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GROW A POULTRY GARDEN

Feed is the largest ongoing cost faced by any poultry keeper, but it also offers the biggest opportunity to save. Although it may not be possible to become totally self-sufficient, there are a number of crops you can grow to reduce the feed bill.

The natural foods you can produce are what Gallus gallus (the oldest ancestor of our domestic fowl) would have eaten in the wild some 5000 years ago: leafy plants, fruits, wild seeds and animal foods such as earthworms and bugs – all fresh and naturally nutritious straight from the garden. Growing foods that chickens like is not only easy, it’s good for their health and the environment too.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Rhubarb for rookies plus A-class asparagus - Win great prizes worth over £2704 - Sow peas for early pickings - 7 slug controls on test - A taste of italy fresh from your garden - Meet the hairy bikers Si & Dave talk veg - Get the most from oriental salads - Grow your own cuppa - Reduce garden plastic

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Kitchen Garden Magazine
Having struggled through a long, chilly UK winter,
YOU & YOUR PLOT
TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN APRIL BY MARTIN FISH
STEP 1: Young plants of summer cabbages can be planted
■ Buy healthy young tomato plants if you haven’t raised
ALL THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS & FACTS FROM THE WORLD OF KITCHEN GARDENING
CONTACT US WITH YOUR LETTERS AND TIPS: TFLANAGAN@MORTONS.CO.UK
GOT A FRUIT OR VEG PROBLEM? ASK KG FOR HELP
Your guide to common pests, diseases and other problems affecting your crops
This month we feature our runner-up in our Passionate Plotter competition, Val Brown from Liverpool. Val always dreamt of having a smallholding and now she is retired her allotment is a dream fulfilled
GET GROWING
The KG twam offer chat, tips and gardening gossip
If you’re looking to add a vibrant splash of colour to your vegetable garden, you can’t go wrong with dahlias, and they are impressive as a cut flower too
Martin Fish visits a herb farm in North Yorkshire to see what started off as a one-woman band 25 years ago is now a large and expanding enterprise employing over 45 staff
Looking to make your salad bowl sing this year? Then grow some oriental salad leaves, says KG’s Tony Flanagan
Peas are a great crop to grow in the vegetable garden, with newbies and experienced gardeners alike dedicating patches of land to this versatile crop. Organic veg grower Rob Smith has some great freezer-filling tips
Growing your own chicken food will not only save you money but also ensure your feathered friends have a healthy and nutritious diet. Julie Moore explains
Inspired by London’s Borough Market, Paolo Arrigo, director of Franchi Seeds of Italy, offers his top picks of what to sow now
Style and good taste are synonymous with Italy. And it doesn’t get any tastier than Italian cooking. Benedict Vanheems reckons it’s time we all nurtured a corner of Italy in our gardens
A nice cup of tea is always welcome but how about growing your own? It is possible in some parts of the country, as Sally Cunningham explains
The winners of our 2016 Passionate Plotter competition were John and Karen Ashcroft from La ncashire. Now, in his own words, John gives an update on how their plot has progressed
A plant sometimes overlooked is rhubarb. Here professional nurseryman and fruit expert David Patch raises the profile of this delicious crop
Gardeners love wildlife, but patience can be stretched when furry or feathered neighbours take their toll on precious produce. KG’s Steve Ott has some top tips to help you live in harmony with nature (and neighbourhood pets)
Asparagus has always commanded a high price in the shops, yet it is very easy to grow. KG editor Steve Ott explains how, with little patience, you can produce your own high-quality harvest hats
VISIT A SHOW, TAKE A TOUR, ENROL ON A COURSE
Increased plastic use and its effect on the environment is a hot topic so Emma Rawlings takes a look at how we can reduce our reliance on plastic in the garden
A workbench may not be an option if you don’t have a lot of space in your greenhouse or polytunnel. So how about a folding one instead? Joyce Russell shows you how
WHAT TO BUY
GREATPRODUCTS AT SUPER VA LUE PRICES!
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TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAYS SEE PAGE 105 OR VISIT THE KG WEBSITE
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They’re a dynamic duo best known for their fine follicles and joint love of the open road, and The Hairy Bikers’ latest road trip saw them enjoying Mediterranean cuisine and appreciating home-grown produce