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Jobs for this week

Why it’s all about trees

Planting container-grown and bare-root trees and shrubs

Why don’t my daffodils haveflowers?

Ruth looks at the causes and remedies of ‘blind’ spring bulbs

More sweet peas please

Time to sow more seeds and care for seedlings

Undercover housekeeping

Ruth reminds gardeners to check their tender plants

Put up a nest box in time for spring

Garden birds need all the help they can get, says Ruth

Trimming roses and perennials

It’s time to tidy up your hardy border heroes


Great garden ideas

New series: Pick of the very best!

Graham Rice chooses his six top RHS AGM early potatoes

Picking the right apple

Plant an apple tree and you can join the January wassail

Add spring cheer with primulas

How to make the most of this varied and colourful species

Light up the winter garden with witch hazel

Hamamelis offers flowers, fragrance, colour and shape

Get the look

A hillside setting offers a variety of growing environments


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook

How to grow better and bigger begonias

Bob Flowerdew

Don’t upset your year by slipping on ice

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg

Force Witloof chicory, sow broad beans, protect veg in a clamp

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife

February is the best time to see garden birds, says Val

Anne’s masterclass

How to sort out a sickly rosemary

Your questions answered

Clematis wilt, autumn raspberries, gnat attack, hairy invader

How to grow polianthes

Include these richly perfumed plants in your garden

A gardener’s miscellany

Puzzles and peculiarities to amuse you

Your letters

Daisy power, hedges crossing boundaries, desert-island picks

Toby Buckland

Choose a rose using your head, not your heart


Reader offers and product tests

Unique multi-tonal hydrangea offer

Buy three plants and save £19.98

Tried and tested

We test five log sawhorses