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Midwest Radio Gardening Show

Each week Padraic Horkan from Horkans Garden Centre joins Deirdre Kelly to look at every aspect of the world of gardening. From answering listeners' queries to explaining the ins and outs of every plant known to man,Padraic has all bases covered when it comes to gardening.

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 02/05/2015

The programme focused on fruit trees this week with ideal planting conditions for planting fruit. Paraic advised on selection and soil types for apple trees and in particular looked at the coronet family as a good variety for flavour and ease of management. Paraic also discussed blueberries, damson fruit and strawberries and advsied on soil types for the different fruit. Listeners questions included feed for shrubs and trees, problems with poor performing bare root hedgeing, frost damage on cameilas, tackling gooseberry sawfly, suitable hedging for north wind locations, treatment of cabbage root fly and pruning back wallflowers. Plants featured this week included Alstroemeria and Eau de Cologne Mint.

1 May 2015

Rank #1

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 23/03/2013

Topics covered this week included the preparation of raised beds, pruning older apple trees, protecting young plants from very cold weather and the ongoing treatment of moss on lawns. Paraic also gave advice on growing in plastic tunnels, good hedges to plant for security and the care of peach trees in greenhouses.

23 Mar 2013

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 28/06/2014

In the last programme before the summer break Paraic focused on tasks for the weeks ahead. Lawncare, deadheading flowers, roses, jobs in the vegetable garden and weed and pest control were all discussed in detail. Listeners questions included suitable plants to add to a fish pond, pale leaves on a Fastia Japonica, problems with strawberries not fruiting, cuckoos spit on Lady's Mantle and when to prune back and feed Wisteria. The sowing of seeds for Autumn growth, the propogation of plants from slips, deterrants for rabbits and house flies, varieties of calla lillies and how to grow Hibiscus were also featured this week.

27 Jun 2014

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Midwest Radio - Weekly gardining advice Show 02/06/2012

With weather conditions ideal for the spread of blight at the moment Paraic gave lots of advice on how to prepare to combat blight in both potatoes and tomatoes, and he also advised on how to treat mildew on roses. The problem of Japanese Knot Weed and its eradication was also featured and Paraic gave tips on feeding tomatoes and growing cucumbers.

1 Jun 2012

Rank #4

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 08/06/2013

Paraic gave a variety of top tips for gardening this week. Now that the fine weather has arrived topics covered included the control of weeds which are very prolific just now and the sowing of Spring flowering plants from seed for next year. Paraic also focused on the planting of Laburnum, Sweet William, Peas & Beans, and he also advised on how to grow chilli plants and how to get the best from flowering and fruit plants.

7 Jun 2013

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Midwest Radio - Weekly gardining advice Show 30/06/2012

This week Paraic outlined the best procedure for Summer pruning of apple trees in order to promote growth and he discussed sowing Purple Sprouting Broccoli.  With weather conditions favouring the spread of blight Paraic advised on preventative treatments both traditional and organic.  Other topics covered included climbing plants, dahlias and begonias, onions that have gone to seed and how to deal with a wasps nest close to a house.

29 Jun 2012

Rank #6

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 06/09/2014

Paraic kicked off the autumn series of the garden programme with a list of tips and tasks for gardeners during September - advice included lawn care, taking advantage of late flowering plants and planting bulbs and seeds for next spring. Mushrooms. maintenance and care of roses and pruning of hedges featured in listeners questions. Paraic also advised on how to strip and reseed a lawn at this time of year, how to prevent slug and wireworm damage in potatoes and discussed plants such as phacilia which are beneficial for attracting bees.

5 Aug 2014

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 14/06/2014

Paraic issued a potatoe blight warning at the start of this weeks programme and advised the use of systemic treatments to help allieviate blight problems. With good weather forecast now is the time to get a head start in the garden and Paraic discusse a range of options to provide colour now and into the latter summer months - plants featured included geraniums, lupins, peoneys and see breeze. Listeners questions included treatment of carrott and cabbage root fly, the care and treatment of rhubarb now that growing is almost finished, sowing seeds now for spring, growing apple trees and tips on variety selection such as Coxes Orange Pippin, Elstar, Katie and James Greave.

13 Jun 2014

Rank #8

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 30/03/2013

The programme focused on the current slow growing conditions created by the cold weather spell. Paraic discussed how to grow sweet potatoes, aubretia and gave advice on sowing sweet peas, lupins and flowers for shady areas. He also described how the old "hot bed" system worked and gave extensive information on the growing of rhubarb including best soil conidtions and best practice to optmise rhubarb harvest.

