Gardeners World episode 5 2016

Monty gets to work in his wildlife garden to ensure that there are plenty of plants in flower and Frances Tophill invites viewers to grow easy vegetables.

Monty gets to work in his wildlife garden to ensure that there are plenty of plants in flower and Frances Tophill invites viewers to grow easy vegetables.


Carol Klein meets Stuart Donachie, who has embraced every planting opportunity in his shady garden in Herefordshire.

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1. Shade planting: annuals, bulbs and perennials

Gardens shaded by trees and buildings are increasingly common as gardens get smaller. Although north- or east-facing gardens can be cool and shady for much of the year, they can present some creative opportunities with well-chosen shade-tolerant plants.


 2. Vegetable basics

It’s easy to get carried away when looking through seed and plant catalogues, so make sure you grow only what you really like, keeping experiments to a minimum. First of all think about how much space you have: this will be the greatest limitation on what you can grow.

 3. Planning a vegetable growing area

Finding an allotment and readying it for cultivation can seem a daunting task, but with these simple steps a productive plot is easier than you might think.

 4. Frances Tophill Veg Seed Trials

In the first of a series of films, Frances Tophill sows different types of vegetable seeds also looking to find the highest yielding and best tasting varieties.

 5. Carol visits Lyndalls Shady Garden

Carol Klein takes a spring tour of a Herefordshire shady garden full of flowering plants.

 6. Great places to see: Wild daffodils

In early spring the bright yellow nodding heads of daffodils start to appear along roadside verges, in parks and on roundabouts.

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