Gardeners' Question Time


by Pippa Greenwood

Well, here I sit in the backstage area of the main theatre at BBC Gardeners' World Live [...] Earlier we recorded the first of several mini Gardeners' Question Time programmes.


Pippa GreenwoodWell, here I sit in the backstage area of the main theatre at BBC Gardeners' World Live, taking a tiny break between shows. There's a real buzz in the air. Earlier we recorded the first of several mini Gardeners' Question Time programmes. It's always great coming to a show like this, but when I have the chance to record a GQT programme, that makes it even more special.

We had a classic set of questions, all of the 'favourites' problems: aphids, curly leaves, virus… As usual we didn't see the questions in advance. The questions are collected and sorted by our producer, and often our chairmain too, and the panel never knows what coming.  This time we had a problem, because the audience only had a few minutes to submit their questions, so it was all hands to the pump, with everyone handing out question sheets!

But once we were lined up in front of the audience, Eric, Matt, Anne and I all set to and started answering the questions. We managed to cram a good few in. Eric advocated the harsh treatment of an elderly pear tree, whilst Matt and I pleaded for mercy on its behalf.

After a session on the Grow Your Own Garden stand (which looked just stunning), we're all about to meet up again to record a second session. Who knows what we'll get. I expect there will be a wide range of questions - hopefully plenty about those things I adore like sap-suckers, leaf-cutters, and mildewed spots…

So, remember: if you're coming to the NEC you need to bring your grotty plant samples with you!



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Gardeners' World Web User 17/06/2010 at 16:48

My neighbour puts his grass cuttings between his potato plants to keep down weeds. Can someone tell me if this is a good idea as I am a bit cautious as I don't want to introduce any nasties to my veg patch even though my grass clippings are generally ok. Thanks

Gardeners' World Web User 18/06/2010 at 08:51

RED ROBIN> Have just come back from holiday to find my Photina Red Robin is severely wilted (looked perfectly healthy before going away - although had dropped a lot of leaves). Any suggestions what it could be and if I can do anything to help it recover?

Gardeners' World Web User 18/06/2010 at 13:47

I have grown Sweede's on my allotment for several years without problem but this year plants have all run to seed will they still form or should I pull them up?

Gardeners' World Web User 18/06/2010 at 19:13

I have a palm tree that has died on the top , there is nothing left, however, down one side of the trunk there are a lot of little shoots coming out does this mean the tree is going to survive or is that wishful thinking thankyou

Gardeners' World Web User 19/06/2010 at 15:06

can you tell me why my callicarpa does not have berries. It is 2years old and has had very small flower but they die off and we get no berries.Hope you can help.Thankyou Barbara Wiseman

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