Peter Seabrook speaks to Professor Nicola Spence from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Xylella fastidiosa is a plant disease threatening to spread across the UK. Nicola and Peter discuss how you can monitor plant health and prevent disease in your garden.
We are well into the bedding season with garden centres and nurseries offering a variety of plants to give a colourful display. To ensure they keep looking great all summer long feeding is essential as Dave Gillam, general manager at Abercorn Garden Centre in Essex explained to Ken Crowther.
Bonsai is an art form using horticultural material. Unlike a sculptor who can put his tools down when the piece is finished, bonsai is an ongoing art form which needs regular attention. The miniature trees are grown to look like full grown trees as Reg Bolton from the Federation of British Bonsai Societies explained to Ken Crowther.
It’s a great time to start thinking about summer flowering bulbs which will inject a bit of colour to the summer garden. From dahlia’s to canna lilies they will brighten up a border and give a great perfume too, as Ken Crowther and Geoff discussed in the World Radio Gardening Studio.
A frequent question to the World Radio Gardening team is what is the best way gardeners look after herbaceous plants through winter and into spring. Mick Lavelle, Senior Lecturer at Writtle College and Ken Crowther discuss some of the best ways.