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Kitchen Garden - March 2019


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CONTENTS 

YOU & YOUR PLOT  

6 ON THE VEG PATCH  

Joyce Russell’s top March jobs include planting  

onion sets and potatoes, sowing and buying in  

pollinating plants and strawberries  

 

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE  

Yorkshire-based gardener Martin Fish pots  

citrus, harvests curly kale, pricks out tender  

crops and sows seeds in the border 

 

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 

 

18 DISCOVER YOUR NEW KG SUBSCRIBERS’ CLUB  

Discover the great features, money-saving  

offers and competitions we have lined up for  

KG subscribers in March 

 

20 KG PROBLEM SOLVER  

This month our experts solve readers’ garden  

problems and there’s advice on gooseberries  

and currants from RHS expert Guy Barter 

 

64 NEXT MONTH  

Some of the highlights to be found in your  

April 2019 issue plus news of great free gifts 

 

110 LAST WORD  

Cooking legend and author Prue Leith  

explains why growing her own fresh produce  

has always been an important part of her life 

 

GET GROWING 

 

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE THREE MUDKETEERS  

This month the KG team are sowing leeks,  

mulching fruit trees and discovering some  

great bird feeding products 

 

22 GROWING ONLINE  

Our pick of gardening social media and websites 

 

26 NEVER MIND THE HEAT, SAVOUR THE FLAVOUR  

Our roving reporter Martin Fish travels to  

Nottinghamshire to meet a father and son  

team who are just crazy about chillies 

 

32 TINY PLOT WITH BIG IDEAS  

The runner-up in our Passionate Plotter  

competition 2018, Dennis Kennedy, takes us  

on a tour of his Devonshire plot 

 

36 STORE CUPBOARD INSPIRATION  

Organic gardening expert and cook  

Stephanie Hafferty reveals her recipes for  

herb sugars and salts 

 

40 CURSE OF THE CARROT FLY  

Allotment gardener Rob Smith looks at the  

many simple ways of protecting your crop  

from carrot fly 

 

45 DUCKS ON THE PLOT  

Poultry keeper Katy Runacres offers insight  

into the pros and cons of keeping ducks 

 

51 SAVE WHILE YOU GROW  

KG regular Ben Vanheems hates to waste  

money and has some great cash-saving tips  

to share 

 

56 FUTURE-PROOF YOUR FRUIT TREES  

Gardening expert Sally Cunningham explains  

how to help fruit trees cope with warmer  

winters 

 

60 VEG OF THE MONTH  

KG staff writer Tony Flanagan brings you his 

growing guide to greenhouse cucumbers 

 

66 GROWING ON THE WEB  

This month we travel to Northern Ireland to  

meet a blogger who says he is addicted to  

growing his own 

 

70 LET THE SOWING BEGIN  

Gardening writer Joyce Russell offers her top 

tips on getting the best from your sowings 

 

74 FRUIT TREE PROPAGATION PART 2  

Professional fruit grower David Patch  

encourages you to try your hand at the art  

of grafting 

 

78 THE CULTIVATED PLOT  

March madness ensues as gardening writer  

and photographer Graham Strong finishes soil 

preparation and begins sowing 

 

82 REKHA’S GARDEN AND KITCHEN DIARY (NEW SERIES)  

In her first KG article Rekha, former contestant 

on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, takes  

us through her gardening month 

 

84 PARSLEY PLUS  

Gardening writer Gaby Bartai just loves  

Hamburg parsley and encourages us all to give 

this much-neglected crop a try 

 

88 THE GREAT OUTDOORS  

Leading tomato breeder Simon Crawford of  

Burpee seeds, brings us his growing guide to  

blight-free outdoor tomatoes 

 

92 HERB OF THE MONTH  

This month, a KG pocket guide to growing  

Coriander 

 

WHAT TO BUY  

 

94 POTATO PLANTERS TRIED AND TESTED  

The team put a range of planters through their  

Paces 

 

 98 GREAT READER OFFERS – SAVE OVER £18  

Claim your free* chilli plant collection worth  

£11.95, plus great savings on rhubarb and  

blackberries (*Just pay p&p) 

 

102 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £2165  

This month you could win topsoil, planters,  

crop protection products and show tickets 

 

104 GARDEN STORE PLUS SUBSCRIBER SAVERS  

News of some great new products and  

services and a chance for KG subscribers to  

save pounds