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Dig It - Discussions on Gardening Topics

Informal and lively discussions on gardening.

Chris Day and Peter Brown from Buckingham Garden Centre talk about their gardening experiences, what to do in the garden, seasonal gardening advice and interviews with horticultural experts.
Latest Episode7/1/2022

July '22 in the Garden

Season 2, Ep. 9
Make sure you’re ready for July in the garden with Dig It’s round-up of garden news, events as well as a look at those essential tasks to be getting on with, with top advice from Peter Brown and Chris Day.What’s On4th - 9th July RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The world’s largest flower show.Wednesday 6th July at 4pm at Buckingham Garden Centre - FREE talk Tom Gadsby’s Garden Design Masterclass.16th - 17th July The Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show20th – 24th July RHS Tatton Park Flower ShowIn the NewsA national scheme to encourage homeowners to rent out their spare land is being organised by www.allotme.co.ukGoing abroad this summer? Learn about plant health and helping protect our biosecurity, including a great activity download for children at www.planthealthaction.orgEden Project’s Pollinator Pathmaker design websiteNigel Dunnett’s Tower of London ‘Superbloom’ project.The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Plant of the Year is Semponium 'Destiny' from Surreal SucculentsRosarian and top rose breeder Colin Dickson is awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee honours.This month’s Dig It Top Five: Our best-selling plant liquid fertilisers from Doff. Best seller is Liquid Seaweed, 2nd place Rose fertiliser; 3rd slot Tomato feed, 4th Ericaceous and Container and Basket Feed in 5th place. Available at the Garden Centre.On the traditional boxed / straight fertilisers top spot belongs to Blood, Fish & Bone, followed by Vitax Organic Rose feed, Vitax Q4, Bonemeal and Sulphate of Potash. Available at the Garden Centre and onlinePlants mentioned: Citrus plants, sow seeds of French and Runner beans, Peas, Brussels Sprouts ‘Evesham Special’ (open pollinated) or the F1 hybrid variety ‘Green Marble’ and winter brassicas. Lavender ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munstead’.Laurels showing symptoms of bacterial shothole and aphids attacking the growing tips.Take leaf cuttings from houseplants including Begonia rex, Streptocarpus and African Violets. Stem cuttings from Penstemon, Dianthus, Star Pelargoniums, Scented pelargoniums cola, lemon, 'Attar of Roses' and orange varieties. Hardwood cuttings of Salix (Willow).Products mentioned: Pizza oven, The Kindling Cracker, a clever wood kindling splitter device designed by a 13-year-old school girl from New Zealand.Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music
7/1/2022

July '22 in the Garden

Season 2, Ep. 9
Make sure you’re ready for July in the garden with Dig It’s round-up of garden news, events as well as a look at those essential tasks to be getting on with, with top advice from Peter Brown and Chris Day.What’s On4th - 9th July RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The world’s largest flower show.Wednesday 6th July at 4pm at Buckingham Garden Centre - FREE talk Tom Gadsby’s Garden Design Masterclass.16th - 17th July The Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show20th – 24th July RHS Tatton Park Flower ShowIn the NewsA national scheme to encourage homeowners to rent out their spare land is being organised by www.allotme.co.ukGoing abroad this summer? Learn about plant health and helping protect our biosecurity, including a great activity download for children at www.planthealthaction.orgEden Project’s Pollinator Pathmaker design websiteNigel Dunnett’s Tower of London ‘Superbloom’ project.The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Plant of the Year is Semponium 'Destiny' from Surreal SucculentsRosarian and top rose breeder Colin Dickson is awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee honours.This month’s Dig It Top Five: Our best-selling plant liquid fertilisers from Doff. Best seller is Liquid Seaweed, 2nd place Rose fertiliser; 3rd slot Tomato feed, 4th Ericaceous and Container and Basket Feed in 5th place. Available at the Garden Centre.On the traditional boxed / straight fertilisers top spot belongs to Blood, Fish & Bone, followed by Vitax Organic Rose feed, Vitax Q4, Bonemeal and Sulphate of Potash. Available at the Garden Centre and onlinePlants mentioned: Citrus plants, sow seeds of French and Runner beans, Peas, Brussels Sprouts ‘Evesham Special’ (open pollinated) or the F1 hybrid variety ‘Green Marble’ and winter brassicas. Lavender ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munstead’.Laurels showing symptoms of bacterial shothole and aphids attacking the growing tips.Take leaf cuttings from houseplants including Begonia rex, Streptocarpus and African Violets. Stem cuttings from Penstemon, Dianthus, Star Pelargoniums, Scented pelargoniums cola, lemon, 'Attar of Roses' and orange varieties. Hardwood cuttings of Salix (Willow).Products mentioned: Pizza oven, The Kindling Cracker, a clever wood kindling splitter device designed by a 13-year-old school girl from New Zealand.Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music
6/15/2022

