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ON THE PLOT WITH THE 3 MUDKETEERS

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When harvesting cutand- come-again salad leaves, don’t cut through the whole plant, take leaves off selectively to maintain the vigour of each plant.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: AT A GLANCE… CARROTS ✪ Our top tips for success with this essential root crop THE CHARM OF CHARD ✪ Veg expert Rob Smith has some great advice on growing this colourful leafy crop NEW VARIETY REVIEW ✪ We put a distinctive summer radish to the test And much more!

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Kitchen Garden Magazine
With the season in full swing and many of the faster-growing
YOU & YOUR PLOT
TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN JULY BY JOYCE RUSSELL
STEP 1: Choose a fine day and use a fork to lift one
■ Keep picking cucumbers as they develop, otherwise
ALL THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS & FACTS FROM THE WORLD OF KITCHEN GARDENING
CONTACT US WITH YOUR LETTERS AND TIPS: TFLANAGAN@MORTONS.CO.UK
If you are, that makes you a member of our new Mudketeers’ Club, a dedicated website for subscribers ONLY. www.mudketeers.co.uk includes exciting offers, brand new seed variety trials, competitions and unique features just for you.
GOT A FRUIT OR VEG PROBLEM? ASK KG FOR HELP
Your guide to common pests, diseases and other problems affecting your crops
Carole Blyth from Fife is also one of our Five Grow Live participants this year and likes to experiment and do things a bit differently on her plot
We are officially launching our annual competition
This month we travel to Hungary and meet gardening blogger Dominika Bálint-Halas whose love of cooking led her to grow her own fruit and veg
GET GROWING
The KG team offer chat, tips and gardening gossip
We dig into the world wide web to harvest great websites, blogs and tweets
Garden photographer and writer Leigh Clapp was given a tour around a decorative and highly productive potager inspired by the owners’ Italian roots
Carrots are such a popular crop that it’s hard to imagine a veg patch without them, but they can be tricky in some soils and situations KG editor Steve Ott offers his top tips for success
What a veg, says Rob Smith, singing the praises of a crop he just loves to grow
This tasty variety makes an interesting change to red radishes and adds another dimension to your salads, says KG editor, Steve Ott
If you are still putting crocks in the bottom of your pots or using eggshells to deter slugs, it’s all nonsense, says Benedict Vanheems. Here he lifts the lid on some very familiar advice that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny
There are lots of mints to choose from with a variety of different scents. KG deputy editor Emma Rawlings explores the options
We all long for some lovely summer weather, but with the heat comes the hard work of watering. Here are some top tips to help reduce the load and to ensure your crops get to enjoy every drop
Gather herbs and petals from your garden to create your own home-grown spa to relax after a long day’s gardening, says organic gardening expert Stephanie Hafferty
James Hillery, contestant on the Great British Bake Off 2017 and keen allotment holder, has some delicious baking ideas to use up those pungent chillies that are in abundance at the moment
This growing season we are following five gardeners from different parts of the country. Each of them, plus the KG team, is growing the same selection of seeds. Why not grow along with us and compare notes
This month Graham and Sally are enriching their plot and helping with plotting friend Simon’s big day
It can become difficult to know what to do with summer gluts This month Rekha has been busy converting them into delicious recipes
Why not harness the sun to power your garden or allotment? Ben Russell shows how accessible this is to the everyday DIY-er
Seemingly out of favour and neglected, the gooseberry
It’s that time of year when green thoughts turn to growing salads, but enthusiast for unusual veg, Sally Cunningham, has plans to grow something a little different this season
WHAT TO BUY
Manage your watering with these self-watering kits, reducing labour and providing a regular supply throughout the growing season
(AGM is the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Under RHS garden
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With loganberries, chilli and sweetcorn on the menu, you know that Anna Cairns Pettigrew’s latest culinary creations are going to be nothing short of totally tasty
Gardening can make you feel happier, apparently. KG