In Gardeners World episode 20 2016, whether you are staying at home or going away on holiday, Monty has plenty of tips for how to keep the garden looking good and remaining productive during August.
Joe Swift pays a visit to the Northumberland garden of Chris Mullin who, after over 20 years as a member of parliament, has turned his attention to the renovation of his walled garden. And National Trust head gardener Alan Power catches up with the transformation of Shakespeare’s New Place garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Gardeners World episode 20 2016:
The wild celery plant – from which cultivated varieties are selected – is found on boggy riversides and marshy ground, giving a clue to the growing conditions it needs. Soil should be moisture-retentive and never dry out. Celery hearts are particularly tasty and can be eaten raw or braised by simmering.
Botanically speaking, the edible part of celeriac is a swollen stem. Hardier and more disease resistant than its relative, celery, it has a similar flavour and aroma. Recent introductions have been bred to produce less knobbly ‘bulbs’ which are easier to prepare in the kitchen.
Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all kinds of tomatoes to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes come in all kinds of colours too.
Comfrey is a remarkable plant. It can be used to create a powerful liquid fertiliser, as well as a compost activator to produce enriched compost. It can create a fertiliser base within the soil, as well as a nutritious mulch on top. You can also use the dead leaves to make leaf mould as a nutritious potting compost.
Comfrey leaves contain the vital nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – all of which are needed by growing plants. These nutrients are released as the leaves decay. Potassium is used particularly to promote healthy flowers, seed and fruit: comfrey leaves contain up to three times more potassium than farmyard manure.
Growing plants from seed is generally straightforward and inexpensive. It is an opportunity to increase the number of plants in your garden for free. Seed can be saved from many trees, shrubs, perennials, aquatic plants, alpines, annuals, biennials, bulbous plants, ornamental grasses vegetables and herbs.