Monty Don's garden at Longmeadow is thriving in the summer sunshine and is looking more beautiful by the day. But the warm, wet weather has meant the hedges are growing like crazy and are in need of a good haircut. Monty has tips on how to best tackle this annual task.
Carol Klein returns to first-time gardeners Dan and Dominique in Gloucestershire where there's work to be done. There are borders to weed and plants to propagate so they have more of their favourites, for free, next year.
And Rachel de Thame visits Coleton Fishacre in Devon, a beautiful seaside garden that has become a haven for all sorts of unusual plants.
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Hidden in a protected valley by the sea, the garden at Coleton Fishacre is a haven for tender plants from all over the world. It’s a lovely place to visit at this time of year, so if you’re in the area, click on the link below for more details.
Coleton Fishacre (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
Why should I plant a hedge?
Hedges are not just for blocking out an unsightly view or making our gardens more private. If used carefully, they can define a garden creating individual spaces or rooms within. Hedges can shield us from something we don’t wish to see, draw the eye to a feature or frame a view. Monty has used them to great effect at Longmeadow.
Hedges are also good at providing shelter for our plants, especially in exposed areas. They’re great for attracting wildlife too, particularly in the spring when birds need somewhere to nest.
Choosing a hedge (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Pot on rooted cuttings
When your cuttings are well rooted, it’s time to pot them on. Gently tease them apart without damaging the new roots and pot them on into individual 3in pots filled with compost and a bit of perlite. Place somewhere sheltered and, if possible, in the shade.
Taking semi-ripe cuttings (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Nip out the growing tip of tomatoes
To help the fruit ripen on indoor cordon tomatoes, it’s worth nipping out the main growing point once the plants have reached a height of 1.8m (6ft). If they’re growing outside, wait until they’ve set four trusses of fruit. This will help divert all the plant’s energy into ripening existing fruit before the end of the summer.
Grow your own tomatoes (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Sow salad crops
There’s still time to sow rocket and other salad crops, but you need to get on with it. Sowing now means that the plants will have time to get established before the cold weather arrives. Choose a hardy variety and either sow direct outdoors or in a seed tray for planting out later when you have room.
Cut & come again salads (www.rhs.org.uk)
|Presenter||Rachel de Thame|
|Series Producer||Christina Nutter|
|Series Editor||Liz Rumbold|