In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim is attempting to turn yellow into green as he tackles the lawn, which has turned a washed-out yellow after all the rains of winter. And continuing the theme of upgrading the 20-year-old Beechgrove Garden, Jim takes on an unloved corner of the low-maintenance garden, removing a rotting fence and pruning a wayward quince.
Brian Cunningham visits the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, which is home to one of the most impressive alpine collections in the world, for inspiration as to how to recreate that in miniature back in Beechgrove.
This week Jim, Carole and Chris started off the programme on the Main Lawn. It was a cool spring day and it was all hands to the pump to make over the lawn after the wet winter. The first job was to get rid of the moss which was clogging up the lawn. Chris was scarifying the lawn by machine and Carole used an open tine wire rake to do the job by hand. The left over moss and mess can make great compost if used sparingly and also as a lining material for hanging baskets.
Having got rid of ‘all the muck’ as Jim said, and because some lawns are still very waterlogged after the winter, he illustrated some hollow tining using a fork to make the holes to aid drainage.
After all of this work the lawn will then need to be fed. Jim explained that he would use a moss and weed killer on the lawn later in the season when it was growing but at the moment he was just using just a spring lawn food (Scotts Lawn Builder) to build up the grass.
The wet winter weather that we have had at Beechgrove has definitely affected the spring bedding display in the trials plot.Things like the Violas and pansies used as ground cover have suffered although in the planters they were doing better because they were slightly better protected. The smaller daffodils were looking stunning however. Carole liked the variety ‘Rip Van Winkle’Jim was not so keen. The cyclaminieus varieties ‘Warbler’ and ‘Tracey’ were looking good.
Carole pointed out that according to the catalogue they should be the same height and they definitely weren’t at Beechgrove. ‘Jack Snipe’ was also looking stunning. For ground cover last year Myosotis did so well at Beechgrove however thus far this year it has not performed, yet – however there were lots of lower buds – so only time will tell. Polyanthus had not really bulked up this year yet. They have been combined with early flowering tulips which will flower in May. There were also tulips under planted with wallflowers which will hide the tulip stems as they flower. We will come back in May to check on progress. The Beechgrove Garden is a gardening magazin.
|The Beechgrove Garden 2016 ep.4|