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Cues to CELEBRATION

It’s the year of the cucumber and to mark the occasion why not sow some seeds this month and grow your best ever crop? With advice from the KG team, of course!

You know that summer is on its way when it is time to sow your cucumbers and there are some great varieties to choose from for both indoors and out. Having revealed some award-winning cues for outdoor growing last month, in this issue we’re looking at their tender cousins, the greenhouse cues.These are the smooth-skinned beauties of the cucumber world - no spines, tough skins or bitterness here - just cool and refreshing fruit with that subtle yet distinctive fresh flavour - a true taste of summer.

SOURCING YOUR PLANTS

Seeds can be sown from February onwards, but unless you have heated under cover space it’s best to delay sowing until late April/May. Alternatively, young plant specialists and local garden centres will offer established young plants at just the right stage for potting on into their first small pots.

For seeds you’ll need to provide a temperature of at least 20C (68F) for germination - a heated propagator, heated mat, sand bench or south-facing windowsill are all ideal. Sow into individual small pots - one seed per pot is usually fine, but you can sow two and thin to the strongest if you wish. Maintain moisture and humidity by covering with a propagator lid until the seedlings emerge, which can take as little as seven to 10 days. At this point they can be uncovered and grown on, still in warmth, until the first true leaves appear.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY TREE ✪ Nurseryman David Patch extols the virtues of this beautiful tree fruit FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON ✪ Biodynamic gardener Julie Moore investigates the true cost of our demand for seasonal food YOMPING YAMS ✪ Yams are a mainstay in hotter climes, but Sally Cunningham reveals one that can thrive in the chilly UK And much more!