Gardeners World episode 4 2015

Monty Don plants up a new bed of asparagus and shows us how to lift and divide hostas. The clocks spring forward this weekend, so it’s time to get down to business in the garden.

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And on our second visit to South Africa, we explore the conditions that allow agapanthus to thrive in the wild.

Gardeners World episode 4 2015:


Asparagus growing

You don’t need a huge amount of experience or acres of land to grow asparagus, just a commitment to putting in some effort, especially at the start.

Prune buddleja

Now is the time to prune buddleja. It’s important to cut back hard as this will stimulate vigorous new growth that will carry this year’s flowers. Prune to within one or two buds of the older woody framework. It’s good to remove any thin, weak or dead growth too.

Plant out early salad crops

If you’re eager to get started on the veg plot, you can start transplanting salad crops, such as rocket or lettuce, that you’ve perhaps been growing in the greenhouse or bought in as plug plants. Plant them about 15cm (6in) apart and in rows if you want to make hoeing easier. It’s still a little cold so ensure you give them some protection, either with a layer of fleece or a cloche.

Put up bean supports

It won’t be long before it’s time to plant runner beans. Be prepared by making a support system that is strong enough to take the weight of the crop. Here are three possible methods:

5. How to deal with slugs

Slugs are persistent and widespread pests which can cause havoc in the garden, eating holes in leaves, stems, flowers, tubers and bulbs. They can cause damage throughout the year on a wide range of plants, but seedlings and new growth on herbaceous plants in spring are most at risk.

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