  • @knetstop our strawberry is still blooming and having fruit. Does that count?
  • @primaryposition: one easter sunday i awoke early to find little paw prints leading out our garden and down the street path. Convinced it was the Easter Bunny, I took off after them like an excited blood hound. about 5 houses down the road i found a poor little tortoise trapped in a hole in a neighbours garden. He was alive and we kept him for a week before giving him to a zoo 🙂
  • @EWgardens: 10 years next year since we began to revive 400+ year old gardens abandoned for 50 years. My other halfs grandfather died having pulled house down and not knowing he had an heir. He would be delighted to meet his great grandchildren and visitors in his revived garden. How’s that?
  • @dervlam: Funny looking mushrooms growing on my back garden lawn!
  • @ianbrunswick: Worked @ Chicago botanic gardens & stopped a snapper turtle getting run over. He tried to bite my hand off. Some thanks!

And Finally:

I found the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra via Christian Carey and the gentleman [and lover of the great outdoors] that is Mr Jonathan Grimes

Irelands First and Only Garden Podcast

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

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The Sodcast – Welcome to the loudest gardening podcast in the world…

A Podcast Is:

The term “podcasting” was first mentioned by Ben Hammersley in The Guardian newspaper in a February 2004 article, along with other proposed names for the new medium. It is a portmanteau of the words “pod”— from the name of Apple‘s portable media player, iPod—and “broadcasting“. The name may be misleading, as despite the etymology it has never been necessary to use an iPod, or, indeed, any other form of portable media player, to use podcasts; the content can be accessed using any computer that can play media files. Use of the term “podcast” predates the addition of native support for podcasting to the iPod, or to Apple’s iTunes software. To avoid a term suggestive of “iPod”, some use the term netcast instead of podcast, such as the TWiT.tv podcaster Leo Laporte. A backronym has been posited where podcast stands for “personal on demand broadcast”.

The Sodcast is:

A 20 minute audio production released every Thursday and can be downloaded via iTunes or listened to directly on the garden blog post where it is also published every Thursday. It is also Irelands first garden podcast. I describe it as:

Your weekly mix of discussion and interest for all things garden, horticulture, landscaping and the great outdoors from Ireland and abroad.

Take a look at the reviews on iTunes that you have given the podcast so far…. agree/disagree ? You can  subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. All previous sodcasts are found in the Podcast category on this weblog.

The Sodcast timeline:

  • May 13th 2010: The podcast began recording. It was initially just 5 minutes long
  • August 5th 2010: With no identity as such, the Sodcast became the name when, via twitter I asked people for their suggestions for the podcast.  The honours for this naming go to @faduda and Tommie Lehane. There were 12 other podcast name suggestions.
  • August 5th 2010: The sodcast logo was designed by [no relation] Luke Donegan.
  • August 12th  2010: Brian Greene composed the sodcasts intro jingle – thus giving the tagline welcome to the loudest gardening podcast in the world, the sodcast….
  • July 29th 2010: I was a key speaker at the DotConf on the subject of podcasting alongside Bernie Goldbach [tech lecturer] and Mark Rock [CEO of audioboo]
  • September 9th: Nominated for the Best Independent Podcast at the Irish Web Awards
  • September 30th 2010: The first of three regular podcast guests are introduced to the Sodcast. They include: Shawna Coronado writer, speaker and gardener from the USA, Jane Powers writer and gardener from Dublin and Pat Fitzgerald plant grower and inventor from Kilkenny Ireland.
  • October 7th 2010 – Repak Recycling became the sodcasts first sponsor, when for the month of October they sponsored the podcast for their annual recycling promotional campaign.

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Interesting Statistics:

New Media Update Podcasting News – wrote an article called Podcast Fans Are The Ultimate Audience For Advertisers – I took the main bullet points out of it just to give you an idea of the reach[?] that podcasting actually has.

  • Podcast fans are significantly more affluent than general population.
  • Podcast fans are rapidly turning away from traditional media and “interruption” advertising models.
  • 37% of video podcast users and 31% of audio podcast users say they *enjoy* advertising in podcasts. By comparison, only 6% say same of TV and radio.
  • Podcasts confer on their advertisers and sponsors a “halo effect; podcast fans give props to the advertiser for sponsoring a show they like.
  • Over 70% of active podcast listeners are receptive to sponsorship messages in podcasts.

*Thanks to Roseanne Smith for this link

  • One in five active podcast consumers are actively interested in host-read sponsorship messages. Survey respondents believe that podcast hosts/creators are actual users of the goods and services of their sponsors.
  • Nearly 4/5 of the survey interviewees listen to podcasts every week, but are not as reachable by other “regular” mass media.
  • Podcast fans say it is not just important to be able to “time-shift” their podcast and other media consumption; nearly equally important is the ability to get unique shows [not available outside of podcast medium].
  • 90% of those surveyed prefer advertising supported shows vs. ad-free paid subscriptions.
  • 3/4 of the respondents use iTunes to find and subscribe and 66% have been listening/watching podcasts for 2 years or more

Why I Began To Podcast:

Whilst I am an [ir]regular guest talking gardening on Dublin radio, It was a suggestion from Bernie Goldbach that introduced me to Mark Rock and audioboo that kicked it all off. Through conversation and further then research, I realised that there is little or no gardening / outdoors related [anything] on Irish radio, apart from Radio 1 [RTE], that I am aware. It’s not that I can’t get a gig doing radio, more there are none to get. Bear in mind also there is only one garden magazine in Ireland and no trade magazine. This is at the very least a step in the right direction.

It is done for free, at present in my spare time and simply another addition to the weblog and the promotion of Irish horticulture. Also a bit like why I write this weblog, I’m a good yapper and I love gardening, it was simply a case of finding the right avenue.

Sponsoring Irelands First & Only Garden Podcast:

Now you know what podcasting is and how it all works for me. If you have any queries or questions, would like to get involved or sponsor the podcast…. you might even wish to offer listeners prizes [?], works a bit like normal radio, except this isn’t live 😉

If something comes to your mind…. you can contact me in the following ways:

What is usually recommended for sponors:

a] 15-second top and tail ie. 30 seconds in total, 15 seconds at the beginning and end of each podcast. The intro andd outro can be written and pre recorded so it is the same every week or you can use pre-recorded content as provided by you the sponsor.

b] your 15 seconds can be dropped in during the podcast in between conversation and discussion with a specific range of time.

Personally, I’m open to suggestion…..

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No John keyes, Thank You!

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I got this in the post this evening.

The note came attached with a #sodcast coffee mug and badges. In a funny sort of odd last few days, this really did make me smile. I now have a great reason to slurp my mugga caffeine this Thursday.

I’m proud to say I know John Keyes.

Thanks John. 😀

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