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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
TV debut for gardener Graham

A GARDENER from Dumfries will be sharing his endeavours on a popular TV show this week.

Graham Anderson, of Brownrigg Loaning, will make his debut on The Beechgrove Garden on Thursday.

His is one of the six gardens being followed around during season 13 of the show.

The TV cameras will be zooming in on Graham’s progress as he develops the field behind his home into a garden for all seasons, including a self sufficient vegetable patch.

He started gardening during lockdown by digging four furrows in the former horse paddock to grow vegetables, but as time passed he also grew passionate about all forms of greenery.

Graham, who works part time, said: “I applied for the show back in October when they were after gardeners of all abilities and experience to follow.

“I started during lockdown by digging for potatoes and onions, as I thought we would struggle for basic essentials in the back end of 2020.

“Since then I’ve bought a polytunnel and just got hooked on gardening and what it has to offer.

“This year as well as planting my usual veg I’m planting a pollinating garden of wildflowers for the bees and butterflies.”

Graham will be appearing on the episode airing Thursday May 12, which will focus on green manure, why you should plant with it, and how the crops benefit from it. 

It will also showcase Graham planting sweetcorn, broad beans and pumpkins, as well as explaining why the three are so closely linked.

And he will be on future shows too, documenting his green fingered progress.

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