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Kitchen Garden - July 2019


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YOU & YOUR PLOT  

6 ON THE VEG PATCH 

This morning intrepid potter Joyce Russell tends to strawberries and rhubarb and harvests garlic 

 

10 IN THE GREENHOUSE  

Gardening expert Martin Fish is busy harvesting summer produce and sowing to fill the gaps 

 

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 SUBSCRIBBERS’ CLUB  

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

 

20 KG PROBLEM SOLVER  

Our panel of experts help solve your gardening problems including those with radishes, tomatoes and asparagus 

 

32 PASSIONATE PLOTTER  

In this issue we launch our search for the best 

 

45 GROWING ON THE WEB  

The World Wide Web attracts gardeners from all over the world. This month we chat to a keen grower from Hungary 

 

100 NEXT MONTH 

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

 

114 LAST WORD 

Gardening is therapeutic…right? Deputy editor Emma Rawlings takes a light-hearted look at the highs and lows of our great hobby 

 

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 A GARDEN WITH AN ITALIAN FLAVOUR  

We visit a garden in Hampshire which reflects its owner’s Italian roots  

 

36 AT A GLANCE… CARROTS  

Our top tip for success with this essential root crop 

 

40 THE CHARM OF CHARD  

Veg expert Rob Smith has some great advice on growing this colourful leafy crop 

 

43 NEW VARIETY REVIEW  

We put a distinctive summer radish to the test  

 

51 GARDENING MYTHS DEBUNKED  

Ben Vanheems examines some often quoted gardening ‘facts’ an puts them to the test  

 

56 HERB OF THE MONTH… MINT 

Everyone should grow mint, but which one to choose, asks deputy editor Emma Rawlings  

 

60 BACK TO BASICS  

Read our guide to reducing watering indoors and out this summer 

 

66 GROW A HERBAL HOME SPA  

Stephanie Hafferty explain how to grow your own soothing body products 

 

70 SUMMER CHILLI BAKES  

Cooking expert James Hillery offers his top recipes using home-grown chillies  

 

74 FIVE GO GROWING 

An update on how our intrepid growers are progressing with their sowings  

 

78 PONDS, POLITICS AND A WEDDING 

Graham Strong builds a wildlife pond and enjoys a colourful marriage celebration  

 

82 IN ANTICIPATION OF SUMMER HARVESTS 

Rekha Mistry turns her harvests into delicious pickles  

 

84 SOLAR POWER FOR THE GARDEN SHED  

Ben Russell gens up on the latest off-grid kit to charge tools, lighting and more  

 

88 GORGEOUS GOOSEBERRIES  

Fruit writer David Patch wants your help to start a gooseberry revival  

 

92 CUCUMBERS, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW THEM  

Try these easy grow heritage cucumbers, says Sally Cunningham  

WHAT TO BUY 

 

94 TRIED AND TESTED – SELF- WATERING PLANTERS  

Staff writer Tony Flanagan brings you a roundup of some people types  

 

98 GREAT READER OFFERS – SAVE OVER £34  

Claim your free *brassica collection worth £22.25, plus savings on a collection of herbs and many other young plants (* just pay p&p) 

 

102 GREAT GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1882  

This month you could win, Southport Flower Show tickets, watering kit, tools or a hamper of gardening skincare products  

 

104 GARDEN STORE PLUS SUBSCRIBER SAVERS 

News of some great news products and services and a chance for KG subscribers to bag a bargain  

 

111 GIVEAWAYS ENTRY FORM