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Kitchen Garden - April 2017


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YOU & YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH
Harvest spring greens and purple sprouting
broccoli, plant new asparagus beds, sow peas

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Cover tender plants on cold nights, tend to the
soil, sow cucumbers, feed strawberries

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

20 QUESTION TIME
Our panel of leading experts from the gardening
industry answer your gardening queries

56 BRITAIN’S MOST PASSIONATE PLOTTERS
This month some of our keenest ladies explain
why they love their plots

104 DIARY DATES
Plus giveaway entry coupon and details of
seed and young plant suppliers

107 NEXT MONTH
Some of the highlights to be found in your
May issue plus news of great free gifts

114 LAST WORD WITH THE KG FORUM
This month the KG forum users reveal their
'desert island' seed choices

GET GROWING

16 THE THREE MUDKETEERS

23 HANGING GARDENS OF PLENTY
Organic gardening expert Ben Vanheems
reveals his sure-fire crops for hanging baskets

30 NEW WAYS WITH AN OLD KITCHEN GARDEN
We travel to Somerset to see the wonderful
old walled garden of Ston Easton

36 GROWING ONLINE

38 POWER TO THE POLYTUNNEL
Our guide to buying a new structure

45 REACH FOR THE SKY!
Climbing beans are delicious. KGeditor
Steve Ott offers his top tips for freezer
filling success

49 GROWING FROM YOUR ROOTS
Organic veg expert Sally Cunningham reports
on ommunity projects growing exotic veg

60 GROW MARVELLOUS MARROWS
Aim to grow the biggest marrow using your
free seeds and win £100 worth of seed
vouchers from sponsors D T Brown

64 A TASTE OF HISTORY WITH
HERITAGE CARROTS
Top allotment gardener Rob Smith brings you
his pick of the best vintage carrot varieties

68 MIXING IT UP
Fruitful, thornless and disease resistant; fruit
expert David Patch takes a look at the jostaberry

72 HOW TO MAKE A BEAN FRAME
DIY enthusiast Joyce Russell has a plan for a
simple and attractive, collapsible bean frame

75 PICK OF THE PEPPERS
Top seedsman and veg variety expert Colin
Randel reveals the very best sweet peppers to
grow on your plot

79 SPREADING THE HARVEST
Biodynamic gardener Julie Moore explains
how to avoid gluts by careful planning

85 SALLY’S SPICE RACK FAVOURITES
Ethnic veg enthusiast Sally Cunningham
reveals more of her favourite crops

86 HEALTHY EATING (NEW)
Nutritionist Susie Kearley spotlights a different
fruit or veg each month and why it contibutes
to a healthy diet. This month marrows

WHAT TO BUY

88 WIN FLYMO LAWNMOWERS WORTH £522


90 TRIED AND TESTED
With plug planting time soon upon us in this
issue the KGteam get on their knees to test a
range of popular trowels

94 INSTANT SAVERS
This month save up to 40% on leading
gardening brands including Agriframes,
Harrod Horticultural and Thompson & Morgan

96 READER OFFERS
Claim your free 25 plant club root resistant
brassica collection worht £15.90

98 GARDEN STORE
Our roundup of the best new products and
services for kitchen gardeners

100 3 PAGES OF GIVEAWAYS
WORTH OVER £2891

This month you could win gardening
footwear, top quality compost, crop
protection products, plant foods and
growth promoters, wild flower seeds and
show tickets