How to Be a Gardener episode 10: A garden that is completely empty of plants and features is good as you can put your own stamp on it right from the start. But it can also be tremendously daunting. Where do you start? What goes in and what should be left out? Don’t panic. Take your time and go one step at a time and the right garden will gradually evolve.
How to Be a Gardener episode 10 is a BBC documentary series presented by gardener Alan Titchmarsh, providing a complete online guide gardening for beginners. Let’s face it, gardening can be pretty daunting. All those Latin names, the bugs and blights that can attack your plants just when they are looking their prettiest. How does anyone manage to grow anything? The series consists of eight 30-minute long episodes that cover everything you need to know to give you a great start in gardening.
Alan Fred Titchmarsh is an English gardener, broadcaster, poet, and novelist. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. He has developed a diverse writing and broadcasting career. Titchmarsh’s first few television appearances were on the long-running BBC television show Nationwide as a horticulture expert. This led to his being invited to present coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for BBC television in 1983. Titchmarsh hosted this every year until 2013.
In 1996 the cancellation of Pebble Mill at One gave Titchmarsh the opportunity to move back towards his first love, gardening, and he took over as host of another long-running BBC television programme, Gardeners’ World in the same year, the show being filmed in his own garden. Titchmarsh has been married to Alison since 1975 and they have two children, Polly (born 1979) and Camilla (born 1981). In addition to his extensive television and writing work, Titchmarsh is also trustee of his own charity, ‘Gardens for Schools’, and others, including ‘Seeds for Africa’.
How to Be a Gardener episode 10
If you have an empty garden and want to start planting, here are some steps to follow:
- Determine your garden’s location and size: Decide where in your yard you want to create a garden and how much space you have available. Consider factors like sunlight, drainage, and accessibility.
- Determine your soil quality: Check the soil in your garden to see if it’s healthy enough to support plant life. You can test the soil’s pH level, texture, and nutrient content using a soil testing kit. Based on the results, you can amend the soil with organic matter or other soil additives as needed.
- Create a plan: Sketch out a rough plan of where you want to plant different types of plants, whether you want a flower garden or a vegetable garden, and what kind of features you want to add, such as a walkway or a water feature.
- Choose your plants: Select plants that are suitable for your climate, soil type, and light conditions. Consider factors like color, texture, and size when choosing your plants. If you’re new to gardening, consider starting with easy-to-grow plants like herbs or annuals.
- Prepare your garden bed: Clear the area of any debris, such as rocks or weeds. Turn over the soil with a garden fork or tiller to loosen it up and remove any clumps or large rocks. Add any necessary soil amendments or fertilizer at this stage.
- Plant your garden: Dig holes for your plants according to the size of their root balls. Place the plants in the holes and backfill with soil. Water thoroughly.
- Maintain your garden: Keep your garden healthy by watering regularly, fertilizing as needed, and pruning or deadheading your plants as necessary. Watch for pests and diseases, and treat them promptly if you notice any signs of trouble.