Gardeners World Live 2009

by Pippa Greenwood

There is so much to see and do. I've been talking about growing vegetables on the 'Taste of Greenacre' stage-cum-garden, about everything from slug control to spacing sweetcorn plants...

Pippa Greenwood at Gardeners' World Live 2009I've been here for a few hours at the NEC, Birmingham at Gardeners' World Live, and the excitement is brewing. I'm having a great time because, unlike so many of the London and home counties-orientated shows, we're in the middle of the country. This means that one minute I'm talking to someone from Cornwall, the next minute to someone from Scotland - gardeners from all over the country.

There is so much to see and do. I've been talking about growing vegetables on the 'Taste of Greenacre' stage-cum-garden, about everything from slug control to spacing sweetcorn plants. It's lovely for me to be outside, chatting about my favourite vegetable varieties, and how to make 'Grown your Own' efforts succeed.

Then it's over to the 'Celebrity Theatre' stage, where Adam Pasco and I are talking about pests and diseases, using some seriously grim plant samples - some came from my own garden and travelled up here with me in the car. Adam claims the rest came from "a friend's garden", although I think they must come from his garden...

So, yes, it's a great mix of indoors and out, advice, chats, book signings, glorious gardens and of course the ‘RHS Floral Marquee’, which could all too easily empty my bank account. Lucky really that I'm being kept so busy!

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Gardeners' World Web User 11/06/2009 at 17:14

Hi! This is the second year I have grown raspberies. This year there looks to be a major crop, however, some of the leaves have orange specs. Does anyone know if these are dangerous to the fruit? I have been taking out the infected leaves but it still keeps coming back. Help someone? Angela

Gardeners' World Web User 11/06/2009 at 20:35

Rust fungi appear on the upper and lower leaf surface as orange-yellow spots. Several rust fungi commonly infect the leaves and canes, while only a few fungi are able to infect fruit. Rust fungi are fairly common, but do not typically affect the overall health of the plant. However, one fungus, commonly known as orange rust, is considered a serious threat to black raspberries. Red raspberries are immune. Orange rust is a systematic disease that survives winter in newly formed roots, causing new infections the following year.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/06/2009 at 21:39

My cousin and I went to Gardeners World Live yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lovely gardens and lots and lots of wonderful nurseries selling their plants. We were, however, disappointed to find that when we visited the Grow It exhibit there was a notice on the van saying that the day's allocation of seeds had been given out. It was only just after 1 o'clock! Surely the organisers must have known how popular this would be and made better provision. The advance sale of tickets alone would have been a clue.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/06/2009 at 15:00

My established camellia has flowered and the new leaves lookeda little yellow so I gave it a feed of sequestrant and the leaves seem to be going even more yellow. Has anyone any ideas as to why this has happened? Should I try a commercial camelia feed?

Gardeners' World Web User 13/06/2009 at 15:44

i have 4 healthy looking gooseberry bushes 2 are in containers 2 are in the ground but there is no sighn of any fruit they are 2 year old any suggestions as to what is the problem.

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