Adam Frost hosts the third episode of Gardeners’ World Winter Special this evening, during which he shows viewers how to grow climbing plants to cover dull surfaces in the garden. He built a rose arch from scratch and started a new blackcurrant plant to cover a dull wall in his garden, though his most important tip was to give your garden soil “much needed love” by adding mulch. Gardening experts reveal the best time to do it to avoid killing your outdoor plants.
Adam explained that mulching is essential to ensure that all the “time and effort” that goes into your garden throughout the year isn’t wasted in the cold winter months.
Since moving into his new property, the Gardeners’ World presenter has been looking to “improve the soil” in his garden.
He said: “I’m in a really dry part of the county, so really started mulching properly in September. Make sure some moisture starts to show up in the ground, and then lock that moisture in. And I just Taking it to probably next March, April.
“If you’re somewhere that’s a little wet, your window gets smaller. So you’re probably not going to mulch until well into next spring, because I think if something kills the plants, it’s winter.” Wetter than cold”
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The Gardener’s World host explained that he used about 50ml of well rotted compost mixed with a little composted bark into the soil.
She said: “It will keep the weeds down. But for me too, the most important thing is that over time, it will decompose and it will put that goodness back into the soil.”
According to Adam, mulch should be concentrated around woody plants such as trees and shrubs. The TV gardener said that you should make sure to put the compost back in because you don’t want the mulch “around the neck” of the plants.
He said: “What this will do is that it will start to damage the bark and slowly kill the plant.”
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For herbaceous plants, Adam notes that you can wet them “in and around.” He explained that if you’re in a drier part of the country, you should already be mulching your garden.
During the episode, the Gardeners’ World host also showed viewers how to “save space” by growing a blackcurrant plant against a fence.
He planted the fruit in a tucked-away part of the garden that was “a bit dark and dingy”, calling it a “waste of space”.
Adam placed an established blackcurrant plant about 20 cm underground near the fence.
After filling the back with soil, he noticed that he had strung several horizontal wires across the fence to support the plant’s growth.
Gardeners’ World host notes that the fruit usually comes on the previous season’s growth, so it fruits really well on fairly young growth, but against a fence, it will be different.
He explained that before worrying about the result, they have to create the structure. To do this, the horticulturist explained that he would allow the stems to mature over the next few years to “encourage fruit”.
Adam said that “it’s an experiment” and “will take time” to spread across the fence. Before allowing the blackcurrant to grow, he tied the wire in a figure of eight so that the stems would not rub against the wires.