Amateur Gardening cover Jan 27 2018 for web

Jobs for this week

All you need to know about compost

Confused about the different types? Ruth Hayes explains

To peat or not to peat?

Understanding the challenge for gardeners

What is John Innes and why is it so popular?

Ruth Hayes explains about the famous compost recipe

How to minimise storm damage

With the recent bad weather, it’s worth being careful

Keeping lawns healthy

What you do now will reduce work in the spring

Time to force rhubarb/next week’s free seeds

Get going now for a good early crop


Great garden ideas

Pick of the very best

The six best dogwoods of all the RHS AGM winners

New year, new garden

How to re-evaluate your garden and try something new

The pick of 2018’s new fruit bushes

The latest varieties for those short on space

Best plants for kitchen-window viewing

What looks best in winter when viewed from afar

Get the look

A large plot designed in sympathy with its surroundings


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook

Why we should treat small trees like shrubs

Bob Flowerdew

Jobs to get ahead with now – to save time later

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg

Sow lettuce, grow medlars, keeping brassicas healthy

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife

Meet the silent assassin and learn about its toxic effect

How to plan your summer containers

Anne’s sage advice on how to get it just right

Your questions answered

Early dahlias, dealing with lawn moss, growing monkey nuts

Anne’s masterclass

Anne explains how to use an electric propagator

Your letters

Spuds from a wonky trolly, early toms and snowdrops

A gardener’s miscellany

Many facts, fancies, puzzles and prizes to be won

Toby Buckland

Why ivy is the “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” of plants


Reader offers and product tests

Reader offer

See the special deal on gorgeous tree lilies

Tried and tested

Six sharpeners to give your tools the edge


Next week’s issue

(on sale 30 January)

FREE Aquilegia ‘Lime Sorbet’ seeds plus details of how to grow them