Showing posts with label broccoli. Show all posts
Showing posts with label broccoli. Show all posts

Gardeners' World ep.5 2017

Monty gives his advice on the best apples and pears to grow in small spaces when he begins to plant up his new fruit garden and gets on with planning for colour when he plants summer flowering bulbs.



As April gets underway, Carol Klein chooses the humble primrose as her plant of the month, and we meet a couple from Yorkshire who have a passion for growing fruit and have filled their garden with over 100 fruit trees.And as part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Joe Swift makes the case for his golden jubilee plant, the one he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.



1. Grow Your Own: Broccoli
Broccoli has had a resurgence in popularity – for its high vitamin content and anti-cancer agents. It is a fast-growing and easy-to-grow crop, producing bluish-green heads that are harvested in the summer or autumn, depending on the time it is sown. The sprouting types – white or purple sprouting – are hardy and overwintered for harvest in spring, filling the gap between sprouts and spring cabbage.
2. Apples and pears: growing and training as cordons
Cordons allow you to grow a useful amount of fruit in even a small garden. Cordon training is suitable for all apples and pears that bear fruit on short side shoots (spur-bearing).
3. Growing in containers: Lilies
Lilies grow well in containers, where they can be positioned for maximum effect in the garden. It's a great way to grow these stunning plants, especially if you can't grow them in your garden.
4. Ornamental grasses: cutting back
Ornamental grasses fall into two main groups, evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous grasses need cutting back annually so that they will look their best. Evergreens just require a tidy-up.
5. Grow Your Own: Rhubarb
Rhubarb is an attractive hardy perennial with large leaves and pink, red or greenish leaf stalks that are used as a dessert, often in pies and crumbles. Stems are usually picked in spring, but plants can be covered with pots to produce an early crop of blanched stalks in late winter. The flavour of rhubarb varies in sweetness depending on the age of the stems.

Gardeners' World ep.5 2017
Gardeners' World ep.5 2017

Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2015



Jim is on his own in the garden, taking on all his special subjects, including monitoring the progress of the tomatoes and reviewing his hydrangea pruning observation to see which of his three methods of pruning is working best and resulting in most flowers.

Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2015

 Meanwhile, Carole and George are helping out with the last stages of the creation of a new community garden with the good folk of Inverbervie. The new community garden will be the central feature to a garden trail around the village, designed for locals to enjoy as a florific community space and to have tourists stop and take time in the village.
 Jim was in the Trials Area on another rainy day at Beechgrove, looking at the calabrese spacing
trial here. Jim explained that last year he grew cabbages in a similar observation to find the
optimum spacing for the best yield. This year Calabrese ‘Marathon’ is being grown at three different spacings. The first block has 9 plants per square metre; the second block has 16 plants per square metre and in the third there are 25 plants. 9 plants per square metre 16 plants per square metre (middle) 25 plants per square metre (this end of the bed). The yield from the terminal and side shoots has been weighed from each spacing over the growing season so far. Jim concluded that nine plants per square metre produced the heaviest yield with the best quality heads. Jim went up to the Main Vegetable Plot to look at the broccoli here for comparison. Last week we were here looking at the cauliflowers.
 The last of the F1 hybrid Cauliflower ‘Clapton’ hasbeen harvested but we are still waiting for the open pollinated variety ‘Snowball’. Back to the broccoli story: three different kinds of broccoli have been grown here. Jim compared the yields of the different varieties. Brokali ‘Apollo’ F1 produced the best yield of heads at 1.3 kg. Tenderstem ‘Inspiration’ is Jim’s favourite and produced just under 1 kg. It has a lovely flavour and a crunchy texture. Jim did not rate Chinese broccoli ‘Kailean Express’ as he finds it tasteless and therefore for him not worth growing.
 Strimming the Wild Area
 Jim was in the Wild Area getting very wet as it was still raining. Ford, one of the Beechgrove gardeners, was strimming the wildflower meadow whilst Jim was raking up. Now is the time to cut down the meadow as all the plants here have flowered and are setting seed. Jim explained that the cut grass should be left on the surface overnight so that all the seeds drop into the soil so that they can germinate for next year’s display. It should also be left so that all the wee beasties can escape from it. Then it can be raked up, and stacked ready for putting on the compost heap.
 There are also some weeds in this area. Jim explained that the yellow-flowered ragwort will be chopped down or dug up before it sets seed as it is poisonous to mammals. It is particularly
hazardous in paddocks used for horse grazing. Jim also talked about the two hedges encasing
the Wild Area. One is a wildlife hedge which comprises native plants such as rose and
hawthorn. The other one is an edible hedge (Ken Muir) made up of fruiting plants such as wild pear, wild cherry and sloe which will feed the birds. There are no signs of fruit yet as it is only a couple of years old and needs more time to mature.

Gardening Australia ep.1 2016



Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining Australian gardeners around the nation.
1. Bountiful Brassicas
Tino's getting ready for the cooler months by preparing the soil for brassicas and planting broccoli, cauliflower, collards, and wasabi mustard greens
2. Feeding the Friendlies
Sophie wants to ensure fauna in her garden doesn't go hungry, and showcases plants she uses to attract beneficial insects that act as pollinators and pest controllers
3. Harbour Haven
Costa meets a Sydney gardener who has used unique plant textures and colour combinations to create a delightful harbourside garden
4. Pots of Tea
What to plant for a delicious variety of home-grown teas
5. Botanical Riches
Josh visits Kings Park in Perth and chats with the senior curator about the park's new garden featuring species from Australia's arid mallee, mulga and desert regions
6. Clay Soil
Angus shows how to treat clay soil with gypsum and liquid clay-breaker that will break down large clods of clay into smaller aggregates more quickly

Gardening Australia ep.1 2016
Gardening Australia ep.1 2016