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Kitchen Garden - September 2017


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YOU YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH

Harvest mangetouts, tend to courgettes, pick
pears, plums and figs, prune summer raspberries

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE

Sow salad leaves, clip hedges, pick late crops,
trim tomatoes, grow spring cabbages

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 ggardening
industry answer your urgent queries

52 BRITAIN’S MOST
PASSIONATE PLOTTERS
Enter our 2017 competition and you ccould
grab a share of our great package of pprizes

83 NEXT MONTH

Some of the highlights to be found in your
October issue plus news of great free gifts

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

98 LAST WORD ✪

KGreader Sarah Palmer on ‘growing up the
wall’ with gutter gardens – a great space-
saving idea

GET GROWING
16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS

How to reduce that courgette mountain!

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

26 HIGHLAND HERBS ✪

Garden writer Gaby Bartai visits Britain’s most
northerly herb nursery where hardiness is a must

32 BEAN EXPERIMENTAL ✪

Alternative veg expert Sally Cunningham
turns her attention to a veg more often seen
on our plates than our plots – the soya bean

34 A TRIO OF TASTES
We look at three new, flavoursome kales

36 LETTUCE WITH A HISTORY ✪
Heritage veg fan Rob Smith has the lowdown
on some lovely old lettuce varieties with
some even more memorable names

40 IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Your free red-veined sorrel seeds

41 THINKING MANURE? THEN
THINK GREEN! ✪

Don’t leavve your soil to fend for itself
this winter – plant a green manure, says
gardeningg writer Ben Vanheems

44 PRUNING FOR FRUIT ✪
Our resideent fruit expert David Patch
explains hhow to summer prune apple and
pear treess to improve yields

48 GARRDENING ON THE MENU
Martin andd Jill Fish know their onions and
bring you some great growing and cooking
top tips foor this essential crop

56 VEG WITH THE WOW FACTOR ✪
Organic gardening expert Sue Stickland
encourages us to go all architectural in
the veg garden with cardoons and
globe artichokes

60 EAT YOUR WAY TO A
HEALTHY WEIGHT
Susie Kearley explains why soya beans can be
so useful in a modern diet

61 THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER ✪
Keen veg grower and organic gardener
Wendy Pillar shows you how to grow your own
mushrooms the easy way

64 MAKE A HERB BOX ✪
Keep a fresh supply of herbs by the
back door in this handy and attractive
display box

68 POLLUTION BUSTERS
Air pollution is a big killer worldwide. Susie
Kearley explains how you can keep the effects
at bay with a good home-grown diet

72 STORING AND HARVESTING ✪
Our own Emma Rawlings brings you the top
tips you need to stretch your harvests into the
autumn and beyond

76 GET GOING WITH GRAPES ✪
Growing grapes is easy when you follow Joyce
Russell’s simple growing guide. You’ll be
having a vine old time before you know it!

WHAT TO BUY

39 HARROGATE FLOWER
SHOW TICKETS WORTH £350
UP FOR GRABS!

79 GARDEN STORE
News of great new products for
kitchen gardeners

80 TRIED AND TESTED –
SECATEURS
A good pair of secateurs is
essential for every gardener.
We give our verdict on
some of the most popular brands

84 READER OFFERS ✪
Claim your free* raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’
(*just pay p&p), plus save on blueberry and
blackberry collections

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1984 ✪

This month you could win gardening shoes,
pet accessories, wood protection, gardening
courses and show tickets

88 INSTANT SAVERS
This month save up to 15% on
great gardening brands including
Vigo, Haxnicks, Two Wests & Elliott
and The Welly Shop with our
exclusive offers