Lesley Upton

Amateur Gardening Feb 17 2018

Free seeds worth £2.69 Amateur Gardening 17 February 2018, plus 9 stunning dahlias, spring plants for colour and how to sow early tomatoes

Amateur Gardening Cover Feb 10 2018

In AG 10 February we have free seeds worth £2.99 – plus we show you how to plant lilies, sow early peas and what to prune now.

How to plant bare-root and pot-grown trees

The prime time to plant trees is during the dormant weeks of winter. This is especially important for bare-root trees, which are usually only available until around the end of…

Sow more sweet peas

I sowed my first batch of sweet peas back in the autumn and now, at the tail-end of winter, I am starting a second batch. Although sweet peas are hardy,…

How to prune autumn raspberries

We had a bumper crop of raspberries last year and I’m hoping to get the same result in 2018. The summer-fruiting canes were cut back after they cropped, and January…

Crop rotation – why and how

If you’ve ever looked at a burgeoning allotment site crammed with serried ranks of fabulous veggies and wondered ‘how did they do that?’, the answer is probably crop rotation. It’s…

Preparing your soil for sowing

The secrets to successful growing are healthy, nutrient-rich soil and crop rotation, so this week I have been preparing and warming my soil and thinking about what crops to grow…

AG cover Jan 20 2018

In Amateur Gardening 20 January 2018 we look at gorgeous primulas: 16 fantastic varieties for your borders. Plus six of the very best RHS AGM potatoes.