The Queen of Herbs - Jekka McVicar

Season 2, Ep. 8
The Queen of Herbs – Jekka McVicarJekka McVicar talks with Dig It’s Peter Brown and Chris Day about the popularity in growing herbs, tips on growing them, plus a fascinating insight into her RHS show work Jekka shares her passion for growing and propagating herbs, organic growing, meeting the Queen and Jekka spills the beans on her exciting new herb garden project which opens next year.Plant mentions: Numerous Basils including Basil ‘Red Rubin’ for infusing to create pink gin, Coriander, Convallaria (Lily of the Valley), Cress, Digitalis (Foxglove, medicinal herb), Dill, French Tarragon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Laurus nobilis (bay leaves), Mints including Peppermint and Spearmint, Murraya koenigii (Curry tree), Nasturtium, Oregano, Red Amaranth, Rosemary, Salvia lavandulifolia (lavender-leaved sage), Szechuan (Sichuan) Pepper, Turmeric, Thymes, including Jekka’s Purple Haze, Tomatoes, Wild Rocket and Winter savory.A range of herb plants are available at the Garden Centre and onlineKew Gardens research into herbsProduct mentions: Jekka’s Mr Fothergill’s herb seeds, Maxicrop Seaweed Extract, available at the Garden Centre (feed on Friday).Medicinal herbs resources: Medical herbalist Anne McIntyre and herbal practitioner Simon Mills.Borage the gnome news storyJekka’s Books see website, plus available at the Garden Centre, A Little Book of Herbs. An A-Z.Peat-free compost, Jekka has her own formula based on coir. If potting herbs always use a Peat-free ‘Potting’ compost rather than a multi-purpose mix.2009 RHS Lawrence Award, for best floral display. The Medal was special as it was the first for herbs and a first for organics.Notable luminaries: Garden designer and writer Noel Kingsbury, RHS show organiser Mavis Sweetingham, horticultural legend Beth Chatto, national treasure Delia Smith, top TV chef Jamie Oliver, top fish chef Nathan Outlaw.Jekka’s Desert Island plant: The entire Lamiaceae family of flowering plants commonly known as the mint or deadnettle or sage family and includes culinary herbs like Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Marjoram, Oregano, Hyssop, Thyme, Lavender, and Perilla.To find out more about Jekka’s story, the specialist herb farm containing over 400 culinary and medicinal herbs from all around the world and online shop.Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for supplying the music.
6/1/2022

June '22 in the Garden

Season 2, Ep. 7
As we garden into June, so the priorities of tasks change with maintenance, planting and sowing still important along with tasks to keep our gardens moving onwards and upwards, including wildlife ponds, pondwater coverage tips, tomato growing and some essential pruning. After a busy May, Dig It hosts Peter Brown and Chris Day look at some of the topical news stories, happenings at the garden centre and around the UK.What’s on this monthWednesday 1st June – 31st August The Bugs Matter Survey.Wednesday 8th June at 4pm FREE Masterclass talk A Guide to Growing Roses.Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th June BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham.Sunday 19th June Father’s Day.Thursday 23rd - 26th Sunday June: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show in Harrogate, Yorkshire.Friday 24th - Sunday 26th June: Blenheim Palace Flower show at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.To locate the ancient trees and woodland site visit The Queen’s Green CanopyDig It Top Five: Our best-selling packet flower seeds so far this year, starting at the top slot is Sunflower ‘Single Giant’, Sweet Pea ‘Incense Mixed’ in 2nd place; another Sunflower ‘Titan’ in 3rd, Sweet Pea ‘Old Spice’ Sweet Pea ‘Galaxy’ taking 4th and 5th places respectively.Products and plants mentioned Roses, including ‘Platinum Jubilee’ (limited availability at the Garden Centre) and ‘Dame Deborah James’ (Harkness Roses) in aid of BowelBabe, launched at Chelsea.All about the Chelsea Gardens and Malvern Garden Buildings Planet Studio wins Gold. The Peter Seabrook garden featured plants from his garden together with a new Sweet Pea named after him.Wolf Garten Tools celebrate 100 years this year! We love their practical multichange tool range, innovative and space saving in our sheds. Dutch and Draw hoes.Sowing flowering biennial flowers for next year including Canterbury bells, Polyanthus, Primroses, Sweet William and Wallflowers. Vegetables to sow include Cabbage, French beans, Radish, Spring Onions, Lettuce, Cabbages and Kales for later in the season.Fibre pots, if you are wanting to ditch the plastic, The Drop-in Pop In instant planters are available at the Garden Centre but they sell out fast!Pygmy and dwarf growing water lilies are preferred where space is limited.Time to relax and enjoy our gardens – Weber BBQ, Pizza ovens, Chiminea and Fire Bowls, solar lighting and chill on some comfy garden furniture.Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.
5/15/2022

