Amateur Gardening 30-Oct-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

“The countrywide lack of HGV drivers which led to petrol shortages and concerns about keeping shelves stocked at Christmas has also led to the cessation of green waste bin collection in many areas. It’s been two months since my green bin has been collected, and that has got me thinking more and more about how I recycle my garden waste. I use the green bin mainly for grass cuttings, vigorous weeds and heavy woody cuttings, but I am now putting my grass clippings on the compost heap and considering getting a shredder. I think we should all consider how to make the absolute most of our garden waste.” Contact us: Subscriptions: 0330 333 1113 Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: Advertising: 0330 3906566…

2 min.
autumn jobs round-up

AS October draws to a close we should be in the throes of deepest autumn, but this capricious month can still throw a few googlies I remember one Hallowe’en a few years ago when the mercury hit the balmy mid-20s, but there have been other All Hallows celebrations when we have been battered by considerable autumnal storms. So while we can still revel in warm, dry days, the further north you are the colder it will be and you may have already experienced the season’s first frosts meaning it’s time to start those early winter jobs. If the cold was hard enough to blacken your dahlia leaves, lift the plants now. Cut the stems down to 4in (10cm), knock off the soil and hang them upside down somewhere dry for a few weeks…

1 min.
protect, preserve and prep the garden

1 Spring bulbs: Keep planting spring bulbs in pots, beds and lawns. Late autumn is said to be a good time to plant tulips as the increasing cold makes them less susceptible to tulip fire disease. 2 Pruning: Deciduous pruning season is about to start in earnest so look around your garden and decide what needs a trim, then overhaul, clean and sharpen your tools in readiness. 3 Sweeping patio: Keep hard surfaces free of leaves and rain-washed debris that can cause slippery conditions and harbour pests and problems. Scrub algae rings from under patio pots. 4 Winter bedding: Brighten up late autumn and prepare your garden’s colour palette for early next year by planting spring bedding while the soil still contains some warmth. 5 Lawn care: It’s too late for a winter feed,…

3 min.
moving a large foxglove

THE move to get the garden ship-shape before winter bites continues apace and one of this week’s jobs has been to unearth and move a massive foxglove that has taken root in the veg area. It has grown to Little Shop of Horrors proportions and should look spectacular next summer when it flowers – as long as it is in the right place. Moving it also allowed me to kill two birds with one stone, as to make room for it I had to pot up a couple of small fuchsias that will spend winter in the relative warmth of the greenhouse. Before moving a plant, prepare its new location by weeding and digging a hole that you estimate will be the right size. Plants fail to thrive if they are planted too…

2 min.
create a winter container

Top Tip Line the inside of pots with bubble wrap for extra insulation before planting, keeping drainage holes clear. THERE is no need to let summer monopolise all the colour and fun of the garden. Winter has its own beauty and one easy way of bringing it home and condensing it is to plant a late autumn container. Bedding is the obvious choice; pansies, violas, cyclamen and sweet pompom bellis daisies are perfect for containers and will keep going well into next spring when they can be planted into the garden. Grasses and young Phormium in greens and bronzes provide an attractive foil for bedding plants, while trailing ivy and hardy herbs soften the composition and provide scent and edible interest. And don’t forget to add early spring bulbs, which will pop through to create…

3 min.
citrus plants in winter

CITRUS and olive trees are having a bit of a moment and are now widely available in garden centres, supermarkets and from online retailers. They will thrive in a warm spot outside in summer, but as autumn moves into winter you need to think about moving them somewhere with more protection. A cool but frost-free greenhouse or porch are ideal as if the room has a hot, dry atmosphere, they shed their leaves. Our potted lemon tree has reached the size where moving it to and from the greenhouse each autumn and summer isn’t really an option. So this year, I’m going to wrap it in fleece and bubble wrap and tuck it into a sheltered corner of the garden, only moving it undercover if extremely cold weather is forecast. We live close to…