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Bydd Meinir yn creu gardd greigiog fechan gan ddefnyddio bon braich. As Meinir creates a small rockery in just a day, she uses brute force rather than a crane to lower the rocks...


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-Welcome to Garddio A Mwy.

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-It may be May, but the month

-got off to an unusually cold start.

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-We almost lost our early potatoes.

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-Hopefully, we'll have no more frost.

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-The soil is warm enough by now

-for us to consider planting outside.

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-Iwan will do just that later,

-planting interesting vegetables.

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-Meinir rolls up her sleeves

-and sets about creating a rockery.

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-And I'll show you

-how to create a mini version of one.

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-All that and more on Garddio A Mwy.

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-Six months have now passed...

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-..since we moved into the house

-here at Pont y Twr.

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-It's hard to believe...

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-..that we spent

-almost five years in that caravan.

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-I don't miss it at all...

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-..but one thing living in a caravan

-did for us as a family...

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-..was to give us a feeling

-that we lived in the garden.

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-One of the summer highlights

-was eating outside in the garden.

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-I was afraid to lose that feeling

-when we moved into the house.

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-That inspired the idea

-of having a kitchen in the garden.

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-The designated spot

-is the untidiest corner.

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-It isn't suitable for planting...

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-..because the stream tends to flood

-occasionally during the winter.

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-We have drawn up a rough plan.

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-A raised platform on metal stilts

-to protect it from any water...

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-..a cooking bench and four poles

-supporting a ship's sail...

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-..to protect us from the elements.

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-But however important it is

-to sketch a plan...

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-..as it stands,

-it is only a sketch.

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-But I will start work on it later.

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-You can see how the project develops

-over the coming weeks.

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-Talking of projects, Meinir has

-an interesting one on her hands.

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-Fashions come and go,

-in clothes and in gardening.

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-One showcase for new trends

-is the Chelsea Flower Show.

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-In 2016, one of the biggest trends

-was using stones.

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-Yes, stones...

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-..from carved modernist stones

-to ones in their natural state...

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-..and more traditional designs.

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-Yes, the rockery is back.

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-You needed a crane to lift

-some of the stones at Chelsea...

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-..but anyone can create

-a small rockery.

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-I'm going to show you how.

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-The garden I'm in today

-has a nice lawn...

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-..but could do with a feature

-to create interest.

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-A rockery it is.

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-All you need is this.

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-Bricks or rubble, large stones,

-grit, topsoil and alpine plants.

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-Well, and a free day

-to enjoy in the garden.

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-Off we go then.

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-The first step

-is to remove the grass.

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-Keep the turf to one side

-because we'll need it later.

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-Next, put the bricks

-and rubble in place.

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-These give the rockery form

-and also ensure good drainage.

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-Just throw them any which way.

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-Next, put the turf you removed

-upside down on top of the rubble.

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-This will prevent any soil

-falling through the cracks later.

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-Next, cover the turf and rubble

-with six to nine inches of topsoil.

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-And that's it.

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-The soil's in place.

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-It doesn't look like much

-at the moment...

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-..but we can now think

-about the stones.

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-The first step, before moving them,

-is to just look at them.

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-After deciding, put them in place.

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-Take care not to hurt your back

-when lifting heavy stones...

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-..or you'll be unable to garden,

-and that won't do!

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-Pack soil under the stones

-to ensure they're securely in place.

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-The structure of the rockery

-should start to become clearer now.

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-The next step is to add compost.

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-The important thing to remember

-with alpine plants...

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-..is to make sure

-that the soil has good drainage.

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-I'll mix horticultural grit

-with ordinary compost...

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-..to make sure that no water

-pools in the soil.

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-They grow naturally in thin soil

-on mountainous terrain...

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-..so they prefer poor soil.

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-There's an array of alpine plants

-available, as Sioned explains.

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-You can get hold of alpine plants

-at most garden centres.

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-But if you want

-to understand them properly...

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-..it's worth visiting

-a specialist nursery like this one.

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-Don't be tempted to buy only plants

-that are in flower on the day.

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-Choose a selection

-to provide colour all year round.

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-Look for plants that provide variety

-of leaf form and colour...

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-..ones that provide height...

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-..and ones that will spread over

-the edge of pots or along a border.

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-I'd advise against

-buying a dwarf conifer...

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-..unless you're positive

-that is it actually a dwarf variety.

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-Here are a few plants to consider.

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-These three are interesting.

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-You'd usually think of them

-as bigger plants...

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-..especially the Penstemon

-and the Dianthus.

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-These are hybrids, of course.

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-They're very happy

-in a modern rockery.

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-The Helianthemum, or rock rose...

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-..is excellent at introducing colour

-into a rockery or a small border.

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-They're happy in strong sunlight

-and grow into a small shrub form.

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-Another good plant

-is the mossy Saxifrage.

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-There's a wide choice of these.

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-They form a tidy cushion,

-and have pretty upstanding flowers.

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-If you want something

-that looks exotic...

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-..consider the wide variety

-of succulents available.

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-They store water in their foliage

-and can survive very dry weather.

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-Whatever your taste in plants...

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-..a specialist alpine nursery...

