In Gardeners World episode 17 2016: earlier in the year, Monty put aside a patch of his garden to grow his own cut flowers, and this week he returns to assess the results and harvest his first crop of colourful blooms.
We pay a visit to an organic flower farm to find out how, from seed to harvest, the process of growing plays a large part in improving wellbeing. Joe Swift explores the Savill Garden in Windsor to see how the traditional rose garden has been reimagined into a contemporary design.
In Gardeners World episode 17 2016:
1. Grow your own aubergines
Aubergines are becoming popular vegetables to grow at home – thanks to new cultivars more suited to the British climate and their delicious fruit. Sunshine and warm growing conditions are the key to success.
2. How to use roses
Roses are one of the largest groups of plants available to gardeners, so choosing specific varieties can seem like a daunting prospect. Whether you are looking for a rose to climb a shady wall, roses for a hedge, or a rose to train up a pillar, our short guide will set you on the right path.
3. How to grow carrots
Carrots come in shapes and colours other than long and orange – look out for round carrots, as well as unusual colours such as red and yellow. Carrots can be grown in containers if you are short on space, or if your soil is heavy clay or very stony. Sow regularly for prolonged cropping. They freeze and store well too, but like most vegetables, carrots taste best freshly picked from the garden.
4. Plant nutrition
We give fertilisers to improve plant growth rates and to boost yields of flowers or fruit. However, feeding plants is not always necessary. Sometimes looking after the soil is more important and enables plants to access nutrients already present in the ground.
5. Crop rotation
The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year.