David Maxwell and the experts visit gardens, talk to gardeners and offer topical advice
Worms, old wives tales and Frances Tophill
After a cold first week of May, David and his experts guests take calls from listeners on encouraging more worms in the garden, growing great blueberries and a beginners guide to figs. Also on the programme, David chats to Gardeners’ World presenter, Frances Tophill about her allotment and he catches up with Jimi Blake about the year ahead for his celebrated garden in Wicklow. And after a listener got in touch about rusty nails being good for pot plants, David asks about other garden related old wives tales.
Tulips, naked pumpkins and Sarah Raven
Gardeners’ Corner heads to Glenarm Castle for the annual Tulip Festival. Presenter David Maxwell takes in the display with Reg Maxwell and speaks to gardener Jordan McWhirter, who planted some of the six thousand bulbs. David also catches up with celebrity gardener Sarah Raven and asks her what follows the tulips in her East Sussex garden. Also in the programme, organic vegetable grower Klaus Laitenberger on naked pumpkins and David’s expert guests Claire Woods and Averil Milligan give a masterclass in cuttings.
Cherry blossom, saving water and Vanessa Feltz
In Japan they forecast the cherry blossom as it spreads across the country. This weekend, Gardeners’ Corner finds out how it’s looking where you are and the importance of protecting the blossom of fruiting trees at this time of year. Also on the programme, with no rain in the forecast, David chats to his guests, Claire McNally and Maurice Parkinson, about saving water in the garden, and while it’s normally David giving the gardening tips to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2, this week he turns the tables and asks her all about her garden. The panel will also be taking listeners' questions on the usual numbers or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making raised beds and slugs; the good, the bad and the ugly
David Maxwell finds out all about slugs; the good, the bad and the well….Should gardeners’ get rid of them all and what are the best methods to limit their damage without harming the environment? There will be advice from many familiar Gardeners’ Corner voices on how they deal with this problem pest. Also on the programme, making raised beds; what materials are needed? How deep should they be? What are the advantages? And Mr No Dig, Charles Dowding on why he’s removed the wooden sides from his beds. David will be joined by Ann Fitzsimons and Reg Maxwell who will take on listeners’ questions including how to care for Camellias. You can call on the usual numbers or email anytime email@example.com
Useful weeds, prairie planting and lots of ladybirds
Whether you are new to gardening or an old hand, weeding is part and parcel of the pastime. But maybe it’s time to give some of those weeds a second chance. This weekend on Gardeners’ Corner, David Maxwell hears from Amy Kelly on weeds she wouldn’t be without. He meets Lori Hartman who is planting ‘prairie style’ in her first garden in Broughshane to remind her of her native USA. Also on the programme, an update from Alan Power as he gets to know a new garden in county Kerry after many years at Stourhead in Wiltshire and David is joined by Cherry Townsend and Maurice Parkinson to answer listeners’ questions including, how to stop your tomatoes trusses falling before they ripen and getting out of the seed coat – should we give those new shoots a hand? The team will be taking live calls and texts on the usual numbers or you can email anytime firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife, Wildflowers and Wilting leaves
This weeks Gardeners' Corner phone-in offers advice on bringing wildlife into the garden over the Easter period & what to plant now the sun has come out. Presented by Helen Mark.