It is the autumn equinox and, along with celebrating the season’s apple bounty, Monty Don is planning for Christmas, planting bulbs to brighten dark winter days. He also gives advice on planting garlic for next year.
Carol Klein celebrates the sedum, one of the autumn garden’s highlights, Adam Frost gives us an update on the development of his Lincolnshire garden, and we travel to Gloucestershire to visit a garden which is a haven for moths and butterflies.
We also catch up with Alan Power, who guides us through the summer work at Stourhead, and Shaish Alam winds up his growing season with a bumper harvest.
In Gardeners World episode 26 2017:
1. Gardening for butterflies & moths
Gardens are thought to provide an important haven for butterflies in autumn. As food sources start to dwindle in the countryside, the adults rely on late-flowering plants in gardens as a source of nectar.
2. Apple pressing
The apple juice Monty pressed was absolutely delicious and if you’re wondering what to do with your windfalls this year, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend having a go yourself.
3. Raised beds
Raised beds are a great way of growing a wide range of plants, and are particularly popular for growing fruit and vegetables. They are a good way of boosting drainage and can be used to introduce a different soil type to your garden. Raised beds are also a useful way to garden if you have restricted mobility, as they reduce the need to bend.
4. How to store pumpkins & squashes
The ability to store pumpkins and winter squashes for up to six months adds to the pleasure of growing them. However, there are a few guidelines worth following to ensure they store well.
5. How to grow garlic
Not only has the use of garlic in the kitchen increased dramatically in recent years but also the number of gardeners producing their own crop. Garlic is a rewarding, easy-to-grow crop as long as it is grown on well-drained soils.