Amateur Gardening 3-Apr-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’s note

“Last week, I said now is the time for making decisions: what to change, what to keep, what to grow again. But many of us are not the lone decision maker – we have husbands, wives and partners who share the garden, and we may not always agree on what to do. Over the past few years, I have perfected growing container spuds, with last season being a stand-out crop in 27 containers. However, my fiancée Gill is keen for us to grow our spuds in the border this year, and – try as I might – I can’t persuade her otherwise. Oh well, a new challenge is probably a good thing — do you have any new challenges this year? Let me know.”…

2 min.
easter in the garden

EASTER always feels like the unofficial start of the gardening year. The long weekend is the first holiday since Christmas and what better way to spend it than working and relaxing in the garden, weather permitting. There is so much to do, from planting and sowing to the more tedious, yet essential, tasks of weeding, sweeping, mending and painting. With potentially four days at your disposal, you can also get on with larger tasks, such as painting the shed, putting in a pond, or laying a simple stepping stone path over a worn area of grass. Maybe you can dedicate the weekend to adding to your plant stock. This is the perfect time for planting and dividing perennials, as well as moving plants to new locations if they are not thriving where they…

2 min.
nine quick jobs for the weekend

1 Plant perennials for colour and to create a border framework. Small plants are cheap and will soon grow. Plant at the same depth as they were growing before and water well. Then keep free of weeds and pests. 2 Feed fruit trees and bushes with granular fertiliser, then water it in and mulch with well-rotted manure or garden compost. This should set them up for the year, though keep an eye out for pests and diseases. 3 Last chance to plant summer bulbs for this year’s display. Set them at 2-3 times their own depth, a bulb’s width apart in a sunny, fertile site. Some varieties, such as anemones and ranunculus, need soaking first. 4 Designate a patch of lawn to grow wild to attract bees, other insects and wildlife. If you…

2 min.
seedling maintenance

IT’S more than two months since the start of AG’s free seeds and with spring now well underway, I am sure they are not the only plants germinating and growing on every available flat surface. Your earliest sowings should be ready to prick out into larger individual pots now. On this page I show you how I successfully potted on two types of seedling: robust tomato ‘Sweet Baby’ and tiny Nicotiana sylvestris. I sowed the latter mixed with horticultural sand because the seeds are so tiny, but they have still grown in a mass. They are to small to pot up individually, so I am moving them into plug plant modules in small groups. As they grow I can then thin them out more easily before pricking out the strongest plants into…

2 min.
long-term container bulbs

WE have a few pots that look really unprepossessing at the moment, just compost topped with dead plant matter. But underneath lies the potential for great things this summer: bulbs waiting to burst forth with colour and scent. Lily and agapanthus will both grow well in containers and with some springtime care and attention can be left in place year after year. In fact agapanthus do better the longer they are on a pot as they flourish when their roots are packed in tight. Having said that, ours are almost bursting out so I think that next spring i will tackle them and move them into more spacious accommodation. If you plan to grow bulbs in the same pot for a few years you need to feed them accordingly or they will quickly…

3 min.
get filling those gaps

WE all love gardening and few things beat the satisfaction of sowing seeds and then nurturing the resulting plants to maturity. But there is so much to juggle in the garden right now that sometimes it helps to have someone or something give you a helping hand – and that’s where plug plants come in. These are young plants that are larger than seedlings but too small to go straight into the garden. The sowing and growing on has already been taken care of, so all you need to do is pot them up into pots of multipurpose or John Inns No 2 compost and grow them on until they are robust enough to be planted out. Plug plants either come in large trays (usually online) or you can buy them, also singly, from…