Beechgrove is on Thursday 16th May at 20.00pm on BBC2 Scotland and on Sunday 19th May on BBC2 network at 9:30am.
In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim is as usual growing tomatoes but this year he’s conducting a taste test after a viewer’s email from last year claiming that the variety Sun Gold was the best tasting tom. There will be 8 varieties grown to compare the taste of; Shirley, Alicante, Ruth’s Perfect and Sun Gold. Beefsteak varieties Giant Syrian and Black Russian and some cherry toms too. It will be a hard job but in the name of science, someone will have to taste the crop in a few weeks’ time. Carole is also starting a wee trial. In this case, bought in turf versus seeded grass. Carole tries to lawn an area that had previously been a planting bed with both side by side to compare.
Carole and Jim review the spring bedding display that they planted in autumn and hope that it has recovered from its time under the snow.
A common problem in our postbag is what to do with an area once you have felled trees and are left with all the roots and stumps? Carole and George begin to create a new grass and gravel garden that will wrap itself around and use/reuse the old tree roots and stumps as punctuation in a new stylish but cheap and cheerful garden.
Programme 7 - Handy Hints
Carole is at stage two with her standard fuchsia while Jim is in the greenhouse tackling the pesky red spider mite.