Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Particularly wondering what David thought of the Sweetpeas. Thought most were disappointing.



  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,081

    Oh whatsits, forgot it was on, will have to watch on catchup image

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...enjoying this very much....

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,047

    Mmmm, think I would have preferred another hour of Gardeners World. However British Gardens in Time is well worth watching.

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    The main thing I have to criticise about the show is that it didn't really show you how to grow the plants yourself. It dusted over that but and spent along time on the judging bit. 

  • cairnsie wrote (see)

    Particularly wondering what David thought of the Sweetpeas. Thought most were disappointing.

    Yes, I did watch it and (as I'm also interested in making jams, etc) for the most part really enjoyed it. Not sure about the flower arranging, but I did think the judging in the other sections were fair and that the right couple were voted out.

    The winning sweet peas were grown using the cordon method, therefore they stood out against the others that were grown using the decorative that was to be expected. Not sure about the claim that early plantings were victims of 'frost', more likely being softened by too much TLC or possibly cold winds.

    Look forward to the next episode.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I've recorded it so not reading the comments, will be interested to see what it's all about and expect as a newbie I will learn something image

  • I am watching it now so far so good looking forward to some tips image
  • I have to say it didn't seem to focus on the 'gardening' aspect as much as I had hoped.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,101

    I started watching with scepticism - but i actually really enjoyed it!  Something a bit differentimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    I too started watching with scepticism (my default setting) and when (as expected) it turned out to be not so much a challenge as a competition I switched over to see who was being bumped off in Midsomer.  I do dislike the need to bring the element of competition into everything on telly these days!  image

    Rant over. image    Should I give it another chance?  Will I learn anything? image

  • ImpHostaImpHosta Posts: 56

    I thought it was an interesting programme - quite accessible for non-gardeners and still interesting for gardeners, plus the flower arranging / jam making tips are likely to have a broad appeal. 

    It was never going to be a 'Gardening advice' programme but I thought it was probably a bit light on the technique / advice elements of the growing; that's coming from a keen gardener thought and not someone who wanted to watch something that's a bit like "Great British Bake off"...!! 

    Always a tricky balancing act with a programme like this but I think overall they got it pretty spot on. 

    I will be trying to make Rhubard & Custard Curd (looked delicious!) and won't be going anywhere near the cornflour!!!! image

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Hmmm.... OK....maybe

    What I did like was Hugh Fearnley-Whatsit's programme on allotments where a a group started from scratch and ended up with masses of food, including a pig!

  • Not as instructional as I hoped in the way of giving me advice on growing fruit and vegetables. But as with most programmes on BBC2 they tend to incorporate cooking. All the travel programmes now have a cooking element. In the end it turned into a grow your own version of the great British Bake Off.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    For entertainment values it wasn't a bad way to waste some time in front of the goggle box. I think once characters grow it'll develop more.

    Surely I wasn't the only one that looked at a certain teams manicured nails with confusion and wondered why you'd think them suitably gardening hands as I wiped my mud stained hands on my mud stained jeans image

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Heh heh.  Yes.  My fingernails and all the cracks in my fingers are more or less permanently black!  (note to self: buy new nail brush)

  • Agree with Scroggin and Cairnsie.    Would love an hour long Gardners World,and this program didn't show nearly enough of the actual gardening and growing,which is what I was hoping for.   Fern Britton presenting also spoilt it for me. Sorry.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Not as bad as expected, but a shame that couples have to be dumped each week.  If they were left in to the end they would learn and probably improve and we would all learn by their mistakes too.   Also what a waste of all their hard work over the previous weeks and I wonder what happens to their now unattended plots.

  • I enjoyed it but I was hoping for more input not competition still it was fun to watch the competitors making jam image (no cornflower allowed)
  • Kevin daleKevin dale Posts: 135

    I'm with you Steve 09 Hugh is always worth a look his first two series of river cottage were essential viewing he did have a cow named trilby I kid you not 

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