Posted: 01/04/2017 at 09:58
If Only? BBC could come up with a programme that every one liked, enjoyed, learned from they would never need make anything different. I made my tea whilst the spud planting and plant dividing was going on, something learned as a lad at Dad's side and can do in my sleep. Loved Barbados, could never grow those plants but nice to see. Nice to see Chis again although I remember the time he was looked at as a crank, why would we bother to save wild life it is a nuisance, kill it and we gardeners and farmers of the time nearly did. Those early programmes led us to the modern days of conservation at a time DDT was king.
I did hear Monty say something that made me sit up and take notice, we always put three potato's in a bag, canny NE lads, get more for your money! but he then said when the top grows out of the bag earth up???? No way, potato's grow on the Haum (the stem) so you earth up as the greenery grows, by the time it had got to the top of the bag the soil would be nearly up there with it, not quite but nearly. That was what I did learn as a lad and it worked each time I did it with lovely potato's, out of the garden washed into the pot fifteen minutes and a good buttering you need nothing else on your plate.
As I said last week to some of us it, as with most of the BBC effort is "eye candy" though admit to having learned the odd thing usually from Carol. The earth layering was not new it was how we propagated most hardwood plants at one time, now people throw them away and buy new. The audience figures are still up there so it must suit a lot of watchers, as to pleasing all the people last week someone said one of my favourite programmes, Countryfile was Disney land on a farm and nothing like the real thing?? I wonder what kind of fame they grew up on.