Organic gardener, television and radio presenter Bob Flowerdew is a big fan of soft fruits and has been busy harvesting. The raspberries are almost over, but his hybrid boysenberry a cross between a raspberry and blackberry fruits throughout the season as he explained to Ken Crowther.
The Wilkin family have been growing a number of different fruits at their Tiptree farm since the 1800s. Andrey Ivanov the Farm Manger met up with Ken Crowther in one of the polytunnels to talk about their method for growing a successful crop of raspberries for their preserves and gin liquer.
Keeping a watchful eye over the plants in your garden means you can get control over pests before they takeover. Picking off the bugs helps but isn’t 100% effect. To get rid of them completely you need to use a pesticide like Provado Ultimate Bug Killer. Ken Crowther met up with Tom Cole, Senior Horticultural Lecturer at Writtle University College who explained the best way of tackling pests.
The Thompson and Morgan potato trials have been taking place at Capel Manor College. The potatoes were planted in May be Level 1 Seasonal Gardener students. Colin Randall or ‘Spud’ from Thompson and Morgan explained to Ken Crowther about the RHS assessment.
This month on the Kings Seed Plot a combination of favourable weather and the skilled hand of Andrew Tokely means it’s been a good year for growing vegetables. He told Ken Crowther the secret was ensuring the ground has been dug over in the autumn allowing it to hold onto the moisture and not dry out.