Episode 8: Interview with Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs

Episode 8: Interview with Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs

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An interview with Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs, our plant of the month; Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’, perfect pairing (2 plants that go well together); Betula utilis var. jacquemontii and Crocus speciosus ‘Albus’ and jobs to do in the garden this month.

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In this month’s edition of the podcast we discuss seasonal gardening jobs to do in the garden during the month of November and a selection of plants that look good at this time of year.

Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs Interview - 04' 27"

We talk to Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen herbs in Staffordshire who are one of the UK’s top herb nurseries that as well as selling their herbs online, also regularly exhibit at all of the big garden shows and plant fairs across the UK, including the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Plant of the Month - 23' 47"

lh4.googleusercontentOut plant of the month for November is Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ also known as the Japanese maple. This slow growing tree grows up to 5m tall with a 5m spread, although is often grown in containers.

This deciduous tree has palmate, deep purple leaves which turn a beautiful bright red in autumn. Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ prefers locations that afford a degree of shelter from cold, drying winds and likes acidic soil.

Perfect Pairing - 28' 43"

For the month of November we've picked two plants that compliment each other because of their colouring: Betula utilis var. jacquemontii (West Himalayan Birch) with its white bark and Crocus speciosus ‘Albus’ with its white flowers.

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii is a fast growing, hardy, deciduous tree that grows up to 18m tall with a 10m spread. It likes full sun or partial shade with moist, well drained soil and is notable for its striking white bark.

Crocus speciosus ‘Albus’ is an autumn flowering crocus that grows up to 10cm tall with a 5cm spread and is fully hardy. It likes full sun with well drained soil.

Jobs in the Garden - 32' 43"

  • Take Hardwood Cuttings
  • Collect Fallen Leaves; Spread a net over garden ponds to catch falling leaves
  • Lift and divide congested herbaceous perennials, keep the vigorous outer shoots
  • Plant bare rooted trees and shrubs
  • Lightly fork over borders so that they absorb autumn rainfall quickly and efficiently
  • Cut lawns for the final time
  • Complete planting of tulip bulbs
  • Sites for new lawns can be prepared for seed sowing in the spring
  • Gunnera manicata leaves can be cut back and used to cover the crowns for protection against winter weather

In the Vegetable Garden - 37' 40"

  • Sow seeds outside of: Broad beans.
  • Plant out: Garlic cloves.
  • Harvest: Swiss chard, Spinach, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Swede, Leeks, Radish, Parsnips and Kale.

Plants of Note - 39' 09"

Another two plants that we felt we worthy of note for this month are:

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