Essential gardening skills - Part one
Enjoy the first of three exclusive video collections featuring David Hurrion, expert horticulturist and associate editor of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine.
In this first of three subscriber-only video collections, David Hurrion sets out essential gardening skills. He begins with perhaps the most important aspect of your garden: the soil. Then, he runs through the basics of seed sowing and planting. To round off this first collection, David explains how to give your plants the best possible start, with his simple guide to planting properly.
Evaluating your soil
Understanding your soil is the secret to great gardening. Conduct a simple test to determine your soil type, with the help of David Hurrion's practical video demonstration.
- The characteristics of heavy and light soils
- A happy medium - the ideal soil texture
- Testing your soil
Sowing seed is easy, if you follow a few basic rules. Watch David Hurrion's video guide, in which he explains how to give your plants the best possible start.
- Storing your seed
- Choosing the right compost
- Preparing your pot
- Successful sowing
Pricking out and thinning seedlings
Give your seedlings the best chance of success, with the help of this video guide from David Hurrion. He demonstrates how to thin crowded shoots and how to prick them out, for growing on.
- Pricking out - top technique
- Replanting your seedlings
- How to thin congested growth
If your plants are to thrive, they need to be planted properly. Get it right, by following David Hurrion's simple video guide.
- Preparing the planting hole
- Preparing your plants
- Correct planting depth
- How to move and replant