Posted: 15/08/2012 at 06:55
Complaining about being shown how to make compost properly reveals a real lack of understanding of the principles involved - compost heaps have to be a minimum size in order for them to heat up properly and for decomposition to take place. If you don't have room for compost bins then don't make compost - but not to show how to make proper compost? How could it be a programme about gardening if you didn't understand that?
You may not want a box hedge around your veg plot but there are lots of little terraced houses near here that have neatly clipped box hedges in their frong gardens, and there's also a little terraced house where I've seen they are establishing a pleached beech hedge above their front garden wall to give their little plot more privacy. If you've an imagination you will look at the techniques shown on Gardener's World and alter and adapt them to create something new for your own garden.
It seems that some people are very literal - what they want is to be set a project, like homework, for them to complete.
Gardening is about learning about plants and techniques and using that knowledge to respond to the seasons and different climatic conditions and the environment you're living in to create something new of your own. It's a creative art. Monty Don et al give you the basic information and techniques - it's up to you what you do with it.
Complaints about gaudy flower beds is funny - if you've been around as long as I have you'll remember complaints about Gardeners' World flowerbeds copying Sissinghurst and others and planting up soft monochromatic colour-schemes.
And complaints about doing the same thing at the same time of year - words almost fail me! If you don't like the repetitive patterns in your life that being a gardener creates, then why are you even watching the programme - scenes like this are put in specifically to create that feeling of continuity that is so much a part of gardening.
As I said, the only problem is that the programme is not long enough so it doesn't offer the opportunity to cover topics in depth.
I find it hard to believe that you begrudge the showing of basic gardening techniques such as the planting of seeds etc, when from reading the queries on this forum there are so many people who know very little about gardening and yet want to grow things. If you're prepared to come on here and give a bit of time to share your knowledge and experience, why complain about the programme doing the same thing?