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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > April 2018 > SEEDS OF ITALY


Inspired by London’s Borough Market, Paolo Arrigo, director of Franchi Seeds of Italy, offers his top picks of what to sow now
Franchi Seed Embassy 2017 launch

As a child, having Italian parents and there being no Italian stores locally, our ‘pilgrimage’ every Saturday was to the Camisa and Lina stores in Soho’s Italian quarter to stock up on everyday essentials like regional pasta, salumi, cheeses, coffee, Italian wines and other hard-to-find ingredients. You might laugh now, but at the time (and I’m not that old!), you could only find olive oil at the chemist in tiny bottles, and that was for softening ear wax. And of course, who hasn’t heard of the famous BBC ‘Spaghetti tree’ hoax on April 1, 1957 that had many viewers calling in to ask how to cultivate their own – and subsequently causing many UK Italians to roll around with laughter.

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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