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GROWING ON THE WEB

This month we meet Bill Love from Northern Ireland, a relative newcomer to the hobby who quickly became addicted to growing his own, helped in part by the online community

How long have you been a keen gardener and what got you into it?

I have only been gardening for four years now. Before I turned 40 I was looking for a hobby – I tried tropical fish, jigsaws, puzzles but none of them excited all of my senses. Years ago I applied for an allotment and never heard back, so gave that up. But then I reapplied. I got on the list and had one for my 40th birthday. I inherited a patch of land that was in a terrible state, but it was up to me to decide what to grow, when and how. I soon discovered that this is the best hobby in the world; no other hobby can excite and create anticipation like it. It’s addictive and I love it.

You are based in Belfast. Is fruit/veg growing strong in Northern Ireland at the moment?

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About Kitchen Garden Magazine

Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: On the Veg Patch Joyce Russell’s top March jobs include planting onion sets and potatoes, sowing and buying in pollinating plants and strawberries In the Greenhouse Yorkshire-based gardener Martin Fish pots citrus, harvests curly kale, pricks out tender crops and sows seeds in the border Rekha's Garden and Kitchen Diary (New Series) In her first KG article Rekha, former contestant on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, takes us through her gardening month And much more!