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.
-It may be May, but the month
-got off to an unusually cold start.
-We almost lost our early potatoes.
-Hopefully, we'll have no more frost.
-The soil is warm enough by now
-for us to consider planting outside.
-Iwan will do just that later,
-planting interesting vegetables.
-Meinir rolls up her sleeves
-and sets about creating a rockery.
-And I'll show you
-how to create a mini version of one.
-All that and more on Garddio A Mwy.
-Six months have now passed...
-..since we moved into the house
-here at Pont y Twr.
-It's hard to believe...
-..that we spent
-almost five years in that caravan.
-I don't miss it at all...
-..but one thing living in a caravan
-did for us as a family...
-..was to give us a feeling
-that we lived in the garden.
-One of the summer highlights
-was eating outside in the garden.
-I was afraid to lose that feeling
-when we moved into the house.
-That inspired the idea
-of having a kitchen in the garden.
-The designated spot
-is the untidiest corner.
-It isn't suitable for planting...
-..because the stream tends to flood
-occasionally during the winter.
-We have drawn up a rough plan.
-A raised platform on metal stilts
-to protect it from any water...
-..a cooking bench and four poles
-supporting a ship's sail...
-..to protect us from the elements.
-But however important it is
-to sketch a plan...
-..as it stands,
-it is only a sketch.
-But I will start work on it later.
-You can see how the project develops
-over the coming weeks.
-Talking of projects, Meinir has
-an interesting one on her hands.
-Fashions come and go,
-in clothes and in gardening.
-One showcase for new trends
-is the Chelsea Flower Show.
-In 2016, one of the biggest trends
-was using stones.
-..from carved modernist stones
-to ones in their natural state...
-..and more traditional designs.
-Yes, the rockery is back.
-You needed a crane to lift
-some of the stones at Chelsea...
-..but anyone can create
-a small rockery.
-I'm going to show you how.
-The garden I'm in today
-has a nice lawn...
-..but could do with a feature
-to create interest.
-A rockery it is.
-All you need is this.
-Bricks or rubble, large stones,
-grit, topsoil and alpine plants.
-Well, and a free day
-to enjoy in the garden.
-Off we go then.
-The first step
-is to remove the grass.
-Keep the turf to one side
-because we'll need it later.
-Next, put the bricks
-and rubble in place.
-These give the rockery form
-and also ensure good drainage.
-Just throw them any which way.
-Next, put the turf you removed
-upside down on top of the rubble.
-This will prevent any soil
-falling through the cracks later.
-Next, cover the turf and rubble
-with six to nine inches of topsoil.
-And that's it.
-The soil's in place.
-It doesn't look like much
-at the moment...
-..but we can now think
-about the stones.
-The first step, before moving them,
-is to just look at them.
-After deciding, put them in place.
-Take care not to hurt your back
-when lifting heavy stones...
-..or you'll be unable to garden,
-and that won't do!
-Pack soil under the stones
-to ensure they're securely in place.
-The structure of the rockery
-should start to become clearer now.
-The next step is to add compost.
-The important thing to remember
-with alpine plants...
-..is to make sure
-that the soil has good drainage.
-I'll mix horticultural grit
-with ordinary compost...
-..to make sure that no water
-pools in the soil.
-They grow naturally in thin soil
-on mountainous terrain...
-..so they prefer poor soil.
-There's an array of alpine plants
-available, as Sioned explains.
-You can get hold of alpine plants
-at most garden centres.
-But if you want
-to understand them properly...
-..it's worth visiting
-a specialist nursery like this one.
-Don't be tempted to buy only plants
-that are in flower on the day.
-Choose a selection
-to provide colour all year round.
-Look for plants that provide variety
-of leaf form and colour...
-..ones that provide height...
-..and ones that will spread over
-the edge of pots or along a border.
-I'd advise against
-buying a dwarf conifer...
-..unless you're positive
-that is it actually a dwarf variety.
-Here are a few plants to consider.
-These three are interesting.
-You'd usually think of them
-as bigger plants...
-..especially the Penstemon
-and the Dianthus.
-These are hybrids, of course.
-They're very happy
-in a modern rockery.
-The Helianthemum, or rock rose...
-..is excellent at introducing colour
-into a rockery or a small border.
-They're happy in strong sunlight
-and grow into a small shrub form.
-Another good plant
-is the mossy Saxifrage.
-There's a wide choice of these.
-They form a tidy cushion,
-and have pretty upstanding flowers.
-If you want something
-that looks exotic...
-..consider the wide variety
-of succulents available.
-They store water in their foliage
-and can survive very dry weather.
-Whatever your taste in plants...
-..a specialist alpine nursery...
