The vegetable garden is at its peak and Monty takes a look at his harvesting and sees how his autumn crops are faring. He also gives tips on how to keep the garden looking its best.
Adam Frost returns to Leicester where he has been helping to create a garden from scratch on a new-build estate. Frances Tophill celebrates the summer harvest on her shared allotment and Mark Lane takes a close look at the Mediterranean planting in the hottest garden in the UK – Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight.
The programme also meets an extraordinary gardener in Wales and travels to an immaculate and tiny garden packed with colour in Burton-on-Trent.
Gardeners World 2018 episode 19
Creating a Mediterranean garden
If this year’s summer has taught us anything it’s that the climate is definitely changing. So, our gardens are having to become used to longer periods of drought, but also interspersed with very wet periods and even flooding.
Mediterranean gardens center on gravel and paving instead of grass. Stock up on terracotta clay pots. A few large ones look the part much better than a clutter of small ones. They will be much easier to look after, although they will still need regular watering.
If you’ve got room for a border or two, prepare the ground by digging in grit as well as organic matter to make the free-draining soil Mediterranean plants need. Use gravel or pebbles which will reflect the heat and light, keeping roots cool and moist, and stifling a lot of annual weeds.
Pergolas are a Mediterranean must. Climbers will soon scramble over them providing a nice shady area to keep cool on those hot summer days.
The finishing touch is the planting. If you choose the right plants, keeping a Mediterranean-style garden requires very little work. Typical Mediterranean plants are those that look good all year round and can cope with hot, dry conditions.