GQT at Home: Witch-hazel and Walnut Trees

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew and James Wong answer questions concerning gardening rituals, peculiarly flowering lilacs, and sprucing up a rental garden. Away from the questions, Jacquie Felix-Mitchell gives her top tips for moving to a new house and garden, and Kirsty Wilson celebrates witch-hazel's brightening power in these cold winter months. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Snowdrops, whiskey barrels and greenfinches

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David Maxwell and his guests deliver some winter gardening inspiration including; a trip to self-confessed galanthophile Maurice Parkinson’s garden to discover all shapes and sizes of snowdrop, why have greenfinches become a less frequent visitor to our gardens? And what got Pippa Greenwood of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, into gardening. Also on the programme, David will take calls from listeners on growing Oca, moving Nerines and what to fill a whiskey barrel with. (apart from the obvious!) You can email the programme with questions at anytime on gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk or call live on the usual numbers.

GQT at Home: Growing Greens and Buzzing Bees

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Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. Peter Gibbs is joined by Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness and Matthew Wilson to answer questions sent in by green-fingered listeners. This week the panellists advise on tackling an overgrown garden, flowers to encourage bees and unusual plant hacks. They also help a listener with a berry-less Buckthorn, and discuss their favourite January jobs in the garden. Away from the questions, Anne Swithinbank chats to Gynelle Leon from Prick, London's first ever cactus boutique, and Ashley Edwards from Horatio's Garden London and South East gives some tips for growing greens in January. Producer - Rosie Merotra Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

GQT at Home: Happy New Year

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Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts, hosted by Kathy Clugston. Bob Flowerdew, Christine Walkden and James Wong answer questions from green-fingered listeners. This week, the panellists suggest the best trees to grow for toothbrush handles, discuss why two acorns from the same tree can produce such different plants and identify an interesting looking fungus. Away from the questions, Humaira Ikram is at the Olympic Park finding out about its wildlife legacy since 2012, Matt Biggs gives his top tips for using Christmas leftovers in the garden, and Dr Chris Thorogood has the ultimate gardener's hangover guide. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

GQT at Home: Merry Christmas

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Kathy Clugston and her team of gardening experts answer your questions. Christine Walkden, James Wong and Bob Flowerdew tackle questions sent in by listeners and the virtual audience. The panellists suggest vegetables to grow for next year's Christmas dinner, advise on caring for a Peace lily and put a confusing conifer under the microscope. They also answer questions from some famous fans of the programme. Away from the questions, Dr Chris Thorogood is talking all things mistletoe, and Advolly Richmond shares the history of the Clematis cirrhosa. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Gardeners’ Corner at Christmas

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Presenter David Maxwell is joined by Brendan Little and Cherry Townsend for some festive gardening fun. How to bring outdoors indoors this Christmas, gifts for gardeners and Christmas herbs will all be on the menu, and they catch up with some listeners who took part on the programme during 2020, including the lockdown gardener and some green-fingered young people. So whether you’re decorating the house, preparing for festive meals or looking for some last minute present inspiration, Gardeners’ Corner has it covered.

GQT at Home: Coconuts and Cacti

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Peter Gibbs hosts the gardening panel show, joined by a team of experts - including Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Pippa Greenwood - to answer questions sent in by listeners from across the country. This week, the panellists discuss whether we should touch our plants, suggest flowers to grow for an October wedding, and reveal odd things that have happened in their garden this year. Away from the questions, Juliet Sargeant shares her tips for using unusual evergreens in the garden, and Alex Young gives his guide to keeping your Poinsettia beyond the festive season. Producer - Rosie Merotra Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Poinsettia, houseplants and olives

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David Maxwell presents the weekly gardening programme. As Christmas approaches, David chats to Sean Grimes about Poinsettia – he grows 250 thousand of them in 8 acres of glasshouses outside Dublin. Also on the programme, Conrad McCormick on how to look after those houseplants. Maurice Parkinson and Ann Fitzsimons will also be joining David to answer live calls and texts.

