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Gardening in Aberdeenshire

Just watched Gardener's World.  I think it is only relevant to gardeners in the south  of Britain.  After our extremely low temperatures (still barely getting above 12 degrees here) and rain, rain, rain, I am only just seeing peas and broad beans peeking up.  To see sweet peas in flower and new potatoes being lifted, doesn't encourage me to keep viewing.  Get real!




  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    This is really an old chestnut with the greatest respect-it is a matter of making adjustment to your own growing conditions-what do you want them to do?

    -and after all you have Beechgrove- one more gardening programme than the rest of the country.

  • AlisonfdAlisonfd Posts: 9

    I'd just like them to be more aware and helpful to those of us who are growing in more adverse conditions.  Otherwise it just becomes very annoying to watch every Friday.

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    I know where your coming from Alisonfd I garden in the Highlands but enjoy gardeners world anyway. I watch Beechgrove too

  • AlisonfdAlisonfd Posts: 9

    If it's such 'an old chestnut' then why don't the production team make the programme more relevant to the rest of the country.  Beechgrove Garden is OK but they have a huge site with greenhouses, polytunnels, etc and those of us without those indulgences just want advice on growing the best produce that we can in difficult conditions.  (My biggest success this year is overwintering globe artichokes - well mulched and under fleece - but already three fruits showing - well chuffed).  Glad to hear some feedback, Wee Jenny!

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    image I buy gardening magazines and what you have to do as you read them you've to put your brain a month ahead. Just different gardening

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I also find it quite frustrating at times and I am further south than MD. I would love to know how he got his dahlia to flower so early and I assumed that the Tithonias had been grown in a heated greenhouse.

    I would expect him to have a couple of greenhouses to produce the quantity of plants that he grows but I feel for any newbie gardeners watching who think that you could produce those results in your garden without heat. This board is full of people struggling with this years weather conditions and that reassures  me. As you say Beechgrove seem to grow an awful lot in polytunnels and greenhouses, I will have to start saving up.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Read your thread then watched GW.

    I''m in the NW and got a couple of things from this weeks GW, firstly I've garlic, planted last October and now I know it has rust, it will be coming up. On a positive note that make's room for other veg which is ready to plant out.

    Secondly, I've plants coming to the end of their flowering season which can be dug up and taken out of the bed so the seedlings which I thought there wasn't room for can now be plant out.

     Monty's garden is huge compared to most, your need to think outside the box, take what's useful and enjoy the rest. 

  • AlisonfdAlisonfd Posts: 9

    Kate1123, I'm not a newbie gardener.  I've been gardening for over 40 years, but I get very frustrated seeing these TV programmes which appear to show what I know is impossible in northern areas without greenhouses or polytunnels, etc.  In a normal household setting (I have a medium sized garden with raised beds for veg and lots of lawn and flower/shrub areas) I'm only starting off the summer season and they are already way ahead. 

    Weejenny, I agree with your month difference.  But it also makes our growing season so much shorter.  May to October becomes June to September.

    Zoomer44, I try to think 'outside the box' - it's part of gardening in difficult conditions, but this weather makes it so much more difficult.  GW just doesn't seem to acknowledge this.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Alisonfd apologies I was not trying to imply you were a newbie gardener, I am the novice. I just find that there is a large gap between what I watch and what I can achieve. 

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    The size, variety and splendour of Monty's garden is staggering at times as with Carols too, but he's also been there +20 years and Carol has been at Glebe cottage +30 yrs. In all that time, soil improvement, landscaping and establishing plants have been key to their successes. Knowing their plot has helped them to understand what works and what doesn't. And one of the reasons I truly enjoy Monty's presentation on GW, is that he shares his failures too. If he's not some gardening genius who never gets it wrong, then I have hope that I may achieve something similar in my own garden.

    Draw inspiration from the GW programs and tailor what they're doing to knowledge of your own plot. I live in Kent and yes things grow here in the summer, but that doesn't mean I don't meet challenges or watch some programs with very little relevance to my own garden. I've yet to add water, so the pond episode the other week was completely out of touch with me, yet I enjoyed it all the same, learning something along the way and enjoying the success of Monty's hard work that was shown last night. It doesn't mean I'm going straight off to dig a dirty great big pond in my garden, it wouldn't fit, but when the time comes for water, I can draw inspiration from what I saw.

    As a side note, perhaps you are expecting too much from your veg if you grow them without protection so far north? I know not everyone can afford polytunnels but I'm not even bothering with outdoor tomatoes or peppers anymore and I live in the far south! blight gets mine every year!


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