October 2016
October 2016   


Kitchen Garden - October 2016

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YOU & YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH
Plant autumn lettuce, harvest apples and
beetroot, tend to pumpkins, check harvested
onions, weed and mulch, lift and store main
crop potatoes

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Care for tomatoes, sow winter salad leaves
and endives, propagate strawberries, sow
broad beans

12 WHAT’S NEW?
The latest news, comment and advice from the
world of kitchen gardening

14 YOUR LETTERS AND TIPS
Learn what other KG readers have been up to
and pick up some great first-hand advice

18 QUESTION TIME
Regular Gardeners’ Question Time panellists
Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer
your fruit and veg growing conundrums

49 YOUR FREE SEEDS
Get the best from your free gifts of lamb’s
lettuce ‘Valentin’ and sweet pea ‘Tall Mixed’

50 ENTER OUR PASSIONATE
PLOTTER COMPETITION 2016

Why not enter our best plot and container
competition and win some great prizes

97 NEXT MONTH
Some highlights to be found in your
November issue plus details of great free gifts

106 LAST WORD
KG editor Steve Ott looks back on his year of
growing crops in pots

GET GROWING

20 ON THE PLOT WITH
THE THREE MUDKETEERS
Learn what the KG team have been up to this
month and pick up some great top tips

24 GARDEN OF TRANQUILLITY
Martin Fish tours a wonderful old walled
garden that has been given a new lease of
life as a community plot

30 BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO PEAS
All you need to know to grow this super
sweet crop from veg expert Rob Smith

34 MAKE IT! NEW
Our new series highlighting cost-saving DIY
projects to make your gardening easier. This
month, a year-round salad bar

36 VEG AT A GLANCE – BROAD BEANS
A KG guide to growing this hardy staple

40 RUNNER BEAN ‘MILLIONAIRE’ ON TEST
Steve Ott reviews a pretty and productive
new variety

42 RAISING YOUR GAME
Allotment gardener Stephanie Harrod
explains why raised beds are her choice when
growing fruit and veg

Beat the chill

54 MAKE IT A LEAFY WINTER
You can sow now for tasty and
nutritious winter pickings, as Charles
Dowding explains

76 IT’S A COVER UP
Deputy editor Emma Rawlings has
some great advice to help you
extend your harvest into the autumn

84 TRIED AND TESTED
This month the KG team put a range of
gardening footwear through its paces

46 SETTING THE JUICE LOOSE
Apple juicing tips from Oxfordshire experts
Waterperry Gardens

58 FRUIT AT A GLANCE…BLACKCURRANTS
KG’s Steve Ott has some top tips to help you
grow this nutrient-packed superfood

63 COMPOSTING THE BIODYNAMIC WAY
Organic gardener Julie Moore explains
this unique way of composting in harmony
with nature

68 CULTIVATING THE CUT
Meet some gardeners who grow their crops
on the move

74 THE BEST OF THE BRUSSELS
Discover the very best varieties of Brussels
sprouts for your plot according to RHS trials

WHAT TO BUY 88 GARDEN STORE
News of the best new products and services
to reach the KG offices this month

90 READER OFFERS
This month you can save on onion and garlic
collections, oriental veg, broad bean and pea
seed collections plus claim your free autumn
planting garlic worth £4.95 with every order

92 KG INSTANT SAVERS
Save on a range of great gardening products
with our exclusive deals including weather
vanes, plug plants and plant protection

94 GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1810
This month you could win quality pots,
gardening socks, a powered cultivator,
gutter brushes and water butts

102 DIARY DATES
Great things to see and do this month