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Dig It! New nursery in Fribourg (6 July 2020)

Dig It! New nursery in Fribourg (6 July 2020)

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This week on Dig It we are visiting a brand new nursery in the Canton of Fribourg, the Pépinière d'Agnens, run by Ludivine Weber and Alexis Choffat. They started the nursery last autumn and expecte...

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Dig It: Roses (29 June 2020)

Dig It: Roses (29 June 2020)

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Last week saw a world first, in Nyon, in the Canton of Vaud. Unlike any other new rose competition, the Nyon new rose competition, is entirely zero treatment, and the results of this competition we...

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Dig It! Citrus (22 June 2020)

Dig It! Citrus (22 June 2020)

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This week's show is all abut bringing a touch of the Mediterranean to your garden or green space in Switzerland with citrus plants. Great plants for beginners include lemons (look out for the 4 Sea...

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Dig It! Botanica Week (15 June 2020)

Dig It! Botanica Week (15 June 2020)

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Botanic gardens cross Switzerland reopened last week, to the delight of visitors and staff alike. Annick Monod of the Botanical Garden of Fribourg tells us what's going on at the garden and what th...

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Dig It! Planting design book (8 June 2020)

Dig It! Planting design book (8 June 2020)

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This week we are looking at the new book from Nigel Dunnett, called "Naturalistic Planting Design: An Essential Guide" published by Filbert Press. If you've visited the Olympic Park in London or s...

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Dig It! Willows (1 June 2020)

Dig It! Willows (1 June 2020)

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On this week's Hester gives us the low down on willows...

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Dig It! Robot Lawn Mowers (18 May 2020)

Dig It! Robot Lawn Mowers (18 May 2020)

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This week's listener question is from Robert who is approaching a "significant" birthday and whose family would like to give him something to do with the garden as a gift. His dearest...

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Dig It: Noel Kingsbury and edible crops(25 May 2020)

Dig It: Noel Kingsbury and edible crops(25 May 2020)

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This week's guest is the well-known garden writer and horticulturalist, Noel Kingsbury www.noelkingsbury.com talking about books, learning and the Garden Masterclasses that he founded with Annie Gu...

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Dig It! Garden Masterclass (11 May 2020)

Dig It! Garden Masterclass (11 May 2020)

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Want to hear great garden-makers, gardeners and designers talking about their gardens and projects? Then check out the Garden Masterclass's www.gardenmasterclass.org huge selection of talks and rec...

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Dig It! Asima Pawpaw (4 May 2020)

Dig It! Asima Pawpaw (4 May 2020)

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I'm always on the lookout for new fruit varieties that are suitable for gardens in Switzerland, and I was delighted to find this Asimina or Pawpaw at the Groot Groen Plus show last year. Grown succ...

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Dig It! Listener Questions  (27 April 2020)

Dig It! Listener Questions (27 April 2020)

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This week we have a listener question from Dominic, who wants to find some attractive plants for his new office. Here are my Top 3 Office Plants Peace lilies, or Spathiphyllums are great office pl...

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Dig It! Gardening reading (20 April 2020)

Dig It! Gardening reading (20 April 2020)

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If you're looking for some thoughtful, garden-based reading, then the newly-published "A History of Gardening in 50 Objects" by George Drower, published by The History Press might be ...

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Dig It! More about heucheras (14 April 2020)

Dig It! More about heucheras (14 April 2020)

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Heucheras are one of my favourite plants for low-maintenance, easy-going year round colour. Find out more from expert grower Simon from AllPlants, who was showing a collection of some of the best h...

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Dig It! Composting

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If you've been wondering what to do with all the green waste you've created in the garden, then a Hotbin (www.hotbin.ch) might just be the answer. The Hotbin Mini was voted Product of the Y...

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Dig It! Primroses (30 March 2020)

Dig It! Primroses (30 March 2020)

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If you're still able to get out and enjoy local woods, or just have a messy lawn, like me, you'll have noticed the welcome appearance of primroses in the last few weeks. Elizabeth Lawson...

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Dig It! Micro Greens (23 March 2020)

Dig It! Micro Greens (23 March 2020)

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It's the time of year when keen gardeners are starting to plant the first seeds for the vegetable plots. If you'd like to have a go for the first time, here are a few suggestions, including easy ve...

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Dig It! Tree Houses (16 March 2020)

Dig It! Tree Houses (16 March 2020)

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With all the terrible and stressful news around right now, take a moment to dream a little with Alain Laurens, founder of the leading European tree house company, La Cabane Perchée http://ww...

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Dig It! Yellow Shrubs? (9 March 2020)

Dig It! Yellow Shrubs? (9 March 2020)

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Don't like yellow in the garden? Try Viburnum x bodnantense "Dawn" or "Charles Lamont" with pale pink flowers and lots of fragrance, or the shrubby honeysuckle Lonicera fragrantissima, which rejoic...

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Dig It!  Listener Questions (2 March 2020)

Dig It! Listener Questions (2 March 2020)

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Mark has moved into a new house with a garden, but doesn't recognise some of the trees and shrubs. What are the best apps and books for identification and basic care? Listen in to find out.

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Dig It: Watering systems  (24 February 2020)

Dig It: Watering systems (24 February 2020)

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With the changing climate bringing more challenging conditions for our garden and container plants, now's the time to think about watering systems - more efficient, less wasteful and better tar...

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Dig It! Plant Parenting (17 February 2020)

Dig It! Plant Parenting (17 February 2020)

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If you would like to have a go at making more of the plants you love, the Leslie Halleck's new book, published by Timber Press, and titled "Plant Parenting" is exactly what you're looking for. Have...

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Dig It! The wonders of hydrangeas (10 February 2020)

Dig It! The wonders of hydrangeas (10 February 2020)

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Of all spring flowers, I think hyacinths are my favourite. I like the shape of the petals and the fragrance and I was blown away when I came face to face with a brand new hydrangea at Groot Groen P...

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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! Pottery and vases (27 January 2020)

Dig It! Pottery and vases (27 January 2020)

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When the weather is cold and damp, it's great to be able to display flowers inside the house instead. Denise Sigrist is a potter who makes beautiful vases, perfect for those with limited space,...

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