As the weather begins to warm up, there’s plenty to be getting on with in the garden. Monty Don welcomes us to Longmeadow and cracks on with some timely tasks.
April is an excellent time to sow grass seed. Whether you are repairing a patch or creating a new lawn, the technique is the same. Make sure the soil is smooth and even, and sow half the seed over the whole area by working in parallel rows lengthways. Then, repeat the process with the remaining seed, working in parallel rows widthways. Lightly rake to cover the majority of the seeds with soil and, in dry weather, water gently with a fine spray of water.
Gardeners World episode 6 2015:
1. Planting up the wildlife pond
In creating his new wildlife pond, Monty chooses plants that will attract insects as well as offer protection to those creatures living in and around the water.
2. Pond plants
Plants give visual interest to a pond, encourage wildlife and can help keep water clear. Choosing the right plants greatly adds to your enjoyment of the pond as well as that of visiting or resident wildlife.
3. Trudi’s seaside garden
With her garden not far from the seafront, Trudi Harrison has to rely on plants that will thrive despite the constant onslaught of salt-laden winds. But it hasn’t stopped her from creating a garden that is bursting with colour and interest year round.
4. Herbaceous peonies
Herbaceous peonies provide invaluable colour to borders and cut flower material in late spring and early summer. Their large, often double flowers in whites, pinks and reds add an element of romance and glamour to any garden.
5. Tree peonies
The papery flamboyant blooms and interesting foliage of tree peonies gives the impression that the plants are delicate. Thankfully, the complete opposite is true. Tree peonies are long-lived, hardy shrubs provided they are grown in a suitable spot. The common name is misleading as they are not trees but deciduous shrubs.
6. Plants for coastal areas
Strong, often salt-laden winds present a challenge for planting in coastal gardens. Providing windbreaks in the form of hedges or netting will widen the range of plants that can be grown.
7. Snake’s-head Fritillary
Snake’s-head Fritillaries are unmistakeable – look for their chequered purple, pink or even white bell-like flowers, nodding on thin stems in April and May. They have narrow, grey-green leaves that appear at the base of the plant and occasionally up the stem.