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Kitchen Garden - February 2018


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 6 ON THE VEG PATCH
Plant strawberries in hanging pots, lime the
soil, thin apple spurs

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Pot on aubergines, boost overwintering veg
and install a potting bench

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 KG PROBLEM SOLVER
Your questions answered plus solutions to your
fruit and veg problems. This month: tomatoes

32 PASSIONATE PLOTTER 2017
Meet runner-up Frances Stearman from
Twickenham, South West London

68 GROWING ONLINE
A roundup of more of the best websites, blogs
and social media posts

96 DIARY DATES
Make a note to visit a potato day or book
yourself on to a course

102 LAST WORD
We welcome chef and food campaigner Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall to the pages of KG.

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


16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS
The Muds open their latest delivery to find
just what they need to make a delicious Thai
green curry

18 FLOWERS FOR YOUR PATCH
KG’s deputy editor Emma Rawlings turns on
the sunshine with sunflowers

26 SMALL PLOT?
MAKE THE MOST OF IT!
KG regular Sue Stickland explains what to
grow to maximise yields in small spaces

36 TONIC FOR
THE GARDENING TROOPS
Food expert Tanita de Ruijt reveals her
favourite home-made health tonics

40 TOP TOMATOES
Like to improve your tomato crop this
summer? Expert Rob Smith shows you how

45 GARDENING FOR BIODIVERSITY
Permaculture expert Julie Moore explains
why biodiversity is so important

50 GROW YOUR OWN CURRY
Ben Vanheems shows you how to grow your
own curry ingredients

56 GROWING GUIDE TO PARSNIPS
We explain how to extend and improve your
harvest of these delicious roots

60 GET SET, SPROUT!
Gardening writer Gaby Bartai brings you the
steps to produce your own four-day crops

65 TOP 10 WAYS TO
BOOST YOUR HARVESTS

KG’s deputy editor Emma Rawlings offers
some easy ways to increase your yields in 2018

70 SPRING INTO ACTION
Advice to help get your plot into tip-top
condition in preparation for the season ahead

74 ENGAGE WITH GAGES
Expert David Patch turns his attention to a
fruit that should be more widely grown

80 GARDENING FOR RELAXATION
Learn how gardening can improve your
well-being and your sleep

84 MAKE AN ELEGANT OBELISK
Practical gardener and writer Joyce Russell has
a simple plan for high-rise crops

22 INSTANT SAVERS
This month make some great savings on plant
protection products, weeders and food dryers

78 GARDEN STORE
More great new products and services to
make your growing season the best ever

88 TRIED AND TESTED
– MINI GREENHOUSES

We try out some products for those with
limited space

92 GREAT READER OFFERS
Claim your free* raspberry canes worth
£12.95 plus save on delicious soft fruit such as
strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
(* just pay p&p)

94 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1325
This month you could win gardening togs,
welly socks, instant gardens and kids'
growing kits