Every week we’ll put together a selection of the week’s gardening news stories. Here’s the first instalment.
It may be the first day of spring, but the weather certainly isn’t very spring-like and nor will it be for some weeks yet, according to the BBC. While most of us are itching to get out into the garden and get sowing, the ground is still either too frozen or waterlogged to risk it. With another cold snap on the cards, it’s better to sit it out and wait a bit longer, unless you’ve got a greenhouse or coldframe… or lots of windowsills!
The great insecticide/bee debate is still going on, with EU nations unable to come to a decision on a proposed ban on using neonicotinoids. Research shows that these pesticides kill bees by affecting their nervous systems, but some nations want more scientific proof before agreeing to the 2-year ban.
The Queen’s private gardens at Buckingham Palace are to be filmed and the footage broadcast in a programme on ITV next year. Presented by Alan Titchmarsh, the documentary will feature time-lapse images of the gardens, which include beehives, 320 different wildflowers, 50 species of bird, an organic vegetable patch and rare flowers and vegetables.