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February 27, 2016

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Complete season 6 of the Scottish gardening show.

Ep1: 04-04-13
The return of the programme offering horticultural tips for both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts, with Chris Beardshaw joining Jim McColl, Carole Baxter and George Anderson on the team of experts. In the first edition they assess the damage winter has done to the garden and Carolyn Spray takes on the problem of a shady border – transforming the space with pots and plants in an economical and colourful way. Plus, George reports from the Snowdrop Festival in Dunskey Garden, near Stranraer.


Ep2: 11-04-13
Jim McColl gives advice on how to deal with overwintered begonia tubers in order to bring them into growth for this year, while Carole Baxter sows perennial wildflower seeds. Chris Beardshaw visits the garden of Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire, where the snow allowed him to appreciate the form, structure and design.

Ep3: 18-04-13
Jim McColl takes the temperature of the soil in the vegetable plot to assess what he can sow and Carole Baxter tends to houseplants and demonstrates how to propagate cape primrose. George Anderson helps Jayne McCracken in Newton Mearns, Glasgow, to restore her garden to its former glory, creating an alpine scree, planting a woodland area and establishing a shrub border.

Ep4: 25-04-13
Jim McColl prunes the cherries and plums and tries his best to resuscitate his ailing pear trees. Meanwhile, Carole Baxter and Chris Beardshaw plant a range of miniature vegetables that will grow well in containers and also begin a trial to compare trusted varieties of herbaceous perennials with similar modern ones. Jim visits Gargunnock House, near Stirling, and meets head gardener Willie Campbell, who is an active member of the Rhododendron Conservation Group.

Ep5: 02-05-13
Jim McColl and Carole Baxter set up a test to find out which plants are best for ground cover and Chris Beardshaw helps Anne and George Taylor with the garden at their new-build home in Dundee. Jim visits Parkhead Gardens in Rosneath, Argyll and Bute, where Ian McKellar has spent 40 years restoring a walled garden in an Italianate style.

Ep6: 09-05-13
In a fruit-themed programme, Carole Baxter find signs of life in the outside-grown fig and compares it with the brown turkey variety that is thriving in the fruit house, while Jim McColl and George Anderson prune the vines and tackle some problems in the orchard. Chris Beardshaw visits the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham in Kent, and Lynn Harris heads to Glasgow’s flower market to select blooms to create an arrangement to celebrate Beechgrove’s 35th anniversary.


Ep7: 16-05-13
Jim McColl grows eight different kinds of tomatoes, planning to identify the tastiest varieties, while Carole Baxter compares bought-in turf and seeded grass, and helps George Anderson create a new grass and gravel garden that will make use of old tree roots and stumps.

Ep8: 23-05-13
Jim McColl tries out some new varieties of hardy annuals that have been sown in seed trays in advance of planting, while Carole Baxter is setting up the more tender crops in the polytunnel including cucumbers, physalis and tomatillo. Jim also visits Arduaine garden near Oban, which boasts 20 acres of woodland plants.

Ep9: 31-05-13
The team visits Gardening Scotland, where pansies, pelargoniums, cacti and clematis will be among the floral delights displayed by exhibitors – some of whom were successful in this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Ep10: 06-06-13
Carolyn Spray and Carole Baxter review the progress of the decking garden and also plant a bedding display on the theme of emerald, jade and coral, while Jim McColl is at Comrie primary school in Perthshire to help the children deal with an infestation of creeping buttercups. Carole also visits Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden to view its new Alpine House.

Ep11: 13-06-13
Jim McColl gives advice on how to make compost and joins Chris Beardshaw to compare old and new varieties of herbaceous plants. Carole Baxter visits Poyntzfield Herb Nursery on the Black Isle peninsula in the Highlands to seek advice on which Scottish native herbs to grow at Beechgrove.

Ep12: 20-06-13
Carole and Carolyn are creating a new Scottish herb garden with a range of hardy medicinal and edible herbs, Jim grows his sweet peas in cordon style, regimented, with straight stems. Meanwhile, Carole is growing a profusion of sweet peas up a range of supports to see how well they run while George and Carole review where we are with our trial of Award of Garden Merit veg plants.

Ep13: 11-07-13
Jim McColl, Carole Baxter and George Anderson review the progress of the garden’s vegetable plots. Chris Beardshaw heads to the Edinburgh suburb of Balerno to help Sally Cheseldine deal with a drainage problem affecting her lawn, while Carole meets Panny Laing in the gardens of the Logie estate near Forres.


Ep14: 26-07-13
Jim McColl reviews the progress of the chrysanthemums after their winter heat treatment for eelworm and Carole Baxter and Chris Beardshaw overhaul the main pond. George Anderson and Carolyn Spray visit Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides to help out with the final stages of the creation of a community garden on the island.

Ep15: 02-08-13
Jim McColl and Carole Baxter prune the ornamental side of the garden and see how their sweet peas are faring, while Chris Beardshaw creates a herbaceous border and adds some extra plants specifically for wildlife. Carole travels to West Lothian to visit the garden of former Beechgrove presenter Lesley Watson.

Ep16: 08-08-13
The team looks at how the annual planting schemes have fared, including the 35th anniversary emerald and coral theme, while George Anderson shows how to harvest and sow blue poppy seeds. Chris Beardshaw examines the RHS’s new hardiness ratings for plants, and Carole Baxter visits Donna Speed in Tarland, Aberdeenshire, to help sort out a few fruit-related garden problems.

