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Sue Higham

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Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 00:19
Am a great fan of Chris Beardshaw; I love his approach and gardening integrity, just as I love Monty's and Carol's. They're my Gardening Trinity ... head and shoulders above the rest!

I have long felt that Beechgrove has been in need of some new blood. Apart from the occasional eavesdrop, I haven't followed it seriously for years (despite living within 5 miles of Caroline Spray's Garden Centre) as I found it extremely annoying, as was the Potting Shed (their attempt at copying GQT).

If harnessing Chris is an attempt to survive going 'National' (and without someone of his calibre it would be a struggle) I wish them every success . I just hope he's allowed the input he deserves and doesn't end up feeling used and abused

I shall watch with interest

really need help

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 17:26
Hello Andyhux

Once you've decided what to do with your plot I'd strongly recommend checking out Freecycle.

Here is a link to your local branch

The basic idea of the organisation is to avoid unnecessary landfill. Nothing is bought or sold - it's all given or acquired totally free of charge and is an ideal way of giving all sorts of goods a second life. You'd be amazed what people offer - or are looking for. I'm a regular user and have had no trouble at all finding (or giving) second homes for so many garden items from cold frames, mini-greenhouses, plant pots, veg seedlings - spare herbaceous plants after division, spare bulbs, seats, slabs, pallets for compost bins - plastic compost bins - the list is almost endless!!

Shoestring gardening is SO rewarding - give it a shot!! Good luck

Pruning Braeburn apple

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 17:06
It would be well worth getting your hands on a copy of July's Gardeners' World where Monty Don covers this very subject - it will answer all your questions!

Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 16:58
I'd go with Mallow and Chaenomeles ...


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 09:48
PS ... thanks to Gary, as well!


Posted: 05/08/2012 at 17:36
Thanks, Lowenna ... that's very encouraging! We do have established (70-odd years old) privet hedges in other parts of the garden but are about to replace a 6' tall Lleylandii hedge which is dying (YAY!!!). We live just outside Edinburgh, so I suspect a new privet hedge may take a little longer than yours in Cornwall to give us back the privacy that the Lleylandii provided, but perhaps not! Only 16 months ago I planted a mixed hedge - hazel, guelder rose and sloe gin to reinforce an old hawthorn hedge and it has raced away ecstatically


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 16:51
Have been researching for planting a new privet hedge using the bare root system, using the recommended 3-5 plants per metre. If anyone out there has done the same I'd be grateful for info on how long it took for the plants to resemble a hedge! Thankyou ...

Identify bug?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 10:01
My Soldier Beetles have arrived!

Identify bug?

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:24
You're not being pedantic at all Joe - it's me who's lacking in knowledge! Enjoying being here and learning something new every day - in fact I posted on 'Talkback' to this effect!


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:09
Evidence of mice eating my green strawberries ... maybe I should leave some Rennies out for them, too!

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