Amateur Gardening cover 6 April 2019

What’s in this issue…
Free seeds worth £2.35, plus:


Jobs for this week

Supplements For Your Plants
Ruth shows you how to give plants a
nutritious boost

Making Your Own Plant Food
Put your garden weeds to good use with
Ruth’s guide

Growing Lilies In A Container
Pot up these gardens stars for a joyous
garden treat

Sow Some Sweet Night Scent
This week’s free seeds are a special favourite
of Ruth’s


Great garden ideas

Six Of The Very Best: Carrots
A veggie staple for amateurs – but which are the very best?

Make Your Own Plant Food For Free
How to use nettles and comfrey to save money on feed

Add Vertical Interest With Border Giants
Bring some stature to borders with these high achievers

Reasons To Grow Perennial Peas
They may not smell as sweet, but they do have other benefits

Get The Look: A Tropical Garden
One reader’s amazing garden of exotics in Dorset!


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
A simple graft can increase your crop yield, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
When do you sow direct or in pots? Bob helps get you started

Val Bourne’s Wildlife
We really need earthworms in our gardens, says Val

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit And Veg
Colourful carrots, rustic pea supports and growing ginger

How To Grow Petunias
Anne suggests the best options for borders and containers

Ask John Negus
Spring bulb failure, acer cuttings, how to keep water sweet

Anne’s Masterclass
Why do seedlings fail? Anne offers her go-to germination guide

How To Use Wheelbarrows
Tim explains the best techniques for this mobile garden partner

A Garden Miscellany
This week, the lovely lettuce is honoured with trivia and prizes

Your Letters
Smart bean support, slug debate and planting in blue jeans

Toby Buckland
An Aztec favourite turns out to be an enduring beauty for Toby


News and reader offers

Latest News: Marigolds Do Deter Pests!
Plus, new insects discovered, and new RHS pest report


Cover photograph: Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’ (GAP)