Beth Chatto was an in­spi­ra­tion to gar­den­ers, says Peter

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

Heavy mulching with or­ganic mat­ter, such as gar­den com­post, is the ideal treat­ment for both heavy and light, dry soils.

Weed con­trol in dense plant­ings can be achieved by ap­ply­ing di­luted sys­temic weed killer via a sponge held with gloved hands. Dab­bing it on a few leaves on each weed is all it takes.

Make the most of space by grow­ing plants in con­tain­ers above soil full of tree roots. Busy Lizzies in grow bags, for ex­am­ple, will take some shade and be­come ground cov­er­ers if kept well wa­tered.

Early in the day is the per­fect time to visit the Beth Chatto Gar­dens in Es­sex on hot sum­mer days.

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