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Strawberry heaven h2@If you’re looking for flavour, then growing your own is the best option, says fruit expert David Patch

It may seem strange to be writing an article about a fruit which is the epitome of the British summer at a ime when the days are still short d cold – but a little bit of forward ning now will help ensure that by the time Wimbledon comes round, you too will be able to enjoy bumper crops of sweet strawberries.

Strawberries have been cultivated throughout Europe for centuries. They were used in Roman times for their medicinal properties, and were particularly popular in France. Charles V of France reportedly had more than 1200 plants in the royal gardens in the mid 1300s.These were all wild strawberries – three native species had been identified by this time.The first modern strawberry arrived in the 1750s, as a result of hybridising with new strawberry species brought over from Chile and North America.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Grow succulent strawberries - Save ££s on plants with our great offers - £2338 worth of garden goodies to be won! - Spring into action - 4 page sowing guide - Salads all year round - Try crunchy kohl rabi - How do you like it? Is your plot pristie or patchy? - Broad beans for beginners - 7 pages of delicious recipes - Bye bye to blight - Gloves tested - Boost your mood with gardeing
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