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Suffolk

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 02 September 2011

Peter Gibbs leads Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Chris Beardshaw in a horticultural discussion: How to 'dangle the carrot' keeping the wireworm from your potatoes; how sulphur can keep mildew off a grapevine and how to make a decent ericaceous compost.

In addition, Bob Flowerdew uncovers the medicinal properties of common garden plants. And Dawn Isaacs visits a new RSPB garden to discuss how to create a bird-friendly garden.

Questions answered in the programme:
1. When a rose grows seven leaves instead of five does that means it has gone wild?
2. My Hamburg grapevine growing in a south-facing glasshouse has become malformed and shows
signs of mildew. How can I treat it?
3. Can you suggest hardy, tropical-looking plants for my garden?
4. Suggestions included: Fatshedera Lizei, Phyllostachya bamboo and Clerodendron bungei.
5. How can I prune my eucalyptus to encourage new shoots?
6. How can I keep the wireworms away from my potatoes?
7. Can you suggest blue-flowering plant (max. height 1.5m) to be grown in clay soil?
8. Suggestions included: Ceratostigma willmottianum, Canterbury Bells (Pritchard's variety).
9. What is the best way to make ericaceous compost?

Produced by Lucy Dichmont
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

  • A little wood goes a long way

    A little wood goes a long way

    At RPSB garden Flatford Park, the natural wood path lining creates additional habitats for wildlife.

    Flatford Wildlife Garden, Suffolk
  • Wildlife Fanatics

    Wildlife Fanatics

    The Richardson sisters who donated the site of Flatford Wildlife Garden to the RSPB.

    Picture courtesy of the RSPB.

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