Amateur Gardening 13-Mar-2021

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

“How are you all feeling? Hopefully, your gardens are dappled with spring blooms! I was proud as punch to see my ‘Tête-à-tête’ daffs rising from the lawn for the second year running. I wasn’t sure it was wise to give about a quarter of the lawn over to daffs – but since they started to break through, I’m pleased I did it. I will soon be enjoying a mass of yellow trumpets blowing their cheerful reveille as they tower over the blades of grass! Have yourself a great gardening week.” Contact us: Subscriptions: 0330 333 1113 Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: Advertising: 0330 3906566…

3 min.
structural maintenance

YES, spring is well on its way and we all want to get on with the fun business of planting and growing but hold your horses a moment longer. It’s all very well getting on with gardening, but you won’t be able to get far if, for example, the shed is in a state of disrepair or you slip over and do a serious injury because the decking or patio has become mucky and slippery over winter. Gardening isn’t just about the plants we tend. Without the fences, walls, flat surfaces and steps that create form and let us get from A to B, we – and the garden – would be stuck. So before the gardening year really does take off, spend some time making sure you are safe to work. We have…

2 min.
lay a path to protect a lawn

1 After a winter’s wear, grass can turn into a muddy mess that is a breeding ground for weeds. A simple path will help prevent this. 2 Start by laying the stones on the grass, making sure they are a comfortable distance apart and laid in an attractive line. 3 Cut around each one with a sharp half-moon lawn edging tool. You want to remove a ½in (1.5cm) more soil than the stone’s depth. 4 Use your hands or a spade to remove the turf and soil in the shape of the stone, levelling it off as you go. 5 Place a layer of builders’ sand at the base of the hole to hold the stones firm. The stones should sit just below the turf to protect mower blades. 6 Make any adjustments so the…

3 min.
lockdown seeds of success

GERMINATING a new business from the tiniest seed of an idea while in lockdown may sound like a madcap idea, but it has paid dividends for one Welsh farmer. Rhys Jenkins set up Wild Wales Seeds a year ago and has had a bumper 12 months. Based in the Vale of Glamorgan, the firm produces grass and wildflower seeds and sells them to a range of customers, from large organisations such as local authorities, airports, parks and festival sites to amateur gardeners. A wide range of seed mixes The company is a first for Wales and has been welcomed because it has made it possible to source seeds locally rather than buying from European producers hampered by red tape and higher costs as a result of Brexit. It offers consumers a wide range of grass…

2 min.
make space for water

IF this spring follows the pattern of the past few, we are heading for a few wet weeks followed by a late spring of good weather. Whether this happens or not, it makes sense to make provisions for water storage now, which means attaching water butts to as many drainpipes as possible. We have five, and although three of these are large tanks, we had still drained them dry by early last summer. Harvesting rainwater makes sense on every level. It is more natural than tap water for plants and can be used for topping up ponds and bog gardens. You can use tap water for ponds, but it’s best to fill watering cans and let it stand for 24 hours to give the chlorine time to dissipate before adding it. Collecting rainwater takes…

2 min.
rocking the garden

Top Tip Early spring is a good time to move rockery stones as soil is soft and there is time to let the stones settle before planting in a few weeks’ time I FEEL I am engaged in a constant battle with our rockery, but this is the year I win – though I am sure I say that most springs, then admit defeat somewhere around midsummer! ‘Rockery’ is actually a far too grand term for what we inherited when we moved here: a slope between the patio and lawn scattered with large stones and over-run with weeds. We have planted one half of it with herbs and that just about works, but the most prominent half (typically) is a shambles. It isn’t helped by the fact that every spring it is filled with…