Ruth is the gardening editor of Amateur Gardening magazine and spends her working days carrying out, writing about and photographing the tasks the readers should be carrying out each week, as well as testing many of the new products that arrive on the gardening market.
She is horticulturally trained, with a qualification from the Royal Horticultural Society, and her work varies with the seasons and includes everything from sowing and planting, to pruning, taking cuttings, dealing with pests and diseases and keeping houseplants healthy. She covers ornamental plants and edible crops and everything she writes about and photographs is in her own garden, a mature plot that has been a work in progress since her family moved to their current house in 2012.
Her main interests are gardening for wildlife and organic gardening, as she firmly believes you don’t need to ‘nuke’ pests and problems with toxic chemicals, nor use peat composts to produce the garden of your dreams.
Latest articles by Ruth Hayes
How to prune clematis: follow our expert tips and enjoy more flowers
How To We show you how to prune clematis – from early-flowering varieties to those that flower later in the season
Spring garden jobs: 20 simple outdoor tasks to get your plot summer-ready
Gardens Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather with our spring garden jobs – from painting and planting to sowing and tidying
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How to propagate dahlia cuttings: get amazing blooms without the price tag
How To This easy step-by-step guide on how to propagate dahlia cuttings will have your beds filled with these glorious blooms at no extra cost
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