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Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:31

I've now had my reply to my complaint to be BBC,. It sounds a lot like the one you had, frensclan. I'll try pasting it in here:

"Thanks for recently contacting the BBC. We aim to reply to complaints within 10 working days (around 2 weeks) and do for most of them but cannot for all. The time taken depends on the nature of the complaint, how many others we are dealing with and can also be affected by practical issues, such as whether a production team is available or away on location.

This is to let you know that we think it may take us longer but that we will respond as soon as we can. We would therefore ask you not to contact us further in the meantime. This is an automatic email sent from an account which is not monitored so you cannot reply to this address. If it does prove necessary however, please use our webform quoting any case number we provided.

We issue public responses to issues which have prompted large numbers of significant complaints on our website at www.bbc.co.uk/complaints along with full details of our complaints procedure and how we consider the issues raised in complaints.

In the meantime we’d like to thank you for contacting us with your concerns. We appreciate your patience in awaiting a response."

powdery mildew spots on courgette leaves

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 09:04

Mine usually get this eventually (although not yet this year). Once the plants are well established, it doesn't seem to do any harm. I just cut away the badly affected leaves and let the plant carry on. you could spray with some sort of fungicide if you feel the plant is vulnerable, but in my experience the courgettes are not afffected.

Slug Stoppa

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 19:42

If it's the stuff I think it is, you have to use an awful lot of it, as it needs to form a physical barrier right round the plant or plants, which slugs/snails can't or won't cross. Fine grit or gravel would do a similar job (although they're not cheap either). Or crushed eggshells, but you need a lot of that too - each egg ony yields about a teaspoon of crushed shell.

On the plus side, the Slug Stoppa is not unattractive around plants, looking a bit like pale grit. But one packet won't go very far.

Non chemical solution for blight?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 09:35

I don't think any of us want an argument, it's not that kind of forum, thank goodness. It's just not always clear what kind of solution someone's looking for when they say "organic" or "no chemicals".

The best solution, of course, would be for the bloomin' rain to stop for a few days, as constant dampness is the worst thing for blight. But not much hope of that at the moment.

Non chemical solution for blight?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 17:07

Washing up liquid is made of chemicals too. In fact, so are tomatoes.

Bordeaux mixture seems to be considered "organic" (although I don't think there'e anything organic about copper, which is a mineral) but it  is to be withdrawn from sale to the public soon - next year I think. I used it on my tomatoes at the first signs of blight (at least I think that's what it was) and it does seem to have stopped it progressing.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone has good results with the milk-and-water mixture, as that would be easy, and cheap, and legal.

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 12:29

Yesterday's "Woman's Hour" had a recipe for Mexican tacos that required various fresh herbs. I decided to try it, and was able to pick the required thyme, mint, tarragon and coriander all fresh from the garden. The tacos were absolutely delicious! Oh, and I even substituted our home-grown chard for the spinach in the recipe.

Coriander does tend to run to seed but you can save the seeds and use them as a spice, or sow some for next year.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 15:32

Well, for what it's worth I have now made an official complaint via the BBC website. The only alternative to this seems to be to enter into a debate with other Points of View Forum members, which is rather missing the point.

I ticked the box saying yes, I'd like a reply, so I will report back here if I get one.

 

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:31

I'll just add my voice to the general grumbling. Gardening, like sport, is topical and needs to be shown at the right time, either live or very close to filming. A topical garden show will deal with the things we want to know now, this week, and will relate to the actual weather we're experiencing this year. Watching old repeats would be as much use as watching last year's Wimbledon.

Cutting out the only gardening show we have for a whole month during the height of summer is totally unreasonable. They set aside whole evenings for darts matches (who ever watches darts?), and hours at a stretch for golf, tennis, and of course football. If these events overrun, they're sacred and everything else gets squeezed out for them.

If there is another reason, the BBC are hiding it. What Monty said was that it was sporting events that had pushed GW out of the schedule. I feel a stiffly-worded complaint to the BBC or Radio Time coming on ...

T & M OFFER FOR MAY

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 09:08

Yes, I also had the delayed e-mail apology, and that was over a week ago. They can't blame that on bad weather.

I am not convinced that bad weather would delay the production or dispatch of tiny plug plants, which are surely raised under glass. I know it's still a good deal (in theory) but if the plants are not going to arrive in time to be any use in the garden this season, it rather puts me off any future offers by T&M.

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 11:32

We've had lupins in our garden since we moved in almost 8 years ago, and they were probably there long before that. They are still flowering well and look strong and healthy, except when attacked by slugs, knocked over by gales and (the latest) visited by lupin aphids. I'm not aware that they have a short life.I cut the flowering heads back to a new shoot once they've gone to seed, to prolong the flowering period.

I think if they set seed, the new plants will always be purple-flowered, but I may be wrong about that.

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