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Under cover

A greenhouse or polytunnel is a real asset to any kitchen garden. Emma Rawlings looks at why and offers some tips on using them

Inclement weather can be a real challenge when growing your own so a greenhouse or polytunnel can help give us an edge. They are also great for starting off crops, growing tender ones or they can be used to extend the growing season. You can pretty much grow all crops under cover in a greenhouse or polytunnel but some are better suited.

CROPS PREFERRING PROTECTION

TOMATOES: Some tomatoes can be grown outdoors but many do better under cover and are also less likely to succumb to blight later in the season.

CUCUMBERS: Outdoor types are available but the best smooth-skinned types need a warm greenhouse or polytunnel to do well.

PEPPERS: Chilli or sweet peppers do really well under cover, producing a lot of flowers and fruit.

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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!