Gardeners World episode 24 2017

At Longmeadow, Monty shows us how to harvest and store potatoes. He also adds late summer colour to the cottage garden and prunes shrub roses.

 

At Longmeadow, Monty shows us how to harvest and store potatoes. He also adds late summer colour to the cottage garden and prunes shrub roses.


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Carol Klein travels to Norfolk to meet Adrian Bloom, a member of a horticultural dynasty that has had a big influence on our gardens for the last 50 years. Adam Frost takes a close look at the design of an outstanding small garden in Abingdon, and Frances Tophill is in Scotland meeting a man who is passionate about potatoes. Joe Swift and Flo Headlam pay a visit to Potterne in Wiltshire to check on the progress of the community garden, and renowned plantswoman Helen Dillon joins Monty at Longmeadow.

In Gardeners World episode 24 2017:

 1. Tips on rose pruning

These general tips for rose pruning will help you improve the health and lifespan of any rose.

 2. Rose black spot

Rose black spot is a fungal disease of roses where purple or black spots develop on leaves, which often drop early.

 3. Conifer care

Conifers are trees with unique scale-like leaves or needles and their seed-bearing cones are easily recognised. They are mostly evergreen and can grow into large, often very fast-growing trees, although there are many dwarf varieites. Many conifers make good hedges too. Yew is a conifer with small cones with a fleshly covering. Gingko is also a conifer, but its triangular leaves are clearly different and like yew its cones (on female plants) also have a fleshy covering.

 4. How to grow potatoes

Potatoes are a versatile vegetable that is eaten all year round. The tubers vary in size, colour, texture and taste and can be grown from spring to autumn.

 5. What is potato blight?

Potato blight is a disease caused by the fungus-like organism Phytophthora which spreads rapidly in the foliage of potatoes and tomatoes causing collapse and decay.

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