We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.
The thought of cracking open the first seed packets of the year whets any gardeners appetite, but what varieties make their way onto Saul and Lucy's order list? In this episode the duo explain what parameters persuade them to order specific seeds. Large estates have the luxury of space allowing us to run our own trials, plus estate owners have their own benchmark 'must-grow' crops. But influences such as RHS AGM varieties, improvements in disease resistance - and even the lure of a catchy name - all help Lucy and Saul whittle down and fine-tune their orders.
Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)