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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 26/05/2018

With the national Bloom festival just around the corner this week Paraic gave a preview of what's taking place this year, from show gardens both large and small to the myriad of food, lifestyle and cultural attractions on offer. Plants under the spotlight this week included Alstroemeria, Cistus, Japanese Maple and Croton while there was also advice on wildflower and wildlife meadows and the different categories of bark mulch for supressing weeds. Listeners questions included poorly...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 19/05/2018

There were hints and tips this week on how to get the best from garden containers and Paraic gave an update on robotic mowers. Feeding lawns and shrubs in general is also high on the agenda at the moment and there was advice on planting up kitchen herbs which is best done in stages. There was an in depth look at nematodes and how they work to control some of the more common garden pests and information on pruning hedging, in particular, laurel, red robin and griselinia. Listeners questions...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 12/05/2018

Hanging baksets were in the spotlight on the programme this week with advice on planting up containers and baskets for summer colour, and for something a little bit different there were options for edible window boxes and herb themed baskets. Paraic also discussed robotic mowers, a relatively new development in lawn care which will be tested on the programme in coming weeks. We also looked at hostas with advice on preventing slug damage and hedge planting for seaside locations. Paraic gave...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 05/05/2018

With the May bank holiday upon us this week the programme focused on planting flowering trees which are coming into flower shortly while thoughts are also starting to turn to hanging baskets and patio containers. Paraic discussed the Living Edible Salad Bar and there was information on the Cleaner Community Campaign which has been launched recently. Dahlias, scented lillies, galdioli and sweet pea were all featured while seeds for laveteria, english marigold, night scented stock and...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 28/04/2018

Vegetable planting is now in full swing and this week the programme looked at the different ranges of onions and cabbage available and advised on protecting young potatoe plants from frost. Chillies, lavender, black kale and lemon scented geranium also featured and there was a special segment on roses with varieties for summer colour, scent and cutting all discussed in detail. Other topics covered included preventing damage from hares, growing potatoes in boggy soil, planting vegetables in...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 21/04/2018

Warmer temperatures are drying put soil resulting in more favourable conditions for planting and this week Paraic took a look at some trees that are coming into flower which can be planted now. Snowy Mespalus, Laburnum, Euryops and Flowering Cherries are adding a real splash of spring colour while Flowering Malus also offers the added benefit of pollinating apple trees. There were recommendations for greening up lawns to have them looking their best and tips on preparing ground for sowing...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 14/04/2018

Lawn care was the main topic for discussion on this week's programme with lots of advice on moss control, sowing lawn seed and feeding in general. For those looking for something different, wildflower meadows can be sown now and Paraic advised on what's invovled. New varieties of potatoes that are high yeilding and pest resistant were also featured in addition to suggestions of seeds that can be planted now and of interest to younger gardeners. The art of Bonzai was explained while...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 07/04/2018

Gardening Show With Padraic Horkin and Dedre Kelly


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 24/03/2018

This week's programme opened with a feature on planting trees to create memories across the generations - Paraic looked at a few varieties including the cherry which is about to come into flower now. As it's Easter weekend Paraic reminded listeners to use the bank holiday to attend to lawns and trim back hedging and flowering shrubs in general. Kale and cherry tomatoes also featured as well as double flowering primulas which offer great show of colour right now. Listeners questions...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 24/03/2018

With winter turning to spring grass is starting to grow and moss was the main topic of the programme this week. Pauric visited a garden in Enniscrone and described the steps taken to control moss into the summer months with lots of tips and advice on the application of treatments and fertiliser. The tradition of sowing potatoes and other tillage crops on Good Friday was also discuseed while alpine plants were featured as a method of providing good ground cover in poorer soils. Listeners...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 17/03/2018

St. Patrick's weekend signals the start of the traditional potatoe planting season and this week Pauric discussed early planting and differient varieties favoured by Irish conditions. The programme described methods for planting in tunnels and pots with some slug and blight resistant varieties highlighted including Colleen, Orla, Setanta, Foremost and Blue Danube. Katsura and Rhododendron were also featured together with timely reminders to protect softer bedding plants where frost...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 10/03/2018

With Mother's Day almost upon us this week's programme looked at some colourful flowering plants available now including double flowering primrose, camelia and orchids. Pauraic discussed growing shamrock in advance of St. Patrick's Day and how to get the most from shamrock plants available now. The programme also dealt with the fallout of the snowy condidtions with many plants experiencing leaf scorch in the past week. Listeners questions included repairing lawns trampled by farm animals,...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 28/10/2017

Our final programme for 2017 focused on tidying up jobs in the garden before winter sets in. Paraic recommended giving lawns a final cut, applying a moss treatment and using falling autumn leaves to add variety in composting. The programme also discussed harvesting final crops, sowing green manure plants to enrich soil and weed control over the winter months. Listeners questions included splitting formium for potting, watering and liquid feeding cyclamen, planting roses at this time of...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 14/10/2017

Following on from recent stormy conditions this week's programme focused on cleaning up and checking for storm damage in the garden. Paraic discussed how ivy on trees can trigger uprooting and how to treat and manage wind ravaged branches. This week we also looked at harvesting garden herbs for freezing over the winter months and featured sweet peas and broad beans for planting now. Listeners questions included over wintering geraniums in pots, thuja blight, what to do with early budding...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 14/10/2017

With Autumn colour all around this week's programme discussed colour for the winter months with Heather's being a great option. Paraic highlighted different varieites such as Kramer's Red, White Perfection, Furzey, Foxhollow and Darley Dale, with recommendations for companion planting to maximum effect. The programme also focused on the propogation and care of a selection of indoor plants including jade, spider, snake and aloe vera. Other topics featured pruning apple trees, improving soil...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 07/10/2017

October is National Reuse Month and this week the programme looked at making compost for use next Spring. Paraic recommended using grass clipping, leaves, natural garden and household waste when composting and noted the importance of keeping the compost free of any wet, heavy rain. Putting the garden to bed for winter was also highlighted with tips on cleaning out green houses and weed control. Paraic discussed transplanting hardy annual and biennial seedlings, storing geraniums over the...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 30/09/2017

The honey harvest is now in and this week the programme sampled some of the honey produced and available locally. Autumn foliage was in the spotlight this week and Paraic discussed a variety of trees and berried shrubs that are awash with colour and suitable for planting now; Royal Shumac, Maples, Liquid Amber, Crab Apples, Pyracantha and Weeping Cotoneaster. Listeners questions included transplanting roses, photosythesis and experiments for children in class, growing Hyacinths for...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 16/09/2017

The apple harvest is now in full swing and apples were the star of this edition of the programme with lots of advice on picking and storing this year's bumper crop into the winter months. There was also information on harvesting carrots and potatoes, and Paraic discussed the merits of beekeeping with tips how to establish a beehive. Other topics included planting and feeding winter onion sets, sowing godetia and sweet pea, treating pest damage on courgettes and using sulphate of potash to...


Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 02/09/2017

The autumn series returned with a look at autumn planting - nature's time for renewal. There's a bumper harvest this year and Paraic discussed harvesting fruit in general. He gave tips on ripening and storing apples, plums and nectarines and ways to promote flowering and fruiting where yields are low. There was advice on sowing laurel hedging and other plants from cuttings, and hydrangeas featured with Annabelle, Phantom, Bobo and Vanilla Freeze some of the varieties highlighted. Listeners...


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