Amateur Gardening 15 February 2020 cover

Amateur Gardening 15 February
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Jobs for this week

Feeding For The Future
Ruth shows you how to make sure you give your garden the best head start

Fertiliser versus Organic Matter
Find out how to pick the right fertiliser for every occasion, as Ruth explains

Valentine Gifts For Gardeners
Give your loved one the gift of gardening with these tools and treats!

Tackling Winter Pests And Problems
Keep gardening spaces free from problems now to save time and trouble later

Sowing Your Free Snapdragons
Use this week’s free gift to sow some fiery dragons to warm the garden


Great garden ideas

For The Love Of Lilies
Plant bulbs now for a stunning summer show in the border and on the patio

Robust Roses
Keep the romance alive with Graham Rice’s pick of disease-resistant varieties

Star Shrubs
Want to brighten borders for months? These shrubs offer long-lasting interest

Grow Pelargoniums
Anne Swithinbank shows you how to cultivate the very best tender geraniums


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
We should try to get a few more colours into our spring displays, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Roots need oxygen so digging is important, as Bob reveals some air-raising tips

Val Bourne
Close encounters with a bold female sparrowhawk give Val a thrill this week

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
Herb propagation, growing asparagus from seed, renovating an old fruit tree

Ask John Negus
Your questions on dual pollination, prolific pests and post-spud cropping

A Gardener’s Miscellany
Find out more about feathery ferns with our collection of trivia and puzzles

How To Use Bird Feeders
Tim Rumball looks at the right types to use, and what you should put in them

All Our Yesterdays
Chinese hound’s tongue, sea buckthorn, winter aconites and tree lupins

Anne Swithinbank’s Masterclass
Can a sad-looking skimmia be saved? Anne shows you how to leap to the rescue

Letters to Wendy
Canny cannas, hairy nesting opportunities, and a tangy red cabbage recipe

Toby Buckland
The weather plays on Toby’s mind and he’s starting to feel the pressure…

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Cover: a perfect Valentine rose (pic: Garden World Images)