-..will be able to show off
-the huge range available.
-Sioned had some lovely plants there.
-I got all these alpine plants
-from an ordinary nursery.
-a variety of colours.
-This Viola is currently in bloom.
-or columbine, is white.
-Many of these plants will spread,
-so we need space between them.
-That looks about right, I think.
-It'll look pretty.
-Now to plant them!
-I've already laid a layer
-of the grit and compost mixture.
-When the plants are in place,
-add another layer of grit.
-All that's left to do
-is to water them.
-Do it nightly
-until the plants settle...
-..especially if we get a repeat
-of the recent dry spell.
-And that's it.
-A rockery in a day.
-If I can do it, you can.
-Although that was a small rockery...
-..maybe you don't have room for
-something similar in your garden.
-You might not even have a garden.
-But there is a way
-to bring an alpine flavour...
-..to wherever you live.
-That's just what I'll do
-with the plants I chose earlier.
-The first step is to put grit
-in the bottom of the sink.
-It'll help with the drainage,
-which is vital for these plants.
-They need plenty of water...
-..but that water
-must be able to drain away freely.
-A deep sink is great
-in that respect.
-Next, the compost.
-I'm using John Innes No 2.
-What I'm doing is making sure...
-..that I have a mixture
-of half compost, half grit.
-I'm adding plenty of grit...
-..to help with the drainage.
-I'm leaving enough depth,
-because once the plants are in...
-another layer of grit on top.
-I chose these plants
-to provide interest all year round.
-This is Hypericum.
-I chose this because of the leaves.
-They are covered in bumps.
-it'll have a vivid yellow flower.
-I'm planting it slightly proud...
-..because I'll be adding grit.
-This is Saxifrage Alan Hayhurst.
-I love these delicate flowers.
-These will obviously wither
-before too long.
-But the delightful rosette
-at the base is evergreen.
-That will provide visual interest
-all year round.
-This is a kind of succulent.
-It's called Conwy Gem.
-I'm planting it at the edge
-so that this rosette droops over.
-This is Achillea.
-This does grow fairly quickly,
-and it also spreads.
-So, what I'm going to do...
-..is to put a piece of slate...
-..so that it stays in that spot.
-This is Canary Bird.
-As these flowers
-reach the end of their life...
-..it's an idea to cut them off...
-..to promote the growth
-of more flowers.
-I've chosen these plants because
-they mostly grow very slowly.
-Given that they're competing
-with each other...
-..one plant could take over.
-But these will all stay compact.
-There we are.
-I'll just finish it off
-with a layer of grit.
-For a full list of the plants
-I chose for the alpine trough...
-..visit the Garddio A Mwy website.
-They're pretty, aren't they?
-I hope they'll be happy
-in the sunshine.
-At the moment,
-garden centres are jam-packed...
-..with colourful plants
-for pots and hanging baskets.
-It's said that gardeners
-spend more on plants like this...
-..than on anything else.
-After all, they are usually annuals.
-But with so much choice...
-..how do you decide
-which ones are right for you?
-If, like me, you garden
-for nature and wildlife...
-..as well as for colour,
-it's worth remembering...
-..not to go for a flower
-with a long trumpet.
-Bees find it very difficult
-to get at the nectar.
-Sometimes, they've been bred so much
-that there isn't any nectar at all.
-Other plants to avoid
-are flowers with a lot of petals.
-Bees also find it hard to extract
-pollen and nectar from those.
-It's worth choosing plants
-that have open flowers...
-..to make it easy for the bees
-to get at the good stuff.
-Herbs are also excellent.
-Lavender, sage and thyme are great.
-You could also go for Dahlias
-So, you can get lots of colour
-in your pots and hanging baskets...
-..and be kind to bees
-at the same time.
-Since I started gardening here...
-..I've tended to grow
-the same kind of things every year.
-Potatoes, onions and carrots.
-But this year,
-I've decided to experiment...
-..and grow some vegetables
-you don't see in the supermarket.
-I'm going to plant
-lots of different vegetables...
-..and see what works.
-I'm starting with this, kohlrabi.
-It's a member of the turnip family.
-You can cook it
-lots of different ways...
-..or eat it fresh from the garden,
-either sliced or grated.
-It's exceptionally good when grated,
-so I'll be sure to try that.
-I'll also try to grow chicory.
-This has been in the greenhouse,
-but the slugs got to it, sadly.
-I'll plant another tray
-to try and get a good crop.
-It's a very handy plant...
-..because you can eat the flower,
-the leaves and the stem...
-you can make coffee out of the root.
-I'll also be growing this.
-I'm sure many of you
-will have heard of it.
-It's navona, a type of cauliflower
-that's unlike any usual variety.
