In Beechgrove Garden episode 11 2016, Carole is in the Keder, starting the year’s collection of tender vegetables, and Jim is with the allotmenteers of Tillicoultry to discover how the community runs this immaculately presented and organised allotment.
The gardening charity Scotland’s Gardens celebrates its 85th year. To mark the occasion, Carole visits one of their new recruits and newest garden on the list, at Barbara Pickard’s no-nonsense but beautiful cottage garden at Balmullo in Fife.
Beechgrove Garden episode 11 2016:
After our break at Gardening Scotland Jim, George and Carole were back at the Beechgrove Garden where this week it was a lovely summer’s day with some cloud cover.
1. Tender Vegetables
This year in the Keder polytunnel Carole is again growing lots of different tender vegetables – including cucumber, winter squash and tomatoes. Firstly Carole looked at the range of cucumbers for this year.
2. Garden diary
The bottom of the string is buried below the plant and the top of the string was tied to the poly tunnel support. The plants can be trained up the string as they grow. Carole had also buried small pots a long side each plant for watering. Cucumbers are prone to neck rot if watered directly. By filling the pots with water this can avoid direct watering.
3. Planting up summer containers and baskets
This week in our part of Scotland it is officially bedding out week and Carole and George were in the Seaside Garden planting out some bedding chosen to go with the colour theme of white blue and yellow here. Last year in this area we removed a large Hippophae or sea buckthorn as it had got too big for this spot, however, Carole was still finding huge roots from this plant. Carole and George decided to plant some summer bedding plants as a temporary display and then this area
can be fully revamped next year.
4. Dig/No Dig plot
Back on the dig-no dig plots Jim and George were embarking on a couple of seasonal jobs. First of all a reminder about the difference betweent he two plots –
no dig means exactly that – no soil disturbance and feeding the soil by spreading a thin mulch of compost every year, on the beds, thus providing food for worms and other soil life which will over the years improve the soil structure. Seeds are sown directly into the compost.