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Kitchen Garden - July 2018


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YOU &  YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH

Martin Fish feeds onions, layers fruit, makes
a bird scarer, takes care of blueberries, thins
apples and has tips on growing fennel

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
Tend to grape vines, tomatoes and pumpkins.
Damp down paths, sow autumn crops, watch
out for pests

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 plum trees splitting, cauliflowers ‘blowing’,
sweetcorn problem solver

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
Part one of our home-grown mystery; just who
is the elusive gardener who tends to pristine
plot 4B?

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


WHAT TO BUY

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS

Meet a new member of our gardening team

18 FLOWERS FOR YOUR PATCH
This month – gladioli, favoured by Morrissey!

22 GROWING ONLINE
Our pick of gardening social media
and websites

26 THE GARDENS OF EDEN ✪
We take a tour of the spectacular Eden
Project in Cornwall with head of their
outdoor horticultural team, Julie Kendall

32 VEG AT A GLANCE – SWEETCORN ✪
KG's Tony Flanagan offers his top tips for
growing this tasty crop

36 LIFT LETTUCE ALOFT ✪
Deputy editor Emma Rawlings has a great
space-saving way to grow lettuce

40 FRENCH BEANS JE T’ADORE ✪
Heritage veg expert Rob Smith looks at
growing climbing and dwarf French beans

45 ROSES FOR FLAVOUR ✪
Sally Cunningham on roses that taste lovely
as well as being beautiful

48 RAISED AND READY
Emma Rawlings looks at the pros and cons of
growing in raised beds

52 GROWING IN HARMONY ✪
Biodynamic gardener Julie Moore visits a
school in Walton-on-Thames where growing
their own food is central to the curriculum

57 GARDENING FOR THE TIME POOR
Allotment enthusiast Becky Dickinson offers
some time-busting tips

61 INCREASE YOUR HERBS ✪
Ben Vanheems explains how to multiply your
herbs using softwood and semi-ripe cuttings

65 MEET THE BLOGGERS
In this new series we look to the internet to
meet the cream of the crop of modern day
gardening diarists

68 BLACK MAGIC ✪
Fruit expert David Patch explains how to
care for blackcurrants and reveals his
favourite varieties

74 MAKE A SUMMER CORDIAL ✪
Anna Pettigrew makes some thirst-quenching
seasonal drinks

79 ‘QUICK RETURN’ COMPOSTING
–DEVELOPMENTS AND ADAPTATIONS
In part two of this series, gardening expert
Andrew Davenport takes an in-depth look
at the new developments in Quick Return
composting

86 HAPPY FOOD
Cookery writer Bettina Campolucci Bordi
shares her favourite vegan recipes

89 THE INVISIBLE ALLOTMENT ✪
Gardening author Mat Coward plants unusual
edibles in his front garden

92 MAKE A WALL FRAME FOR
CLIMBING BEANS ✪

Joyce Russell shows you how

82 INSTANT SAVERS
This month make some great savings
on outdoor rugs, garden sundries and
crop protection

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

96 TRIED AND TESTED – WATERING CANS
This month the KG team puts a selection of
models to the test

100 GREAT READER OFFERS ✪
Plus claim your free summer brassica
collection* (*Just pay p&p)

102 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £2909 ✪

This month you could win WoodBlocX, Flower
Show tickets, a Plantpak grow house, Cobra
mower, Karcher pressure washer