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Showing posts with label rhubarb. 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

Gardening and Horticulture 02-2015

Gardening and Horticulture

Hellebores, the jewels of the early spring border, come under the spotlight on this show. Monty Don shares his top tips on how to get the best from them.
Carol Klein visits a couple who have just moved into a bungalow with a once much-loved but now overgrown garden. With her help over the coming year, they're hoping to create the garden of their dreams.
Gardening and Horticulture 02-2015
Gardening and Horticulture 02-2015

1. Sow broad beans

If you’re daunted by the prospect of sowing veg, then start with broad beans. They are easy to grow and taste really delicious when picked small and cooked shortly after.
To start, choose a well-drained site. Then dig the ground over, adding some garden compost or well-rotted manure.  Sow seeds 5-8cms (2-3in) deep and 10-16cms (4-6in) apart.  In open ground, sow in double rows 23cms (9in) apart leaving 60cms (2ft) between each double row. This will give you enough room to walk between the rows when picking your beans.  In raised beds, where you won’t have to worry about picking space, all rows can be spaced 23cms (9in) apart. 

2. Cut back late-flowering clematis

If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to prune Group 3 clematis. These flower in late summer and produce blooms on the current season’s growth. Prune hard now before they get going, cutting just above a strong pair of buds about 30cm (1ft) above soil level. Clematis that can be pruned this way include C. viticella.

3. Force rhubarb

If you fancy some sweet-tasting rhubarb, consider bringing on the crowns with a terracotta forcer. The dark, warm conditions inside force the rhubarb into growth a month early, producing soft, pale pink stems which are delicious. If you haven’t got a forcer, an upturned bucket will do the job just as well.

James Martin: Home Comforts ep.3 - Childhood Favourites

James shares the recipes that remind him of his Yorkshire childhood, including his grandmother's roast shoulder of pork and her indulgent classic pud of parkin served with rhubarb. Historian Gerard Baker delves into the history of another childhood favourite - gingerbread. Plus, we meet the award-winning producers of Yarty Cordials.
1.Slow roast shoulder of pork with roasties and apple sauce with hispi cabbage
- when roast pork is combined with duck fat roasties and homemade apple sauce you really can't go wrong.
2.Granny’s bacon sarnie
- James Martin shares his grandma's secret to the perfect bacon butty.
3.Raspberry jelly with lime syrup and vanilla ice cream
- James Martin turns his childhood favourite, jelly and ice cream, into a grown up dessert.
4.Baked ginger parkin with rhubarb
- there are a few elements to this recipe but every one of them would benefit from being prepared in advance so it's a great one for feeding a crowd.

James Martin: Home Comforts ep.3 - Childhood Favourites
James Martin: Home Comforts ep.3 - Childhood Favourites