He has no formal training or qualifications and that leads him to make mistakes both in his own garden - which anyone can do - but also when giving advice on TV and that is a worry.
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It is his weakness but I think it's also a strength as far as presenting GW is concerned. His predecessor on the programme, who does have formal horticultural training (and likes to tell everyone about it at every opportunity), sometimes gave off an air of 'if you've not been properly trained you shouldn't attempt this', whereas MD comes across as 'what the hey give it a go - whats the worst that can happen?'. That's not terribly helpful if you're looking for information, but if your aim is to motivate novices to jump in and try, it's more accessible as a style of presenting.
They do try to balance enthusiastic amateur with people who actually know what they are talking about and I know there's a few on here that think they get that wrong. But I wouldn't criticise them for trying to have some amateurism in this type of programme. And he isn't ALWAYS wrong - quite often he is right, at least for a garden in central England on a flat site with clay soil and established hedges. Even Chris Beardshaw on Beechgrove, of whom I've not yet heard it said 'he doesn't know what he's talking about', gives advice now and then that I would dispute (taking cuttings from bearded iris, for example). And Adam Frost (dealing with bindweed). And if you're going to argue about MD's lapses into nonsensical hyperbole, Ms Klein is frequently even more ridiculous.
If MD's relaxed style and dopey dogs encourage more people to watch and maybe try growing a few runner beans or petunias, then that's a Good Thing generally, surely?
ETA I'm completely with you on the banana though Obs
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