Showing posts with label lawn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lawn. Show all posts

Gardeners' World ep.6 2017

Monty brings you a full hour of gardening for the Easter weekend. From sowing summer vegetables and soft fruit planting to propagating and pruning, as well as jobs to tackle over the long weekend, there is plenty of inspiration.If your gardening plans only extend to tidying up the lawn, Nick Bailey gets to grips with an unpromising patch of grass and gives his tips on how achieve a luscious lawn. We return to Adam Frost's garden as he starts to transform a herbaceous border and gives his advice on how to rid borders of bindweed. And we meet Roger Butler, who grows over one hundred varieties of hydrangea at his nursery in Kent.



Carol continues her series on her gardening heroes when she visits Waterperry Gardens to find out about the legacy of Beatrix Havergal, Frances Tophill selects her golden jubilee plant, and Flo Headlam visits a garden centre in Manchester which is run by the local community.

1. Lawns: spring and summer care
At this time of year, the lawn is actively growing and requires feeding, moss-killing, weeding and regular mowing. Spring is also a suitable time to over-seed sparse areas.
2. Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are popular garden shrubs with delicate heads of flowers in shades of pink, white or blue and pretty autumn colour and leaf shape. The mophead and lace-cap hydrangeas are most well-known for their ability to change colour in different soils.
3. Grow Your Own: Courgettes
Courgettes are so easy to grow – and you get so many courgettes from each plant – expect three or four a week if you grow your own!
Courgette plants do like to spread out (about a square metre/yard each) but you can always plant them in big pots or growing bags if you’re short of space.

Gardeners' World ep.6 2017
Gardeners' World ep.6 2017

The Beechgrove Garden 2016 ep.4



 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
The Beechgrove Garden 2016 ep.4