Posted: 26/03/2012 at 20:48
Thanks for your reply. Re trials - that's exactly what I meant, really; I know you don't have the wherewithal to run formal trials, but it would be good if there was a place on the site where members could make informal comparisons over results with the same seeds sown at the same time, or over different varieties grown in the same season, etc. Just making a bit of a feature of it, rather than leaving it to ad hoc possible threads on the forum. Giveaway seeds would be good place to start. I always found these ' viewer trials' one of the most interesting and enjoyable parts of the programme, but they don't seem to happen now.
Apart from the coverage from the shows, the programme often feels (to me) to be quite far removed from the general public, in terms of it being fronted by 'one man in his garden' with inserts from other presenters elsewhere, and with members of the viewing public not often in evidence. I would've thought that an interactive elements feeding back from the website and/or magazine to the programme would strengthen all areas and make them appear more cohesive. Programme, magazine and website feel like quite different entities at the moment. I've watched the show and bought the mag for many, many years, but my preference at the moment is for the website because it is interactive and provides content on demand in a way the other media forms never can.
Picking up on what another contributor's said elsewhere, I also think it'd be great if there was room to put together a guide somewhere to ideal germination conditions for some commonly-grown seeds; for those of us who like to try propagating many new things I think it'd be really helpful. Instructions are often vague, and trial and error is expensive!