GQT at Home: Hellebores and Birds

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Peter Gibbs is joined by a panel of horticultural experts - Matt Biggs, Humaira Ikram and Christine Walken - to answer questions sent in by listeners. This week, the panellists offer advice on repotting Cacti and suggest plants to feed the birds. They also discuss wild boar in the garden. Away from the questions, Manoj Malde visits the Neasden Temple, and Matthew Wilson gives his guide to making your own leaf mould. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Climbing roses, winter veg and Matt Biggs

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David Maxwell brings a mix of seasonal gardening advice. He’s joined by Claire Woods and Reg Maxwell who will take on listeners winter gardening conundrums. Also on the programme, Barbara Pilcher on what she’s harvest through early winter. Some advice from David on pruning climbing roses from his own garden and Matt Biggs on why it’s important to make a garden for all the family.

GQT at Home: Squirrels and Sweet peas

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Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening panel show. Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Pottage and Chris Beardshaw answer questions sent in by green-fingered listeners and the virtual audience. This week, the panellists discuss gardening options for aspirational students, the perils of re-potting plants and how to deal with pesky squirrels in the garden. Chris Beardshaw also solves the curious case of popping sweet pea pods. Away from the questions, Ashley Edwards tells you how to construct the perfect festive wreath, and Claire Ratinon interviews two young florists who are shaking up the industry. Producer - Jemima Rathbone Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Tips for building a green home from residential architects

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If you are about to construct a new home you should consider building a sustainable high performance home. However these kinds of homes require proper planning. You would also need to hire residential architects who specialise in designing green homes.

You don’t need to spend a whole lot of money if you are thinking about building and energy efficient Eco home. The costs that you’re in a while building your green home would depend upon the design that you choose and also the materials which would be required to build it effective time management and handling the project well are skills which are necessary to build a sustainable home.

It is also important to set a budget from the very beginning stop there are going to be quiet if you cost which are involved to build the home. This is why it is necessary to carry detailed talk with the construction professionals.

Tips from residential architects
  • It is crucial to find the right land for building your green home. It is usually advisable to find a block which faces the North side so that your home is able to receive ample amount of Sunlight during the cold weather. In the long run it can help save you a lot on electricity bills.
  • Also you might need to consider the position of the roof. This is because you also have to know about the position of the solar panels. Sustainable home usually has solar panels design on top of the roof to get all the energy which is required for running the electrical appliance is within the home.
  • Do setup a realistic budget. You should always hand over the project to someone who would be careful with the budget especially if you are already planning to build a smaller home which doesn’t require whole lot of material. Preventing timeline delays is crucial to ensure that the project stays within budget. Only hire Architects and contractors who are willing to work within a time frame that you have set for you building your new home.
  • Look for architects who specialise in designing green or sustainable certified homes.  Experience counts a great deal cause they would be able to come up with suggestions as a mechanical or related to building material that would have any impact on the sustainability of your new home.
  • Somebody who is experienced in designing Green Home should be able to select the right kind of building material. Material selection is very important. The home needs to be insulated so that the energy can be conserved. Also care must be taken when building the doors and windows which should be made from material which prevents energy loss. Proper use of lighting and Windows can reduce the need for Artificial lighting within the home. The right kind of flooring would also impact the flaws ability to reflect the light so that you need to switch on fewer lamps during the night.

Consider all of the above mentioned things when looking for a residential architect to build your green home.

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GQT at Home: Hippeastrums and Holly

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme with Chris Beardshaw, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Pottage. Kathy and a virtual audience from across the country. This week, the panellists discuss the dos and don'ts of creating colour in the garden, alternative indoor Christmas trees and building a wildlife pond from scratch. They also share their garden dreams and nightmares. Away from the questions, Alex Young has a survival guide for houseplants through the winter, and Advolly Richmond is back with another fascinating history - this week it's the Amaryllis (or is it the Hippeastrum?) Producer - Jemima Rathbone Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

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