Beechgrove is back despite winter storms, Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw and the Beechgrove garden are all in one piece, looking radishing and ready to grow. Scotland has suffered the wettest winter on record so Jim and the team wade in to find out how that affects growing conditions.
When Maggie Patience came to live near Aboyne she found winter days short on light and colour. Carole visited Maggie’s garden in early winter to experience the unique way she has added year round colour. Plus Chris literally wades in to Beechgrove’s newly re-vamped pond.
In The Beechgrove Garden episode 1 2016:
Jim, Carole and Chris launched the new seriesfrom a part of Beechgrove that has been cleared ahead of replanting and revamping later in the season as part of our general overhaul of the garden now it’s reached its 20th season. The weather held out for the first full day of filming in the garden and it was definitely a short sleeve
spring weather kind of day.
The winter however has not been so great. Scotland, Wales and North West England have had the wettest winter since records began in 1910. England appeared to have been let off lightly in comparison with the mildest winter on record but Chris commented that although mild, the high winds and storms caused plenty of plant
1. Recap and Review
Chris, Carole and Jim were all in different parts of the garden to review the progress over the winter months. Jim was in the productive part of the garden at the vegetable polytunnels. He was looking at the overwintering crops after the winter. The same crops were grown under cloches outside and in the polytunnel for comparison. The lettuce has already been harvested.
2. Spring pruning
Jim and George were at Beechgrove tackling some spring pruning. They explained that it was important to have not just the right tools but sharp tools for the job so that the plants would heal quickly after pruning. George sharpened his loppers with a carborundum stone whilst Jim used a steel to sharpen his secateurs.