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Amateur Gardening 21-Dec-2019

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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In this issue

2 min.
the many jobs of christmas

I KNOW it’s a cliché, but I can’t believe we’re in Christmas week already, with a new year and a new decade just a few days away. We may be in the depths of winter, with the shortest day upon us, but at least this means we can start looking forward to lighter evenings and the arrival of the first spring flowers. Indeed, some of our spring bulbs are already poking their heads through the soil. And there are plenty of jobs to be cracking on with now, even in the thick of the festive hullabaloo. In fact, I’d go as far as to say ‘because of’ the festive activities, as escaping into the garden is a fantastic way of getting some exercise and keeping a clear head while everyone else is fighting…

1 min.
safely comes first

We are not complacent about safety around the garden and in storage areas, but not everyone else is aware of the potential hazards of chemicals and tools. If you have family and friends descending over the next week or so, especially if they are arriving with pets and small children, make sure chemicals are securely stowed away out of reach. Keep them in their original containers under lock and key, not in the greenhouse, which is easy for inquisitive youngsters to investigate. Ensure tools are neatly stored and electric cables coiled. Keep the shed locked when not in use. And if riotous games involving footballs are suggested, firmly suggest that they take place away from the greenhouse!…

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keep busy indoors and out

1 Plant up a container or hanging basket by your front door. Use bedding plants and a mix of evergreens, scented hardy herbs and grasses. 2 Start the New Year the healthy way by sowing a succession of quick-growing salads in your greenhouse and herbs on windowsills. 3 Keep perennials tidy by cutting them back to a couple of inches above the compost. These physalis lanterns are ideal for festive decorations. 4 If you have cleared a little ivy or pruned your Christmas tree, keep offcuts and seedheads to add to your festive wreath or table decoration. 5 Feed the birds and give them fresh water. They love Christmas cake, fruit, cooked veg and cheese but avoid anything coated in cooked turkey fat. 6 Keep houseplants healthy. Wipe leaves and remove dead ones, check for…

1 min.
get the most from your tree

Keep your Christmas tree looking stunning for as long as possible. Stand it away from direct sources of heat such as open fires, wood burners and radiators. Stand it in a reservoir and, if necessary, top it up with water every day. If you have a living tree brought in from the garden, make sure it stays in a cool room and goes back outside within a fortnight. It will be much happier if it is left in the garden and decorated with lights as a welcome for guests and something to delight the neighbours.…

2 min.
what a bumper year for ag !

IT has been a massive year for Amateur Gardening – and not just because as the world’s longest running weekly gardening magazine we celebrated our 135th anniversary in May. We have also moved away from plastic packaging after months of tests and trials, helped by our readers and contributors. From 11 January 2020, subscribers will receive their copy of AG in a fully recyclable and compostable paper bag. The magazine’s writers were also shortlisted for two prestigious gardening media awards. Fruit and veg expert Lucy Chamberlain was nominated for Practical Journalist of the Year and Ruth Hayes, our gardening and news editor, was nominated for News Journalist of the Year in the Garden Media Guild Awards. ‘A brilliant gardening magazine’ AG celebrated its 135 anniversary on May 18 with a special edition of the…

1 min.
from the archives

AT the end of a momentous year, when man has leapt through space to take his first tentative steps on the moon, it may be as well to bring our eyes back occasionally from these astral horizons and remind ourselves of the tranquil happiness to be found in our own small backyards. Voltaire, the 18th century philosopher, poet and historian, aghast at the misery and suffering that followed in the wake of the European territorial wars, exhorted his countrymen, ‘Il faut cultivar notre jardin’. He meant that one should seek happiness in one’s own little cabbage patch and not rush around trying to set the world to rights. Certainly, the very real delight and contentment found when one acquires even the smallest garden, particularly if this occurs after a youth spent amidst…