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Amateur Gardening 10-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 garlic, but have never been satisfied with the crop when I’ve grown it. In the past, I’ve planted in my sunniest border in spring, along with onions, but this year I’m going to follow Bob Flowerdew’s advice and plant in autumn. And this year, I’m forsaking the border and planting it in a couple of old whiskey half-barrels (might help the flavour). Finally, on Toby’s advice, I’m getting my garlic sets from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight. Surely, I’ve got to get a better crop this time? I’ll keep you posted.” Contact us: Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

2 min.
your lawn in winter

WHILE autumn is one of the key seasons for feeding and treating our lawns, winter is the time when we let it rest. Minimal growth, saturated soil and freezing conditions make grass vulnerable to damage and unable to repair itself. Walking over it or using the lawn as a venue to play football or exercise your pets when the ground is wet or frozen will quickly ensure it is churned up into a muddy mess. Once grass blades are damaged they won’t regenerate until next spring, and the space they leave will be colonised by weeds and moss. Never try to feed your grass now in the hope things will improve, as any new growth encouraged by fertiliser will be too weak and tender to withstand winter. The presence of unused chemicals on…

2 min.
four top winter lawn tips

1 Casts are heaps of wet soil excreted by worms, and if left or trodden on they are a breeding ground for weeds. Let them dry and then disperse them with a broom or the back of a rake. 2 Toadstools in the lawn are unsightly, so pick them off before they ripen and spread their spores. Red thread is a problem in wet grass, so aerate with a fork to improve drainage. 3 Improve lawn health by aerating (driving a garden fork into the soil) to boost ventilation around the roots and ease waterlogging. Edging makes the garden look tidier. 4 Moles are a pest but can be easily deterred by sprinkling their hills with Defenders’ natural deterrent. Remove the soil and add it to your beds, reseeding the grass in spring. Leaves,…

2 min.
start your sweet peas early

A SUMMER garden without sweet peas would be, as Blackadder so memorably said, ‘like a broken pencil’ – pointless. Beautiful to look at and with that heady scent, they are an essential part of British horticulture. They regularly top the UK’s ‘favourite summer flower’ polls, thanks to the variety of colours, depths of scent and their versatility. While most people are familiar with the sight of Lathyrus odoratus scrambling up cane wigwams and pergolas, you can also buy varieties that offer low-growing ground cover and that are even fit for hanging baskets. Sweet peas can be sown now, either in the ground or in pots, and then overwintered in a greenhouse or coldframe. The resulting plants will have stronger roots than those sown next spring and will flower earlier, too. For the best of…

3 min.
sue celebrates a decade

RHS director general Sue Biggs has celebrated a decade at the helm of the world’s leading gardening charity. To mark the occasion, she planted a stone pine at the RHS’s flagship garden Wisley and was joined by garden curator Matthew Pottage, staff and students. Sue has held the position of RHS director general longer than any other incumbent, and was awarded a CBE for her services to gardening in 2017. She said: “It is such an honour and a privilege to lead this amazing charity, and I am so proud of what our talented and hardworking teams have been able to achieve for horticulture over these 10 years. “I’m equally excited about the future, because never have we valued the importance of gardening so much, for so many different reasons. Now we need to…

2 min.
caring for hardwood cuttings

TAKING hardwood cuttings is one of the most reliable ways of propagating deciduous trees and shrubs, including soft-fruit bushes and roses. Taken now and either potted up or grown in the ground, they will take up to a year to develop roots but then will grow into robust young plants. Last autumn I took several hardwood cuttings from a blackcurrant bush and now they are ready to move on into larger pots. I could plant them straight into the ground, but they should do better if they spend the winter in pots of compost in a protected environment, such as the coldframe. They will be planted out into their final positions next spring, when the frosts have passed. Hardwood cuttings are taken in autumn, when plants are dormant and their wood has hardened off…