GQT at Home: Episode Twenty-Five

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Kathy Clugston hosts this week's gardening panel show. Matthew Biggs, Pippa Greenwood and Humaira Ikram answer questions sent in from listeners via email and social media. This week, the panellists suggest plants for hanging baskets during the winter, advise on where to start with a new over-grown garden, and give tips on attracting worms back into the garden. Away from the questions, Chris Beardshaw gives us his handy guide to planting bulbs and Advolly Richmond has the varied history behind the Agapanthus. Producer - Jemima Rathbone Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

GQT at Home: Episode Twenty-Four

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew and Matthew Wilson answer the questions. In a GQT first, the panel are joined by a virtual audience tuning in from home, to discuss the best hops to grow, whether the challenge of growing 164 plants in a garden is possible, and their favourite dance to do when a plant finally flowers. Away from the questions, Chris Thorogood has ventured off in the cover of darkness to find one of the few cacti pollinated by bats, and Humaira Ikram is curing her wanderlust by designing a space with inspiration from Japan. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

GQT At Home: Episode Twenty-Three

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Peter Gibbs is in the chair for this week's horticultural panel show. Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Pottage and Chris Beardshaw join him to answer gardening questions sent in by listeners via email and social media. The panellists suggest climbers to grow on a swing, give tips on bringing a poorly Calathea back to life, and share their biggest gardening fallacies. Away from the questions, Juliet Sargent chats to Peter Hall from Breaky Bottom vineyard about how best to grow grapes, and Claire Ratinon advises on starting a wormery. Producer - Rosie Merotra Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

GQT At Home: Episode Twenty-Two

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Kathy Clugston hosts this week's gardening panel show, joined by Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and James Wong to answer listeners' horticultural quandaries and queries. The panellists tackle questions on unhappy salad leaves, growing your own Christmas dinner and fragrant climbers for a pergola. They also share obscure gardening tips passed down from their elders. Away from the questions, garden designer Humaira Ikram explains how best to plant in dry conditions, and Peter Gibbs visits the heather garden at RHS Wisley with head gardener Matthew Pottage. Producer - Laurence Bassett Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

GQT At Home: Episode Twenty-one

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Kathy Clugston chairs this week's horticultural panel show, with Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson and James Wong answering questions from green-fingered listeners. This week the panel suggests small aquatic plants for an indoor water fountain, advises on rooting plants and shares favourite autumn activities in the garden for new listeners keen to keep up their new found love of gardening after summer. Away from the questions, Kathy visits an alleyway in Belfast with a community who have discovered gardening and have transformed their space during lockdown. And Alex Young explains how humidity can affect houseplants. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

National allotments week, giant plants and late summer colour

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In national allotments week, David Maxwell heads to Ards Allotments where he meets Amy Kelly on her plot. She’s been harvesting her blueberries – a plant which not only produces super fruits but is also an attractive plant to have in the garden. In Killinchy, David meets up with Ann Fitzsimmons who thinks every garden, even small ones should have a few giant plants. Also on the programme, David heads to Islandmagee and Ballyrobert where Cherry Townsend and Maurice Parkinson have plenty of suggestions for late summer colour in the garden.

GQT At Home: Episode Twenty

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Peter Gibbs chairs the horticultural programme with Christine Walkden, Matthew Pottage and Anne Swithinbank on the panel, ready and waiting for questions sent in by listeners via email and social media. The panellists discuss ways to support mammals in our gardens following news that a quarter of native mammals are now at risk of extinction in the UK. They also attempt to identify a mysterious 'sausage growing plant', suggest ways to incorporate gardening into primary school learning, and recommend the best tropical palms to add a touch of Brazilian rainforest to a new home. Aside from the questions, Peter Gibbs interviews the new President of the RHS, Keith Weed, and Pippa Greenwood speaks to Professor Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer at DEFRA, about biosecurity and suspect seeds. Producer - Darby Dorras Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Summer phone-in, plants for ground-cover and the lockdown gardener

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Join David Maxwell for a live phone-in Gardener’s Corner programme. He’ll be joined by expert guests Averil Milligan and Brendan Little. Questions include suggestions for good ground cover plants, what to do with a weak wisteria and what rogue plant has found its way into a packet of parsnip seeds. Also on the programme, David gets an update from the ‘lockdown gardener’ Jim Kerr as he begins to harvest from his transformed front garden.

