The Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2016

In the Beechgrove Garden Jim is in the veggie plot still managing to crop late veg and it's also hedge cutting time of year and Jim sets about the conifer hedge and the pleached lime.


Carole is with Mieke Guijt and family in rural Aberdeenshire helping her once again to garden on a budget. This week Carole encourages Mieke to lift and divide plants from friend's gardens and in this case, the friends are Beechgrove.
Continuing the budget theme, Carole then visits Mari Reid in Ardersier, whose whole garden is full of money-saving ideas while still managing to be penny-pinching pretty.

On a blue sky autumn day, Jim and Carole were admiring the late flowering Hydrangea which
Carole thought looked like raspberry ripple ice-cream.
It is called Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’.Moving into the Vegetable plot there was lots of
lovely veg to admire there.The chard was looking good in different colors. The courgettes and marrows were also continuing to crop well.
The runner beans were still cropping like mad and bonus of different colour flowers.
Moving onto the tattie patch, Jim was keen to come to a conclusion with this year’s tatties and
the blight story. He has been growing some varieties that are said to be resistant to potato blight. Jim and Carole dug up the new blight resistant variety ‘Carolus’. The shaws did show symptoms of blight but there was a decent crop underneath and that’s of course what matters. That and the taste. Amongst the other crops, they looked at the beetroot. The leaves were looking a bit scabby probably because of the dry weather recently but there was a heavy crop in the ground. The carrots were also looking good with lots of healthy foliage. These were covered to keep off the carrot fly. There were different color varieties including – ‘Yellow Bunch’, ‘Sweet Candle’ and ‘Scarlet Horn’. We have been trying growing some carrot fly resistant varieties which in order to test the resistance, had not been covered. Unfortunately there weren’t rabbit resistant and the rabbits had eaten all the tops.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2016

Gardening Australia ep.20 2016

Tino shows how to control rainfall on sloped ground; Costa explores a collector's garden; Josh shares his personal horticultural journey and John visits a small, native, inner-city garden.


What a Tool!
Sophie shows us her favourite gardening tool
Wrangling the Rain
Tino explores a few simple techniques to control rainfall on sloping ground
Native Style
John visits a small inner-city home with a charming native garden and chats with the designer about the process
A Collector's GardenCosta meets a passionate plant grower on the NSW central coast and explores his garden that's overflowing with spectacular species
FAQs - Wisteria | Importing SeedsJane explains why not to grow wisteria from seed and Jerry gives advice on the subject of importing seed from overseas
My Garden Path - Josh Byrne
Josh shares the story and inspirations of his horticultural journey from childhood to environmental scientist and Gardening Australia presenter

Gardening Australia ep.20 2016
Gardening Australia ep.20 2016

The Beechgrove Garden ep.21 2016

Jim is thinking ahead and planting overwintering veg that will be ready to crop in the spring.
2016 is the 50th anniversary of Keep Scotland Beautiful. To mark that, Carole takes a look around Colourful Carnoustie, a relative newcomer to the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign.
George visits social enterprise group Seedbox in Ballogie near Aboyne. The group have asked Beechgrove to help them tame two huge and very old Yew trees.


On a muggy and sultry day weather-wise at the Beechgrove Garden Jim, Carole and Chris decided to have a look at the stumpery created by Chris in 2013.
The idea was to use tree stumps from the huge conifer hedge that was felled to create a feature in an otherwise difficult corner of the garden - shaded under the canopy overhung with lots of shrubs and trees and in which nothing much grew. 3 years on, the tree stumps were starting to rot down on either side of the central path. Planted with a range of ferns and other shade loving plants and bulbs, it is now looking verdant – lots of shades of green - it really works.
The added benefit of a stumpery apart from the low maintenance aspect is that it can be a wildlife haven.
They then moved on to a more recent Chris project - the Fungal Valley created earlier this year and designed to become a productive area for growing mushrooms. There were 2 different types of habitat here for mushrooms to flourish.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.21 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.21 2016

Holes were drilled into birch logs which were filled with dowels impregnated with fungi mycelium. Shiitake and oyster mushrooms were used. Bark was then spread on the ground for wine cap mushrooms to grow in this habitat. There was nothing much to see yet but Chris was optimistic for the future. Jim raised the point of maintenance. The Fungal Valley is in the shade from nearby trees. However it does need to be kept moist and humid to encourage suitable conditions. It especially needs to be irrigated in summer weather. There should be something to harvest in 18 months’ time.



Gardening Australia ep.19 2016

Tino visits a colourful garden, Sophie gets stuck into pruning, Costa visits an award winning garden, Angus profiles native groundcovers and we meet a botanical photographic artist.


Get the Lowdown
Angus profiles a number of hardy native plants that are perfect groundcovers
Rejuvenating Potting Mix
Josh shows how to put life back into potting mix
A Colourful Character
Tino visits a large garden northwest of Hobart that's designed to be bursting with colour and interest throughout the year
Just Prune It!
Sophie gets stuck into vigorous pruning of a number of shrubs in her garden
A Winning Garden
Costa explores a suburban garden overflowing with greenery that won a local council award for best native garden
A Problem Plant
Jerry explains why he won't grow blackberry nightshade
My Garden Path - Renata Buziak
Artist Renata Buziak shows us how she creates works of art from decaying plants
Gardening Australia ep.19 2016
Gardening Australia ep.19 2016

The Magic of Mushrooms - BBC

Professor Richard Fortey delves into the fascinating and normally-hidden kingdom of fungi. From their spectacular birth, through their secretive underground life to their final explosive death, Richard reveals a remarkable world that few of us understand or even realise exists - yet all life on Earth depends on it.


