London (change)
Today 13°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 7°C

frensclan


Latest posts by frensclan

41 to 47 of 47

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:36

I have always grown sweet peas but am in a new garden (well was a bit of a field last year which we are slowly bringing back to cultivation) which is on heavy clay and floods at the first sign of rain of which we have had a lot up here in Carlisle. Still I have 3 lots of sweet peas on the go. One batch sown in pots and planted out about 5 weeks ago another straight into the ground which looked so unwilling to go that I planted climbing beans in between them and a few spares I put in an old plastic box. All seem to be going well and in fact the ones sown straight into the ground soon caught up with and overtook the earlier pot ones and are now flowering in amongst some reluctant bean plants. I had my first vase of flowers yesterday. I use feed made from either comfrey or dandilions whichever is growing at the time. Both seem to really get things going. So far the waterlogged soil does not seem to have harmed the plants although I have notices that a lot of the flower stems are a little shorter this year.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:31

Just read the above response from the BBC wbehich I did have first as an automatic message but this is the unsatisfactory reply I finally got from them:
Dear ...... 

Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘Gardeners’ World’ on BBC Two.

I understand you’re unhappy the programme won’t be broadcast during the month of July.

‘Gardeners’ World’ is incredibly important to BBC Two and we’re aware that it has a very loyal audience.  However we have to balance that with the channel’s many other commitments including sport.

The transmission of sporting events is dependent on their dates and every year we juggle the schedule to accommodate Wimbledon, Athletics (including the Olympics) and The Open golf which are contractual sports.  This sometimes means that ‘Gardeners’ World’ takes a break but it isn’t the only programme affected and it’s necessary to move all types of programming around in the schedule.

Monty Don did advise viewers at the end of the episode on 22 June that the programme would be taking a break but would return in a month’s time.

I’d like to assure you I've registered your complaint on our audience log.  This is an internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily and is available for viewing by all our staff.  This includes all programme makers and channel controllers, along with our senior management.  It ensures that your points, along with all other comments we receive, are considered across the BBC.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints

Has anyone else had this self same reply??? consoled myself today by buying a couple of gardeneing books to curl up with in this continual rain as there is little chance of getting out at all this week.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:04

I have jusr had a really unsatisfactory reply from the BBC basically "tough" in so many other words. they had the nerve to imply I should have been grateful that Monty at least gave us a "heads up" that it would be off the air for a month. Aparently the BBC have to balance the needs of a terribly "loyal" GW audience with the need to transmit sport et. al. and "sometimes" I quote have to take GW off to balance the needs of other viewers. What about the endless repeats and reruns, not to mention the repeat of many programmes later in the week or at the weekend. i don't really think the BBC are bothered and to take GW off the i player is just typical. so glad I have my old tapes to watch to keep me going for the forseeable!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:01

Been raining here , it seems like forever. Our garden ( on heavy clay) has been a pond more times than I like to think this year. We are turning it into a raised bed, decking and wildlife pond haven as I type. Rain today again and more of the same for the rest of the week according to the forecast. We have had so little sunshine or warmth that all  my vegies are struggling to get going at all. I know I add the extra 4 weeks onto Gardeners world times but so far even my parsnips are only about 4" high . Much less flower on things like peas also and as for beetroot and carrot struggling there too. Still perhaps I shall have high hopes for the rest of the month of July!!!!!

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 16:47

country file manages to be on every sunday; which I enjoy but they often have programmes that seem made up of clips from old ones! So why is it never off because of other programme priorities? Is it that porgrammes traditionally shown on a sunday are less likely to be disrupted? or perhaps there is a stronger lobby for it in the BBC If so lets have Gardeners World moved to a sunday please. I noted in an earlier comment that Monty is away filming for another series but really how did they manage when he was ill. His co presenters performed heroically so surely they could hold the fort for a few weeks? I say move it to a sunday and lets have it as a weelky programme throughout the year please BBC

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 21:15

I have been following this thread for a day or two now. I have had one of those unsatisfactory generic replies from the BBC to my complaint and although have left my comments on the Points of View web site find gardeners are getting a bit of a rough ride there on this topic. Again not impressed with alans latest offering and like other viewers switched off after a while as it was just like Ground Force . thanks for the HC  details above , any port in a storm so I will record this to watch. some years ago when I lived in Wales and could not get GW my daughter in law recorded a couple of years worth of programmes on old fashioned "tapes" and gues what. I have dug them out and will be watching these in the interim till GW returns

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 10:50

I've also made on officical complaint to the BBC with little hope of an outcome. Bad enough we had the time cut from 1 hour! I would have thought there are enough interested gardeners to warrant a programme weekly throughout the year. I will try the points of view web site as suggested above also.

41 to 47 of 47

Discussions started by frensclan

December offers online

Web details not working 
Replies: 10    Views: 1141
Last Post: 21/05/2013 at 12:13

Garlic in modules

To water or not when planting 
Replies: 2    Views: 489
Last Post: 08/11/2012 at 20:23

Free guide for native pond and bog garden plants

How to avoid introducing invasive plants to the countryside 
Replies: 1    Views: 611
Last Post: 28/08/2012 at 20:53

Climbers for wet areas

Looking for a cliber but my ground is boggy to permanently damp  
Replies: 3    Views: 492
Last Post: 25/08/2012 at 15:10

annoying drop downs / popups

difficulty is beating the dropdowns when trying to navigate the site 
Replies: 1    Views: 496
Last Post: 21/07/2012 at 10:31

The Edible Garden

My book of the year 
Replies: 12    Views: 559
Last Post: 20/07/2012 at 00:25

Drowning fruit tree

Autumn planted fruit trees stem deep in water  
Replies: 5    Views: 773
Last Post: 11/07/2012 at 13:27
7 threads returned