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Every week, Amateur Gardening is the first choice for both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners looking for advice and easy-to-follow practical features on growing flowers, trees, shrubs as well as fruit and vegetables. Be inspired, by our beautifully illustrated features covering plant and flower groups, both home grown and exotic, and take a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful private gardens around the country. Plus, every week we feature expert opinion and tips from some of gardening’s most influential exponents including Toby Buckland, Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank, Peter Seabrook and Jo Whittingham.

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“Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions for an apple tree to replace the one in my garden that died. I was caught between a traditional variety like Newton Wonder, which many suggested, and trying a modern variety. In the end, reading Lesley Upton’s ‘Grow Something New for 2019Õ article (9 Feb) prompted me to get ‘Eden’ from Pomona Fruits. This is a cooker as well as an eater, and the flesh doesn’t discolour when cut, so it appears to be very versatile. It will be a while before I can let you know how it turns out, but I promise I will. My second ‘thank you’ is to all our subscribers – both regular and more recent members of the AG family, who contributed to a 30 per…

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plant a new perennial

1 Dig a hole wide and deep enough to accommodate your plant, then stand it in water for at least 30 minutes. 2 Carefully slide the plant out and check its roots are healthy, teasing out any that are circling or congested. 3 Get the plant in and then infill around it using soil mixed with compost, firming down as you go. 4 Water, then add a layer of well-rotted compost or manure around the roots to feed them and keep weeds at bay. …

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make time for perennials

Top-dress and water container shrubs Check for new shoots Place plants on the soil to find the right arrangement Whether you’re planting, dividing or moving, spring is a good time to show your perennials some love NOW the weather is improving and the soil is warming up and drying out, it is time to pay attention to perennials. Most of these border mainstays will have died back in autumn and lain dormant through winter.This can take its toll, especially if the weather has been extremely cold or wet, and mature plants will need some TLC before they really spring back to life. Check more tender varieties, such as evergreen agapanthus, that you mulched in autumn. Their old foliage may be looking woebegone, but fresh new shoots should be coming…

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keep mature plants healthy

1 Make room for this year’s fresh growth by removing old, dead and damaged foliage and any flower heads left from last year, as they won’t mature. 2 Give mature plants a boost with a granular feed such as Growmore, Vitax Q4 or chicken manure pellets. Fork them in around the plant and water well. 3 De-congest your borders. Weed seedlings can be hoed down and left to rot; perennial weeds with sturdy taproots need complete removal. 4 It is easier to place plant supports now than later on in the season, when flowerheads are already starting to grow tall. …

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re-planting offsets

These knapweeds have seeded too close to the parent plant Make sure roots have enough room Some varieties self-seed freely too close to the parent plant. On the one hand, this can create a attractive clump of colour, but it can also lead to congestion and under-performance. Use a trowel to carefully lift the offsets from the ground, making sure their roots are undamaged.If there is a runner attaching the rooted juvenile to the parent, cut it using clean secateurs.Re-plant the offsets at the same depth as before, making sure their roots are all accommodated.Firm in and water well, and keep free of pests and weeds.…

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dividing overgrown perennial canterbury bells

1 Dig right round the plant, wider than the roots, and carefully lever it out of the ground and onto a board, tarpaulin or bin liner. 2 Chop the plant into segments using a spade or sharp knife. Make sure each piece has healthy roots and top growth. 3 Dig your planting holes and also enrich them with well-rotted organic matter and a handful of Growmore or a proprietary feed. 4 Settle the plant in the hole at the same depth as before. Infill with soil and compost, firming the soil to knock out air pockets. 5 Water generously, even if rain is due. If the forecast is set to be dry, make sure the plants don’t dry out while…