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Amateur Gardening 27-Jun-2020

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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1 min.
editor letter

“The Covid-19 outbreak has given many of the pubic the desire to grow their own food, and interest in renting allotments has skyrocketed. However, this interest has highlighted a 65% decline in allotments available (see Lesley Upton’s report on page 7). This is a national scandal, as it is not just about growing food – it is also about the benefits of allotments to the environment and to the health of those who garden in them. The reality is some local councils are not fulfilling their obligation to provide space. What do you think about this?” Contact us: Editorial: 07814 905439 Email: amateurgardening@ti-media.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

3 min.
old bulbs out, new bulbs in

amateurgardening.com Daily blog and news ONE of the most common questions we get at this time of year is: “What do I do with spring bulbs when they die down?” Should you leave them where they are, lift them, cut the leaves or leave them to wither in an unattractive manner that makes the garden look scruffy for a few weeks? For a form of gardening that’s supposedly easy and versatile, bulbs can come with a lot of side issues! On these pages I’ll try to dispel some of the confusion around spring bulbs. I’ll also suggest which autumn-flowering varieties you can plant now to take your garden’s colour through to the first frosts of autumn. First, never cut off the leaves of bulb plants once they have finished flowering. Yes, they will look…

3 min.
planting autumn colour

Colour everywhere: See next week’s AG for top tips on how to keep your garden colourful right through summer and into autumn. IN an ideal world a garden contains something to catch the eye all year round, but sometimes things start to drop off when summer comes to an end. An easy way of creating seamless colour is to plant autumn-flowering bulbs – and this is your last chance to do so this year. There are bulbs for every situation and soil. Autumn crocuses and Sternbergia, plus cheerful yellow winter aconites look stunning naturalised in lawns and under trees. Borders can easily be brightened by brilliant dahlias, tall nerines with their clusters of trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of pink, and hardy Cyclamen coum that take over flowering duties in the New Year. My…

1 min.
a sun-worshipping daisy

THE African roots of this week’s sun-loving annual daisy are there for all to see when you come to sow them. Although this Dimorphotheca – also known as Osteospermum – will grow happily in even thin soil, they do need a sunny spot to put on their best show. So sow them where they won’t be shaded by taller plants, trees or shrubs – towards the front of a sunny border would be ideal. The plants are hardy annuals and can be started directly in prepared soil that has been cleared of weeds, roots, stones and other debris. Rake the soil one way and then the other until it becomes fine and crumbly. Then dampen using a watering can fitted with a fine rose. Sow the large seeds thinly in curves and swathes rather…

2 min.
bird watch: the kestrel

WITH his grey head and wings, buff underparts with dark streaks, and chestnut back and wings spotted with black, the male kestrel is a most attractive gentleman, but his wife is less colourful – though both have long, black-barred tails. Because of their habit of hovering in mid-air, from where they spot their prey on the ground beneath, kestrels are known locally as ‘windhovers’. They are typical birds of prey, their yellow eye-rings and hooked beak giving them the characteristic fierce facial expression, but they are not such enemies of birds as is often stated. I have devoted much time to their study and found that about 85% of their food consists of small mammals and insects – and they are champion vole-catchers. Kestrels build no nest, being content to lay their eggs…

2 min.
allotment land in decline

Got a story? email ruth.hayes@ti-media.com ALLOTMENT land has declined by 65% from its peak between the 1940s and 1960s to 2016, according to a study by the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield. The most deprived urban areas have seen the biggest cuts in food-growing space, with eight times more allotment closures than the wealthiest areas. Research shows that 47% of the land once used as allotments has now been built on and 25% is other forms of urban green space. Academics analysed historic maps of Bristol, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton and Swansea from the early 1900s to 2016. The study, published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, found that the lost land could have grown an average of 2,500 tonnes of food per year in each…