In Gardeners World 2018 episode 19 the vegetable garden is at its peak and Monty takes a look at his harvesting. 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
Wildflower meadows are an alternative to lawns and borders, and can provide a display for many months. Choose from annual meadows that provide a one-off show or perennial meadows that persist from year to year.
Lawns: spring and summer care
At this time of year, the lawn is actively growing and requires feeding, moss-killing, weeding and regular mowing. Spring is also a suitable time to over-seed sparse areas. All lawns need feeding in order to maintain vigour. When feeding, look out for signs of pest or disease and apply moss killer if required. Regular maintenance is the best way to approach a lawn, and may avoid the need for renovation later on.
Growing hardy ferns
Low-maintenance and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, ferns complement any shade plant combination. From tiny specimens grown in walls to the royal fern at six feet tall, there’s room for ferns in every sized garden. Most ferns are easy to grow and will thrive in any moist, well-drained, shady site in well-dug, humus-rich, neutral to alkaline soil. However, those such as the royal fern Osmunda regalis, require neutral to acid soil.