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Dig It! Get your Mojo with berries (20 January 2020)

Dig It! Get your Mojo with berries (20 January 2020)

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With advances in breeding and development, it's getting easier and easier to fit a berrying plant or two into your garden. This week, Peter van Rjjssen from Plantipp https://www.plantipp.eu/en/Plan...

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Dig It! Moss (13 January 2020)

Dig It! Moss (13 January 2020)

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Moss can be a divisive subject among gardeners, but Erica Nordstrom's new book, titled "Moss - Discover. Gather. Grow. From forest to garden: a guide to the hidden world of moss" might help to pers...

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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! Christmas Tree Alternatives (16 December 2019)

Dig It! Christmas Tree Alternatives (16 December 2019)

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There are lots of great alternatives to buying a Christmas tree, and Barbara Erkelens of Koninstuin https://koningstuin.com/producten/products has some great suggestions for dwarf conifers and othe...

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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! Oaks and climate change (2 December 2019)

Dig It! Oaks and climate change (2 December 2019)

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Peter Brang, senior scientists at the federal research institute for forests, snow and landscape www.wsl.ch is our guest on Dig It! this week, talking about why oaks could be the climate change win...

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Dig It: Trees (25 November 2019)

Dig It: Trees (25 November 2019)

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Martin Schlaepfer is our guest on Dig It! this week, he's a senior lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva, and has some great insights to share about what t...

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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! Permaculture (11 November 2019)

Dig It! Permaculture (11 November 2019)

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Confused about permaculture? Ingrid Heinrich of Creative PermaLab in the Vaudois village of Crans-près-Céligny explains that it's all much more simple than you might think. If you...

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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! Edible Roses (28 October 2019)

Dig It! Edible Roses (28 October 2019)

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Eating rose hips in jam or tea, is a popular and well-known source of Vitamin C, but how about eating the rose, petals and all? Williane Sluiter of Incredible Roses in the Netherlands, has been doi...

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Dig It! Tillandsia (21 October 2019)

Dig It! Tillandsia (21 October 2019)

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As the weather gets colder, it's time to think about plants for indoors. At the Orticolario show in Italy, I met Paolo Michieli, a Tiallandsia specialist and owner of Michieli Floricultura. You can...

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Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

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As the autumn draws on, it's the perfect time of year to plant something new in your garden, particularly shrubs and trees. Andy McIndoe's new book for Timber Press, called "Shrubs: Discover the Pe...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from Marie, who has a problem with non-flowering and leaning roses. The roses are suffering from a lack of sunlight, as they are in the shadow of a large...

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Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

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At the start of autumn there are dozens of excellent garden and plant events happening all over Europe, and one of my favourites is Orticolario. It's only 3 hours by train from Zurich to Como, ...

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Dig It! Orchids (16 September 2019)

Dig It! Orchids (16 September 2019)

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Hardy orchids, like Cypripedium, or Ladies' Slipper Orchids, or Bletillas, are easy to grow in a shady spot in the garden, or a large container on a shady part of the terrace- Christian from Anthur...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (9 September 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (9 September 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from David about his lawn. There is very little grass underneath a large tree, and he wants to know if it's beyond help? Luckily, there's always a solution a...

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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! Summer proof your garden (24 June 2019)

Dig It! Summer proof your garden (24 June 2019)

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With the first of the summer heatwaves hitting Switzerland this week, it's a good opportunity to take stock of your garden or terrace and summer-proof it as well as you can. Watering systems, DIY k...

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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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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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