Tall Paul

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Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 20:17

Everyone seems to have gone quiet since Beechgrove started.  I'm thoroughly enjoying it although the cold weather is clearly having an impact on what they would like to show (still too cold for the tatties, aye!).

Do I detect an influence on GW already?  Monty's alpines in a pot seems much less grand than of late, something we could all do if we choose. The two programmes need to remain distinct but having them both easily available is great.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:47

Sorry to be a pedant but any Dad's Army fan will tell you it is Captain Mainwaring, pronounced Mannering.  Except by Corporal Captain Square, Mainwaring's arch rival, who pronounces it as written, to comic effect and Capt. Mainwaring's annoyance.  And it is Corporal Captain Square before anyone corrects me, he was a Corporal in WW1 but a Captain in the Home Guard so assumed the title Corporal Captain.  I'm a bit of a fan bordering on the obsessive as you may have realised.

I can't resist telling Verdun that he is a Stupid Boy for not knowing this!

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:36

I hate to mention it yet again but GW started to lose the plot (groan) when the great Geoff H passed away.  He had a diverse range of gardens at Barnsdale but with the focus on an urban back garden scale and always with budget in mind.  Monty's "pond" is about as big as my local swimming pool.  It's lovely, but irrelevant to my garden.  GH built one from a cut down plastic dustbin, I copied it, cost about £9.99.  I've now got frogs in the garden, and a very small scale bog garden surrounding it, looks great. I can enjoy GW like I would an upmarket garden magazine, lovely to look at but not really relevant to me.  Beechdale (along with the GH DVDs) is what I need to get me out in the mud and rain getting soil under my fingernails!

Non Support of Poor Companies

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 11:52

Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act codifies civil law but enforcement bodies can't bring prosecutions under it.  You can use it as a basis for an action in the Civil Courts but have to take that yourself.  You are quite right to quote it when you are in dispute with a trader but bringing an action is far from straightforward, for example an independent expert, acceptable to both parties, would have to be appointed to decide whether the goods were "fit for purpose".  That would be quite tricky unless it was done immediately as plants obviously change/deteriorate quickly.   

Non Support of Poor Companies

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 20:34
marshmello wrote (see)

No, where'd you get that info from....as from as I'm aware its still very much law. At no point in class did our tutor say that The Trade Descriptions Act no longer existed.

You are correct Marshmello, it still exists in small bits but the bulk of it has been superceded by CPRs, I didn't want to go into too much detail.

The wider point is that TDA and CPR are criminal legislation, the problems being highlighted here are civil law issues and are covered by the Regulations I mentioned. No one is going to prosecute T&M for selling tatty plants but we have rights as individuals under civil law.

This doesn't apply to Scotland for you Beechgrovers up there, can't help you with Scottish law I'm afraid.

Non Support of Poor Companies

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:59

The Trade Descriptions Act is now defunct.  It was replaced by the Consumer Protection (Misleading Marketing) Regulations, CPR for short. More Applicable to mail order (as others have stated) are the Distance Selling Regulations and Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act.

Always back up a telephone call in writing. The contents of a conversation can never be proven unless recorded and the differing recollections of each participant can lead to problems.

All companies make mistakes, the measure of a good one is how effectively it rectifies them.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:03

You would never get a garden as humble as the one in Rosyth on GW, yet that was much more informative and relevant to me than most of GW these days.  That's the Beechgrove difference!

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:45

It's partly about knowledege but for me also about time, space and money.

Clearly the GW presenters have more time and space (and possibly money) to devote to their gardening, also a far greater degree of knowledege and expertise.  The trick is for them to use all of this to inspire and inform the rest of us, which they do pretty well.

Like many people I dream of being able to retire before I am totally knackered, with sufficient money to be able to have a bigger garden. Perhaps then I will be an above average gardener by my own definition!


what decade is your garden?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 10:07

I've looked after my garden for nearly 23 years.  When we first came here I was heavily influenced by Geoff Hamilton, who was doing his Cottage Gardens type series at the time.  I built a sort of parterre section and planted cottage style borders.  Then the kids came along and everything was given over to grass for playing football, paddling pools etc.  Now they are teenagers and rarely venture out of their bedrooms, even more rarely into the garden!  I've reclaimed the garden and have the added bonus of a bit more spare cash these days.  My first investment was a greenhouse, which I couldn't afford in 1990, and I've spent a lot of time putting paths and other structure in.  I have put in some raised beds but otherwise was drawn back to GH and his inspirational series, which I bought on DVD.  I'm now completing the garden I set out to create 23 years ago, with one or two 2010's twists. The "parterre" is just receiving a rebuild (snow permitting). So I'm firmly stuck in the 90's and quite happy to be there!

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 09:56

The Beechgrove has a much more "amateur" feel about it, which isn't to denegrate the knowledge or professionalism of the presenters.  GW is now a very slick production, almost like a Country House type of magazine brought to the screen.

The other main contrast is that Beechgrove is definitely non-organic.

I find Beechgrove gives me more practical help whereas GW just washes over me in a pleasant Friday night sort of way.

I definitely should have used a lightbox for my cosmos seedlings which shot away, grew very tall and bendy but with no true leaves and have now collapsed like a row of dying swans!

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