Amateur Gardening cover 16 February 2019

What’s in this issue…
Free seeds worth £2.50, plus:

Jobs for this week

Last-Minute Pruning
What to cut back now, and how to keep
fruit trees healthy

Sowing Hardy Annuals
Prepare your seed beds for when the
weather warms up

Take Action With Leafmould
Time to nurture this precious free
resource, says Ruth

Pre-Spring Lawn Care
There’s plenty you can do now to keep
your lawn in shape

Divide Your Perennials
Follow Ruth’s guide to increasing stocks of your favourites

How To Sow Your Sweet Pea Seeds
Enjoy a summer of scent with this perennial classic


Great garden ideas

Pick Of The Very Best: Spring Onions
Get stuck in with six of the best of these salad stalwarts

Success With Sweet Peas
How do the experts do it? Discover their secret sowing tips

The Most Romantic Roses
Six heart-warming varieties, and how to look after them

How To Create An Auricula Theatre
It’s a Victorian classic that’s coming back into fashion

Get The Look: The Snowdrop Garden
A galanthus collector’s garden in Leighton Buzzard


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
Peter reveals some amazing new plants you cannot miss

Bob Flowerdew
Want better spuds? Read on, as Bob has some great advice

Val Bourne’s Garden Wildlife
Talking to plants and touching them can really help, says Val

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
How to go organic, grapes for wine, and making paper pots

Ask John Negus
Blackfly, bad spuds, dividing cyclamen, and manure advice

How To Grow Coronilla Valentina
Anne’s guide to sunshine colour for dry banks and slopes

Ask Anne Swithinbank
How do you control the glory flower? Anne has a plan…

How To Use Tools: Folding Pocket Knives
Blade styles, safety measures, and sharpening techniques

A Gardener’s Miscellany
This week, the begonia is the subject of our trivia and puzzles

Your Letters
Glorious trumpets, funny-shaped carrots and helpful cats

Toby Buckland
Toby talks about the man behind a special spring favourite


Cover photograph: Rosa L’Aimant (pic: GAP)