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Amateur Gardening 12-Sep-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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2 min.
looking after garden structures

WHO said gardeners can start taking it easier once autumn arrives? Are they quite mad? This is the season of multi-tasking, of keeping summer’s garden going for as long as possible while also preparing for worsening weather and packing away our hot-weather toys. So this week you will find me cajoling the remaining greenhouse tomatoes and aubergines into ripening (they have been extremely slow this year) and deadheading the remaining perennials for a few more late blooms, while also preparing and preserving woodwork and metalwork. I will also be making sure gutters and drainage channels are unblocked and will run clear. It may seem like rather a nuisance and an added hassle, but these practical maintenance jobs need tackling now rather than later in the year when any weather-induced wear and tear…

2 min.
beat invaders and get painting

Plant for free: In next week’s AG I look at dividing and caring for perennials and what to do with your roses in autumn AUTUMN is a good time to catch up on structural jobs that will make the garden look neater and tidier overall. The area behind our shed is something of an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ drop zone for old pots and bags of compost, and it regularly becomes choked with weeds. So I weeded it, laid a layer of weed-blocking fabric, or geotextile, and covered it with several inches of 30mm stone chippings. Both materials are widely available from DIY outlets and builders’ merchants. It’s a job that takes little more than a morning and will hopefully help keep weeds at bay and make the area, more…

3 min.
lawn care before winter

Top Tip Never use spring lawn fertiliser in autumn as its nitrogen content causes new growth that is vulnerable to frosty weather. I REALISED it was time to do something about our front garden when a neighbour asked, “So, what are you going to do about your lawn?” Poor soil and a couple of large trees that have drained any remaining nutrients have left the grass looking thin and sparse, with more moss than lawn! Luckily, September is the month to tackle lawn care as the weather is warm and damp enough, and the grass will react to any treatments you give it. You can turf and sow grass seed now, by the middle of the month in the north and by the end of the month in warmer areas. This gives the blades…

3 min.
make gardening inclusive

DEVON farmer and award-winning food producer Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE, also known as The Black Farmer, has spoken about the importance of allotments and having space to grow your own fresh fruit and veg. He is also driving a movement to encourage more young people, especially those from ethnic minorities, to take up growing and become involved in rural communities. His statement comes after the National Allotment Society (NAS) reported a massive spike in allotment interest as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown. Wilfred was born in Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Birmingham. He started working in the food industry before joining the BBC’s Food and Drink programme. He later went on to realising his dream farming, buying land near Launceston in Cornwall. The Cornish community initially called him ‘the black farmer’ and he…

2 min.
a healthy start to autumn

THE turning colours and late warmth make the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness one of my favourite times of year. However, late sunshine, calm weather and increased rainfall make autumn a Shangri-la for pests and diseases. Nip potential problems in the bud by making sure your garden is as hygienic as possible, sweeping the patio, removing weeds, deadheading, and removing dead and dying plant material. The main problems in early autumn are the re-emergence of slugs and snails, continuing problems with aphids, and vine weevils in patio pots. These can all be dealt with using chemicals, organic sprays or nematodes – biological controls that parasitise specific pests and are safe to use around children, pets and garden wildlife. Common diseases at this time of year are mildews and moulds that thrive in…

2 min.
summer harvest successes

WHILE the wet winter delayed outdoor sowings and then scorching summer temperatures checked growth this year, only to be saved by thunder storms of heavy rain, there has still been a much-increased homegrown harvest. People new to grow-your-own report bumper yields and quite a task distributing surpluses to neighbours and friends. Tomatoes have always been popular, and high temperatures have suited them, as it has aubergines, courgettes, cucumbers, melons and the like. Two plants of Cucumber ‘Emilie’ F1 RHS AGM (DT Brown) in my polytunnel yielded up to eight fruits a day for weeks. Three Melon ‘Alvaro’ F1 RHS AGM (Thompson & Morgan), raised on the windowsill and planted under polythene to spread out untrimmed and trained, cropped well. This Charentais-type cantaloupe melon can be ripened outside and certainly benefited from protection…