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Kitchen Garden - June 2019


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YOU & YOUR PLOT  

6 ON THE VEG PATCH  

Time to sow dwarf beans, tend to strawberries, dig early potatoes and net brassicas 

 

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE 

In his greenhouse Martin Fish is lifting baby carrots, training cucumbers and tomatoes, watching 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 

 

18 DISCOVER YOUR NEW KG SUBSCRIBERS’ CLUB 

Discover the great features, money-saving offers and competitions we have lined up for KG subscribers in June 

 

20 KG PROBLEM SOLVER  

Our panel of experts including Guy Barter, chief horticultural adviser for the RHS, help solve our readers’ gardening problems 

 

32 THE PLOT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING 

This month we turn the spotlight on Geoffrey Hackett from Tyne & Wear, whose small plot just bursts with first-class produce 

 

56 LEARNING ON THE PLOT  

This month we travel to Derby and a thriving allotment site that is inspiring city dwellers to grow their own 

 

74 FIVE GROW LIVE 

Our brand new series following five gardeners around the country growing the same crops, we drop in on them to see how they are progressing 

 

100 NEXT MONTH 

Some of the highlights to be found in your July 2019 issue, plus news of great free gifts 

 

114 LAST WORD 

Novice leek grower Tim Britton digs the trench for his show leeks and discovers there is more to it than he first thought 

 

GET GROWING 

 

16 ON THE PLOT WITH THREE MUDKETEERS 

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

 

26 A GARDEN FOR GOURMETS  

Garden writer Gaby Bartai visits a kitchen garden in Scotland which uses some surprising techniques to supply crops for a famous restaurant  

 

36 VEG OF THE MONTH  

KG editor Steve Ott brings you his top tips for growing turnips 

 

40 BEST OF THE BUNCH  

Allotment gardener Rob Smith explains that there is more to the humble spring onion than first meets the eye.  

 

45 BOOST YOUR BIODIVERSITY  

KG regular Ben Vanheems explains why we should make space for wildlife on their plot  

 

51 HEAVEN IN A JAR  

Top cookery writer Anna Cairns Pettigrew brings you some mouth-watering alternatives to the lunchtime sandwich 

 

60 BACK TO BASICS NEW SERIES 

In this issue deputy editor Emma Rawlings brings you some easy solutions to the perennial problem of controlling your weeds  

 

66 ELDERFLOWER POWER 

Organic gardening expert and cook Stephane Hafferty offers some great ways to make use of freshly forages elderflowers  

 

70 SMALL SPACE COMPOSTING 

Big on composting but short on space? Gardening writer Holly Farrell shows you how to make compost in the smallest of gardens  

 

78 TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS 

Our intrepid plotter Graham Strong updates us on progress with his new allotment  

 

82 REKHA’S GARDEN AND KITCHEN DIARY 

Former contestant on BBC’s the big Allotment Challenge, Rekha Mistry, reveals her favourite chillies, both mild and fiery  

 

84 MAKE A VERTICAL HERB GARDEN  

DIY enthusiast Joyce Russell brings you a simple and inspiring way to boost your growing space  

 

88 IS YOUR GARDEN LOOKING PEACHY?  

Our fruit expert, David Patch, share his love of peaches 

92 HERB OF THE MONTH  

This month, fennel- the ornamental herb that’s packed with aniseed flavour  

 

WHAT TO BUY 

 

94 TRIED AND TESTED– PEST TRAPS  

How to control your pests without chemicals  

 

98 READER OFFERS – SAVE £23.95 

Claim your free* strawberry plants worth £13.95, plus savings on a great collection of soft fruit plants (*just pay p&P) 

 

102 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1755 

This month you could win a mini greenhouse, power tools, pressure washer and more  

 

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