Emilie Keen

Emilie Keen

If you’re after a quick fix, where results outweigh the initial work you put in, follow the steps below for planting raspberry canes in November, for a bumper crops next…

Our Amateur Gardening Expert gets her lavender bushes in shape for a good show next year. If you want to know how to take lavender cuttings follow this simple step…

1) Composting Autumn leaves are great for composting especially tree leaves. Tree leaves are rich in trace minerals as they have drawn in nutrients from the subsoil gained from the…

We show you how to plant your border shrubs in Autumn in this simple step by step guide. Step 1) Choose your site and dig the soil over with a garden…

Emilie Griffin prunes apple and pear trees in anticipation of a good crop next year When pruning apple and pear trees, you need to make sure they are dormant –…

Kris Collins makes a brick path on existing concrete To keep things in place the bricks need to go down on a bed of mortar. This is where the existing…

There are five essential greenhouse tasks to carry out in summer to ensure your plants stay healthy, explains Emilie Griffin Ventilation Night temperatures  have risen in recent weeks and it’s surprising…

Divide your bearded irises in August, says Emilie Griffin Bearded irises with rhizomes (this can be recognised as they have fleshy stems at soil level) are divided about six weeks…

staking and tying in

Big blooms can be achieved with some varieties of dahlia, Amateur Gardening’s Emilie Griffin explains how STAKING AND TYING                      …

Tie ribbon or raffia around the stems to make them showy

Cut flowering stems from perennials, bulbs, shrubs and even trees to provide lots of colour in the home and a ‘free’ bouquet when brought in from the garden. Some of…