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…

To ensure you achieve the healthiest and best-shaped roses, which in turn give you the best flowers, you need to prune roses annually – and this can be carried out…

If you have a heated propagator or a space on a warm, bright windowsill, sow tomatoes seeds at the end of January or start of February. Here’s how to sow…

When it comes to spring lawn care there are three key jobs need doing. These are scarifying, spiking, and top-dressing. SCARIFYING removes moss and ‘thatch’ – small pieces of dead grass…

holly

Hollies are either male or female – only the females berry. Very few are self-fertile, so a female generally needs a male nearby (in the same garden or a neighbour’s)…

  To grow Christmas roses start off by buying cheaper ‘tester’ Helleborus niger in smaller pots. If possible, buy your Christmas roses in flower, looking for rounded blooms and plenty of healthy…