How to be a Better Wildlife Gardener

Season 2, Ep. 6
How to be a better wildlife gardenerIn this podcast Peter Brown and Chris Day chat with gardening expert and nature lover Martin Fish. Topics covered include invaluable advice on developing a wildlife friendly garden, lawn meadows, managing wildlife and how best to achieve the right balance of potential pests and wildlife, his thoughts, and observations on the new trends in re-wilding and his take on ‘No Mow May’. We also discover how Martin started in horticulture, his nursery growing days and career moves into TV, local radio, writing and judging at major flower shows. Martin shares his love and passion for gardening and gives his views on the right mix of plants, habitats and the key considerations you should follow to help achieve a good wildlife balance in the garden.Plants mentionedClematis macropetala ‘Stolwijk Gold’ (and Goldfinches).Wildlife lawn plants for pollinators including Daisies, Buttercups, Primroses (in verges) and Clover.Children plants; English Marigolds (Calendula), Cosmos, Sunflowers, Strawberries and fruiting plants.Butterflies and Moths plants: Verbena bonariensis, Night-scented stocks, Nicotiana (Tobacco plant) and clumps of perennial stinging nettles.Range of plants that provide year-round wildlife interest include Crocus, Hellebores, Snowdrops, blossom on Apples, Pears, Plums, hardy annuals, single flowered Dahlias, Foxgloves and hardy groundcover Geraniums.Products mentionedCompost bin, lawn rake, strimmer and rotary mower. Pre-formed liner, butyl liner or even a large washing bowl buried to the rim will draw the wildlife in. Bird feeds, drinkers and nesting boxes. Hedgehog houses and feeds. Swan food. If you have to control pests and diseases, opt for organic plant-based insecticides and fungicides and use them sparingly.Animals mentionedRobins, Goldfinches. Blackbirds, Greenfinches, Blue Tits, Sparrow, House Martins, Swifts, Yellow Hammers. Hedgehogs, Rabbits, Butterflies, Bees, Frogs, Newts, Damselflies and Lacewings.Useful websites: Re-wilding and No Mow MayRHS Plant for pollinators pdfThe Wildlife TrustRSPBRHS WildlifeMartin’s cast away plant and tool: Apple tree and the variety ‘Sunset’, plus a pair of trusted secateurs to maintain the tree!Martin Fish website Martin’s Pots and Trowels YouTube Channel Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.
5/1/2022

May '22 in the Garden

Season 2, Ep. 5
Dig It hosts Peter Brown and Chris Day tackle the merry month of May with a look at some of the topical national horticultural news stories, including the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, plus there’s gardening tasks galore to be getting on with as well as developing your flower gardens.What’s on this monthNo Mow MayWednesday 11th at 4pm and Saturday 14th May at 3pm FREE Masterclass Growing Perfect Perennials.Thursday 12th May World Topiary Day. Share your creations at hashtag #WorldTopiaryDay. Blenheim MazeFriday 20th May World Bee Day. The purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development.RHS Chelsea Flower Show 24-28th May. Look out for Malvern Garden Buildings Plant Studio display at the show as well as Jamie Butterworth’s ‘The Place2Be - Securing Tomorrow’ Garden which offers a safe space where children and adults can take time to relax and talk – a garden that helps facilitate and stimulate conversation, plus a wide palette of plants including hedgerow plantings and native plants. Dig It Top Five: Our best-selling packet vegetable seeds so far this year is Carrot ‘Autumn King 2’, Beetroot ‘Boltardy’ in second place; Tomato ‘Gardeners’ Delight’ in third, Chard ‘Bright Lights’ in fourth and another Carrot this time ‘Nantes 5’ in fifth place.Products and plants mentionedWe are loving the new All Ways range of sprayers from Defenders which can be used upside down and sideways, delivering continuous water flow without leaks and spills. Available at the Garden Centre.New high street ‘garden shops’ are opening including Dobbies (dubbed ‘Little Dobbies’, including two in London) and a rare houseplant shop in Northampton called Not Another Jungle. Visit @NotAnotherJungle on Instagram for more details.New research into best combinations of hedges is underway at the RHS. Different types of hedging options including the edible hedge and soft hue collection can be found on our hedging website. Lawn feeds such as Miracle-Gro Evergreen Water Soluble Lawn Food.Ready planted ‘Pop-in’ (drop in) Kinder planters for baskets and containers available at the Garden Centre.Sow tender vegetables including Runner (varieties Enorma and Red Rum), French beans, Sweet Corn, Courgette, Cucumbers and Marrows. Use cut-back 2-litre plastic bottle as a small cloche.Chris’s trial of compost includes peat-based compost Jack’s Magic, Homebase Peat-free, New Horizon Peat-free and Aldi Peat-free. Always sieve to make more workable for pricking out and potting.Bulb feeding opt for Tomato food, Phostrogen or granular Blood, Fish and Bone.Plant support systems including bamboo canes, hazel sticks and the Poppy Forge range.Verbena ‘Showboat’ in red, white and blue colours for our vertical living wall.Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.
4/15/2022

