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Alan Titchmarsh on dealing with annual and perennial weeds – ‘don’t compost them!’

Weeds are a nuisance in all gardens as they prevent other plants from growing. Luckily, many expert gardeners have shared tips on how to deal with weeds, including how to get rid of them safely and without chemicals.

Alan explained: “They will sprinkle seed everywhere.

“There is a saying, one year seed, seven years weed.

“Pull them out, pop them on the compost heap before they seed.”

The horticulturist then went on to talk about perennial weeds, such as the dandelion, the nettle, and the buttercup.

He said: “Buttercup spread not only by thickish roots but also by runners.”

Alan advised taking out the buttercups completely, as well as their roots because “they too might have buds on them”.

He recommended doing the same with dandelions as their roots will “just send up another shoot”.

“So it’s important with all these thick-rooted weeds that they come out completely and that you don’t compost them because you then put the compost back on the garden, and if it hasn’t heated up enough, you’re just reintroducing the weeds [to the garden],” Alan said.

He added: “So with the annuals, get rid of them before they seed.

“With the perennials, get those roots right out of the ground.

“And then all the plants you want to grow will have a much easier time of it.”

There is no right time to remove weeds from your garden – you can treat them all year round.

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Gardening: Alan Titchmarsh shares 'vital' tip to grow 'lovely' tomatoes this summer

The expert also shared a very peculiar tip to water the tomatoes, and what he believes is the best way to do it.

“When it comes to watering them, what I like to do with all my outdoor tomatoes is right next to them I dig a hole to sink in an empty flowerpot.

“Quite near the tomato roots.

“And then when you come to water the plant, all you have to do is fill up that flowerpot and the water is going right where is needed, to the roots,” explained the gardener.

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Gardening: Alan Titchmarsh explains how to fix bare patches in the centre of your lawn

Alan watered the new patch of turf with a watering can.

He added: “So as well as being house proud, try to be a bit garden proud as well.

“With a little nip and a tuck, you can stop it looking like the aftermath of a pop festival and turn it into something rather more defined.”

The video was viewed over 130,000 times and has received a plethora of positive comments from fellow gardeners.

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Alan Titchmarsh explains how to avoid ‘mildew and black spot’ on your roses

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If black spot continues to appear throughout the season, it could eventually weaken the plant.

One of the best ways to deter back spot is by picking up and destroying the fallen leaves to avoid reinfection.

When you’re pruning your plant, make sure to cut out any stems with black spot.

Putting mulch around the base of the plant will also stop rain splashing black spot spores onto new growth.

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Alan Titchmarsh won't share opinions on controversial topics for fear of being 'cancelled'

Legendary gardener Alan Titchmarsh, 71, was “persuaded” to join Instagram so he could share more of his green fingered talents with the world. But the horticulturalist, whose latest series Spring into Summer began on Sunday, remained adamant he wouldn’t be sharing anything else on his social media page in order to avoid being “cancelled”, as he revealed he feels “so sorry” for those who get trolled online.
In a recent interview, Alan feared he could wake up one morning and his career be over due to “venomous reactions” to his posts, while insisting he’s steering clear of Twitter wars.

“It’s all outgoing from me. I was persuaded to join because I was told it would be a lovely to share it, so people could enjoy me in my garden,” he explained.

“I’m not doing it to be reassured about my popularity – I’m just happy to share the things I enjoy.

“People can either look at them or not look at them, and that will do. It’s very benign, it’s very gentle, there’s going to be nothing controversial.”

He added: “I’m not going to be giving opinions about people in the news or what they’re doing.

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“It’ll all be to do with gardening, so I’m just popping it out there and people can enjoy it.

“I’m not anxious to get into Twitter wars, not at all,” Alan insisted.

The TV star admitted he “feels so sorry for the people who are trolled on social media”, and wants to avoid causing any controversy or disruption with his posts.

He also admitted he would hate to embarrasses his two daughters Polly and Camilla, and always checks with them before he shares anything online.

“I don’t know whether you can have a venomous reaction to a picture of a daffodil. It probably says more about you if you do, than it does about me,” he laughed.

He said: “Letting grass grow, which is, after all, a pretty passive thing to do, is probably the single most effective thing you can do in any garden of any size to encourage particularly insect life, but also small mammals, invertebrates, replies.”

However, Alan has directly opposed Monty’s tips saying that a neat, stripy lawn is “excellent” for his mental health.

The 71-year-old told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain: “Our gardens are full of exotic plants from foreign countries which are still good for British bees.

“I have a flower meadow but I also have a striped lawn.

“Gardens do two things… One, most importantly, they’re brilliant for wild fly.

Alan Titchmarsh shares bulb care tips to 'guarantee daffodil flowers next year'

The gardening expert continued: “A handful or two of this stuff, which smells wonderfully earthy, sprinkled around each clump of grass that surrounds it and allow the rains to wash it in.

“A couple of handfuls to a clump is not too generous and that way the combination of taking off those seed heads allowing the sun to photosynthesise through the leaves and stalks that feed the bulbs, and using fertiliser around them will guarantee you flowers next year.”

However, if you really don’t like the look of your brown daffodil heads, then you can put them in plant beds with other foliage.

This means when the daffodils flower, they will look vibrant and beautiful.

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Alan Titchmarsh gives fellow gardeners advice on growing plants from seeds

“Then you must try and keep it growing evenly.”

Alan recommended finding a part of your garden where the soil is “good”.

If you don’t have good soil in your garden, then you need to work on making it better with some homegrown or shop-bought compost.

“Work it into the soil, make sure it’s got decent light,” Alan added.

Alan Titchmarsh shares which plants are ‘excellent for creating screens’ to hide fences

The garden included a saloon bar, an upcycled shed, play area, fire “globe”, swathes of plants and prairie-style flowers which perfectly reflected Andrew’s “amazing zest for life”.

The family’s priority was to have a BBQ area, easy access and mobility and “somewhere to create memories”, said Rachel.

During the show, Katie Rushworth, created a stunning plant bed.

The garden designer and TV presenter from Leeds wanted to create something natural-looking.

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