February 23, 2016

Beechgrove Garden s07.

(Series Repack)

Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw return for a new series of Beehgrove Garden. In the first programme the team take a look at boggy gardens across the country and assess what can be done. Plus, the team spend some time with the unintended paddling pond, which has appeared in the Beechgrove Fruit House.


Jim repairs the lawn following the wet weather and investigates a range of ready-made compost, to discover what it contains and how suitable it is for gardening purposes. Carole reveals the effects that her 'overwinter' techniques have had on her chilli plants. Meanwhile, in a new Beechgrove feature, Chris helps two families from a newly built housing development transform their plot into a dream garden.

Jim, Carole and George are pruning their way around the garden. The team show what should be pruned at this time of the year, from shrubs, to fruit. It's also the season for pricking out and potting on, and George shows how to, with the stunning blue poppy. Jim is with the all-new allotmenteers of Aden Park in Mintlaw, which was just a field only last year, but is now set up with 42 new allotment sites. Carole visits Charlotte Wemyss, who shares her passion for erythroniums in the woodland garden of Wemyss Castle.

Jim deals with the horticultural aftermath of the extreme wet weather and Chris builds an old-fashioned 'hot bed' in a new way. In the first of three visits throughout this series, Carole is at Scone Palace, where locals are helping to create a new community kitchen garden.

Jim is spring cleaning in the conservatory, whilst also checking the progress of the camellias and the citrus. George commemorates WW1 by sowing a field of Flanders red poppies. Carole continues with work in the greenhouse and also starts off fruit and vegetables in containers, packing the small decking garden with as much produce as possible. Chris is helping two families in new build housing developments to transform the builder's rubble they currently have into the garden of their dreams. In this, his second visit to the families, he returns to find out what they have managed to achieve so far and helps move them onto the next stage of development.

Jim is planning a kale and chard chequerboard, planting a cabbage trial and comparing salad onions grown from plugs to those direct sown. Carole is trying a range of flower scatter mixes which contain flower seeds, compost and fertiliser - all in one packet. She is also trialling some three-in-one plug plant trios for hanging baskets. George is revamping the Beechgrove riverbed with a new flowing stream of gentians and also visits Broadwoodside steading garden in Gifford to look at their imaginative use of spring bulb colour.


Jim is planting tomatoes, Chris tries out a range of climbers and Carole visits Scotland's first tea plantation, on the Perthshire hills, and also helps a Beechgrove viewer take control of their overgrown garden.

George Anderson is sowing some unusual crops, including rat's tail radishes and electric daisies. Carole Baxter creates a miniature mountain landscape using troughs and small rock plants. She also visits Dun Dubh which until recently, was a hidden Victorian garden and is now being painstakingly restored.

The team are at Gardening Scotland, which features the cream of British growers and everything from pansies to pelargoniums, and cacti to clematis. There is a sneak preview of the Scottish talent and plants that will be present, as well as a sample of the show's atmosphere.

Carole and George are in the garden with bedding plants and use them to create eye catching schemes for the summer. Chris uses plants that are usually considered thugs or weeds to improve a difficult piece of sloping ground at Beechgrove. Jim visits a community bedding plant nursery in Mintlaw to find out how they produce such huge quantities, and where some of the 30,000 plants end up.

Jim McColl and George Anderson are taking care of the fruit, with Jim looking after the fruit cage and George sorting out the cherries, figs and grapes in the fruit house. Carole Baxter checks on the progress of some 'rapid salads', which were sowed three weeks earlier. Carole also visits a private garden on the Black Isle, which is a mix of parterres and formal structure with informal and natural planting.

Eric Crockart hosts a special, where Beechgrove Garden and Gardener's Question Time get together to answer questions from local Scottish gardeners. Panel members feature Matthew Wilson, Chris Beardshaw, Carole Baxter and Jim McColl.


Carole and Chris are checking on the progress of produce in pots and containers, showing that you can be productive no matter how little space you have. Meanwhile Jim and George are in East Haven - a small coastal fishing community near Carnoustie, which is celebrating and commemorating their octocentenary year. A 28-foot fishing boat will form a centrepiece of their new community garden with a 'wave garden' lapping around it. Beechgrove helps them to achieve their goal before the Queen's Baton comes racing through.

Jim is in the vegetable plot, showing how to establish when potatoes are ready for harvesting. Carole shows how to plant up Alpine troughs and Chris checks on the two new build gardens. Jim also takes a trip down to Logan Botanic Garden, which is situated at the south-western tip of Scotland and is the country's most exotic garden.

