This week in Gardeners’ World episode 4 , Monty begins a brand new project when he starts a new soft fruit garden. He also plants new potatoes and divides herbaceous plants in the jewel garden.
Frances visits an extraordinary tropical garden in Barbados which was developed from a collapsed cave, and we meet Chris Baines, a legend of gardening for wildlife, in his own small town garden.
And as part of the programme’s 50th anniversary, Mark Lane offers his choice of the plant he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.
The family Bromeliaceea are epiphytes originating from the southern United States, South America and West Indies, where they grow on trees, stumps and decaying branches. Their colourful bracts last several months, making them ideal house plants, particularly for a warm conservatory or glasshouse.
2. Air layering of plants
Air layering is a method of propagating new trees and shrubs from stems still attached to the parent plant. The stem is wrapped with damp moss to encourage roots to form.
3. Grow your own : Potatoes
Potatoes are hugely versatile and are a staple ingredient of many meals in one form or another – boiled, mashed, chipped or baked. Potatoes are classified as being either earliest or main crops. Early potatoes are ready to harvest much sooner than main crops and are what we call new potatoes. Main crop potatoes are in the ground a lot longer, they have a better yield and produce larger tubers (potatoes).
4. Gooseberries, red and white currants
Gooseberries, red and white currants are easy-to-grow soft fruits that cope with a wide range of soil conditions. They crop best in a sunny position, but will tolerate partial shade.
5. Encourage wildlife to your garden
Increasing the biodiversity of your plot doesn’t have to be hard, or compromise the way your garden looks.