Over the year, Gardeners’ World is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting timely advice and inspiration to the nation’s gardeners. Monty kicks off the gardening year from Longmeadow as he shares his tips for pruning, planting up pots for spring colour and sharing his plans for the coming year.
At Packwood House, the extraordinary herbaceous borders come under Adam Frost’s scrutiny as he finds out how they have been planted for maximum colour and impact. Over the series, Carol Klein shares with us some of her heroes of gardening, the people who have impacted the way we garden for the last 50 years. She begins with Beth Chatto.
Gardeners’ World is a long-running British gardening programme that started on 5 January 1968. It was described as “a weekly series for gardeners, advanced and beginners, throughout the British Isles”. It picked up where its forerunner – Gardening Club – left off, and also featured that programme’s much loved presenter, the knowledgeable and down-to-earth Percy Thrower. The programme covers various aspects of gardening, such as plants, wildlife, design, techniques, tips and advice. It also features visits to gardens around the country and interviews with experts and enthusiasts.
The current main presenter is Monty Don, who hosts the show from his own garden in Herefordshire. He is joined by other regular presenters such as Carol Klein, Adam Frost, Arit Anderson, Frances Tophill and Nick Bailey. Gardeners’ World is a popular and influential programme that celebrates the joy of gardening and inspires people to create beautiful and productive gardens of their own.
Gardeners’ World episode 1 2017 – Expert Gardening Tips for Growing and Pruning Clematis, Bedding Plants, and Grapes
Pruning Clematis: A Simple Rule of Thumb
Clematis is a popular flowering plant that comes in different varieties, each with its unique pruning requirements. If you’ve lost your plant label or don’t know what your plant is called, here’s a simple rule of thumb to follow:
- Don’t prune clematis that flowers on the previous year’s growth (before June in central England).
- Hard prune clematis that flowers on the current year’s growth (from June onwards).
By following this rule, you can ensure that your clematis blooms beautifully year after year.
Bedding Plants: Add a Splash of Seasonal Color to Your Garden
Bedding plants are a great way to add a temporary decorative seasonal display to your garden, whether you have a large public garden or a small front garden. They come in different forms, including seeds, young seedlings (plug plants), and pot-grown specimens.
When planting bedding plants, make sure to choose a spot with well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. It’s also essential to water and fertilize them regularly to keep them healthy and vibrant.
Grapes: Tips for Indoor Cultivation
While some varieties of dessert grapes can be grown successfully outdoors, they thrive better under glass, even in warmer locations. With a little attention to watering, feeding, pruning, and training, you can get a good crop of grapes year after year.
When planting greenhouse vines, ensure you plant them at the opposite end of the door, with the stems trained along the side of the greenhouse parallel to the ridge of the roof and running towards the door. Plant them at the same depth as they were in the pot, teasing out the roots to spread them out in the planting hole.
To keep your grapes healthy and productive, feed them every three weeks with a high potassium feed, such as tomato fertiliser, once growth starts in the spring. During the growing season, vines benefit from an occasional extra sprinkling of dried blood. Water your vines every seven to ten days in the growing season, and mulch the rooting area with well-rotted manure before growth starts in the spring.
Planting Grapes: Tips and Techniques in Gardeners’ World episode 1 2017
Planting greenhouse vines require some techniques to ensure they grow healthy and productive. Follow these tips for successful planting:
- Plant vines at the opposite end of the door, with stems trained along the side of the greenhouse parallel to the ridge of the roof and running towards the door.
- Plant vines at the same depth as they were in the pot, spreading out the roots in the planting hole.
- Plant your vines between November and December.
By following these planting techniques, you can help your grape vines thrive and produce a bountiful harvest.
Feeding Grapes: Keep Them Healthy and Vibrant
Feeding your grape vines with the right nutrients is essential to keep them healthy and vibrant. Just before growth starts in the spring, sprinkle the rooting area with John Innes base fertiliser and dried blood. During the growing season, vines benefit from an occasional extra sprinkling of dried blood. Once the vine is in full leaf, increase feeding to weekly intervals with a high potassium feed, such as tomato fertiliser. When the grapes start to ripen and colour up, stop feeding with tomato feed, as extra feeding at this time may spoil the flavour of the fruit. By providing your grape vines with proper feeding, you can ensure that they produce sweet and juicy fruits.
Watering Grapes: Essential for Growth and Development
Watering is crucial for the growth and development of grape vines. Vines with roots inside the greenhouse will need more frequent watering than those with roots outside. Water your vines thoroughly every seven to ten days in the growing season, and concentrate your watering during dry spells if the roots are outside the greenhouse.
Mulching: Keep Your Grapes Healthy and Productive
Mulching your grape vines is another essential aspect of their care. Just before growth starts in the spring, mulch the rooting area with well-rotted manure. During the summer, mulch the greenhouse borders with straw to keep the atmosphere dry, aiding the pollination of vine flowers and subsequent fruit set.
In conclusion, growing and maintaining clematis, bedding plants, and grapes require specific techniques to keep them healthy and productive. By following the simple rule of thumb for pruning clematis, providing proper care for bedding plants, and giving the right attention to your grape vines, you can ensure that your garden will be full of color and life. Remember to feed, water, and mulch your plants regularly, and with a little effort, you can create a beautiful and thriving garden.
In Gardeners’ World episode 1 2017 you will find answers to this questions:
- How do you prune clematis for optimal growth?
- What are some tips for growing healthy bedding plants?
- How do you cultivate grapes indoors?
- What are the best fertilizers for grape vines?
- Why is mulching important for plant growth?
- How often should you water greenhouse vines?