75 years of gardening know-how!

Celebrate 75 years of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time today, recalling a time back in 1947 when food rationing meant that vegetables were centre stage!

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If you tune in to BBC Radio 4 this afternoon at 3pm you will have the chance to listen to a panel of experts answering gardening questions as diverse as whether it’s possible to plant a tea plant in the UK from which to make a cuppa, through to tips on how to let off steam in the garden, including giving a good stir to the compost bin!

There isn’t much these gardening experts don’t know about plants, with today seeing 75 years of the programme we know now as ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’.

Anyone tuning into the BBC Home Service on 9th April 1947 would have enjoyed the very first episode, originally called ‘How does your garden grow?’. The programme was inspired by the wartime, ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, which encouraged families across Britain to dig up their flower borders and lawns, replacing them with vegetable patches.

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Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. She has published six Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s and 1970s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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