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What’s in Amateur Gardening 7 April 2018

Free seeds worth £2.69

Jobs for this week

Tree care after the Beast from the East
How to treat your deciduous trees after the recent snow

New products
Ruth Hayes and Lesley Upton pick the most interesting items

Supporting perennials
Provide young plants with something to lean on

Of seeds and seedlings
Sowing your free polyanthus seed and pricking out echinaceas

Protecting early blossom
Don’t let early blooms succumb to frosts


Great garden ideas

Pick of the very best
The simple beauty of summer cosmos

Bombsite gardeners
How Londoners grew veg in the rubble of the Blitz

Roses for a small garden
Advice for growing this garden classic in a small plot

Why not grow erythroniums?
An unusual and vibrant addition to your beds

Get the look
A charming colour co-ordinated cottage garden

Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
Gerberas are a fantastic source of summer colour, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Stepping stones are a useful way to add structure, says Bob

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife
How aphids are evolving into ‘super-aphids’

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg
Moving seedlings, growing veg in pots, checking for pests

Anne Swithinbank’s masterclass
Sowing and germinating parsnip seed

Your questions answered
Caterpillar concerns, potting bulbs, orchid dilemma

Gardener’s miscellany
We get down to earth for soil-related general knowledge

How to grow acers
Japanese maples are the tree of choice for small gardens

Your letters
Hedgerow berries, tool-tidying, crocus emerge unscathed

Toby Buckland
Put your plants on a strict diet and reap the rewards

Products on test

Tried and tested
Six cold frames for all needs and budgets