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What’s in it:

  • sweet potatoes peppers pepinos
  • Fruit orchard trellis espalier cordon apples
  • autumn colours
  • frost

What’s in it:

  • Community Garden - Rothesay, Isle of Bute

What’s in it:

  • Fungus - the good and the bad
  • Potting on rooted cuttings
  • Problem Corner - Newton Primary School, Dunblane - sensory garden
  • Trials update - Hollyhocks, Snap Dragons, mini daffodils/narcissus, Sweet Willim (Dianthus)
  • Through the Garden Gate - Brian and Dot McPherson
  • Conservatory update - potting on Begonias

What’s in it:

  • Chocolate Border
  • Cucumbers and Bush Tomatoes - trial results
  • Problem Corner - Lindsay and Anne Duncan, Aberdeenshire - Herbs in fish boxes
  • Tulip Bulb trials
  • Through the Garden Gate - Berwick in Bloom
  • Extending the growing season - planting in polytunnels




What’s in it:

  • Community Garden - Cumbernauld

What’s in it:

  • Trials update - herbaceous (Helenium, Echinacea, Euphorbia), Godetia, Antirrhinum

  • Growing potatoes for winter, Christmas Tatties
  • Problem Corner - Slopes
  • Pelargoniums
  • Through the Garden Gate - Floral Hall, Inverness
  • Silver Garden, new plants




What’s in it:

  • Vegetable update - Peas and Beans, Onions, onion fly, Carrots
  • Container Vegetables - harvesting potatoes, pickled beetroot
  • Problem Corner - Doroty and Merv Lyons, Carnoustie
  • Vines - basic care
  • Basil Pesto
  • Through the Garden Gate - Pat and David Onion, Allium Cottage, Perthshire
  • National Allotment Week
  • Cucumbers

What’s in it:

  • Vegetable update - Peas and Beans, Onions, onion fly, Carrots
  • Container Vegetables - harvesting potatoes, pickled beetroot
  • Problem Corner - Doroty and Merv Lyons, Carnoustie
  • Vines - basic care
  • Basil Pesto
  • Through the Garden Gate - Pat and David Onion, Allium Cottage, Perthshire
  • National Allotment Week
  • Cucumbers

What’s in it:

  • Bog Garden
  • Cuttings of half- hardy perennials
  • Numpty Corner
  • Pruning hedges
  • Portuguese laurels and topiary
  • Carmunnock through the garden gate
  • Blackcurrants and sweet william
  • Live head flowers




What’s in it:

  • Trial of Antirrhinums (Snap Dragons)
  • Thinning apple trees, Apple scab
  • Problem Corner: damp and boggy conditions
  • Tomato heaven and cucumbers
  • Through the garden gate: New Lanark roof garden
  • Chocolate border

What’s in it:

  • Dry River Bed

  • Vegetable update - climbing beans, climbing courgettes, brassicas, potatoes, potato blight
  • Problem Corner - Mr and Mrs Hoper, Drumossie
  • Roses - summer care
  • Bugs and Beasties - pest control - biological and chemical - of aphids, scale, whitefly, red spider mite, slugs, earwigs and ants
  • Through the Garden Gate - Mrs Mackenzie, Easter Meikle Fardle
  • Hint - pruning brambles
  • Strawberry taste test

What’s in it:

  • silver garden
  • Plants from abroad, Customs Regulations
  • Community Garden: The Organic Growers of Fairlie: Carole and Jim in Fairlie
  • Cut Flower Garden - performance of half hardy annuals
  • Low Maintenance Garden - adding new plants
  • Handy Hints: Crop rotation, growing clematis through other plants




What’s in it:

  • Allium Trials
  • Trials beds - Foxglove trial, salad leaves trial
  • Through the Garden Gate - Avant Garden Festival, West Lothian
  • Conservatory - caring for Streptocarpus and using peat-free compost
  • Problem Corner - Bathgate Front Gardens, revisited
  • Potager - using Italian lettuces

What’s in it:

  • Herbaceous Border
  • Patio Vegetables
  • Problem Corner - Lorna Picken and Stewart Cruickshank, Bourtie
  • Children's tools
  • Through the Garden Gate - BUGS, Glasgow
  • The return of Dr. Dirt - soil pH, adding lime

What’s in it:

  • Community Garden - Silverburn

What’s in it:

  • Checking tender crops
  • dealing with weeds - Horsetail
  • Problem Corner - Revisit - Bob Rose and Rebecca Stripling
  • Planting Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Through the Garden Gate - Donald Wemyss, Polkemmet/Heartlands Scheme, Whitburn

What’s in it:

  • Jim is in the fruit cage sorting out pests and diseases
  • planting the Chocolate Border in the Driveway Garden
  • Problem Corner - Liz Dunn, Edinburgh
  • Mediterranean plantig at the new steps
  • Through the Garden Gate - Ian Christie and Julia Cordon, Explorer's Garden, Pitlochry
  • Top 5 Clematis
  • Dry Stone Dyke at the Seaside Garden

