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Dig It! Flowering Bulbs (17 June 2019)

Dig It! Flowering Bulbs (17 June 2019)

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As the spring-flowering bulbs start to fade, it's a good time to check out what autumn-flowering bulbs you could use to replace them, for containers or straight in the ground. Anne van der Elst fro...

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Dig It! Irises (11 June 2019)

Dig It! Irises (11 June 2019)

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The Goddess of the Rainbow, Iris, has definitely been playing with all the colours at the Merian Garten in Basel.Wwith over 1500 varieties of bearded iris, you're sure to find a favourite, see if y...

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Dig It! Roses and the Estaveyer-le-Lac festival (3 June 2019)

Dig It! Roses and the Estaveyer-le-Lac festival (3 June 2019)

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June is the month for roses, and this year sees the big Festival des Roses in Estavayer-le-Lac, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June. For details, go to www.festivaldesroses.ch My "tried and ...

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Tak Erzinger: poetry and pilgrimage on St Jacob's Way

Tak Erzinger: poetry and pilgrimage on St Jacob's Way

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  Poet and artist Tak Erzinger took to St Jacob's Way (also known as St James' Way / Jakobsweg) as a pilgramage that would help her deal with personal trauma. She returned...

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10 years of 'Caves Ouvertes' in Vaud (8-9 June)

10 years of 'Caves Ouvertes' in Vaud (8-9 June)

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  Catherine Cruchon from Domaine Henri Cruchon explains the Caves Ouvertes event in Vaud, which takes place this year on the 8-9 June. She also gives us an initiation into the best way t...

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Dig It! Chelsea Flower Show (27 May 2019)

Dig It! Chelsea Flower Show (27 May 2019)

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This year's Chelsea Flower Show was, as ever, sold out, but if you missed it, Hester has some highlights for you. If you want to go next year, the easiest way is to join the RHS, find out how o...

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Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

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  Hydrangeas are among my favourite flowers for the month of May, and Eric Renault of Sapho nurseries in the north of France, was showing a brand new variety, called Hydrangea macrophylla &...

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Dig It! Jardins en Fete (13 May 2019)

Dig It! Jardins en Fete (13 May 2019)

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The largest outdoor garden show in Switzerland, Jardins en Fete, took place this weekend at the Château de Coppet. Among the many plants, accessories, furniture and objets d’art, some beautiful nat...

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Dig It Listener Questions 6 May 2019

Dig It Listener Questions 6 May 2019

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Our listener Sandy wanted to know why her tulips stop flowering after a few years. You can try digging them up after flowering and storing them for the summer, or choose tulips that re-flower relia...

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Win a stay in Ticino

Win a stay in Ticino

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  Here in Ticino, quality and efficiency are Swiss, whereas the flair and the lifestyle is Italian. Be seduced by the breathtaking scenery, the colours and the flavours of the "...

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Dig It! Begonias (29 April 2019)

Dig It! Begonias (29 April 2019)

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With lots of lovely summer flowering plants in the garden centres, it can be tempting to go crazy and plant them out right now, but traditional gardening wisdom says to wait until the Ice Saints Da...

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Dig It! Organic Seeds (24 April 2019)

Dig It! Organic Seeds (24 April 2019)

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Warm weather and occasional rain make for a perfect start to the veggie growing season in Switzerland. If you haven't already started your veggie plot this year, or are looking for some inspira...

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Dig It Tree Damage 15 April 2019

Dig It Tree Damage 15 April 2019

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A couple of weeks ago most of Switzerland suffered a fall of some heavy, late spring snow, causing damage to trees all over the country. Dig It takes a trip to listener Chris's garden to see hi...

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Producing organic wine at the Château d'Eclépens

Producing organic wine at the Château d'Eclépens

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  Francois de Coulon, from the Château d'Eclépens, tells us about his family's venture towards a more environmentally friendly method of wine production...  

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Dig It! Biodiversity (8 April 2019)

Dig It! Biodiversity (8 April 2019)

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Biodiversity is one of the big buzzwords in the garden right now, and the Meier garden centre show garden at Giardina was packed with easy and accessible ways to make your garden more biodiverse. E...

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Gadget Guru - Robot Lawnmowers

Gadget Guru - Robot Lawnmowers

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        WRS is the only mainstream English-language radio station in Switzerland. Listen on DAB+ and, of course, for listeners further afield- on mobile apps, int...

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Dig It! No more plastic pots (1 April 2019)

Dig It! No more plastic pots (1 April 2019)

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With plastic at the top of many people's lists of concerns for the planet, it's a good moment to ask the horticultural industry what they are doing to reduce or stop their plastic usage. Ji...

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Dig It! How to help the bees (25 March 2019)

Dig It! How to help the bees (25 March 2019)

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We all want to help the bees, but it can be difficult if you garden on a balcony, or are renting your house and can't make major changes in the garden. the Be Conservancy have lots of suggestions a...

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Dig It! Moss Balls (18 March 2019)

Dig It! Moss Balls (18 March 2019)

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The Giardina garden show was on last week in Zurich, and one of the big trends for this year is moss - it was everywhere, as ground cover, on rocks and on walls. The new company Cosmos, make moss b...

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Dig It! Ferns (11 March 2019)

Dig It! Ferns (11 March 2019)

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This week we are joining the delightful Elisabetta Cavrini of Garden Studio il giardiniere goloso, a garden design studio with a nursery based in Bologna https://www.gardenstudio.it/archivio-event...

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Dig It! Ticino Gardens (4 March 2019)

Dig It! Ticino Gardens (4 March 2019)

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This week we are in Ticino, visiting the glorious garden the Parco Botanico Gamborogno and the Vivaio Eisenhut, a nursery packed with fabulous camellias, azaleas, magnolias, as well as hardy citrus...

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Dig It: Rose Breeder David Austin (25 February 2019)

Dig It: Rose Breeder David Austin (25 February 2019)

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This week we're celebrating the life of the British rose breeder, David Austin, who died last December, aged 92. His English Roses, hybrids with the best characteristics of old roses and modern ros...

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Dig It!  Zurich Gessner Garden (19 February 2019)

Dig It! Zurich Gessner Garden (19 February 2019)

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This week we are visiting the wonderful Gessner Garden in Zurich, in the company of Peter Enz, the Curator of the Botanic Garden of Zurich.

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Dig It! Spring Bulbs (11 February 2019)

Dig It! Spring Bulbs (11 February 2019)

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Spring flowering bulbs bring a great touch of colour to any garden or balcony. They are generally planted in the autumn, but if you missed the boat on planting in the autumn, don't panic, you can b...

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