Gardeners’ World: Adam Frost shares how to ‘improve’ your soil and ‘keep the weeds down’

Gardeners' World: Adam Frost details how to mulch soil

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Gardening expert Adam Frost will be joining the show’s host Monty Don and fellow gardener Frances Tophill this week for the 18th episode of Gardeners’ World 2021. This week, viewers will see Monty explain how to prune fruit, maintain ponds and plant up a colourful container. Adam will be travelling to Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire to meet the head gardener who is attempting to restore the gardens back to their 19th-century glory.

Frances Tophill will be finding out how a couple maintain a garden on an incredibly steep slope.

In recent episodes, Adam has taken over Monty’s role in hosting the show.

But it seems Monty is back this week to share his popular garden tips.

A few weeks ago, Adam shared a brilliant tip to both improve your soil and “keep the weeds down”.

The 51-year-old shared his advice while mulching the soil around some ferns.

He said: “I think what blow my mind about ferns is to think that some of those plants were around when dinosaurs were walking the Earth.

“You will find one that suits a lovely little shady spot in your garden.

“What I’m doing here is dealing with what the wind and the rain has done – clearing things up.

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“But I’m just mulching as I go through.

“I’m using composted bark and I’m putting about 40mm – 50mm on which is just shy of a couple of inches.

“Because this polystichum – though it’s quite happy in slightly drier conditions, the soil here is not great.

“So, not only will I help keep the weeds down, keep the moisture in, but I will improve the soil over a period of time.

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“And it’s a great time to do it because the ground is wet after a lot of rain.

“I know that I’m going to actually contain that moisture in the soil.”

Adam is a garden designer who became more well-known after his success at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The gardening expert lives in Lincolnshire with his wife Sulina.

They have four children and a lot of animals including ponies, dogs and a cat.

He often features his three-acre garden on Gardeners’ World and other videos.

Adam is also an RHS Ambassador for Education and Community Gardens and co-founder of the Homebase Garden Academy.

Gardeners’ World will air tonight at 8pm on BBC Two.

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