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Kitchen Garden - October 2017


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YOU YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH

Harvest and store or juice apples, harvest
potatoes, plant spring greens, tidy the rhubarb
patch, dry and ripen onions, lift rhubarb

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Sow broad beans, harvest tomatoes, bring in
and plant up pots, plant fennel, make repairs
to the greenhouse and polytunnel

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

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

52 BRITAIN’S MOST
PASSIONATE PLOTTERS

Enter our 2017 competition and you could
grab a share of our great package of prizees

83 NEXT MONTH
Some of the highlights to be found in youur
November 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
With the KGforum members as they discuss
how much time theyy find to jjust sit and enjjoyy
being on their allotments...or not!

GET GROWING

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS

The team enjoy home-made tomato soup

18 VARIETY ON TRIAL
Steve Ott offers his assessment courgette
'Piccolo' for consideration

22 EAT YOUR WAY
TO A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Susie Kearley turns her attention to seasonal
apples and pears

26 GARDEN IN PROGRESS
KG regular Gaby Bartai visits a Scottish
walled garden once recently recreated

32 ALL ABOUT ACHOCHA
Organic gardener Sally Cunningham takes a
look at this South American cucumber relative

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

36 WINTER WARMERS ✪
Gardening writer Ben Vanheems offers
some DIY ideas to help protect your crops
this winter

40 EMBRACE THE
WEIRD & WONDERFUL ✪

Heritage veg enthusiast Rob Smith reveals
his favourite pumpkin and squash varieties

44 LOVING THOSE SUPPERS!
Café owner and author David Bez brings us
his recipes using simple, fresh produce

48 WHY CHOOSE ORGANIC SEEDS? ✪
Mike Hedges of The Organic Gardening
catalogue explains why he feels organic
seeds are so important

56 TIME TO GET YOUR PHD!
Biodynamic gardener Julie Moore tells us why
the lime content of your soil is so essential to
good growth

60 HYBRID BERRIES ✪
The raspberry hybrids are highly rewarding
and easy to grow, as fruit expert David Patch
explains

64 MAKE A LOGANBERRY SUPPORT ✪
Joyce Russell brings you another of her simple
but effective practical projects. This time it's
a support for cane fruit that is quick and easy
to make

68 HARVESTING IN WEST HARROW
Staff writer Tony Flanagan chats to The Big
Allotment Challenge contestant, Rekha Mistry,
and takes a tour around her pristine plot

72 TIME TO TIDY ✪
We take a look at some of the many products
and ways to make light work of the end-of-
season clean-up

76 SMOOTH & SWEET… AND SUGAR FREE! ✪
Nutritionist Susie Kearley offers a selection of
delicious and healthy smoothies to make with
your home-grown produce

WHAT TO BUY

79 GARDEN STORE

News of great new products for kitchen
gardeners

80 TRIED AND TESTED
– STORING & HARVESTING KIT ✪

The KG team assess the merits of a
selection of products aimed at helping you to
harvest and store your precious produce easily
and effectively

84 GREAT READER OFFERS ✪
Claim your free* autumn planting onion and
garlic collection worth £12.85 (*just pay p&p),
plus save on asparagus, autumn raspberries,
garlic and onion sets

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1875 ✪

This month you could win digging tools,
obelisks, a steam cleaner and garden visits

88 INSTANT SAVERS
In this issue you can save up to 40% on great
gardening brands with our exclusive offers