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Top Tips from Amateur Gardening 1 March – on sale now

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Want to make a few bob, selling your surplus plants at car boot sales? We set out our selling tips, as well as what you can and can’t sell
Anne Swithinbank shows how to protect early planted potatoes from late frosts, while Bob Flowerdew sets out his favorite types by culinary use.
 
Sowing a new lawn this spring? AG consumer editor, Julia…

Five top tips from Amateur Gardening 1 February 2014

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You don’t need any special tools or tricks to remove ivy from walls, AG Gardening editor Kris Collins shows you the easy way to do it.
 
There are two ways to prune a rose – one produces fewer but bigger blooms, the other gives more flowers per plant but fewer blooms. Read Peter Seabrook’s timely advice to get the results you…

Alan Titchmarsh praises nation’s skilled gardeners

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When it comes to choosing gardening as a career, Alan Titchmarsh has no regrets. 
Alan was speaking ahead of a special event to celebrate 175 years of the charity Perennial, which helps horticulturists in times of crisis.
The ITV Love Your Garden host, who is president of Perennial, said: “My chosen career and love of gardens and gardening have given me more opportunity…

Show gardeners more respect, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh has called for gardening to be respected as a career – and not regarded as a destination for those who lack the intelligence to do anything else. 
Speaking before Christmas, Alan told a gathering of TV producers, editors and writers in London that he “has a dream” – a reference to the 1963 speech by American civil rights activist Martin Luther…

RHS Britain in Bloom ‘saves UK £23 million’

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The Royal Horticultural Society has calculated that its annual Britain in Bloom competition “saved the UK more than £23million last year”.
In 2012, community gardeners carried out nearly £8million worth of free labour.
Bloom volunteers also raised £5million through sponsorship and £10million through private investment and local fund-raising activities.
The RHS consulted 76 Bloom groups, who between them planted 20million plants last year,…

Allotment Wars – BBC1 under fire from gardeners

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The BBC has been accused of sensationalising allotment disputes after a 55-minute fly-on-the-wall documentary that “dished the dirt” on plot battles.
BBC1’s Allotment Wars, filmed over seven months, attracted 2.49million viewers on 22 January. 
It focused on allotment civil wars, prize vegetables being stolen and sheds ransacked, as well as the politics of people with “too much time on their hands”.
“We are…

Cactus Cuttings

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Amateur Gardening video: AG  editor, Tim Rumball, shows you how to take easy cactus cuttings without getting pricked!
 

Autumn tree planting

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In  our latest video, AG gardening editor, Kris Collins, shows you how to plant a tree this side of the winter for a good start next spring

Is gardening no longer the nation’s favourite hobby?

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Gardening has been knocked off pole position as the nation’s favourite hobby, a survey claims.
Cooking is now the UK’s top pastime, according to a poll of 1,000 people by internet price comparison site Pricerunner.co.uk.
Inspired by TV cooking shows, the UK has turned into a nation of foodies, the probe suggested.
But gardening still fared well, taking second position. Nearly half (41…

Gardening can help cancer recovery

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Gardening can help people with cancer to manage depression and sadness, according to research.
A report by Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) found that four in five gardeners living with cancer believed that gardening can reduce stress and anxiety.
It also assisted in taking people’s minds off treatment.
Gardening helped cancer patients’ physical wellbeing: over half said it gave…