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Kitchen Garden - November 2017


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 YOU & YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH

Check apples, lift turnips, pick calabrese,
tidy up brassicas, store ripe pumpkins, sow
autumn broad beans, take hardwood cuttings
of fruit bushes

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Pick chilli peppers, clear tomatoes, cover
potatoes, bring pots of herbs undercover,
watch out for falling temperatures and cover
vulnerable plants

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

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

90 DIARY DATES
Find out what's on in the world of gardening
plus details of seed and young plant suppliers

98 LAST WORD
A number of KGforum members sum up their
growing season in just 10 wordds! See hhow
they fared

GET GROWING

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS
See what the green-fingered trio have been
up to on the KGplot

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

26 PAINTERLY PERFECTION
KGregular Ben Vanheems visits Katie Lane,
a new allotment holder in Hampshire,
to discover a plot that is both attractive
and productive

32 BLOW NEW LIFE INTO RASPBERRIES
Editor Steve Ott explains why, even for the
novice gardener, raspberries deserve a place
on the plot

36 ECOSYSTEM ENGINEERS
Why are worms so important for the soil?
Regular contributor Julie Moore explains

40 THE MIGHTY LEEK
A look at heritage leeks with veg enthusiast
Rob Smith, who shares his favourite varieties
and offers some top tips

44 A CENTURY OF SEEDS
Gabi Bartai delves into her archive of
past seed catalogues and offers some
fascinating insights into the history of
growing fruit and veg

48 PERENNIAL PASSIONS
Find out why growing perennial veg such as
rhubarb, asparagus, globe artichokes and
cardoons is a must

54 GROW YOUR OWN GARLIC
Deputy editor Emma Rawlings offers some top
tips on growing garlic now and shares some of
her favourite varieties

58 WHY NOT TRY WINTER MELON?
Organic gardener Sally Cunningham
introduces another unusual vegetable and
offers a mouthwatering recipe too

60 MUST-HAVE MEDLARS
Fruit expert David Patch makes the case for a
comeback for this out-of-favour fruit

64 PUT YOUR GARDEN TO BED
Joyce Russell runs through a few jobs you’ll
need to do before you can finally put your feet
up for the winter

68 MAKE A POTTING BENCH
Potting up is good, but always better with a
potting bench – Martin Fish shows you how to
make your own

72 NEW SEASON INSPIRATION
KGtakes a tour of the new veg seed varieties
on the horizon for 2018

77 NATURAL BEAUTY
Grow veg and make yourself beautiful…
maybe. Susie Kearley tries out some
natural products

WHAT TO BUY

80 TRIED AND TESTED

The KGteam try out a range of products to
help you get the most out of composting

84 GREAT READER OFFERS
Claim your free* currant duo collection
worth £15.90 (*just pay p&p), plus save on
asparagus, gooseberries, rhubarb, patio fruit

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1412

This month you could win a kitchen waste
disposal system, gardening socks, a
lawnmower and seed vouchers

88 INSTANT SAVERS
This month save up to 15% on great
gardening brands

89 GARDEN STORE
News of great new products for kitchen
gardeners