David Maxwell and the experts visit gardens, talk to gardeners and offer topical advice
Clematis massacre, hedging hopefuls and online gardening?
High hedges might make good neighbours but what makes a good hedge? In this week’s programme, presenter David Maxwell, will be joined by experts Ann Fitzsimmons and Reg Maxwell to talk about the many benefits of a hedge, whether it’s for wildlife, sound proofing or even as a defence against flooding. Also on the programme, David speaks to Chris Cocks about clematis for every garden. Claire McNally describes some of her favourite lilies and Juliet Giles from Gardens Illustrated on the rise of online gardening courses – who are they for and can they replace getting your hands dirty? David and the team will also be tackling listeners’ questions which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Grow your own wedding flowers, living the ‘Good’ life and crunch time for two apple trees.
How possible is it to grow your own wedding flowers? David Maxwell and his guests help a listener who’s due to tie the knot in August. Also on the programme, 250 families in Derry and Strabane embark on a journey toward self-sustainability – so just how easy is it to live the ‘Good’ life? Klaus Laitenberger is on hand with advice on what to start now when it comes to organic veg and Amy Kelly has her top picks on long cropping plants including wild strawberries, perpetual spinach and hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes. David and his expert guests Cherry Townsend and Averil Milligan will also take on listeners questions including how to save an old apple tree and repair another damaged by wind. You can email the programme with questions at anytime on email@example.com or call live on the usual numbers.
Perennials from seed, Tyrone wildflowers and sensational snowdrops
How to fill your garden with costly plants for next to nothing, David Maxwell and his guests help a listener who wants to grow everything from seed. Also on the programme, David chats to Anthony McGuigan about the beauty of the Brantry brought to life in his book on south Tyrone wildflowers and he speaks to Robert Miller about one of Ireland's best snowdrop displays. And just who is having its way with a Wisteria in Omagh? David and his expert guests Ann Fitzsimons and Maurice Parkinson get to the root of the problem. You can email the programme with questions at anytime on firstname.lastname@example.org or call live on the usual numbers.
Show-off succulents, mossy lawns and shrubs for scent
How can you transform your trash with succulents, get rid of that spongey lawn and fill your garden with sweet scent in winter? Join David Maxwell and his guests for plenty of gardening chat. This week, Claire Woods and Neil Porteous join him to take listeners’ questions including finding the perfect fruit tree to remember a much loved pet and how do you replace a shed supporting a climber without the climber noticing? You can email the programme with questions at anytime on email@example.com or call live on the usual numbers.
Growing tea, revitalising your soil and gardening the mind
Join David Maxwell for another Gardeners’ Corner episode full of inspiration. This week - everyone loves a cuppa in the garden, but have you thought about growing your own teas? Whether your tipple is builders brew or fragrant herbs, Amy Kelly has some advice. One listener is pulling down an old garage and is wondering how he can bring soil buried under concrete for decades back to life. And what’s the evidence that gardening is really good for us? Psychiatrist Sue Stuart Smith chats to David about the relationship between our minds and the garden. Also on the programme, Cherry Townsend and Maurice Parkinson will be on hand to answer questions via the usual numbers or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee grounds, sweet pea and Matthew Wilson
In this week’s programme, presenter David Maxwell is joined by Averil Milligan and Reg Maxwell to answer listeners gardening questions including what to do with coffee grounds and ash in the garden, and the importance of knowing your soil’s pH. Also on the programme, as children are once again out of school due to lockdown, David finds something they can sow right now, and Matthew Wilson on where to start when you buy an established garden.