Amateur Gardening Aug 4 2018 cover

What’s in Amateur Gardening
4 August 2018

Free seeds worth £2.29


Jobs for this week

Gardening in a heatwave

Ruth offers hints and tips to help with this hot weather

Tidying woody herbs
They need trimming back into a better shape

Harvesting early garlic

Ruth explains how to lift and store this tasty treat

Get more pinks for free
There are two ways to propagate these, says Ruth

Ramblers and rose care
How to keep them productive all year

Free seeds/What’s On

How to grow your free cornflower ‘Blue Ball’


Great garden ideas

Pick of the very best: plums
Delicious and easy to grow, but which should you try?

How to keep the summer going

Now’s the time to add some late-flowering stunners

Brighten borders with penstemons
Good for non-stop colour, and tougher than you think

Grow a perennial meadow

Transform a dull patch of lawn into something special


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
How the elderly can benefit from an AG reader’s help

Bob Flowerdew
Don’t fall foul of the dreaded vine weevils, says Bob

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife
How to choose the right plants and nesting sites for bees

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg

Propagate strawberries, sow Swiss chard, use grey water smartly

Ask John Negus
When to prune, dangerous jasmine, boosting rhubarb

How to grow alstroemeria

Anne Swithinbank reveals her secrets for growing Peruvian lilies

Anne’s masterclass
Can’t get your weigela to bloom? Anne Swithinbank has the answers

A gardener’s miscellany
Facts, fancies and prizes on the subject of gardens to visit

Your letters
Snail-gobbling hens, cat backlash, smart tip to save strawberries

Toby Buckland 

Some older rose varieties are still brilliant today, says Toby


Reader offers and product test

Reader holiday offer

Great ‘buy-one, get-one-free’ cruise offer

Tried and tested: tool sharpeners
Six models are put to the test


Cover photograph

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ with Aster amellus