GQT At Home: Episode Nineteen

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Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening panel show, with Pippa Greenwood, Chris Beardshaw and Matt Biggs joining her to answer questions sent in by listeners. This week, the team discusses how to add a water source to your garden, which plants are best for a living wall, and an impressive amount of train-related plant names. Away from the questions, Humaira Ikram explains how to keep your garden pet-safe and Chris Thorogood investigates the deceptive nature of the orchid. Producer: Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Plants for Free

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David Maxwell is joined by Cherry Townsend and Jim Bradley in a live phone-in answering your questions on struggling veg and the flowering hedge. Also the best way to propagate and keep your garden growing. Maurice Parkinson shares his expertise on the Daylily. And the humble Shield Bug – does it really stink or does it just look like a North American variety that actually does! This programme has been edited since the original broadcast.

Mystery Plants

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David Maxwell is joined by Ann Fitzsimons and Reg Maxwell in a live phone-in answering your questions and identifying a number of mystery plants that add intrigue to the garden. And Shane Connolly provides inspiration for your table with his unique expertise and take on cut flowers from the summer garden.

GQT At Home: Episode Sixteen

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Peter Gibbs hosts the gardening panel show. Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew and Chris Beardshaw answer the questions sent in by listeners via email and social media. This week, the panel discusses the best ways to grow coriander at home, suggestions for a fragrance-free climbing rose and tips for growing a chamomile lawn. Away from the questions, Kathy Clugston chats to keen amateur gardener and fellow BBC News presenter, Lukwesa Burak, and Humaira Ikram is back to give advice on planting for toddlers. Producer - Darby Dorras Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Gardeners' Corner Special with Kate Hoey

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In a programme originally broadcast in 2019, David Maxwell meets Labour Party veteran Kate Hoey at her home on Rathlin Island. He explores the wild garden she's created there as a getaway from life in Westminster. David finds out how for years she has been able to deal with constituency issues in Vauxhall from a remote cottage on the Island. He also speaks to the former MP about her life politics and outside it, including her wish to one day return home to Northern Ireland.

GQT At Home: Episode Fifteen

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Kathy Clugston hosts this week's horticultural panel show. James Wong, Matthew Wilson and Christine Walkden answer the questions from green-fingered listeners. This week, the panel discusses the best plants for a bonsai, share tips on caring for a Money Tree, and give recommendations for planting an upright piano and a moon garden. Aside from the questions, Humaira Ikram from KLC School of Design shares tips for planting in acid and alkaline soils, and Chris Thorogood tells the history of botanicals used in gin. Producer - Rosie Merotra Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Taming Wisteria & Planting Borders

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Presenter David Maxwell is joined by gardening experts Ann Fitzsimons and Jim Bradley answering your questions. This week we find out if you can graft a plum tree to an apple tree, tackle an unwieldy wisteria and discover ways to give an old hedge new life. Listener Lisa Camlin shares her tricks to designing your own border and Conrad McCormick shares tips to maintaining his favourite exotic rose.

GQT At Home: Episode Fourteen

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Kathy Clugston and the panel - Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Pottage and Christine Walkden - answer gardening questions sent in by listeners. This week the team offer alternatives for a moss pole, discuss the best way to prune a quince tree and give options on what to plant in a Whisky barrel. Matthew Wilson chats to Cleve West about his experience of Veganic gardening and Peter Gibbs talks to Islamic Garden Designer Emma Clark about the Cambridge Mosque Garden and the role of gardens in Islamic culture. Producer - Darby Dorras Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Cabbage Gold & Blooming Lily

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David Maxwell is joined by a lockdown gardener planning to turn a profit and he’s only 13! A Giant Water Lily blooms in Belfast after nearly a 30 year absence and gardening experts Brendan Little and Averil Milligan tackle a Sweet William Challenge while hedging their bets on a tricky border. Also water saving tips and a taste for something exotic.

GQT At Home: Episode Thirteen

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural panel show. Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness and Pippa Greenwood answer the questions sent in by listeners via email and social media. This week the team discusses whether to water plants from the top or bottom, suggests how to turn a porch into an indoor jungle, and shares gardening mysteries. Matt Biggs talks about the role of light in our garden and Advolly Richmond has the interesting history behind the Reseda Odorata ‘Mignonette’ Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

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