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Tim Britton from Northumberland has an insight into the annual leek club show – a big thing in the North East – and gradually he is learning the tricks of the trade

My head was spinning as it reeled from information overload: “What you need is six inches to a tight button son,” said my new friend, then someone else called: “Don’t listen to him, it’s all in the flags,” while another voice claimed: “Shape and consistency is where it’s at…” This was followed by another voice loudly exclaiming: “What would you know? All you did this year was put muck in the trench, your missus should have her name on the ticket!” There was much raucous laughter at that statement, including the lad who was the butt of the comment: “Well, work’s been full on this year…” I turned to seek out the refreshments table but even the lady at the tea and biscuit counter had an opinion: “My man gets his leeks from a small place in town and his muck from a farm over yonder.” She pointed vaguely out of the town hall door and across the square as she filled my mug with coffee.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: ON THE VEG PATCH This month Joyce Russell takes over our jobs on the plot feature. Joyce is busy tending to leeks, preparing bean trenches, sorting seeds and lifting celeriac IN THE GREENHOUSE KG regular Martin Fish moves into the greenhouse and polytunnel from this issue and is having a winter clean up, preparing the soil for spring crops and pruning grapes THE CULTIVATED PLOT In the first part of his new series, Graham Strong gets his new plot into shape for spring sowings MEET THE BLOGGERS This month we meet Hayley Moisley, a young blogger with a bright future in the world of allotment gardening