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Kitchen Garden - August 2018


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16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE
THREE MUDKETEERS
This month the intrepid trio are growing
wildflowers, beans and basil

18 FLOWERS FOR YOUR PATCH
The spotlight this month is turned on an
old-fashioned favourite – sweet Williams

22 GROWING ONLINE
Our pick of gardening social media
and websites

26 BEE FRIENDLY IN BRISTOL
Steve Neal meets the folks at Bower Ashton
plots to see a cornucopia of veg and flowers

32 VEG AT A GLANCE – SECOND
CROPPING POTATOES ✪

KG editor Steve Ott explains how to get that
new potato taste in the autumn

36 PASSIONATE PLOTTER
We launch our Passionate Plotter
competition 2018. Send in your photos to
win some great prizes

40 MADE IN CHINA
This month veg expert Rob Smith turns his
attention to oriental pak choi

44 WHOSE EATING THE DAHLIAS?
We all love the colour that dahlias bring to
our borders, but what about the flavours?

46 GROW YOUR
OWN POT NOODLE ✪

The KG team cure a case of the allotment
munchies by making their own pot noodle

48 PUT AN END
TO WATERING WOES ✪

KG editor Steve Ott seeks to solve your
holiday watering worries

52 FOREST ON A ROOF
Gardening writer Wendy Pillar visits a plot
specialising in incredible high-rise harvests

56 GROW YOUR OWN
MULTIVITAMINS ✪

Food writer Becky Dickinson encourages us to
ditch the pills and to harvest vitamins from our
gardens instead

61 TROUBLE-FREE TOMATOES ✪
Things not going according to plan with your
tomatoes this year? Ben Vanheems can help

66 MEET THE BLOGGERS
This month we meet mum-of-two Helen
Olszowska from Brighton

68 EASY GROW RASPBERRIES ✪
Fruit expert David Patch turns his attention to
autumn raspberries

73 KEEPING THE PLOT ✪
Gaby Bartai brings you an update on
how allotment sites are coping with
development pressures

78 BEAUTIFUL BAKES FOR YOUR
SUMMER GLUTS ✪

Great British Bake Off contestant James
Hillery brings you recipes for rhubarb
and courgettes

82 VEG AT A GLANCE – CHIVES
KG’s Tony Flanagan extols the virtues of chives
and garlic chives for plot, pot and pollinators

86 MAKE AN ONION
DRYING RACK ✪

Make the perfect rack for helping your onions
to store all winter long

WHAT TO BUY

81 INSTANT SAVERS ✪

Make some great savings on plant supports,
pruning ladders and more

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

90 GREAT READER OFFERS
Claim your free* blackberry ‘Purple Opal’
worth £9.95 (*just pay p&p)

92 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH
OVER £1628 ✪
This month you could win a tiller, compost
tumblers, a greenhouse and outdoor pictures

96 TRIED AND TESTED
– BATTERY POWER ✪

The KG team puts a selection of batterypowered
tools to the test

YOU YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH

Gardening expert Martin Fish controls
caterpillars and protects carrots from carrot fly

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
KG regular Joyce Russell aids ripening on
peppers and harvests sweetcorn

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 turn their attention to
quince, vine weevils and cucumbers

94 DIARY DATES
See what’s on in your neck of the woods and
make a note to visit a great event

99 NEXT MONTH
Some of the highlights to be found in
your September issue

106 LAST WORD
Part two of our home-grown
mystery; just who is the elusive
gardener on plot 4B?