Jim is growing tomatoes but this year he is conducting a taste test after a viewer's email from 2012 claiming that the variety Sun Gold gave the best flavour. This time, he is growing eight varieties to compare their tastes; Shirley, Alicante, Ruth's Perfect, Sun Gold and cherry tomatoes, as well as beefsteak varieties Giant Syrian and Black Russian. In a few weeks' time, someone will have to take on the tough job of tasting the crop in the name of science.
Carole is also starting a wee trial. In this case, bought-in turf versus seeded grass. Carole tries to lawn an area that was 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 filled with roots and stumps once you have felled trees? Carole and George begin to create a new grass and gravel garden that will wrap itself around and reuse the old tree roots and stumps as punctuation in a new stylish but cheap and cheerful garden.