Articles: Gardening & Green Spaces

The Pont de Grilly - Sam's project

The Pont de Grilly - Sam's project

Mid Morning Mix

During the coronavirus lockdown, Sam (15) and his brother Nick (13) were set a project by their Dad Michael - all about their local border crossing in Grilly. As residents of Divonne, in neigh...

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Dig It! Listener Questions  (27 April 2020)

Dig It! Listener Questions (27 April 2020)

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This week we have a listener question from Dominic, who wants to find some attractive plants for his new office. Here are my Top 3 Office Plants Peace lilies, or Spathiphyllums are great office pl...

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Gadget Guru - coding music with Sonic Pi

Gadget Guru - coding music with Sonic Pi

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The innovative folks behind Raspberry Pi have now given us a way to make music, from the comfort of our homes. Get coding and get creative with sonic-pi.net... 

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Belle Ferme - the horses that need a hand (or a hoof)

Belle Ferme - the horses that need a hand (or a hoof)

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Lyn Stickland - from Belle Ferme Equestrian Sports Centre in the Pays de Gex, neighbouring France - explains how the horses and ponies are being cared for whilst their usual 400 weekly ho...

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Dig It! Gardening reading (20 April 2020)

Dig It! Gardening reading (20 April 2020)

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If you're looking for some thoughtful, garden-based reading, then the newly-published "A History of Gardening in 50 Objects" by George Drower, published by The History Press might be ...

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Dig It! More about heucheras (14 April 2020)

Dig It! More about heucheras (14 April 2020)

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Heucheras are one of my favourite plants for low-maintenance, easy-going year round colour. Find out more from expert grower Simon from AllPlants, who was showing a collection of some of the best h...

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Dig It! Composting

Dig It! Composting

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If you've been wondering what to do with all the green waste you've created in the garden, then a Hotbin (www.hotbin.ch) might just be the answer. The Hotbin Mini was voted Product of the Y...

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Dig It! Primroses (30 March 2020)

Dig It! Primroses (30 March 2020)

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If you're still able to get out and enjoy local woods, or just have a messy lawn, like me, you'll have noticed the welcome appearance of primroses in the last few weeks. Elizabeth Lawson...

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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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