Postbag: Harlow Carr
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
3d ago
How do I safely dispose of bamboo leaves? How can I stop the roots of my mulberry tree from invading my vegetable patch? If the panel were gifted a £50 garden centre voucher, what would they buy and why? Kathy Clugston and her arsenal of horticultural experts dig through the GQT inbox to answer your gardening queries. On the panel this week are garden designer Matthew Wilson and houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank. They visit Harlow Carr in Harrogate where head gardener Paul Cook gives a tour of their tranquil treasure trove and offers his own gardening tips and tricks. Woodlice - friends or fo ..read more
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Balsall
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
When should I split and sew my snowdrops? What are the benefits of leaving loose leaves on our borders? What tips could the panel suggest for growing a giant award winning pumpkin? Kathy Clugston and a panel of keen gardening experts are in Balsall, West Midlands to investigate the audience's gardening conundrums. On the panel this week are garden designer Bunny Guinness, self proclaimed botanical geek James Wong, and plantswoman Christine Walkden. Later, James Wong takes a trip to Manchester's Chinatown to explore the wide variety of plants and shurbs they have on display, as well as the cult ..read more
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Wensleydale
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
2w ago
How do you grow celeriac? Is white vinegar and water good for cleaning greenhouses? How hardy is my Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Grandiflora' and where’s the best place to plant it? Kathy Clugston and an eager panel of gardening experts are in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire to put an end to the audience's gardening grievances. On the panel this week are garden designer Matthew Wilson, houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank, and curator of RHS Bridgewater Marcus Chilton-Jones. Later, Matt Biggs travels to Dungeness to meet with head gardener Johnny Bruce, who gives him a tour of late director Derek Jarmon ..read more
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Pewsey
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
3w ago
Which plants should I avoid that are prone to spreading across chalky grassland? Any tips on growing tropical canna plants in the warmest corner of my garden? What’s the panel’s oldest and favourite gardening garment? Peter Gibbs and a panel of horticultural experts provide some much needed advice to an audience in Pewsey. On the panel this week are pest and disease expert Pippa Greenwood, house plant specialist Anne Swithinbank and award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw. Later in the programme, regular panellist Kirsty Wilson explores the history of the thistle plant as well as its sig ..read more
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From the Archive: Ponds and Bogs
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Kathy Clugston navigates the murky waters of the GQT archives in search of some Pond and Bog related advice throughout the years. Water is the giver of plant life and nourisher of wildlife, but how do we ensure that we’re using it correctly? The GQT team have sorted through the archives in search for some questions and answers from the past. The programme's horticultural experts share their knowledge on what to do if your pond liner breaks, how to remove bird poo from the surface of your pond, and what sort of plants you could plant in bogs and ponds to increase biodiversity? We also listen ba ..read more
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Masham
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Is it possible to use too much manure? What can I do to protect my larger plants from being damaged by builders? What’s the panel’s favourite plant with a rude name? Kathy Clugston is in Masham, North Yorkshire for this week's programme along with a panel of horticultural experts, including garden designer Matthew Wilson, houseplant expert Anne Swithinbank, and curator of RHS Bridgewater Marcus Chilton-Jones. Later, Matthew Wilson pays a visit to Rudding Park's kitchen garden where he speaks to kitchen gardener Emma Pew and head chef Callum Bowmer about what benefits of growing fresh produce d ..read more
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Postbag: Ham House and Garden
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Could the panel share some gardening tips for wheelchair users? How do I start growing mulukhiyah in my garden? Which hedges could I grow that are resistant to ermine moths and offer privacy? Peter Gibbs is joined by his eager team of horticultural experts as they dig through the GQT inbox and answer your gardening queries. On the panel this week are landscape architect Bunny Guinness, head gardener of Horatio’s Garden Ashley Edwards and curator of RHS Wisley Matthew Pottage. This week they visit Ham House and Garden in Richmond where head gardener John Myers gives them a tour of their unique ..read more
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Chess Valley
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Is it better to propagate house plants in water or straight into soil? Is crop rotation necessary? What could I grow under my row of standard Bay Trees? Kathy Clugston is in Chess Valley, Hertfordshire for this week's programme, along with her panel of horticultural experts = proud plantsman Matt Biggs, grow your own guru Bob Flowerdew, and pest and disease expert Pippa Greenwood. Later, Juliet Sargeant transports us all the way to Zanzibar, East Africa, as she gives us a masterclass on the wide variety of spices the island has to offer and how you could potentially grow them in your own garde ..read more
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Postbag: Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
2M ago
How do you propagate and grow Bog Myrtle? What South African or exotic plants could we grow in our garden? What can I plant in the windiest part of my garden that can survive harsh conditions? Peter Gibbs and his team of gardening experts start the new year by exploring the serene and charming Sheffield Botanical Gardens, answering your horticultural queries from the GQT inbox. Peter’s joined by garden designer Juliet Sargeant, botanical expert James Wong and Curator of RHS Garden Bridgewater Marcus Chilton-Jones. Leading Peter and the panel around the gardens is Programme Manager Ian Turner ..read more
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Sarratt
Gardeners' Question Time
by BBC Radio 4
2M ago
When should I prune raspberry canes? How do I prep the lawn for winter?Why have my leeks turned pink inside? Kathy Clugston and her panel of gardening experts are in Sarratt, Hertfordshire for this week’s episode. Joining Kathy on the panel are plantsman Matt Biggs, grow your own guru Bob Flowerdew, and pest and disease expert Pippa Greenwood. And GQT regular Anne Swithinbank chats to Charles Dowding to find out his best tips and tricks for composting. Assistant Producer: Dulcie Whadcock Senior Producer: Dan Cocker Executive Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4 ..read more
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