Carole is planting some agapanthus at the Beechgrove Seaside Garden and Jim revisits Aden Allotments near Mintlaw, where he is following the allotmenteers in their first year of production. Carole visits Rosanna and John Clegg in Aultgowrie Mill, which is an 18th-century converted water mill set in 13 acres of gardens and woodland river walks.

Jim and Chris compare and contrast their very different methods of growing melons. Meanwhile, Carole and George help out with the final stages of the creation of a community garden in Dunlop, East Ayrshire. The community are revamping their old and mostly forgotten municipal park and turning it into an ornamental community green space.

Carole and Jim check on Beechgrove's dahlia collection, which is now flowering. Jim visits the Havinden family, high in the hills above Aberlour. When Joanne and Nathaniel Havinden first moved into their old croft, there was no running water, no electricity and no garden. The family are now ready for a productive garden capable of withstanding elevation and exposure. Jim also visits Terril Dobson at Logie Walled Garden, a herb garden featuring more than 150 herbs. The garden is divided into eight rectangles and includes medicinal herbs for different body systems.

Carole and Jim trial a professional grade compost that is available to amateurs and share trade secrets on growing leeks. Jim demonstrates how to improve the lawn in time for autumn and George is in Innerwick with the McIntyre family, helping them revitalise their border. Carole visits Billy Lowrie's award-winning garden in Balloch and finds out how he keeps it looking so good.


In the Beechgrove Garden, it's time for the great unveiling of George's show veg. There is certainly nothing parsimonious about the parsnips and nothing leggy about the leeks. Carole visits the new kitchen garden at Scone Palace for one last time this year and it's harvest time. The local children (and new gardeners) learn to reap what they sowed. Jim visits a cleverly designed, plant-packed cottage garden near Forfar.

Carole shows how to store large quantities of tomatoes and marrows whilst also keeping them fresh. Jim prepares the lawn for winter and George visits Frostineb garden at Pathhead. Caroline and Henry Gibson have developed this half-acre farmhouse garden over the last 18 years and it contains some unusual plant combinations.

George and head gardener, Jane, unveil the show veg before Jane takes them to compete in the local show. Jim and Carole help create the Wild Wood garden, a new community garden in Glenorchy. The community are trying to work with nature in order to enhance and highlight the garden, rather than have it overly cultivated and manicured.

Carole checks the progress of her pumpkins and Jim looks ahead to spring by planting a range of miniature bulbs. Carole visits former head gardener of Crathes Castle, Callum Pirnie, whose own garden in Bridge of Cally is full of plants that worked so well at Crathes. Jim pays a final visit of the year to the new allotmenteers at Aden Country Park and joins them for a celebratory allotment barbecue to mark the first year of production.

Jim and Carole check in on the Equinox Border and set up a spring bedding display for next year, and Jim checks on the progress of his overwintering vegetables. Chris pays a final visit of the year to his new build families and discovers that both families are still busy in their new gardens, despite the imminent arrival of winter. Jim visits the Fife Flower Show, where he is surrounded by prize chrysanthemums and dahlias as well as plenty of show vegetables.

There is lots of late summer harvesting to do at Beechgrove; Jim McColl is back in the main vegetable plot harvesting fennel, celery and parsnips, while Carole Baxter tackles something different - tomatoes with tomato fruits above ground and potatoes below ground, as well as artichokes and oca, one of the lost crops of the Incas. Carole and Jim also take a look at some autumn colour around the garden and Jim visits Megginch Castle near Perth, where there has been extensive replanting of its orchard and they now have a near-complete collection of heritage Scottish fruit varieties.

In the Beechgrove Garden, this is the perfect time for fruit pruning but for most people it is a complicated subject. Jim goes through the basics and makes it a simple job with the phrase 'look twice, cut once'. Carole and George are helping out with the final stages of a community garden in the Borders. Nestled in a sheltered bay on the Solway Firth, Auchencairn has the best of the Scottish growing conditions. The area was known in the past for smuggling activities and is now a haven for artists. Carole and George help uncover buried treasure in this inspirational new garden.

In the last in the present series, Jim, Carole, Chris and George are in the Beechgrove Garden packing in as many hints, tips and projects as possible to keep us going through the winter and generally battening down the hatches. Carole visits Jan and Robert Kinnaird in their garden at Steadstone near Dalbeattie. Jan and Robert have developed a stunning surprise of a garden. From the front it's a regular house, but round the back the garden is an old quarry. Jan and Robert work with the microclimate and steep walls to create this quarry plant oasis.

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