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It’s a race against time to get the plot prepared and planted up for the new season, as gardening writer and photographer Graham Strong continues to chart the progress of the family allotment
By late April the layout was beginning to take shape and included a birch trunk sitting circle in the foreground
We made ourselves at home on Simon’s new chipped wood and log-edged sitting area and texted, ‘Wish you were here’!

I have kept a diary for more than 28 years and true to the saying, there have been many occasions when it has kept me, like when we pulled the first succulent, swollen taproots of the ‘Boltardy’ beetroot my wife, Sally, had sowed on our new plot last year. Looking back, our job list for March was pretty daunting because there were still 101 jobs to do, including tackling remnants of couch, bindweed and brambles, while moving existing plants from the old allotment and sowing this year’s crops. How did we do all that, you think to yourself?

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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!