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Kitchen Garden - June 2017


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YOU YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH
Try planting potatoes under straw, make use
of nematodes to kill pests, sow salads and
beetroot, protect soft fruit, control greenfly
on apples

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE

Pollinate aubergines, plant basil, tend to
tomatoes, ventilate the greenhouse, thin
grapes

12 WHAT’S NEW?

The latest news, comment and advice from the
world of kitchen gardening

14 YOUR LETTERS AND TIPS

Learn what other KGreaders have been up to
and pick up some great first-hand advice

18 QUESTION TIME
Our panel of leading experts from the
gardening industry answer your gardening
queries and conundrums

58 BRITAIN’S MOST
PASSIONATE PLOTTERS

Meet more of our wonderful readers and find
out why they love their plots

92 DIARY DATES

Plus giveaway entry coupon and details of
seed and young plant suppliers

94 LAST WORD – IT’S A SNAIL’S
PACE IN TWICKENHAM

London artist Morgan Penn reveals a secret
world behind the closed door of an allotment
shed in his latest work

98 NEXT MONTH

Some of the highlights to be found in your
July issue plus news of great free gifts
GET GROWING

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS
This month the KGteam try
out a
new range of tools

20 GROWING ONLINE
Websites and blogs for gardeners

22 VEG AT A GLANCE ✪

Deputy editor Emma Rawlings with a guide
to growing spring onions

26 FROM ROMANCE TO
GROWMANCE

We meet a couple who have made a living
out of their considerable gardening talents

34 TRY KARELLA ✪

Sally Cunningham tries a cucumber cousin
which tastes better than it looks

37 CURIOUS COURGETTES ✪

A look at the wonderful variety of bountiful
heritage courgettes available
41 TURN UP THE TASTE ✪
Learn how watering and feeding can
influence the taste of your produce

46 SASKATOONS - SWEET & EASY

Fruit expert David Patch encourages us all to
make space for this easy crop ✪

48 TAKING THE HARD
GRAFT OUT OF TOMATOES!
How grafting can improve your crops

50 GET YOUR CLAWS
INTO A NEW CROP

Rob Smith on the virtues of tiger nuts

53 EAT YOURSELF HEALTHY ✪
This month nutritionist Susie Kearley extols the
health benefits of the humble cucumber

54 WHAT CAN I DO WITH ALL
THESE CUCUMBERS? ✪

Our readers’ top tips for dealing with the
summer glut of cucumber fruit

56 STANDOUT SWEETCORN
The latest news on award-winning sweetcorn

60 PLANT MAGIC FROM THE SEA ✪

Why seaweed in all its forms is so good for
your crops and your soil

64 PROTECT YOUR PLOT ✪

Organic ways to pest-free veg

68 TALKING WILDLIFE✪

An exclusive interview with TV personality
Kate Humble

71 THE LOST GARDENS
OF PENICUIK
Visit a community project which is helping to
rediscover a wonderful walled garden

76 MAKE IT! PLANT LABELS ✪

Original DIY ways to keep your plants properly
labelled
WHAT TO BUY

32 GARDEN STORE
News of great new products for kitchen
gardeners

44 YOUR CHANCE TO WIN £500
WORTH OF PRODUCTS FROM
WOODBLOCX ✪

79 INSTANT SAVERS
This month save up to 20% on leading
gardening brands including products from
pippagreenwood.com, Backdoorshoes and
garden paint

80 TRIED AND TESTED –
WATERING KIT ✪

The KGteam try out some of the latest watering
equipment and vote for their favourites

84 READER OFFERS ✪
Claim 10 free packets of seeds to sow now,
worth £21, plus save on collections of carrot,
beetroot, sweetcorn, spring onion, lettuce

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1778 ✪
This month you could win garden tools, veg
planters and fertilisers