Amateur Gardening cover 12 October 2019

What’s in this issue…
Free seeds worth £3.05, plus:


Jobs for this week

Preparing Garden Shelters For Winter
Clean protective structures and getting
ready for their next job

Enrich Soil With A Bean Trench
Give your ground a hearty boost with
layers of kitchen peelings

How To Wrap Your Tender Plants
Ruth’s guide to ensuring tenders can
withstand the worst weathers

Sow A Pop Of Pansy Colour
Prevent pansy leaf spot with these gems
– plus, what’s on near you

Help Your Alpines Survive Winter
How to safeguard potted and border alpines
before the cold snaps


Great garden ideas

Focus on Crocus
Colchicums and crocus: which is which, and what’s the difference?

Gardening Solutions
Best trees & shrubs for leafmould, and how to make a simple bin

It’s Time To Sow Sweet Peas
Why you should sow sweet peas now – plus, best varieties to grow

The Best Blue Blooms
Blue is the colour: 10 fantastic flowers that radiate ‘indigo’

How To Grow African Lilies
Anne Swithinbank’s guide to gracing your borders with agapanthus


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
Pairing plants can bring up some gorgeous surprises, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Why your windowsill can come into its own in the colder months

Val Bourne
Garden waste is best shredded than put in the green bin, says Val

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
Start a no-dig plot, re-use your old compost, and grow mushrooms

Ask John Negus
Your questions on north-facing flowers, strange grains and shady dilemmas

Anne Swithinbank’s Masterclass
If you were a bit confused about layering, Anne has the answers!

A Gardener’s Miscellany
This week, we look at the trumpet-shaped perennial, the gentian

All Our Yesterdays: Orwell’s Eden
The gardening achievements of Animal Farm creator, George Orwell

How To Use Tools
Tim’s guide to treating your fences and sheds with preservatives

Toby Buckland
Hole in your pond? It’s a race against time to avert disaster…


Garden news

Your Gardening Stories
Keeping heritage potatoes alive, new organic products arriving


Cover pic (Alamy): Blue stemless gentian (Gentiana acaulis)