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What’s in Amateur Gardening 31 March

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Jobs for this week

Create and maintain a pristine lawn
Which grass seed to choose plus the science behind sowing

Tips for laying a lawn from turf
Now is the ideal time to roll out the green carpet

How to sow your free seeds
This week’s Alyssum ‘Gold Dust’ is an easy-to-grow addition

Choosing the ideal greenhouse
Plus jobs to do this week if you already have one

Sort out your cold frame
Pot up and pot on seedlings and cuttings


Great garden ideas

Pick of the very best: cos lettuces
Ornamental and a great summer salad staple

Give houseplants a boost
Bring lacklustre plants back from the brink

Laced polyanthus
Graham Rice picks his favourites

Design the ultimate twilight garden
As the evenings get longer, choose plants with enchanting fragrance and pale, ethereal foliage and blooms

Get the look
This stunning garden in Somerset is a haven for conifers


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
Primroses are bigger and better than ever, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Why feline friends can help rather than hinder the garden

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg
Cultivate cucumbers, protect from frost and pollinate strawberries

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife
Attract insect life with apple trees

Anne Swithinbank’s masterclass
Dealing with a compacted lawn and general lawn care

Your questions answered
Moth-orchid tips, cordyline conundrum, sowing alpine seeds

Your letters
Take time to smell the roses, plus springtime snowdrops

How to grow lavender
From classic to exotic breeds, this fragrant favourite is a must

Gardener’s miscellany
The surprising connections between Easter and gardening

Toby Buckland
Be strict with what you feed your plants, says Toby

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