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Amateur Gardening 8-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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“I’ve just lost two huge courgette plants to mosaic virus! They were just starting to produce bountiful courgettes when, in a matter of days, the leaves started to wilt, then turn brown, then they bore a whiteish powdery substance. A quick call to AG’s John Negus confirmed my worst fears, and what I thought would be a feast of plenty now had to be disposed of before reaching its prime. Heartbreaking, but all part of nature’s gift and curse.” Contact us: Editorial: 07814 905439 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

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make late-summer colour last

WE are in late summer, a time of gradually shortening days and occasionally soaring temperatures, though more recently our summers have been cooler and the early autumn days of September gloriously warm. Whatever weather this summer has thrown at us, the main challenge now is to nurse plants that are in flower through the next few weeks to keep the garden looking colourful until autumn’s bedding of nerines, crocuses and cyclamen swing into action. Varieties that will be looking their best now are crocosmia, echinacea, dahlias, early chrysanthemum and Verbena bonariensis. An added mix of border annuals and summer bedding should also be flowering well if cared for properly. Many plants around now are famed for their hot colours, including fiery rudbeckias and calendulas, marigolds, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and vibrant alstroemerias, while cooler, calmer…

2 min.
late-blooming heroes

1 Roses will flower right through into autumn with the proper care. Treat for pests and diseases such as blackspot, and deadhead unless you want colourful hips to follow the blooms. 2 Dahlias are reliable late bloomers before dying back after the first frosts. Keep them watered and free of pests. I added liquid tomato feed to a drip feeder for our potted dahlias. 3 Chrysanthemums are a traditional sight in late summer and autumn. Watch them carefully as they are prone to pests and diseases, including rust, mildew, moulds and viruses. 4 Two of my late-season essentials are fleshy leaved sedums (hylotelephium) that survive the driest of summers and provide a late food source for insects, and stately Gladioli murielae. Think out of the colour box When thinking about late-season colour, there is…

3 min.
time to prick out seedlings

WE are midway through summer and if you’ve been sowing your free AG seeds each week, you should have a garden full of colour, and several windowsills and greenhouse stations covered in seedlings! I certainly have – and this week, I decided it was high time to pot on some of the larger ones, particularly some French lavender and Bellis daisies. The lavender is growing fantastically and the little plants already have their distinctive scent, but I really should have moved the Bellis on a week or so ago. Still, better late than never, and hopefully the daisies will recover and flourish, and be ready to plant out in autumn for some early spring colour. Seedlings are delicate things. They are easily damaged or destroyed by fungal diseases such as damping off, which…

3 min.
uk facing ‘water shortage’

AREAS of the UK are in danger of running out of water in the next two decades, unless steps are taken to stop the three billion litres of water lost every day by leaking pipes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has accused water companies of being too slow to act on the problem since water privatisation two decades ago. The document says: “The responsible bodies – the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Environment Agency and Ofwat – have collectively taken their eye off the ball, and urgent action is now required if we are to have a reliable water supply in the years ahead.” As well as failing to fix the network of leaking pipes, water companies also released raw sewage into rivers more than 200,000…

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a berry easy way to propagate

THIS spring the strawberry plants in the spare ends of a raised bed have provided us with a generous, sweet and juicy crop. They’re so good that I have vowed to get more plants for next year. But why spend money – even though they can be bought for pennies – when you can make your own for free? Each summer, strawberry plants throw out runners – long overground roots with a tiny tuft of new leaves at the end or sometimes mid-way along. If left alone, the mini plantlets on the runners will quickly take root by themselves, but it is worth potting them up so you can plant them where you want them to grow. Healthy plants will throw out many runners, even though it takes up a lot of energy to…