Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host on the common ‘mistake’ gardeners make

Gardeners' World: Monty Don shares tips on planting chilli seeds

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Gardeners’ World fans rely on Monty Don for his advice on how to make the most of your garden especially over the past year where the popularity of the BBC show has soured. However, during an appearance on BBC Breakfast, Monty explained there was one common “mistake” that many budding gardeners are guilty of. 

Naga Munchetty introduced: “Now, for those of us fortunate enough to have access to the garden, it has often provided a lifeline over the past year. 

“But as our outside spaces become indispensable, so did the television programme Gardeners’ World.”

“A long-running show racked up its best viewing figures in five years and now with the start of Spring it is returning to our screens,” Charlie Stayt continued. 

“We will be speaking to presenter Monty Don in just a moment, first, have a look at the new series.”

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In the clip, Monty said: “Now, I’ve got a peat-free compost, which I have modified by adding leaf mould, a little bit of sifted garden compost, some grit to open it up. 

“But to be honest, chillies will grow in any compost mix. Now as far as you can, put the seeds evenly because one of the secrets of successful seed growing is to have the seedlings growing strongly from the very beginning. 

“It’s a mistake to think you can just scatter the seeds any old how and they’ll all sort themselves out because that then becomes survival of the fittest and a lot of the seedlings won’t do very well.”

Back in the studio, Charlie said: “I’m delighted to say we can speak to Monty right now! Good morning Monty, not in the garden in your study, is that right?”

“I am yes, but I’m only in my study because I’m talking to you, the minute I’m done I’m out!” Monty replied.

“Quite right too and you won’t mind about the weather so that’s irrelevant,” Charlie continued. 

“Can I just say Monty, that little clip there, and that’s ahead of the new series that’s coming out, there’s something about – you’ll know this very well – there’s something about the pace and the calm and the lack of noise, and I mean noise literally and metaphorically.

“What we showed in 25 seconds there, we saw the dog, you digging through soil, there’s something about it that clearly works.”

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“I think that, especially in the last year, the whole point about being in the garden and the importance of it to people, it is a kind of loadstone,” Monty explained. 

“It is a reference point of normality and of life that endures, that continues above and beyond pandemics or disaster – even personal tragedy and god knows there’s been enough of that. It’s something bigger than us and something we can immediately connect with.”

“It doesn’t matter how small your garden is, it doesn’t matter if it’s a balcony, or a window box or a house plant, and that connection is really empowering it’s strong,” Monty said.

“It doesn’t need to be noisy, it doesn’t need to make a fuss, it’s there and all you have to do is connect to it.”

Gardeners’ World continues on BBC Two on Friday as Monty makes the most of the clocks going forward.

He begins to sow dahlia seeds for the summer and explains what to plant now in a vegetable garden.

Gardeners’ World fans will also be treated to a brand new project in Longmeadow.

Meanwhile, Adam Frost reveals his plans for the year and explains what’s next in his gravel garden. 

Gardeners’ World continues on BBC Two on Friday at 9pm. BBC Breakfast airs every day at 6am on BBC One.

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