Posted: 26/02/2014 at 11:28
In actual fact, GW is a lot less popular now than it was with Geoff Hamilton at the helm or Alan Titchmarsh. Monty may well be a very nice chap and have a lovely garden but GW has become just a quiet half hour of TV to relax with a glass of wine. Audiences have more than halved in recent years and are now down to just over 2 million.
Monty's garden is too idiosyncratic to serve as an essential guide to what to do in your garden that weekend or to show what most people in smaller gardens and with restricted time and budgets can achieve, copy, or interpret for their own garden and planting in the future. I still enjoy it but very little that he does is relevant to my garden which is large and very fertile but also very alkaline and exposed.
We definitely need a new programme aimed at beginners, smaller plots, time constraints and budgets for modern living.
As for people being unkind to new posters I think that's a pity. If a post seems suspicious, best to wait and see or ignore rather than go into public attack mode - unless it's the usual Grid troll who is easily recognisable or yet another weekend kitchen ad.