A Change to the Beechgrove Potting Shed
Our first break from tradition was when part of the programme came from outside the building. Presenter Mark Stephen and panellists Ian Young and Donald McBean filed out to Mark's car where he unveiled the strawberry plants in his boot.
Broadcasting just this short section of show required quite a lot of planning. The team had to get themselves outside during the weather forecast. The weather lasts a couple of minutes, so we had time to spare there. However, getting back into the building was another matter. The team had to get back inside during a 38 second trail (the little advert for other BBC Scotland shows).
That went so well that we've decided to be even more adventurous this weekend coming by venturing even further away from the building. We'll be heading into the BBC Aberdeen garden, to where we plan to raise our potatoes, for Jim McColl's advice on tattie growing.
Oh, and there's an allotment update! Last week I blogged about the difficulties of choosing the right site for our allotment. Well, we've decided to split the site. We'll grow items which need a lot of light at the front of our building and those that aren't so light dependent will be grown in the corner of our garden.
Now onto our second first - the debut of Theresa Talbot. Theresa may be a familiar voice to those on BBC Radio Scotland - she often presents the travel. But Theresa has also studied garden design and horticulture and has written gardening articles. She gave us her top flower arranging tips, which you can see on the Beechgrove Potting Shed homepage.
Theresa was an enthusiastic contributor to the show and you'll be hearing more of her in the months to come.