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Hambleton, North Yorkshire

Eric Robson hosts the programme from the Hambleton District in North Yorkshire. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw answer the horticultural queries.

Eric Robson hosts the programme from the Hambleton District in North Yorkshire. Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw answer the horticultural questions from an audience of local gardeners.

This week the panellists suggest the best vegetables to grow in Yorkshire, debate whether you can plant roses into a bed that previously housed roses, and offer planting suggestions for growing up a brick wall.

They also have lots of ideas on creating a beach garden, on winning your local potato growing competition, and on the longevity of GQT itself.

And Matthew Wilson discovers the fascinating world of dry stone walling at the nearby Coldstones Cut.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Hester Cant

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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43 minutes

Fact Sheet

Q – What vegetables can I easily grow in a North Yorkshire winter?

 

Matthew – Kale.  Swiss chard.  Chinese leaf crops like Mizuna. 

 

Pippa – Leeks

 

Chris – Invest in a dwarf polytunnel and raised beds

 

Q – Why is it not possible to replace old roses with new in the same location?

 

Chris – It is.  Rose Replant disease can be a problem but it is possible to avoid it with good hygiene and husbandry. 

 

Pippa – I think that’s too optimistic.  It is difficult to do.  Use nitrogen and mycorrhizal fungal mixes.

 

Q – What variety of tomato would you grow 640ft (195m) up above the moor?

 

Matthew – Try a tumbling variety in a hanging basket

 

Eric – ‘Tumbling Tom’

 

Pippa – ‘Sweet and Neat’

 

 

After the feature Chris mentions Sedums, Sempervivums, Alpine Strawberries

Eric: White Foxgloves

Chris: Buddlejas

 

Q – Can you recommend a climber/shrub for a 6ft brick wall?

 

Chris – Hedera ‘Buttercup’ or ‘Green Ripple’.  Hydrangea petiolaris.  Rosa ‘Maigold’.  Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’.  Fatshedera lizeiSchizophragma

 

Matthew – Garrya ellipticaAkebia quinataEuonymus ‘Silver Queen’. 

 

Q – We are planning a beach garden on a south-facing terrace.  What shall we put in it?

 

Matthew – Sea hollies – try Eryngium ‘Jos Eijking’ or ‘Big Blue’.  Sea Kale (Crambe maritima).  Glaucium flavum (‘Yellow Horned’ poppy). 

 

Pippa – Tamarisk.  Valerian.  Griselinia littoralis

 

Chris – Agapanthus campanulatusTulbaghiaArtemisia ‘Silver Queen’ or ‘Powis Castle’Beschorneria yuccoidesEuryops. Euphorbia melliferaEchium candicans

 

Q – How can I do better in our village potato growing competition?  It’s a ‘Pentland Javelin’.

 

Pippa – Use loam-based compost mixed with multi-purpose.  Invest in potato fertiliser.  Start it off in a greenhouse or conservatory. 

 

Chris – Bottom heat.  Extend the bag if you can so you can get more compost in. 

 

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