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Come into the shade

If you have a very shady part of your garden, why not grow redcurrants or whitecurrants? asks fruit expert David Patch. There are some really sweet and tasty varieties to choose from too!

For most of us, the part of the garden that gets very little sunlight during the day is one of the trickiest areas to manage successfully.The ornamental gardener is almost spoilt for choice with a rich tapestry of ferns, hostas and woodland bulbs to create year-round interest. For the fruit gardener, it is much more problematic – we are always striving to grow the sweetest, most delicious produce and it is sun that forms the sugars in the fruit. This month we are going to look at one of the very best plants for growing in just such inauspicious conditions – the redcurrant.

The redcurrant (Ribes rubrum) is a member of the Ribes genus in the gooseberry family. It is considered a native plant through much of northern Europe.There are several other closely related species, native across other parts of the globe, but the redcurrant that we know has been cultivated in gardens for several hundred years.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: BRASSICAS ARE THE BEST ✪ Meet Carl Walters, winner of the Best Crop category in our annual competition A CUE FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS ✪ The latest award-winning outdoor cucumber varieties revealed ALL ABUZZ ON THE PLOT Stephanie Hafferty is busy but still finds time to listen to the equally busy bees And much more!