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Amateur Gardening 1-Aug-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

“It’s summer and our gardens are ablaze with colour and produce. It’s everything we’ve planned for during the long, cold nights of winter, when the idea of watching bees and butterflies dancing around colourful blooms was a distant dream. Well, I’ve barely had a chance to sit and take in my garden’s beauty, what with deadheading, watering, lawn cutting and tending crops. So make sure you take time out to enjoy the fruits of your labour – it’s what you’ve waited all year for.” Contact us: Editorial: 07814 905439 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

2 min.
10 ways to keep the garden blooming

1 A little rain makes little difference, so keep watering crops, new plants, pots and baskets. A bottle of water and feed attached to a slow-drip nozzle is an easy way to hydrate containers. 2 Keep deadheading and the colour will keep coming. You will also remove possible entry points for pests and diseases. Start collecting seeds for next year’s sowing, too – it’s a great way to save money. 3 Garden birds need a constant supply of clean, fresh water and food, as do your local hedgehogs. Leave food and water somewhere safe and quiet, and never give hedgehogs mealworms. 4 Keep harvesting, particularly your courgettes, as just one left in place will become a ‘marrow’ and bring the whole plant to a halt. Cut-and-come-again salads are a great year-round money-saver. 5 Don’t…

3 min.
take summer herb cuttings

HERBS are an essential part of a garden, whether you have borders fringed with lavender (see page 9), a glossy rosemary giving a traditional welcome to guests near the front door, or pots of mint and marjoram placed in seating areas, giving up their scent when touched. At this time of year it’s easy to pop out and snip a few leaves for the pot. But in the midst of winter, a stagger through the elements for a few herb cuttings isn’t an inviting prospect, so make time now to take a few cuttings to grow on close to the kitchen door. Mid to late summer is the perfect time for dividing clumping herbs such as thyme, mint and oregano once they have flowered, and also for taking semi-ripe and softwood cuttings…

3 min.
time to support our growers

THE UK’s leading gardening body is asking the government to do more to support the British horticultural industry following a large jump in the number of plants imported from abroad. A survey by the Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) has revealed that more than half the UK’s ornamental growers are expecting a downturn in sales as they were not able to plant new stock during lockdown. This has resulted in a rise in imports, with 65% of larger retailers bringing in more bedding plants than last year, almost half importing more hardy nursery stock and 40% buying in more herbaceous perennials. “The government must support our industry” More than 70% of those canvased said they are currently unable to get the stock of bedding plants their business needs from UK growers. The British Garden Centres group,…

3 min.
look after lavender

IT has been a great year for our lavender, probably due to the mild, very wet winter and hot, sunny start to the summer. As a result, the plants have performed better than ever, which has delighted us and kept the local bees busy, too! We have varieties of English and French lavender in the garden. The French is less hardy, so we grow it in pots ready to move undercover in winter. French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) has larger flower heads topped with little ‘ears’. All you need to do when cutting back in summer is snip off the flowers when they have faded, then feed and water. One of our French lavenders was looking very pale and wan, with yellow foliage, so I fed it with Maxicrop and am keeping my fingers…

2 min.
mophead summer glory

SUMMER gardens would be a lot less colourful without hydrangeas. There are lots of different colours and types available, all of which are easy to grow if given water in dry conditions. I love to see the standard pink-flowering mophead kinds in front gardens. A good plant can colour a street and needs no more than dead flowerheads removed in early spring, plus a few old branches cut hard back after flowering. These hydrangeas respond well to the secateurs and you can rejuvenate an old shrub as it will regrow from stumps. Summer is a good time to take softwood cuttings, when they root easily and get well established before autumn. Young, non-flowering shoots, 3in (7cm) or so long, with large leaves halved to reduce transpiration and make them easier to handle,…