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Dig It! Listener Questions (3 February 2020)

Dig It! Listener Questions (3 February 2020)

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It's the first week of the month and we have a listener question from Mark. He has moved into a new home, and the garden is partly covered in astroturf. What should he do, once the astroturf ha...

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Dig It! Choosing an indoor tree

Dig It! Choosing an indoor tree

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Choosing a tree for an indoor space is a real challenge. Hervé from the International School of Lausanne would like to find a tree for their entrance hall. Have a listen to hear the suggesti...

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Dig It! Seeds (9 December 2019)

Dig It! Seeds (9 December 2019)

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Welcome to the wonderful world of seeds! With a magnificent new book "The Book of Seeds" published by Ivy Press, lots of suggestions for easy seeds to grow in your garden, there's ple...

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Dig It: Mowers (18 November 2019)

Dig It: Mowers (18 November 2019)

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With the recent wet weather, it's been almost impossible to get outside and cut lawns, or even to rake up the leaves. Never mind, console yourselves with a new book about lawn mowers and read a...

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Dig It! Rosemary name change (4 November 2019)

Dig It! Rosemary name change (4 November 2019)

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It's the first week of the month so we have a question from a listener. Beatrice wanted to know about the name change for rosemary, which sees it switch from being Rosmarinus officinalis to Sal...

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Dig It! Lausanne Jardins (2 September 2019)

Dig It! Lausanne Jardins (2 September 2019)

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The Lausanne Jardins event is in full swing and continues on until mid October - have a look on line for details of each garden and explore the interactive map https://lausannejardins.ch/en/ Pro...

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Dig It! Clematis (26 August 2019)

Dig It! Clematis (26 August 2019)

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After a summer break, Hester Macdonald is back with the first Dig It! of the autumn. Inspired by the sprays of Old Man's Beard, or traveller's Joy she has been seeing in the hedgerows aroun...

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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! 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! Dahlias (7 January 2019)

Dig It! Dahlias (7 January 2019)

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When it's cold and dark outside in the garden, there's nothing better than sitting down with a great book, full of inspiration for the year to come. A perfect book for any beginner or exper...

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Dig It:  Gift-giving for gardeners (10 Dec 2018)

Dig It: Gift-giving for gardeners (10 Dec 2018)

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  With the holidays rapidly approaching and the season of gift-giving almost upon us, we have a collection of fantastic gift ideas for the green-fingered gardener in your life, of maybe jus...

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Dig It: Clothes (26 Nov 2018)

Dig It: Clothes (26 Nov 2018)

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  What do you wear to do the gardening? Special gardening clothes? Special boots? My trusty Le Chameau boots are great, and I love my Danish clogs too, but I think I've found the perfec...

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Dig It! Zurich Botanical Garden (1 October 2018)

Dig It! Zurich Botanical Garden (1 October 2018)

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In the centre of Zurich, just a few hundred metres from the station, is the Old Botanic Garden of the University of Zurich, or Alter Botanische Garten. Established in 1837, the garden sits on top o...

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Dig It! Chateau de Gruyères (17 September 2018)

Dig It! Chateau de Gruyères (17 September 2018)

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In my travels all around Switzerland this summer, researching for a book, I've been able to visit some marvellous, magical gardens, and the garden in the Chateau de Gruyères is one of my...

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Dig It! Plants For Autumn (10 September 2018)

Dig It! Plants For Autumn (10 September 2018)

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With thousands of new plants to be launched every year, it can be difficult to choose which ones to plant in your garden. Peter van Rijssen from Plantipp has a good eye for a good plant, and this y...

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Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

Dig It! Plants for students (3 September 2018)

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With lots of students off to college this autumn, perhaps a plant might make them feel more at home? The American Horticultural Therapy Association have shown that having plants in your immediate e...

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Dig It! - Garden dos and don'ts in a heatwave

Dig It! - Garden dos and don'ts in a heatwave

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Hester Macdonald is here to give us some advice on how we might be wasting water and making unnecessary work for ourselves by watering certain established plants or grassy spots. Did you also kn...

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Dig It! - Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening, by William Shenstone (16 July 2018)

Dig It! - Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening, by William Shenstone (16 July 2018)

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Following on from last week's show about Chinese gardens, this week we are looking at the English Landscape garden and the writer, William Shenstone, who could be said to have first described i...

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Award winning must-haves from Chelsea

Award winning must-haves from Chelsea

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The Royal Horticulatural Society’s Product of the Year is a hotly-contested title, judged by a panel of experts including Deborah Meaden, business woman extraordinaire and long-running judge ...

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Chelsea Show Gardens – how to get the look in your garden

Chelsea Show Gardens – how to get the look in your garden

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The 2018 Chelsea Flower Show closed on the 26th of May, but the ideas seen in the Show Gardens will be providing both designers and home gardeners with plenty of inspiration over the next year.

Provided by Meier Garden-Centre

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Hester Digs Chelsea - Things to take home (4/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Things to take home (4/4)

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 What were the big themes or take-homes from this year's Chelsea Flower Showthat you can try in your garden right now? Screens and water for the hardscaping and yellow in any form at ...

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Hester Digs Chelsea - Gold Medal & Best in Show (2/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Gold Medal & Best in Show (2/4)

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At this year's Chelsea Flower Show Hester and Tara from the Swiss Gardening School found a garden they walked straight into and loved - with lots of yellow...

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Dig It! Insect Hotels (14 May 2018)

Dig It! Insect Hotels (14 May 2018)

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La Découverte School in Mies has a vegetable patch and an insect hotel. We took a trip to meet some of the students and answer their questions about their insect visitors and their insect ho...

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