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Production team | 13:52 UK time, Friday, 28 August 2009

Hi all
On tonight's packed show Toby will give tips on how to smarten up your gardens this weekend, and will be preparing Greenacre for winter gardening tasks ahead. One problem many of us have to deal with at this time of the year is late blight, and Toby will talk through some ways of tackling this.

We'll also be visiting Carol at Glebe Cottage, where she'll be talking about the late summer flowering perennial, Phlox.
Joe will be visiting the stunning York Gate garden in Leeds, while looking for inspiration for Greenacre. He will also be talking through his planting scheme for his green roof, over his bike store, in his front garden at Greenacre.
After looking back at the dreadful downpour of rain a few weeks ago, which prevented Toby and Joe from planting in the coastal garden; you'll be pleased to know that tonight we'll be revisiting the coastal garden!
If you want to create your own coastal garden this weekend, picking a sunny spot on well-drained soil is essential. But it's not impossible if you garden on clay - just dig in plenty of grit beforehand.
Here is a list of materials and plants that Toby and Joe used. The rusty chains came from a local salvage yard and the pebbles were bought from a garden centre.

  • Railway sleepers
  • Concrete
  • Permeable weed suppressing membrane
  • Pebbles
  • Gabions
  • Rusty chains
  • Empty bottles
  • Driftwood or sunbleached timber
  • Armeria maritime, Thrift
  • Centranthus ruber, Red valerian
  • Crambe maritima, Sea kale
  • Elymus hispidus, Wild blue rye
  • Erigeron karvinskianus, Mexican fleabane
  • Eryngium giganteum, Miss Willmott's ghost
  • Eryngium pandanifolium, Giant sea holly
  • Euphorbia myrsinites, Myrtle spurge
  • Glaucium flavum f. fulvum, Horned poppy
  • Limonium binervosum, Rock sea lavender
  • Phormium 'Sundowner', New Zealand flax
  • Santolina chamaecyparissus, Cotton lavender
  • Stipa tenuissima, Mexican feather grass
  • Verbascum bombyciferum 'Polarsommer', Broussa mullein

If you're looking for places to visit over the bank holiday weekend our episode guide has some top recommendations from the production team and you can also find a full list of all featured plants from the show.
That's all for now enjoy, your gardening weekend.


  • 1. At 8:58pm on 28 Aug 2009, gallantbertiewooster wrote:

    On tonight's programme the building of the wire decorative pedestals with numerous items such as chains and empty wine bottles was in my opinion terrible - in today's age of wildlife conservation didn't the team realise that by placing open empty bottles in easy reach could create a death trap for the English Common Shrew - it is obvious that the team has not researched this problem, and as being a member of a local wildlife conservation team we have hundreds of bottles found each year with small dead shrews inside! the shrew has an instinct to enter the bottle and on reaching the inside cannot get out - it tries and tries but slips back down the inner bottle neck (the part where the bottle widens).
    To transmit a stupid idea such as placing empty open bottles in a decorative garden feature will without doubt create more death and entrapment for this becoming now rare mammal - please think before you advise the public to undertake such silly and stupid practices.
    When you see a beer bottle or a milk bottle thrown down as rubbish - pick it up and dispose of it in the correct manner - you will save countless shrews from a certain death.
    thank you
    Alex Birch.

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  • 2. At 6:17pm on 29 Aug 2009, Ariadne Knickerbocker wrote:

    Toby said the seaside garden was on sandy soil and yet some of us were under the impression that Greenacres soil was clay. Which is it?

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  • 3. At 5:18pm on 02 Sep 2009, saima_host wrote:

    Hi Eva
    In response to your question, when the soil was tested in March by the RHS Soil Analysis Service, the results showed that the soil type varied according to location. The analysis illustrates that in general Greenacre has a sandy clay loam and therefore the characteristics of more then one soil type. The soil type at Greenacre is not a classic sandy soil but it is easier to work then a pure clay soil.

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