Amateur Gardening 3 October 2020 cover

Amateur Gardening 3 October
Free seeds worth £2.40, plus:

Jobs for this week

Prepare For Winter
Four essential jobs to get on with that will
help lay the groundwork for winter

Key Jobs For Winter Months
Ruth shows you how you can make the best use of the dormant days in the garden

Make A ‘Duvet’ For Winter
Insulate your beds and borders as Ruth explains how to mulch plants and soil

Winter Care Of Exotic Plants
Make sure cannas, dahlias, agapanthus and bananas are well protected in winter

Bird Watch And Free Seeds
Light up the garden with Chinese Lanterns thanks to Amateur Gardening 3 October free seeds


Great garden ideas

Autumn Colour
Try this fiery foliage and these glorious grasses: they will work in the smallest garden

Forgotten Food Crops
Grow some of these unique foods, and do your bit to save heritage fruits and vegetables

Dazzling Daffodils
Which do you prefer: classic or modern? We select the best of both for brighter days ahead

Get The Look
How one reader got creative with clematis to transform every inch of a modest-sized plot


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
The grass is greener for Peter, as he explains how taking care of your lawn helps wildlife

Bob Flowerdew
Smart harvesting and storage are essential if you want long-lasting squash, says Bob

Val Bourne
This week, Val looks at the hornet mimic hoverfly that scavenges on wasps’ nests

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
Focus on pears, the benefits of bare-root fruit, creating a no-dig bed, planting shallots

Ask John Negus
Your questions about patchy sunflowers, centenary roses and a bother of badgers

A Gardener’s Miscellany
In celebration of World Animal day, our trivia is all about plants with animal connections

Letters to Wendy
AG readers share their stories of free seeds and roses, plus a recipe for flapjacks

Anne Swithinbank’s Masterclass
Potted citrus looking a little peaky? Anne shows you how to give your limes a lift

Tried & Tested
If you’re looking to create the perfect lawn, look no further as we review scarifiers

Toby Buckland
Angel’s trumpet is a true botanical wonder, as Toby explains why he loves his brugmansia

Garden News
The hidden benefits of ivy revealed – and it’s chips ahoy for green-fingered pupils!


Cover: Daffodils (pic: Alamy)