In a specially-built mushroom lab, with the help of mycologist Dr Patrick Hickey and some state-of-the-art technology, Richard brings to life the secret world of mushrooms as never seen before and reveals the spectacular abilities of fungi to break down waste and sustain new plant life, keeping our planet alive.
Beyond the lab, Richard travels across Britain and beyond to show us the biggest, fastest and most deadly organisms on the planet - all of them fungi. He reveals their almost magical powers that have world-changing potential - opening up new frontiers in science, medicine and technology.

The Magic of Mushrooms - BBC
The Magic of Mushrooms - BBC

Gardening Australia ep.18 2016

Sophie visits an organic apple farm; John explains what to look for in a plant pot; Costa meets Sydney University's community garden students; and Jerry explores a Queensland heathland.


Cuttings 101
Jane shows how to propagate cuttings
Growing Knowledge
Costa visits Sydney University's community garden and meets students who use the garden as their laboratory
Sulfur Cosmos
Jerry profiles a variety of cosmos
The Perfect Pot
John shows us what to look for when selecting the perfect pots for our plants
Working with Nature
Sophie visits a couple who are harnessing the services of nature to grow bounteous, delicious organic apples
FAQs - Feeding Natives | Pruning Wisteria | Staking Trees
Angus, Jane and Tino answer questions frequently asked by viewers
Wallum Heathland
Jerry explores an botanical wonderland within Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast that is close to his heart
The Garden Gang
Find out what to do in your garden this weekend from the Garden Gang


Gardening Australia ep.18 2016
Gardening Australia ep.18 2016


The Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2016

Jim, Carole and George begin a series of bulb plantings by naturalising some unusual bulbs in the new lawn.


  Chris, with advice from Jim and Carole, takes on an emotional job as the decision is made to cut down and replace the 15-year-old cryptomeria tree in Beechgrove.
Jim visits a special garden that he has been hoping to see for years, Portmore near Eddleston.
  It was a lovely sunny summer’s day with temperatures of 23°C even in the shade at Beechgrove this week. Jim, Carole and George were on the New Lawn in the Old Orchard, thinking about autumn –
specifically autumn lawn care.  It is time to feed grass now with an autumn lawn care fertilizer
which is low in nitrogen and high in potash and phosphates, which will help strong roots to
develop, and which in turn will produce heal thy leaves.
  Don't be tempted to use a spring fertilizer. These contain high levels of nitrogen, which encourages soft, sappy leaf growth that's vulnerable to disease and could be damaged by frost.
The fertilizer will have to be watered in if the sunny weather continues.  Otherwise the grass will
be burnt by the fertilizer. You can either spread the fertilizer by hand with ½ being spread horizontally and ½ being spread vertically across the lawn.  This ensures good coverage.  Or you could use a mechanized feeder which many garden centers will loan out to you if you buy the fertilizer from them
The Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2016


Gardening Australia ep.17 2016

Josh revists a Gardener of the Year; Tino conducts a strawberry experiment; Costa shows how to encourage worms; and Angus profiles native limes.


Gardener of the Year
Calling all passionate gardeners!
Native Citrus
Angus profiles different varieties of Australian native limes and explains how to grow them
Free-Range Worms
Costa shows a unique way of encouraging composting worms into the garden
Still Growing
Josh revisits Gardening Australia's 2007 Gardener of the Year to see how her garden and focus have developed over the years
Strawberry Experiment
Tino conducts an experiment to find out the best way to clean up strawberry plants to ensure a bumper crop
Liquorice Plant
Jerry profiles the fascinating Liquorice plant
My Garden Path - Phoebe Everill
We meet a furniture maker who's as passionate about her work as she is the trees used in her creations
Deadheading Cyclamen
Jane shows how to deadhead a cyclamen
Gardening Australia ep.17 2016
Gardening Australia ep.17 2016

The Beechgrove Garden ep.19 2016

A sparkling summer bedding display dazzles the eye this week in the Beechgrove Garden. More colour comes from Calla lilies and Black Eyed Susans in Carole's 6 x 8ft greenhouse, and it is tasting and testing time for Jim's tomatoes. Chris dons his waders and is planting in the pond.


On his second visit to Tillycoultry allotments Jim looks at the communal greenhouses on the site, and finds out about the tuition sessions which help the 'plotters' use a range of garden machinery.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.19 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.19 2016


The Beechgrove Garden ep.18 2016

Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw are on the road to Gairloch to find out what grows and possibly also what doesn't in wonderful Wester Ross.


Challenged to come to Gairloch by local resident, Helena Bowie, the Beechgrove team are ready to answer Helena's and the Gairloch community's gardening problems in a Beechgrove Gardener's question time event.
To set the scene for gardening conditions in the area Jim also visits the world renowned Inverewe gardens where the Gulf Stream is used to such advantage. Despite its northerly location it boasts a range of exotic plants from around the world right there in wild Wester Ross and is the epitome of gardening on the edge.
Carole also visits self-sufficient, vegetarian octogenarians, Chrissie Rennie and Bob Mapstone who garden in idyllic South Erradale.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.18 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.18 2016