-I've never grown that before,
-but I'll give it a go.
-I've also bought
-a lot of different seeds.
-Curly Scarlet kale,
-which is new to me.
-I'm also going to try
-these purple sprouts.
-I'll also be trying
-this radish variety, Red Meat...
-..which does resemble
-a piece of ham.
-It's sure to look interesting
-in a salad.
-a wide range of lettuces.
-This one, Reine de Glace,
-dates back to the 19th century.
-It'll be interesting
-to see how that grows.
-If you're growing for the kitchen,
-or as an experiment...
-..or to compete
-at your local show...
-..there's a huge variety
-of seeds available...
-..and now's the time to plant them.
-As I look ahead to summer,
-I'm going to plant some radicchio.
-This one has a unique taste, and
-it'll also add colour to any salad.
-This can go next to the lettuce.
-who's experimenting in the garden...
-who's an old hand at gardening.
-Wil Gibbon, one of the gardeners
-at the historic Aberglasney Gardens.
-I've been here since 1998.
-I've seen a lot of alterations here.
-The gardens have come from nothing
-to what you see here now.
-I enjoy working here.
-It's a nice little place.
-Sometimes, you work in the rain,
-so it's not as nice then!
-But on a day like this,
-it's lovely to be out in the garden.
-It beats being in an office.
-Today, I'm tying branches
-to the fence...
-..to train them to go up the wire.
-They'll form diamond shapes.
-It's an old style of fence
-known as a Belgian fence.
-A lozenge effect.
-They're apple trees.
-Old Welsh varieties.
-It's a bit of work to train them,
-but it's worth it in the end.
-They do have names.
-This one is Reverend Wilks.
-It's an old apple, very sweet.
-A lot of them have been named
-after the people who developed them.
-They've been here since 2000.
-They were grafted to save them,
-because they're old varieties.
-Can you see this point here?
-They've been grafted at one time.
-This is the mother plant.
-This one, the Reverend Wilks...
-..has been grafted
-onto the rootstock.
-That job's done for now.
-One of the things I enjoy most
-about gardening at Pont y Twr...
-..is nurturing young plants.
-Last year, I took softwood cuttings
-of this Penstemon Garnet.
-It was pouring with rain outside
-when I was doing the job.
-I cut the new lateral growth
-that wouldn't flower that year...
-..and put them into a mixture
-of compost and perlite.
-They've spent about six months,
-over winter, in the polytunnel.
-They've turned out perfectly.
-This will be their new home,
-right here in the border.
-As you can see,
-they're ready to be transplanted...
-..judging by the roots
-on the base of the pot.
-I've soaked the plants in water
-to make it easier to get them out.
-In it goes,
-and a bit of soil around it.
-It's very easy to take cuttings
-from the Penstemon.
-It's important to take cuttings...
-..because not every variety
-will withstand our winters.
-I think I've been lucky
-with the ones in this border...
-..but I have lost
-one or two over there.
-I'm glad to have more this year.
-I'm sure to take cuttings again
-in case the same happens next year.
-In it goes.
-There we are.
-Those two will do there,
-because they do grow to a fair size.
-But I have five healthy plants...
-..that would have cost
-about 5 each in a garden centre...
-..so it really is
-worth taking cuttings.
-One popular plant,
-and a favourite of mine...
-..is the Scabious Butterfly Blue.
-It's a pretty little flower
-that works so hard.
-It flowers from April to November
-with no fuss at all.
-It thrives in full sun
-or in a light shade.
-To cap it all,
-bees and butterflies love it.
-Solar lights are very popular now.
-These pendant lights
-are some of the latest ones.
-They contain a filament that lights
-when the solar panel is in sunlight.
-Solar lights provide
-different effects in your garden.
-They make it look a bit better
-when you sit out during the summer.
-Earlier, we mentioned our plan
-to turn this untidy corner...
-..into a designated cooking area.
-The first step
-was to mark out a perfect circle...
-..and decide where the sail's
-support poles would go.
-After digging the holes,
-I set them in concrete.
-Next, I dug holes for the stilts
-that would support the platform...
-..and filled them
-with concrete as well.
-Once the stilts were in place...
-..the last step for today
-is to screw on the zinc panels.
-That's one of the hardest jobs
-I've done in the garden for a while.
-I'm glad it's summer
-and not winter...
-..because I might be standing
-in a pool of water.
-Why? Because of that stream.
-Having a stream nearby sounds
-romantic, but it has its problems.
-Haven't you finished yet?
-Haven't you finished yet?
-No, I haven't.
-That's all for this week.
-It would be lovely to have
-your company again next week.
-Until then, enjoy the gardening.
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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!