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Amateur Gardening 26-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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1 min.
editor's note

“Do you garden organically, or do you use chemicals to combat pests? This is a subject that people feel passionate about on both sides of the debate. But where does AG stand? We are pro-organic, but accept that many readers want to have greater control and so we inform them of what is available and how best to use it. This week, Tim has advice on weed control (page 48) and Ruth writes about organic gardening on pages 4 and 5. It’s all a question of choice.” Contact us: Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

3 min.
give organic gardening a try

THE natural world is in a perilous state as a whole, and the effects are felt in our own little worlds, as insect numbers fall, green spaces are gobbled up, agriculture intensifies and wildlife spotting becomes a rare event. It feels like a lot to reverse, but we can make a difference in a small way in the way we tend our gardens. Gardening organically is a good place to start but can feel daunting. Will my garden be overrun by pests? How do I combat diseases? What about weeds? Will it be expensive? The answer to most of these is a cautious no, though without a chemical crutch gardening can be more laborious. Weeding is time consuming, for example, but it will get you fit. Checking plants for pests and diseases takes a…

3 min.
pests, diseases and biodiversity

A BALANCED garden is a healthy garden, and if your plants are in good shape they are more able to withstand attacks from pests and diseases. Lay the foundations by nurturing your soil, feeding it with lots of well-rotted leafmould, compost and manure to create rich, open-textured material that’s full of worms and packed with beneficial micro-organisms. Do it now, in autumn, so that winter weather breaks down the mulch and the worms take it into the burrows, further aerating and feeding the soil. When you plant and sow, follow instructions and read labels, and give plants the room they need and the right conditions to thrive. Good ventilation and regular feeding and watering will help stave off fungal problems and nutritional deficiencies. Make your garden a welcoming place for wildlife by leaving an…

2 min.
forced bulbs for winter

THERE is enough to consider over Christmas without worrying about fresh flowers for the house, which is why it’s such a good idea to start your forced bulbs now. Prepared bulbs of hyacinths, ‘Paper White’ narcissi and hippeastrum (tall, exotic, trumpet-flowered amaryllis) can be planted up over the next few weeks, then set aside in a cool, dark place and brought out in time for the festivities. These bulbs have been prepared for early flowering by being subjected to a period of intense cold that tricks them into thinking they have been through winter. As a result, they flower several weeks before they would do normally. Plant them up in a loamy compost or, if their container has no holes, specially prepared bulb fibre. This contains crushed shells and charcoal to absorb moisture and…

3 min.
heal the soil, feed the world

GARDENERS are the custodians of the earth, nurturing it for future generations, but if we want to be able to hand over a healthy planet, we need to start at ground level, literally. Being a friend of the earth is the ethos of an organic Cumbrian farming business that produces nutritionally balanced, vegan, liquid plant food as a by-product of the farm’s day-to-day business. EcoGro was started by Richard Harrison six decades ago. He built an anaerobic digester (a ‘concrete cow’s digestive system’) to break down the farm’s organic waste and then realised that the liquid residue had excellent plant-growing qualities and would benefit the soil as well. A need to produce maximum yield This end product is a natural plant food now marketed by the farm as BioPower. It contains balanced NPK (nitrogen,…

1 min.
rare nerines

VISITORS to Exbury Gardens in Hampshire can get up close to dazzling jewel lilies this autumn when their world-famous collection of Nerine sarniensis go on show. Nerines were discovered in the 1600s in the mountains around Cape Town in South Africa. Originally orange, these members of the amaryllis family now flower from deep purple to purest white, with variations of orange, scarlet, pink, mauve, red, copper and bronze. They have metallic flecks that make their petals glitter in sunshine. World’s largest nerine collection A breeding programme for these rare plants was started by Lionel de Rothschild, after he created Exbury Gardens in Hampshire 101 years ago. It now boasts at least 1,000 different shades of these gorgeous plants. Exbury Gardens head gardener Thomas Clarke said: “The Rothschild family has a unique history of amassing many…