Amateur Gardening cover 18 May 2019

What’s in this issue…
Free seeds worth £3.45, plus:


Jobs for this week

Happy Birthday, AG!
Readers, celebrities and organisations send their regards

Planting Sweet Peas: Victorian Style
Ruth introduces our Victorian gardening theme

Get The Classic Victorian Look
There are four key elements to getting it right, says Ruth

Repotting A Sickly Skimmia
A discovery of vine weevil grubs means Ruth has to act fast

A Late Spring Container
Ruth explains how you can prepare a bedding classic

Pruning And Cutting
This is a good time to take softwood rose cuttings

All Go In The Greenhouse!
Greenhouse admin – plus, how to prick out in easy steps

Sowing Your Free Sarah Raven Seeds
Great looks, easy to grow, and loved by pollinators


Great garden ideas

Forgotten Hero Of The Town Garden
How triumph and tragedy marked AG’s founder

Plant A Victorian Classic: Aquilegias
Discover the versatile charms of granny’s bonnet

Get The Cottage Garden Look
The plants and techniques you need for success

Top 21 Plants Of The Past 135 Years
Best botanical discoveries since AG started in 1884

Six Of The Very Best: French Beans
Easier than runners, and with greater yields


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
A toast to us, and to the next generation of gardeners

Bob Flowerdew
Want better baskets? Bob shows you how to aim high

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit And Veg
Forest crops, space-saving ideas, try lablab beans

Val Bourne’s Garden Wildlife
How many varieties of bee do you have, asks Val?

Ask John Negus
Deadly aconites, dahlia divisions, replacing rosemary

Anne’s Masterclass
Want better compost? Anne will show you how to get it

How To Grow Strawberries
Anne offers her pick of pretty ornamental fruit and flowers

A Gardener’s Miscellany
This week’s subject for trivia, puzzles and prizes is… AG!

Your Letters
Chelsea confusion, flower art and the tale of a royal lupin

Toby Buckland
What have the Romans ever done for us? Toby explains


Reader offers and product tests

Tried And Tested
Tim tries six hand trowel and fork sets to find the best

Free Creeping Phlox For Every Reader
Each reader can have 10 of these groundcover plants


Cover photograph: Rosa PatioHit ‘Isabel’ (pic: GAP)