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Amateur Gardening 24-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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“Last year’s autumn project was to plant an area of lawn with 100 daffodils, and the result in spring was electric. Those brassy yellow trumpets brought waves of colour and light into our spring garden. This year, I want to brighten up my small front garden with swathes of tulips, and I decided the variety on this week’s cover — ‘Double Beauty of Apeldoorn’ – is the one for the job. Do you have an autumn project? Why not share it with the AG readers in our Letters pages? We’d all love to know your plans.” Contact us: Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: amateurgardening@futurenet.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

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ready for all weathers

PREVENTION is better than cure and this is never more true than when we move towards winter. The weather over the next few months is likely to be unpredictable, but probably unpleasant, so by preparing for it now we can safeguard our gardens and hopefully limit likely damage. Climate change appears to be dictating that our winters are becoming considerably wetter. Not only is more rain falling, but the storms are heavier and more likely to cause damage to plants and garden structures. It also increases the likelihood of waterlogging and flooding, though these can be minimised by lightening heavy and compacted soils that are prone to collecting puddles by digging in lots of grit and well-rotted compost or manure to open up the soil’s structure, thus improving drainage. If your lawn collects…

2 min.
keeping your plants cosy

THE biggest challenge over winter is keeping our tender plants, corms and tubers alive and viable for planting back outside next year when the weather warms up. A frost-free greenhouse is the ideal venue if you have the space, either unheated and well-insulated or with a greenhouse heater. These are easy to use and electric, gas and paraffin versions are all widely available. If you don’t have the space for one there are plenty of alternatives. Covered mini greenhouses are ideal for patios and narrow paths. Cold Frames are another excellent option if space is limited or your greenhouse is already full. Ours came from Forest (?77.99, forestgarden.co.uk, 0333 321 3142), is made of pressure-treated timber and has two independently opening lids with acrylic glazing and individual props for opening. It was easy to assemble, is…

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prepare for winter pruning

AS autumn advances and the garden feels as though its closing in on itself, it is time to prepare to prune. Most deciduous trees and shrubs, including roses and those bearing fruits and berries, are given a trim during the dormant weeks when their sap has receded so there’s less chance they will ‘bleed’ from pruning wounds. The exceptions to this rule are members of the cherry and plum families, as well as almonds, nectarines and peaches, as winter pruning can make them more vulnerable to silver leaf disease. Evergreens should also only be pruned when the weather warms up in early summer as they are less hardy than deciduous varieties and their pruned ends can be damaged by frost. Although most trees will grow well without pruning, we do it to keep…

3 min.
toxic pellet ban reinstated

AFTER more ins and outs than the hokey cokey, the pesticide metaldehyde is now set to be banned in the UK from 31 March, 2022. The move was announced by farming minister Victoria Prentis and is designed to protect wildlife and the environment, as the chemical is extremely toxic. It has been linked to the decline in UK’s wildlife, especially endangered hedgehogs. The 18-month delay is to give growers and gardeners time to switch to alternative slug control measures. Small quantities of product for gardens should not be disposed of at home and can be disposed of through local authority waste facilities. In early 2019, former environment secretary Michael Gove announced a metaldehyde ban to come into force in 2020, but this was overturned by a High Court challenge from slug pellet manufacturer…

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time to plant your tulips

WITH their glossy petals, vibrant colours and seemingly inexhaustible number of varieties, shapes and heights, tulips give so much to the springtime garden. These wonderfully versatile plants are happy in pots and in the soil, and can be naturalised in lawns and rockeries where dwarf species create a stunning canvas alongside fritillaries, snowdrops, narcissi and other spring delights. Tulip bulbs give of their best when planted in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. They dislike heavy soil that sits wet as it encourages rotting, so if your soil fits this description either lighten it by digging in lots of well-rotted organic matter or coarse gravel before planting, or grow your tulips in containers. Bedding tulips, the widely available larger varieties, don’t always perform well after their first season, so some people…