Lesley Upton

ETBT1G Foxgloves in a cottage garden. Path leading to hut.

  There’s so much to celebrate about footloose and fancy-free self-seeders. These plants are annuals, biennials or perennials that simply scatter copious amounts of seed. For this reason, they pop…

CP43B7 Gradener mowing the lawn in april. Cutting the grass. Gardening jobs

  Measure twice, cut once. If you want to do something well it pays to do it twice, whether you’re pruning – check twice before you cut – or planting…

On test: Lawn seed and fertiliser spreaders

Distributing lawn seed for a new lawn, or to thicken up your existing grass, can be a haphazard business if it’s broadcast by hand. The same applies to lawn feed,…

Amateur Gardening June 9 2018

In Amateur Gardening 9 June 2018 – free seeds worth £2.29, 9 late-flower plants for long-lasting colour, top tips for growing pansies, plus on test: non-plastic eco-friendly plant pots

E84PFN Bright orange Dahlias flowering in an English garden border

The dahlia tubers I re-started earlier in the spring have grown well and are now ready to go out into the garden. Late May is the perfect time as the…

Amateur Gardening cover 2 June 2018

What’s in Amateur Gardening 2 June Free seeds worth £2.29   Jobs for this week To lift or not to lift bulbs Ruth explains the pros and cons of lifting…

On Test: Lawn Weed, Feed and Moss Killers

  LAWNS don’t have to be hard work to keep in good shape. Regular cutting plus a combined feed, weed and moss treatment a few times a year from April…

Lawns and chemicals

When we moved to Spring Cottage 12 years ago, the old shed contained a cocktail of chemicals, including DDT – an organochlorine pesticide that was banned in Britain in 1984.…

How to deal with garden pests

1 Box tree caterpillar The grubs cover plants in webbing. Pick them off, use a pheromone trap or nematodes, or try a chemical such as Bug Clear Gun, Defenders Bug…