Ep17: 15-08-13
The team helps with the creation of a new community garden on the western shore of Loch Long, just outside the village of Ardentinny in Argyll and Bute. Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Carolyn Spray also meet some talented local gardeners and help solve a problem or two.

Ep18: 22-08-13
In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim is propagating from the strawberry stock. He’s hoping to compare 1st, 2nd and 3rd year fruiting and taste over the next few years. Meanwhile, Chris revisits his experiment with root pruned peaches in pots and finds that they have put on a lot of growth and need careful pruning. Carole takes a look at a range of beautiful chillies being grown in the greenhouse, while Jim and Chris are going to try to grow a range of rambling roses up the conifers at the back of Chris’ recent stumpery development in the garden. Jim visits the James Hutton Research Institute, which is situated in Scotland’s fruit bowl, Invergowrie.

Ep19: 29-08-13
In the Beechgrove Garden, it’s time for some autumn lawn maintenance with Jim. George and Jim are also strimming and tidying the wild area while Carole takes another look at her colourful chilli collection. Chris is with Edwin and Pat Richardson in Anstruther, to help them with a small but badly overgrown corner in their otherwise lovely and prize-winning garden. Jim visits Arthur and June Martins’ garden in Clovenfords, Galashiels – a large rural garden with fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, greenhouses, polytunnel, pond and an active beehive. All of the features have been designed and created by the owners and are excellent examples of organic gardening and what can be achieved with a bit of imagination and hard work.


Ep20: 05-09-13
In the Beechgrove Garden it’s time to be pruning hedges. Jim shows how to prune a range of hedges, from the straightforward cotoneaster to the more challenging elevated pleached lime. Meanwhile, George and Carole will be planting a hedge of purple flowering nepeta to replace the ex-lavender hedge with a similar look, but hopefully more hardy disposition. George and head gardener Jane are in the show veg polytunnel unveiling the monster veg within… they hope. Carole visits Ian Alexander’s Birken Cottage garden near Inverurie. This is a steeply sloping garden of just under an acre and is packed with plants. The garden rises from a wet streamside gully and woodland, past sunny terraces and a small parterre, to dry flowering banks.

Ep21: 12-09-13
Community Garden Special, Moniack Mhor Creative Writers Centre, Kiltarlity. The Beechgrove team travel to the mountains above Loch Ness to help in the culmination of a properly inspirational community garden. Moniack Mhor Creative Writers Centre is a meeting place for an area and community broadly named Kiltarlity and is situated about 800 feet above Loch Ness. Writers and would be writers visit this stunning but hugely exposed part of Scotland to be inspired and the centre is also used as a hub for the community in general. The team will be helping in the final stages of the community garden and will also be out and about in the Loch Ness area visiting lovely local gardens. The team also conduct a Q&A at the community garden and try to deal with a range of local gardening problems.

Ep22: 19-09-13
In the Beechgrove vegetable garden, harvest is in full swing, but Jim is also looking to extend the season of picking by sowing some overwintering vegetables. Carole and George clearly know their onions as they look at different techniques in growing shallots and onions in order to rid them of white rot. George also reports from his own allotment in Edinburgh and compares how he has fared that bit further south to Beechgrove. Jim and Carole plant up late colour for containers in keeping with the 35th anniversary colours theme and this time going for an emerald theme. Jim has been growing a range of tasty tomatoes, which are given the ultimate test. Jim investigates what ‘taste’ means with the help of Abertay University.

Ep23: 26-09-13
In the Beechgrove Garden, Carole and Chris finally decide on the fate of the poor old peach tree. Beleaguered by red spider mite and scab, but after it has produced one of its best crops ever, is it still for the chop? Chris also revisits some of his experimental herbaceous planting to see if the new varieties planted have lived up to their claims. Meanwhile Jim and George have been in beautiful Speyside, helping out during the final stages of a garden around a restored Wool Mill at Knockando near Aberlour. The garden will feature plants that are used in the dyeing process.

Ep24: 03-10-13
The Beechgrove team are all on the road again to help out in a community garden that will make us all feel better. Staff, patients and community of Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, famous for its many medical research advances, have taken over an acre of land in the hospital grounds and are creating a therapeutic, physic garden for everyone to enjoy. Jim, Carole, George and Carolyn will all be helping out with post-operative care (on the garden) as well as visiting the local gardens of Dundee. The community gardens are about communities creating gardens for themselves, by themselves with a little help from Beechgrove. There are over 200 community gardens across Scotland that have been enabled in this way since 1996.

Ep25: 10-10-13
In the penultimate Beechgrove Garden of the season, Jim and Carole are planning ahead for next year as they plant up a spring bulb display, a classic combination of tulips and hyacinths. Falling leaves are everywhere but Jim suggests that we put them to good use and he shows all the different stages of making lovely leaf mould to use as a mulch. Jim also takes a look at what compost we have managed to make through the season. Chris is with the pupils from Galasheils school. They have a hugely overgrown pond and when Chris and team clear it out they find that they have a much bigger job lurking beneath the water than first thought to create a wildlife haven for the school.

Ep26: 17-10-13
It’s the last programme of the series and Jim, Carole, George, Chris and Carolyn will be helping the gardeners batten down the hatches for the winter. The team will also review the garden and the season, as well as celebrate the successes which include 400 cucumbers and award winning monster show veg. There will also be the final marrow competition weigh in. Who has the biggest and best marrow? The last programme will be full of jobs for the autumn and into the winter and projects that we can all have a go at no matter what the weather. Carole visits Ken and Kristina Dupar’s restoration of a Victorian garden in Cromarty.

Originally Posted 18/10/2013

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