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-..will be able to show off

-the huge range available.

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-Sioned had some lovely plants there.

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-I got all these alpine plants

-from an ordinary nursery.

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-They'll provide

-a variety of colours.

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-This Viola is currently in bloom.

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-The Aquilegia,

-or columbine, is white.

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-Many of these plants will spread,

-so we need space between them.

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-That looks about right, I think.

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-It'll look pretty.

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-Now to plant them!

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-I've already laid a layer

-of the grit and compost mixture.

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-When the plants are in place,

-add another layer of grit.

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-All that's left to do

-is to water them.

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-Do it nightly

-until the plants settle...

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-..especially if we get a repeat

-of the recent dry spell.

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-And that's it.

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-A rockery in a day.

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-If I can do it, you can.

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-Although that was a small rockery...

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-..maybe you don't have room for

-something similar in your garden.

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-You might not even have a garden.

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-But there is a way

-to bring an alpine flavour...

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-..to wherever you live.

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-That's just what I'll do

-with the plants I chose earlier.

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-The first step is to put grit

-in the bottom of the sink.

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-It'll help with the drainage,

-which is vital for these plants.

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-They need plenty of water...

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-..but that water

-must be able to drain away freely.

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-A deep sink is great

-in that respect.

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-Next, the compost.

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-I'm using John Innes No 2.

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-What I'm doing is making sure...

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-..that I have a mixture

-of half compost, half grit.

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-I'm adding plenty of grit...

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-..to help with the drainage.

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-I'm leaving enough depth,

-because once the plants are in...

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-..I'll add

-another layer of grit on top.

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-I chose these plants

-to provide interest all year round.

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-This is Hypericum.

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-I chose this because of the leaves.

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-They are covered in bumps.

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-In summer,

-it'll have a vivid yellow flower.

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-I'm planting it slightly proud...

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-..because I'll be adding grit.

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-This is Saxifrage Alan Hayhurst.

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-I love these delicate flowers.

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-These will obviously wither

-before too long.

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-But the delightful rosette

-at the base is evergreen.

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-That will provide visual interest

-all year round.

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-This is a kind of succulent.

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-It's called Conwy Gem.

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-I'm planting it at the edge

-so that this rosette droops over.

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-This is Achillea.

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-This does grow fairly quickly,

-and it also spreads.

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-So, what I'm going to do...

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-..is to put a piece of slate...

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-..alongside it...

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-..so that it stays in that spot.

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-This is Canary Bird.

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-As these flowers

-reach the end of their life...

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-..it's an idea to cut them off...

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-..to promote the growth

-of more flowers.

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-I've chosen these plants because

-they mostly grow very slowly.

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-Given that they're competing

-with each other...

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-..one plant could take over.

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-But these will all stay compact.

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-There we are.

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-I'll just finish it off

-with a layer of grit.

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-For a full list of the plants

-I chose for the alpine trough...

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-..visit the Garddio A Mwy website.

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-They're pretty, aren't they?

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-I hope they'll be happy

-in the sunshine.

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-At the moment,

-garden centres are jam-packed...

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-..with colourful plants

-for pots and hanging baskets.

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-It's said that gardeners

-spend more on plants like this...

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-..than on anything else.

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-After all, they are usually annuals.

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-But with so much choice...

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-..how do you decide

-which ones are right for you?

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-If, like me, you garden

-for nature and wildlife...

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-..as well as for colour,

-it's worth remembering...

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-..not to go for a flower

-with a long trumpet.

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-Bees find it very difficult

-to get at the nectar.

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-Sometimes, they've been bred so much

-that there isn't any nectar at all.

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-Other plants to avoid

-are flowers with a lot of petals.

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-Bees also find it hard to extract

-pollen and nectar from those.

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-It's worth choosing plants

-that have open flowers...

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-..to make it easy for the bees

-to get at the good stuff.

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-Herbs are also excellent.

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-Lavender, sage and thyme are great.

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-You could also go for Dahlias

-and Alyssum.

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-So, you can get lots of colour

-in your pots and hanging baskets...

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-..and be kind to bees

-at the same time.

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-Since I started gardening here...

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-..I've tended to grow

-the same kind of things every year.

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-Potatoes, onions and carrots.

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-But this year,

-I've decided to experiment...

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-..and grow some vegetables

-you don't see in the supermarket.

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-I'm going to plant

-lots of different vegetables...

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-..and see what works.

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-I'm starting with this, kohlrabi.

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-It's a member of the turnip family.

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-You can cook it

-lots of different ways...

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-..or eat it fresh from the garden,

-either sliced or grated.

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-It's exceptionally good when grated,

-so I'll be sure to try that.

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-I'll also try to grow chicory.

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-This has been in the greenhouse,

-but the slugs got to it, sadly.

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-I'll plant another tray

-to try and get a good crop.

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-It's a very handy plant...

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-..because you can eat the flower,

-the leaves and the stem...

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-..and apparently,

-you can make coffee out of the root.

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-I'll also be growing this.

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-I'm sure many of you

-will have heard of it.

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-It's navona, a type of cauliflower

-that's unlike any usual variety.

