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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

The Beechgrove Garden ep.21 2016

Jim is thinking ahead and planting overwintering veg that will be ready to crop in the spring.
2016 is the 50th anniversary of Keep Scotland Beautiful. To mark that, Carole takes a look around Colourful Carnoustie, a relative newcomer to the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign.
George visits social enterprise group Seedbox in Ballogie near Aboyne. The group have asked Beechgrove to help them tame two huge and very old Yew trees.


On a muggy and sultry day weather-wise at the Beechgrove Garden Jim, Carole and Chris decided to have a look at the stumpery created by Chris in 2013.
The idea was to use tree stumps from the huge conifer hedge that was felled to create a feature in an otherwise difficult corner of the garden - shaded under the canopy overhung with lots of shrubs and trees and in which nothing much grew. 3 years on, the tree stumps were starting to rot down on either side of the central path. Planted with a range of ferns and other shade loving plants and bulbs, it is now looking verdant – lots of shades of green - it really works.
The added benefit of a stumpery apart from the low maintenance aspect is that it can be a wildlife haven.
They then moved on to a more recent Chris project - the Fungal Valley created earlier this year and designed to become a productive area for growing mushrooms. There were 2 different types of habitat here for mushrooms to flourish.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.21 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.21 2016

Holes were drilled into birch logs which were filled with dowels impregnated with fungi mycelium. Shiitake and oyster mushrooms were used. Bark was then spread on the ground for wine cap mushrooms to grow in this habitat. There was nothing much to see yet but Chris was optimistic for the future. Jim raised the point of maintenance. The Fungal Valley is in the shade from nearby trees. However it does need to be kept moist and humid to encourage suitable conditions. It especially needs to be irrigated in summer weather. There should be something to harvest in 18 months’ time.



The Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2016

Jim, Carole and George begin a series of bulb plantings by naturalising some unusual bulbs in the new lawn.


  Chris, with advice from Jim and Carole, takes on an emotional job as the decision is made to cut down and replace the 15-year-old cryptomeria tree in Beechgrove.
Jim visits a special garden that he has been hoping to see for years, Portmore near Eddleston.
  It was a lovely sunny summer’s day with temperatures of 23°C even in the shade at Beechgrove this week. Jim, Carole and George were on the New Lawn in the Old Orchard, thinking about autumn –
specifically autumn lawn care.  It is time to feed grass now with an autumn lawn care fertilizer
which is low in nitrogen and high in potash and phosphates, which will help strong roots to
develop, and which in turn will produce heal thy leaves.
  Don't be tempted to use a spring fertilizer. These contain high levels of nitrogen, which encourages soft, sappy leaf growth that's vulnerable to disease and could be damaged by frost.
The fertilizer will have to be watered in if the sunny weather continues.  Otherwise the grass will
be burnt by the fertilizer. You can either spread the fertilizer by hand with ½ being spread horizontally and ½ being spread vertically across the lawn.  This ensures good coverage.  Or you could use a mechanized feeder which many garden centers will loan out to you if you buy the fertilizer from them
The Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.20 2016