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Seed sowing.

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 22:03

I use a seeding device - a piece of folded cardboard (business card) and a pencil. Works fine for cucurbs down to artemesia.


Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 16:55

. As for TV presenters, there seems to be an idea that any women have to be presentable/good looking.....

You must have missed the comments regarding the men's styling. You don't think the men are expected to be photogenic as well?

Blue Onion wrote (see)
obelixx wrote (see)

.. As for TV presenters, there seems to be an idea that any women have to be presentable/good looking.....


I just had a chance to watch the first episode on the iPlayer last night.. OH MY GOODNESS.. I didn't even recognize Carol Kline, they had her so dolled up.  It wasn't until she started waving her hands all around I knew who it was.  Once they zoomed in, it was obvious of course, but glory.. she didn't look anything like herself.  She's a beautiful women in her own right.. especially when her hair is wet with rain and she has mud on her knees from getting down to show us some lovely tiny flower.  I hate the fact someone feel they needed to do her up like some sort of show poodle, and not leave anything about her that made her 'her'.  


Why do you think 'they' styled Carole and she didn't choose her own styling? Presenters have some autonomy, you know.


People do dress up, get a new hairdos, apply different make up for special occasions. This is arguably the first major event in 'the season', after all, possibly the premiere show event in horticulture. Why wouldn't a presenter go out to town for such an important and event in the calendar of their profession if they so wish?

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 15:00
punkdoc wrote (see)

We need suitable presenters ?

I agree with that *regardless of their sex*

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:55

Chelsea is an old boys club...The sponsors pay for air time, the designers expect gold medals and newcomers like Sue Beesley can't get a space because of the biggest nurseries who are on their 70th medals 

Obviously Chelsea needs to be the best of the best but it just strikes me as unfair  

I mean look at the trouble Tescos are in now after they put all the smaller shops and farmers out of business 

I'll get off my soapbox now 


Would you prefer it was only open to self-funded entrants? More women like that designer of the Islam garden who happens to have been funded by her rich father who's in charge of a £6.4bn property development and so can devote 24/7 to her hobby job? (I haven't read the other bios yet)

Sponsorship allows the show to be ambitious,have high standards yet remain egalitarian A high standard of growing, design, presentation, construction and other horticultural skills isn't up for negotiation.

A local fellow who my late dad knew, having worked in Newmachar 50 years isn't made of money, is down to earth and I 'm not sure would have been able to finance a stand got a gold.

If people can't get a space then it very well might be their application which is lacking. 

Old boys club? Horticulture is one of the few manual trades women take up in significant numbers. The big gardens I've visited are a pretty even male/female split.

Perhaps women aren't entering competitive horticulture in the same numbers as men?  I wouldn't know I'm not into the competitive scene.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 00:40

Is the coverage getting a bit flibbertigibbety or is my attention span too long?


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 03:51
Boater wrote (see)

Oh dear, did he at least guide people towards contacting their local BKA where they would hopefully get the correct advice and access to training etc. ?

Monty Don? 

From the transcript.

"As well as encouraging bees by planting I’ve gone one stage further.

I’ve got a simple beehive. It’s called a top bar hive and it’s really just an elementary box to encourage the bees in.

Now if I take the lid off here for a minute you’ll see what looks like a series of bars across the top. If you lift one off you can see it’s simply that, you rub beeswax on here and that attracts the bees in. There a little door down there through which they enter & they make their honeycombs attached to these bars so they hang down like that and in time they can fill a whole hive with a whole row of them and then if you want to you can simply lift them out & take the honey from it. 

But actually you don’t even need to do that, you can just regard it as a home, a living space for wild bees. Just set it up & leave it. 

And you can contact your local bee association and they will provide you with a swarm and you can learn how to beekeep and make honey. Either way you are going to do an awful lot to help the bee population. 

And the beauty of this is you don’t need an orchard to place it in, you don’t need to be in the countryside, this works just as well in a small suburban garden or even a roof garden as it does in the countryside. 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:54

When does the Chelsea Fringe footage start,  if the BBC are covering it? I love to see that as well.


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:38

Dr Ewan Campbell a research fellow in Varroa at University of Aberdeen is on Growth Matters, a community radio horticulture programme in aberdeen just now.

I was going to post that I would ask him about this but won't see him until the end of the month. I've emailed hastily typed up question to the show.

Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 01:41
Tim Burr wrote (see)


"Glyphosate is mainly used on crops such as corn and soybeans that are genetically modified to survive it."

So, who do you think is the company that manufacturers glyphosate and who is the company that has developed the genetically modified crops to survive it?  Bet you can't guess?


There's something about their CEO, Damien.

I wouldn't give any money to Bayer (IG Farben) either. 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 23:15

Pfft, they never showed the Dark Matter, (Howard Miller Design for the National Schools’ Observatory) properly. It's incredible that the presenter(s) didn't get it Episode 1.

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