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-I've never grown that before,

-but I'll give it a go.

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-I've also bought

-a lot of different seeds.

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-Curly Scarlet kale,

-which is new to me.

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-I'm also going to try

-these purple sprouts.

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-Rubine.

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-I'll also be trying

-this radish variety, Red Meat...

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-..which does resemble

-a piece of ham.

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-It's sure to look interesting

-in a salad.

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-There's also

-a wide range of lettuces.

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-This one, Reine de Glace,

-dates back to the 19th century.

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-It'll be interesting

-to see how that grows.

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-If you're growing for the kitchen,

-or as an experiment...

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-..or to compete

-at your local show...

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-..there's a huge variety

-of seeds available...

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-..and now's the time to plant them.

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-As I look ahead to summer,

-I'm going to plant some radicchio.

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-This one has a unique taste, and

-it'll also add colour to any salad.

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-This can go next to the lettuce.

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-From someone

-who's experimenting in the garden...

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-..to someone

-who's an old hand at gardening.

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-Wil Gibbon, one of the gardeners

-at the historic Aberglasney Gardens.

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-I've been here since 1998.

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-I've seen a lot of alterations here.

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-The gardens have come from nothing

-to what you see here now.

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-I enjoy working here.

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-It's a nice little place.

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-Sometimes, you work in the rain,

-so it's not as nice then!

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-But on a day like this,

-it's lovely to be out in the garden.

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-It beats being in an office.

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-Today, I'm tying branches

-to the fence...

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-..to train them to go up the wire.

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-They'll form diamond shapes.

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-It's an old style of fence

-known as a Belgian fence.

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-A lozenge effect.

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-They're apple trees.

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-Old Welsh varieties.

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-It's a bit of work to train them,

-but it's worth it in the end.

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-They do have names.

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-This one is Reverend Wilks.

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-It's an old apple, very sweet.

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-A lot of them have been named

-after the people who developed them.

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-They've been here since 2000.

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-They were grafted to save them,

-because they're old varieties.

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-Can you see this point here?

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-They've been grafted at one time.

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-This is the mother plant.

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-This one, the Reverend Wilks...

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-..has been grafted

-onto the rootstock.

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-That job's done for now.

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-One of the things I enjoy most

-about gardening at Pont y Twr...

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-..is nurturing young plants.

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-Last year, I took softwood cuttings

-of this Penstemon Garnet.

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-It was pouring with rain outside

-when I was doing the job.

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-I cut the new lateral growth

-that wouldn't flower that year...

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-..and put them into a mixture

-of compost and perlite.

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-They've spent about six months,

-over winter, in the polytunnel.

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-They've turned out perfectly.

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-This will be their new home,

-right here in the border.

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-As you can see,

-they're ready to be transplanted...

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-..judging by the roots

-on the base of the pot.

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-I've soaked the plants in water

-to make it easier to get them out.

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-In it goes,

-and a bit of soil around it.

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-It's very easy to take cuttings

-from the Penstemon.

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-It's important to take cuttings...

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-..because not every variety

-will withstand our winters.

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-I think I've been lucky

-with the ones in this border...

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-..but I have lost

-one or two over there.

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-I'm glad to have more this year.

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-I'm sure to take cuttings again

-in case the same happens next year.

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-In it goes.

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-There we are.

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-Those two will do there,

-because they do grow to a fair size.

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-But I have five healthy plants...

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-..that would have cost

-about 5 each in a garden centre...

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-..so it really is

-worth taking cuttings.

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-One popular plant,

-and a favourite of mine...

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-..is the Scabious Butterfly Blue.

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-It's a pretty little flower

-that works so hard.

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-It flowers from April to November

-with no fuss at all.

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-It thrives in full sun

-or in a light shade.

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-To cap it all,

-bees and butterflies love it.

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-Solar lights are very popular now.

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-These pendant lights

-are some of the latest ones.

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-They contain a filament that lights

-when the solar panel is in sunlight.

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-Solar lights provide

-different effects in your garden.

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-They make it look a bit better

-when you sit out during the summer.

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-Earlier, we mentioned our plan

-to turn this untidy corner...

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-..into a designated cooking area.

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-The first step

-was to mark out a perfect circle...

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-..and decide where the sail's

-support poles would go.

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-After digging the holes,

-I set them in concrete.

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-Next, I dug holes for the stilts

-that would support the platform...

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-..and filled them

-with concrete as well.

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-Once the stilts were in place...

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-..the last step for today

-is to screw on the zinc panels.

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-That's one of the hardest jobs

-I've done in the garden for a while.

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-I'm glad it's summer

-and not winter...

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-..because I might be standing

-in a pool of water.

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-Why? Because of that stream.

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-Having a stream nearby sounds

-romantic, but it has its problems.

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-Haven't you finished yet?

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-Haven't you finished yet?

-

-No, I haven't.

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-That's all for this week.

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-It would be lovely to have

-your company again next week.

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-Until then, enjoy the gardening.

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-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.

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Bydd Meinir yn creu gardd greigiog fechan gan ddefnyddio bon braich. As Meinir creates a small rockery in just a day, she uses brute force rather than a crane to lower the rocks into place!