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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 - Our favourite plant products & flowers (3/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Our favourite plant products & flowers (3/4)

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The newest and best plants and products from this year's Chelsea Flower Show are right here.

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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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Hester Digs Chelsea - this year's highlights from The Chelsea Flower Show (1/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - this year's highlights from The Chelsea Flower Show (1/4)

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Here's Hester' Macdonald's highlights from this year's Chelsea Flower Show, including the new rose from David Austin, "Emily Bronte", a green wall for urban bees, Tom...

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Dig It! Questions (21 May 2018)

Dig It! Questions (21 May 2018)

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The students at La Découverte in Mies are back for a second week, this time with lots of questions about their veggie patch. School gardens are a great way to get kids gardening, and the evidence s...

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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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Dig It Bamboo 7 May 2018

Dig It Bamboo 7 May 2018

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There are lots of bamboos on the market, suitable for all kind of situations. This week's show mentions Phyllostachys aureosulcata, a golden-stemmed bamboo that grows to about 6m, and also Phyl...

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Dig It! Spirulina (30 April 2018)

Dig It! Spirulina (30 April 2018)

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Spirulina is a unique "super-food", providing most of our daily nutritional requirements, and yet is probably the oldest food source on earth. Find out how the growers at SwissMade Spiruline are gr...

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Dig It! Jardin Botanique de Genève (23 April 2018)

Dig It! Jardin Botanique de Genève (23 April 2018)

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This week Dig It is taking a trip to the Botanic Gardens of Geneva, and Patrick Bungener, one of the researchers for a new exhibition, tells us all about the life of Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, o...

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Dig It! Smoothie (16 April 2018)

Dig It! Smoothie (16 April 2018)

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You can Grow Your Own Smoothies! Go for the easy plants that grow well like in Switzerland, like spinach, raspberries or strawberries and you'll have plenty for your smoothies and salads all summer...

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Dig It! SmoothieS (16 April 2018)

Dig It! SmoothieS (16 April 2018)

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You can Grow Your Own Smoothies! Go for the easy plants that grow well like in Switzerland, like spinach, raspberries or strawberries and you'll have plenty for your smoothies and salads all summer...

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Dig It! Lavender (9 April 2018)

Dig It! Lavender (9 April 2018)

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With temperatures slowly increasing, gardeners are starting to think about summer-flowering plants for their gardens and terraces. I'd choose a lavender plant, you can cut and dry the flower heads ...

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Dig It! Gardens To Visit (3 April 2018)

Dig It! Gardens To Visit (3 April 2018)

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Spring is sprung and it's the perfect time to get out and visit some beautiful gardens, get inspired and bring home something new. The gardens mentioned in today's show are the Camellia Park in Loc...

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Dig It: High performance smaller plants (26 March 2018)

Dig It: High performance smaller plants (26 March 2018)

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With the trend for smaller gardens and terraces, the plant growers and developers need to provide high-performing, compact plants for gardeners. Marco Conti from Selecta tells us about a cracking n...

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Dig It! Dahlias (19 March 2018)

Dig It! Dahlias (19 March 2018)

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Dahlias are a great way to add bright. long-lasting colour to your border or planters over the summer. They are available now in garden centres as dry tubers, plant them in pots indoors or a frost-...

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Dig It! Fruit Trees (12 March 2018)

Dig It! Fruit Trees (12 March 2018)

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Spring is traditionally a time to plant fruit trees, and with more demand for fruit trees for smaller spaces, there are plenty of new varieties available. A brand new variety from Plantipp, is the ...

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Dig It! Deer proof plants (5 March 2018)

Dig It! Deer proof plants (5 March 2018)

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Deer can be a real nuisance in country gardens, and this week, our listener, Sandra, has a problem with deer eating the roses and dogwoods in her garden. There are lots of great alternatives, like ...

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Dig It! Trompenburg Gardens NL (26 February 2018)

Dig It! Trompenburg Gardens NL (26 February 2018)

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If you're planning a trip to the Netherlands in the next few months, try to squeeze in a trip to the Trompenburg Gardens in Rotterdam www.trompenburg.nl - it's official, plants make people happy!

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Dig It! Gardens of the Future (19 February 2018)

Dig It! Gardens of the Future (19 February 2018)

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What will the garden centre of the future look like? Will we still buy our plants in the same way or will our behaviour change along with technology? The Garden Retail exhibition in Utrecht showcas...

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Dig It! Florists (12 February 2018)

Dig It! Florists (12 February 2018)

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With Valentine's Day on the horizon, many people will be thinking about buying flowers for their significant other, but have you ever stopped to think about the actual experience of buying flow...

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Dig It!  Disneyland Paris gardens (5 February 2018)

Dig It! Disneyland Paris gardens (5 February 2018)

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The pleasure garden, open to the public for entertainment and enjoyment, has a long and illustrious history. The Emperor Tiberius opened one to the Roman public in the first century, which stayed s...

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Dig It!  Orchids (29 January 2018)

Dig It! Orchids (29 January 2018)

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January is the month in Switzerland when orchids are often on show, and last week I was at a magnificent orchid show in Bern. The show was in the greenhouses of the City of Bern, in the superb sett...

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Dig It! Seedballs (22 January 2018)

Dig It! Seedballs (22 January 2018)

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Winter evenings for me are perfect curled up in front of the fire with a stack of seed catalogues and my photos of the garden from last year. It’s the time to plan what to change or add or ev...

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Dig It! Bulbs (15 January 2018)

Dig It! Bulbs (15 January 2018)

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This time of the year for me is all about bringing the outdoors indoors. I like to cut the odd branch of winter flowering shrubs like Viburnum, or pot up some snowdrops to put on a key windowsill t...

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