Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

Dig It! Micro Greens (23 March 2020)

Dig It! Micro Greens (23 March 2020)

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It's the time of year when keen gardeners are starting to plant the first seeds for the vegetable plots. If you'd like to have a go for the first time, here are a few suggestions, including easy ve...

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Dig It! Tree Houses (16 March 2020)

Dig It! Tree Houses (16 March 2020)

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With all the terrible and stressful news around right now, take a moment to dream a little with Alain Laurens, founder of the leading European tree house company, La Cabane Perchée http://ww...

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Dig It! Yellow Shrubs? (9 March 2020)

Dig It! Yellow Shrubs? (9 March 2020)

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Don't like yellow in the garden? Try Viburnum x bodnantense "Dawn" or "Charles Lamont" with pale pink flowers and lots of fragrance, or the shrubby honeysuckle Lonicera fragrantissima, which rejoic...

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Dig It!  Listener Questions (2 March 2020)

Dig It! Listener Questions (2 March 2020)

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Mark has moved into a new house with a garden, but doesn't recognise some of the trees and shrubs. What are the best apps and books for identification and basic care? Listen in to find out.

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Dig It: Watering systems  (24 February 2020)

Dig It: Watering systems (24 February 2020)

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With the changing climate bringing more challenging conditions for our garden and container plants, now's the time to think about watering systems - more efficient, less wasteful and better tar...

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Dig It! Plant Parenting (17 February 2020)

Dig It! Plant Parenting (17 February 2020)

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If you would like to have a go at making more of the plants you love, the Leslie Halleck's new book, published by Timber Press, and titled "Plant Parenting" is exactly what you're looking for. Have...

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Dig It! The wonders of hydrangeas (10 February 2020)

Dig It! The wonders of hydrangeas (10 February 2020)

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Of all spring flowers, I think hyacinths are my favourite. I like the shape of the petals and the fragrance and I was blown away when I came face to face with a brand new hydrangea at Groot Groen P...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (3 February 2020)

Dig It! Listener Questions (3 February 2020)

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It's the first week of the month and we have a listener question from Mark. He has moved into a new home, and the garden is partly covered in astroturf. What should he do, once the astroturf ha...

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Dig It! Pottery and vases (27 January 2020)

Dig It! Pottery and vases (27 January 2020)

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When the weather is cold and damp, it's great to be able to display flowers inside the house instead. Denise Sigrist is a potter who makes beautiful vases, perfect for those with limited space,...

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Dig It! Get your Mojo with berries (20 January 2020)

Dig It! Get your Mojo with berries (20 January 2020)

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With advances in breeding and development, it's getting easier and easier to fit a berrying plant or two into your garden. This week, Peter van Rjjssen from Plantipp https://www.plantipp.eu/en/Plan...

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Dig It! Moss (13 January 2020)

Dig It! Moss (13 January 2020)

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Moss can be a divisive subject among gardeners, but Erica Nordstrom's new book, titled "Moss - Discover. Gather. Grow. From forest to garden: a guide to the hidden world of moss" might help to pers...

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Dig It! Choosing an indoor tree

Dig It! Choosing an indoor tree

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Choosing a tree for an indoor space is a real challenge. Hervé from the International School of Lausanne would like to find a tree for their entrance hall. Have a listen to hear the suggesti...

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Dig It! Christmas Tree Alternatives (16 December 2019)

Dig It! Christmas Tree Alternatives (16 December 2019)

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There are lots of great alternatives to buying a Christmas tree, and Barbara Erkelens of Koninstuin https://koningstuin.com/producten/products has some great suggestions for dwarf conifers and othe...

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Dig It! Seeds (9 December 2019)

Dig It! Seeds (9 December 2019)

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Welcome to the wonderful world of seeds! With a magnificent new book "The Book of Seeds" published by Ivy Press, lots of suggestions for easy seeds to grow in your garden, there's ple...

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Dig It! Oaks and climate change (2 December 2019)

Dig It! Oaks and climate change (2 December 2019)

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Peter Brang, senior scientists at the federal research institute for forests, snow and landscape www.wsl.ch is our guest on Dig It! this week, talking about why oaks could be the climate change win...

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Dig It: Trees (25 November 2019)

Dig It: Trees (25 November 2019)

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Martin Schlaepfer is our guest on Dig It! this week, he's a senior lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva, and has some great insights to share about what t...

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Dig It: Mowers (18 November 2019)

Dig It: Mowers (18 November 2019)

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With the recent wet weather, it's been almost impossible to get outside and cut lawns, or even to rake up the leaves. Never mind, console yourselves with a new book about lawn mowers and read a...

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Dig It! Permaculture (11 November 2019)

Dig It! Permaculture (11 November 2019)

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Confused about permaculture? Ingrid Heinrich of Creative PermaLab in the Vaudois village of Crans-près-Céligny explains that it's all much more simple than you might think. If you...

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Dig It! Rosemary name change (4 November 2019)

Dig It! Rosemary name change (4 November 2019)

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It's the first week of the month so we have a question from a listener. Beatrice wanted to know about the name change for rosemary, which sees it switch from being Rosmarinus officinalis to Sal...

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Dig It! Edible Roses (28 October 2019)

Dig It! Edible Roses (28 October 2019)

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Eating rose hips in jam or tea, is a popular and well-known source of Vitamin C, but how about eating the rose, petals and all? Williane Sluiter of Incredible Roses in the Netherlands, has been doi...

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Dig It! Tillandsia (21 October 2019)

Dig It! Tillandsia (21 October 2019)

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As the weather gets colder, it's time to think about plants for indoors. At the Orticolario show in Italy, I met Paolo Michieli, a Tiallandsia specialist and owner of Michieli Floricultura. You can...

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Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

Dig It! Shrubs for autumn (14 October 2019)

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As the autumn draws on, it's the perfect time of year to plant something new in your garden, particularly shrubs and trees. Andy McIndoe's new book for Timber Press, called "Shrubs: Discover the Pe...

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Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

Dig It! Listener Questions (7 October 2019)

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This week's show is a listener question from Marie, who has a problem with non-flowering and leaning roses. The roses are suffering from a lack of sunlight, as they are in the shadow of a large...

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Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

Dig It Berrying Plants (30 September 2019)

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At the start of autumn there are dozens of excellent garden and plant events happening all over Europe, and one of my favourites is Orticolario. It's only 3 hours by train from Zurich to Como, ...

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