GQT at Home: Spuds and Citrus Duds

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts. This week's panellists are Humaira Ikram, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Pottage, who tackle questions on droopy Calatheas, easily propagated plants for a tropical climate, and troublesome herb plants. Away from the questions, Hafsah Hafeji gives us a potato planting masterclass, and Dr Chris Thorogood returns to explore the fascinating folklore around the Easter Lily. Producer - Rosie Merotra Assistant Producer - Millie Chu A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Small urban garden special

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How can you transform a small urban outside space? A special edition of Gardeners’ Corner explores how to create privacy, add drama with big containers and make a small garden feel bigger. Presenter David Maxwell is joined by experts Ann Fitzsimmons and Claire Woods to discuss the gardens of 4 listeners, including one described as a ‘concrete box’ and a family garden which has to work for both children and adults. Also on the programme, Amy Kelly on growing your own in containers, Johnny Knox on design tricks for small spaces and Arthur Parkinson on creating drama with flamboyant planting in, among other things, old dustbins. Contact the programme with your gardening questions on gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk

GQT From The Archives: Edibles Special

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The team look back through the archives for an edible edition of the show. A variety of panellists, old and new, discuss edible flowers for culinary decoration, uncooperative satsuma pips, and troublesome onions. Away from the questions, Matthew Wilson and West Dean Gardens supervisor Sarah Wayne give us a crash course in chili growing, and we are treated to an exclusive look into Bob Flowerdew's polytunnel. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

GQT from the Archives: Houseplant Special

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The team look back through the archives for a houseplant edition of the show. A variety of panellists, old and new, discuss showering with your plants and orchid maintenance, and one lucky listener finally receives an answer to a 60 year-old question. Away from the questions, Peter Gibbs visits RHS Wisley’s Giant Houseplant Takeover exhibit. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Millie Chu A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Pruning and Potatoes for St Patrick’s

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Join David Maxwell for another spring edition of Gardeners’ Corner. This week, with St Patrick’s day just around the corner, David explores the art of rose pruning which traditionally should be done by this date. It’s also the day to put potatoes into the ground, but what conditions do they need and what are the best varieties for the back garden? With seed sowing well and truly under way, Barbara Pilcher is in her greenhouse sowing some of her first herbs of the season and Colin Agnew is knee deep in mud, excavating his back garden as he tries to recreate a Victorian fernery. Joining David for this week’s programme are experts Cherry Townsend and Maurice Parkinson. They will be answering listeners’ questions live. If you have a questions email gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk

GQT at Home: Bulbs, Balconies and Bougainvilleas

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Kathy Clugston chairs the gardening Q&A with a panel of experts - Matthew Pottage, Bob Flowerdew and Pippa Greenwood - and a live virtual audience. This week the panellists discuss how best to control earwigs, suggest great hanging indoor plants, and tell stories of plants they've changed their opinions on. Away from the questions, Anne Swithinbank shares her summer bulb shopping list, and Humaira Ikram is on hand with a guide to creating the perfect lawn. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Millie Chu A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

No-Mow, climbing house plants and Dahlias with June Blake

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Does the thought of cranking up the mower fill you with dread? Well this week on Gardeners’ Corner, presenter David Maxwell finds out why we should all be doing it a lot less. Dr Trevor Dines from the charity Plantlife, explains how you can have a beautiful garden that plays a part in supporting the natural world. Also on the programme, June Blake on dramatic Dahlias and why they deserve a place in your garden this summer and Conrad McCormick is creating a mossy pole for climbing houseplants. All that and David will be joined by Claire Woods and Neil Porteous to take your questions. You can contact the programme on the usual numbers or gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk

GQT at Home: Sweet Peas and Rusty Leaves

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural programme with gardening experts. Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Pottage are the panellists answering questions sent in by green-fingered listeners and the live virtual audience. They discuss nurturing asparagus plants, the differences between sweet peas and garden peas, and what their flower characters would be. Away from the questions, historian Advolly Richmond tells the fascinating history of vanilla, while Kirsty Wilson gives us an unusual option to plant this Spring. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Clematis massacre, hedging hopefuls and online gardening?

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High hedges might make good neighbours but what makes a good hedge? In this week’s programme, presenter David Maxwell, will be joined by experts Ann Fitzsimmons and Reg Maxwell to talk about the many benefits of a hedge, whether it’s for wildlife, sound proofing or even as a defence against flooding. Also on the programme, David speaks to Chris Cocks about clematis for every garden. Claire McNally describes some of her favourite lilies and Juliet Giles from Gardens Illustrated on the rise of online gardening courses – who are they for and can they replace getting your hands dirty? David and the team will also be tackling listeners’ questions which can be emailed to gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk

GQT at Home: Luffa and Ligularia

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Peter Gibbs hosts the gardening panel show. This week he's joined by Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank, James Wong and a live virtual audience, to answer questions from listeners about subjects from pomegranate trees to hardy houseplants. Away from the questions, we get an update from Matthew and Jane Wilson on their cut flower border project, and Claire Ratinon champions organic growing. Producer - Dan Cocker Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Grow your own wedding flowers, living the ‘Good’ life and crunch time for two apple trees.

