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MULBERRY MAGIC

With delicious berries, a new dwarf variety and modern growing methods, mulberries are well worth considering, says KG edit Steve Ott
A young tree two years after planting

Itried my first mulberry when visiting the lovely garden of Bath Priory Hotel where my friend and gardening writer Jane Moore is head gardener. I was lucky enough to visit at the end of August when the large old tree was heavy with fruit. It was that, and another tree I have visited regularly at the beautiful Barnsdale gardens in Rutland, that convinced me I just had to get a tree of my own. Mulberries have a rich tradition in the UK.

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INCLUDING EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS The autumn harvest is under way, which begs the question – what am I going to do with all those surplus crops? Well read on and worry no more, for on page 61 KG regular Ben Vanheems brings you a comprehensive guide to drying fruit and veg – a great way to fill the store cupboard with nutritious goodies. Continuing the theme, top chef Anna Pettigrew has some super recipes and good advice as to how to store some of our most prolific treasures. Deputy editor Emma Rawlings looks at bounty of a different type as she encourages us all to ditch our green waste bins and to compost as much garden refuse as we can, turning it instead into a rich soil conditioner. Grapes have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but with a few top tips from fruit specialist David Patch you’ll soon see how easy they can be. Plus veg expert Rob Smith reveals that there is more to garlic than you may have realised as he urges you to add giant elephant and pungent wild varieties to your growing repertoire. Steve Ott, editor