We are well into the bedding season with garden centres and nurseries offering a variety of plants to give a colourful display. To ensure they keep looking great all summer long feeding is essential as Dave Gillam, general manager at Abercorn Garden Centre in Essex explained to Ken Crowther.
Bonsai is an art form using horticultural material. Unlike a sculptor who can put his tools down when the piece is finished, bonsai is an ongoing art form which needs regular attention. The miniature trees are grown to look like full grown trees as Reg Bolton from the Federation of British Bonsai Societies explained to Ken Crowther.
This month on the Kings Seeds plot Andrew Tokely has been working extra hard. Due to the dry conditions he’s been knocking the plots down by hand. The first plot is netted to protect from pigeons and has been planted with brassicas as Andrew explained to Ken Crowther.
Now in their 68 year, the Dutch bulb fields at Keukenhof attract millions of visitors. The 32 hectares bulb fields are a sight to behold with more seven million bulbs planted and 800 varieties of tulips.
Ken Crowther met up with Director of Keukenhof, Bart Siemerink to find out how it all started.
There’s a lot of enthusiasm for growing spuds which is partly down to gardeners being encouraged to grow them not just in the ground but in bags and containers on patios and balconies as Thompson & Morgan’s veg man Colin Randall told Ken Crowther.