Amateur Gardening cover 14 December 2019

What’s in this issue…

Jobs for this week

Winter perennial care
Get your hardy and tender plants through
the cold season

Look after your borders
Replenish energy-drained soil and keep on
top of weeds

Prune your grapevines now
Cut back before the new year in order to
reduce bleeding

Salvaging and cleaning
Reduce plant waste and help to stop
flooding, says Ruth

Ruth’s top eco-friendly tips
Cut plant miles and plastics, and create a natural balance


Great garden ideas

Be a Greener Gardener
The easy changes we can make to make a real difference

How to Grow Buddleja
Anne Swithinbank’s guide to growing these bushy beauties

Eastern Flavour with Camellias
Exotic, versatile and long-lasting: we help you choose yours

Handsome Hollies
Celebrate the Christmas favourite that’s lovely all year round


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
Nature should not be a vehicle for tacky art, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Don’t be afraid of shade, says Bob – learn how to use it

Val Bourne
Growing winter veg has some great benefits, as Val explains

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
Focus on blueberries, how to adjust soil pH, growing burdock

Ask John Negus
Repotting a witch hazel, splitting dahlia tubers, fungus fears

Anne Swithinbank’s Masterclass
Sweet advice on organising the best scents for the year ahead!

How to Use…
Tim Rumball explains the safest way to use a stepladder

A Gardener’s Miscellany
Ivy is the festive subject of this week’s trivia and puzzles

The World of Spices
We look at the origins of some of our favourite spicy sensations

Letters to Wendy
Orchid mania, nettles for commas, how much is your garden worth?

Toby Buckland
Christmas is the season to be jolly careful, as Toby reveals

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Cover image: Camellia japonica ‘CM Wilson’ (pic: Garden World Images)