The Beechgrove Garden episode 10 2019: Kirsty shows how to make a miniature patio pond, proving that no matter how small your space, anyone can have a water feature. Meanwhile, Carole, George, and Kirsty get creative with Janie Gall, who shows how to make an easy-to-do-at-home cut-flower arrangement using some clever hacks that make efforts appear professionally done.
George visits Laraine and Colin Lambie in Livingstone in their award-winning hidden gem of a back garden that is both child and especially hedgehog friendly.
The Beechgrove Garden episode 10 2019
Carole visits Tom Williamson and partner David Gallagher in Bonnybridge. A neat lawn in the front with a mixed perimeter border of shrubs and herbaceous gives just a hint of what awaits in the back, and all in great condition thanks to the secret ingredient Tom adds to his garden compost. Tom has impaired vision, but it doesn’t stop him gardening, especially helped by his partner David.
Fruit cages are tall, netted enclosures in which fruit bushes and small trees can grow to full height. The net is usually of small-gauge mesh, 15–20mm, to exclude even the smallest birds. Ideally the top should be removable to give pollinators access at flowering time and avoid damage from winter snowfall. Fruit cages won’t keep out squirrels, but might deter the casual pilfering that is occasionally encountered on allotments.
Most allotment fruit cages are of recycled material and not always things of beauty. Indeed proper fruit cages are quite costly. However, functional and tidy structures can be built using poles and wires at reasonable cost.
Ponds are a lovely addition to any garden and can provide a rich habitat for a range of wildlife. Without care ponds can soon become an eyesore with overgrown plants, weeds and water that is unhealthy for wildlife. Occasional cleaning and regular maintenance are required.