Find out what to do in your garden in early summer, and see what’s worked and what hasn’t in the middle-sized garden.
00:00 Welcome
01:03 The climbers on the back door: Chinese Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus henryana) and Ornamental kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta)
02:30 Keep up weeding in early summer
03:00 The No Nonsense Guide to Weeding Your Garden: https://youtu.be/SvHFHym6cjM
03:56 How to prune English lavender successfully: https://youtu.be/E5MtEnplUUo
04:11 Giant fennel (Ferula communis)
04:37 Tips for the herbaceous border
05:03 Plant out dahlias, chrysanthemums and cannas and fill gaps in the border
05:14 Rose ‘Guajard’ – shall I keep it or dig it up?
06:03 Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
06:08 Rose ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’
06:18 Place stakes, hoops and other supports in your garden in early summer
06:42 How to make plant supports from clippings: https://youtu.be/8-QrucJZcIE
06:56 Use soft ties not wire to tie plants to supports. I use
Nutscene https://amzn.to/3a4zxyY (UK) and https://amzn.to/3LGBEWJ (US)
and Bio-stretch https://amzn.to/3a3xrPR (UK) and https://amzn.to/3LztaRl (US)
Both have been sent free for review in the past, but I’ve also bought them.
07:09 Whether and when to mow the lawn? We’re doing No Mow May but this is very much a personal choice, not a recommendation.
08:12 The north-facing shady border – we’ve taken out the hedge. What do you think? Better? Or not?
09:16 Easy wildlife garden tips from Joel Ashton: https://youtu.be/hvnmRx_DVoA
09:34 Buy bird boxes, bug hotels etc from wildlife organisations and make sure that they are made so that wildlife will use them. Gifty stuff may be useless!
09:53 Water newly planted shrubs and trees in their first summer. And weed around their roots to reduce competition for nutrients
10:24 Are raised beds always good in gardens?
11:26 Smynium perfoliatum (Perfoliate Alexanders)
11:50 A border that doesn’t work….
12:25 If you’re having plumbing or landscaping work done, include the garden. It makes a big difference to have easily accessible taps!
13:32 Trim hedges in early summer – but not if there are birds nesting in it!

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