Gardening

Last updated Tuesday 28th December

Welcome to the new home on our website for the Erewash Sound Gardening Spot, which airs periodically during Saturday programming between 12noon and 2pm on 103.5 and 96.8FM, on the free-to-download app, via our website and on smartspeakers.

Tanya Prime hosts and is joined by 'Gardener Steve' either live in the studio or from locations around the borough, region and even country.

On this page, we will be posting regular updates including photographs, some that you may have sent in, tips and advice, and handy links too plus much more besides.  You can also 'like', 'follow', contribute to and see more on our dedicated Facebook page at www.facebook.com/erewashsoundgardening.

Christmas 'Best of 2021' Special: Tuesday 28th December: 1pm to 4pm on Erewash Sound:

Hello! Steve here! I'll be joining Tanya to present a treat for your festive holiday on Tuesday afternoon with a special gardening show looking at the 'best of 2021' gardening from regular slots on-air   We'll feature a general garden knowledge quiz and some Winter gardening too.  Here are some of the images that cover elements of our 2021 chats on Saturday mornings!

  • Gardener Steve's tips on gardening jobs to be getting on with...
    • Plant some shrubs for winter interest such as Sarcococca, Dogwoods, Mahonia, Hamamelis and Skimmia.

    • Avoid walking on your lawn when it is covered by heavy frost or snow, as this will damage the grass beneath.  

    • Lift the last of your leeks and parsnips before the soil becomes too frozen.

    • Harvest holly with berries for making Christmas garlands and Christmas wreaths; stand the berried stems in a bucket of water until you're ready to use them.

    • Cut off old leaves of Hellebores that produce flowers from ground level to expose the flowers.

    • Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds.

    • Remove any faded flowers from winter pansies and violas to stop them going to seed.

    • Prune apple trees and pear trees, this is carried out whilst done whilst they are dormant.

Come back soon for more!