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Amateur Gardening 4-Jul-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's note

“I’m just about to harvest the 27 containers of potatoes I planted in March, and I find this a really nerve-wracking time because I have no idea of how successful my crop is until I turn out each bag. All those weeks of waiting, watering and feeding, and I’m still none the wiser! Does anyone else share that anxiety? At least with tomatoes, chillies, courgettes and sweetcorn, you know what you’ve going to get. Oh well, courage, my boy!” Contact us: Editorial: 07814 905439 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

3 min.
keeping the colour coming

ACHIEVING year-round interest in the garden is the holy grail of horticulture, and while most people think that winter brings the drabbest days, this point of the summer can also create a ‘colour gap’. The spring colours are fading and we are still a week or two away from summer’s boisterous riot of colour. So, what can we do? An immediate solution is to plant a container of ready-flowering plants or pop a few bedding annuals into your borders, but such a piecemeal way of gardening isn’t ideal. The most sensible option is to design your garden as a whole rather than area by area, so you get a seamless run of colour and interest. Focus on the gaps in the borders, see what is growing around them and plan plants according to their…

2 min.
trees and flowers for every month of the year

Water talk: It has been an extremely dry spring and in next week’s AG I talk about watering well and how to make your supplies go further. January: The first colour will be coming through, with snowdrops and cyclamen in borders and shrubs such as Daphne odora, winter jasmine and wintersweet creating an elegant framework. February: Crocuses and other early spring bulbs will be flowering now, as will hellebores and early violets. Witch hazel and winter heather helpfully provide nectar for the earliest bees. March: Shrubs including forsythia, chaenomeles and camellias will be ablaze with colour, with daffodils and spring bedding bringing life back to borders, pots and baskets. April: Delicate epimediums and bleeding hearts add a pop of colour to shady places, while cowslips are lovely in a spring wild lawn. Ceanothus will…

2 min.
saving space for salvias

NE of the plants I feel is a must for any garden is the salvia, or sage. These versatile beauties are as happy in a well-drained border as they are in a decentsized patio container and they bring so much to the party. Not only do they have a seemingly endless variety of shapes and colours, their spires of florets ranging from the darkest purple to the palest pink and even black, but they are also great for attracting bees to your patch. And once the pollinators are in, they will help everything else flourish. The best-known sage is Salvia officinalis, the one we use in cooking. Give it a sunny spot and it will romp away, often growing to a large size even when kept in shape by annual trimming in spring. Salvias…

1 min.
get the best from dahlias

Tubers from seed: Bedding dahlias grown from seed will make tubers by the end of the season. These can be lifted in autumn and stored through winter for replanting next year. 1 Keep deadheading dahlias, as this will encourage a profusion of flowers. It is fine to cut blooms that are diseased or have been attacked by pests. 2 Varieties with large flowers need staking to prevent stems snapping. One support per plant should be enough, though large ‘dinner-plate’ heads may need more. 3 Water dahlias regularly, especially if they are in pots and during dry spells. It keeps the plants healthy and helps prevent drought stress and powdery mildew. 4 Protect dahlias from earwigs by filling a pot with scrunched-up paper and inverting it on a stake next to your plants. Earwigs crawl…

3 min.
plans to end garden sneezes

The latest stories from around the Uk AS families are encouraged to get out into the garden and get their youngsters growing food and flowers instead of going to play in the park, some parents are worried that this could exacerbate any existing childhood allergies. Now writer, designer and allergy expert Jackie Herald has come up with a series of measures to help reduce allergic reactions. She said: “Many people who love gardening suffer from hay fever, but the good news is that gardens can be designed to reduce exposure to allergenic pollens and mould spores. “The less children sneeze and wheeze, the more fun they’ll have, and while Coronavirus exists, avoiding itchy eyes is very important – to prevent the natural instinct of rubbing one’s face.” Pollen highest in morning and evening Jackie’s five-point plan,…