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Kitchen Garden - January 2019


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CONTENTS

YOU & YOUR PLOT

6 ON THE VEG PATCH
On the plot this month veg expert Martin Fish
takes currant cuttings, starts winter digging,
harvests winter veg and prunes soft fruit

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE
In this issue Joyce Russell feeds the border
soil, sows early salads and tends to spring
cabbages and Florence fennel

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 readers’
problems with carrots, parsnips,
rhubarb and pears

85 NEXT MONTH
Some of the highlights to be found in your
January 2019 issue

98 LAST WORD
A seasonal short story from KG reader
Barbara Pollock

GET GROWING

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE THREE MUDKETEERS
This month the intrepid trio are making a
cheesy sprout recipe to convert even the
stoutest Brussels sprout hater

18 CHRISTMAS QUIZZES
Can you solve our Christmas conundrums?

22 GROWING ONLINE
Our pick of gardening social media and
websites

26 PLANNING AN ORCHARD
Our resident fruit expert David Patch goes
right to the core of the matter with advice for
those planning to plant a fruit garden

31 SUPER TUBERS ✪
This month veg expert Rob Smith turns the
spotlight on Jerusalem artichokes

36 SOLAR ASSISTED COMPOSTING ✪
Composting guru Andrew Davenport reveals
plans for a sun-powered super composter for
your garden

39 TULIP POWER
Set your spring plot ablaze with our growing
guide to tulips as cut flowers

40 HAVE A YAMBOREE! ✪
Unusual veg lover Sally Cunningham
encourages you to take the yam tuber
challenge

42 A GARDEN FOR GOURMETS
Wendy Pillar travels to Barley Wood Walled
Kitchen Garden – producer of fabulous food
for more than 100 years

48 GROW GREAT CROPS WHATEVER THE WEATHER!
KG editor Steve Ott just loves his greenhouse
and encourages us all to put one on our
Christmas lists

52 DITCH THE SPADE ✪
In two minds about no-dig gardening? KG's
Ben Vanheems is a convert and hopes you will
be too

57 GROW YOUR BEST BULB ONIONS EVER! ✪
KG editor Steve Ott knows his onions and
aims to help you boost your harvest in 2019

61 RECYCLING, TEAM WORK AND TRADITION
We visit a thriving allotment site in Somerset,
where community spirit is alive and well

66 GROWING ON THE WEB ✪
This month we meet a northern lass who was
bitten by the gardening bug at an early age

69 CRUNCH TIME ✪
It’s party time and making healthy vegetable
crisps for the festivities is easy, says chef and
photographer Anna Cairns Pettigrew

74 VEG AT A GLANCE – LEEKS ✪
KG’s own Tony Flanagan brings you his top
tips for success with this hardy winter crop

82 MAKE A POTTING BENCH ✪
DIY expert Joyce Russell has some advice on
making a mobile potting bench for your shed
or greenhouse

WHAT TO BUY

76 INSTANT SAVERS
This month make some great savings on crop
protection, baking essentials and more

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

80 GREAT READER OFFERS – SAVE OVER £22!
Claim your free* Autumn Planting Seed
Collection worth £20 (*Just pay p&p) plus
many more great savings

86 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1450 ✪
Don't miss your chance to win super prizes

88 TRIED AND TESTED ✪
This month the KG team keeps warm by
testing out some super garden clothing