What’s in it:

  • Pretty Petunias
  • Cut Flower Plot - hardy annuals trial
  • Problem corner - (aka Numpty Corner) Sue and Jim Watson, Alford
  • Planting up the Pearl Border in the Silver Garden
  • Through the Garden Gate - Bodnant Garden, Conwyn, North Wales
  • Godetia Trial

What’s in it:

  • Jim and Carole tidy up the pond by removing blanket weed and pruning evergreens
  • Carole starts a trial with bush tomatoes in the polytunnel
  • Jim adds some climbing beans and climbing courgettes to the deep bed tunnel
  • Jim sets up the sweet potato bed
  • Conservatory Special - Carole and Jim delight in the range of plants that can be grown in these specialised conditions and add the Stretocarpus beauties that Jim brought back from North Wales. They also deal with some of the most common conservatory pests, whitefly, mealybug and scale.
  • Through the Garden Gate - Jim visits the Scottish Agricultural College at Craibstone near Aberdeen.
  • Jim and Carole set up a new lettuce trial

What’s in it:

  • Lesley starts off a basil trial and tries out a range of varieties to see which are best to grow and most importantly, if there is a detectable difference in taste between varieties
  • Carole is putting a fewvarieties of bedding plants to the test - Bacopa and Angelonia
  • Problem Corner - Newton Primary School, Dunblane - Carolyn helps the children set up a vegetable garden
  • Lesley is in the Cut Flower Garden doing flower arrangements with Tulips
  • Through the Garden Gate - Jim has strayed south of the border to North Wales. This week he visits Dibley’s nursery in Ruthin. Dibley’s grow a huge range of Streptocarpus and Jim gathers a collection for our conservatory at Beechgrove.
  • Patio Vegetable Containers
  • The Dry Stone Walling Association visit the garden

What’s in it:

  • Jim is planting bonny brassicas as well as trying out Mr. Fothergill's Pea and Bean booster
  • Lesley and Carole plant out a new two year herbaceous trial including Echinacea, Euphorbia, Helenium and Campanula
  • Italian Job - Lesley is in the potager planting out a range of Italian inspired veg. - this weeks its lots of lettuce
  • Through the Garden Gate - George Anderson visits Balcarres garden in Fife, where the Countess of Crawford has created a stunning woodland garden
  • Problem Corner - Douglas and Janette Harper, Monymusk. The Harpers have a range of garden concerns but Jim concentrates on sorting out their roses and fruit problems.
  • Lesley and Carole revamp a bed in the Alpine Garden

What’s in it:

  • Jim adds some new Blueberries to the polytunnel
  • Lesley is lifting herbaceous perennials
  • Numpty Corner - Sue Watson, Alford - Carole returns to Sue's garden where last year she helped create a raised bed systerm. This year, Carole helps Sue set up a Greenhouse
  • Jim McColl carries on creating his new “family orchard” where he is experimenting with fruit trees and bushes that will keep a family in fruit in a relatively small space
  • Carole plants out strawberries
  • Through the Garden Gate - George Anderson pays a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where David Knott and Mairi Gillies show him the incredible collection of Rhododendrons. They also delve into the history of how the Rhododendrons got there

What’s in it:

  • Deep Bed Tunnel
  • Lesley sows hardy annuals
  • Problem Corner - Spring Pruning at Beechgrove
  • Beginners Tool Kit
  • Jim gets a visit from Dr. Jason Owen from the Macaulay Institute to discuss how to improve your soil
  • Through the Garden Gate - Barnhill Rock Garden, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
  • Sandy Smith and friends arrive at Beechgrove after their walk across the country for charity

What’s in it:

  • Scarifying the lawn
  • Weed Killers - are they worth it?
  • Problem Corner - Dr. Jason Owen, The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen
  • Carole and Lesley grow potatoes in bags
  • Through the Garden Gate - Logan Botanic Garden, Stranraer
  • Rose Garden re-vamp

What’s in it:

  • Jim plants potatoes and carrots in the Vegetable Garden
  • Carole sows seeds for her trials for this year
  • Problem Corner - Dealing with Rabbits at the Beechgrove Garden
  • Lesley weaves new willow into the arbour in the Equinox Garden
  • Trial - Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi
  • Through the Garden Gate - Kate and Duncan Donald, Poolewe - Kate grows about 500 varieties of daffodils
  • Sorting our Sea Buckthorne

What’s in it:

  • 30 years and still growing! Celebrating our Pearl Anniversary year, The Beechgrove Garden returns for another series
  • Carole and Lesley check the results of the Crocus Trial
  • Carolyn test the mail order plug market to see whats the best value and if the plants are in good condition when they arrive
  • Through the Garden Gate - Ecclesgrieg Castle, St. Cyrus - snowdrops
  • Pearl Plants