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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > December 2018 > GROWING ON THE WEB


Meet top blogger from the north-west of England, Rachael Smith, who caught the gardening bug early and just loves her allotment and, oh yes, her chickens!


How long have you had your allotment?

I’ve had my allotment for almost three years now, after a very long wait on the waiting list (okay, only a four-day wait – I think I got lucky!).

What encouraged you to take out a plot – had you done any gardening before?

I’ve been sort of gardening since I was very young – too young to remember really. My first memories are of sitting in one of my Granda’s greenhouses on garden chairs, eating tomatoes fresh from the plants. He used to get me to do the (sometimes tedious) job of picking off the tomato suckers, probably because I could easily fit between the plants at that age, plus I used to love doing it. Climbing his mature plum and apple trees was always a great laugh too!

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So another year is over on the veg plot – I hope you’ve had a successful and rewarding one. As ever it brought its challenges – the late spring and hot summer certainly made things interesting. My polytunnel crops were the best ever (although one arm is now longer than the other from carrying watering cans) and many of you have told me you’ve had some wonderful soft and tree fruit. That, however, is in the past and we need to prepare for the fun and challenges ahead. With that in mind we have some great features for you this month. Fruit expert David Patch offers his advice on planning a fruit garden, while Ben Vanheems encourages you to leave the spade in the shed and to join the ranks of converts to no-dig gardening. As usual we have features on growing a diverse range of crops and get out and about to meet readers from the North East to the South West. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of their wonderful plots as much as I did.