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Garden CSI - caterpillars, tomatoes and apples

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Today Eugene is back with another Garden CSI case. We'll be looking at a viewer's plant which has seen better days and through his incisive detective work our gardener Eugene will diagnose and hopefully restore the plant to better health.

Eugene Higgins, Super Sleuth

I was born into Horticulture in a plant nursery/garden centre in north Co Dublin started in 1940 by my grandfather, so my excuse is, "that its in my blood". On leaving school I worked in various Dublin radio stations and spent my spare time working in the family run garden centre, this soon reversed after spending an intervening number of years in Australia.

Over the last 12 years I have been combining Horticulture and media work.

In 1999 I returned to retailing opening Colour Green Garden Centre in Malahide Dublin, which won "Best Specialist Garden Centre 2002-Ireland". In 2004 we subsequently moved the business to Tullamore, Co Offaly, where we have a lot more space around us and have concentrated on developing our Colour Green Landscaping Services. Our highlight to date was, being commissioned last year by the Afternoon Show to restore a nursing home's spectacular Japanese garden that had run into serious disrepair (Carrigoran Nursing Home, Co Clare)

This weeks Garden CSI comes from Maura in Co. Meath. Maura is having three big problems with her garden that she needs Eugene to help with!

Problem One - Caterpillars
Maura has an infestation of caterpillars on her brussel sprouts. This is despite them being covered with nets and also planted in raised beds! The caterpillars aren't touching her cabbages which are also planetd on raised beds, can Eugene help?

Problems Two - Tomatoes
Mauras tomatoes are small and they aren't ripening this year at all. They are growing in grow bags at the back of her house, can Eugene help?

Problem Three - Apple Trees
Mauras apple trees have had a very poor crop this year. Can Eugene offer any advice?

Tune in to hear Eugene's advice on all three problems!

Eugene Higgins