To celebrate National Allotments Week, this week's show is a bountiful banquet of home-grown delights. RHS Hyde Hall's exotic veg gardener extraordinaire, Matthew Oliver, talks to gardening advisor Rebekah Mealey about aphids, how to time your seed sowing, and advice for veg-growing newbies. Katherine Potsides, Head of RHS Shows Development, shares her love of thyme and favourite ways to use it. Star chef David Zilber, co-author of The Noma Guide to Fermentation explains how to harness the power of microbes to preserve your homegrown harvests.
Useful links: ►National Allotment Society ►RHS grow your own ►Discover the Global Growth Vegetable Garden at Hyde Hall ►David Zilber on Instagram
Seed saving can be a powerful and life-affirming act – permaculture designer Poppy Okotcha shares her thoughts on how and why we should all be saving our own seeds. Resident gardening guru Leigh Hunt dispenses timely gardening advice with his top 10 jobs for August, and RHS advisors discuss rain gardens. Plus: how long can seeds and plants last? Dr Chris Thorogood of Oxford Botanic Garden reveals some surprising facts.
Useful links: ►How to save seeds ►Poppy Okotcha ►Gardening advice for August ►Rain gardens ►Chris Thorogood ►Search RHS gardening advice
Did you know that the lotus leaf inspired the creation of self-cleaning glass and paints? Or that some tropical carnivorous plants get so big they can eat shrews? Plant hunter and scientist Dr Chris Thorogood shares some of the incredible floral feats that made him fall in love with plants. Garden writer Pattie Barron recounts a meeting with plant that makes a fragrant waterfall of edible foliage with an unmistakeable Mediterranean ambience.
Terry Richardson (aka 'The Black Thumb') is a plant paramedic who rescues orchids from bins; hear his tips on turning trash plants into prize specimens. Plus the RHS gardening advice team tackle questions on evergreen shrubs for pots, poorly-looking roses, growing indoor ferns, and how to make your pond water clear.
Useful links: ►Dr Chris on Twitter ►Terry Richardson on Instagram ►Search RHS gardening advice
This week we join in with Tatton Park at Home, as our much-loved Cheshire flower show heads online. Meet designers whose careers have been kickstarted by the show's Young Designer of the Year competition. Last year young designer Charlie Hartigan's 1 in 10 garden won the People's Choice award; hear her story and tips for aspiring designers. We speak to Ruth Bolam from English Country Gardeners to get advice for anyone starting a career as a professional gardener, and hear heuchera tips from the show's Master Growers, Plantagogo.
Useful links: ►Tatton Park at Home ►Horticultural Careers hub ►Young Designer of the Year ►RHS Master Grower: Plantagogo ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Find plant suppliers (includes mail order)
This week's programme is dedicated to perhaps the quintessential foliage plant, the fern. Firstly, garden designer Danny Clarke (aka The Black Gardener) shares his love of the majestic tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica. Then we head into the dark and mysterious Stumpery at RHS Garden Rosemoor to meet a magnificent cast of ferns luxuriating in the cool, moist conditions there.
Author and journalist Richard Mabey explores a fern frenzy that swept Victorian Britain, the catchily-named Pteridomania. And finally, RHS horticultural advisor Jenny Bowden offers hints and tips on how to get the best out of ferns in your garden.
Useful links: ►All about ferns ►Discover Dryopteris ►The Stumpery at RHS Garden Rosemoor ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Find plant suppliers (includes mail order)
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