Cottage Garden Perennials with Rosy Hardy

Season 2, Ep. 4
From peeking over hedgerows to see flowers from a different viewpoint and scrumping apples on a horse, leading nursery expert Rosemary Hardy’s love of plants and gardening blossomed from a very young age. Rosemary chats to Peter Brown and Chris Day about the development of the nursery from a walled garden just down the road to their current beautifully nurtured 13-acre Hampshire Nursery in Freefolk.Painting with plants is Rosemary’s mantra and we find out about the fascinating perennial flower scene as well discovering the philosophy of right plants, right place. Rosemary shares her wealth of plant knowledge and tells us about when things don’t quite go to plan at the flower shows.We learn about the best size of plants to plant in the garden, tips to get your cottage garden plants established and find out more about the process of creating those Gold winning displays at the famous Royal Horticultural Society’s shows.First time gardener perennials: Go for strong plants such as Alchemilla, Centranthus, Coreopsis, hardy Geranium, Geum, Lamium, Leucanthemum, Nepeta such as ‘Six Hills Giant’, Persicaria and Rudbeckia.Light shade perennials include Aquilegia, Bergenia, Veronica and Veronicastrum.Perennials with roses: Asters (Michealmas daisies), Astrantia, Gaura (now called Oenothera) and Campanula, especially the carpeting types.Best plants to get young gardeners going: Sweet peas (watching the tendrils twine, quick growing and wonderful scent), consider fast growing annual seeds like Cornflowers and Nasturtium, members of the daisy family and for growing involvement Geum rivale, which is easily propagated.You Tube video most asked question – Will this grow in a pot!Rosemary’s favourites include Cirsium, Oenothera lindheimeri Rosyjane (PBR), Anemone ‘Frilly Knickers’, Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ (PBR) and Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ (Macgeu001’PBR)Desert Island plant: Fagus sylvatica, a beautiful native green beech which changes beautifully through the seasons.Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Priory Lane, Freefolk, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7FA Tel: 01256 896533.Website: https://www.hardysplants.co.ukRosemary Hardy Gardening YouTube ChannelHardy’s show dates and eventsWe stock a wide range of herbaceous perennials at the Garden Centre and through our websiteOur thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.
4/1/2022

April '22 in the Garden

Season 2, Ep. 3
April is a busy month in the garden and after a relatively mild and dry March there’s plenty to be getting on with. Dig It hosts Peter Brown and Chris Day look at some of the topical news stories including the new listings of poisonous plants (potentially toxic to humans and our pets) from the HTA, the peat-free debate continues, the seaside town of Morecambe receives a 12-acre wildflower meadow as part of The Eden Project’s National Wildflower Centre, plus events and those essential gardening tasks to be getting on with.What’s on this month4 - 10th April Community Garden Week 2022 celebrates the amazing community and school gardens across the UK.Wednesday 13th at 4pm and Saturday 16th April, 3pm FREE Masterclass Creative Pots and Hanging Baskets.Easter Weekend Good Friday 15th – Easter Monday 18th April. Please note the Garden Centre is closed on Easter Sunday.Saturday 23rd April Celebrate National Asparagus DayRoyal Horticultural Society Flower Shows 2022 begins with the Malvern Spring Festival 5-8th May.Dig It Top Five: Summer Bulbs At number one Agapanthus Blue followed by single colours of Cascading Begonias – Yellow (2), Red (3), Orange (4) and Pink (5).Products and plants mentioned Asparagus pre-pack in varieties available at the Garden Centre.Weber BBQsHorticultural fleece and make sure you have garden ties, twine, and raffia to keep climbers tidy.Rhododendron ponticum and the lime tolerant form Rhododendron Inkarho.Slug control products – including copper tape and Slug Gone and don’t forget to ask the for used coffee grounds from the Restaurant.Dalefoot Wool Compost, Westland New Horizon Peat-Free and Homebase Peat Free multi-Purpose Compost trial.Feeding outdoor plants Growmore, Blood, Fish and Bone and Vitax Q4. Available online and in-store.Lawn Fertiliser Evergreen Complete 4-in-1 Lawn Fertiliser. Don’t forget our Dig It podcast from last month with lawn expert David Hedges-Gower for more information.Seeds to sow Aubergines, Beans (French and Runners), Peppers, Sweetcorn and Tomatoes. Padron Chilli Pepper - Pimento De Padron from Seeds of Italy.Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.