In The Beechgrove Garden episode 1 2018, it’s a very special series of Beechgrove as it is our 40th year or Ruby Anniversary and amongst other things we will be dipping into 40 years of the Beechgrove archive to see how things have or haven’t changed over the years in gardening. This week there are sweet signs of spring as Jim, Carole, George and Chris are surrounded by April’s peach and cherry blossom.
George revisits Sheila Harper’s ancient apple trees in Banchory. After a severe prune last year, George returns with slightly less sharp secateurs to show how to deal with the old trees this year. Carole visits Rosie Nixon in Perth. Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener and photographer who creatively uses her all-seasons organic garden as her own green studio.
Throughout the 2018 series, Jim and Carole will be digging in the abundant Beechgrove archive to root out hints and tips from the last 40 years.
The Beechgrove Garden episode 1 2018
Self – sufficiency andover wintering of home grown veg has become a hot topic in recent years. We have grown a range of vegetables that can be overwintered for
years at Beechgrove with the result that we have had vegetables available almost all year round.
Pruning Apple Trees
George re-visited Sheila Harper’s ancient apple trees in Banchory. After a severe prune last year (The Beechgrove Garden episode 7 2017), George returned to show how to deal with the old trees at this point this year. One tree had fruited last year but the other one hadn’t. George showed Sheila how to prune to control the growth and get the trees to fruit this year.
Up the side of the Beechgrove garden there is a lovely Beech hedge beside the main track This marks the boundary in the garden. Beyond it is a woodland, pasture meadow area. The bank was created from the soil which was scraped off to form the track. It has become a scruffy area and is difficult to strim.