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in The potting shed
Geoff H and AT only had 30 minutes too and managed to show us simple tricks. With this version of GW, many beginners wouldn't ever know that a light box or similar is needed to help seedlings grow straight and sturdy instead of leggy and bendy. They'd just assume it can't be done without greenhouses and cold frames and give up before they start.
When all the people who haven't yet seen it realise how much Beechgrove gets done in its 30 minutes and all without seeming pressured or stressed or rushed they'll see just how little we get each week in the current incarnation of GW and it's not all how tae - it's what, where, when and how and sometimes who plus which plants and materials do best.
Light boxes are used to reflect light backaround seedlings. You can get very fancy or do as GH did - simply cut a wall form a cardboard or wooden box to let light in, paint the interior white and.or line it with tin foil and bingo - a light box to keep your seedlings straight and short.
Off to line that spare shoebox with foil Obs. J.
The Beechgrove has a much more "amateur" feel about it, which isn't to denegrate the knowledge or professionalism of the presenters. GW is now a very slick production, almost like a Country House type of magazine brought to the screen.
The other main contrast is that Beechgrove is definitely non-organic.
I find Beechgrove gives me more practical help whereas GW just washes over me in a pleasant Friday night sort of way.
I definitely should have used a lightbox for my cosmos seedlings which shot away, grew very tall and bendy but with no true leaves and have now collapsed like a row of dying swans!
well i for one am very excited that beechgrove is ocmeing to standard tv..as never been able to watch it before.. so now i have 2 sessions a week of gardneing..
Now confirmed that the Sunday showing will be at 9.30 in the morning in England BBC2
Do we get to see a pic Sue?