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Kitchen Garden - December 2017


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YOU & YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH

Start winter digging, install water butts,
harvest chard and sprouts, prune vines, fruit
trees and bushes, start a bean trench, check
stored potatoes

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Plant a cherry, tend to winter greens, harvest
the last of peppers, clean fallen leaves from
vines, watch out for rodents, repair raised beds

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

32 PASSIONATE PLOTTER 2017
We reveal the winners in our competition to
find the cream of the crop among our readers

66 OH WHAT A BEAUTY!
They have been measured, weighed and
photographed. Now you can see them for
yourselves – the winners of our giant marrow
competition

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

98 LAST WORD
A massive marrow competition is simple
enough, right? Well as deputy editor Emma
Rawlings explains, nothing is as easy as it first
seems!

GET GROWING

WHAT TO BUY

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS
This month the muddies are juicing apples,
harvesting ‘Uchiki Kuri’ squash and covering
the soil for winter

22 NEW VARIETY ON TRIAL
KG editor Steve Ott gives juicing carrot
‘Cidera’ a try

26 AN IRISH GEM
Joyce and Ben Russell travel to Glebe
Gardens in Baltimore, south-west Ireland

36 MONEY GROWS ON TREES
Julie Moore explains how to make best use
of the annual windfall of autumn leaves

40 SPROUTS: NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS
Heritage veg enthusiast Rob Smith reveals
his favourite varieties and encourages sprouthaters
to give them a try

44 MAKING A CASE FOR NUTS
Nut trees are easy to grow, productive and
beautiful, but which is best for your garden?
Gardening writer Sue Stickland visits a
Devon-based nut tree plantation to find out

48 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Gardening expert Ben Vanheems has all the
advice you need if you intend to make a new
veg plot in your garden

NEW SERIES

53 CUT FLOWERS FROM YOUR PATCH  
In the first of our new mini growing guides
we take a look at fragrant sweet peas

 54 LAGOM – THE SWEDISH ART OF
EATING HARMONIOUSLY

Food author Steffi Knowles-Dellner brings us
some delicious recipes from her native home
of Sweden

58 EXOTIC MARVELS:
MASHUA & MACA

Sally Cunningham explains how to grow these
tasty South American tubers

60 SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Would you like to grow your own apples
and pears, but have very limited room? Fruit
expert David Patch explains how you can grow
bumper crops in the smallest of spaces

63 MAKE A KITCHEN HERB GARDEN
Joyce Russell brings us a great little project
that will provide you with fresh herbs all
winter long

69 A TIME FOR GLEE
KG staff writer Tony Flanagan travels to one of
the biggest gardening trade shows in the UK
to seek out the latest products for 2018

72 BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!
When organic gardener Wendy Pillar took
on a one-acre garden, she discovered that
there was much to learn before achieving
her dream

76 FEED THE BIRDS
Expert advice from the RSPB to help your
feathered friends thrive this winter

WHAT TO BUY

80 TRIED AND TESTED –
GIFTS FOR GARDENERS

The KG team try out some products that
may give you some inspiration for the festive
season ahead

84 GREAT READER OFFERS
Claim your free* sow now seed collection
worth £18.60 (*just pay p&p), plus even more
savings on a great range of seeds for the
2018 season

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1947

This month you could win power tools, pots
and planters, storage solutions, artworks and
seed collections

88 INSTANT SAVERS
This month save up to 34% on great gardening
brands with our exclusive offers

90 GARDEN STORE
Great Christmas gift ideas for gardeners