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How possible is it to grow your own wedding flowers? David Maxwell and his guests help a listener who’s due to tie the knot in August. Also on the programme, 250 families in Derry and Strabane embark on a journey toward self-sustainability – so just how easy is it to live the ‘Good’ life? Klaus Laitenberger is on hand with advice on what to start now when it comes to organic veg and Amy Kelly has her top picks on long cropping plants including wild strawberries, perpetual spinach and hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes. David and his expert guests Cherry Townsend and Averil Milligan will also take on listeners questions including how to save an old apple tree and repair another damaged by wind. You can email the programme with questions at anytime on gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk or call live on the usual numbers.

GQT at Home: Hibiscus and Houseplants

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Kathy Clugston hosts this week's gardening panel show. Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson and Chris Beardshaw answer questions sent in by the virtual audience. They discuss their favourite trees, plants that thrive on neglect and how to accommodate a newly-enthusiastic gardener in your garden. Away from the questions, Hafsah Hafeji tells us how to sow sustainably and on a budget, and gardener Juliet Sargeant gives a mulch masterclass. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Perennials from seed, Tyrone wildflowers and sensational snowdrops

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How to fill your garden with costly plants for next to nothing, David Maxwell and his guests help a listener who wants to grow everything from seed. Also on the programme, David chats to Anthony McGuigan about the beauty of the Brantry brought to life in his book on south Tyrone wildflowers and he speaks to Robert Miller about one of Ireland's best snowdrop displays. And just who is having its way with a Wisteria in Omagh? David and his expert guests Ann Fitzsimons and Maurice Parkinson get to the root of the problem. You can email the programme with questions at anytime on gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk or call live on the usual numbers.

GQT at Home: Sunken Beds and Nostalgic Scents

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Kathy Clugston hosts the horticultural Q&A. Matthew Wilson, Chris Beardshaw and Bunny Guinness answer questions from the virtual audience on a variety of subjects, from how best to propagate a rose to salvaging a sunken bed. Away from the questions, Jacquie Felix-Mitchell teaches you how to create your own secret garden from scratch, and Ashley Edwards advises on what to sow now. Producer - Hannah Newton Assistant Producer - Jemima Rathbone A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Show-off succulents, mossy lawns and shrubs for scent

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How can you transform your trash with succulents, get rid of that spongey lawn and fill your garden with sweet scent in winter? Join David Maxwell and his guests for plenty of gardening chat. This week, Claire Woods and Neil Porteous join him to take listeners’ questions including finding the perfect fruit tree to remember a much loved pet and how do you replace a shed supporting a climber without the climber noticing? You can email the programme with questions at anytime on gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk or call live on the usual numbers.

GQT at Home: Begonias and Window Boxes

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Kathy Clugston hosts this week's gardening panel show. Anne Swithinbank, Humaira Ikram and Christin Walkden answer questions sent in by listeners across the country. They tackle the thorny issue of pests targeting newly planted bulbs, as well as resilient houseplants and the best flowers to brighten your window boxes. Away from the questions, Dr Chris Thorogood travels to Lanzarote to teach us about the multi-talented Agave plant, and Matt Biggs speaks to gardener Mo Badat on how he created his dream tropical garden in South London. Producer - Jemima Rathbone Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Growing tea, revitalising your soil and gardening the mind

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Join David Maxwell for another Gardeners’ Corner episode full of inspiration. This week - everyone loves a cuppa in the garden, but have you thought about growing your own teas? Whether your tipple is builders brew or fragrant herbs, Amy Kelly has some advice. One listener is pulling down an old garage and is wondering how he can bring soil buried under concrete for decades back to life. And what’s the evidence that gardening is really good for us? Psychiatrist Sue Stuart Smith chats to David about the relationship between our minds and the garden. Also on the programme, Cherry Townsend and Maurice Parkinson will be on hand to answer questions via the usual numbers or gardenerscorner@bbc.co.uk

GQT at Home: Worm Casts and Rainy Day Plants

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Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts, hosted by Peter Gibbs. Joining him on the panel are pests and diseases expert Pippa Greenwood, RHS curator Matthew Pottage, and plantsman Matt Biggs. They answer questions about worm casts, shrubs that look best in rainy climes, and bouquet trends. Away from the questions, Matthew Wilson and his wife, Jane, discuss how to secure blooming success, and Peter Gibbs speaks to Janet Terry and Jo Wenham of the Millennium Seed Bank about collecting, storing and sowing seeds to unlock their full potential. Producer - Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer - Rosie Merotra A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

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