It is a Beechgrove rhododendron special, with Jim and George answering some classic questions about rhododendrons and revamping the main rhododendron border now that it has finished flowering.
Meanwhile, Carole visits Harry Nicol’s garden in Inverness. Harry’s recently renovated garden boasts a riot of rhododendrons all flowering their socks off and proving that you don’t have to be on the west coast to grow rhododendrons. Carole is also at Garthdee Allotments on the outskirts of Aberdeen, revisiting ‘garden hero’, Sandy Inkster. Sandy is a mine of allotment handy hints and is harvesting early polytunnel-grown potatoes.
The Beechgrove Garden episode 8 2018
From time to time we receive questions from viewers on how to rejuvenate an overgrown garden or border or a neglected garden and we have such a project at Beechgrove. The ericaceous border at Beechgrove was planted over 20 years old and is need of some renovation. It’s decision time, what do we prune, what do we keep and what do we take out?
A good example was shown by one of the rhododendrons in this border which had already been hard pruned by the garden team. It looked a bit ugly presently but
it is starting to recover and produce new shoots.
It has been a while since we saw the tomatoes and they have been growing on superbly well. Some were being watered and fed via the Autopot system which we have used in previous years. It works through a capillary system using a reservoir.
This year we also have a new automatic system with a timerclock attached. This is ideal for when you go away on holidays. The basic unit costs £40. It works via a system of valves and tubes with seep holes at each plant. As it’s a new system we are still gauging how much water each plant is getting.