Now is the time to propagate shrubs, climbers and woody herbs from semi-ripe cuttings. This is one of the easier cutting techniques and can be done from June until mid-October,…

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…

We are going to show you how to plant up some fantastic pots for your patio, we are partnering runner beans and nasturtiums. You will need: – Large pot/container –…

Summer is the season for taking stem-tip cuttings of heathers. Our Amatuer Gardening expert shows you how to go about it in six easy steps. Step 1 Remove a strong, healthy,…

Here the team at Amateur Gardening show you how to grow an avocado house plant in our simple and easy steps;   1) Holding the stone (often referred to as…

growing sweet peas

The steps you need to follow for growing sweet peas success!     1. Buy quality seeds from a sweet pea specialist because seed quality varies. 2. Sow in late…

Sowing Sunflower Seeds in 5 Simple Steps Step 1: At the end of March/early April sow seeds into 9cm pots. Use an equal ratio of loam, perlite and sand. Step…

THERE IS little more satisfying than growing magnificent, colourful flowers or delicious crops from a few tiny seeds. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying young plants. Many people never…

But if you had timber decking installed a decade ago, chances are it’s now looking tired, dirty and algae-stained. One question we often get asked at Amateur Gardening is how…

The easiest way to start composting at home is to invest in a compost-maker. Most garden centres will stock two sizes: 220-litres or 330-litres. The golden rule is to buy…