Amateur Gardening 5 May 2018 for web

What’s in Amateur Gardening 5 May

Free seeds worth £2.45

Jobs for this week

How to plant with coir
It’s a great replacement for plastic, says Ruth Hayes

Reduce plastic usage in the garden
See how gardeners can make a difference

Dividing pulmonarias
You can boost the vigour of these plants, says Ruth Hayes

Re-homing seedlings
Find the right place for unexpected plants, such as honesty

Help our birds in the breeding season
Good ways to give Mother Nature a helping hand


Great garden ideas

Pick of the very best: lilacs
Gorgeous fragrance and six to choose from

The seed people
This week we have the story behind Suttons Seeds

Plants to beat the spring lull
Lots of choice for a beautiful display before summer

Best grasses for small gardens
The best options for light and shady areas


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
Busy Lizzies are available again, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Hardening off is the key to success, says Bob

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife
Love them or hate them, conifers have their uses

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg
Sowing parsnips, staking peas, smart ways with fruit

Your questions answered
Attracting more birds, rooting in water, more mystery plants

Anne’s masterclass
How to choose the best bedding plants

How to grow star jasmine
Anne’s top tips for these fragrant and vigorous climbers

Gardener’s miscellany
The Channel Islands are the focus of our puzzles this week

Your letters
Mowing tip, praise for postie and laced polyanthus

Toby Buckland
Fruit grown in moulded shapes? Toby reveals the future


Latest news and product tests

Top news stories
Hedgehogs in food scare, bamboo cane shortage

Tried and tested
We put long-handled hoes to the test