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Beechgrove has started

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 10:24

For Scottish viewers, Beechgrove started again last night.

For everyone else, it's repeated nationwide on BBC2 on Sunday mornings.  Lovely practical gardening programme full of tips and ideas.   Here's what we have to look forward to in the first two programmes:-

Thursday 31st March, BBC2 Scotland, 7.30pm

Beechgrove is back despite winter storms, Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw and the Beechgrove garden are all in one piece, looking radishing and ready to grow. Scotland has suffered the wettest winter on record so Jim and the team wade in to find out how that affects growing conditions. 


And Chris really does wade in to Beechgrove’s newly re-vamped pond.

When Maggie Patience came to live near Aboyne she found winter days short on light and colour. Carole visited Maggie’s garden in early winter to experience the unique way she has added year round colour.

 

Thursday 7th April, BBC2 Scotland, 7.30pm

Jim, Carole and George are in the polytunnel planting asparagus. Beechgrove has not had the best success growing asparagus, but a new versatile variety and Beechgrove’s own compost might make all the difference. Meanwhile looking at colour in stems rather than blooms, George creates an inspirational winter interest border on a slope in Beechgrove.

Carole begins a new mini strand, Garden on a Budget. Meike and Jan Guijt and young family moved into their new home in Kennethmont just last year. Throughout the series, Carole will help new gardener, Meike mould a garden out of almost nothing.




 

Moles

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 22:02

I have caught live ones - tho not for some years now - and released them across the other side of the stream in the neighbouring paddock.   I bought two humane traps but they never worked.   Tried sonic deterrents and smelly things and they didn't work either.

Our terrier has caught and killed one or two but her digging them out makes even more mess than the ruddy mole.

When they get too much, I use a machine called a Détaupeur (google for a little video) but in the UK they're not available so best to get in a professional mole catcher.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 21:44

Cold, wet and windy here.  No gardening at all and not a lot likely tomorrow as OH are preparing for our week in the Vendée leaving Possum and Pusscat to play while we and the dogs are away.    Just need to make sure my treasures in pots are safe and will get rained on but not blasted by any high winds.

Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:32

We had the same problem when we started on our field.   Got a man with a  bulldozer to smooth the surface and scoop out a natural pond for drainage as it was boggy cow pasture before.   Then put up a fence and planted shrubs to make a windbreak and attract birds.   Put the rest to grass except for a terrace seating area at the back of the house.

Over the years we've dug out beds and planted more stuff and bulldozer man came back to build a railway sleeper retaining wall and scoop earth about to make a flat fruit and veg area behind the house.

You need to decide what you want - seating area, pond, woodland area, shrubbery, island beds, evergreens, fruits, veggies, pergolas, arbour etc, children's play space, doggy space, greenhouse, shed etc.   Work out how much time you want to spend outside enjoying the space and how much time you have to spare to maintain it all.   Will you buy in or grow from seeds and cuttings?  Does it have to be instant or can it develop as you and your ideas develop?

Try and draw it out on paper then start in one corner and work out, or back, or along as time and budget and plants allow..

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:20

Well, it is a bake off of sorts and they're supposed to be top professionals. but seemed a bit messy to me.   Shan't bother to watch it again.   I love trying different things and do at least one new recipe a week for our meals but some of the stuff on the real Bake Off is sufficiently Flights of Fancy for me and it's fun too.

Spent the morning wrestling with a wardrobe we've had stashed in the attic and trying to work out how to put it back together.  Need to find the keys now.  Then cleaning it and the rest of the house.  Re-made a bed - frame and bedding and about to put a dressing table back in and then glass of wine and dinner.   Tomorrow is 6 hours of patchwork class and then some messing with plants.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:09

That looks a lot like mine.  Thanks Perki.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 13:15

Sissinghurst white is good too.   I have an unknown variety with very silvery leaves and deep blue flowers.   Any ideas?   Not that it really matters as I like it anyway.

Recommend Dutch Hoe

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 09:17

I don't get on with a Dutch hoe but I do like my double balded push-me-pull-you hoe head in the Wolf range.    We have two of the 6" wide and one of the 4" so both of us can play and they attach to a range of available handle lengths so can be used kneeling for close work or standing for clearing a larger area or veg bed.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 09:13

Saw some of the bulls - impressive.  Can be dodgy garden neighbours though.  We had one enormous Belgian Blue next door one year who did not approve of us gardening and would stand and huff and puff and blow and give us the evil eye, paw the ground, squirt poo at us and all sorts.   The others have all been OK and one even liked to have his head rubbed.

Didn't take to the Crème de la Crème.  Some interesting flavour combos in round one but all too fiddled with for me and what chef in his right mind and with taste buds uses Golden Delicious?  So many tasty British apples and they go for French pap.

Glad you're better Wonky.   Happy gardening everyone.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 19:50

I am, of course, perfectly sane.  It's everyone else around me that isn't normal and thinks I'm mad.

OH's are never divine SGL.   Certainly not a good idea to give them more than faint praise in their hearing either as it goes to their head!

 

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