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Beechgrove Potting Shed - 21 March 2010

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Karen Miller Karen Miller | 14:30 UK time, Monday, 22 March 2010

The Beechgrove Potting Shed, Radio Scotland's gardening phone-in programme returned to the airwaves in late February. Producer Denise Glass tells us which topics were covered on Sunday's show.

The snow has finally thawed, spring flowers are appearing and the shops are stocking up with gardening equipment. That's all good news for the Beechgrove Potting Shed, which has seen a good number of callers since the programme re-started at the end of February after its winter break.

This week our expert guests were gardeners Jim McColl and Nicola Singleton, who answered questions on a range of plants such as clematis, petunias and beech hedging.

clematis

But it's our animal friends which are causing problems for many of our listeners, including Ina in Shetland. Ina has whitebeam and evergreen trees, but rabbits have been eating the bark and some of the lower branches. Ina wondered if the trees were now ruined.

Well, Nicola had some mixed news for Ina. If the bark has been removed in a ring all the way around the tree then often it will start to die. However, if the damage is in patches then the tree could survive.

Plum trees are also a popular topic on the Beechgrove Potting Shed. Daphne, who lives near Strathpeffer, wondered if it was the right time to prune her Victoria plum tree. Jim's advice was that we usually prune just before the buds break. That should be in the next couple of weeks, or into mid-April, depending on the temperature in different parts of the country. Jim also gave advice on how to prune the trees - which you can hear on the iPlayer until Sunday 28 March.

Plum tree in blossom

The Beechgrove Potting Shed is really keen to hear gardening questions and stories from right across the country, so phone 0500 92 95 00 between 12pm and 1pm on Sundays or post your questions here and the panel may be able to help.

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    Please help! Everywhere I look there is horsetail. It appears that in the past someone may have tried to kill it by covering the 'lawn' with plastic sheeting and adding top soil but it hasn't worked. Having recently discovered the delights of gardening this is dampening my enthusiasm - I just don't know what to do. We have a relatively large garden that has been neglected for a very long time. I am so keen to bring it back to life but absolutely everywhere I look (and plant) it is taking over!

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