BBC Essex gardening presenter Ken Crowther answers all your gardening questions and queries. This week he is joined by Dave Gillam, general manager at Abercorn Garden Centre in Essex.


For champion dahlia grower Dave Gillam, dahlia’s have been his life since he was a child. He’s now cut down on the amount he grows and has them for garden colour rather than for showing. Dave explained to Ken the best way to care for them in the winter.


It’s the time of year when gardeners fill their gardens with bedding plants. To keep them looking great all summer Dave Gillam from Abercorn Garden Centre and Ken Crowther have some handy hints and tips on the best ways to ensure the plants stay looking fabulous for many months.


Dave Gillam is known for growing dahlias, this year he’s also trying his hand at daffodils and has 123 pots of daffs of mixed varieties. Due to the way they are grown, show daffs flower later appearing towards the end of April as Dave explained to Ken Crowther.