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Dig It! Growing veggies with kids  (1 May 2017)

Dig It! Growing veggies with kids (1 May 2017)

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Growing vegetables, fruit or herbs with children is a great way to get them interested in growing and then eating the results. My own children chose their own crops to grow from about the age of th...

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Dig It! Belgian peony nursery (24 April 2017)

Dig It! Belgian peony nursery (24 April 2017)

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The famous French plant fair, Saint Jean de Beauregard, was on last week, and the superb Belgian peony nursery, Graefswinning were there with lots of new varieties. Jeannine Lemmens, the owner...

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Dig It! Spring is here  (April 17 2017)

Dig It! Spring is here (April 17 2017)

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Spring is really here and the local garden centres are doing a roaring trade. If you're in the Suisse Romande, one of the oldest and best known is the family company Schilliger. Founded in 1945 by ...

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Dig It! Hydrangeas  (10 April 2017)

Dig It! Hydrangeas (10 April 2017)

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Hydrangeas are glorious plants for the garden, but what if you only have space for a small pot on your balcony or terrace? Up until now, there were very few naturally small hydrangeas, but Jean Pie...

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Dig It: Listener questions (3 April 2017)

Dig It: Listener questions (3 April 2017)

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On this week's Dig It, Hester is tackling a couple of your listener questions. Alison wants to know what veggies can safely be planted now, and Paddy wants to know how he can grow British bluebells...

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Dig It! Giardina garden show review (20 March 2017)

Dig It! Giardina garden show review (20 March 2017)

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The Giardina show in Zurich is the largest indoor garden show in Switzerland, and Hester Macdonald visited last week. Some superb show gardens and some great tips for smaller balconies and gardens ...

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Dig It! Urban Gardens (13 March 2017)

Dig It! Urban Gardens (13 March 2017)

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Here is the Dig It for this week, continuing our theme of urban gardens and a look at a new seed library just opened in St Jean in Geneva. I spoke to Caroline Dommen who was involved with the esta...

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Dig It! Did the cold kill bugs? Listener questions (6 March 2017)

Dig It! Did the cold kill bugs? Listener questions (6 March 2017)

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Les emailed in with the question "has this cold weather been enough to kill off the bugs eating my hedge?" and the answer is probably not, unless you live at a significant elevation or the garden i...

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Dig It! Urban Gardening  (27 February 2017)

Dig It! Urban Gardening (27 February 2017)

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Urban gardening is on the rise, and in Geneva, one of the popular spots is in the Parc de Beaulieu. I met up with Caroline Dommen there recently, and she told me all about the origins of the urban ...

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Visit Schilliger Garden Centre and café in Gland

Visit Schilliger Garden Centre and café in Gland

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Schilliger Garden Centre in Gland is the largest garden centre in the Suisse Romande. Here you can find virtually everything you need for the garden, plus beautiful things to decorate your hom...

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Dig It! What could your garden have in the future? (20 February 2017)

Dig It! What could your garden have in the future? (20 February 2017)

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What can you expect to find in your garden centre in the future? The Tuinzaken Retail Experience show in Boskoop in Holland had lots of ideas. Anite Meulemann, the Director of the show and Romeo So...

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Dig It!  Listener Questions (6 Feburary 2017)

Dig It! Listener Questions (6 Feburary 2017)

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As part of a new/old feature, Hester will be tackling your listener questions once a month on the first show of the month. To open the 2017 questions, we have a question from Fiona Garnham, of the ...

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Dig It! Fruit Trees (13 February 2017)

Dig It! Fruit Trees (13 February 2017)

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February is an excellent time to plan for fruit trees later this summer. Jan of Jos Frijns & Zonen, a Dutch fruit specialist, has lots of great ideas for growing fruit in small spaces and even ...

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Dig It! Landscape architect Gilles Clement (30 January 2017)

Dig It! Landscape architect Gilles Clement (30 January 2017)

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One of the greatest living French landscape architects, Gilles Clement was in Geneva last week, for a lecture at the Lullier School of Horticulture. Hester Macdonald chatted to him about his i...

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Dig It! Winter in the garden (23 January 2017)

Dig It! Winter in the garden (23 January 2017)

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With the cold winter winds howling about our ears, it's very tempting to stay indoors and forget about the garden. But how do the plants outside manage to survive? Rene Smulders of Wageningen Unive...

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Dig It: Planning for spring bees (10 January 2017)

Dig It: Planning for spring bees (10 January 2017)

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While it's cold outside, you can plan ahead for your gardening year by planning some space for mason bees. Mason bees are one of the many species of solitary bee native to Switzerland, and are very...

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Dig It! Last minute gifts for gardeners (12 December 2016)

Dig It! Last minute gifts for gardeners (12 December 2016)

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Our last show of the year, and there's plenty to inspire you for last minute gifts for gardeners. Don't panic, we have it all covered

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Dig It - Gifts for Gardeners (28 Nov 2016)

Dig It - Gifts for Gardeners (28 Nov 2016)

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What's the next best thing to actually being in the garden? Sitting down with a beautiful book about gardens, of course! Tara Lissner and Hester Macdonald have picked three of their favourites from...

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Dig It: Christmas gifts for gardeners (5 December 2016)

Dig It: Christmas gifts for gardeners (5 December 2016)

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Tara Lissner, Director of the Swiss Gardening School and Hester have more Gifts for Gardeners. They are all easy to find locally in Switzerland or buy before the holidays on line

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Dig It! Home Made gifts for Xmas (21 November 2016)

Dig It! Home Made gifts for Xmas (21 November 2016)

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With the holiday season approaching, it's time to start planning some gifts to give. If you're a bit green-thumbed, why not try out some suggestions for home made gifts, winter pots and forced bulb...

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Dig It: Bee books for children (14 November 2016)

Dig It: Bee books for children (14 November 2016)

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In the first of our shows on holiday gifts for gardeners, we meet local Geneva author, Allison Tanimura. Allison describes herself as a "bee custodian and educator" and as a natural next step has ...

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Dig It! Keeping bees is easy (31 Oct 2016)

Dig It! Keeping bees is easy (31 Oct 2016)

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Bees are in trouble, their numbers are plummeting and their pollinating days may be behind them. Or are they? Allison Tanimura, bee custodian in the Canton of Vaud, has plenty of hope for the futur...

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Dig It! Keeping bees is easy!

Dig It! Keeping bees is easy!

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On this week's Dig It! Bees are in trouble, their numbers are plummeting and their pollinating days may be behind them. Or are they? Allison Tanimura, bee custodian in the Canton of Vaud, has ple...

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Autumn gardens in Ticino and Italy

Autumn gardens in Ticino and Italy

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With the school autumn holidays approaching, you may be wondering where to go for a few last days of sunshine in Switzerland or nearby.

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