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WHAT’S NEW?

ALL THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS & FACTS FROM THE WORLD OF KITCHEN GARDENING

BATTLE OF THE GIANTS

There were plenty of giant vegetables as usual at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. One of the highlights was the giant onion competition, sponsored by KG. This year’s winner was Nick Brake, from Chard in Somerset. A newcomer to a major competition like this one, Nick’s onion weighed in at a whopping 7.755kg.

Top marks also to 75-year-old Ian Neale from Newport in Gwent whose winning cabbage weighed in at a mighty 30.2kg. Mr Neale won the heaviest carrot and heaviest beetroot categories too.

GROW YOUR OWN MUSHROOMS

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About Kitchen Garden Magazine

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.