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Kitchen Garden - June 2018


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YOU YOUR PLOT
Plant leeks and self-blanchingcelery, fill gaps
with salads, grow fruit in pots, thin plums and
trim fan-trained trees

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Build paths, tend to tomatoes, plant
winter brassicas, water sweetcorn and
climbing beans, remove male flowers
from cucumbers

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
This month our experts solve your
problems on radishes, sweetcorn
and gooseberries

36 PASSIONATE PLOTTERS
Meet two readers who have found veg
growing to be life changing.

110 DIARY DATES
See what’s on in your neck of the woods
and make a note to book yourself on to a
course or visit a great event

111 LAST WORD ✪
Emma Rawlings recommends ancient wisdom
to help us end seasonal sowing panics

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


GET GROWING

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS

This month the intrepid trio take rosemary
cuttings, thin seedlings and more

18 FLOWERS FOR YOUR PATCH
This month the poached egg plant –
Limnanthes douglasii

22 GROWING ONLINE
Our pick of gardening social media and
websites

26 ALLOTMENTS WITH STYLE
Garden writer Steve Neal visits an allotment
site in Somerset with a strong community vibe

32 VEG AT A GLANCE – CAULIFLOWERS
Steve Ott offers his top tips for growing this
challenging crop

40 COURGETTE CORNUCOPIA ✪
Heritage veg expert Rob Smith describes his
favourite varieties for abundant harvests

44 MEET THE BLOGGERS
In the first of our new series we look to the
internet to meet the cream of the crop of
modern-day gardening diarists

48 THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ✪
If you tend to grass paths, lawns or
communal areas, KG's Emma Rawlings shows
you how to keep them looking their best
strawberries
Pg 106

52 SOW ONCE AND STAND BACK
Biodynamic gardener Julie Moore describes
a group of veggies, herbs and flowers that
virtually sow and grow themselves ✪

57 THE BEAUTY OF BANTAMS ✪
Poultry enthusiast Katy Runacres extols the
virtues of these petite versions of our more
familiar chickens

62 CHERRIES ON THE PLOT ✪
Fruit expert David Patch reveals the best
cherries for gardens large and small

68 BEET THAT! ✪
Ben Vanheems explains how to grow great
sweet, earthy beetroot time after time

74 THE FUTURE OF SEEDS ✪
Gardening journalist Sue Stickland explores
how Brexit might affect our seed supplies in
the future

79 SUPERBOOST
YOUR COMPOST HEAP ✪

In part one of his two-part series, gardening
expert Andrew Davenport takes an in-depth
look at Quick Return composting

86 VEG AT-A-GLANCE –
RIDGE CUCUMBERS

All you need to know to grow this prolific crop

88 WORMS YOU DON’T WANT ✪
The latest research on flatworms, a growing
menace in UK gardens

92 PERFECT POLLINATION ✪

Ensuring good pollination and great crops

WHAT TO BUY
82 INSTANT SAVERS
This month make some great savings on
seeds, bamboo cloche sets, gardening shoes
and netting

84 GARDEN STORE
More great new products and services to help
boost your harvests

96 TRIED AND TESTED –
CLEANING PRODUCTS ✪

This month the KG team puts garden cleaning
products to the test

100 GREAT READER OFFERS ✪
Plus claim two free* rhubarb plants
(*p&p applies)

102 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £2814 ✪
This month you could win tripod ladders,
flower show tickets, pest controls, organic
fertilisers and hose trolleys