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Five top tips from Amateur Gardening 1 February 2014

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You don’t need any special tools or tricks to remove ivy from walls, AG Gardening editor Kris Collins shows you the easy way to do it.
 
There are two ways to prune a rose – one produces fewer but bigger blooms, the other gives more flowers per plant but fewer blooms. Read Peter Seabrook’s timely advice to get the results you…

Five facts from Amateur Gardening 18 Jan 2014

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Straight fertilisers can target specific problems with your garden plants. Confused by all the different options on garden centre shelves? We pick out the best and show you how to use them to optimise flowers, fruit and foliage in the garden.
 
Fancy a bumper runner bean crop in 2014? Buy British-bred cultivars and start saving your own seeds – Peter Seabrook…

Rip out your lawn, says celebrity gardener Bob Flowerdew

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Owning a lawn could soon be regarded as an environmental sin – like driving a gas-guzzling car.
So says Bob Flowerdew, the Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, who claims it’s time to rip out turf. 
To the dismay of turf growers, Bob said predictions of drier summers and hosepipe bans mean that brown lawns will become a common sight.
Bob said: “Having a green…

Organic Monty Don slams critics in BBC chemical spat

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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don has vowed to defy a BBC statement that pledged he will offer a balance of organic and non-organic advice on TV.
Product firms had criticised Monty for saying the only way to control lily beetle was to hand-pick. But organic and chemical sprays are available (AG, 12 May issue).
In response, the BBC had told AG: “Monty often…

Have your say: UK’s top 30 gardeners

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The Daily Telegraph has published a list of Britain’s top 30 most influential gardeners – but it contains a few surprises.
Alan Titchmarsh leads the great and good of the gardening world, even though he stood down as lead presenter of Gardeners’ World almost a decade ago.
Readers on The Daily Telegraph website bemoaned the omission of AG’s Bob Flowerdew, as well…

Bob Flowerdew stokes the peat debate

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Green groups have lashed out after an influential organic gardener demanded the right to use peat.
Writing in AG, Bob Flowerdew, the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, made the ultimate organic taboo: he confessed to using a small amount of peat in loam-based sowing compost.

Bob argued that peat was a renewable resource and suggested: “Why not let us have…

Ex-presenter Stefan Buczacki savages Gardeners’ Question Time

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The BBC has defended Gardeners’ Question Time after it was savaged by a former panellist.
Professor Stefan Buczacki slammed Radio 4’s GQT as a “pathetic shadow of its former self” and claimed: “The magical chemistry between broadcasters has been lost.”
Stefan, who took part in 600 episodes “without a break” from 1981 to 1994, said: “The rot set in some years ago…

Gardeners’ Question Time takes to the road

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Britain’s longest-running gardening show on the wireless, BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, is set to take to the road.
So far, 28 dates have been set for GQT’s inaugural Live Tour, which kicks off in Norfolk on 20 October.
GQT chairman Eric Robson will travel the UK with experts, including Chris Beardshaw, Matthew Biggs, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Christine…

Celebrity gardeners stoke peat debate

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WELL OVER half of the UK’s most influential celebrity gardeners have failed to stop using peat in their own gardens, a shock survey revealed last week.
The poll, for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, follows ‘green’ gardener Alan Titchmarsh’s admission that he still relies on peat (AG, 30 April).
RSPB researchers quizzed 27 star gardeners including Bob Flowerdew (GQT),…

‘X-Files slime’ killing Torbay palms

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One of gardeners’ favourite exotic plants is being wiped out by an evil-smelling frothy-orange slime.
Royal Horticultural Society experts have been inundated with “hundreds” of enquiries from gardeners whose dying cordyline palms are displaying unusual symptoms.
The cause has been identified as slime flux: a bacterial infection that’s attacked palms for the first time in the UK, following the coldest December in…