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Don't forget Gardener's Question Time - Radio 4 at 2pm today!!!
Or you can 'listen again' here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp2f
I'm very interested to see how the 'new garden' develops. I'm a moderately experienced gardener, but now myself dealing with making a new garden, little by little over time, in what was mostly grass and conifers before. My feeling - looking at the previous comments - is that there is quite a lot of material out there, including on the GW website, for really 'new' people, and the GW programme does a pretty good job of balancing tips, more detailed things, and pure enjoyment.
Like some others, I wish it was longer, but that is telly life.
Long live the Nigel and monty show
I'm a total novice and really appreciated the piece on the largely ignored garden, and starting from scratch, as that's what I'm doing myself, so it gives me a chance to learn a little, and not to be overwhelmed by information, and then I can be in awe of the more mature gardens they show from more experienced gardeners, I loved the wildflower, and 'calendar' style garden this week! Beautiful!
I can see why experienced gardeners find it a little patronising, but I don't think there's reason to spoil it for new people like me, I find it rather belittling in all honesty especially to mock the beginners piece. I'm 21 and have a lifetime to learn, and shows like GW make it all the more accessible for me.
If 30 seconds of showing a man and dog's friend upsets you so much, maybe you could stop watching it, and while you're at it, assess your priorities.
I don't recall any gardener finding it patronising and fail to find anyone who has mocked the beginners piece. Have i missed something?
These GW and presenter threads always lead to a certain amount of aggro Edd
It's just the way it goes
You'll make a great gardener Sweet Pea, you have great enthusiasm and an obvious desire for knowledge.
I think most people on here will admit that you never stop learning, mistakes are just part of the learning curve, no different to any other part of life.
Dont think anyone is trying to be patronising its just this thread does polarise people, may be a bit too much and I am as guilty as anyone on that front.
I haven't read all the comments and haven't seen this week's episode yet (which is why I haven't read everything), but I have to say I posted a similar question to the OP on the 'moan' thread last week. I love GW and last week had just got into it when it finished (as someone else has said). I was watching it on Sunday whilst OH and our boys indulged in Top Gear, I find it most unfair that Jeremy Clarkson et al get an hour and GW only gets half an hour, there is so much more they could do. As for the dog, my 2 hounds follow me round the garden all the time and sit outside my veg patch waiting to get in, so I can totally relate to having MD's dog pottering about with him
Sweetpea Welcome Great to hear that gardening has you hooked
scroggin wrote (see)
Shame that people have to find negatives in everything, there will be a lot of young people with little garden knowledge that will find Carol's section very helpful. I dont understand the problem Nigel the dog either, many gardeners have dogs and its hardly the Monty and Nigel show.
Shame that people have to find negatives in everything, there will be a lot of young people with little garden knowledge that will find Carol's section very helpful.
I dont understand the problem Nigel the dog either, many gardeners have dogs and its hardly the Monty and Nigel show.
Well said. I have no problems watching Nigel. I really enjoy GW. I do agree that it's not long enough though. I think everyone will have differing views as we are all at different stages of our gardening lives/experience. It would be great if the BBC would consider a wider span of gardening programmes and then hopefully everyone will be happy.
I certainly hope that my posts have not been misunderstood as a criticism of new gardeners or as patronising anybody. I want the program to reach out to people who are new to gardening and would like Carols slot to be slightly longer. I am a little concerned that if it is to be helpful to people who want some advice on where to begin and what to do it would be helpful to start with the basics and cover such topics as tools, garden climate, soil improvement etc. Alan Titchmarsh did this really well in his series 'How to be a gardener' which I've watched more than once and would highly recommend. It would be great if the BBC repeated it. I'm merely concerned that there is a danger that Carol's slot will be entertaining but not as informative as it potentially could be.
David K - just read your comments about Clack's Farm - why is it covered in tarmac? I hope it has not turned into a supermarket. I have lovely photos taken on a visit to Clack's Farm many many years ago.
I've not visited since Arthur B emigrated to New Zealand, Forester, but I think it's probably part of a bye-pass of Ombersley.....deffo a road.
How sad David
Forester2 wrote (see)
How sad David
For sure! I read it in an article by Gay Search, not long after Arthur had died.
I really enjoyed the episode of GW, very pleasant enjoyable half hour of tv watching spent I like Monty and his presenting style and do wish it was on for longer. Will enjoy watching it throughout the season as well as Beechgrove. I'm not 27