Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:27
I don't see why one of the channels can't be BBC sport, and leave the gardening programmes alone. As an experienced gardener, I find Beechgrove a bit basic. (I still watch it.)When I was a newbie I used to watch Percy Thrower avidly.
When Carol Klein did her "plants for free" programmes some years ago, I am sure that a lot of people learnt how to do basic propagation. The whole series could be repeated. With new gardeners coming along all the time, and new methods of propagation with a scientific basis, then it could even be part of the schools science package.
There is also a place for aspirational gardens, paradise gardens here and abroad. I will never be able to achieve the jungle garden of Trebah, but I can fantasise on a cold winters night with a lottery ticket clutched in my grubby little hand.
Even through the winter months, surely the odd programme could be shown, say new introductions by the seed companies, new varieties of plants etc, while we are clutching sheaves of garden porn (glossy catalogues promising the earth), and salivating over new veggies and fruit for next year.
We can only dream......