- Paul’s show has been reduced from twice on Saturday and twice
on Sunday to once on Saturday, a cutback of 75 percent for the
mathematically challenged. In some parts of the country his show is
gone altogether. "It was the only show I looked forward to besides
- Gone from HGTV are: "Rebecca’s Garden," "Gardener’s Diary," "Gardener’s Journal," "Urban Outsider," "PPP," and others.
- More than one commenter suggested there’s so little G in HGTV it should be renamed HTV.
- To register complaints about garden programming on HGTV, go here. Good idea.
- And this gem: "I love seeing his beautiful bear (sic) feet and hope
he continues to show them off," concluding with the suggestion that Paul
must be a foot fetishist. To my surprise, this commenter was not alone
in expressing fondness for Paul’s feet. Okay, I’m cool with that, but
how about we not emphasize that particular point in our complaints to HGTV?
And just to remind ourselves what all the fuss is about, how about a
review of Paul’s show from last weekend? In only a half hour here’s
what he covered in his charming and funny way (but with his shoes on,
no doubt to the disappointment of many):
- In a meaty segment on SOILS we learn that 6 inches or more of
topsoil are needed. We’re shown an easy way to test our soil for its
component parts – sand, silt and clay. Any imbalance should be treated
with organic matter – manure,
grass clippings, chopped leaves, compost, straw or hay – applied 2 to 4
times a year. Organic matter "feeds
organisms and keeps them active." And more.
- About FRUITS to grow at home, we’re reminded that apples
require lots of pruning and spraying. Instead, Paul’s guest Lee Reich
recommends American persimmon, hardy kiwi, lingonberry, pawpaw, and a
fruit called medlar, described as "disgusting yet delectable".
- We’re told all about COLCHICUMS ("naked ladies"), which offer
lots of bare naked color in the fall (without foliage) but, we’re told,
look terrible for six weeks in the summer because their scraggly, dying
foliage that cannot be removed. Not my kind of plant but somebody out there will really enjoy ’em and that’s what counts.
The obvious conclusion is that Paul’s "Gardening by the Yard" is in
a different league altogether from TV shows featuring frenzied weekend
makeovers for cute young marrieds, which means that he’s probably
doomed and we gardeners are screwed.