Amateur Gardening cover 23 February 2019

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

Jobs for this week

Which Compost To Buy?
Ruth explains all the important varieties, including peat-free

Time To Think About Plug Plants
They’re easy to plant, and it’s the
right time to get them

Plant Spring Bulbs In The Green
Follow Ruth’s three-step guide to a
traditional treat

How To Sow Free Seeds/What’s On
Gorgeous asters for you to add
to your garden


Great garden ideas

Six Of The Best: Delphiniums
Statuesque splendour for the backs of your borders

Why You Should Grow Blueberries
Pretty fruits that are easy to grow and packed with antioxidants

Introduction To Hepaticas
The cult Japanese favourites that deserve your attention

Trust Tubers For Better Begonias
We explain why it’s much better than growing from seed

A Serene Victorian Garden
Discover tranquility and tradition with a Yorkshire twist!


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
All the latest plant innovations are revealed by Peter

Bob Flowerdew
There’s no need to wait to sow hardy annuals, says Bob

Val Bourne’s Garden Wildlife
Val’s appeal to manage verges so we can save wildflowers

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
Greenhouse tomatoes, snackbox cucumbers, sichuan pepper

Ask John Negus
Preventing unwanted grass, the quest for scent, why no worms?

Anne’s Masterclass
Anne Swithinbank reveals her secrets to sowing perfect peas

How To Grow Deutzias
Lovely, and also low maintenance – when you know how!

A Gardener’s Miscellany
This week’s trivia and puzzles are all about seeds

Your Letters
Campaign for cacti, bunny bites, and luscious ‘Hot Lips’

Toby Buckland
Toby’s new favourite herbal cuppa leads to intrigue


News and product tests

Latest Garden News
Trade insiders reveal the top trends for plants in 2019

Tried and Tested: Multi-Purpose Compost
We try out six top brands to see what’s best for you

Cover pic: Begonia Picotee, white with red edges (pic: Alamy)