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Kitchen Garden - July 2017


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YOU YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH
Freeze herbs, harvest broad beans and kohl
rabi, feed tomatoes, sow autumn crops,
harvest soft fruit

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Watch out for blight, ventilate the
greenhouse, tend to watering, harvest chillies,
pollinate sweetcorn

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

48 BRITAIN’S MOST
PASSIONATE PLOTTERS

We launch the 2017 competition
and reveal our great prize package for
the winners

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

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

98 LAST WORD –
TROUBLE BREWING ON
THE COMPOST HEAP?

Garden writer Susie Kearley investigates the
problem of teabags that just won’t rot

GET GROWING

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS
More fun and top tips from the KGteam as
they tend to their Lincolnshire plot

22 GROWING ONLINE
The latest news from the world of online
gardening

26 THE POWER OF YELLOW
Steve Neal reveals his experiences of
opening an allotment site for charity

32 BEE THANKFUL FOR BORAGE
KGeditor Steve Ott shows you how to get
the best from your free seeds

34 A VEG FOR ALL REASONS
This month Sally Cunningham turns her
attention to a traditional veg that is as
beautiful as it is delicious – sea kale.

37 GO HERITAGE FOR BEANS
Heritage veg fan Rob Smith explores the
history behind French beans and shares his
favourite varieties

40 EAT YOUR WAY
TO A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Nutritionist Susie Kearley explains
why beans are an essential part of all
our diets

42 FROM PATIO TO BARBECUE
Top tips to help you get the most from your
patio this summer

46 HERBS FOR HENS
We reveal a new range of herbs aimed at
keeping your flock healthy

54 FRUIT AT A GLANCE: MELONS
Top tips for growing this most mouthwatering
of summer fruits

58 KEEP YOUR COOL
Veg expert Ben Vanheems explains how
to prevent your undercover crops from
overheating this summer

62 MAKE IT! LIQUID FEEDS
Joyce Russell has some recipes to help you
make your own organic liquid feeds

66 PRUNING STONE FRUIT
Fruit expert David Patch helps you get the
best from your cherries, plums and peaches

70 HERBAL HARVEST
Gardening and cookery writer Gaby Bartai
offers her expert advice on storing herbs
through the winter months

74 LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE WITH
LANTERN LOVELIES
Sue Stickland encourages us to try two
lesser known fruits, Cape gooseberries
and tomatillos

81 MAKE A LADDER SHELF
Martin Fish brings you a simple project to
brighten your patio

WHAT TO BUY

24 SUBSCRIBE TO KG

...and make savings of up to 40%!

47 YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A
LUXURY HOME FOR YOUR HENS
WORTH £500

53 GARDEN STORE
Catch up with some great new products for
kitchen gardeners

56 INSTANT SAVERS
This month save up to 15% on leading
gardening goodies – from mulches and pest
controls to planters and young plants

83 TRIED AND TESTED – WEEDKILLERS
The KG team road test some popular
weedkillers for value and effectiveness

84 READER OFFERS
Claim 35 free brassica and broad bean
plants worth £17.90, plus save on runner
and dwarf French beans, courgettes, broccoli
and herbs

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1665
This month you could win garden tools,
watering equipment, biological controls and
mini greenhouses