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Kitchen Garden - May 2019


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YOU & YOUR PLOT 

 

6 ON THE VEG PATCH 

This month Joyce is sowing beans and brassicas, thinning beetroot and earthing up potatoes 

 

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE 

KG regular Martin Fish is harvesting early strawberries, potting up peppers, pruning vines and sowing coriander 

 

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 May 

 

20 KG PROBLEM SOLVER 

Our panel of experts help solve some of our readers’ gardening conundrums and tackle various issues with aubergines 

 

32 PASSIONATE PLOTTER 

Meet the runner-up in our 2018 competition, Mireille Klinkenberg from the Netherlands, and find out what she grows on her plot 

 

45 GROWING ON THE WEB 

We meet the Oldham family, who have a Dig for Victory garden in the North West 

 

64 NEXT MONTH 

Some of the highlights to be found in your June 22019 issue plus news of great free gifts 

 

74 FIVE GROW LIVE  

Launch of a brand new series following five gardeners around the country who are all growing the same crops 

 

114 LAST WORD 

Deputy Editor Emma Rawlings comments on plastic in the garden and how we can manage it 

 

GET GROWING 

 

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THE THREE MUDKETEERS 

More gardening fun with the KG team as they get busy on the KG plot 

 

 

22 GROWING ONLINE 

Our pick of gardening social media and websites 

 

26 UP ON THE ROOF  

Steve Neal visits the Skyline Garden in London 

 

30 GROWING YOUR FREE SEEDS – KOHL RABI  

Your growing guide to great harvests 

 

36 SWEETNESS FROM THE SOIL  

Becky Dickinson looks into growing sweet potatoes in the UK 

 

40 SWEET & SAVOURY  

Veg expert Rob Smith has some top tips for growing sweetcorn 

 

51 FEEDING TIME  

Ben Vanheems has some great tips on feeding your container-grown crops 

 

56 DARE TO BE CREATIVE AND COLOURFUL  

Emma Rawlings makes some suggestions to help unleash your creative spirit on the veg plot 

 

60 VEG OF THE MONTH 

Emma Rawlings offers her tips on growing winter squashes  

 

66 GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT 

Stephanie Hafferty looks at what you can conjure up with edible flowers 

 

70 WINDOWSILL WONDERS  

Make use of indoor space by growing crops on your windowsills. KG editor Steve Ott suggests good edibles to try 

 

78 THE CULTIVATED PLOT 

Gardening writer and photographer Graham Strong takes us through construction of the raised beds on his new allotment 

 

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

Former contestant on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, Rekha Mistry, takes us through her gardening month 

 

84 MAKE A TOMATO GROW STATION  

Practical gardener Joyce Russell shows you a great way to give outdoor tomatoes a bit of extra warmth 

 

88 A TASTE OF THE ORIENT  

Our fruit expert, David Patch, suggests we all try something a bit different – nashi pears 

 

92 HERB OF THE MONTH 

This month a KG pocket guide to growing rosemary, a classic herb with many uses 

 

WHAT TO BUY 

 

94 TRIED AND TESTED – GARDEN TWINE 

Don’t tie yourself in knots contemplating which string to buy. Read our guide to find out 

 

98 GREAT READER OFFERS – SAVE OVER £47  

Claim three free* framberry plants worth £15.90, plus great savings on rhubarb, blueberries and kiwiberry (*Just pay p&p) 

 

102 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1720 

This month you could win a lawnmower, tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, lawncare hampers, secateurs, BugFree products 

 

104 GARDEN STORE PLUS SUBSCRIBER SAVERS 

News of some great new products and services and a chance for KG subscribers to bag a bargain on gardening essentials