Amateur Gardening 3-Jul-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

“I don’t know about your garden, but mine is positively blooming at the moment. The roses are bountiful, the rock garden is ‘rocking’ and the potatoes are getting closer to cropping. However, as we all know, there is little time to admire the view as it’s peak deadheading, watering and (in the case of my spuds, toms and chillies) feeding time. And then there are the pests to deal with. I generally let the insects and slugs get on with it, so my main battle is with plant pests, and public enemy No1 for me is bindweed. What an amazing plant: I can’t help admiring its ability to creep up on my other plants, wrapping itself around their stems. Every morning, I’m on bindweed patrol, but they just keep coming…

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3 min.
top jobs for july

THE height of the summer is upon us and our gardens should be looking glorious, full of life and colour, and with the promise of more crops and flowers to come. Mature perennials, trees and shrubs can largely be left to their own devices, apart from those that require deadheading, as well as summer pruning (cherries, plum varieties, and shrubs that flower in early summer such as weigela and philadelphus). Annuals and bedding require more attention, especially if they are growing in containers and need regular top-ups of water and food. These also need deadheading as soon as flowers start to fade to keep them tidy and flowering for longer. With consistent care, annuals and bedding can keep going until the first frosts if they stay healthy. If left unchecked, pests can become a…

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2 min.
a handful of jobs to do this month

Watering: Plants need regular watering, especially if they are in a greenhouse or containers. Harvest waste water (and lighten your bills!) by installing water butts and using ‘grey’ washing up water that isn’t too dirty. Save the runoff that flows while the hot tap is heating up. Feeding: Feed anything cropping, plants that are still flowering and anything that you have deadheaded that might have a second burst of colour. Hungry crops such as tomatoes need feeding weekly, while annual bedding will appreciate a fortnightly boost. Planting: Keep on planting! It will extend the summer’s colour and fill any gaps that appear as plants finish flowering or are lost to pests. Make sure you stand plants in water first, protect them from slugs and keep them well-watered while they get…

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2 min.
a supportive solution

OUR raspberries grow well against a wooden fence. The canes grow so prolifically they need tying back but because we need to access the fence for running repairs, we can’t erect a permanent support for them. So far we have made do with canes and twine or wire, but I think we have found a more satisfactory solution. GHeko Stem Ties are plastic pieces with a hole for twine or wire. They are designed to sit securely between fence panels and once a line of them is in place horizontally, or set vertically, you can tension wire or twine between them to tether climbing and rambling plants. I fixed a line of them to the fence behind our raspberries, and successfully used twine between them to hold back the raspberries. Job done!. GHekos are…

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2 min.
get the best from dahlias

I GO very gooey over dahlias because they have few equals when it comes to style and colour through summer and autumn. I love their endless variety, whether they have close-petalled pom-pom flower heads or carry more expansive blooms that open out like water lilies over foliage that is either lush green or eye-catching bronze For all their beauty they are pretty robust, and will flower from midsummer until well into the autumn, only giving up for the year when the first frosts have blackened their leaves. However, although they are fairly self-sufficient, they can’t be left entirely to their own devices as pests and other problems do seem to flock their way. Snails, earwigs, capsid bugs and aphids will make a meal of petals and leaves, leaving plants looking dog-eared and shredded. Powdery…

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2 min.
seedlings and cuttings

THE blasted snails made a meal of most of our Rudbeckia seedlings, but there are a few survivors to be potted on and moved to the mini greenhouse. They are half hardy perennials, though usually treated as half hardy annuals, and as they are still far too small to plant out I plan to overwinter them undercover and get them into the garden next spring. This will involve potting them on once more, at least, before winter, but that’s fine by me as their sunny, sturdy, yellow flowers that can withstand all weathers, with beady black centres make them one of my favourite summer plants. It doesn’t hurt that they are also popular with pollinators and are extremely versatile, growing well in borders as well as containers. While I was moving them from their…

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