30 Mar 2013

Rank #9

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 21/06/2014

With aphid activity very prevalent at the moment Paraic kicked off this week's programme with an adviosry on aphids and prevention measures. The importance of adequate watering and feeding in hot weather was also covered in detail and Paraic suggested ensuring hedges and apple trees got a light trimming at this time of year. Questions featured dahlias, camelias and birds of paradise, growing turnips and the treatment of brownheart, growing rhodedendrons from seed, slips and layering , and blanket weed in ponds.

20 Jun 2014

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 26/10/2013

This week's programme started with a discussion on beekeeping as a hobby and gave listeners tips on how to get started. The progrramme also focused on tidying up the garden over the bank holiday weekend including what do with lawns, flowerbeds, planting for spring, pruning and planting of fruit and ways to preserve herbs over the winter season. Listeners questions in cluded problems with Hydrangeas not flowering, the best way to prune raspberries, when to move lillies, propogating wild heather, how to stop birds eating berries on holly and daffodils not flowering.

25 Oct 2013

Rank #11

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 15/06/2013

This weeks programme included a blight warning and advice on how to put measures in place to help prevent the spread of blight on potatoes and other susceptible plants. Other topics included how to pinch out tomatoe plants to maximize yield, suggestions for edible flowers and Paraic gave a step by step guideline on how to start off a new shrub bed from soil preparation to plant selection. Listeners questions featured queries on tree ferns, conifers, witch hazel, lavender, strawberries and broad beans.

14 Jun 2013

Rank #12

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 07/03/2015

This week's programme featured advice on hedging with many bare root options now available for planting. Paraic also discussed plants for Mother's Day such as camelias and hydrangeas and herb pots for the cooks. Listeners questions featured the pruning and feeding of roses, growing green manure plants, splitting and sowing dahlias, removing algae from pots and planting ferns, daisies and slug resistant potatoes. Paraic also advised on the treatment of box blight, sowing morning glory and curtailing wild rhubarb.

7 Mar 2015

Rank #13

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 11/04/2015

This week's gardening programme got underway with a discussion on the GroMor initiative which aims to encourage younger adults to take up gardening. Paraic also highlighted new EU legislation due to come into effect later in the year in relation to the use and purchase of herbicides. Listeners questions featured how to plant up and maximise growth on trailing petunias, the benefits of double layering seed potatoes, pruning and feeding fruit bushes & trees, the use of nematodes for controlling soil borne pests and tips for planting up strawberries for summer fruit.

10 Apr 2015

Rank #14

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 18/10/2014

The programme this week focused on pruning - from shrubs and hedges to ornamental and fruit trees. Pete & Mick advised on pruning in general and looked a best practice after care. The use of winter wash and grease bands was highlighted together with the overwintering of trees. For those looking to maintain colour thorugout the upcoming season a variety of options were discussed including winter violas, cyclamen and autumn foliage plants. Listeners questions included non-flowering Amaryllis, trees for a medium sized garden, introduciing worms to the garden and using manure as compost.

17 Oct 2014

Rank #15

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 22/06/2013

Roses were the main topic of discussion on the programme this week and Paraic was joined in studio by rose grower and expert Colin Hughes. Colin gave lots of advice on tips on rose growing, different varieties for different settings and how to get the best from roses in terms of colour, scent and longevity. Listeners questions included planting suggestions once lettuce had been harveseted, the propogation of cucumbers, the harvesting of rhubarb and when to move strawberries.

21 Jun 2013

Rank #16

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 25/04/2015

Weather conditions are ideal this week for sowing seeds and Paraic kicked off this edition with advice on how to maximise the combination of moisture and heat. Topics featured included week killers for gravel and bind weed, pruning, feeding and planting hydrangeas and suitable climbers for exposed areas. Listeners questions included how to grow apple trees in pots, sowing carpet roses in seaside locations, timming and feeding cordaline and curtailing rootstock growth on weeping cherry. Paraic also discussed the suitability of boggy soil for growing vegetables and advised on the best approach for constructing a rockery.

24 Apr 2015

Rank #17

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 01/03/2014

The 2014 garden sesons kicked off with information on shamrock and options for growing and sending shamrock overseas. A variety of listener questions included the annual challenge of moss in lawns and on hard surfaces. The sowing of potatoes was covered with options for salad, floury, high yield and early varietes discussed. The programme also feautred the pruning of roses, laurel hedges and apple trees.

1 Mar 2014

Rank #18

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Midwest Radio - Weekly Gardening Advice Show 08/03/2014

The 2014 garden sesons kicked off with information on shamrock and options for growing and sending shamrock overseas. A variety of listener questions included the annual challenge of moss in lawns and on hard surfaces. The sowing of potatoes was covered with options for salad, floury, high yield and early varietes discussed. The programme also feautred the pruning of roses, laurel hedges and apple trees.

8 Mar 2014

Rank #19