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Amateur Gardening 3-Oct-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 letter

“I love those moments when you break from doing a task and watch nature for a while. I was in the garden doing the usual deadheading in containers and baskets, wanting to eke out as much colour and bloom as possible, when my eyes fell on my sedums. Their pinkish-red heads had drawn the attention of around 10 or so honey bees. I watched mesmerised as the bees went about their work. Just think how much you give back to nature and reap for yourself when you garden.” Contact us: Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

2 min.
prepare for winter

EVERY season has its challenges, but winter is the one that really keeps us on our toes. Unpredictable, harsher weather, gloopy mud, dripping branches and an apparent dearth of life in the garden is a less-than-thrilling combination that almost justifies our unwillingness to set foot outside. But even though the garden is dormant, there is plenty for us to be getting on with and thinking about; this is not the time for us to lock the door, light the fire and forget about our treasured patch. Winter is the season of pruning and mulching, planning ahead, maximising what we have and preparing the ground – literally and figuratively – for the coming year. There are birds to feed, trees to shape, plants to protect and weather damage to repair. If you are lucky enough…

1 min.
nine key jobs for the winter months

1 November to late March is the time to add bare-root trees, shrubs, fruit bushes and roses to the garden. Prepare the soil now so you’re ready to plant. 2 Regenerate overworked soil with green manure. Sow now and leave it for a few months before chopping it down and digging it in to feed the soil. 3 Leafmould is a wonderful soil tonic. If space is an issue, collect leaves in black binliners, wet them and leave for a couple of years to rot down. 4 Winter is the time for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs, so make sure your tools (saw, loppers and secateurs) are sharp, clean and oiled. 5 This is a tough time for garden birds so make sure they have fresh food and water available at all times…

3 min.
make a ‘duvet’ for winter

WE are well into autumn now, the season of hearty stews, warming fires and thicker duvets and blankets on the bed. We should also be thinking about insulating the garden – throwing an overcoat on borders to keep them snug through the coldest months. It’s time to mulch, to add a layer of well-rotted compost, manure or leafmould that will insulate plant roots, keep weeds at bay and break down through the winter to feed the soil and improve its structure. Add your mulch in a layer around 3in (7cm) thick to soil that is damp and has been weeded. If soil is dry, wait until after the next substantial rainfall as mulching on dry soil can create drought conditions due to rain being unable to penetrate down and causing plants to suffer. Mulching…

3 min.
ivy isn’t so poisonous after all

AFTER years of ivy being vilified for wrecking walls and destroying mortar, the latest research has revealed that this climbing plant is actually a great weapon in the fight against global warming. Scientists at the RHS, in collaboration with Reading University have discovered that this maligned climber is the most effective plant cover for cooling buildings and reducing humidity. The paper, recently published in the Building and Environment Journal, determines the impact of green facades and vegetative cover on the temperature and relative humidity within buildings. Ivy helped cool buildings in summer It comes at a time when more people are turning towards ‘vertical gardening’ and looking at ways of growing upwards instead of on the level This paper looked at the impact of three plant species: Hedera helix (ivy), Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Virginia creeper) and…

2 min.
winter care of exotic plants

AS the temperatures drop it’s time to protect exotic canna lilies, dahlias, agapanthus and bananas. Most need substantial protection, whether they are left in the ground, lifted and moved into a frost-free greenhouse or, if potted, mulched and moved against a sheltered wall or into the greenhouse. Evergreen agapanthus are less hardy than deciduous varieties, but can be protected with a thick mulch of straw or chippings over the roots. Potted plants can be moved to shelter, mulched and wrapped in fleece or bubblewrap. Musa basjoo bananas will tolerate UK winters as long as they don’t get waterlogged. Container plants should be trimmed and wrapped, while those in borders should have their trunks wrapped in fleece or hessian. Then create a wire cage around the trunk and pack it with straw, before…