Geoff Hamilton (1936 - 1996) was an English gardener, broadcaster and author, best known as presenter of BBC’s Gardeners' World from 1979 to his death.
His approach was practical and hands-on, with a down-to-earth focus and an eye on saving costs. He shared his failures as well as successes with the audience, who responded well to his gentle sense of humour. Hamilton was a committed and early advocate of the organic approach to gardening, helping to dispel the rather widely held belief that organic gardening was slightly odd and 'cranky.'
Gardeners' World was filmed at his own property Barnsdale Gardens from 1985 and here he developed a number of individual garden designs, experimenting with plants, themes and ideas, and gained the reputation as the ‘People’s Gardener’. Barnsdale was his 'great experiment' in peat free and chemical free growing, and the 38 differently themed gardens spread over 8 acres remain an outstanding example of these organic principles.
Visit: Barnsdale Gardens, Barnsdale Ave, Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH: https://barnsdalegardens.co.uk/
Onions, shallots and garlic can be planted in autumn and are hardy enough to withstand even the coldest of winters (use fleece if there is hard frost). Sow sweet-peas in the greenhouse so they can establish a long root system by the spring. Plant out spring cabbages.