Adam Frost downsizes to a small garden in his new home, Gardeners World

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Adam Frost has teased his new “shrunken back”. Garden after revealing to fans world of gardeners that he recently moved.

The Chelsea Flower Show garden designer previously lived at his sprawling Lincolnshire farmhouse but said he had moved to “slow down” and spend more time with his family. Though Adam’s new garden is smaller than his previous 3-acre outdoor space, it’s still remarkably impressive. Previous features include a greenhouse, vegetable patch, stepping stones, fire pit, and pretty lawn.

“It’s still very early in this garden, but as you can imagine, my head is buzzing with ideas,” Adam shared world of gardeners Viewers. “I have started my vegetable garden and I think the first thing I want to do in the next few months is to visit other vegetable gardens for inspiration. It’s just a matter of slowing down here, seeing what comes out of the ground and then we can figure out how to move forward.’

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“Like so many of us over the past few years, I’ve had time to just stop and reflect. In reality, probably for the first time since I was about 16 and realized my life is a bit messy,” Adam continued world of gardeners.

“So as a family we decided to downsize so I could spend more time with them – but that means I have a smaller garden. But I don’t think that’s a bad thing.’

The top of Adam’s garden – something he calls the “upper terrace” – looks down on the rest of the room. Here he opened it up, took out a bush and put some of the plants from the old house in containers. “Drainage will be good because we’re so much higher at the end of the day,” Adam explained.

“Look at my greenhouse!” Adam told viewers. “When you move away from something bigger and then get smaller, you don’t know exactly how many pots you have.”

Adam said he’s trying to move forward with veggies and putting some squashes in pots. He made holes in the soil about 3 cm deep and planted small butter baby (winter squash) seeds in them, covering the holes with peat-free compost.

The green-fingered presenter also unveiled a charming alfresco dining area that features an L-shaped garden sofa with a matching coffee table. While Adam said it’s a north-facing garden, he explained that the sun hits in all the right places.

Adam’s smaller garden also features a lush lawn, stepping stones, a fence that provides privacy, and surrounding borders of soil and flowers.

Much like many of us in the UK, Adam said his garden is overlooked by some of the surrounding houses. His tip? “Look at the gardens around you. It might not be a downside that you might be overlooked – there might be some positives. I’ve planted a few Amelanchiers which will provide some privacy as the seasons change.’

Adam’s front yard is more exposed than the back yard, largely because it faces the street.

“I decided to make a vegetable garden out of it here. I’ll be spending a lot of time here growing for the family,” he said. “It’s a small construction site at the moment, but these wooden edges will sit all around. This space gets really warm, so the fruits and veggies are going to love it.”

Elsewhere in the episode, viewers got a glimpse of Adam’s rustic fire pit — the ultimate summer garden accessory.

The rich, earthy hue of this terracotta planter brings a warming vibe to Adam’s patio.

What do you think Adam is going to plant here? “I pick plants that are happy. And when they’re happy, they sit well,” he told viewers.

Adam posted a close-up of his new wooden vegetable patches on his Instagram account. We can’t wait to see the full result soon!


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